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Hudson

Posting on social media sparks anxiety at Alvirne

Three police officers stood watch at Alvirne High School on Thursday after parents warned school officials about possible threats on social media involving a student.

It turned out, however, to be a false alarm.

"The suspicions were unfounded, and no charges will be brought against the individual," said Hudson Police Chief Jason Lavoie.

The investigation began Wednesday around 8 p.m., when the school received emails, texts and calls from parents concerned with what their children had heard through social media, Alvirne Principal Steve Beals said.

"Many messages contained concerns about students on hit-lists, potential shootings and student safety being compromised," Beals said.

As the investigation continued Thursday, three Hudson police officers remained on-site.

Beals said he could not reveal whether the student is still attending Alvirne because of privacy rules.

"While we are grateful that we've collectively promoted a 'see something, say something' approach, we have to remember the positives and negatives that social media can have on situations," Beals said.

- DEREK EDRY

Durham

UNH waives application fees for state residents

Celebrating its 150 anniversary, the University of New Hampshire will waive its $50 application fee for in-state high school students who apply for fall 2017.

All undergraduate and transfer applicants to Durham and Manchester by Nov. 18 will also have the fee waived.

"UNH is committed to New Hampshire students, and we offer a fantastic undergraduate experience," said Victoria Dutcher, vice president of enrollment management at UNH, in a press statement. "We hope the application fee waiver encourages even more New Hampshire students and families to apply to UNH for next fall."

The university is hosting a fall open house at its Durham campus on Saturday.

- Telegraph staff

Hollis

Beaver Brook's annual art show this weekend

The Beaver Brook Association's arts festival has arrived.

The two-day event starts Saturday and features live music, garden tours and chances for up-close encounters with live animals, as well as displays from local artists.

Saturday offers birds of prey and live music from the Harmonica Saints and Tina & Sierra Landel & Friends, as well as a first-day look at close to 75 participating artists.

Sunday's events include multi-instrumentalist Robie Bones and presentations on bees and owls.

Children on both days can participate in nature crafts, and everyone can enjoy homemade food offered for sale.

For more information, visit www.beaverbrook.org

- DON HIMSEL