Nashua - | Web Feeds Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us Nashua Theatre Guild has theater ‘As You Like It’ NASHUA – Nashua Theatre Guild will perform its 21st annual Shakespeare in the Park production with “As You Like It” at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday this weekend and next at the half-shell stage in Greeley Park. The production, presented in association with Nashua SummerFun, is directed by Karelynn Devorak and features Claire Amirault, Dave Atkinson, Bill Canavan, Mary Commisso, Anne Devorak, Katelynn Devorak, Justin Fredenburg, Sarah Lord, John McLaughlin, Jeffrey Richardson, Kevin Riley, Val Verge and Mike Wood. Shakespeare’s classic comedy follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin Celia and Touchstone, the court jester, to find safety and, eventually, love in the forest of Arden. The production is free to the public and, since there are no chairs, it is suggested attendees bring something to sit on, sunscreen and even a lunch. For more information, call 880-0243 or go to Nashua Theatre Guild’s Facebook page. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:03:12 EST Analysts see bleak outcomes in Market Basket struggle NASHUA – With an insurrection gaining steam among employees and customers vowing to boycott the grocery chain, Market Basket could be on the path to a debilitating struggle over the future of the company, industry analysts warned this week. “I think there’s going to be bad blood for a long time,” said David J. Livingston, a supermarket consultant who has been watching the situation unfold. Deliveries to Market Basket stores across the region were interrupted this week as employees took to the streets to demonstrate in support of former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. Demoulas was removed from his position by the company’s board of directors last month after a lengthy power struggle between factions of his family. The development touched off widespread protests among employees, at least eight of whom were fired. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:57:16 EST Shaheen has helped veterans As a Nashua-area veteran, I support Sen. Jeanne Shaheen because of her outstanding support for the Harbor Homes Center, a non-profit that for more than 35 years has provided excellent service to homeless veterans, helping them find employment, fight addiction and become self-sufficient once again. Jeanne Shaheen has shown tireless dedication to our veterans across the board and this is no different when it comes to Harbor Homes services and programs. She has helped secure several grants to Harbor Homes: A $5 million federal grant from the Health Resource Service Administration to renovate and expand the facility at 45 High Street; a $1 million grant for the Veterans FIRST program to provide employment, housing and VA benefits assistance to approximately 300 New Hampshire vets and their families; and a $1 million grant to fund their programs and services that keep veterans off the street. Sen. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:00:50 EST Rogers made mayor’s office look good It is so sad that the mayor’s office eliminated or terminated Patti Rogers position. She was amazing at what she did and great for the citizens of Nashua. I hope the next mayor we elect will bring her back. I have been working with her for the past couple years in regards to the “Safe Walking Routes” in Nashua – which I believe are not that safe – and she always responded to emails and phone calls and made things happen to assure our children were safe. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:00:36 EST New Hampshire American Legion baseball tourney in Nashua It took until the final game of the regular season, but the eight-team field for the American Legion Senior baseball state tournament has been determined and will get under way Thursday at Holman Stadium. When Concord Post 21 wrapped up an 18-11, 15-inning win over Lebanon Post 22 Sunday evening – Post 21’s third road win in under 24 hours – it set up a four-way tie for third place in District A. Concord, along with Bedford Post 54, Milford Post 23 and Laconia Post 1, all finished the regular season at 11-7 in the district, but only two spots in the tournament remained. The first tiebreaker is head-to-head competition, and all three teams went 3-3 against each other; the second tiebreaker is record against tournament teams. Concord had a 5-5 record in such games, giving it the third seed over Bedford, Milford and Laconia, which were all 4-6. To break the three-way tie between those three, the third tiebreaker – runs allowed in head-to-head games – came into play, and Bedford (22 runs) finished ahead of Laconia (24) and Milford (28). Lebanon (14-4) and Sweeney (14-4) are the No. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:25:01 EST Nashua Babe Ruth 15-year-old stars post two wins The Nashua 15-year-old all-stars split their first two games at the baseball state tournament in Salem over the weekend. In the first game Friday, Nashua fell to Manchester 10-0, getting just a hit each from CJ Mellen and Cam Paquette. Larry Lassiter suffered the loss for Nashua. The all-stars bounced back on Saturday with a 5-2 win over Goffstown. Noah Oullette went seven innings to get the win while Grant Coy was 3 for 4 and Mike Pelletier and Joe Bernard had two hits apiece. Nashua finished with 13 hits as a team. The team was scheduled to return to action Tuesday Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:55:00 EST Howard C. Richards, Jr. Howard C. Richards, Jr., 98, of Nashua, died peacefully at The Hunt Community on July 21, 2014, with his family at his side. He was born on February 11, 1916 in Derry, NH, a son of the late Howard C. and Dorothy May (Witham) Richards, Sr. He was the husband of Hazel J. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:01:00 EST Edward F. ‘Big Ed’ Wells Edward F. “Big Ed” Wells, 59, of Manchester, died July 18, 2014 at Catholic Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was born in Bangor, ME, on January 10, 1955, to Edwin and Eleanor (Hastings) Wells. He lived in Manchester, Hampton and Nashua for many years. Edward was co-manager at Blackout Cafe and had also worked at Glass America, both in Manchester. He was an avid bingo player and supporter of several charities at Community Bingo Center in Manchester. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:01:19 EST Jeffrey R. Robert Jeffrey R. Robert, the most wonderful son of Judy and Rick Robert, amazing brother to Jim and savior to his rescue dog Nala, has peacefully passed away on Monday, July 14, 2014. He was born on June 18, 1986, in Nashua, New Hampshire. Jeff enjoyed life with so much enthusiasm; playing football from a young age in Pop Warner in Pelham, NH, to Pelham High School, earning the Python Award, the Joe Yukica Award, playing in the Shriners Football Game, as well as playing football through his college career at Assumption College. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:01:25 EST Board of Education approves opening new Nashua Program at Brentwood NASHUA – The Nashua Board of Education will move forward with plans to reopen The Brentwood School in Merrimack through the Nashua district at a special meeting Monday. The Nashua Program at Brentwood will continue to offer intensive-needs services for high school students. “Now we will move forward with hiring, negotiating the lease, speaking with students and parents,” Superintendent Mark Conrad said. Although the board had approved posting open positions for program, the overall plan had not been approved until Monday. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:05:14 EST Sullivan’s return a spark for Silver Knights In email and Knights072214 CUTLINE Staff photo by TOM KING Ryan Sullivan has returned to the Silver Knights as their regular third baseman after spending the first month of the summer with Laconia in the NECBL. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:00:31 EST Ursula Dolores (Hudon) Cote Ursula D. (Hudon) Cote, 87, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at the Hunt Community in Nashua. Ursula was born in Nashua on October 6, 1926, a daughter of the late Theodore and Eva (St. Onge) Hudon. She was the widow of Ernest Cote who passed away in 1983. Ursula was employed with New England Telephone for 38 years. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:32 EST Michael L. ‘Mr. Sok’ Sokolowski Michael L. “Mr. Sok” Sokolowski, 73, of Nashua, N.H., teacher of English and Dramatic Arts for forty years at Lowell High School and two years at Spring Street Junior High School in Nashua, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer July 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Julia (Papadimitriou) Sokolowski with whom he celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on April 28th of this year. He was born on November 16, 1940, in Plainfield, Connecticut, where his father ran the town’s movie theater. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:40 EST Competency of victim of alleged sex assaults at issue in court hearing NASHUA – Lawyers for a Nashua man accused of sexually assaulting a disabled man in his care want to examine a competency evaluation that the alleged victim underwent two years ago. John “Jack” Holland, 74, of 3 Kessler Farm Drive, is facing several counts of felonious sexual assault and is accused of having sex with a developmentally disabled man he cared for, according to court documents. The attacks were alleged to have occurred multiple times over the past two years. He was arrested by Nashua police in January and charged by Merrimack police in April, police said. In a motion filed at Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua, Holland’s attorney, public defender, Paul Borchardt, asked a judge to review the competency evaluation the alleged victim underwent in 2012 when he was accused of having sex with a girl under the age of 13. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:52:00 EST Nashua Board of Education sees presentation for iReady programs NASHUA – The Board of Education saw presentations on the iReady pilot programs from the Elm Street Middle Birch Hill Elementary School representatives. Elm Street, Birch Hill and Fairgrounds Elementary had all participated in pilot programs, although Fairgrounds is still in the process of reviewing results, said Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Seusing. Superintendent Mark Conrad compared iReady to the NECAP in terms of gathering information on students. Conrad said NECAP’s primary purpose was to measure how the school and district was doing for standards in reading, writing and math, but it wasn’t really meant as a teaching tool. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:59:28 EST Customers, employees frustrated at bare shelves, uncertainty as Market Basket protests continue NASHUA – Joel Ashe doesn’t want his Market Basket to lose its small-town feel. That, and he wants his Polish slab bacon. Ashe, of Nashua, and his wife Debi loaded plastic Market Basket bags into the trunk of their red sedan Monday in the parking lot of the store on Amherst Street in Nashua after their regular shopping trip. There were plenty of open parking spaces on what was often a very busy time of the day, according to an employee inside the store. The Ashes talked about the current wrangling at the popular chain’s corporate headquarters over leadership and how it may or may not affect local shoppers. Some shelves were less than full and some food display cases downright empty Monday as deliveries were delayed by ongoing protests by employees of the 71-store chain. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:22:00 EST Nashua man awarded Medal of Honor WASHINGTON, D.C. – Moments after he was presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor on Monday, the military’s highest accolade for valor in combat, Sgt. Ryan Pitts stood stoically outside the White House. With the award freshly around his neck, he read nine names. Sergio Abad, Jonathan Ayers, Jason Bogar, Jonathan Brostrom, Israel Garcia, Jason Hovater, Matthew Phillips, Pruitt Rainey and Gunnar Zwilling. “The real heroes are the nine men who made the ultimate sacrifice so the rest of us could return home,” Pitts said of the soldiers who died fighting alongside him in the battle of Wanat, one of the bloodiest in the Afghanistan War. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:22:00 EST Agency plans to build low-income housing for seniors in Nashua NASHUA – Southern New Hampshire Services is looking to expand its stock of low-income housing for seniors with the construction of a new three-story building near Salmon Brook at the corner of Lovell and Ash streets. The local community action agency is seeking low-income tax credits to help finance a residential development with 31 one-bedroom units. The new building would be open to people 62 and older whose earnings fall below a certain percentage of the average median income in the area. With seniors in the region experiencing long waits to find housing, SNHS housing and facilities development director Bill Hart said the project would come at a crucial time. “The need in Nashua for senior housing, and for low-income senior housing, is substantial,” he said. “We currently own and operate four properties and have a pretty significant waiting list in the city right now.” In the past, Southern New Hampshire Services has tapped funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 202 Program to finance new housing projects. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:37:00 EST Genevieve A. Karczewski Genevieve A. Karczewski, 89, of Nashua, NH died Saturday July 19, 2014 at her home in Nashua. Born July 11, 1925 in Chelsea, MA she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Agnes (Konopka) Kupczewski and widow of the late Stanley J. Karczewski whom she had married on May 25, 1947 in Chelsea, MA. She was also predeceased by nine sisters and brothers: Mary Iwanicki, Annie Mahoney, Hedy Heinis, Helen Weirs, Nancy Leonard, Florence Carlan, Joseph Kupczewski, Teddy Kupczewski, and Henry Kupczewski. At one time, Genevieve worked as an office assistance for Nashua Pediatrics. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:01:18 EST Raymond L. Couillard Raymond L. Couillard, 84, of Nashua, NH died at his home Saturday July 19, 2014. Born August 30, 1929 in Lowell, MA he was the son of the late Leo J. and Claire (Moisan) Couillard. He was the husband of Estelle (St. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:01:24 EST ‘Dream’ becomes reality as new mural is unveiled in downtown Nashua NASHUA – The sights and sounds of the early 20th Century returned to downtown Nashua on Sunday as a small crowd gathered to celebrate the dedication of the city’s newest outdoor mural. “Vivian’s Dream,” which depicts life in Nashua in 1909, was rendered on the side of a building near the corner of West Pearl Street and Main Street this summer by muralist Barbara Andrews. The 1,400-square-foot piece stands as one of the city’s largest pieces of public artwork, and joins a stable of other pieces in the city created by Andrews. Andrews put the finishing touch on the piece during Sunday’s dedication ceremony, using a hydraulic construction lift to rise about 10 feet into the air and sign her name. “It touches everyone’s heart,” Andrews said of the historical scene, which centers around the old Tremont House hotel. “It really does. It’s not about the type of people or the culture or any of that. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:07:48 EST Citizen services position debated NASHUA – When aldermen begin their final deliberations on the city’s proposed $256.7 million budget this week, one of the most contentious issues is likely to involve one of the smallest expenditures in the annual spending package. The board will decide Tuesday whether to take control over the position of citizen services director by moving the job out of Mayor Donnalee Lozeau’s office. The Budget Review Committee recommended the change earlier this month amid discussions about whether Lozeau intended to terminate the woman who formerly held the job. That employee, Patricia Rogers, ended her employment with the city last week, after the budget committee recommended taking charge over her position. Some aldermen have speculated that Rogers was fired by the mayor, although Lozeau has not publicly addressed the circumstances surrounding her departure. Lozeau declined to comment on the issue through a spokeswoman because it involves city personnel. Amendments to the budget will go before the full Board of Aldermen on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at a special meeting at Nashua City Hall. The revised budget calls for aldermen to zero out the salary for the citizen services director and create a new staff position under the Board of Aldermen with the same duties. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:04:47 EST Nashua Post 124 finishes season with 18-4 romp over Derry Post 9 DERRY – It’s an empty feeling, having to take the field less than 24 hours after being eliminated from playoff contention. After failing to qualify for the American Legion baseball tournament with a 5-3 loss to Salem Post 63 Saturday night, that’s exactly what Nashua Post 124 dealt with on Sunday in its final District B game against Derry Post 9. Instead of feeling sorry, Post 124 embraced the chance to play with an 18-4 route of playoff-bound Derry in seven innings at Pinkerton Academy. The Nashua players were loud in the dugout, played loosely and were as aggressive as they would be if it were a meaningful game. The result was one of their strongest showings of the year. Post 124 collected a whopping 18 hits and got a strong, six-inning effort from starting pitcher Joe Gouveia. The offense turned a two-run game into a blowout with a nine-run sixth that saw 15 Nashua hitters come to the plate. “Everyone is kind of loose and everything,” Nashua coach Kevin Palanski said. “It’s probably tougher on (Derry). Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:54 EST Woman seeks $2 million in damages from Nashua’s St. Joseph Hospital NASHUA – A Massachusetts woman is suing a city hospital for $2 million nearly three years after her mother died of a heart attack she says doctors should have stopped. Mariann Gobbi filed a suit against St. Joseph Hospital on behalf of her mother, Ann Blanchette’s, estate. Blanchette, 59, suffered a fatal heart attack Aug. 13, 2011, more than six hours after going to the emergency room, according to documents filed at the U.S. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:03:05 EST Free speech, unintended consequences Nashua Alderman Pamela Brown took some heat last week for a Facebook posting in which she referred to Nashua Board of Aldermen President David Deane as “King David.” “Is this all about taking down the Mayor because 2 Aldermen are planning to run for Mayor in 2015?” Brown said. “She’s our first woman Mayor (YEA!) – are the guys feeling emasculated or ‘neutered’ as Deane put it?” Brown’s remarks – made on the Facebook page “Nashua, NH Civic Sounding Board” – generated a variety of responses. Some people encouraged her to say whatever is on her mind, while others think she should “stifle,” as Archie Bunker used to say to his wife, Edith, in the TV show “All in the Family.” Still others chided Brown for doing the city a disservice by running afoul of the Board of Aldermen’s Code of Conduct that restricts the things board members can properly say. June Lemen, who writes a biweekly column for The Sunday Telegraph, articulated such a viewpoint in a column that ran yesterday. The Nashua code contains the standard stuff that everybody can get behind, such as directing board members to treat each other with respect, no cursing, etc. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:04:00 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – July 21 update EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA CLASSES/PROGRAMS AT ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL St. Joseph Hospital on Kinsley Street will offer these classes. To register or for more information, call 595-3168 or visit Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:00:54 EST Nashua Babe Ruth team in New Hampshire tournament The Nashua Babe Ruth Baseball 14-year-old All-Star team is currently competing in the state tournament in Portsmouth after winning the District Title, topping Hudson 4-3 at Concord’s Memorial Field. The team is managed by veteran coach Jim Sanderson from the Tigers, who is in his final season managing in Babe Ruth after a storied 50 year coaching career. Prior to the title victory over Hudson, the team had defeated Merrimack 7 -1 and Concord 9 - 0. Nashua was led by pitchers C.J. Barrett (wining pitcher against Merrimack and Hudson) and Pat McCarthy (winning pitcher against Concord). They were both aided by the catching of A.J. Mele and solid fielding by the entire team. Nashua also supported its pitchers with a .318 team batting average for the three games, producing 24 singles. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:58:00 EST Nashua fighting order to pay $2.8 million for Broad Street Parkway land NASHUA – Costs are beginning to add up for land seized by the city to make way for the Broad Street Parkway, and one eminent domain case pending in superior court could affect the bottom line by more than $2 million. Nashua is appealing a recent decision by the New Hampshire Board of Tax and Land Appeals about the value of roughly 11 acres of land taken for the parkway – one of the largest acquisitions in the project’s history. The city contends that $1.3 million is a fair price for the land, but a separate evaluation paid for by the former owners – local developers Samuel Tamposi Jr. and Stephen Tamposi – pegged the price at $2.8 million. The BTLA ruled in favor of the Tamposis, agreeing that the property – which was once eyed for a condominium development – can now only feasibly support a handful of new single-family homes. The determination could have a significant impact on the cost of building the Broad Street Parkway. The roughly $67 million  initiative is being subsidized with federal money, but Nashua also is taking on millions of dollars in debt to finance the project. Any savings will be passed on to Gate City taxpayers. The project is currently several million dollars under budget, but eminent domain costs are on track to exceed earlier estimates. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:10:56 EST With hundreds more apartments being built, Gateway Hills near Exit 1 become visible NASHUA – Major work continues on the huge Gateway Hills project off Spit Brook Road, but the latest steps, which include completing a loop road through the 200-acre development that runs alongside the F.E. Everett Turnpike, has raised its profile greatly. Especially among southbound commuters. The removal of some trees alongside the long ramp that leads south from Exit 2 as part of the loop road has made the extent of the development visible to Turnpike passers-by for the first time. This sudden visibility has spurred comments and questions in the community and even a bit of surprise from Kevin Walker, who as a civil engineer for developer John J. Flatley Co. