Local News | Web Feeds Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us Paul supporters pondering second choice Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's departure from the Republican presidential nomination this week leaves a void for his New Hampshire supporters less than a week before next Tuesday's primary. Paul supporters were attracted to his libertarian-leaning politics and efforts to attract younger and minority voters to his candidacy with his staunch views on privacy and criminal- justice reform, but now are in a state of uncertainty about their second choice. His backers were aligned with his unorthodox perspective in the GOP race and many have expressed displeasure with the hard-line politics of frontrunners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, or establishment candidates like Govs. Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich. "I'm in a thinking pattern right now," said Bill Boyd, a Paul supporter from Merrimack. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 06:45:38 EST Pinehurst Street fire quickly stifled NASHUA - When James Engstler went out to shovel his driveway Friday, he saw smoke coming out of his neighbor's roof and knew right away something was wrong. He called 911 before crossing the street to see to the safety of the homeowners. The Nashua Fire Department responded to 47 Pinehurst St. and discovered a fire in the attic, which had already burned through the roof of the home by the time firefighters arrived. Crews worked quickly to get the fire under control, even as neighbors helped the homeowners get out of the cold. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 06:44:20 EST Donchess to outline plans for economy NASHUA - Mayor Jim Donchess will meet with the Nashua business community on Feb. 17 to discuss his plans for the economy and business in the coming years. The breakfast event, called "2016 State of the City: A Conversation with the Mayor of Nashua," is hosted by the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce. It will be held from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Events Center at Courtyard by Marriott, 2200 Southwood Drive. It follows the mayor's official State of the City Address, which will be held on Feb. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 06:43:39 EST The Campaign Trail The Telegraph is providing a daily update on appearances by 2016 presidential contenders who are visiting New Hampshire. Here's a look at the upcoming scheduled campaign appearances: SATURDAY, FEB. 6 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, will hold a town hall at 9:30 a.m. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 06:41:37 EST Rubio NASHUA - Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida sells himself as the most electable Republican and is viewed as the GOP mainstream's presidential contender. But he's struggled to tap the anti-establishment anger with time running out before the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 06:07:00 EST Kasich WASHINGTON - Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the budget expert with the wry humor and regular-guy style, is coming to the starting line of the nomination process - the Iowa caucuses - with one of the biggest compliments a presidential candidate can receive: attack ads against him. Gee, thanks, he might say. But the ads by Jeb Bush and an outside group are signs that Kasich's longshot presidential bid has become a threat to other campaigns vying for the establishment mantle. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 06:04:00 EST One health battle turns to three for area woman As if getting some of the worst news one can get - "you have a brain tumor; we need to operate immediately" - wasn't enough of a challenge, career pediactric nurse and college instructor Ellen Sanborn soon found herself fighting two additional battles that nobody with health insurance and a solid work history should ever have to fight. Enemy number one, of course, is the glioma anaplastic astrocytoma, the fancy name for the tumor that was discovered in the temporal lobe of Sanborn's brain after she went to the hospital in September for what seemed like a stroke or some kind of seizure. Two days later she was in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston preparing for an emergency craniotomy - brain surgery - to remove the tumor. Sanborn said the procedure went well; doctors were able to get 90 percent of the tumor. Deciding it was too risky to go after the remaining 10 percent, doctors recommended radiation therapy. The Sanborns had reason to be optimistic, but it wasn't long before they found themselves engaged in another kind of battle - this time with Ellen's health insurance company, to which she subscribes through her husband, Chuck, a 10-year employee of Nashua's BAE Systems. It's an ongoing ordeal that in some ways seems even more bewildering and frustrating than their collective crusade to restore Ellen's health, her daughter, Liz Rios, said. Perhaps the toughest figurative pill to swallow, Rios said, is being forced into an exhaustive back-and-forth with an entity that, by its very nature, should be an ally when health crises like brain tumors rear their ugliness. Specifically, the provider, Cigna, has declined to cover the cost of the type of radiation therapy recommended by Ellen's doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital, Rios said. While Cigna agreed to cover a considerably less expensive type of radiation therapy, she said her mother's doctors warned that the risk would be higher because of the location of the tumor. "That's not such a great thing when it's your brain," Sanborn said. Therefore, the doctors recommended that Ellen undergo proton therapy, a newer, more advanced and safer radiation treatment that is so precise that it poses little or no danger to surrounding healthy tissue. The less-expensive treatment, called photon therapy, has been around longer and is appropriate in some cases - but not Ellen's, her family was told. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 06:03:36 EST Storm follows early spring prediction As if to prove the fallibility of America's favorite rodent meteorologist, parts of southern New Hampshire were blanketed by almost a foot of snow Friday, causing traffic problems and power outages not included in Phil the groundhog's early spring prediction. The Nashua Streets Department started road treatment before the rain turned to snow Thursday night. Eric Ryder, the city superintendent of streets, said his crews started working during the early morning hours. "We've had crews in since 2 a.m. this morning doing pre-salt," he said on Friday morning. "We went into plowing mode at 6:45 a.m. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 06:02:23 EST State expects 550,000 voters for the primary CONCORD - For months, presidential hopefuls have been in our living rooms, schools and town hall forums. They've filled our mailboxes and television screens with ads trumpeting their strengths and others' weaknesses. Soon, very soon, the chatter will cease and New Hampshire will speak. And they are expected to do so in record numbers when voters go to the polls Tuesday in the nation's first presidential primary of the 2016 season. "We're predicting a record turnout," Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan said Friday. His office expects 550,000 residents will vote in the strongly contested Republican and Democratic races. That represents nearly 62.3 percent of the total electorate and exceeds the 529,711 who voted in the 2008 presidential primary - the last time there was no incumbent in the race, Scanlan said. "The campaigns in both parties are generating a tremendous amount of interest," Scanlan said. And candidates have tapped into a new constituency - those who normally don't turn out to vote, he added. The Secretary of State's office predicts 282,000 voters will cast Republican ballots; 268,000 will vote Democratic. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 06:01:39 EST Record turnout expected for NH primary CONCORD - The Secretary of State's office expects an all-time high 550,000 voters will turn out to cast ballots in Tuesday's presidential primary. "We're predicting a record turnout," Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlon said Friday. Scanlon said his office expects 282,000 voters to cast Republican ballots and 268,000 will vote Democratic. This represents 62.3 percent of the state's total 882,953 registered voters. Turnout should slightly exceed that of 2008 - the last time there was an open race for the presidency, Scanlon said. A total 529,711 voters turned out in 2008 with 241,039 casting Republican ballots and 288,672 voting in the Democratic primary. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:40:26 EST Nashua man wanted by Manchester PD Manchester - Police are looking for a Nashua man they say is involved in a home invasion on Lake Avenue in Manchester on Tuesday night. Tips on his whereabouts may lead to a cash reward. Police say Jackson Crawford, 19, of Nashua, is wanted for criminal threatening with a deadly weapon, riot and armed robbery. Aaron Sisto, 18, of 242 Lake Ave., Manchester, is wanted for second degree assault, riot and armed robbery. Both men should considered armed and dangerous. Manchester police responded to 242 Lake Avenue in Manchester 8:45 p.m. Tuesday for a reported assault. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:37:00 EST Youth risk survey shows abuse of prescription drugs NASHUA - State and regional results for the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey released Thursday showed a troubling level of prescription drug abuse among high school students, as well as the perception that marijuana is a low-risk drug. The results combined several towns in Greater Nashua - including Nashua, Merrimack, Litchfield, Hudson, Milford, Hollis and Brookline. Officials are still waiting for city - and town-specific data, according to Nashua Prevention Coalition Director Janet Valuk. "With Nashua results, we will see what the areas of concern are, and meet with Superintendent Mark Conrad and the Board of Education to come up with a collaborative effort to deal with it," Valuk said. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey covers physical and mental health through questions as benign as sleeping habits and how much TV students watch in a day, to topics such as dating violence and drug use. The majority - 84.8 percent, or 1,609 students - reported never using prescribed drugs without a doctor's approval, although 113 students (6.2 percent) reported trying unauthorized prescription drugs once or twice in their lives. Another 63 people (3.2 percent) used unauthorized prescriptions six to nine times, and 57 students (3.1 percent) reported using prescription pills without a prescription more than 40 times. "The numbers are high," Valuk said, noting four out of five heroin users start with prescription drug misuse. Greater Nashua students reported using prescription drugs such as Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, codeine, Adderall, Ritalin, or Xanax without an authorized prescription. The coalition's "Lock it up" campaign is meant to discourage prescription drug misuse by keeping potentially dangerous medications locked up in a storage container. Valuk said anyone wanting more information can contact her at Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:23:54 EST Crowds gather for Democratic debate DURHAM - Despite the falling temperatures, supporters of both remaining Democratic candidates stood for hours in the cold on the campus of the University of New Hampshire on Thursday, awaiting the start of the last Democratic debate before the Granite State's first-in-the-nation primary. Both groups eventually grew beyond their designated rally areas, forcing law enforcement to expand the original planned protest area halfway through the pre-debate gathering. Supporters of Vermont senator Bernie Sanders were louder and more numerous than supporters of Hillary Clinton, reflecting the fact that support for Sanders among millennials is both widespread and enthusiastic. One of those millennials was UNH freshman Jacob Compagna, 18, of Bedford. He said he is voting for Sanders because he doesn't take money from Wall Street. "I believe that there is power in the people and Bernie understands that," he said. "Bernie has depended on the people themselves to bring him to where he is in the campaign." While smaller in number, the crowd on hand to support Clinton was no less organized and outspoken. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:23:19 EST Woman charged in knife attack; held on bail A 28-year-old Nashua woman was arraigned Thursday on a felony count of second-degree assault stemming from an alleged stabbing at a downtown residence. Samantha Kulingoski, of 4 Gorman Ave., Apt. 3, was initially held on $7,500 cash or surety bail following her arrest, which police said took place shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday. Police had responded roughly a half-hour earlier to a report that a man was cut by a knife. Following Kulingoski's arrest, Nashua detectives began investigating, police said. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:04:06 EST Merrimack man charged with murder moves to suppress statements NASHUA - Prosecutors and defense counsel in the murder case of Joseph Lawrence - the Merrimack man charged with shooting and killing his wife, Darlene Lawrence, last year - questioned a succession of police officers Tuesday in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua about the details of what was said and done from the time they arrived at the Lawrence home on the morning of April 30. The daylong hearing addressed defense attorney Justin Shepherd's recent motion to suppress certain statements Lawrence  allegedly made to different officers and detectives, starting from the time they began arriving at 86 Back River Road in response to Lawrence's 911 call. Judge Jacalyn Colburn, who presided over the hearing, said she will issue a ruling in the near future. Central to Shepherd's motion is his position that police questioned Lawrence before he was read his Miranda rights, which amounted to "custodial interrogation" because, Shepherd claims, Lawrence was legally in custody beginning when police began questioning him minutes after they arrived at his home. Conversely, Assistant Attorneys General Patrick Queenan and John McCormack argued Tuesday that police properly Mirandized Lawrence at every turn, even going beyond what is required at times and exercising "an abundance of caution." Shepherd argued that all of Lawrence's statements were made involuntarily, chiefly because he made them while he "was physically and emotionally ill, and on the brink of passing into shock, as reflected by police reports." Merrimack police Sgt. Eric Marquis, the first officer to testify Tuesday, said he did write in his report that Lawrence, while still at his house, appeared at one point to be "going into shock," but under questioning by Shepherd said he didn't call medical personnel or an ambulance. Earlier, under questioning by Queenan, Marquis gave a step-by-step account of the events of April 30 from the time he and Lt. Daniel Edmonds arrived at the Lawrence home until Marquis and Officer Ryan Milligan drove Lawrence to Merrimack police headquarters roughly two hours later. Marquis said Lawrence greeted him at a side door and waved him into the house and directed him to the bedroom where his wife lay. As paramedics arrived and began treating Darlene Lawrence, Marquis said he asked Joseph Lawrence what happened. "He said they were arguing, that (Darlene Lawrence) got a gun ... Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:03:33 EST No jail time in plea deal for Gleason MANCHESTER - Former Amherst Emergency Services director Brian Gleason has agreed to plead guilty to one count of theft and serve 200 hours of community service in an arrangement worked out by prosecutors and his attorneys. Gleason, 54, was charged in December 2014 with using an Amherst town credit card "to purchase unauthorized items for personal use," according to the indictment. He has been free on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and ordered to have no contact with any Amherst EMS personnel except in the case of an emergency. Gleason, of 8 Tyler Drive in Goffstown, is scheduled to enter the guilty plea on Thursday, Feb. 25, in Hillsborough County Superior Court North. The agreement calls for the community service and a sentence of 12 months, all suspended for two years on the condition of good behavior, according to court documents. As part of the fully- negotiated plea, Gleason agreed to change his original plea of not guilty and to waive his right to trial, which would have begun Monday had the agreement not been reached. The investigation that led to Gleason's indictment began in November 2014, when a review of town finances revealed "things that didn't look to be in order," Amherst selectman Dwight Brew said at the time. Gleason had resigned as EMS director in early August 2014, three months before the initial investigation began. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:01:51 EST No deal on drug dog in Merrimack schools MERRIMACK - Merrimack School District officials said they would wait to gather more information before sending a police K-9 officer trained to identify drugs into schools, after reading a report highlighting the frequent abuse of prescription drugs and heroin among Merrimack High School students. The Merrimack School Board heard earlier this year that 21 percent of the town's high school students reported using prescription drugs without a prescription and 4 percent said they had used heroin. The numbers put Merrimack High School at the top of the list of the schools that participated in the survey on prescription drug and heroin use. Board members considered sending Gunny, the Merrimack Police Department's K-9 officer to search the school, but decided at the board's last meeting to gather more data before making that move. "The bottom line for me is we started gathering data, but there needs to be additional data gathering," board member Andy Schneider said. "There are other steps that I think we as a board can work with the administration to take before we necessarily reach out and take a formal step around things like a drug-sniffing dog." The steps suggested by members of the board included a review of the school health curriculum and further outreach to parents and students by both the school and community programs. "I think we've got some items that we can follow up on," said school board Chairman Chris Ortega. "So, I would say more to come ... Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:05:01 EST NH Orchid Society’s 25th annual show Valentine’s weekend For the 25th Orchid Show in Nashua, the New Hampshire Orchid Society will celebrate with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Mayor Jim Donchess, and three days of exhibits, artwork, educational programs and pre-Valentine's Day dinner all focused on the orchid. Dubbed the Blizzard of Orchids, the show will kick off Friday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. with the ribbon cutting, followed by judges from the American Orchid Society viewing plants in the show to decide if any qualify for AOS awards. The orchid judging is open to the public. President Steve Smyrychynski noted the show has changed venues since last year to the Courtyard Marriott, located at 2200 Southwood Drive in Nashua. Entrance price for adults is $10, seniors 65 and older are $8 and children younger than 12 are admitted free. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:04:37 EST Student wins biotech award NASHUA - Winning a chance to collaborate with doctors on innovative cancer research, Justin Yeung of the Academy for Science and Design was one of 100 students nationwide to receive the Emperor Science Award from Genentech, a San Francisco-based biotechnology company. "We're honored to help Justin continue his exploration of science and medicine through this mentorship program," said Sara Kenkare-Mitra, PhD, senior vice president Development Sciences, Genentech research and Early Development.  