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Many Hopkinton residents say it’s time to get rid of the pay-by-bag program
06-11-2024 2:27 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

As a young parent, Dave Depiano is constantly frustrated by having to throw away things at home like his pots and pans every six months because they just don’t last like they used to decades ago. This means he generates more trash, and with...

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Hopkinton-Webster transfer station fee revision in progress
05-22-2024 9:39 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

After 12 years, Hopkinton and Webster are adjusting the fees at the joint transfer station to fully cover waste disposal costs.Currently, only 75% to 80% of the transfer station’s operational costs are covered by the fees to dispose of waste, but the...


Opinion: What it means to be an American
05-18-2024 8:00 AM

By MICHAEL PELCHAT

Michael Pelchat of Webster is a retired pharmacist and current history student. In 1850, Presbyterian minister, James Thornwell of South Carolina, speaking on the major issue of the day, said “they are atheists, socialists, communists on the one...


Pay-by-bag works for most communities, but not Hopkinton
04-17-2024 5:11 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Every time Jolene Cochrane clocks in for her shift at the Hopkinton Transfer Station, she sees residents driving in with their household waste bagged in various colored trash bags.With 19 years of experience at the station — a few years longer than...


Outage update: Power back on in Webster; Hopkinton, Henniker and Weare expected to be fully restored Tuesday night
03-26-2024 11:38 AM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

Power was expected to be restored by Tuesday evening to the remaining customers in the Concord area who had remained in the dark for nearly three days following a Saturday snow and ice storm.Dozens of broken utility poles led to delays in restoring...


Webster residents decide to move past illegal Walker Pond land sale
03-16-2024 5:54 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Most residents in Webster were keen to bury the illegal sale of town-owned land on Walker Pond once and for all, and they did just that at Saturday’s town meeting.“Let’s not go back in time with this thing, OK? It’s done. It was reported,...


Webster to consider return of Walker Pond parcels
03-15-2024 10:46 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

At Webster’s town meeting, residents will vote on whether the town should seek the return of two parcels illegally sold around the Walker Pond.The parcels were purchased by former selectman and town treasurer Bruce Johnson in October 2019 for $7,000...


Community power continues spreading through the region
03-09-2024 1:10 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Community power, the system under which communities can buy their own electricity instead of depending on the utility, is continuing its rapid expansion in towns throughout the region.Three Concord area towns are among the dozen launching the system...


Merrimack Valley voters approve $48.3 million budget, ask for more transparency
03-09-2024 12:55 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

After the moderator read the results of the Merrimack Valley School Board elections Friday night, Julia Jones dabbed away a few tears.Though she is the president of the Salisbury parent-teacher group, she relied only on word of mouth to promote her...


Spending impacts vary between towns sending students to Merrimack Valley
03-05-2024 6:45 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Merrimack Valley School District voters will weigh a 5.9% budget increase and decide two contested school board races on Friday. The proposed operating budget for the five-community district is $48,298,106, up almost $2.7 million from last year. The...


Webster returns focus to illegal land sale along Walker Pond
02-07-2024 4:41 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Webster residents will soon face a looming question: Should the town seek the return of two properties that were illegally sold along pristine Walker Pond?The petitioned warrant article calls for the return of two town-owned parcels, each 1.5 acres in...


Opinion: Protecting NH’s coyotes
02-05-2024 4:17 PM

By CHRISTINE SCHADLER

Christine Schadler, Webster, New Hampshire Wildlife Coalition. Mike Dunbar’s piece (Monitor, 1/30) provided fairly accurate information on the contentious issue of coyote hunting. Since the coyote’s arrival in New Hampshire in the 1940s, policy...


Special education and health insurance driving almost all of Merrimack Valley budget increase 
02-03-2024 4:26 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

The two drivers of next year’s budget increase in the Merrimack Valley School District are forces hitting its peers across New Hampshire: special education and health insurance.The proposed $48,298,106 budget for the district is up almost $2.7 million...


Webster preparing to enter community power in March
01-15-2024 3:00 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Webster is preparing to join the dozens of towns and cities that buy electricity on the open market through the Community Power Coalition. An information session has been scheduled for later this month to let people know it is coming.Voters at 2023...


Information sought on serious UTV crash in Webster
10-20-2023 10:15 AM

Officials are asking for help figuring out what caused a side-by-side ATV to strike a tree on Province Road in Webster, injuring a Salisbury man.According to officials, just before 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, State Police Dispatch received a...


Opinion: Separate and equal?
10-13-2023 5:00 PM

By MIKE PELCHAT

Mike Pelchat of Webster is a retired pharmacist and current student of history. At a question-and-answer session in Austin, Texas, NH Governor Chris Sununu downplayed the danger to the nation posed by Donald Trump. Sununu expressed confidence that the...


Hopkinton-Webster transfer station agreement remains the same
09-13-2023 5:25 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

The cost of cleaning up the PFAS-contaminated sludge at the Hopkinton-Webster transfer station and potentially relocating it off-site could cost the towns $13.8 million. The 52,000 tons of sludge containing “forever” chemicals at the transfer station...


Opinion: Thoughts on freedom and liberty
08-04-2023 7:00 AM

By MIKE PELCHAT

Mike Pelchat of Webster is a retired pharmacist and current history student. Freedom and liberty are two very important words in the American lexicon. They are engraved in our national consciousness and figure prominently in our trinity of founding...


Webster man indicted on pipe bomb explosions 
07-20-2023 5:50 PM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

A Webster man was indicted on Thursday in connection with two pipe bomb explosions in Weare last spring that injured one, state officials said. On April 26 and April 27, Dale Stewart Jr., 54, allegedly constructed and dentonated two destructive...


Hopkinton-Webster transfer station agreement to be revised
07-18-2023 5:21 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Two communities that share a transfer station have diverging approaches to trash disposal and now are trying to figure out how to better work together to reach a common goal of waste reduction.Hopkinton requires its residents to use...


Merrimack Valley region town crier for the week of March 26, 2023
03-28-2023 8:47 AM

BOSCAWENCoffee House performance■Enjoy a night out at the High Street Coffee House that will be held on March 31 in the Boscawen Congregational Church sanctuary. Featured performers are Wendy Keith and Her Alleged Band who take the stage at 7 p.m....

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