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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Moose, Hunt: Grant helps renovations of Library Hill building in Nashua

Moose, Hunt: Grant helps renovations

The renovation of the Hunt Memorial Building received a boost from the state’s moose.

Hunt Building trustees accepted a $20,000 grant from the state Conservation License Plate Trust Fund last week.

That’s right. Sales of moose license plates – the ones funding conservation causes – will help revamp one of downtown Nashua’s prominent buildings.

The grant will offset the cost of installing an elevator and a handicap-accessible bathroom.

The city-owned building has been undergoing a massive $1 million renovation. The city intends to lease office spaces and hold functions in the Library Hill building to generate revenue.

A new key

On the topic of structures, Keystone Hall will open a new facility at 615 Amherst St. later this month.

Known as the “615 Project,” the new facility will focus on the state’s “substantial addiction treatment gap,” according to Keystone Hall.

At its current leased Pine Street location, Keystone Hall is forced to turn away up to 1,000 people seeking care, the agency said.

With 26,000 square feet containing 54 beds and a large outpatient department, the new facility will allow Keystone Hall to serve twice as many people through its residential inpatient recovery and outpatient treatment services, the agency said.

“Once relocated, Keystone Hall will be New Hampshire’s largest, most comprehensive substance use disorder treatment center,” the agency said in a press release.

On Jan. 26, Gov. John Lynch, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and other officials and guests will take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new facility.

The cost of the project is about $6.6 million, but Keystone Hall has raised about $6.3 million so far, the agency said. Volunteers and staff are in the process of raising the final $300,000 needed by September from private foundations, individuals and businesses.

Sign-ups for school kids

Registration for kindergarten and first grade for the 2012-13 year in the Nashua School District begins Monday, as parents can start signing their children up for their neighborhood elementary schools.

Kindergarten registration will begin Monday, Feb. 6, from 6-8 p.m. and continue daily from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. starting Tuesday, Feb. 7, at each of the 12 elementary schools.

Children must be 5 by Sept. 30, 2012, to enroll in kindergarten for the 2012-13 school year.

Parents should bring a birth certificate for the child or a passport, an updated immunization record, a report of the most recent physical exam and two proofs of residency, which can include a home deed or lease agreement and a utilities bill.

For new first-graders, registration begins daily from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 7, at each of the 12 elementary schools.

All children must be 6 by Sept. 30, 2012, to enroll in first grade for the 2012-13 school year.

The same documents are required to sign up a child for first grade as in kindergarten.

Students already enrolled in kindergarten in the Nashua School District this year don’t need to register again for first grade.

For more information, contact Kerry Caldwell in student services at or 966-1068.

Hospital gains renewal

The state’s Trauma Medical Review Committee recently renewed St. Joseph Hospital’s designation as a trauma center, according to the hospital.

The hospital, at 172 Kinsley St., has been a designated trauma center for Nashua and surrounding towns since the mid-1990s. The renewal from the committee is good for another five years, according to the hospital.

“Our community deserves to have the best emergency and trauma care close to where they live and work,” said Sue Barnard, the hospital’s trauma nurse coordinator. “That is why we feel it is important for St. Joseph Hospital to continue to maintain our trauma center status.”

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Meeting time

A new week brings a full slate of public meetings in Nashua. For a list, visit this column at

Nashua … From the Inside was compiled by staff writers Albert McKeon and Cameron Kittle.