Kenkare-Mitra said Justin was chosen from 1,200 sophomores and juniors from around the U.S. "In order to help people with serious diseases, we're relying on the next generation of scientists like Justin, who possess the curiosity, passion and critical thinking skills that lead to everyday discoveries." Justin is a junior at ASD in Nashua, a grade six through 12 STEM-based charter school. "Justin is an amazing student who does a lot for the school and his community," said Amy Bewley, admissions and marketing coordinator for the school, adding he helps with open house events and was awarded the Bronze Service Award last spring from the state Technology Student Association. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:04:13 EST The campaign trail The Telegraph is providing a daily update on appearances by 2016 presidential contenders who are visiting the Greater Nashua area. Here's a look at the upcoming scheduled campaign appearances: THURSDAY, FEB. 4 Republican businesswoman Carly Fiorina will appear at the Searles School & Chapel in Windham at 8:30 a.m. for a NH Primary Series event. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:03:49 EST Franklin Street mill added to National Historic Register; renovation project to qualify for tax credits The sprawling industrial complex between Franklin Street and Front Street in Nashua that once employed scores of Nashuans, was shuttered, and fell into disrepair before being bought for renovation has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings were once part of the Nashua Gummed and Coated Paper Company in the late 1800s and became the Nashua Corp. in 1952. Brady Sullivan Properties Inc., of Manchester, recently bought the rundown building through a subsidiary and wants to convert the multi-story brick mill building into about 168 apartments. Peter Michaud, preservation tax incentives and easements coordinator for the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, said the nomination was submitted in October. Before it was sent to the National Park Service, it was reviewed on the state level by the state historical resources council in one of their quarterly meetings. "The company was one of the most important industries for Nashua and New Hampshire. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 01:01:58 EST 75% of NH landowners refuse access to pipeline company surveyors A majority of home owners in southern New Hampshire who own property affected by the controversial Kinder Morgan pipeline route have refused to allow surveyors working for the Texas-based gas giant to survey their land amid fears of eminent domain claims against them. According to information produced by Kinder Morgan subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline and provided to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 627 of 836 property owners potentially affected by the pipeline have not allowed the company's surveyors access to their property more than a year after surveying began. Residents have refused access to surveyors at a higher rate than residents of any other state along the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project route, according to documents the company filed with FERC. One of those residents is Nancy Nye, who has lived in Fitzwilliam for the past 50 years. Her first experience losing land to a large infrastructure project occurred right after she bought her home. "Shortly after we moved in, the Vernon power line came through and took an acre of our property," she said. "Now the pipeline is coming to take my whole house." Nye said a map provided to her shows the pipeline going right through her home and through her neighbor's yard. "The surveyors have been here all through the summer and fall, at my neighbors' houses and across the street," she said. She has refused to allow surveyors onto her property. Tiffany Eddy, a spokesperson for Kinder Morgan, says the goal of the company is always to work with landowners amicably as they seek the best routing possible with the least impact. "The purpose of surveying parcels is to evaluate a landowner's property in order to assess its suitability for a possible right-of-way easement and any potential impacts or issues relating to the parcel that need to be considered," she said in a statement. "It is important that TGP access these properties as early as possible in the project siting process in order to determine the most appropriate construction techniques and route, identify and avoid vernal pools, a habitat unique to New England, and mitigate passage through wetlands." Cyndy Ryder has lived in Winchester for 50 years and says she won't let the surveyors on her property if she can help it. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 01:01:33 EST Empty Bowls bolstered by community NASHUA - An Empty Bowls organizer praised the community and students for the outpouring of support leading up to one of the biggest annual fundraising events for the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter. "It's exciting. We're really happy," said Robin Peringer, visual arts coordinator in the Nashua School District and lead organizer for Empty Bowls in Nashua. Peringer said new businesses from in Greater Nashua, including Massachusetts, have pledged to donate soup, and students made a record number of original glazed clay bowls to serve the soup. "We truly have a broad range of restaurants participating this year," Peringer said, noting first-time participant Chick-fil-A will be making soup, something the restaurant doesn't even offer on its menu. From the school community, Nashua high schoolers made 700 bowls for the event last year, and this year that number is pushing 1,200. "I don't even know how this happened," Peringer said Tuesday, giving a tour of the towering stacks of bowls created solely for the fundraiser. "We're also making handmade stoneware plates that will be sold for $5 each," she said. "Teachers will be making desserts and pies." Funds from the sale of plates and desserts will go to the high school's own food pantry, the Panther Pantry, she said. Scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:02:04 EST New parking fine goes to hearing HUDSON - The Hudson Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to send a proposed change a town ordinance to public hearing Tuesday after board members backed a $100 fine for interfering with snow clearing operations. The proposed amendment comes after testimony by Hudson road agent Kevin Burns and recommendations last week by Police Chief Jason Lavoie. "I need help," Burns said during Tuesday's meeting. "It used to be during a snow storm I would face two, three, maybe four parked cars. Now I'm facing 20, 30, 40. We are basically turning the police department, at night, into parking enforcement officers." At current the town's protocol for responding to cars impeding snow removal is to have a police officer attempt to contact the owner at their home to move the car. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:43 EST The Campaign Trail The Telegraph is providing a daily update on appearances by 2016 presidential contenders who are visiting the Greater Nashua area. Here's a look at the upcoming scheduled campaign appearances: THURSDAY, FEB. 4 Republican businesswoman Carly Fiorina will appear at the Searles School & Chapel in Windham at 8:30 a.m. for a NH Primary Series event. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:18 EST Nashua panel in favor of tossing solar cap NASHUA – A Board of Aldermen committee voted Monday to recommend eliminating the cap on property tax exemptions for solar energy systems. The recommendation, if approved by the full board, would be the first change in assessed property tax exemptions for solar systems in Nashua since 1986. As the law stands, property owners who install solar panels to produce electricity can file for a yearly assessment exemption of $5,000. The new law would remove the cap on solar exemption altogether, meaning a solar array would not be included in a property's assessed value. Residents would be required to file the application for exemption at the assessor's office on a yearly basis. The aldermen's Personnel and Administrative Affairs Committee voted unanimously to recommend the change. The ordinance in question, O-16-002, has been endorsed by Mayor Jim Donchess and 10 of 15 city aldermen. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 19:42:51 EST Fiorina, Gilmore to speak at GOP gala NASHUA - Two presidential candidates will appear Thursday at the Hillsborough County Republican Committee's 2016 Primary Gala in Nashua. The committee announced former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore and one-time Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will speak at the GOP shindig beginning with a reception at 5 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, just five days before the first-in-the-nation primary. The dinner will start at 7 p.m., with conservative radio talk show host Rod Eccles serving as master of ceremonies. "We are extremely pleased to have such great Republican leaders joining us for our 2016 primary gala," said committee chairman Mark Vincent. "Carly Fiorina, a former fortune 50 CEO, delivers a powerful and articulate message of entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 19:40:55 EST Clinton returns to NH after strong Iowa finish Fresh off her razor-thin victory in the Iowa caucus, a re-energized Hillary Clinton took the stage in Nashua to keep that momentum for her campaign heading into next week's primary. Clinton rolled into Nashua Community College on Tuesday afternoon before an estimated crowd of 1,100 with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, calling upon her supporters to stand and fight for her platform that includes raising the minimum wage, advocating for equal pay for women, rebuilding the country's infrastructure and combating climate change. "And when we win, I will stand up and fight for you every single day," she said in her 45-minute speech at the community college. "I am so thrilled I am coming to New Hampshire after winning Iowa," she said. "I have won and I have lost there, and it's a lot better to win. We are bringing all that excitement, all that energy, all that determination right here to New Hampshire." In an ardent tone, increasing in volume to compete with the growing crowd noise, Clinton continued her criticism of Republican presidential candidates. She said her GOP rivals would gut advances made in health care, LGBT and women's rights and push economic policy that overwhelmingly favors the rich. "And I will continue to fight for common-sense gun safety measures against the gun lobby," she said. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 19:39:17 EST Cruz makes late arrival to Windham church meeting Riding high on the wave of evangelicalism that propelled him to victory in the Iowa caucus, Ted Cruz returned to the Granite State on Tuesday for a town hall meeting, though it took longer than first thought for him to make the trip. Cruz arrived to the event at Crossing Life Church in Windham about an hour after its scheduled start time, leaving his wife, Heidi Cruz, to sing his praises before the standing-room-only crowd. The Texas senator eventually took the stage and delivered his speech, though dozens of people left well before he finished speaking. The speech itself praised the men and women of New Hampshire for taking the primary seriously. "Y'all treat politics in New Hampshire like we treat football in Texas," Cruz said. "You understand that there are millions of Americans who are counting on each and every one of you to vet the candidates." Cruz hit on many of the themes prominent in his campaign, calling himself the only real conservative in the race and comparing himself to President Ronald Reagan throughout his address. "What we saw last night," he said of the Iowa caucus, "was we saw that old Reagan coalition coming back together again. We saw conservatives and evangelicals and libertarians and Reagan Democrats all standing together and saying 'What on earth are we doing?' " State Rep. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 19:34:08 EST 16th Groundhog Day breakfast blends politics, wit and wisdom in fundraiser for Nashua Salvation Army NASHUA - The temperature was already above freezing in much of Greater Nashua at first light Tuesday as attendees of the Salvation Army's 16th annual Granite State Groundhog Gathering began arriving, setting the stage for meteorologist Rob Carolan's recap of one of the mildest New Hampshire winters on record. Because the Gathering is tied to Groundhog Day, that weather-driven "sort-of" holiday, the subject of weather traditionally shares a piece of center-stage at an event founded as a clever way of celebrating a rarely celebrated date, while at the same time raising critical funds that allow the Salvation Army of Greater Nashua to continue assisting area residents in need. Carolan, affiliated with Hometown Forecast Services, said it was 50-50 whether the nation's most celebrated groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, would see his shadow this Groundhog Day. Several hours later, word arrived from Gobbler's Knob that Phil did not see his shadow - meaning, supposedly, that spring is just around the corner. While the validity of a groundhog's ability to predict the weather is, especially from a scientific perspective, questionable at best, what is not disputed is the value of the armies of volunteers who make the Salvation Army's programs work year in and year out. All agency staff members and volunteers get a big, well-deserved tip of the top hat each year, with three people or groups selected for special recognition. This year's Angel Award, which goes to an individual or group that goes above and beyond or jumps in to help when most needed, was presented to parishioners of the Immaculate Conception Church. Salvation Army social services director Rosemarie Dykeman said the parishioners swung into action at Christmastime, donating $2,000 in gift cards that allowed every child who asked for a bicycle for Christmas through the Salvation Army to receive one. The folks at the Merrimack County Savings Bank were honored with this year's Community Award for extraordinary service. And selected as the ninth Salvation Army Citizen of the Year was Mark Warner, who has more than 20 years on the agency's Advisory Board, the last several years as its chairman. Warner, an executive vice president of Triangle Credit Union, has been a "steadfast supporter of the Salvation Army's fundraising efforts and community initiatives," according to a brief biography in the program. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 19:32:39 EST Trump stirs up crowd of 2,800 at Hampshire Hills in Milford Starting around 4 p.m., they left their cars in remote lots in Amherst and Milford to board shuttle buses for the ride to Hampshire Hills. They stood in enormous lines that snaked through the club's parking lot. They let Transportation Security Administration employees go through their wallets and pocketbooks and let Secret Service agents scan their bodies. They listened to local politicians and campaign workers, followed by conservative commentator Ann Coulter and former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown. Finally, at around 7:30 Tuesday evening, the crowd - which eventually numbered about 2,800, according to Milford fire officials – got what they were waiting for: Donald Trump, who flew into New Hampshire after coming in second in the Iowa caucuses on Monday and one week before the New Hampshire primary. The billionaire Republican presidential candidate from New York immediately lit into the press. "I don't like coming in second, but the media says I'm humiliated. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 19:19:16 EST Mock primary engages Nashua students in election The majority of them can't drink, smoke or rent a car, but high school students across the state voted on, electing Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Donald Trump during a mock primary election held Tuesday. More than 20,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade participated in the vote at schools across the country, a week before thousands more New Hampshire residents will go to the polls for real. "The New Hampshire Primary Mock Election is an opportunity for students to learn about the electoral process firsthand," said Susan Adams, New Hampshire Public Television's manager of educational  services, in a statement. NHPTV supported the mock elections, providing ballots and learning resources for schools. NHPTV will also be tallying votes, announcing official results Feb. 3. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 06:42:35 EST The Campaign Trail The Telegraph is providing a daily update on appearances by 2016 presidential contenders who are visiting the Greater Nashua area. Here's a look at the upcoming scheduled campaign appearances: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3 Carly Fiorina, a Republican businesswoman, will attend a "Life of the Party" event beginning at 3:30 p.m. from the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 06:03:47 EST Milford police nab 3 Mass. men MILFORD - A team of law enforcement personnel from three towns and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office nabbed three Massachusetts men last week in conjunction with an investigation into the trafficking of Fentanyl into Milford, police said. The men, two from Lawrence and one from Boston, were arrested shortly after they arrived in town around 4 p.m. Thursday, allegedly with some $8,300 worth of Fentanyl in their vehicle. Police said the trio tried to flee but officers from Milford, Amherst, Hillsboro and county sheriffs "quickly apprehended them nearby," according to police. Arrested were Wilmy Taveras, 22, and Alex Diaz, 23, both of Lawrence, and Jose Martinez, 20, of Boston. Each was charged with one count of possession of a controlled drug with the intent to distribute and one count of conspiracy to commit the sale of a controlled drug, police said. The men were arraigned Monday in Nashua district court. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 07:07:00 EST Local dogs play in Puppy Bowl The Humane Society of Greater Nashua will host a celebration at the Anheuser Busch Brewery in Merrimack on Feb. 7 for three local dogs chosen to participate in Puppy Bowl 12. The Puppy Bowl, which airs annually before the Super Bowl, is held to raise awareness for and aid in the adoption of dogs and cats from across the country. This year, three dogs from Nashua participated in the pre-taped exhibition and will be around to meet fans during the airing of the big game. The event will be held from 2-5 p.m. at the brewery at 221 Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 07:06:28 EST Alleged gunman arrested in Hollis HOLLIS - Police charged a Flint Pond Drive resident with numerous offenses Sunday after he allegedly waved a gun at several people and threatened to "put a hole" in them. Police said Kenneth Dufresne, 32, of 64 Flint Pond Drive, was held on $10,000 cash or surety bail pending arraignment that was scheduled for Monday in Nashua district court. He is charged with one count each of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon, operating an OHRV under the influence of drugs or alcohol, possession of a controlled drug, and resisting arrest or detention, police said. The criminal threatening charge is a felony, the other three are misdemeanors. Police said Officer Joseph Wallent was dispatched to the area of Flint Pond for reports of someone operating an OHRV in a reckless manner, causing a disturbance and fighting with nearby homeowners. Wallent arrived to find a man, later identified as Dufresne, arguing and fighting with several witnesses, who told Wallent that the man was armed with a handgun and had pointed it at a number of people while allegedly threatening to shoot them. Several Nashua police officers were summoned to the scene to assist Wallent, police said, and together they were able to take Dufresne into custody without further incident. Telegraph archives show that Dufresne was arrested four years ago in Hudson on firearm and drug-related offenses after police were called to a Central Street parking lot for reports of a gunshot. Dufresne, then 28, was charged with reckless conduct, a felony, for allegedly discharging a handgun, and with possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. - Dean Shalhoup Tue, 02 Feb 2016 07:05:59 EST Nashua students attend forum as candidates NASHUA - Assuming the identities of presidential candidates, Nashua high schoolers ran forums Monday to encourage civic engagement and help peers make informed votes for