Nashuatelegraph.com: Local News | Web Feeds http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us pkincade@nashuatelegraph.com onlineeditor@nh.com Nashua's superintendent finalists make pitch to public http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090551-469/nashuas-superintendent-finalists-make-pitch-to-public.html NASHUA - Nashua's two finalists for superintendent of schools, Connie Brown and Jahmal Mosley, each made their case Thursday evening for the position. Both candidates, in an event hosted by the Board of Education, participated in separate question-and-answer sessions using written questions from the public and board members. Mosley, who is currently assistant superintendent for curriculum and administration at Sharon Public Schools in Massachusetts, stressed the importance of studying data to develop a thorough understanding of student performance. One way to do that, he said, is to take advantage of i-Ready, a K-12 adaptive diagnostic for reading and mathematics, though he also advocated for "triangulating" data from different sources to get a more well-rounded picture. "When you're really able to delve into the data and look at students deficiencies, we can then go back and look at curriculum and see how we can adjust it to meet the needs of students who are struggling," Mosley said. One of the questions he was asked was why the amount of special education students in the district has increased over the last 10 years. He said the reason is likely complicated, but is in part due to public schools' ability to detect more deficiencies. Early detection, he said, is important because it can decrease the amount of students with special needs later in life.  When asked what he thinks the district should look at in the big picture, he advocated for strategic planning - looking at two or three actions that it can focus on and do well. "Not 10 to 15 that are all over the place," he said. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:07:00 EST Six more busted in Granite Hammer op   http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090530-469/six-more-busted-in-granite-hammer-op.html NASHUA - Continued drug eradication efforts resulted in six more arrests on Wednesday. Nashua police arrested several people from southern New Hampshire in its latest Granite Hammer effort. All were to be arraigned Thursday at Nashua district court. Arrested were: - Dawn Pyles, 39, of no fixed address, was charged with one felony count of selling heroin and a felony count of common nuisance. Pyles was held on $50,000 cash bail. - Joshua Vieira, 32, of no fixed address, was charged with two felony counts of selling heroin. Vieira's bail was set at $50,000 cash. - Jason Poloski, 38, of 17 Temple St., was charged with two felony counts of selling heroin, second offense, and possessing heroin, second offense. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:01:18 EST Nashua police investigating death of 15-month-old child http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090525-469/nashua-police-investigating-death-of-15-month-old-child.html Police say a 15-month-old child has died after he was removed from an Ash Street residence Wednesday afternoon. Officers with the Nashua Police Department responded to 131 Ash St. shortly after 2:30 p.m. for reports of a male baby who was unconscious and not breathing. Upon arrival, emergency crews began CPR and transported him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. An investigation is ongoing. Several other juveniles were on scene at the time of the call and police say parents for those children were contacted and arrangements were made to have them checked out at a medical facilities as a precaution. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:08:05 EST Hudson hosts candidates forum http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090524-469/hudson-hosts-candidates-forum.html HUDSON - Candidates for public office in Hudson had a chance to make their pitch to town voters this week. Twelve candidates appeared Tuesday at the Candidates Night, hosted by the Hudson Junior Woman's Club. Each had three minutes to introduce himself or herself, followed by a question-and-answer session using written questions from the audience. Four candidates are vying for an open seat on the School Board: incumbent Stacy Milbouer, current Budget Committee Chairman Malcolm Price, Margaret "Peggy" Huard and Gary Gasdia, who won't appear on the ballot because he missed the registration window. Price wasn't in attendance because he had to work, but wrote a letter that moderator Paul Inderbitzen read to the audience. In the letter, Price said that he would focus on implementing full-day kindergarten, early substance abuse intervention, building parent-teacher relationships and working with local businesses to develop internships. Milbouer, who has served on the board for three years, said she has a Master's Degree in English education and experience as a journalist and teacher. One of the key accomplishments of the board during her time in office, she said, was its negotiation of a five-year teachers contract that increased teachers' pay so that it was comparable to that of other districts in the region. Previously, Hudson teachers were the lowest paid in the region. Huard touted her experience as a certified public accountant, and said she would use that knowledge to cut unnecessary spending from the school budget. She also suggested that focusing more on memorization in the classroom would improve test scores. Huard previously served on the Budget Committee, but quit because of disagreements with other members, she said. Gasdia, who said he's a director of trading at Fidelity Investments, said the Hudson School District is in a "race to the bottom," and advocated for more School District spending. "We have an obligation to our children," Gasdia said. "It's not about the budget, it's not about taxes, it's about the children, and we always forget that." The majority of the questions during the question-and-answer session were directed at the School Board candidates. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:04:00 EST Fun & Fortunes: Psychics offering readings at 7th city fair http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090522-469/fun--fortunes-psychics-offering-readings-at.html For the seventh year in a row, a group of the area’s most popular psychic readers will be offering their talents at Nashua’s iconic landmark, the high-Gothic Hunt Memorial Building on the corner of Main and Lowell Streets. The readers will congregate on Sunday, March 5, offering their services from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Joining the fair for the first time are Sheryl Burns and Lori Haynes of Tangled Roots Herbal, a new herbal and metaphysical shop located on West Pearl Street in downtown Nashua. Returning this year are popular readers Angie D’anjou, Michelle Trahan, Jacki Joy, Colleen Costello, Robert Nadeau, Stacey Smith and Robert Menard, offering a variety of modalities including Tarot, Enchanted Tarot, Angelic Tarot, Angel Guidance, Personal Guides, Palms, Psychometry, Scrying, Numerology, Mediumship, Aura Photography and Interpretation, Animal Medicine and Rune cards and Dagara Divination. The Dagara Divination Cloth is a tool from West Africa that helps indicate how to restore alignment with ancestors and the elements – earth, water, fire, nature and mineral, which are determined for each individual by their birth month. Lori Haynes will bring her skills as a certified medium, psychic and healer, working closely with the Guardians of Light. She offers past life readings (30 minutes), mediumship to loved ones on the other side, and readings for the here and now. In Robie’s Room a variety of merchandise will be available as gifts for Mother’s Day, and the upcoming wedding and graduation season, including a wide range of jewelry, crystals, Native American style flutes and carvings, music CDs and much more. Sheryl Burns will be joining the vendors with a wide sampling of items from Tangled Roots, including spiritual gifts, candles, cards, crystals, local made soaps and perfumes, jewelry and sage. The fair is presented by City Arts Nashua with proceeds helping to fund promotion of Nashua’s vibrant arts scene. City Arts Nashua is a 501c3 arts services organization working with all artists and arts organizations in greater Nashua. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:13:00 EST Merrimack School Board approves use of drug dogs http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090511-469/merrimack-school-board-approves-use-of-drug.html MERRIMACK - The School Board approved an agreement between Merrimack High School and the Merrimack Police Department to allow drug-sniffing dogs in the facility. The agreement had been in the works since 2015 after a youth risk behavior survey suggested a troubling level of prescription drug abuse among high school students, as well as the perception that marijuana is a low-risk drug. All members of the board approved the motion during a Monday meeting. Merrimack resident Jennifer DeFelice used the public comment period of the meeting to express support for the drug-sniffing dog. DeFelice said she has two nieces who graduated from a high school in Jacksonville, Fla., which had a drug-sniffing dog named Liberty who stayed with the resource officer throughout the day. Her nieces, she said, told her that students didn't bring drugs to the schools because if Liberty found drugs on students, they were "done." "It's a problem," DeFelice said. "We need to do something. Please, let the dog in the school." Resident Kristin Carillo, who said she is a nurse, expressed uncertainty about the policy. "I take care of young kids who before age of 20 are now needing heart valves," Carillo said. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:02:20 EST Good weather allows roofers to work on Hunt Memorial Building http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090509-469/good-weather-allows-roofers-to-work-on.html NASHUA - Davis Construction was back at the Hunt Memorial Building on Wednesday, taking advantage of the clear and warm weather to install new roofing on a portion of the building on Library Hill. The Jaffrey company, which has done work on the historic building before, stripped off old roofing and copper flashing before installing rolled sheets over new roof insulation panels. Using a full rubber roof is "more cost effective," said Jake Hebert, of Davis Construction. "Because of the parapets, you don't see the copper." The plan was to complete the job in one day, clearing, prepping and laying a total of 1,350 square feet of rolled roof six-thousandths of an inch thick. The $15,250 to perform the work is coming from the Lydia Reed Estate donation. The city-owned Hunt Building served as the city's library from 1903-71. It is operated by volunteer trustees. The building underwent significant renovations around 2010. The reading room is available for rent, and portions of the building are used for private office space. Don Himsel can be reached at 594-1249, dhimsel@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DonH.   Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:01:46 EST Dusty Old Cars files Chapter 11 amid investigation; owner says company will stay open and reorganize http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090508-469/dusty-old-cars-files-chapter-11-amid.html NASHUA – The classic car dealership under investigation by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office is seeking bankruptcy protection as it faces the prospect of paying numerous unhappy customers. Dusty Old Cars, located on Airport Road, filed for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manchester last week, listing 100-199 creditors. Owner Stephan Condodemetraky said Wednesday that customers who made complaints about the business are among the creditors. “Some number of people we’ve done business with, whether consigning a car or (to whom we) sold a vehicle, that are one that list,” Condodemetraky said. The bankruptcy filing papers indicate that Aftokinito Rally, the company that operates Dusty Old Cars, has from $1 million to $10 million in assets and from $500,000 to $1 million in liabilities. The figures in the filing are not exact, and bankruptcy filing paperwork typically has people seeking protection check a box to indicate a wide range of assets and liabilities. Dusty Old Cars has been the subject of an AG’s investigation for more than a year, as close to 90 people have filed complaints with the state about the company's business practices. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:01:14 EST Trial set in Nashua GoFundMe theft case http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090513-469/trial-set-in-nashua-gofundme-theft-case.html NASHUA – The trial has been scheduled for May in the case of Krystal Gentley, the Nashua woman charged 10 months ago with felony theft for allegedly emptying the GoFundMe account she started in memory of her deceased friend. Gentley, 27, with a last known address of 9 Eighth St., is charged with stealing about $5,000 from the account, which she created to help the grieving family of Tabatha Lynn Fauteux, a 26-year-old Hudson woman who died in California in late 2015 after a long struggle with drug addiction. Updated documents filed in Hillsborough County Superior Court South show that jury selection for Gentley's trial is scheduled for May 15, with the trial to begin within two weeks of the completion of jury selection. A trial management conference, typically the final hearing before a trial, is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 5. Gentley was initially indicted on one count of theft by deception, but that was later dismissed and replaced by an indictment for theft by unauthorized taking, according to Gentley's file. That second indictment was handed down in June. The charge is a Class A felony because the amount she is charged with stealing is well over the $1,501 benchmark for a Class A felony. Gentley has been free on bail since shortly after her arrest on April 1. The arrest culminated a police investigation that took several weeks, launched when members of Fauteux's family contacted police after learning from GoFundMe officials that the account had been emptied and closed – by Gentley. Sheila Fauteux, Tabatha's mother, said at the time that she called GoFundMe after she tried repeatedly to meet with Gentley to make arrangements to begin withdrawing funds to pay funeral and related expenses. Gentley said in previously filed court documents that she took the money to pay medical and other bills after her husband lost his job. She told police she'd planned to gradually pay back the funds once her husband found a job. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DeanS. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:46:00 EST Probation violations land Nashua woman in State Prison http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090512-469/probation-violations-land-nashua-woman-in-state.html NASHUA – Although she was given a suspended jail sentence a year ago after pleading guilty to first-degree assault for attacking a man with a pair of scissors, Nashua resident Lauren Ivy Munday was also ordered to serve two years' probation which, according to court documents, she began violating just weeks later. Munday, 29, most recently of 93 Marshall St., was sentenced this month to a term of 1-3 years in the New Hampshire State Prison for Women, a disposition that came out of a plea agreement between her attorneys and state prosecutors. Although documents show Munday allegedly violated her probation on several occasions throughout 2016, her sentence is based on her plea of "true," similar to "guilty," to two counts of violation of probation, which are Class A misdemeanors. One of the violation charges, dated April 15, is tied to the probation order that was part of her plea agreement on the first-degree assault charge. The other stems from her June 27 arrest on another violation, documents state. Thomas Harrington, a Department of Corrections probation and parole officer, notes in his reports filed in court numerous failures by Munday to report to him as scheduled. She also admitted to, and tested positive for, the continued use of illegal drugs on more than one occasion, according to Harrington's report. Harrington cites an instance in early June when Munday reported to him as scheduled, but shortly after she left his office he saw her in downtown Nashua "meeting individuals that this officer did not permit" her to associate with," he wrote. Two weeks later, she again kept her scheduled appointment – but tested positive for marijuana, suboxone, cocaine, amphetamine and methamphetamine, the report states. At the time, Munday was still recovering from serious injuries she sustained on May 12, when, allegedly in an attempt to elude police, she leapt from the roof of a downtown Nashua building. Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and Nashua police, acting on two warrants for Munday's arrest, had entered the building after getting a tip that Munday was inside, officials said at the time. She ended up breaking a leg and a wrist, for which she was taken to a local hospital, where Task Force agents served the warrants. One was for violating her probation, while the other had been issued when she failed to appear in a Belknap County court to testify as a material witness in what police called "a high-profile" case in that jurisdiction. Meanwhile, Hillsborough County Superior Court South Judge Charles Temple, who presided over Munday's plea and sentencing hearing this month, attached a number of stipulations to the sentencing order. She must undergo a medical assessment regarding drug and alcohol abuse, and enroll in appropriate treatment and counseling sessions. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:43:23 EST Nashua school officials to host meet and greet with superintendent finalists http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090510-469/nashua-school-officials-to-host-meet-and.html NASHUA – After a monthslong search for a permanent superintendent of schools, the Board of Education has invited the public to weigh in on the two finalists on Thursday. The candidates are Dr. Cornelia Brown, the current superintendent in Nashua, and Dr. Jahmal Mosley, the assistant superintendent for curriculum and assessment at Sharon (Mass.) Public Schools. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:43:01 EST DWC guard involved in melee arraigned http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090463-469/dwc-guard-involved-in-melee-arraigned.html NASHUA - A Connecticut youth services worker who said he has known former Daniel Webster College basketball player Marquise Caudill for about 10 years said Tuesday that Caudill's alleged violent outburst in Saturday's game was completely out of character for the 22-year-old man. "I was taken aback ... this is not typical of Marquise," social worker Willie Taylor told Nashua district court Judge Paul S. Moore, adding that Caudill "has done so well" in overcoming his difficult childhood that he was able not only enroll at Daniel Webster College but also to become a formidable presence on the basketball court. Taylor spoke during Caudill's arraignment Tuesday morning, which was conducted in the Nashua court via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester. Caudill, a resident of South Hadley, Mass., and formerly of Connecticut, was arraigned on four charges stemming from the brawl, which broke out about five minutes into the second half of the Eagles game against Southern Vermont College, the league's top team and a DWC rival. The charges include one count of second-degree assault, a Class B felony, which accuses Caudill of stomping on Vermont sophomore guard Kyle Depollar's head after Caudill allegedly dropped Depollar to the hardwood by punching him in the face. The other three charges are Class A  misdemeanors: Simple assault, which is tied to the punch that leveled Depollar; disorderly conduct, for allegedly "engaging in violent and tumultuous behavior (at DWC's Vagge Gym) by yelling, swearing and throwing several items," and criminal threatening, for allegedly getting in Nashua police officer John Hannigan's face and "raising a fist at him while telling him he was going to kill him," according to police reports filed in court. Moore, the judge, modified Caudill's bail from $50,000 cash only to $50,000 cash or surety, rejecting Nashua police prosecutor Donald Topham's recommendation to increase it to $100,000 cash only. "This is behavior that is completely unacceptable ... that anyone would make a threat like that to a police officer," Topham said in support of the higher bail. "The defendant was completely out of control, yelling, swearing ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:07:07 EST Suspect in chase taken to hospital; Driver faces multiple charges following pursuit http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090491-469/suspect-in-chase-taken-to-hospital-driver.html NASHUA - Nicholas Santy, the northern New Hampshire man who allegedly led police on a lengthy pursuit that ended in a two-hour standoff early Monday morning in Nashua, was ordered transported to a Manchester hospital Tuesday morning after he waived arraignment on the series of charges he now faces. Court documents filed later Tuesday in Nashua district court offer little additional information as to the circumstances that prompted Santy, listed on various websites as both a volunteer and paid firefighter and ambulance attendant, to get onto I-93 somewhere north of Concord and allegedly lead state and local police on a nearly 40-mile pursuit that a set of spike strips finally ended on the Everett Turnpike at Exit 3. Santy, 27, of 42 Grove St., Littleton, amassed 10 charges in two jurisdictions during the incident, which began when a state trooper tried to pull him over on I-93 in Concord for allegedly speeding and driving recklessly. Five charges were filed in Concord district court and five in Nashua district court, all by state police, according to court documents. The Nashua set of charges includes two felony counts of reckless conduct - dangerous weapon, which accuse Santy of "swerving at other motorists while being pursued by police, in an attempt to run them off the road" while driving on the Everett Turnpike in Nashua. The other three charges filed in Nashua - resisting arrest or detention, reckless operation and disobeying a police officer - are Class A misdemeanors alleging that Santy endangered others by driving at 100 mph on the turnpike, refused to stop for police, and refused verbal commands to exit his vehicle for two hours. Those filed in Concord include two misdemeanor counts of disobeying a police officer, for allegedly failing to stop for pursuing officers, and three violation-level offenses accusing Santy of crossing a divided median, backing up his vehicle against traffic and endangering others by driving at 100-plus mph. Probable cause hearings have been set for March 1 in Nashua district court, and for March 7 in Concord district court. Nashua district court Judge Paul Moore granted Santy's waiver of arraignment, and amended his $5,000 cash bail to $5,000 personal recognizance, effective upon his admission to Elliot Hospital in Manchester for mental health treatment, according to the bail order. Documents show that Santy is being represented by Attorney Mark Stevens, a Salem-based lawyer known for defending people charged with drunk driving, drug possession and license-suspension offenses. While the pursuit itself lasted barely half an hour, state and Nashua police spent another two hours "trying to reason" with Santy after his vehicle, a Toyota Tundra pickup whose tires had been flattened by spike strips, crashed into a guardrail and a bridge abutment on the Exit 3 off-ramp and came to a rest in a snowbank. Police surrounded the vehicle and tried to talk to Santy, but, according to the reports, he "would not exit the vehicle or respond to the commands of police." "For nearly two hours, (police) tried to reason with the suspect," the reports state. At some point, police said, Santy "cut both of his wrists," and that he appeared to be drinking a bottle of wine. Eventually, they said, state and Nashua police "were able to remove (Santy) from the vehicle and place him in custody." Police on Monday said that during the pursuit, police began receiving information from law enforcement agencies in the northern part of the state that Santy "may have been involved in other, unrelated crimes" in that area before he began driving south on I-93, but court documents didn't address that possibility. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or@Telegraph_DeanS. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:07:49 EST Nashua explores alternatives plans for one-way streets http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090464-469/nashua-explores-alternatives-plans-for-one-way-streets.html NASHUA - Working on a suggestion from a consultant, Nashua officials are considering possible changes to the traffic pattern on some downtown streets that would include reversing some one-way roads. James Vayo, Nashua's downtown specialist at City Hall, will present a plan to Nashua's Committee on Infrastructure during a meeting Wednesday night. His pitch will be to consider a change in direction of some city streets to allow better access to parking and improve traffic from the Broad Street Parkway. Vayo said the initial project was to look at the pairing of one-way streets, including Temple, Factory and East and West Pearl streets. Now, Vayo said he is considering keeping them one-way but flipping the direction of travel. The switch would allow better access and potentially expanded on-street, downtown parking. Vayo said he would have the aldermen "mull it over, get their thoughts on the initiative and see if it has merit." The consultants, VHB of Bedford, conducted a traffic pattern analysis last year and made some suggestions based on their findings, including a recommendation the city wait to see how the downtown absorbed traffic from the recently-completed Broad Street Parkway before making any decisions. "Our division believes the time has come and started looking at what project we can start in an incremental way to make improvements," Vayo said. Vayo said he talked with property owners near the specific streets. "There's a strong need for on-street parking and a desire from businesses to maintain on-street parking," he added. Switching them to two-way traffic was considered, but did not make sense moving forward. In a letter sent last week to Mark Cookson, chairman of the infrastructure committee, Vayo relayed the VHB findings: "VHB concluded that the reversal of travel on the specified one-way streets (East and West Pearl, Temple, and Factory) would not result in an adverse impact to the level of service for the area." It was noted short sight distances, a common condition in downtown Nashua and typical of urban environments, may result from the changes to travel pattern, but overall the concept plan has merit. VHB further noted specific geometric solutions can alleviate or fully remedy any short sight distance issues that arise. It was also noted the reversal of these one-way streets is an ideal initial project, because the changes can be executed in isolation from the larger street network. Furthermore, it was noted that this project is appealing due to the minimal need for major infrastructure changes. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:34:05 EST Historic Holman; banners would celebrate notable players http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090467-469/historic-holman-banners-would-celebrate-notable-players.html NASHUA - The Silver Knights baseball team and representatives from the city are working on a plan to add two banners outside Holman Stadium championing two notable former baseball players - Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella. Newcombe and Campanella are credited with having had a pivotal role in bringing about integrated baseball as members of the Nashua Dodgers in 1946. The team's assistant general manager, Cheryl Lindner, said she was inspired to start the project last fall. "When I was driving down West Hollis Street, I saw a picture on the tire business by City Hall," Lindner said. She said she thought some sort of image recognizing the pair at Holman would be a good idea. The two were first slated to play in Danville, Ill.,in the Three-I league. Managers there said they would shut the league down if the African-American players showed up. Newcombe and Campanella were embraced in Nashua, went on to win the first season's championship and made sports history. Since a mural can't be painted at Holman because of the ballpark's historic nature, the idea was floated of creating banners to celebrate the players. Roads leading to the ballpark are named Campanella Way and Don Newcombe Way. The plan is to have one banner of Newcombe hanging near the elevator and a companion banner displaying Campanella by a stairwell on the other side. But first, the team and the ballpark need art for the banners. Lindner said City Arts Nashua representative Judy Carlson would be soliciting suggestions through a call to artists in the near future and the public would be notified when that process would begin. Nick Caggiano, director of the Nashua Park & Recreation Department, said the group would need to show the city a concept of what the art would look like. The final piece would need approval of the city, perhaps by the Board of Public Works. Since murals are out of the picture, "a banner makes all the sense in the world," Caggiano said. Holman Stadium was funded by a donation by Charles F. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:32:33 EST Porch fire quickly contained http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090466-469/porch-fire-quickly-contained.html NASHUA - Nashua Fire Rescue quickly contained and extinguished a porch fire early Tuesday morning. Smoke detectors alerted the residents of a second floor apartment at 30 Norton St., who evacuated the residence and contacted emergency services at 2:57 a.m, Nashua firefighters reported. Three vehicles from Amherst Street Fire Station - 22 personnel in total - arrived on the scene soon after. Upon arrival, crews found saw smoke and fire coming from the second floor rear porch. They stretched a hose up to the location and extinguished the fire. Fire damage was contained to the porch and smoke was ventilated from the second story apartment, authorities report. Deputy Chief Karl Gerhard said working fire detectors likely minimized the impact of the fire. "Always make sure you have working fire detectors in your home," Gerhard said. He also recommended having an evacuation plan and practicing it with household members. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Derek Edry can be reached at 594-1243, dedry@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_Derek. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:31:28 EST Too much sun could put a freeze on Merrimack festival http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090465-469/too-much-sun-could-put-a-freeze.html MERRIMACK - For the second winter in a row, the townwide seasonal carnival planned for Wasserman Park is feeling the effects of warmer weather. The 25th annual Winter Carnival is planned for Saturday, but the expected higher temperatures and chance of rain may change plans. Parks and Recreation Department director Matt Casparius said Tuesday the ice fishing "is a question mark" for young guests. "The ice needs to stay thick enough. Snowshoeing and sledding is an issue. The antique car show is an issue. It's tough to say," he added. The popular event draws hundreds to Wasserman Park. "Last year there was no snow whatsoever," Casparius said. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:30:38 EST Donchess aims high in State of City; Mayor pushes full-day kindergarten, paving projects and ending hunger http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090462-469/donchess-aims-high-in-state-of-city.html NASHUA - Mayor Jim Donchess is going all in on supporting full-day kindergarten in his upcoming budget, as well as a greater investment in municipal paving and adding three new sports fields in the city. "I want to make Nashua a city that offers opportunity to people in all of our neighborhoods," Donchess said in his State of the City address Tuesday night. "From the Tree Streets to the North End, from Crown Hill to Sky Meadow, from Little Florida to Westgate Village." The speech, given in the City Hall auditorium to the Board of Aldermen and members of the public, hit on education and infrastructure investments as valuable resources to help the city continue to attract businesses and employment opportunities. Several hundred jobs have come into the city, such as at BAE and Prudential Lien, that have helped Nashua see a 2.5 percent unemployment rate, Donchess said. "These jobs and the ripple effect they create will add millions of dollars to our robust regional economy," he added. The city's downtown brings business and people to the city, and there are plans for 250-to-300 new apartments between the Renaissance project off Bridge Street and the Franklin Street mill project. The city is also making progress on the opioid addiction crisis through the Safe Stations initiative, Donchess said. Since starting in November, the project has averaged two people a day seeking help for their addiction. The public/private partnership between the city's fire department, AMR ambulance and Harbor Homes is saving lives and making a difference, he said. "I am very proud of the way that every day Chief (Steven) Galipeau and our firefighters, the employees of Harbor Homes and AMR are rising to this challenge," he said. Though he didn't specify a total budget figure, Donchess wants to push forward with a school budget that includes full-day kindergarten. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:01:05 EST News Digest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090438-469/news-digest.html Nashua Local company teams with Eversource A high-tech manufacturing company in Nashua is saving money and the environment with the help of Eversource. "Working with Eversource to obtain an incentive for the upgrades at our facility was an important part of the company's ability to complete this comprehensive project," said Pam Simonds, general manager for Amphenol Printed Circuits. Recent upgrades to the heating and cooling system at Amphenol were funded in part by a $128,000 incentive paid by the Eversource Energy Rewards Program. Eversource accepts proposals for electrical energy efficiency projects to be implemented at the facilities of commercial and industrial customers. Upgrades may include high-efficiency lighting systems, variable speed drive motors, other measures that reduce annual electrical consumption. "Major manufacturers in New Hampshire are significantly impacted by the region's high energy costs," said Tom Belair, manager of energy efficiency for Eversource in New Hampshire. "One of the best ways these large energy consumers can reduce their costs is by leveraging funds from our energy-efficiency programs to complete upgrades that reduce their energy use." The upgrades completed at Amphenol are expected to reduce the company's energy use by more than 650,000 kilowatt hours per year, enough to power 100 New Hampshire homes for a year. Eversource works with businesses and homeowners to make their buildings and energy use more efficient. For more information about the company's programs, visit eversource.com. - Telegraph Staff Body found near medical center The Nashua Police Department is investigating a body found on the ground Monday evening near the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. The body was located on E. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:33:24 EST Hollis school budget revised; committee tweaks proposal ahead of March’s Town Meeting http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090339-469/hollis-school-budget-revised-committee-tweaks-proposal.html HOLLIS - Since there was little public input at the school budget public hearing on Tuesday, the Hollis Budget Committee used the meeting to refine its pitch for key warrant articles before voters make the final verdict at Town Meeting in March. The committee discussed several articles in great detail during the three-hour meeting, and ultimately recommended all of them. This committee didn't address the middle or high schools, because the Hollis Brookline Cooperative Budget Committee addresses those schools. Major Hollis School Budget warrant articles include: A 10-year, $2.8 million lease purchase agreement for energy equipment and energy improvements at Hollis Upper Elementary School and Hollis Primary School. The cost would be an evenly divided $326,015 each year, or a $108 tax impact on a $400,000 house. A two-year contract between the Hollis Education Association and the School District that would increase salaries by 2.5 percent each year, or the equivalent of about 6 percent a year for those who receive a pay step increase. The proposed operating budget of $10,631,911, an increase of about $150,000 from the current budget. Budget Committee Chairman Tom Gehan attributed the increase to the energy lease. The proposed energy lease comes a year after Hollis voters approved an energy study for the two schools. The engineers who conducted the study underlined serious energy-efficiency issues and proposed suggestions to address them. Robert Mann, the Budget Committee's School Board representative, gave a brief presentation of the project proposals at the two schools. At Hollis Primary School, window area would be reduced and new windows would be installed; air source heat pumps would then be installed in each classroom, in addition to other measures. Hollis Upper Elementary School would receive a new propane boiler, its ventilation system would be adjusted and leaky walls would be fixed. One hundred kilowatt roof-mounted solar panels would also be installed at both schools. The lease's price tag is a worst-case scenario, Mann said, because the combined projects could be eligible for $330,000 in rebates. "This is going to be heck to explain to the people," committee member Christopher Hyde said. Gehan said he agreed, and the committee engaged in a thorough conversation about the ins and outs of the proposal. Several members of the Budget Committee also expressed concern about the new teachers contract, which is a significant increase from the last agreement that provided a 1 percent increase to those who are on the top pay step or off step. Mann defended the agreement because he said current teacher salaries are several thousand dollars below those of competitive districts. "We've got police making less than that, and they can take a bullet," said Mark Le Doux, the committee's ex officio selectman representative. Hyde argued that increasing teacher salaries doesn't address the district's real issue, which is attracting the right talent. After debate, the committee didn't amend the article. The committee did amended two warrant articles. The first amendment was made to an article that would provide $95,000 for a contingency fund that would be used in the case of an emergency. The article initially proposed for the funds to come from surplus funds, but the committee agreed it should come from taxation in order to preserve a healthy surplus. An amendment was also made to cut $31,900 out of the operating budget so that it would be closer to the committee's guidance budget. Gehan said the cuts were low priority and that no cuts were made to academic programs. The final proposed operating budget comes in $15,938 over the guidance budget. Derek Edry can be reached at 594-1243, dedry@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_Derek. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:38:37 EST Care Packages; teachers work to fight hunger among local youths http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090441-469/care-packages-teachers-work-to-fight-hunger.html NASHUA - Ensuring that hundreds of students have enough food for February break, Nashua teachers and staff packed a week's worth of food for students who normally rely on free and reduced meals at school. The event was organized by the Nashua arm of the End 68 Hours of Hunger organization, led by co-coordinators Krista Bordeleau and Jenn Morton. Morton, Bordeleau and a team of community volunteers prepare bags of groceries for low-income students to take home for the weekend. The goal is for students to have food to last between the free and reduced lunch available at school Friday until breakfast on Monday, or the "68 hours" of food insecurity. However, the longer breaks from school require more support to meet student needs. "The Nashua Teachers' Union donated $4,000, which donates for needy children," Morton said. A couple dozen teachers and district staff also volunteered Monday to organize and pack food for 200 elementary children at Ledge Street, Fairgrounds, Dr. Crisp and Mount Pleasant elementary schools. "This is our first packing event with the union," Bordeleau said, adding when her group spoke with the Board of Education recently, they connected with NTU President Adam Marcoux. Marcoux credited the NTU board of directors for approving $4,000 to cover the cost of food for the week. Monday "is our professional development day, and they need help packing, so we thought, 'Let's get some teachers and staff together,' " Marcoux said. Monday afternoon, Fairgrounds Elementary School counselor Mike Plourde organized packed grocery bags into four groups, one destined for each of the four elementary schools. Plourde said food insecurity among Nashua