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Quick actions of rescuers and a little luck saved two boys from drowning in freezing water in Franklin

03-04-2024 5:57 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

With hypothermia approaching fast, the combined efforts of a Franklin police officer who jumped into freezing water, working in concert with firefighters and other rescue personnel, saved the lives of two young boys last Friday who had fallen from...


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Hometown Heroes: Stacy Duffy leads Girl Scouts down the right path

03-04-2024 5:17 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

You might have seen some of Stacy Duffy’s Girl Scouts standing in front of grocery and convenience stores in recent days, selling those yummy cookies like Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs and Samoas.She runs Troop 10162, and her lineup of girls has fanned out as...


Church Militant agrees to pay $500K to NH priest

03-04-2024 5:16 PM

By PETER SMITH

A far-right, unofficial Catholic media website has agreed to pay $500,000 to a New Hampshire priest who sued for defamation over a 2019 article that it now disavows. The website also is planning to shut down soon, the priest’s attorney says.The...


Footing the bill: Deerfield secures school choice beyond Concord High

03-04-2024 5:15 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Deerfield voters said they wanted more choices for the town’s high-school-aged students. A year later, with tuition agreements finalized and approved for three area schools, they’ll get it – at a steep price. “What we were saying last year is that...


Massachusetts Air National Guard member Jack Teixeira pleads guilty to leaking military secrets

03-04-2024 1:17 PM

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER

BOSTON — Massachusetts Air National Guard member Jack Teixeira pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court to leaking highly classified military documents about the war in Ukraine and other national security secrets. Teixeira’s plea agreement with...


Mass. man accused of abusing 6-year-old child in Concord

03-04-2024 11:34 AM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

A Massachusetts man was arrested on charges that he abused the six-year-old child of his girlfriend, a Concord resident, on February 28.Yadiel Ortega Montero, 22, of Marlborough, Massachusetts, is facing a felony charge of second-degree assault that...


Concord to work with Bow in water expansion project

03-04-2024 10:00 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

After over 40 years of attempts, the city of Concord has finally agreed to work with Bow in helping extend its water main and connect it with Concord’s water system.“They have given the OK. We’ve had meetings. Our engineers are working with their...


State investigating why some phones didn’t get Friday’s Amber alert

03-04-2024 10:00 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

Some people on the Verizon cell phone network did not receive the series of Amber Alerts sent out Friday concerning two missing New Hampshire children, and the state is trying to figure out why.“I have heard from other folks that have a Verizon phone,...


‘They’re not go-karts’: NH snowmobile fatalities prompt safety warnings

03-04-2024 7:12 AM

By HADLEY BARNDOLLAR

The last two weeks in New Hampshire’s North Country have been marked by at least a dozen snowmobile accidents, several of which have been fatal. Officials say while overall the accident numbers aren’t anything out of the norm this year, the deaths...


Lobster catch dips to lowest level since 2009 as fishers grapple with climate change, whale rules

03-04-2024 7:08 AM

By PATRICK WHITTLE

PORTLAND, Maine — America’s lobster fishing business dipped in catch while grappling with challenges including a changing ocean environment and new rules designed to protect rare whales.The lobster industry, based mostly in Maine, has had an...


Baby boxes for unwanted newborns proposed in New Hampshire

03-03-2024 6:01 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Twenty years ago, on a cold winter day, with snow blanketing the ground and sunshine barely piercing through the clouds, Margaret Drye, an EMT, received a call to respond to a distressing report – a baby had been left outside.The newborn still with...


Concord candlemaker finds way to connect with local brewers

03-03-2024 6:00 PM

By GEOFF FORESTER and JONATHAN VAN FLEET

Ross Mingarelli carefully poured hot liquid soy into a row of square glass jars and added drops of color and liquid fragrance.With a slow stir, each one became its own functional piece of art.“I feel like I have a lot of passion behind my candles....


With so few apartments available, Concord Housing to pause voucher waitlist

03-03-2024 10:04 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

There are so few available apartments that Concord Housing and Redevelopment paused its housing voucher waitlist again on March 1.Thousands of applicants sit on the current list, and with an average turnover of 34 apartments per year, moving off the...


Before leaving us, Peter Spaulding came down the aisle, fair to both sides

03-02-2024 12:00 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Back in the 1970s, Peter Spaulding and other like-minded Republicans met at the old Brick Tower bar in Concord regularly to consider the direction of their party.There, Spaulding, Steve Duprey, Jim Cleveland and a small group of young GOP members,...


Video game class at Gilford High encourages creativity, technical skills

03-02-2024 11:00 AM

By DANIEL SARCH

GILFORD — By the end of this trimester, 18 students at Gilford High School will have completed the Video Game Development class, where they are learning to program and design a working game. While most games will be fairly simple, or unfinished,...


Contoocook's Covered Bridge Restaurant set for revival

03-02-2024 10:00 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Perched right on the banks of the Contoocook River, the once-quiet Contoocook’s Covered Bridge Restaurant, its doors shuttered for more than two years, is set to be revived with fresh energy.The specifics on whether the restaurant is reopening or a...


To our readers: The first Weekender is here, and check out our new app

03-02-2024 10:00 AM

For the past several weeks, we’ve been alerting readers to a big change coming in their daily paper. Today, we’re publishing our first Weekend Edition of the Concord Monitor. It’s four pages bigger than the traditional Sunday Monitor and it includes...


Franklin ski area faces uncertain future after early closing due to warm weather

03-02-2024 9:00 AM

By DANIEL SARCH

FRANKLIN — Despite a successful opening weekend, the lack of snow this winter season has left the Veterans Memorial Ski Area struggling to stay open. After what was thought to be an unseasonably warm weather anomaly last year, it seems a pattern is...


Rundlett in review: Eight years of discussions about size, location and cost of a new middle school

03-02-2024 8:00 AM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN and MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

A petition asking the Concord School Board to revisit its decision to locate a new middle school on the East Side has garnered almost 800 signatures, yet the chance of another vote remains dim.Few school board members have expressed a desire to reopen...


Planning the end: Barbara Filion looks to Vermont for medical aid in dying

03-02-2024 7:30 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Barbara Filion made her way carefully to the kitchen, sidestepping furniture, making sure her footing remained steady as she opened her freezer stocked with tubs of chocolate ice cream swirled with white chocolate.“This is the best!” she declared,...



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