the mock election Tuesday. "They all know who Donald Trump is, but we want to get information out on all the candidates," said Mike Mcquilkin, department head of social studies at Nashua High School South. "We want to do a mock election, but we want students to know where candidates stand on the issues," he said. Student speakers were from the two Advanced Placement Government classes run by Kathy Johnson at Nashua South. Teams of two to three students took on the persona and ideals of the Democratic and GOP candidates, presenting an early morning and mid-morning forum. "The students representing candidates today have been watching the candidates and reading their websites, and they will do their best to represent the ideas of the candidates," Johnson said. She emphasized the students are not necessarily representing their own ideas - just those of the candidates. "This is authentic learning - what they learned from AP government in action," said Mcquilkin. Addressing the audience before the second forum began, Johnson spoke to the tradition of engagement in the political process as a first-in-the-nation state. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 06:29:56 EST Former deputy PD chief’s case tossed NASHUA - The attorney for Scott Howe, the former Nashua deputy police chief who sued the city and a former chief in 2014 for wrongful termination, said Monday he will appeal a judge's recent ruling to dismiss the case, maintaining that the issue should not have been decided in summary judgment. "My client was never provided his rights to due process," Manchester lawyer Joseph Kelly Levasseur said of Howe, who Levasseur said was forced to retire from the department in September 2013 by now-retired Chief John Seusing. "Mr. Seusing provided false narrative to (Howe) to coerce him to retire ... Seusing told my client that he had the three votes of the (police) commission to publicly fire him. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 06:15:34 EST NH AG warns against IRS scams CONCORD - As tax season approaches, New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster said IRS-related phone scams are on the rise. "Like many Granite-Staters, I have received these calls at my home, on my personal cell phone and even on my work phone," said Foster in a statement. The unsolicited calls typically come from individuals falsely claiming to be from the IRS, demanding payment for alleged past due taxes, he said. The callers usually then ask for immediate payment and request debit or credit card information. "No one is immune from these scams. The callers can sound intimidating and very threatening. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 06:14:23 EST The Campaign Trail The Telegraph is providing a daily update on appearances by 2016 presidential contenders who are visiting New Hampshire. Here's a look at the upcoming scheduled campaign  appearances: TUESDAY, FEB. 2 Ohio Gov. Kasich will hold a town hall at Veterans Hall in Newbury at 10 a.m. before holding a similar event at the Common Man Inn in Claremont at 12:30 p.m.  Former Florida Gov. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 06:12:38 EST Bill seeks to alter student survey rules CONCORD - A Senate bill aims to change the way parents of public school students consent to having their children participate in surveys and questionnaires, including the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey that health departments, schools and area agencies rely heavily on to identify drug use and other risky health activities. Currently, parents and legal guardians must notify the school district in writing if they don't want their child to take a non-academic survey or questionnaire - a process known as opting-out. Schools are required to provide parents and guardians with the contents and purpose of the survey beforehand, so they can review it and decide if they want their children to participate. The bill would invert the process so that schools could not administer a survey unless parents first provided written permission to do so. "This is for the protection of parents to know their children are being questioned on sensitive information that you wouldn't let a stranger ask," state Sen. Kevin Avard said Monday. The Nashua Republican and the bill's prime sponsor said the proposal follows federal guidelines and is the product of a study committee that met last summer. "It's nobody's darn business what your child's sexuality is, whether they pray or don't pray. It has nothing to do with being at risk," Avard said. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 06:09:44 EST Asbestos removal kicks off Franklin Street mill renovation Crews have begun preparation work for asbestos removal in the boiler house at the former Nashua Corporation building on Franklin Street in Nashua, the long empty mill building purchased by a Manchester developer late last year. A permit for interior demolition and hazardous material remediation was filed with the city in December stating the contractor was Environmental Compliance Specialists Inc., of Atkinson. On Monday, a team clad in Tyvek suits and respirators were in their second week of stretching sheets of thick plastic over old doors and windows that lead to the cavernous boiler room that is slated to become the leasing office for the complex. Old rusted boilers and machinery filled the room inside the building. A newer boiler in an adjacent space would be sold off, according to a representative on site. The 310,000-square-foot brick building along the Nashua River is slated to become apartments, but the process of converting the dilapidated complex of structures, the oldest of which date back to the turn of the last century, will take some time. Asbestos was once commonly used in and around boilers and heating pipes. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 06:08:25 EST Jury acquits man of rape charges NASHUA - A Superior Court jury has acquitted a 27-year-old Lowell, Mass. man on all three charges stemming from allegations that he broke into a bedroom and sexually assaulted a woman during a party at a Hudson home in 2014. Alieu Dumbuya, of 100 Massmills Drive in Lowell, was found not guilty of two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and one count of burglary, charges that Hudson police filed following an investigation into the events of July 26, 2014. Police launched the investigation after a woman in her mid 20s reported that Dumbuya sexually assaulted her while she was sleeping, and that she woke up to find him in the bed with her, according to testimony. Her boyfriend, a 24-year-old man who at the time lived in Hudson, was the host of the party. Prosecutors and Dumbuya's lawyer, Attorney Charles Bookman, delivered their closing arguments Thursday afternoon after two and a half days of testimony in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. The jury deliberated for roughly two hours - one hour on Thursday and another hour Friday morning before reaching the verdict just before 10 a.m. The alleged victim, her boyfriend and a friend were present for the verdict, then promptly left the courtroom. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 06:38:40 EST Looking to summer, officials seek to cool overheating schools NASHUA - After reports of stifling heat in warm weather, school officials approved preliminary work to update the ventilation systems of Mount Pleasant Elementary and Fairgrounds Middle schools. The vote expedites HVAC work to the schools, which were previously facing up to six years until the ventilation systems could be addressed. "I personally think we have too much deferred maintenance, we can't keep putting these things off, and some of these schools are getting very uncomfortable," said  Robert Hallowell, school board member and budget committee chair at the Jan. 25 meeting. Member Sandra Ziehm spoke about the conditions at Mount Pleasant in a December meeting. "I bought four fans to bring over there. That's how bad it was. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 06:35:41 EST Rubio, Clinton campaigns beef up local efforts NASHUA - Two of the leading presidential campaigns made a push in Nashua over the weekend in an effort to rally supporters with less than 10 days to go before the New Hampshire primary. Several hundred of Hillary Clinton's supporters rallied at Ledge Street Elementary School on Saturday morning with Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 06:27:05 EST Milford burger earns spot on ‘unusual’ list The Yahoo Travel website recently named the most unusual hamburgers in every state, and Papa Joe's Humble Kitchen in Milford is on the list - for its Skip's Cardiac Burger. "Destined for your arteries," is how it's described, and the "secret" ingredient is salami. And if that isn't enough calories and cholesterol, there's also cheddar cheese, jack cheese, bacon and Creole mayonnaise. The burger was invented by Skip Spaulding, a family friend who did the excavation work when Joe Oneail built a restaurant for their new South Street location about 10 years ago. That's when they added burgers, fries and ice cream to their menu of heat-and-eat meals and changed the name from Humble Pie to Papa Joe's Humble Kitchen. Oneail estimates they serve 20-30 Cardiac Burgers a week, but he has had only two in the roughly three years it's been in existence. Oneail opened Humble Pie in 1999 on Nashua Street selling heat-and-eat meals. Along with son Travis and daughter Kelsey, they make Papa Joe's Humble Kitchen a family business. The Oneails like to name their burgers after friends, and when Milford High School won the state basketball championship two years in a row, they invented "The Spartan," which is always half price for Milford High students. Papa Joe's also serves traditional Canadian Poutine - French fries topped with cheese curds, their own gravy and fried pickles. The local restaurant joined other New England burger joints named by the Yahoo Travel website for their unusual choices. In Portland, Maine, there's the Nosh Kitchen Bar, where they are known to use pizza slabs in place of a bun. Vermont has the Famous Snowshoe Burger at Snow Show Lodge and Pub in Montgomery. It's topped with bacon, pineapple, blue cheese and Vermont cheddar. And size counts at the Eagle's Deli in Brighton, Mass. Burgers go up to 6 pounds, loaded with 24 slices of bacon and 24 slices of cheese. Kathy Cleveland can be reached at Mon, 01 Feb 2016 06:25:36 EST Rivier to host opioid abuse forum NASHUA - City agencies, schools and health officials are working to educate the public about the escalating opioid epidemic in the community, and Rivier University is no exception. "We hear from students weekly about family and friends who struggle with addiction," said Pam Graesser, director of Rivier's Counseling and Wellness Center. "This crisis touches all of us in some way," Graesser said in a statement. Rivier will host a program developed by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services called "AnyOne. AnyTime.NH," which to discuss addiction, emergency overdose medications and support services for those experiencing addiction. Open to the public, the event is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 8 from 4-6 p.m. at the Dion Center at Rivier. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 06:18:33 EST Availability of doctors holds up Dannible case NASHUA - Finding a day on which the psychologists for both the prosecution and the defense are available has become quite an ordeal for the parties in the case of Shannon Dannible, the former Litchfield private school principal accused of embezzling $150,000 from the school. Recent motions filed in Hillsborough County Superior Court South indicate a series of miscommunications and scheduling issues are behind the latest delay in a case that, for different reasons, has accumulated copious continuances, postponements and cancellations since Dannible was indicted nearly 2 1/2 years ago. The 39-year-old former educator is charged with one count of felony theft for allegedly stealing $152,467 from St. Francis of Assisi School between 2007-11, when she was principal of the private, Catholic elementary school. Nashua attorneys Roger "Rusty" Chadwick and Joseph Fricano, who signed on as Dannible's counsel last summer, filed a motion Jan. 8 asking Judge Jacalyn Colburn to continue a competency hearing originally set for Jan. 14. Chadwick in the motion cited conflicts on the doctors' schedules, a misunderstanding on who was to contact whom and a missed email as the culprits behind the need to postpone the hearing. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 06:12:30 EST The Campaign trail The Telegraph is providing a daily update on appearances by 2016 presidential contenders who are visiting New Hampshire. Here's a look at the upcoming scheduled campaign appearances: MONDAY, FEB. 1 Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, will hold a town hall meeting at 10 a.m. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 06:04:52 EST No snow means easy time for NH wildlife Don't be fooled. It really is winter. This year's most significant storm pummelled the  mid-Atlantic states around late last month, but spared the Nashua area. At least a dozen states received over a foot of snow from the storm. Despite this recent snowfall, it's been a relatively uneventful winter so far for Granite Staters. Doug Webster, Telegraph weather columnist and meteorologist with Schneider Electric in Andover, Mass., said, "this year and last were actually very similar; not that different really. We did have Thanksgiving storm, then virtually nothing until the blizzard. 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