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:09:41 EST End in sight for Broad Street Parkway acquisitions in Nashua NASHUA – The decades-long process of acquiring land to pave the way for the Broad Street Parkway is expected to finally finish this year. “The acquisitions are wrapping up,” said Chuck Schmidt, administrator of the Bureau of Right of Way at the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. In the late 1990s, the city designated the state department of transportation as its agent to coordinate and execute all eminent domain actions relating to the Broad Street Parkway. After a process that lasted years, nearly all property rights have been secured. The state finished two of the final transactions in the fall, securing the rights to build on 38 Front St. and 0 Pine St. Ext. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:12:09 EST The toxicity of Nashua City Hall From canvassing New Hampshire, born-again Granite Stater Scott Brown told The Telegraph’s editorial board this week that among the top five concerns he has heard from voters is the vile nature of congressional politics. U.S. Senate candidate Brown describes himself as a pro-choice moderate Republican who isn’t afraid of cutting deals with the other side if it means resolving issues crucial to the nation’s best interests. The principal failure of our national government, he said, is a lack of leadership. His observations strike home. And by home we mean Nashua, where the virulent essence of local politics is eroding a lot of what is good about this proud city. If you haven’t noticed, the Board of Aldermen and Mayor Donnalee Lozeau are locked in something akin to a professional wrestling “Cage of Death” match. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:03:00 EST Nashua Alderwoman Brown should clarify her thinking There is a Facebook page called the “Nashua, NH Civic Sounding Board.” It is not owned or moderated by the city of Nashua. It is a page put up by Paul Shea, in his words, “to connect with fellow Nashuans to discuss challenges that we face together, work to come up with solutions, or would like a place to share and find out about great community events!” All well and good. But many people assume, without close reading, that it is run by city government because the first thing you see on the page is a picture of the Nashua Board of Aldermen. I read the page to find out what people are thinking about city events, although aldermen do not frequent the page. They occasionally chime in – usually when someone asks something like, “I live in Ward X and I want to know when my street will be paved.” If there are debates, most of the time the tone is polite, although it can descend into incivility rather quickly. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:03:06 EST Cynthia Rolanda (Valesh) Roth Cynthia Rolanda (Valesh) Roth, 59, went home to be with the Lord on July 12, 2014. She was born in Illinois, the daughter of Joseph Valesh and Mary Kozeny Valesh. She was married to William Roth for 38 years. Cindy received a Bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana in 1976. She had a tremendous gift of motherhood, and stayed home to rear her two children, Rebecca and David, with love and excellence. She also delivered a paper route in south Nashua for 18 years, starting out delivering with her children in 1995. Cindy was a wise, compassionate lady, full of beauty and grace, with a wonderful sense of humor, who loved to laugh. Animals were drawn to her, and she knew just the right place to scritch them. Hers was a loving presence that improved the atmosphere wherever she went. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:02:47 EST Helen G. Scott Nashua – Helen G. Scott, 80, of Nashua, formerly of Harrisburg, PA succumbed on July 16, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital. She is survived by three children, Richard Goines, Sheila Scott Wallace and Patricia E. Scott; also, two grandchildren, Antwon Scott and Brianne Wallace; and one great-grandchild. The family will observe private services through the Cremation Society of New Hampshire, 243 Hanover St., Manchester, NH. For more information please visit Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:02:56 EST Carole E. (Stennes) Johnson Carole E (Stennes) Johnson, 69, of Nashua NH died peacefully at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester on July 13, 2014.  She was born on March 20, 1945 in Boston MA, the daughter of Dorothy Butters and John Stennes. Carole was the glue that kept her family together, always thinking of others before herself. She had worked as a Taxi driver for the majority of her adult life, which is how she will be remembered. Carole was the strength for so many and the rock for her children. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:03:02 EST Robert Leonard O’Leary Robert Leonard O’Leary, 82, a previous long-time Nashua, N.H. resident, died early Sunday morning, July 6, 2014 at Fairfax (Virginia) Hospital after a brief period of declining health. As the second son of the late Robert and Elizabeth (McCarthy) O’Leary of Milford, N.H. and Peterborough, N.H., respectively, Robert (Jr.) was born in Nashua on October 26, 1931. He attended Saint Patrick School with his older brother, the late James C. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:03:13 EST Liz McQuinn recalled as ‘the boss’ with ‘a heart of gold’ and hearty, contagious laugh NASHUA – Liz McQuinn was Cico Vargas’ grandmother, but to him, she was more like a second mom. And because McQuinn was loath to “treat you like a baby if you got hurt,” instead ordering kids to “just suck it up,” Vargas also called her “my best friend” out of respect and admiration. The young man was among roughly 200 family members, friends and associates of Elizabeth Goode McQuinn who gathered Saturday to remember the longtime Nashuan described as a “very young, full-of-life 60 years old” who died early Wednesday morning when her car and a dump truck collided in South Merrimack. Anthony Silva Paquin, another of Liz McQuinn’s 13 grandchildren, followed Vargas to the lectern at St. Joseph the Worker parish Saturday morning and quietly shared how much she meant to him. “Grammy … was very supportive of me,” the young man began. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:06:36 EST Nashua sets the stage for romance in couple’s proposal video One couple added some extra color at a Nashua’s Art with a Splash paint bar on June 20. Dan Messick, of Manchester, chose to propose to Elyse Therrien, of Litchfield, at the Main Street shop and recruited local film-making company Lightcanvas to capture the moment. Their proposal video has spread on social media – coming to The Telegraph’s attention via Twitter from Paul Shea, board member at CityArts in Nashua. Shea tweeted the couple’s video using #DaretoBegin, the city’s official new motto, and #Nashua  Romance. The city guest-stars as the  backdrop to the couple’s proposal in the video. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:13:00 EST Inclement weather threatens whether to take on projects Got no motivation, you’re not alone – feels like it’s an effort just to pick up the phone! Fans and ACs working to cool – into the pool, but wait, that idea’s down the drain, when once again here comes the rain. We all need to get things done, but humidity takes out a lot of the fun. The best way to go is to take it easy, take it slow. Whatever you’re up to, make sure you’re up to it, even when it comes to responding to requests and offers. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:03:45 EST Nashua symphony holding yard sale fundraiser NASHUA – Did you forget (or just neglect) to do spring cleaning this year? Are you looking for an easy and free way to get rid of unwanted clutter? Then look no further than Symphony NH’s yard sale fundraiser. Tax-deductible donations are being accepted at the symphony office at 6 Church St. for a yard sale of gigantic proportions, which will take place at 91 Concord St. on Saturday, Aug. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:03:57 EST Community events in Nashua – July 20 update EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS PETER B. DAVIS CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT The 28th annual Peter B. Davis Charity Golf Tournament will be held July 21 at Nashua Country Club. Event benefits the Marguerite d’Youville Fund and the St. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:04:30 EST NASHUA Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., 589-4600, carol.eyman@, www.nashua CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION IN NEW HAMPSHIRE On TV, forensic science is a fast and flashy thrill ride in which the crime is always solved. The reality at the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Laboratory is that a small staff of scientists provides forensic services for the entire state. Join criminologist Shane Zeman at 7 p.m. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:05:00 EST Pets of the week for July 20 Humane Society for Greater Nashua Blaze Hi there, I’m Blaze! I am a one and a half-year-old, playful and outgoing guy who is ready to find my family! I love to play with toys, other dogs and kids; I just LOVE to play! I have heard that hiking is pretty fun, and I hope my new family will take me on these adventures as I can’t wait to explore New Hampshire. Even though I am an active fella, I really enjoy some snuggle time with my people after an eventful day. The staff here at the shelter say I’m pretty cute because I have such a unique look, but you’ll just have to come meet me and see for yourself! Come visit me and let’s take a walk together. Like all of my friends here at the Humane Society for Greater Nashua, I am neutered, up to date on vaccinations and microchipped! Q-Tip and Vanilla Ice Hi, I’m Q-tip and here with my sister, Vanilla Ice, who looks just like me! We’re both lionhead mix rabbits and oh so adorable! We’re looking for a new home together, though if it means we could both be adopted sooner, we would consider being split up. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:05:16 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua – July 20 update The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 22: Elks Lodge, 120 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:05:44 EST Telegraph’s Tom King now a ‘bobblehead’ NASHUA – When Telegraph sportswriter Tom King heard the Silver Knights had picked Friday as “Tom King bobblehead night,” former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez came to mind. “First thing I thought was, ‘I’m going to outdraw Pedro Martinez bobblehead night,’” King said with the hearty laugh for which he’s known. Indeed, only about 950 fans came to Holman Stadium on July 12 for Martinez’s bobblehead night, and, King said, more than 1,000 tickets for Friday were sold in advance and as many as 1,000 more fans could show up, thanks to complimentary tickets they received for donating blood at the recent American Red Cross blood drive in Nashua. The idea of making the veteran Telegraph scribe, who also has a pretty robust following on “Christian and King,” the weekday ESPN New Hampshire radio show he co-hosts with Christian Arcand, a “bobblehead honoree” first came up back in December, King said. “They called me in February, during my radio show,” he said. “They said this is what we want to do, what’s a good date?” King said the Silver Knights indicated they chose to bestow the honor not only for his coverage of the Knights, but his years of covering all other teams that have called Holman Stadium home over the decades. While he’s flattered by the gesture, King said that being the subject of a bobblehead Night is only a small part of the story. “The big story is the fact there’s a team in Holman Stadium in Nashua that’s able to do bobblehead nights,” he said. – DEAN SHALHOUP Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:02:28 EST Rivier University leader named to NH Charitable Foundation board NASHUA – Sister Paula Marie Buley, president of Rivier University in Nashua, is serving in a new leadership role with one of New Hampshire’s largest charitable groups. Buley was recently named to the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The 14-member board includes leaders from the business, public and nonprofit sectors. The public charity funds projects that improve the quality of life for New Hampshire citizens, including 5,000 grants and scholarships totaling $30 million annually. “As New Hampshire’s largest provider of unrestricted scholarships in the state, we are excited to have Sister Paula’s added perspective on higher education,” NH Charitable Foundation President and CEO Richard Ober said in an announcement. Buley became president of Rivier, an 81-year-old Catholic liberal arts school, in 2012. She has more than 25 years of experience in higher education administration and has held senior positions at Anna Maria College, Mount St. Mary University and Immaculata University, and was previously executive vice president of administration at Seton Hall University, according to information provided by Rivier. Buley holds a doctoral degree in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an MBA from Villanova University and master’s degree in Catholic Studies from Georgetown University. Buley serves as a director for New Hampshire Catholic Charities and St. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:11:39 EST Nashua should link river, trail project Jim Haddadin’s excellent update on the slow progress of the Nashua Heritage Rail Trail toward the Merrimack River warrants a reminder that the Merrimack shore itself is well worth extension of the Heritage Trail. The city already owns land (Greeley Park) or has public access easements (Thornton’s Landing) along much of its Merrimack shoreline and should seek more – for instance, along the Tie Plant/Beazer shore. It is not too late to aspire to proving a Merrimack River Greenway along Nashua’s shore consistent with the state’s longstanding Heritage Trail program. We may not be able to fully match Boston’s Charles River Greenway, or our neighbor Lowell’s effective efforts to provide waterfront amenities, but it is past time to start, and the availability of federal and state funding could surely help. Gene Porter Nashua Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:02:06 EST Mayor may have sealed political fate Every political miscue generates a nail that seals the coffin of a politician’s fate. Nobody knows how many it takes and the number required to seal a coffin remains a mystery. Astute voters can sometimes recognize the particular nail that seals the political fate of an elected official.They also know that it usually isn’t the most recent nail that seals that coffin of political fate. I believe we have seen the generation of such a nail when the employment of Nashua’s Citizen Services Director was terminated by Mayor Donnalee Lozeau on Monday. Michael Chrissis Nashua Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:01:46 EST Former employee was huge help to many Ms. Patti Rodgers, employed for years in the mayor’s office, assisted me in locating information, services for many of my advocacy clients and acted in a most professional and caring manner. Her responses were prompt and helpful. She has been let go. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:01:11 EST Nashua should set spending priorities This letter is to the aldermen and women, board of education and finance committee. Why are we spending $762,000 on preserving a chimney? Paying thousands to a consulting firm to tell them which site to put a playground; and $222,204 for two new trucks and an additional $150,499 to outfit them. The paper also stated that the Finance Committee earlier this year approved four more trucks and $287,726 to outfit them. How much is the Broad Street Parkway costing, and what will the Main Street sidewalk renovations cost when done? No one seems to know that number. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:03:11 EST Nashua Silver Knights top Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide NASHUA – Friday night was one of those “bottle it up for safekeeping” for the Nashua Silver Knights. The challenge will be for them to do just that. Starting pitcher and Nashua native Jake Mellin spun a masterpiece with seven innings of five-hit ball, and the Silver Knights delighted the franchise’s largest announced Holman Stadium crowd ever of 3,020 with a 6-0 win over Old Orchard. “It starts with starting pitching,” Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said. “And you need big hits in big situations, and we got that tonight.” The win, coming off the heels of a frustrating loss to Wachusett the night before, puts Nashua back over .500 at 19-18. “Today we really wanted to have fun,” said outfielder Matt Sanchez, who homered and drove in two runs. “And winning is always fun.” Mellin’s big key: He didn’t walk a batter, fanning six, a big change from recent Silver Knight pitching outings. Old Orchard’s Raheim Cooper led the game off with a single, and wound up at third with a steal/error with nobody out and was stranded. “This crowd, seeing all these fans out here gave me a boost of energy,” said Mellin (1-4), the University of Hartford hurler who makes no secret of how much he loves pitching at Holman. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:55:00 EST The trip of a lifetime: Sans the frills and creature comforts It was the middle of summer – that magic, paradisiacal interlude pleasantly devoid of structure, homework and collared shirts – and a dozen Nashua boys had a no-frills road trip on their minds. At age 9, Rob Sakey was the youngest of the lot, and among the memories he’s kept fresh in the 45 years since that hot July of 1969 is being photographed sitting on a car upon reaching the gang’s destination: Cape Kennedy, Fla. “Here I was, this nerd, the only one wearing shorts,” Sakey, now a husband, father and businessman living in Arlington, Mass., said this week with a laugh. That ominous “nerd” feeling was short-lived, because Sakey and his pals were on a far more exciting mission than making fashion statements: They’d flown, then driven, south to witness the launch of Apollo 11 on what would go down in history as one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments. The “moonshot” is what this unforgettable mission was often called in the multitude of breathless news reports that peaked 45 years ago Sunday when the Apollo 11 crew – Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. and Michael Collins – set their space capsule softly into moondust and made world history. What the boys, who came from Nashua, Hollis and Hudson, had in common is that their parents were closely involved with the Nashua’s former Arts and Science Center, and one of them – the inimitable Meri Goyette – got thinking how cool it would be if some local kids could get a one-of-a-kind history lesson up close and personal. The boys were members of “The Muses,” a center-sponsored youth group that Goyette led. So she recruited her husband, physician Charlie Goyette, and the late Joseph Sakey, Rob Sakey’s dad and the popular longtime city librarian, as chaperones for the journey. Then she called New Hampshire’s own famous astronaut, Derry’s Alan B. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:02:43 EST Portland Pie plans pizza contest Sean Morris, of Nashua, was first to sign up. His technique? “Grab it by the crust and use your fingers. Taco style. Three bites.” Morris and nine other contestants will be showing off their pizza-eating prowess Monday evening when the Portland Pie restaurant conducts the first of what it hopes will be many competitions to benefit local charities, “It’s not a quantity pie eating contest, it’s a speed eating contest,” said Frank Gioffre, manager of the Canal Street eatery. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:03:48 EST Ramona Sue Laflamme Ramona Sue Laflamme, 61, took her parents’ hands for her next journey after a long battle with Breast Cancer on July 14th, 2014 surrounded by loving family. Born in Nashua, NH on May 4th, 1953 to the late Raymond and Madeline Laflamme (Covey), she attended Nashua schools all her life. She worked in Manufacturing most of her life, most recently at Perry Slingsby in Jupiter, FL. She is survived by her ex-husband but lifelong friend, Yvon Champagne; one daughter, Sharon Stafford, and one son and daughter-in-law, Raymond and Melissa Champagne, all of Nashua, NH; five grandchildren, Corey Macphee, Amber Stafford, Desiree Stafford, Dylan Thibodeau, and Ashley Champangne; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary Laflamme and Paula and John Majewski, also all of Nashua; one brother and his wife, George and Gloria Laflamme of Henderson, Nevada; 5 nieces and nephews; and many aunts and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents and one brother, Donald Laflamme. No funeral services or wake. There will be a memorial service to be announced at a later date. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:00:05 EST Nashua suffers crucial loss to Londonderry in Legion baseball NASHUA – Not only did Nashua Post 124 not look like a playoff team Friday night, its 13-3 mercy-rule loss to Londonderry Post 27 at Bishop Guertin High School all but ended its hopes of making the American Legion baseball tournament as well. At 7-8, Nashua dropped to sixth in the District B standings with three regular-season games to go. Post 124 needs to win its final three games and have both Londonderry and Derry, which Nashua plays in its regular-season finale Sunday, lose its remaining games to clinch that fourth and final playoff spot. “Right now, we could’ve sealed our fate by winning out the four games we had this weekend,” Nashua coach Kevin Palanski said. “Now, we need some help.” The game was actually close at one point. Londonderry’s Rob Del Signore and Nashua starter Jeff Lunn were locked in a pitcher’s duel through the first four innings. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:10:00 EST Silver Knights have a golden opportunity It’s a hot, event-filled week in the middle of July. In particular, it’s a big week for the Nashua Silver Knights. This is their time. This is when they need to make a push on the field to get back to where we’re all used to them being, at or near the top of the standings. They’ve been treading water for awhile now, hanging around the .500 mark, and at 17-16 and about 20 games left to play (yeah, it goes by fast), it’s time to make a move. This is a perfect week to do it. First, they have back-to-back games with the team that leads their division, the 19-13 Worcester Bravehearts. They’ll just have to adjust their body clocks, as the games Tuesday at Holy Cross College’s Fitton Field in Worcester and on Wednesday at Holman Stadium are both 11:05 a.m. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:00:09 EST Silver Knights have a golden opportunity It’s a hot, event-filled week in the middle of July. In particular, it’s a big week for the Nashua Silver Knights. This is their time. This is when they need to make a push on the field to get back to where we’re all used to them being, at or near the top of the standings. They’ve been treading water for awhile now, hanging around the .500 mark, and at 17-16 and about 20 games left to play (yeah, it goes by fast), it’s time to make a move. This is a perfect week to do it. First, they have back-to-back games with the team that leads their division, the 19-13 Worcester Bravehearts. They’ll just have to adjust their body clocks, as the games Tuesday at Holy Cross College’s Fitton Field in Worcester and on Wednesday at Holman Stadium are both 11:05 a.m. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:00:36 EST Silver Knights have a golden opportunity It’s a hot, event-filled week in the middle of July. In particular, it’s a big week for the Nashua Silver Knights. This is their time. This is when they need to make a push on the field to get back to where we’re all used to them being, at or near the top of the standings. They’ve been treading water for awhile now, hanging around the .500 mark, and at 17-16 and about 20 games left to play (yeah, it goes by fast), it’s time to make a move. This is a perfect week to do it. First, they have back-to-back games with the team that leads their division, the 19-13 Worcester Bravehearts. They’ll just have to adjust their body clocks, as the games Tuesday at Holy Cross College’s Fitton Field in Worcester and on Wednesday at Holman Stadium are both 11:05 a.m. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:01:05 EST Local student receives Scholastic Award at Nashua Catholic SOPHIA BEMISS Sophia Bemiss, daughter of Kathleen and Scott Bemiss, was honored during the Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School scholastic awards ceremony in June. Bemiss received top honors for her Rube Goldberg Science Fair project. She plans to attend Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua in the fall. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:03:36 EST Take action when your family’s ‘check engine’ light is on Are you the type person who takes action when the “check engine light” comes on? Or, do you wait for a more subtle announcement – like an engine that won’t start or an oil leak? This has nothing to do with the check engine light; rather it’s a wakeup call for all who are responsible for their families. In carrying out those responsibilities, do you wait for a problem to show itself or are you proactive? As a Red Cross disaster responder, I help people who are affected by disasters. Over the past 20 years, I have observed how unprepared most Americans are for just about any type of emergency. From hurricanes, wildfires, tornados and home fires, too many people are ignorant of the dangers they face. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:16:01 EST Nashua Silver Knights fall to Wachusett Dirt Dawgs NASHUA – The Nashua Silver Knights simply can’t stand prosperity. Trying to get to two games over .500 for the first time since they started the season 2-0, they faltered badly with a 9-4 loss at the hands of the last place (14-22) Wachusett Dirt Dawgs before a Thursday night Holman Stadium crowd of 1,934. The problem? Pitching. Five Silver Knights hurlers combined two give up 11 hits, walking six Dirt Dawgs and hitting two. Trailing 9-2 in the ninth, Nashua (seven hits) got a two-run Mike Pierson double, but too little, too late. “I don’t have an answer,” Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:37:00 EST Donor buys replacement for Bank of America clock removed for Nashua sidewalk project An anonymous donor has purchased a replacement sidewalk clock for Main Street, said Carolyn Mortellaro, communications director for City Hall. “The clock is on order, and the city will receive it in the next couple of weeks,” Mortellaro said Thursday. She said installation arrangements will be made once it arrives. The old clock was removed in April from its spot in front of the Bank of America, which owns it, as city workers continued their sidewalk upgrade work. A light pole at the corner of High and Main streets also was removed and an information kiosk was hauled away and placed in storage. Most structures planted in the city’s existing brick sidewalks are being displaced by the rebuilding project. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:05:05 EST Policy banning pets from Nashua restaurants with outdoor seating has some barking mad NASHUA – Dog owners should keep their furry friend at home if they hope to get a bite to eat at any downtown restaurants with outdoor seating this summer. A letter sent to eateries with sidewalk seating by the city health department reminded owners that dogs can’t accompany their owners in outside seating areas. The letter has one restaurant owner growling over the restriction. “We love the dogs. I’ve never had a problem with them,” said City Room Cafe owner Terry Wade. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:34:00 EST Scott Brown calls himself a ‘problem solver,’ labels Jeanne Shaheen a ‘rubber stamp’ for Obama HUDSON – Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown, of Rye, says repealing the Affordable Care Act can be done as he’s hopeful enough Democratic senators will come to realize the health care mandate is crippling the nation’s economic recovery. Brown supports returning power to the states to craft their own affordable health insurance reform laws as then-Republican Gov. Mitt Romney achieved in Massachusetts. As a Massachusetts state senator, Brown voted for what became known as Romneycare. “We repeal and change laws everyday. They want you to think that Obamacare is the only answer,” Brown said during an interview with The Telegraph editorial board Thursday. “I believe everyone should have access to health care; I am not saying that’s a bad thing. I believe we can do it better in our state effectively and more efficiently than our federal government. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:57:19 EST Elizabeth ‘Liz’ McQuinn Elizabeth “Liz” McQuinn, 60, of Nashua, NH, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from injuries she sustained in an automobile accident in Merrimack, NH. She was born January 5, 1954 in Brooklyn, NY, daughter of Mary (Brindley) Goode and the late James Goode. Liz was full of life. She had a HUGE personality and you felt you knew her within minutes of meeting her whether you wanted to or not. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:06:13 EST LaVerne Glynese Jencks LaVerne Glynese Jencks, 82 of Nashua, died Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Greenbriar Health Care in Nashua surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 22, 1932 in Dalton, GA, daughter of the late George and Etta Lindsey. LaVerne was also predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Jencks; and a daughter, Cynthia Roberts. In her younger years, LaVerne spent many summers at Beverly Harbor where she developed a joy for boating. She was an LPN for over 20 years. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:06:18 EST JULY 10 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Jonathan Jacob Calvin, 29, 18 Abbott St., Apt. C, Nashua, criminal trespass. JULY 11 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Grant Michael Gray, 26, 14 Strawberry Bank Road, Apt. 13, Nashua, two counts conduct after an accident. Denis I. Velez, 33, 90 Pine St., Apt. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:06:25 EST One pint at a time, Red Cross blood drive at Nashua High School South’s goal is 660 pints Every one of the donors at Wednesday’s blood drive at Nashua High School South had a reason to give. Kristie Archer, of Pelham, said her story began with her father, Robert Cousins. Reclining in a lounge chair set up with dozens of others in the school’s two gymnasiums Wednesday, she said her father has “given over the years 280 times. I’m just continuing the saga.” The annual WZID Chill & Grill Super Blood Drive set up shop at the school and attracted a steady stream of willing donors despite the off and on rain. “He had a quadruple bypass about seven years ago,” Archer continued. Additional heart complications limited his own health and ability to be a donor. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:15 EST Downtown Music Fest brings top names to Nashua Turns out, there is a cure for the summertime blues. The blues. Saturday, the first in the three-concert Downtown Music Fest series fills Main Street with a Roomful of Blues and The Love Dogs, established bands ready to lay down all the horn-heavy, bass-slapping beats you can shake a tailfeather to. The Grammy-nominated former and Boston-based latter start out the strong lineup of known names coming to rock downtown this summer. Co-organized and hosted by the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and local special events company Community Events LLC, the dynamic duo of Chris and Chris – Chris Williams and Chris Malloy – are driving people downtown in droves again this summer. The roster of bands ups the ante in the event’s third year. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:03:08 EST Teen Actorsingers bring ‘Legally Blonde’ to Nashua NASHUA – From the big screen to the Janice B. Streeter Theater, Elle Woods and all the well-known characters from the film “Legally Blonde” are coming to Nashua. This weekend, Teen Actorsingers will be performing “Legally Blonde The Musical” at the 14 Court St. venue in downtown Nashua. Director Joseph Juknie-vich, along with music director Eric Berthiaume and choreographer Brittney-Lynne Stanley, have been working with a group of teenage actors since May in preparation for this weekend’s opening performances. This is not the directorial staff’s first time working together, however: The trio produced last year’s production of “Urinetown” as well. “We have a really great mix together,” Stanley said of the team. This year’s family- friendly comedy is a completely different type of musical compared to “Urinetown.” As such, “Legally Blonde” comes with all its own challenges. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:03:34 EST Writers seek  veterans to share their stories NASHUA – Two local authors are seeking veterans to share their stories for an upcoming Veteran’s Day project. During the course of the HBO mini-series “Band of Brothers,” we get to know the members of Easy Company: their hopes, fears and plans for the future. We feel the pain of a loss, the relief of a victory and, especially, the strength of their bonds to each other. Nashua writer Lowell Williams, along with Donald Tongue, of Derry, have decided to bring this idea of storytelling to New Hampshire. Williams is a co-founder of New Theater Works, a Nashua theatrical production company. “You have to be lucky to be a part of a story like ‘Band of Brothers,’” Williams said. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:04:11 EST ‘Vivan’s Dream’ mural dedication Sunday on West Pearl Street, Nashua NASHUA – In 1909, West Pearl Street was the center of a bustling downtown Nashua. Clothing stores, hat shops, barber shops and coffee shops were prominent in this predominantly Greek neighborhood. This vision of turn-of-the-century Nashua has been depicted on a wall behind TD Bank at the corner of Main and West Pearl streets, and will be officially unveiled to the public Sunday. The project – called “Vivian’s Dream,” in honor of Vivian Walker, one of the women with the original idea for the mural – is sponsored by City Arts Nashua and was officially proposed about four years ago by local artist Barbara Andrews. Andrews said she came across an image of West Pearl Street as it looked in 1909 and thought the wall behind TD Bank would be the ideal spot for a mural replicating the image. “It made complete sense to put that mural there,” Andrews said. West Pearl Street used to be the center of the Greek community in Nashua in the 19th and 20th centuries. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:04:34 EST Downtown Nashua has music, art and theater this weekend Think of it this way: You’re saving so much time and money, not having to water your lawn. Ugh! This rain better abate before the weekend, because Nashua has some great things planned that are happening outdoors. In fact, two of them are right downtown. The first is the kickoff concert for the third annual Downtown Music Fest, presented by the Chamber of Commerce, Community Events LLC, and major sponsor AutoFair. The organizers have lined up some impressive names to play in the Gate City, including this first show featuring Roomful of Blues and the Love Dogs (on the cover of Encore), who will perform on a stage set up in the middle of Main Street in front of Martha’s Exchange. I spoke with Chris Williams, Chris Malloy and Andy Crews about the series, what’s new, and how they’re bringing top-notch, affordable nights of music right to the streets. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:04:39 EST Nashua Silver Knights drub Worcester Bravehearts, 10-2 NASHUA – Wednesday was a day of firsts for the Nashua Silver Knights and pitcher Tom Hudon. The lefty from Merrimack and St. Anselm College checked the Worcester Bravehearts on just two hits over 61⁄3 innings, giving him his first win of the summer (1-4). The 10-2 Nashua triumph was also the first win for the Silver Knights (18-17) over the West Division leading Worcester Bravehearts (20-14) in five tries. The Holman Stadium Camp Day announced crowd of 817 also endured a 1-hour, 40-minute rain delay. “If we’re going to make it to the playoffs, we’ve got to beat Worcester,” said Hudon, who struck out 10, walked two and hit a batter. “Location was there, and the same with the off-speed. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:36:53 EST Mari E. Chapman MILFORD, NH – Mari E. Chapman, 35, lifelong resident of Milford, died on July 13, 2014 at her home. She was born in Philadelphia, PA on June 20, 1979, a daughter of Cheryl (Hamel) Sarao of Milford and the late Harold W. Goss II. Mari had been employed as an independent contractor for the Nashua Telegraph for more than 13 years. Her greatest joy was being a mom and spending time with her daughter. She was an avid NASCAR fan, loved animals and had adopted several rescue dogs. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:00:24 EST David Jourdain Jr. David Jourdain Jr., 79, passed away on July 14, 2014 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Manchester, NH following a lengthy illness. He was the son of the late David Jourdain Sr. and Anna Viel. Dave attended Chelmsford, MA schools and graduated from Keith Academy in Lowell, MA before enlisting in the Air Force. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:00:52 EST Theresa (Poney) Levesque Theresa (Poney) Levesque, 85, a life-long resident of Nashua, NH passed away on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack, NH. She was born October 12, 1928 in Nashua, daughter of the late Felix and Alma (Gagnon) Poney. Mrs. Levesque worked for over 25 years in the electronics industry for Sprague Electric and Sanders Associates. She made beautiful needle work and enjoyed gardening. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:01:01 EST Ryan Kohler pacesetter at NH State Am golf in Goffstown GOFFSTOWN – Ryan Kohler was at it again Wednesday. After earning medalist honors and the top seed during the 36-hole qualifying, the Hooper Golf Club member made things look relatively easy when he teed off at 8 a.m. in the 111th State Amateur Championship’s Round of 64 at Stonebridge Country Club. By the time he wrapped up his 5-and-3 victory over 64th-seeded Rich Reeves, of Canterbury Woods Country Club, the rest of the field was running for cover. Although the rain that delayed play for 50 minutes was expected, Wednesday’s Round of 64 had a few surprises – most notably, 58th-seed Kurt Eddins’ upset of seventh-seeded Craig Steckowych. The Exeter Country Club golfer pulled out a 4-and-3 win over the former two-time champion (1990, 1998) from Portsmouth Country Club. Kohler was one of four golfers to wrap up their matches before the horn sounded for that rain delay. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:01:00 EST Club holds 118th  Anniversary Tea NASHUA – The Nashaway Woman’s Club recently celebrated its 118th Anniversary Tea at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. President Linda Twombly was presented with proclamations from the offices of U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Gov. Maggie Hassan and state Sens. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:41:47 EST Nashua student among those honored in Letters About Literature program TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. –  Saniya Singh, of Nashua, and Lauren Bradley, of Tyngsborough, both recent eighth-grade graduates of the Academy of Notre Dame, were honored at an awards ceremony at the Massachusetts Statehouse recently for their participation in the Letters About Literature Program. The national writing contest for students in grades 4-12 is sponsored locally by the Massachusetts Center for the Book and affiliated nationally with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Students participate by reading a book, poem or speech, then writing a letter to the author about how that book affected them. Nationally, more than 69,000 letters were entered into the competition this year, with only 10 percent advancing to the third round for state-level judging. “All seventh- and eighth-grade students here at the academy participated,” elementary library media specialist Kathleen Smith said. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:02:51 EST Resolution reached in suit against Nashua Historical Society NASHUA – Ten months of legal wrangling over how the Nashua Historical Society board of directors ousted former society President Terry Romano has been “amicably resolved,” according to a statement issued by both sides Monday. According to the resolution, which was reached through a state Supreme Court mediation session, the society will award Romano the title of past president emeritus through 2016 “in recognition of her many years of service.” In turn, the group’s current president, Joanne Ouellette, said the society “welcomes Ms. Romano’s continued support of the society and the Ce Ce Romano Memorial Scholarship Fund,” which was created in memory of Romano’s late sister. Romano said in the statement that she “looks forward to assisting the membership and … continuing my support of the society.” Ouellette, who was named president in May, taking over for interim President Cecile Renzi, said the terms of the agreement are confidential and she could not comment further. Romano was one of the 18 plaintiffs listed in the lawsuit, which was filed by attorney Francis Murphy on their behalf in the wake of her dismissal. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:52 EST Extending Nashua Rail Trail to Merrimack River hits a stumbling block NASHUA – The city is still working to acquire two vacant properties and a steel bridge on Commercial Street that will pave the way for the opening of an eastern section of the Heritage Rail Trail. Nashua was given a transportation enhancement grant, through the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, to purchase land or easements on two properties along the former abandoned railroad corridor and railroad bridge over Commercial Street. The parcels are the last remaining areas the city needs to obtain public access for the future trail from Main Street to Temple Street. Dubbed “Heritage Rail Trail East,” the path would be an extension of Nashua’s existing 1.3-mile Heritage Rail Trail, which runs from Simon Street to Main Street, parallel to West Hollis Street. It is on land that once carried Boston & Maine Railroad’s Worcester-Nashua line. The trail opened in 1999, and city officials have long envisioned extending it east toward the Merrimack River. The city previously secured federal money to acquire other properties along the abandoned rail corridor. One of the two remaining parcels the city is looking to acquire measures a third of an acre, adjacent to Howard Street, between Spruce and Commercial streets; the other is a quarter-acre, stretching between Mason and Spruce streets. Aldermen signed off on the idea of acquiring the land nearly two years ago. City officials had hoped to wrap up the acquisition process sooner, but Nashua Planning Department Director Roger Houston said using federal funds requires a lengthy approval process, including an environmental review. “We thought back then that we could avoid that process, but we have to go through that process,” he said. As part of the review, Houston recently solicited comments from more than 20 groups, including the fire department and the city Planning Board, which gave the trail extension a favorable recommendation. Houston said once the initial comment period closes, the city will request a programmatic exclusion to try to speed along the review process. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:31:00 EST Goodbye heavy rains and humidity; hello dry, sunny skies The skies in the Nashua area opened up several times from Tuesday through Wednesday night, and while there were several reports of streets flooding and waterlogged parking lots, there were no funnel clouds over Nashua. A photo of a funnel cloud that appeared on Twitter on Wednesday morning turned out to be an apparent hoax, according to the National Weather Service’s Boston office. Several users unwittingly retweeted the photo, which was of a real tornado – except it was one of the many twisters photographed during the deadly Nebraska outbreak last month. What was real in these parts, though, was heavy rain and water, especially in northwestern Hillsborough and a large part of Cheshire counties, according to  Hudson-based meteorologist Doug Webster. The town of North Weare appears to be Hillsborough County’s rainfall jackpot over the last 48 hours, where, according to Webster’s figures, 4.13 inches came down during the period. Even more – upwards of 4.5 inches – was reported in parts of Cheshire County, where flooding was widespread in towns like Winchester and Swanzey, both of which had a number of washed-out roads by the time things calmed down. Meanwhile, Webster said, Hudson managed just over 1 inch of rain; less was recorded in Nashua. Pennichuck Water Works’s automated rain gauge – which is a good indication but isn’t official, Webster said – recorded about 0.60 of an inch Tuesday and another 0.17 Wednesday, for a two-day total of about three-quarters of an inch. The wide disparity in totals is indicative of the nature of summer storms, which, Webster said, can produce blinding downpours in one place but barely a sprinkle as close as a mile or so away. “They’re known to vary greatly,” he said of rainfall totals associated with the seasonal storms, adding that the same goes for the frequency, and intensity, of lightening, thunder and wind. Other local totals include about three-quarters of an inch in Merrimack and Litchfield, while Manchester reported 1.16 inches, Webster said. While Tuesday’s round of storms affected Greater Nashua more than the brief Wednesday downpours, many Massachusetts towns and cities saw the most action Wednesday. Lowell, for instance, came in at 2.75 inches of rain through the period, while rainfall totals coming out of nearby Pelham and Windham hovered at a mere 0.04 to 0.05 inches, Webster said. Wednesday also was worse than Tuesday on the Seacoast and southern York County, Maine, where multiple incidents of downed trees and wires, flooding and other wind damage were reported. Many residents throughout the region may have been startled Tuesday afternoon when their cell phone or other devices suddenly came to life with ominous tones and the words “tornado warning” as the rain pelted down and thunder and lightening filled the skies. Such early warnings are becoming more common, Webster said, because recent advances in meteorological technology allow forecasters and severe-weather experts to detect even the earliest hint of cloud rotation on their Doppler radar. “They can see how the wind is blowing, and if they see indications of rotation, they issue a tornado warning,” Webster said. “You’ll start seeing more (tornado) warnings now.” Experts advise people to not panic when a tornado warning is issued, but plan a route to a safe place like a basement and keep closely apprised of emergency warnings until the danger has passed. The upside to all the storminess, Webster said, is that by Thursday, they will be replaced by a fine stretch of summer-like weather. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:02:16 EST Nashua Board of Aldermen to vote on landfill gas contracts NASHUA – The Finance Committee gave its stamp of approval Wednesday to legal agreements allowing the city to take over the gas collection system at the Four Hills Landfill and hire a renewable energy firm to generate electricity at the site for the next 25 years. The committee voted to recommend executing a new long-term contract with Pennsylvania-based PPL Renewable Energy. It also recommended terminating the city’s relationship with the company that currently runs the entire gas-to-electricity system. A set of contracts executing the change now heads to the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday for final approval. The deals would put the city in charge of the gas collection wells at the landfill for the first time in decades. The change would give the city more control over the amount of gas that escapes into the air, leading to foul odors in the neighborhoods surrounding the facility. They also would resolve pending litigation filed against the city last year by Fortistar, the company that currently operates the landfill gas system. Nashua has been at odds with the company over the last several years regarding how much gas is being collected. Fortistar also has challenged requests to pay for expansions of the gas collection system mandated by the state Department of Environmental  Services. “We had a lot of odor issues at the landfill, and we had a company that wasn’t willing to work with us to try to minimize the odors,” Nashua Corporation Counsel Stephen Bennett told Finance Committee members Wednesday. Lawsuits filed by Fortistar and the city are on hold in federal court while Nashua investigates its options for running the landfill gas system. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:02:31 EST Blue Bus off to good start WILTON – The Board of Selectmen have named Martha Greene as the town’s representative to the board of Souhegan Valley Transit Collaborative, operators of the “Blue Bus,” the area service for the elderly and disabled provided through Nashua Transit Service. The pilot program, begun four months ago, “was an excellent start,” Janet Langdell, planning coordinator, told the selectmen on Monday, July 7. “We provided 34 rides,” which is comparable to use in similarly sized towns. It is an excellent start.” Mont Vernon also joined the service last spring. Greene, she added, “jumped in with both feet. We are excited to have her on the board.” Rides are available to those who are unable to drive, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., for $2 each way. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:01:53 EST New director of sales for Nashua hotel WILTON – RGH Hospitality, the hotel management subsidiary of Roedel Co., has named Steven Morabito as director of sales at the Courtyard by Marriott in Nashua. Morabito is responsible for revenue production and strategic planning for the 200 room hotel and 11,000-square-foot conference center. He manages room revenue targets and all on-property event sales. With more than 15 years experience in directing hotel sales and marketing, Morabito has expertise in the hospitality industry. Most recently, he served as the director of sales at the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Manchester, which is also managed by RGH Hospitality. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:02:53 EST Amherst student among those honored in Letters About Literature program TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. – Saniya Singh, of Nashua, and Lauren Bradley, of Tyngsborough, Mass., both recent eighth-grade graduates of the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsborough, Mass., were honored at an awards ceremony at the Massachusetts Statehouse recently for their participation in the Letters About Literature Program. This annual nation-wide writing contest for students who are in grades 4-12, is sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for the Book and affiliated nationally with the Center for the Book  in the Library of Congress. Students participate by reading a book, poem or speech, then writing a letter to the author about how that book affected them. Nationally, more than 69,000 letters were entered into the competition this year, with only 10 percent advancing to the third round for state-level judging. “All seventh- and eighth-grade students here at the academy participated,” elementary library media specialist Kathleen Smith said. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:01:24 EST James C. Starke AMHERST – James C. Starke, M.D., well-known dermatologist, age 85, died on July 6, 2014, from pulmonary fibrosis in the house he restored, lived in and loved for 52 years, known as the Melendy Farm. Starke was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Carl and Ada Starke. He attended the University of Wisconsin/Madison and received his medical degree from Marquette Medical School (now Medical College of Wisconsin). After graduation, Starke served his internship at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital (Dartmouth-Hitchcock) in Hanover, N.H. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:02:30 EST Rotary Club of Nashua West announces board, officers NASHUA – The Rotary Club of Nashua West announced its board and officers for the 2014-15 year. They are President Paul Decarolis, President-Elect John Sullivan, Vice President Mike LaChance, Treasurer John Phelan, Secretary Steve Wilson, Assistant Secretary Treasurer Beth Sheehan, Sergeant-at-Arms Jill Gage, Past President Betsy Houde, and directors Lee Allison, David Kosofsky and Marie Mayotte. The club is a group of like-minded professionals dedicated to serving others less fortunate than themselves. They aspire to the ideals of Rotary, including “Service Above Self” and the “4-way test.” The club’s membership includes more than 90 professionals from the Nashua area. Professions represented in the club include banking, finance, marketing, retail merchants, medical, insurance, printing, lawn care, legal, hospitality, real estate, municipal, telecommunication and a variety of nonprofit management. For more information about the Rotary Club of Nashua West, visit any of its meeting, which are held at 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:03:29 EST Nashua citizen services director no longer working for the city, presumed to be fired by mayor NASHUA – Citizen Services Director Patricia Rogers’ employment with the city of Nashua has ended amid a quarrel between the Board of Aldermen and Mayor Donnalee Lozeau over her job. Rogers ceased working for the city Monday, according to the mayor’s communications director, Carolyn Mortellaro. Mortellaro declined to say whether Rogers, who was hired in 2008, left voluntarily or was terminated by the mayor. “We don’t really discuss personnel matters, as the mayor has said,” Mortellaro said. The change came as Nashua aldermen were preparing to vote next week on whether to transfer the citizen services director position out of the mayor’s office and under their wing. The Budget Review Committee recommended the move, which Board of Aldermen President David Deane said was aimed at keeping Rogers in her job. City attorney Stephen Bennett issued a legal opinion Friday that said the Board of Aldermen doesn’t have the authority to establish and control a position that performs administrative functions. Deane said he believes the mayor then fired Rogers on Monday, although he hasn’t received any communications about the situation from the mayor. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:01:09 EST Nashua church stronger than fire The response by members of the Heritage Baptist Church the day after a fire caused serious damage to their church building on Lock Street in Nashua says at least a little about the power of faith – and a lot about the human spirit. We have no doubt that members of the church are hurting. A fire, even where everyone gets out safely as was the case in this instance, can be a traumatic event. But on Monday morning – less than 24 hours after 68 members of the Heritage Baptist Church were forced out of their building and onto the street by fire – Heritage Baptist parishioners gathered to pray for the seven victims of last week’s deadly fire in Lowell, Mass., and for the safety of the firefighters in Nashua who responded to their own disaster the night before. That those who were touched by danger at Heritage Baptist still had the grace of spirit to think of others at such a time suggests that they possess a collective strength of character that bodes well for the future of the church. It reminded us of a fire in another New Hampshire city in the 1990s, when the pastor took pains to point out that although the building they worshiped in had been destroyed by a spectacular midnight fire, the church itself was still very much intact. It was important to keep in mind, the pastor said, that the real church was composed of the people within and their faith in God. They would soldier on, he predicted resolutely, and he was right. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:00:24 EST Eleanor Y. Ford Mrs. Eleanor York Ford, age 86, of 1065 Shadow Lane, Williamston, NC, died Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Williamston, NC officiated by Father Bill Long. Mrs. Ford was born on September 26, 1928 in Nashua, NH, to the late Jessie and Harriet York. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:01:05 EST Woman accused of Hollis home invasion competent to stand trial NASHUA – A judge has ruled that a Massachusetts woman is competent to face attempted murder charges stemming from a home invasion in Hollis last year. Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Kathleen McGuire found that Cynthia Nagele, 58, of Lowell, Mass., can stand trial and will be able to adequately discuss the case with her lawyers after hearing from the state’s chief forensic examiner earlier this month. Dr. Daniel Comiskey testified that Nagele’s competency has improved since she began receiving mental health treatment. Nagele is facing the possibility of life in prison for an attempted murder charge that accuses her of breaking into a trailer on Mooar Hill Road in Hollis on May 17, 2013, and beating and stabbing the man inside, according to court records. Two Massachusetts men are facing less serious charges from the same incident. Nagele’s attorneys asked the court to order a competency evaluation after having concerns about her ability to understand and retain vital information about her case. Public defenders Amanda Steenhuis and Eleftheria Keans filed a motion in April after they noticed Nagele’s growing difficulty processing information as they talked to her about accepting a plea bargain or going to trial, according to their motion. “Counsel isn’t sure if Ms. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:02:21 EST With start of school year looming, Nashua school board decides to hire staff to fill open positions NASHUA – The school district will begin hiring staff to reopen the Brentwood School in Merrimack, a small alternative school for intensive needs students. School board members on Monday unanimously approved a move to reopen and run the school located in a small red house outside Merrimack High School. The school district will lease the building and hire staff to educate as many as 16 students at the program. Besides Brentwood, another option would be an out-of-district placement. The average tuition rate for out-of-district placements would be about $42,250 per student, according to Superintendent Mark Conrad. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:03:14 EST Board of Public Works approves contract with firm to run electricity-generating system at Nashua landfill NASHUA – City officials moved one step closer Tuesday to signing a long-term contract with a Pennsylvania-based renewable energy firm to run the electricity-generating system at the Four Hills Landfill. The Board of Public Works voted to enter into a 25-year contract with PPL Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of PPL Corp. with energy projects at 25 sites across the mid-Atlantic. The deal – which will go before the Finance Committee on Wednesday night – would bring major changes to the oversight of the power-generating system at the landfill. It would put the city in charge of the gas collection wells at the facility for the first time in decades, while also bringing in a new contractor to run the system that converts the gas to electricity. Nashua is seeking to replace the company that currently provides both of those services, Fortistar Methane Group, after engaging in a series of legal challenges with the company late last year. Dueling lawsuits filed by Fortistar and the city are on hold in federal court while Nashua investigates its options for running the landfill gas system. The city is facing an August deadline to come up with a new operational plan. For years, Fortistar has been responsible for collecting gas that wafts up through the piles of garbage at the landfill and using a large engine to convert it to electricity. The city’s relationship with the company has been rocky over the last several years because of disputes regarding how much gas is escaping into neighborhoods around the landfill, bringing with it foul odors. Fortistar also has challenged requests by the city to pay for expansions of the gas collection system mandated by the state Department of Environmental Services. The proposal on the table would allow Nashua to terminate its existing agreement with Fortistar and take over the entire gas collection and power- generating system for a fee of $525,000. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:03:36 EST 2nd Congressional District Candidate Garcia hopes to bring new approach to solving country’s problems with smaller reform NASHUA – With Congress failing to address the nation’s challenges, Salem Republican Marilinda Garcia said Tuesday that she hopes to be part of a new generation of lawmakers who look beyond traditional labels to solve the country’s problems. Garcia, a New Hampshire state representative who hopes to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District, shared her outlook on the country’s political climate during a meeting with the Telegraph editorial board Tuesday. Garcia said distrust of government has grown to the point where voters feel not only that politicians are dishonest and corruptible, but that government is working to deceive people by any means necessary. That sense has been heightened in recent years by scandals involving the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, she said, as well as the response by President Barack Obama’s administration to the attack on an American diplomatic compound in Libya in 2012. While she accepts that mistakes will be made, Garcia said cover-ups and a lack of honesty by federal agencies has eroded the trust of voters. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:00:00 EST Humid air spawns strong storms in Nashua area, across New England on Tuesday Strong thunderstorms rife with thunder, lightning and torrential rains that at one point triggered a brief tornado warning jangled the nerves of residents across Hillsborough and Rockingham counties Tuesday afternoon. But aside from several reports of street flooding and a slew of power surges that set off residential and business security and fire alarms throughout the area, the storms left little, if any, damage and caused no known injuries. Weather experts cautioned Tuesday night that more storms are due to move through the area in the next 24-36 hours. On Tuesday evening, meteorologists were watching a line of storms in New York and southern New England that were moving northeast. During the height of Tuesday afternoon’s storms, deep water accumulated at two perpetually flood-prone locations in Nashua – parking lots in parts of the Twin Ponds and Bayridge residential complexes and the intersection of Daniel Webster Highway at Silver Drive – around 4:30 p.m., roughly 20 minutes after the heaviest downpours began. The water receded fairly quickly around the apartments and condos, but nearly 3 feet of standing water made travel tricky for motorists on the Daniel Webster highway for more than an hour. A significant traffic backup resulted in the southbound lanes as drivers skirted the edges of the small pond that covered the right lane and part of the middle one in front of McDonald’s restaurant. One mid-size car that apparently got in a little too deep sat in the right lane with its flashers on, causing a second bottleneck just south of the flooded area. Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Karl Gerhard said the department responded to between eight and 10 alarms that were activated by power surges attributed to lightning. The first few came in from the north end of the city, he said, then the pattern switched to several south-end locations. A crew also responded to the Daniel Webster Highway flood, Gerhard said, adding that wind didn’t seem to play a major role in Tuesday’s round of storms. But a series of powerful wind bursts did blast their way through the southern end of Hudson, according to Fire Capt. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:55:00 EST Nashua Silver Knights fall to Worcester Bravehearts WORCESTER, Mass. – Another opportunity missed. That seems to be the theme of the Nashua Silver Knights season, and Tuesday was yet another example as they couldn’t hold a 5-2 lead en route to a rain-delayed, 7-5 loss at the hands of the West Division-leading Worcester Bravehearts. “We had four, four-pitch walks, and every kid we walked today scored,” Nashua manager Ted Currle said. “It’s pretty frustrating.” The Silver Knights who matched Worcester’s nine hits, dropped to 17-17, 3.5 back of the 20-13 Bravehearts, as starter Shawn Heide and reliever Lucas Olen (1-1) couldn’t hold the lead before an announced Camp Day crowd of 2,770 at Holy Cross’ Fitton Field. Olen walked in a run and gave up a sacrifice fly for two Braveheart runs in the fifth. He then walked two of the first three he faced in the sixth and paid for it with Tom Paine’s game tying double. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:28:00 EST Nashua Silver Knights need to get hot in FCBL It’s a hot, event-filled week in the middle of July. In particular, it’s a big week for the Nashua Silver Knights. This is their time. This is when they need to make a push on the field to get back to where we’re all used to them being, at or near the top of the standings. They’ve been treading water for awhile now, hanging around the .500 mark, and at 17-16 and about 20 games left to play (yeah, it goes by fast), it’s time to make a move. This is a perfect week to do it. First, they have back-to-back games with the team that leads their division, the 19-13 Worcester Bravehearts. They’ll just have to adjust their body clocks, as the games Tuesday at Holy Cross College’s Fitton Field in Worcester and on Wednesday at Holman Stadium are both 11:05 a.m. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:55:00 EST Parishioners from burned out Nashua church look to faith for comfort as they prepare to rebuild NASHUA – David Ramos sat on a concrete step Monday at Heritage Baptist Church, the day after fire forced parishioners into the parking lot and seriously damaged the building. Ramos sat with his 9-year-old daughters Bianca and Brianna. Next to them was a slightly sooty white bible. “Last night was a really, really big experience for us as a family,” Ramos said as he held his daughters and wiped away tears. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:06:02 EST ‘To be prepared when death shall come’ Editor’s Note: Imagine Nashua: Then & Now is a weekly photo column by Don Himsel. Each week, he will feature an old photo within a more recent photo and an explanation of how he got the shot. I found this story at Lowell’s Textile History Museum. Some may find it uncomfortable to read, so be forewarned. Such is life – and death. It appeared as part of a small poster, called a broadside, measuring about 6 inches wide by 12 inches deep. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:50:25 EST Norman J. Fraser ENGLEWOOD, FL – Norman J. Fraser, 84, of Englewood Fl, passed away on June 30, 2014 after a period of declining health. He was born in Nashua on May 8, 1930, the son of the late William and Rose (Gould) Fraser. He was a member of the class of 1948 from Nashua High School. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:00:20 EST Nashua committee signs off on FY15 budget plan NASHUA – A panel of aldermen on Monday voted to send their budget recommendations to the full Board of Aldermen after narrowly defeating a measure that would have reduced funding for the downtown sidewalk project in hopes of replacing it with other money. Ward 9 Alderman Ken Siegel asked members of the Budget Review Committee to consider cutting close to $200,000 from the $500,000 budget line for downtown improvements. The money has been used each year to pay for materials and overtime labor costs for the ongoing sidewalk  rebuilding project. Committee members began debating last week whether to fully fund the initiative, which has generated mixed opinions in the community. Some aldermen spoke in favor of temporarily halting the project last week, or reducing the budget to help offset other budget increases for schools and city police. Work resumed April 10 on the sidewalk project, which is in its third year. Thus far, crews have finished three of five blocks included in the project. They began construction on the west side of Main Street, between Factory and High streets, and are continuing work on the west side of the block, reaching to Santander Bank at 223 Main St. Each block has cost the city approximately $500,000, according to the mayor. That figure does not include straight time labor costs for workers from the Department of Public Works, who are assigned to work on the sidewalks as part of their regular duties. The city has $107,191 remaining from the appropriation made in fiscal 2014 for sidewalk work. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:54:17 EST Judge rules Nashua man violated deferred sentence, sends him to jail NASHUA – A Nashua man arrested after an alleged rape in Mine Falls Park last fall is going back to jail following a hearing Monday about whether he  violated the terms of his sentence. Ryan Howe, 47, pleaded guilty on May 8 to one count each of domestic violence: second-degree assault, domestic violence: criminal restraint and obstructing the report of a crime or injury. He was sentenced to 2-4 years in state prison, all of which was deferred, according to court records. One of the conditions of his sentence was that he have no contact with the victim in the case. But the next day, May 9, police responding to a 911  hangup call found Howe and the woman together outside a store in the Nashua Mall on Broad Street. The woman, who was intoxicated, first denied calling 911, then told police she had gotten scared when she spotted Howe in the area, then said they had spent the day together, arriving from Manchester by bus, according to an officer’s testimony on Monday. Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Michele Battaglia asked a judge to impose the full two-to-four-year sentence. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:55:15 EST Good-smelling Nashua man accused of stealing cologne from department store NASHUA – Police charged an employee of a cleaning service working third-shift at a city department store with robbing the store by trying to steal cologne. Police were called to the Target store at the Pheasant Lane Mall on Daniel Webster Highway around 9 a.m. Friday for the report of a shoplifter armed with a knife who had fled the area on foot, police said. Nashua police Lt. Jeff Maher said loss prevention officers at the store had become suspicious of Denis Velez, 33, of 901⁄2 Pine St., Nashua, and began investigating him. On Friday police said Velez was caught taking bottles of cologne and they confronted him. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:00:41 EST Red Cross to hold annual Chill and Grill blood drive in Nashua The American Red Cross will again host its huge summer blood drive, the annual WZID Chill and Grill drive, at Nashua High School South next week. The blood drive will be Wednesday, July 16, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The summer drive is particularly important to the Red Cross because many regular blood donors travel during the warmer months, which can have a significant impact on blood stores in the region. The Red Cross has teamed up with 95.7 FM WZID for several years and again this year will be handing out a 2014 Chill and Grill T-shirt and American Red Cross Tote bag to each donor. Other giveaways include coupons to Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut, Weathervane Seafood restaurants and Cumberland Farms. Donors also will get two tickets to the Nashua Silver Knights game on July 18 and a coupon for $10 off a M/S Mount Washington Cruise. Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-Red-Cross or visiting Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:00:33 EST Make Pennichuck Corp. records as open as aldermen’s One of the reasons for the city of Nashua to own the Pennichuck Corporation was the better interest rates that are available to municipalities. Now that the new Pennichuck board of directors is restructuring its long term debt to reflect this advantage, they need to consider the public’s right to know how they make their decisions. It is time that their board of director’s minutes be as complete and available to the public as the minutes of the Nashua Board of Aldermen – their new owners – are required to be. Barbara Pressly Nashua Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:00:17 EST Gate City Charter School finalizes lease in Merrimack Gate City Charter School has signed a lease for a 17,850-square-foot property at 7 Henry Clay Drive in Merrimack. The school had explored space in the former Dartmouth-Hitchcock building on West Hollis Street in Nashua this spring. Plans fell through at the last minute because of high renovation costs, prompting the move. Gate City is an elementary public charter school scheduled to open in September with 140 students. The school anticipates growth to 180 students by 2016. The school will have an arts-integrated curriculum for grades K-8. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:19:01 EST New drug court in Nashua gets its first participant; focus on supervision, treatment not incarceration NASHUA – The first participant in the Hillsborough County Superior Court’s drug court program began his journey this week by pleading guilty to drug possession but not going to prison. Douglas Roberge pleaded guilty to possession of a narcotic drug Monday and received a pair of suspended prison sentences. In return he agreed to abide by the strict guidelines of the newly established court, including intensive treatment, weekly meetings with a judge and treatment team and frequent drug testing. “These are the eight or nine people who have your best interest at heart now,” Judge Jacalyn Colburn told Roberge referring to the drug court team. “We believe in you and we’re going to work with you.” Colburn has identified five criminal defendants she believed would benefit from the drug court program. The drug court team – including police, prosecutors and defense attorneys, treatment providers and a probation officer – then screened each person, three of whom have been approved for the program so far. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:23 EST Three-alarm blaze forces evacuation of baptist church in Nashua NASHUA – More than five dozen people were forced to evacuate from Heritage Baptist Church at 103 Lock St. on Sunday, when the building caught fire during an evening service. Pastor Larry Hileman said about 68 people were sitting in the pews for the 6 p.m. service when fire alarms began to sound. The group safely evacuated the building and watched as fire companies from Nashua arrived to tackle the three-alarm blaze. “Thank God we all got out safe,” said Richard Corrigan, a Hudson resident who has attended the church for about six years. The fire was reported shortly before 7 p.m. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:55:02 EST Nashua Historical Society is hosting an opening reception for its new exhibit on farms and agriculture in the early days of Nashua. NASHUA – Pretty much anywhere that present-day Greater Nashua residents live, play, work and recreate – even parts of today’s downtown – hardy men and women once toiled from sunup to sundown tilling and cultivating by hand sweeping farmlands that extended for hundreds, sometimes thousands, of acres. As much as a century before America was even born as the nation whose birthday we celebrate every July 4, when sun, wind, water, horsepower and human know-how and muscle pretty much covered the extent of mankind’s available resources, the multi-town region called Old Dunstable, with its rich soil and bountiful waterways, was rapidly becoming the go-to place for growing farming families with plenty of mouths to feed. If you find yourself wondering what was life like for our agrarian predecessors, you can find plenty of answers on Thursday, when the Nashua Historical Society hosts an opening reception for its newly- completed exhibit. Called “Settling the Lands of Old Dunstable: Farms and Agriculture in the Early Days of Nashua,” the program starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, in the Frank B. Clancy Library, part of the Speare House Museum at 5 Abbott St. A welcome and introduction to the exhibit will kick off the evening, followed by ample time for visitors to peruse the many types of items on display. Those planning on attending are asked to either call or email the society (see accompanying details) sometime Monday for planning purposes. While Old Dunstable and, eventually, Nashua, were home to scores of farms big and small until the industrial revolution came along in the mid-19th century, the exhibit is highlighting artifacts associated with 12 local farm properties. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:00:57 EST Leavitt hoping to recapture strong play that helped him win 2012 State Am. Atkinson’s Joe Leavitt has been on point this season, at least at New Hampshire courses, which bodes well for the Atkinson Resort and Country Club golfer heading into Monday’s 111th State Am at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown. Leavitt is feeling good about every thing, including his chances to repeat his performance of 2012 at Concord Country Club. He was one stroke behind hometown favorite Bob Mielcarz after two days of stroke play qualifying before going on to win the State Am title. “I’m ready for it,” Leavitt said. “I feel really good. Coming out of the first few events I feel as good as I did the last time I won the State Am. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:01:40 EST Study: New exit could cut traffic by 20 percent on D.W. Highway NASHUA – Constructing a new southbound exit on the F.E. Everett Turnpike could significantly reduce travel times and congestion on the Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua, according to a new study, which found that an off-ramp at Exit 36 could be a linchpin for economic development in the area. The study projected that building a southbound off-ramp at Exit 36 could lower traffic volume by 20 percent on the Daniel Webster Highway, south of Spit Brook Road. For the average driver, the change would translate into  saving up to seven minutes on a trip south toward the Pheasant Lane Mall, the study found. The findings were included in a draft report released in June about the potential benefits of constructing a new southbound off-ramp at Exit 36 near the border of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The study is being undertaken jointly by the Nashua Regional Planning Commission and the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments in Massachusetts. Getting the exit constructed is high on the wish list for Nashua officials, since it’s expected the new off-ramp would alleviate congestion throughout the area. Traffic counts from fall 2012 showed nearly 40,000 cars travel on the Daniel Webster Highway on a typical Saturday. The highest traffic volume was recorded just south of Spit Brook Road, where drivers who take Exit 1 off the turnpike end up. Traffic decreases steadily as you head south on the Daniel Webster Highway – presumably because drivers are reaching retail destinations along the way. A new Exit 36 South would deposit drivers near the entrance to the Pheasant Lane Mall in Massachusetts. It would connect drivers with the existing Exit 36 off-ramp on the northbound side of the turnpike – known as Route 3 before it crosses into New Hampshire. The exit would allow drivers to bypass the dense retail corridor along Daniel Webster Highway to reach the mall and destinations in Massachusetts. The exit also is being eyed as a positive step toward bringing passenger rail service back to southern New Hampshire. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:58:00 EST Veterans helped, hurt by programs We were struck in recent days by two items in the news concerning veterans, one encouraging, the other not so much. On Thursday, the state’s first court designed specifically to help veterans who run afoul of the law deal with service-related issues like post-traumatic stress disorder opened in Nashua. It’s called the Nashua Veterans Behavioral Health Track – part of Nashua district court’s mental health program – and its aim is to recognize that,when it comes to administering justice to veterans who have been in combat, one size does not necessarily fit all. In the case of the veterans court, in fact, the idea is to tailor the outcomes as much as possible to the needs of veterans and to get them help if they land in court for relatively minor offenses. “It’s an opportunity to streamline veterans through the court system and recognize some of the specific issues that veterans face, particularly post-traumatic issues,” New Hampshire National Guard Brigadier General Carolyn Protzmann said. “This court will hopefully shed light on those issues veterans are facing and hopefully push them toward treatment and not incarcerating them.” Also in attendance at the dedication were Gov. Maggie Hassan and Linda Dalianis of Nashua, the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, along with the man who will run it, Judge James Leary, who already oversees the mental health court. He said one of the keys for the court is its flexibility. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:00:54 EST Mine Falls Gatehouse open for tour on July 17 NASHUA - Area residents have a chance this week to view up close the city’s historic Nashua River Gatehouse, an 1886 building in Mine Falls Park restored over a period of years by an extracurricular middle school program called the Student Historic Preservation Committee. A tour that runs from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. on Thursday, July 17, was scheduled to accommodate visitors who can’t make the once-a-month Mine Falls Park Trail Days open houses, according to Greg Andruskevich, chairman of the Mine Falls Park Advisory Committee. Andruskevich and committee member Pamela Anderson will conduct the tour. No registration is needed and there is no charge. The Gatehouse was a vital link in the operation of the many textile mills that flourished in 19th and 20th century Nashua. The mechanics that operated the four gates are visible during the tours. --DEAN SHALHOUP Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:00:36 EST Police: Driver sped into oncoming traffic to escape state trooper in Merrimack NASHUA – A Massachusetts man is accused of swerving his car into oncoming traffic while he was being chased by state troopers after fleeing from a traffic stop on the F.E. Everett Turnpike in Merrimack Saturday night. The pursuit began at approximately 11:45 p.m. when a trooper who was on duty on the turnpike saw a vehicle driving erratically in the southbound lane. The driver sped away when the trooper tried to pull the vehicle over and got off the turnpike at Exit 11. New Hampshire State Police said at one point, the driver crossed into the northbound lane and “purposely drove at other vehicles” while attempting to escape from an officer who was in pursuit. The trooper eventually terminated the chase and broadcast the vehicle’s description to police departments in the area. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:16:45 EST Paul R. Hamilton Paul R. “Chuck” Hamilton, 65, resident of Nashua, NH, died suddenly on July 10, 2014 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua, NH. He was born in Melrose, MA, on November 3, 1948, a son of Paul A. and Dorothy (Campbell) Hamilton. Chuck was raised and educated in Brookline, NH, and graduated from Nashua High School. He owned and operated Chuck’s Concrete Foundations for more than 40 years, and when he wasn’t working, he enjoyed fishing and watching the New England Patriots. He was predeceased by a son, Sgt. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:00:42 EST James C. Starke AMHERST – James C. Starke, M.D., well-known dermatologist, age 85, died on July 6, 2014, from pulmonary fibrosis in the house he restored, lived in and loved for 52 years, known as the Melendy Farm. Starke was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Carl and Ada Starke. He attended the University of Wisconsin/Madison and received his medical degree from Marquette Medical School (now Medical College of Wisconsin). Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:00:57 EST James M. McInnis James M. McInnis, of Cazenovia, NY, passed away July 4, 2014, after a brief illness. Jim was born on December 19, 1950, in Nashua, NH, to the late Donald and Marion McInnis. James attended St. Joseph’s School, Bishop Guertin High School, Nashua, NH, and was a graduate of New Hampshire College. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:01:07 EST Lola J. Quinn Mother, Grandmother Lola Jean (Scopa) Quinn, 69, of Nashua, NH passed away on Friday July 11, 2014, surrounded by her family. Mrs. Quinn was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on September 10, 1944 to Robert Stevens and the late Margaret (Jolley) Stevens. Lola graduated from East High School, Sioux City, Iowa in1962. Lola was employed for over twenty years at Nashua Corporation and later, at JMK Filters Inc. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:01:18 EST Abortion buffer zone lawsuit only the beginning of the battle in NH Don’t think for a minute that the lawsuit filed against the state’s abortion clinic buffer zone law is going to settle this matter once and for all. As The Telegraph first reported, Attorney General Joe Foster, of Nashua, decided to suspend enforcement of the law once the Alliance Defending Freedom filed suit against the state, alleging that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Massachusetts law likewise would set ours aside. This is no slam-dunk argument by either side. New Hampshire’s law is different; infringing on the buffer zone here is a violation, not a crime, as it was in Massachusetts. There’s no fine on the first offense here; rather, there’s a written warning. Abortion clinics have flexibility on whether to post buffer zone signs if they choose to and to limit the size of that buffer, an option not available in Massachusetts. And the law permitted local zoning authorities to further tailor the terms of the buffer zone to each community’s liking. All of this legal jousting, however, is only the beginning no matter how it comes out. Should the court decide New Hampshire’s law is just as unconstitutional as the Bay State law, watch abortion rights supporters and Gov. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:02:09 EST Liberty Utilities: Pipeline would help expand service, but location could be moved from Hollis LONDONDERRY – The state’s biggest natural gas provider would like to see a new pipeline built to bring more supply from U.S. shale fields to help it expand, including selling trucking fuel from a Concord-based operation, but the pipeline doesn’t have to run through Hollis or connect to its existing network in Nashua. “Certainly our preference is to have it on the west side of the system, for system reliability and flexibility,” Richard Leehr, president of Liberty Utilities’ New Hampshire operations, said Thursday. “But the specifics of the route aren’t up to us.” The company, which has 75,000 residential and 15,000 business, industrial or utility customers in New Hampshire, gets all of its natural gas in pipelines that come from Massachusetts to the east of Nashua. A controversial connection proposed by Kinder-Morgan’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:02:33 EST Nashua Fire Rescue lands lucrative grants totaling close to $1 million NASHUA – Nashua Fire Rescue has had a profitable few weeks. Nearly $1 million in federal grant money has received the stamp of approval this summer and will be heading the Gate City’s way soon, including one grant that will pay for a new mobile training facility. The city’s Board of Fire Commissioners accepted nearly $500,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant at its meeting on Monday, bringing the federal addition to city coffers to more than $964,000 when combined with another grant from the same program for contained breathing apparatus, according to fire officials. “To win two grants of that size is very fortunate for us and the city,” NFR Assistant Chief Steve Galipeau said. The city is lucky to get one such grant in most years, he said. The grant accepted earlier this summer – around $465,000 to buy 65 self-contained breathing apparatus, or SCBAs – will allow the department to leave a capital reserve account for the equipment unspent, Galipeau said. The city bought the current stock of SCBAs around 2000, and all of them will be reaching or nearing the end of their serviceable lives in the next fiscal year, he said. “By winning this grant, we are able to not eat up that chunk of change from the city’s funds,” Galipeau said. “Getting this grant was a big help for the city.” The grant for $498,950 that fire commissioners accepted last week will pay for a 50- by 75-foot, prefabricated and mobile training structure that will call NFR’s training grounds near the Four Hills Landfill home. The building will allow firefighters to practice a number of procedures not possible at the smaller concrete structure at the training grounds, Galipeau said, including small-space entries, repelling and interior stairwell attacks. The steel building will be equipped with gas hookups so trainers can simulate a number of types of fires and smoke conditions, he said. “There’s a hundred-and-one uses for it,” Galipeau said. While technically the building – called a training prop – is mobile, it will still take four to five months to build it, and that can only happen after the money is officially accepted by aldermen and site work at the training grounds is completed. Galipeau said Nashua firefighters, as well as any of the city’s mutual aid partners, will hopefully be able to start using the building by June. Joseph G. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:21:19 EST Craft book projects seen as inspiration for cherished treasures Crafting reflects the culture, traditions and history of a civilization, age or place – the earliest objects made strictly by hand, using human skills, patience and creativity. The Cultural Revolution of arts and crafts during the Renaissance and the use of tools and synthetic materials during the Industrial Revolution took the focus of crafting from utilitarian to decorative, opening opportunities to pursue crafting as a hobby. The Mailbag offers instruction for a variety of arts and crafts. How to make, decorate “Going through the bookcase, I’m curious to know whether there is any interest in craft books on subjects such as braiding, hooking rugs, weaving, net craft, flower arranging, potpourri and countryside crafts such as dyeing, spinning, etc.,” asks Connie S., of Nashua (LTR 517). “I would like to pass these books along to others who would enjoy their content and instruction.” Many crafts such as braided rugs, which are decorative and provide warmth, knitted garments and tablecloths woven on a loom may be classified as “functional” and “just for fun.” Potpourri ingredients and instruction give one a “scent of accomplishment.” Learning to arrange flowers “stems from a love of plants.” If you would like to contact Connie, call 888-1386. New family, new baby “My son and girlfriend are starting out on their own with their new baby, and have an apartment with not much furniture,” writes Carol G., of Nashua (LTR 2,011). “If anyone has a living room set and bedroom set they no longer need, my son would appreciate it. “The furniture would have to be delivered, since they have no car at the moment.” Many a couple can surely relate to that practically empty first apartment, paying rent and utilities, and the responsibilities of parenthood all bundled with unfamiliar surroundings, numerous obligations and limited funds. If you can help this young family get settled into that first home, you can call 820-5891 and ask for Carol. Let me know if the kids need more help. Getting around on a bike “I am hoping someone may have a woman’s bicycle, maybe with 19-inch wheels, in good riding condition, that they are no longer using and that I could get for my wife,” says Bert K., of Nashua (LTR 1,775). “She tried riding a 26-inch bike, but was uneasy about not being able to touch her feet to the ground without getting off the seat. She still talks about the three-speed Columbia she had as a teenager and enjoyed riding.” Cycling is good exercise, as long as one exercises caution on exceptionally hot and humid days, on which pedaling could trigger a “chain reaction” and potentially “rapid-cycle” a trip to the ER. Bert can be reached at 883-0990 and is willing to pick up the bike. Furnishing an apartment “I was staying at a shelter for almost two months before I was able to get my own place, but unfortunately, I have still not found work and I don’t have any furniture,” says Eddie T., of Nashua (LTR 3,127). “I was able to get a table and two chairs from Goodwill, but am sleeping on a foam eggshell-type thing. I would dearly love to have, as well as need, a queen-size bed with a firm mattress and preferably new, due to the bedbug problem; living room furniture of any kind; a dining room set with chairs; artwork for the walls; and extra chairs, as I don’t have anywhere to sit except in the kitchen right now. “Anything would be appreciated.” Having been through hard times in the past, the Mailbag lady is always happy to help folks moving from a shelter to a place of their own, helped by wonderfully generous Mailbag readers and folks associated with local shelters and agencies. Eddie can be reached at Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:04:21 EST Farm exhibit to open at Nashua Historical Society NASHUA – The Nashua Historical Society will host an opening for a new exhibit, “Settling the Lands of Old Dunstable: Farms and Agriculture in the Early Days of Nashua,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, in its Frank B. Clancy Library at the Speare Memorial Museum, 5 Abbott St. After viewing the exhibit, attendees are invited to an ice cream social featuring Hayward’s ice cream. Twelve farm properties are highlighted in the exhibit, including the Hayward Farms property, where the Nashua Mall is now located. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:04:45 EST Nashua youth heading to Belarus for firefighters rally MANCHESTER – Young Rescuers USA, a Manchester-based nonprofit organization, will participate in the annual International Rally of Young Rescuers and Firefighters from July 15-23, hosted by the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus. The program is available to seven youths from the United States who are ages 13-17. Team USA consists of Gleb Zhurauliou, Nashua; Holly Antoine, Chester; Shauntel Sawyer, Manchester; Emily Goldstein, Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; Navaar Naimie, Cape Neddick, Maine; and Zachary and Jordan Wiskow, Indian Trail, N.C. The competition is sponsored by UNICEF, attracting youths from 13 nations, including Germany, Moldova, Switzerland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and the United States. Upon arrival in Belarus, Team USA will receive a briefing at the U.S. embassy. “Our Young Rescuers learn and compete in basic life safety exercises, enjoy excursions to cultural, scenic and historic sites throughout Belarus and make lasting international friendships, all to the benefit of the U.S.,” said George Bruno, of Manchester, the program founder, a former ambassador and immigration attorney. Lt. Leo Roy, of the Manchester Fire Department, and Chief Richard Antoine, of the Chester Fire Department, provided training on first aid, firefighting and  rescuing, which are just some of the skills that Team USA will demonstrate in Belarus. Richard Antoine and Ann Huxable Naimie will go on the trip as chaperones, as will organization President David Tille, of Concord. Funds for the program, now in its sixth year, are donated. Supporters include Books-a-Million, Ambassador Joe Petrone and Augusta Petrone, The Barley House in Concord, Hollis inventor Kedar Gupta, Dr. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:00:22 EST Dedication ceremony planned for West Pearl Street Mural Project in Nashua NASHUA – If you take a stroll south on Main Street starting at the Hunt Memorial Building, you will see Art with a Splash, Riverside Barbecue, Studio Mark Emile and Darrell’s Music Hall. Continuing down Main, Twill Yarn and Fabric is across from Dick Avard’s Haberdashery, Cardin Jewelry, Verde Salon and Scontsas Home Decor. Walking farther along Main, you pass Wine Not Boutique, Fresh of Nashua, Jaja Belle’s Cafe, Myoptic, Ikebana Flower, Martha’s and TD Bank. Alec’s Shoes is across from the bank on West Pearl, with Fortin-Gage around the corner. Before reaching City Hall, you see MT’s Local, Beckonings and Persian Rug Gallery. What do all of these establishments have in common besides their downtown locations? They all helped make a dream come true. Every one of these establishments was among the 110 individuals, organizations and businesses large and small that donated to “Vivian’s Dream,” the West Pearl Street Mural Project managed by City Arts Nashua. “We are very pleased with the community involvement in this historic public art project,” said Kathy Hersh, president of City Arts Nashua. “It took us only a little over a year to raise over $30,000 in cash, in-kind donations and proceeds from fundraising events.” Mural artist Barbara Andrews is spending her days high on a lift, finishing the painting of the 35- by 40-foot historic mural depicting West Pearl Street in 1909. The mural is on the wall next to the parking lot of the TD Bank branch on the corner of Main and West Pearl streets. “It represents what this very site looked like in 1909,” Andrews said from her perch on the lift. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:00:34 EST All eyes on the defending champion at State Am It’s a new year, a new venue and a fresh start for Granite State golfers hoping to be crowned New Hampshire Golf Association’s State Amateur champion. Yet whenever the State Am has been discussed this spring and early summer, it’s still Stratham’s Golf Club of New England and the final duel between Michael Martel and Chris Rivard that’s on people’s minds. Not surprisingly. Hudson’s Rivard, who golfs out of Candia Woods Golf Links, was 4-up heading into the clubhouse after 18 holes of the 36-hole final. During their lunch break, New Ipswich’s Martel, a Crotched Mountain Golf Club member, regrouped and flipped the script over the final 18 holes. Well, 17 to be exact, as Martel wrapped things up in 35 holes on the 17th green to win the 110th State Am championship 2-and-1. There’s been talk of a final rematch heading into Monday after last year’s exciting finish. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:01:37 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua – July 13 update The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 15: St. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:01:52 EST Community events in Nashua – July 13 update EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS TICKETS ON SALE FOR FARMERS DINNER The first Farmers Dinner will be held 5-9 p.m. Sept. 21 during Restaurant Week in downtown Nashua. The six-course menu will feature an outdoor pig roast, along with dishes highlighting seasonal, local produce, created by chefs from Estabrook Grill, MT’s Local, The Peddlers Daughter, Portland Pie Co., Martha’s Exchange, Riverside Barbeque, Riverwalk Cafe, Stella Blu, Surf and Villa Banca. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:02:21 EST EDITOR’S NOTE: Helping Hands is a bi-weekly feature that provides information about the needs of local nonprofit agencies. Animal Rescue Network of New England P.O. Box 1053, Pelham, NH 03076 NEEDS: In desperate need of volunteers! We have a constant supply of dogs coming in from the south with short coats and they need warm bedding (easy to wash) and dog coats (mostly medium, but we do have some tiny dogs and large ones too). We need buckle collars for dogs 50-80 lbs., Martingale collars for 60-80 lbs., dog harnesses for small to large dogs, paper towels, hand sanitizer, dish detergent, quality cookie and training treats, nylabones, kongs, canned pumpkin, high quality canned meat (cat or dogs) or gift cards to relevant stores for these supplies. COLLECTION HOURS: By appointment only; donations can be made by contacting for local pick up. Or drop off at the Monthly Pet Adoption Days at the First Congregational Church, 3 Main St., Pelham, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:02:28 EST Noodles & Company opening in Nashua NASHUA – On July 16, Noodles & Company, serving classic noodle and pasta dishes from around the world, will celebrate its first New Hampshire location in Nashua. The Nashua restaurant is located in the Daniel Webster Shops on Daniel Webster Highway. The fast-casual restaurant serves fresh, fast globally inspired dishes that are cooked to order. The restaurant will open its doors on July 15 with a RSVP-only event to benefit Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter. Noodles & Company will donate 100 percent of proceeds from the day to the organization. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:03:16 EST Nashua alderman proposes tree oversight committee Trees planted in Nashua’s public spaces have been the subject of controversy in recent years, but one alderman is offering a proposal that could help quell discord by introducing a new level of oversight. Alderman-at-Large Diane Sheehan proposed forming a committee to help guide the management of Nashua’s trees. The ad hoc committee would consist of three aldermen, at least one of whom also would be assigned to the Planning and Economic Development Committee. Another would sit on the Committee on Infrastructure. Commissioners of the Board of Public Works and Conservation Commission also would be invited to participate. The committee would make recommendations to the BPW regarding trees on public lands and other issues. A resolution proposing the committee notes communities increasingly recognize the benefits of trees, such as reducing air and noise pollution, furnishing habitat for wildlife, and enhancing aesthetics and property values. The committee would try to protect and enhance the city’s trees by guiding a comprehensive policy. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:02:03 EST Nashua aldermen want more info before approving Mine Falls boardwalk contract Members of the city’s Finance Committee are asking to see a finished contract before they sign off on plans to design a new boardwalk beside Mill Pond. The Mine Falls Park Advisory Committee proposes hiring Holden Engineering & Surveying, of Bedford, to design a boardwalk on the south side of the pond. The Board of Public Works is backing the idea, but with negotiations continuing over the final terms of the contract, aldermen were reticent earlier this month to authorize the work. The Finance Committee tabled a request to approve spending up to $20,000 from the Mine Falls Park Trust Fund to pay for the design work. Alderman-at-Large Dan Moriarty said he was concerned that approving a dollar amount without seeing a finished contract was tantamount to signing a blank check. “I’m looking at this and saying, ‘The i’s are not dotted and the t’s are not crossed,” Ward 6 Alderman Paul Chasse said. With exposed tree roots and steep slopes, a portion of the Red Trail has become a challenge for some users to navigate. The dirt path has eroded so much that it becomes narrow in places, with a steep drop-off toward the pond. Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said the area also is prime wetland, and conservation officials believe it’s important to prevent erosion and bring vegetation back to the trail – a goal that would be easier to accomplish if users travel across a raised boardwalk. Although members of the Finance Committee delayed taking action on the proposal, they voiced support for the idea. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:23:12 EST At Nashua hospital decontamination drill, ‘The big takeaway was get naked, get wet’ NASHUA – The medical staff and first responders ran around the parking lot, looking shockingly like astronauts. They raced back and forth in their full-length plastic suits and yellow rubber boots trying to rescue the victims who had been exposed to a hazardous substance. It was sticky business. The group of 25 people sweated in 90 degree heat in their plastic suits while they rinsed and cleansed test dummies during a decontamination training session at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center on Tuesday. And the hazardous substance used to simulate a chemical spill? That was chocolate sauce, and rescuers had to rinse the brown, gooey substance off the inflatable victims. The training program was an all-day affair, consisting of a morning class followed by the practical demonstration in the afternoon. The training program was designed to teach hospital staff and first responders throughout New Hampshire how to decontaminate patients in case they’re covered in chemicals or toxins prior to entering the hospital. “We can’t let them in when they’re contaminated,” said Mark Hastings, director of emergency management at SNHMC. When a person has come in contact with a hazardous substance, hospitals and first responders need to be trained on how to deal with decontaminating patients. There usually are about four decontamination classes offered throughout the state each year. The training session Tuesday was taught by John Prickett, the emergency preparedness coordinator at LRG Health Care. “They’ve got to experience the suits … and the patients,” Prickett said as his class ran the chocolatey blowup dolls through an inflatable decontamination center. The decontamination apparatus inflates in four minutes when there’s an emergency, and has three sections for patients. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:24:59 EST Nashua 15-year-old Babe Ruth All Stars win two Nashua’s 15-year-old Babe Ruth All Stars opened the state tournament in Goffstown with a pair of victories. Nashua posted a 1-0 decision over the host team Thursday, and topped Londonderry on Friday, 10-0, in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule. In the Thursday win, Noah Ouelette took the win on the mound, allowing four hits and striking out six. Mike Pelletier and C.J. Mellon each had two hits and Connor Mullaly had the deciding RBI. Mullaly took the win on the mound Friday against Londonderry, allowing one hit and striking out eight. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:25:01 EST Nashua World Cup girls soccer team at national tourney Competing in the US Youth Soccer Nationals in Greenville, S.C., the Nashua world Cup U-16 All Stars dropped a 2-1 decision to Lady Nomad from Nevada both teams went into halftime scoreless. Lady Nomad’s Mackenzie Reynolds scored first in the 42nd minute, and Caitlyn Rotonnelli recovered quickly for Nashua World Cup in the 49th minute. Megan Sando broke the tie in the 61st minute and ultimately gave her team a 2-1 win. On Thursday, a pair of goals by Emily Kirchner helped give Classics Eagles Black from Ohio South their first win. Classics Eagles defeated Nashua World Cup 2-1. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:49:00 EST Nashua T.J. Maxx banishes marathon bombing survivor’s service dog NASHUA – What started out as a stop on an afternoon shopping trip to Nashua on Thursday suddenly descended into a stressful encounter for Lowell, Mass., resident Sydney Corcoran when a manager at T.J. Maxx told the 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing survivor she couldn’t walk her service dog into the store. Corcoran, who adopted Koda to help her deal with the post-traumatic stress disorder with which she was diagnosed in the wake of the explosions in which she suffered leg injuries, told Boston television station WCVB that the manager at the T.J. Maxx clothing store told her she needed to put Koda in a shopping cart or she would have to leave. Shaken, Corcoran said she picked up Koda and left. “I was ready to burst into tears,” she said. She then called her mother, Celeste Corcoran – who lost both her legs in the bombings – to tell her what happened. Celeste Corcoran headed to the Nashua store, where she confronted the unidentified manager. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:01:23 EST June: Sunny, dry, a bit warm June has the longest days of the year, and June 2014 took advantage of that by supplying us with a very sunny month. Bright sunshine was recorded 67 percent of the time at the Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, Mass., 12 percent above normal and the sunniest June in 35 years. Blue Hill Observatory is the nearest location to Nashua that records sunshine data after the National Weather Service ended these observations in Boston and Concord during the mid-1990s during its modernization. June was quite a nice month for almost everyone, whether you were watching a baseball game, hosting a family cookout, made a day of it at the beach or tended to your garden. The only down side of June was for farmers, who found it too dry as the month went along. After below-normal rainfall during May and especially June, topsoil moisture became scarce by mid and late June, resulting in browning lawns locally. This was the case only across southeastern Hillsborough and southern Rockingham counties, where thundershower activity seemed to be reluctant to develop. Farther north and west, rainfall was more prolific, and lawns stayed green in places such as Concord and Dublin. Shower and thunderstorm activity to begin July has mitigated dry topsoil conditions locally, and there are no signs of drought at this point. Palmer Drought indices as of July 5 are positive, indicating we are in very good shape for at least several weeks with respect to groundwater supplies. The reasons behind our nice June weather are based on the idea that we are in a summer version of the winter blocking pattern that brought so much cold to the heartland last winter. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:01:32 EST Piekarski, Tulley: Recalling a pair of Nashua auto-dealer giants One started out on Main Street, the other on Lake Street. One put his name on his products, the other didn’t. But when they became neighbors in a brand-new retail experiment called the New England Automotive Village some 50 years ago, it marked just one more thing that Vincent F. Tulley and Wilfrid J. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:01:16 EST REALTOR award recipients BEDFORD – The Greater Manchester/ Nashua Board of REALTORS (GMNBR) would like to congratulate the 2014 REALTOR of Year Gail R. Athas, Affiliate of Year Tracy Hawkins, and Good Neighbor Award recipient John MacGilvary. Gail is a lifelong resident of Manchester and is a REALTOR with Keller Williams Metropolitan in Bedford. She has been practicing real estate for over fifteen years and was president of GMNBR in 2007 and 2013. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 02:01:57 EST Pennichuck Corp. seeks to issue $54.5 million worth of bonds NASHUA – Pennichuck Corp. is seeking authorization from the city of Nashua to sell up to $54.5 million worth of bonds to refinance existing debt and pay for capital projects through 2016. Nashua’s Board of Aldermen took up a resolution Tuesday that would allow Pennichuck Water Works, one of the corporation’s subsidiaries, to move forward with a new long-term financing plan. Pennichuck is working to transform the corporation’s capital structure from one suited for a publicly-traded company to one “better aligned” with Pennichuck’s new status as a city-owned public utility. Part of that transition is laying the groundwork for Pennichuck to finance projects with long-term debt rather than private equity in the future. Specifically, Pennichuck is seeking to refinance approximately $23.4 million worth of outstanding debt with new bonds. The company’s plan calls for the bonds to be issued through the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority, bearing a fixed interest rate of approximately 5.5 percent. Pennichuck Water Works is currently carrying approximately $50.1 million of long-term debt. The lion’s share was taken out before the corporation was acquired by Nashua in 2012. Approximately $39.8 million of the outstanding debt exists as “balloon” or “bullet” maturities, a form of financing that requires making large payments at the end of the borrowing term. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:01:18 EST Nashua man charged with calling in phony bomb threat at homeless shelter NASHUA – Police arrested a homeless man Thursday and charged him with contacting the media to cover what he said would be a bomb explosion at a Nashua homeless shelter. Nashua police were contacted by WBZ-TV, Channel 4 News in Boston, around 5:20 a.m. on July 6 and told that a man had called and said he was going to blow up the Dalianis House at 59 Factory St., Nashua, and that he wanted media coverage, police said. Police responded and found no evidence of a bomb within the shelter for homeless veterans and determined the call was a hoax. On Wednesday they arrested Mark Sacco, 48, of no fixed address, and charged him with false report as to explosives, a felony, police said. Sacco was held on $1,500 cash or surety bail and arraigned Thursday morning at Nashua district court, police said. The Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison, plus fines, police said. – JOSEPH G. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:04:09 EST Kenneth E. Churbuck Kenneth E. Churbuck, 69, passed away on May 28, 2014. Mr. Churbuck was a defense attorney and alumnus of Suffolk University Law School, Tufts University, and Bourne (Mass.) High School class of 1962. He ran a long-standing law practice on Main Street in Nashua. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:04:24 EST Nashua sent firefighters, ladder truck to help fight fatal Lowell fire that killed seven One look at the amount of blackened, smoldering rubble where, just hours earlier, as many as 50 people slept in multiple apartments was all Nashua firefighter Jim Douzanis needed Thursday morning to recognize just how rapidly and intensely flames had roared through the rambling tenement on Branch Street in Lowell. Douzanis was one of a crew of four Nashua firefighters manning Ladder 2 out of the Lake Street Station who were dispatched to the four-alarm pre-dawn blaze at 81-85 Branch St. that claimed seven lives, including five members of one family, injured about 10 more and left 50 people homeless. But as bad as was the fire damage, Douzanis said it wasn’t until he and his crew returned to Nashua that he learned of the horrific death toll. Capt. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:31:00 EST State’s first court for veterans opened in Nashua Thursday NASHUA – New Hampshire’s first court program designed to assist veterans who are struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and other combat-related conditions to navigate through the criminal justice system got off the ground Thursday. The Nashua Veterans Behavioral Health Track will be rolled into Nashua district court’s mental health court program that allows criminal defendant’s to get treatment rather than going to jail for minor offenses. The veterans track will focus specifically on former military members whose crimes are related to illnesses and substance abuse that stem from their tours of duty. “It’s an opportunity to streamline veterans through the court system and recognize some of the specific issues that veterans face, particularly post-traumatic issues,” said New Hampshire National Guard Brigadier General Carolyn Protzmann. “This court will hopefully shed light on those issues veterans are facing and hopefully push them toward treatment and not incarcerating them.” Gov. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:05:38 EST Nashua Police Log Nashua Police  Department July 2 ARREST/SUMMONS Mackenzie Vicaire, 27, 17 Tampa St., Nashua, driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated excess alcohol concentration. JULY 3 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Christopher Peak, 45, 14 Auburn St., Apt. B, Nashua, two counts out-of-town warrant. Brittany M. Dubray, 22, 455 Amherst St., Manchester, driving after revocation or suspension, suspended registration, driving without giving proof. Brandon A. Houle, 18, 188 Concord St., Apt. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:05:50 EST Nashua College to close its doors in September Mount Washington College will close its Nashua and Salem campuses by early September, the school announced Wednesday. Formerly known as Hesser College until a year ago, the school will merge the two closed campuses with its Manchester facilities. “Starting on September 9, students will be continuing studies at the main campus in Manchester,” said college spokesperson Stephen White. The closure’s will affect 540 students and triger about 50 staff layoffs. There are approximately 350 students attending the Nashua campus on Amherst Street, opposite the Somerset Plaza. Manchester will become Mount Washington’s sole campus. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:06:01 EST Hudson Police Log Hudson Police Department MAY 25 Arrests/Summonses Debra Ann Errico, 56, 90 Barretts Hill Road, Apt. A: Hindering apprehension or prosecution, 9:56 p.m. Accident Sagamore Bridge and Lowell Road: 8:02 p.m. One-vehicle accident. Driver: Juan M. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:06:06 EST Nashua VFW recognizes Merrimack store for donation NASHUA – VFW Post 483 presented a certificate of appreciation to The Home Depot at 721 Milford Road in Merrimack for the donation of a gas/charcoal grill for a raffle. The fundraiser was held for a post member who had to remodel his home to accommodate his wife, who suffered a serious stroke. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:01:06 EST Silber is featured artist for August HOLLIS – Dotty Silber will be a featured “Artist of the Month” for August at REMax in Hollis. A reception will be held on Sunday, Aug. 3, at REMax, 2 Ash St., Hollis. She is proudly representing The Hollis Art Society. Silber takes pride in bringing new life to old furniture. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:01:35 EST New realtors inducted to Greater Manchester/Nashua Board of Realtors At an induction ceremony that took place at the Greater Manchester/Nashua Board of Realtors (GMNBR) office, 27 new realtors accepted the honor and responsibility of becoming a realtor. These new realtor professionals pledge to hold themselves to the highest standards of professionalism and to conform to the lofty ideals of the REALTOR Code of Ethics. By becoming a realtor member of GMNBR, the inductees also will hold memberships at New Hampshire Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. New realtors include Pierre Blanc of Keller Williams Metropolitan, Paul Butler of CB Residential Brokerage, Richard Carvalho of Keller Williams Metropolitan, Sarah Elechko of Keller Williams Metropolitan, Debra Federico of Sousa Realty & Dev. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:02:43 EST Bedford student’s Rube Goldberg machine turns book pages NASHUA – Fish were being caught, photos were being taken, pancakes were being grilled, bread was being sliced, and guitars were being strummed during Nashua Catholic’s annual eighth grade science fair – not by the students but by the machines that they invented. More than 110 different machines, inspired by cartoonist Rube Goldberg, were on display in the school’s auditorium that could complete various tasks in a minimum of four steps using such simple machines as a pulley, wedge, lever, screw, and wheel from things that they found around their house, in their garage, and even in their garbage. “It was fun making my Rube Goldberg machine,” said Sophia Bemiss, of Bedford, who made a machine that could turn pages of a book. “I learned that simple machines don’t always work the way you think they should. I had to work on the screw to make the ball roll down properly in order to make everything else work the way it was suppose to.” Goldberg, an American cartoonist, was educated as an engineer but is best known for a series of popular cartoons depicting complex gadgets that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways that usually include a chain reaction. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:02:58 EST Greater Nashua students recognized in PBS Kids Writers Contest DURHAM – Poetry about the seasons, a ring-toss game between a cat and a moose, and a day of skiing were among the subjects of winning stories in the New Hampshire Public Television – PBS Kids Writers Contest. More than 450 creative entries were received from children in kindergarten through third grade, and 85 stories were chosen for first place, second place, third place and honorable mention recognition. NHPTV’s winners will compete with the winners from other public television stations in the national PBS Kids Writers Contest. The first-, second- and third-place winners were recognized at an awards ceremony on Saturday, May 10, at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester. Author Diane Mayr spoke at the ceremony. She is a librarian and a longtime New Hampshire resident whose children’s books include “Littlebat’s Halloween Story,” “Run, Turkey, Run!” and “Out and About at the Apple Orchard.” “By taking this contest into my kindergarten class, I was able to introduce the world of writing to so many youngsters,” sand Kimberly Carrier, a kindergarten teacher in Nashua. “It is by far my favorite part of teaching every year. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 02:00:22 EST Nashua man charged with firing accidental gunshot into city apartment NASHUA – Police arrested a city man on felony charges earlier this month and accused him of accidentally firing a bullet into an apartment complex. Police were called around 11:30 a.m. on May 25 for a report of shots fired near a local apartment complex and a woman there told officers a bullet had been shot into her apartment, police said. Patrol officers identified Nicholas Kolhonen, 22, of 6 Silver Drive, Apt. 20, Nashua, as a possible suspect and detectives later charged him with felony reckless conduct after determining the shot had been fired as a result of an accidental discharge, police said. Kolhonen was arrested around 1:30 on July 5 and released on $15,000 personal recognizance bail pending his arraignment at Nashua district court, police said. The Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison plus fines, police said. – JOSEPH G. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:06:18 EST Nashua police charge Bedford woman with fraud NASHUA – Police arrested a Bedford woman this week they said defrauded a local bank. Police were contacted by the bank and told it had lost a sum of money as the result of check fraud. Detectives investigated and arrested Tamra Snyder, of 7 Mack St., Bedford, on Wednesday, police said. Snyder was released on personal recognizance bail and will be arraigned at Nashua district court, police said. The Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison plus fines, police said. – JOSEPH G. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:05:54 EST Nashua woman facing theft charge in check cashing scheme NASHUA – A Nashua woman is facing a felony theft charge after police arrested her this week and accused her of a check cashing scheme. A local bank reported to police it had lost more than $1,500 due to the scheme and after an investigation, detectives charged Evelyn Anaya, of 17 Spalding St., Nashua. Anaya was arrested around 9 a.m. Wednesday and charged with theft by deception-consolidation, police said. Anaya was freed on personal recognizance bail pending her arraignment at Nashua district court, police said. The Class A felony is punishable by up to 15 years in prison plus fines, police said. – JOSEPH G. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:05:20 EST New Hampshire opens first criminal court for vets in Nashua NASHUA (AP) - New Hampshire's governor and chief justice will be among the speakers at opening ceremonies for the state's first court to handle the cases of military veterans charged with crimes. The ceremony will be held at Nashua District Court Thursday. Judge James Leahy will host the events and preside over the court's cases as part of the Veterans Behavioral Health Track. Gov. Maggie Hassan and Chief Justice Linda Dalianis will attend the ceremonies. Nashua District Court in 2006 was home to the Judicial Branch's first mental health court. Veterans' advocates say veterans often experience anger management issues, substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder - any of which can drive crimes by veterans. The opening ceremonies begin at 1 p.m. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:40:00 EST Nashua moves polling locations to increase school safety NASHUA – Driven by concerns about school safety across the country, Nashua will move Election Day voting out of two elementary schools and into new locations this fall. The Board of Aldermen on Tuesday approved a request from City Clerk Paul Bergeron to change the polling locations in Ward 3 and Ward 5, moving voting booths out of school buildings and into churches in the two wards. The city also will hire police officers to work security details at seven other school buildings used as polling places around the city. The changes will be visible as early as the September primary election. Nashua School Superintendent Mark Conrad said the moves are intended to assuage fears from parents and staff about easy access to school buildings while children are in the building. “Parents want to know that we’re controlling access to who comes into the schools their children are in,” he said. Throughout the U.S., a number of schools have moved to end their traditional role as polling places since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. It’s hard to tell how widespread school voting restrictions have become; The Associated Press reported in January that more than three dozen U.S. schools either had either eliminated voting or considered doing so because of Sandy Hook. Officials who were called to speak before the Presidential Commission on Election Administration several months ago repeatedly testified that the issue poses a growing problem. “Schools are less and less inclined to want to make those facilities locations for voting, because you have access from people coming in off the street,” Ohio Secretary of State John Husted said at the commission’s Cincinnati meeting in September. In Nashua schools, administrators have instituted “full perimeter security,” meaning that on most days, visitors must check in at the main entrance to gain access to the building. Yet on election days, procedures are more lax to accommodate voting. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:31:28 EST Hudson man arrested after police say he drove 132 MPH in Toyota Supra on Everett Turnpike in Nashua NASHUA – State Police arrested a Hudson man they said was racing another car on F.E. Everett Turnpike Wednesday morning topping speeds of 130 mph. Kenneth Guertin, 45, of Hudson, was charged with felony reckless conduct after Trooper Kieran Fagan stopped him in his black Toyota Supra while the other car, a Subaru WRX, got away, according to police. Guertin is the third man this week to be arrested on felony charges after hitting dangerous speeds on New Hampshire highways. Fagan was patrolling the turnpike and heading north near Exit 4 in Nashua just after 7 a.m. Wednesday when two cars racing one another passed him. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:07:11 EST Napa East gift card holders need not despair – yet Related story: Nashua’s Napa East abruptly closes; future uncertain NASHUA – As customers, and even employees, of Napa East Wine Lounge & Shop continue to question the reasons for its abrupt closure on Tuesday, one group of would-be diners are asking a specific question: What happens to my gift certificate? Several certificate-holders were among the scores of people who posted comments on Napa East’s Facebook page following Tuesday’s announcement, and others contacted the Telegraph on Wednesday looking for answers. While the state Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau, which regulates services and products that include gift certificates and cards, doesn’t specifically address what happens to gift certificates when a store or restaurant closes, the head of the bureau said Wednesday that the bureau “generally takes the position that the business owner is responsible for making restitution to the certificate holders.” Assistant state Attorney General David Rienzo suggested that certificate holders file a complaint with his office, a process that can be completed online by going to the Consumer Protection and Antitrust page ( and clicking on “consumer complaints” link on the right side. Those who file a complaint can submit the form electronically or print it out and send it to the bureau at the address on the Website. Anyone with questions can contact Rienzo’s office at 271-3643. Should Napa East eventually file for bankruptcy, Rienzo said, it would become more difficult for certificate holders to receive restitution. So far, Napa East owner Joanna Mahoney has given no indication whether bankruptcy is in the restaurant’s future. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:49:00 EST One hurt in Nashua French Hill crash Wednesday A woman suffered non life-threatening injuries in a two-car accident on Nashua’s French Hill on Wednesday afternoon. The unidentified woman, believed to be in her 50s, was the driver of the vehicle that rolled over and came to rest on its roof after the crash at the intersection of Summer and Cross streets, Deputy Nashua Fire Rescue Chief Brian Rhodes said. She was taken to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center for treatment, he said. No other injuries were reported. The name of the driver of the other vehicle was also unavailable. Rhodes said the accident, which occurred around 5 p.m., is under investigation by Nashua police. – DEAN SHALHOUP Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:32 EST Everett W. Robie Everett W. Robie, 80, a native and longtime resident of Nashua, NH, died Sunday evening, July 6th 2014, at the Southern NH Medical Center surrounded by members of his family. He was born on March 6, 1934 and was the eldest son of the late Harrison A. and Florence (Snow) Robie. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:01:10 EST Study: Car insurance rates vary widely in NH; are more expensive in Mass. Car insurance rates vary by hundreds of dollars a year across New Hampshire, with smaller cities and towns like Keene, Concord and Peterborough paying less than most places in Greater Nashua, according to a new survey by a finance firm called Even in the most expensive place, however, the cost was much less than in Massachusetts towns – although state-to-state comparison is difficult due to differing requirements for coverage. The survey examined auto insurance rates for a single 30-year-old male who drove his Toyota Camry about 12,000 miles a year, with good credit and a good driving record. It’s not clear how costs would vary for other types of drivers. The analysis “includes costs across 37 cities from 14 insurers, including the five largest groups  underwriting in the state: State Farm, Progressive, Liberty Mutual, National Indemnity (GEICO), and Allstate,” the firm said in a press statement. The average costs, the firm said, range from $827 a year in Keene to $1,140 a year in Manchester, a difference of 37 percent. Nashua, at $989, was almost a dollar a week more expensive than the statewide average of $948 a year. Results varied a surprising amount even between similar adjacent communities – for example, Amherst’s figure was about 7 percent higher than Milford’s. “The likely answer is that claims frequency and severity for those insurers were different in those towns, “said Ting Pen, co-founder of In Massachusetts, rates ranged from $1,286 in Marlborough to $2,125 in Brockton. Lowell’s average was $1,693 a year, Lawrence was $1,863, and Boston was $1,933. The Massachusetts analysis involved 35 different insurance companies and 179 cities and towns. The coverage was much more extensive than in the New Hampshire analysis and involved seven kinds of driver situations. The New Hampshire study assumed covered liability of $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident for the passengers and an uninsured motorist; $1,000 in medical payments; and $500 in collision deductible. Annual car insurance costs for other Greater Nashua communities include: Milford: $912. Hollis: $958. Merrimack: $960. Amherst: $972. Hudson: $980. Windham: $1,073. The analysis was done by requesting rates from each of the companies in each of the communities and then averaging the results for each community. The list of all New Hampshire rates can be found at The entire study is at David Brooks can be reached at 594-6531 or dbrooks@nashua Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:55:01 EST New Hampshire non-graduates find routes toward diplomas Graduation is a transition time for students. The majority receive diplomas and move on to work or go to college. A handful of seniors opt for earning their high school equivalency certificate. And then there are a few who call it quits, who are counted as dropouts, and get counted in a statistic that is closely watched by local and state school officials. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:05:25 EST Rebecca L. Dexter Rebecca L. Dexter, 41, resident of Greenville, NH, died on July 6, 2014 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua, NH. She was born in Nashua on November 24, 1972, a daughter of Madeline (Delescluse) Nangle of Milford and the late Patrick B. Nangle. She made her home in Milford for most of her life and graduated from MASH, Class of 1991. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:03:28 EST Wilfrid J. Piekarski “Wil” passed away on Sunday July 6, 2014. He was born in Chicago, Ill. On October 12, 1929 to Frank and Mae (Lilegden) Piekarski. He is predeceased by his brothers Robert and Frank, and sisters Joan and Bernadette. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:03:38 EST James C. Starke AMHERST – James C. Starke, M.D., well-known dermatologist, age 85, died on July 6, 2014, from pulmonary fibrosis in the house he restored, lived in and loved for 52 years, known as the Melendy Farm. Starke was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Carl and Ada Starke. He attended the University of Wisconsin/Madison and received his medical degree from Marquette Medical School (now Medical College of Wisconsin). After graduation, Starke served his internship at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital (Dartmouth-Hitchcock) in Hanover, N.H. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:03:42 EST Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Nashua recognizes supporters NASHUA – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Nashua & Greater Salem held its annual You Rock! Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua recently. More than 135 guests were in attendance to recognize the efforts and achievements of BBBS volunteer mentors and supporters. Comedian and entertainer Mike Koutrobis and Joy Barrett, Chief executive officer of BBBS Greater Nashua & Greater Salem, presented the honors of the 2014 Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year to BBBS board member Scott Law and Irene Holland. Law is Big Brother to Stephyn, while Holland is Big Sister to Kirshjah. Stephyn was unable to attend the event because he was graduating from high school in Vermont the next day. St. Joseph Hospital was recognized for its financial support of the BBBS mission with the Corporate Partner Award, and David Roedel, former BBBS board member, received the John Sias Award for his passion and dedication to the organization. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Nashua’s Mentors in Training participants received accolades for their commitment to the student leadership program, their community service efforts and their participation in Youth United, a United Way of Greater Nashua youth venture initiative. Also honored with the Cheerleader Award were two supporters: Koutrobis and Toastmasters coach Don Winn, both for sharing their talents with BBBS. The celebration kicked off with a congratulatory message from Mayor Donnalee Lozeau to the 16 Little Brothers and Little Sisters graduating from high school. “The achievements of our Littles are truly amazing,” Barrett said. “We thank our volunteer mentors for helping them reach their fullest and most inspiring potential.” Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:00:25 EST Katherine Bethany-Sarai Kinsley-Meissner, Nashua Richard Kinsley-Meissner and Dustin Kinsley-Meissner, of Nashua, announced the birth of their daughter Katherine “Katy” Bethany-Sarai Kinsley-Meissner at 10:27 p.m. April 10, 2014, at Winchester Hospital. Katy weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces and was 18 inches long at birth. She joins her siblings, Liam Kinsley-Spanos, 10, and Naomie-Aaliyah Kinsley-Spanos, 9. Her sister Sarah Kinsley-Meissner died at 2 months old of SIDS on April 23, 2013. Katy’s grandparents are Richard and Linda Kinsley, of Tyngsborough, Mass., and Jon and Vicki Meissner, of New Cumberland, W.Va. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:00:42 EST Charlotte Olivia Batchelder, Nashua John and Kelly (Hohen) Batchelder, of Nashua, announced the birth of their daughter, Charlotte Olivia Batchelder, at 6:11 p.m. July 2, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua. Charlotte was 8 pounds, 7 ounces and 20 inches long at birth. Grandparents are Diane Hohen, of Billerica, Mass., and the late Richard Hohen, formerly of Milford; John Batchelder of New Port Richie, Fla., and Julie Murray, of Nashua; and John Murray, of Nashua. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:00:48 EST Bank makes donation to Nashua School District LOWELL, Mass. – In appreciation of the warm welcome Enterprise Bank received in Nashua when it opened its doors at  88 Main St., the bank made a $2,500 donation to the Nashua School District to benefit Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School. The donation, which was announced during the grand opening celebration, represents $10 for each new account opened at the Nashua office during the bank’s first several months in business. Senior Vice President Mike Fox and Vice President Deb Novotny presented the check to Nashua Superintendent of Schools Mark Conrad. Enterprise Bank has 22 full-service branch offices, including Hudson, N.H. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:00:53 EST College achievements by students from Greater Nashua Here is a listing of college honors received by students from Greater Nashua: CLARK UNIVERSITY These local students graduated this spring from Clark University in Worcester, Mass. FROM AMHERST: Aaron M. Landis, M.S. in finance; Sara E. Hutchinson, B.A. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:01:19 EST Scholarships awarded to Greater Nashua students Here are scholarships awarded to students in Greater Nashua: NASHUA KALIL & KRESS DENTAL PROFESSION SCHOLARSHIPS Dr. Donna Kalil and Dr. Beth Kress recently presented the 2014 Kalil & Kress Dental Profession Scholarships. Applications were accepted from Nashua High School North and South students pursuing a career in the dental field. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:01:25 EST College achievements by Greater Nashua students Here are college achievements by students from Greater Nashua: KEENE STATE HONORS CONVOCATION These local students were honored at Keene State College’s Spring Honors Convocation in May. Alexander Davis, of Hollis, won the Bruce LeVine Mellion ’69 Scholarship for Excellence in Dance. This award was established to provide recognition, advanced study and research opportunities to an exceptional junior or senior majoring in dance and chosen by the dance department faculty. Katherine Wadleigh, of Hollis, won the Theatre and Dance Award for Excellence in Theatre Arts. Members of the theatre and dance department recognize students who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, creativity and service to the department in the areas of acting, directing, technology and design. Ashley Cardin, of Hudson, won the Honors in Psychology Award. The academic program of psychology at Keene State has established an honors program to recognize motivated psychology students who have completed a yearlong empirical research project, presented an oral and a written report on their findings, and passed an examination. Emily Laplant, of Hudson, won the Excellence in Communication Award and the Peter H. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:01:32 EST Finance Committee endorses reopening Brentwood School with Nashua district staff NASHUA – Some of the city’s intensive needs students are likely to be taught at a small alternative school in Merrimack by the district’s own teachers this fall. Members of the Board of Education’s Finance Committee voted to hire new staff and take over most of the closed the Brentwood School. The Brentwood School, an alternative high school for students with intensive needs, closed suddenly at the end of this last school year. “We currently had 8 to 10 students at any given time at (Brentwood)” said Conrad. “When they closed so late in the year, the question was, ‘what do we do now?’” The committee voted to post open positions for staffing a Nashua-run program at Brentwood, although the budget and program details have yet to be worked out. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:34:42 EST Nashua man riding bicycle in critical condition after colliding with car in Hudson HUDSON – A Nashua man is in critical condition after colliding with a car while riding an electric-assist bicycle Monday. The accident occurred around 11:50 a.m. at the intersection of Lowell and Wason Roads. James Landry, 47, was found on the eastbound lane of Wason Road suffering from serious head trauma. The car involved was parked at the scene, and the driver, Alisha McCoy, 30, of Nashua, and passers-by were rendering aid to the injured male bicyclist. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:00:17 EST Rebecca L. Dexter Rebecca L. Dexter, 41, resident of Greenville, NH, died on July 6, 2014 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua, NH. She was born in Nashua on November 24, 1972, a daughter of Madeline (Delescluse) Nangle of Milford and the late Patrick B. Nangle. She made her home in Milford for most of her life and graduated from MASH, Class of 1991. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:01:30 EST Robert E. Madden Robert E. Madden of Huntington, New York, and formerly of Nashua, NH, passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014 at the age of 65 while vacationing with his family in Ossipee, NH. Robert was born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 15, 1949, the devoted son of the late Robert F. and Mary Agnes (Barrett) Madden. He was known as Rob to his loving brother and sisters and as Uncle Robbie to his loving nephews and nieces. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:02:15 EST Betty J. (McDowell) Mulligan Betty J. (McDowell) Mulligan, 78, a longtime resident of Nashua, died peacefully on July 6, 2014 at home with her son at her side. She was born September 20, 1935 in Ayer, MA, a daughter of the late George and Annie (Hurley) McDowell. She grew up in West Groton Ma and was a graduate of Groton High School, Class of 1953. Mrs. Mulligan was the widow of James P. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:02:39 EST Robert Laquerre Robert Laquerre, 53, of Hampton, NH died Sunday, July 6th, 2014 at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born on April 25th, 1961 in Nashua, NH, son of Roger and Rachel (Dumas) Laquerre, and was the loving husband of 16 years to Robin (Wilmot) Laquerre. Bob was predeceased by two brothers, Billy and Rick Laquerre. Bob lived in Hudson his entire life until 4 years ago, when he moved to Hampton Beach to fulfill his lifelong dream. Bob enjoyed riding in his convertible, vacationing in Florida, playing cards with friends, golf, New England Sports, and he absolutely loved desserts. Besides his loving parents and wife Robin, Bob is survived by a son, Anthony DeBenedictis of Nashua, NH; a daughter, Jane DeBenedictis and husband Tom of Hudson, NH; a brother, James Laquerre and wife Ellen of Merrimack, NH; two sisters, Linda Tobin of Hampton, NH, Karen Mclavey and husband David of Litchfield, NH; Stephen Tobin of Exeter, NH; in-laws, Jerry Wilmot of Plant City, FL and Betty Wilmot of Nashua, NH; brother-in-law, David Wilmot of Nashua, NH; a sister-in-law, LuAnn Laquerre and husband Bruce Bigelow of Hudson, NH; eight nieces, Jessica, Colleen, Lauren, Kaitlin and husband Brian, Sara, Julie, Amanda and Taylor; two nephews, Brian and Andy; two grandchildren, Grace and Rocco; and many dear friends. Visiting Hours will be held on Thursday, July 10th from 3-5:30pm at the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Ferry St., Hudson. A Memorial Service will begin at 5:30pm in the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave., Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062. To leave a message of condolence, or get directions, please visit Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:03:05 EST Charles K. Magno, Jr. Charles K. Magno, Jr., 61, of Nashua, passed away on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at his home. Charles was born in Arlington MA on March 6, 1953, a son of the late Charles K. and Gloria S. (Liles) Magno, Sr. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:03:40 EST Wilfrid J. Piekarski “Wil” passed away on Sunday, July 6, 2014. He was born in Chicago, Ill. on October 12, 1929 to Frank and Mae (Lilegden) Piekarski. He is predeceased by his brothers Robert and Frank, and sisters Joan and Bernadette. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:04:11 EST Nashua aldermen call for control over citizen services director position NASHUA – The Budget Review Committee voted Monday to shift the position of citizen services director out of the mayor’s office – a move that one city official said was aimed at retaining the employee who holds the job. The current citizen services director, Patricia Rogers, was hired to serve on the mayor’s staff beginning in 2008. Rogers is the point person for residents who have concerns and complaints about city business. She was slated to earn a $49,779 salary in the position during the coming fiscal year. While she currently serves under the direction of the mayor, that soon could change. The budget committee voted Monday to recommend moving her position under the direction of the Board of Aldermen. While there was little discussion about the proposal Monday, Alderman-at-Large David Deane said Tuesday that he views Rogers as an asset to the community and feared she wouldn’t be asked to continue serving in her role by the mayor. “It’s my understanding – through what I’ve heard through numerous sources – that the individual has been, you know, given some options. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:54:29 EST Mikata in Nashua torn down to make more room After more than a decade in Nashua, the Mikata Japanese Steakhouse at 647 Amherst St. has been torn down to make way for an expanded version of a year-old auto oil and lubrication shop and car wash. Amherst St. LLC and Key Auto Group decided to expand the facility, which replaced a Saturn dealership only last year, after the Mikata property became available. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:05:24 EST Pair facing slew of drug charges, accused by police of making drug runs to Nashua NASHUA – Police have charged a woman and a man with several felony-level drug charges, accusing them of trying to sell cocaine, heroin and prescription pills. Police said Yahaira Acevedo- Torres, 27, and Luis Ruiz-Gonzalez, 22, were arrested Friday and charged with sale and possession of narcotic drugs, including crack cocaine, heroin, cocaine and oxycodone hydrochloric pills. Police have been investigating  Acevedo-Torres, “probably going back a couple years now,” Nashua Police Lt. David Bailey said. During the recent investigation, police said Acevedo-Torres and Ruiz-Gonzalez were making daily trips to the Nashua area for the purpose of distributing narcotic drugs. Acevedo-Torres and Ruiz-Gonzalez were charged with Class A felonies and were arraigned at the Nashua District Court on Monday. The pair were arrested by Nashua Police Department’s Narcotics Intelligence Division, who were assisted by members of the U.S. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:06:05 EST Nashua bicyclist injured after crashing into car in Hudson HUDSON (AP) - Police say a bicyclist remains hospitalized in critical condition after he crashed into a car in Hudson. Authorities say 47-year-old James Landry was riding against traffic when he went through a red light and hit the side of a car on Monday. The Nashua man was thrown from his electric-assisted bicycle. Police say he was not wearing a helmet. Landry was taken to a hospital with a serious head injury. Officials say the driver of the car remained at the scene and will not face any charges. Police are urging bicyclists to always wear a helmet and to obey the rules of the road. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:57:47 EST Wilfrid J. Piekarski Wilfrid J. “Wil” Piekarski, 84, a well known business executive and President of Toyota of Nashua, passed away at his home in Milford, NH, Sunday evening, July 6, 2014 after a period of declining health. Wil was the husband of Marilyn J. (Long) Piekarski with whom he recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. A complete obituary will appear in Wednesday’s edition of The Telegraph. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:01:02 EST Robert E. Madden Robert E. Madden of Huntington, New York, and formerly of Nashua, NH, passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014 at the age of 65 while vacationing with his family in Ossipee, NH. Robert was born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 15, 1949, the devoted son of the late Robert F. and Mary Agnes (Barrett) Madden. He was known as Rob to his loving brother and sisters and as Uncle Robbie to his loving nephews and nieces, he was known as Bob to his many friends and business associates. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:01:11 EST Man allegedly stabbed another man during domestic dispute NASHUA – Police arrested a Nashua resident last week who they said stabbed a man who tried to intervene in a domestic assault. Police were called to a Nashua residence shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday for a report of a domestic disturbance during which a man was stabbed. When they arrived, officers were told Ernie Roig, 26, had been involved in an altercation with a woman and that he had threatened her with a knife and assaulted her, police said. A family member stepped in to stop the altercation and was stabbed in the stomach by Roig, police said. The male family member was brought to a city hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and the woman who was involved had only minor injuries, according to police. Roig was charged with domestic violence: first-degree assault and two counts each of domestic violence: criminal threatening and domestic violence: simple assault. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:04:01 EST Hudson collects rain-shortened win over Nashua NASHUA – Mother Nature turned into Nashua Post 124’s saving grace Monday night. Nashua’s American Legion baseball game against Hudson Post 48 ended in a 6-2 loss at Holman Stadium after lightning and anticipated thunderstorms halted play in the bottom of the fifth inning. It was ruled an official game because Post 124, playing as the visitor, already had its at-bat in the fifth. Not many things were going Nashua’s way. It had already gone through two pitchers battling control problems and was struggling to score off Hudson starter Ryan Glendye. The weather ended things before they could get out of hand, and may have saved Post 124 some more arms. The first sight of lightning came with one out in the bottom of the fifth, leading to a mandatory 30-minute delay. But after the sound of thunder came and it started to pour, players and spectators immediately left as the umpires signaled the end of the game. Nashua may have felt differently about the ending had the game continued the way it had after the first two innings. Starter Jason Ferlan had cruised through the first two innings, allowing just one hit and facing the minimum six Hudson Post 48 batters entering the third inning with his team leading 1-0. The success ended there. Ferlan was a shell of himself in the third inning, giving up five hits, two walks and a hit batter as Hudson exploded for five runs in the frame. Ferlan allowed the bottom of the Post 48 order to reach to load the bases with no outs, then walked Kellin Bail to score the tying run. Connor Whittemore broke it open with a two-run single that bounced just inside the left field foul line to score Jackson Musco and Dan Brown. Dakota Williams drove in Luis Matrille two batters later with a single to right center, and Musco scored Bail with his second single of the inning to put Hudson up 5-1. Ferlan was back out for the fourth, but was pulled after a pair of walks to lead off the inning. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:04:27 EST Nashua firefighter faces federal child pornography charges NASHUA – A member of Nashua Fire Rescue has been placed on home confinement following his first appearance in federal court on child pornography charges, according to documents posted on the U.S. District Court’s website earlier this month. Stephen Cote, a Nashua fire department employee since December 1996, was indicted on one charge each of distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography at the federal court in Concord, according to court documents. The charges accused Cote of possessing and distributing images of children “engaging in sexually explicit conduct” between March 8 and June 25, 2013, according to court records. Cote was arraigned Thursday and ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device and to remain confined to his home except for work, school and some other activities. He also was ordered to turn over a laptop computer, firearms and ammunition to a probation officer and to notify his employer of computer-related restrictions, according to court records. Nashua fire officials did not know about Cote’s arrest when contacted by The Telegraph on Monday morning. Fire Chief Brian Morrissey said Cote had worked for the department since the mid-1990s and was off-duty over the weekend for a previously scheduled vacation. “I haven’t seen anything as of yet,” Morrissey said. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:06:27 EST One year, 8,700 miles, 1,700 pictures, and no words: Nashua grad finishes his silent walk across country NASHUA – More than 8,700 miles, nearly 2 million steps and close to 12 months later, Greg Hindy is ahead of schedule. Hindy, 22, is in Los Angeles just shy of a year since he took a vow of silence and set off on foot from New Hampshire to travel up, down and around the country before finishing his silent trek at a friend’s house in L.A. on July 9, his 23rd birthday. “He’s back in the city, so I think it’s a done deal,” his father, Dr. Carl Hindy, said this week. “There’s a lot of film to develop.” Greg Hindy’s walk is intended to be a piece of performance art. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:04:00 EST Decontamination training sessions Tuesday at SNHMC in Nashua NASHUA – Southern New Hampshire Health System will be training health care personnel to decontaminate victims exposed to hazardous substances at a training session Tuesday, July 8. This full-day program includes classroom and hands-on training using protective outerwear and powered air purifying respirators. In addition, trainees will learn how to use the current modes of decontamination based out of the main campus Emergency Department at 8 Prospect St. – TELEGRAPH STAFF Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:04:20 EST Nashua needs more bike paths One thing that I love to do in Nashua is ride my bike around the city on nice days. However Nashua’s roads, especially the major roads, are not very accommodating to cyclists. Most do not have shoulders that are wide enough for cycling. On roads without shoulders, car drivers are required to share the road with bicyclists, but some drivers do not know of this law in New Hampshire. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:00:27 EST Robert E. Madden Robert E. Madden, 65, of Huntington, New York and formerly of Nashua, passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014 while vacationing with his family in Ossipee, NH. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 15, 1949, he was a son of the late Robert F. and Mary Agnes (Barrett) Madden. A complete obituary and funeral arrangements will be announced in Tuesday’s edition of The Telegraph. Arrangements are in the care of the FARWELL FUNERAL SERVICE, 18 Lock Street, Nashua. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:00:18 EST Robert A. LaFreniere Robert A. LaFreniere, 84, of Nashua, husband of Rose M. (Klinzing) LaFreniere, died at his home Saturday afternoon, July 5, 2014 after a long illness. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 9, 1929, he was a son of the late Alfonse and Noemi (Simard) LaFreniere. “Bob” was raised and educated in Wilmington and Medford, MA and enlisted in the US Coast Guard in 1945. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:00:30 EST Donald Eric Thompson Donald Eric Thompson, 57, of Nashua, NH died July 2, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital. Born April 9, 1957 in Stoneham, MA, he was son of the late Donald D. and Grace Evangeline (Hanson) Thompson. Eric was employed at Majilite as a machine operator. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:00:41 EST Madeline P. (Brooks) Romkey Madeline P. (Brooks) Romkey, 95, longtime resident of Nashua, passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. Madeline was born in Cambridge, MA on October 9, 1918, a daughter of the late Charles W. and Mary T. (Curuyn) brooks. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:00:51 EST Don Himsel's 'Voices': ‘You did it!’ Downtown Nashua regulars will recognize Franny’s greeting If you’ve spent any time around Nashua’s Main Street and have run across Francis Whitford, chances are he looked you straight in the eye and said you did it. Just go with it. It’s part of being downtown in Nashua. Friends and strangers alike are often the recipient of his boisterous “You did it!” greetings as he walks by. Franny, 58, faced with developmental challenges and epilepsy, is as part of the Main Street scene as anything down there. For years he has been seen on foot, walking from his home through the downtown and shouting his greeting. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:15:01 EST