elementary children has been growing. "The effects are very evident," he said. "A lot of times, (the student) might also be sleep deprived and have difficulty concentrating." Having been in the district for 20 years, Plourde said he noticed children going hungry about 10 years ago. "We didn't have a resource then, but we were doing lots of other things to help out," Plourde said, noting teachers would keep snacks in their classrooms for students. Sandy and Lisa Gribben-Perrin launched the Nashua arm of the organization in 2013 before Morton and Bordeleau took over last fall 2016. "It's been amazing how much support there is; we get both volunteers making it in to pack and monetary donations," Morton said. "The community sees the need, for sure," Bordeleau said. The Nashua team began packing backpacks for 26 students in 2013, and now, the group routinely collects enough food for 200 children at the four elementary schools. Bordeleau and Morton credited the Nashua Rotary Club with helping them pack food for the holiday and spring breaks, although the February break was previously not covered. "They would have had a weekend bag of food - that's it," Bordeleau said. While the packing event took place at Nashua High School South on Monday, End 68 Hours of Hunger usually meets at the United Way to store and prepare grocery bags. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:15:12 EST Damage to home in city blaze http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090440-469/damage-to-home-in-city-blaze.html NASHUA - A mobile home in a southwest Nashua park sustained extensive damage late Sunday night in a fire that officials say may have been caused by an electrical problem. Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Glen MacDonald said Monday that nobody was home when flames broke out shortly after 11 p.m. at 3 Sunset Lane, which is in the River Pines Mobile Home Park off West Hollis Street. MacDonald said the crew of Engine 6, which was first on the scene, reported a working fire and immediately conducted what he described as "an aggressive interior attack" with a 13/4-inch hoseline. Firefighters on Engine 2 arrived a moment later, and pulled another 13/4-inch hoseline in order to work their way inside to search for any occupants, MacDonald said. Meanwhile, a ladder truck crew forced entry in order to shut off the propane supply to the mobile home, then joined in the search for potential occupants. After crews determined nobody was home, they turned their attention to extinguishing the remaining flames. Two other engines were set up to relay water from the nearest hydrant, which MacDonald said is on West Hollis Street about 2,000 feet from the scene. While the bulk of the fire was in the kitchen area, where it caused heavy damage, MacDonald said the blaze also caused heat and smoke damage to the entire home. While a preliminary investigation pointed to an electrical problem as the cause of the fire, MacDonald said, members of the state fire marshal's office are continuing their investigation. In all, 22 NFR members responded to the blaze, he added. No injuries were reported. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DeanS. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:13:10 EST Granite Hammer falls on six; Nashua police arrest several on local drug-related crimes http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090442-469/granite-hammer-falls-on-six-nashua-police.html NASHUA - The state's Granite Hammer fell again last week, resulting in several arrests for drug-related crimes. Nashua police reported Monday that six people from New Hampshire and Massachusetts were arrested and charged. They were: • Jessica Preston, 39, of 41 Hughey St., Nashua, was charged with one count of possession of a controlled drug, suboxone. Preston was released on $500 cash bail, and is scheduled for arraignment March 30. • Brian Poulin, 38, of 89 1/2 Palm St., Nashua, was arrested on an out-of-town warrant for possession of a controlled drug, cocaine. Poulin was released to Hollis police. • Eric Perry, 21, of 5 Danforth Road, Apt. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:12:32 EST DMV software upgrade delayed http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090437-469/dmv-software-upgrade-delayed.html The state Department of Motor Vehicles has postponed a software update. In a statement released to Nashua City Hall on Friday, the DMV said, "We regret to inform you that the DMV will be delaying its implementation of the Vision system. Over this past week, we have been performing regular tests to ensure that we were ready for the transition. Based on the tests and final assessments performed today, we were not confident that the software would perform as expected, and proceeding with the planned implementation could result in the interruption of services to our customers and increased wait times." The DMV reported earlier this month the new driver licensing computer system, called Vision, was designed to improved reliability and enhanced functionality over the current system. Towns and cities had planned to shut down a portion of their DMV services this week to accommodate the upgrade. The department was closed Monday for Presidents Day, but announced its offices were scheduled to reopen Tuesday. "Please know that this decision was not made lightly, and we understand the implications of this decision on your offices," the DMV said. "We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause. "Although we do not have a new date scheduled yet, we will ensure that we provide you with a 30-day notice in advance of the new date." Don Himsel can be reached at 594-1249, dhimsel@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DonH. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:06:47 EST High-speed pursuit ends in Nashua; police deploy spike strips to incapacitate vehicle http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090436-469/high-speed-pursuit-ends-in-nashua-police-deploy.html NASHUA - A 27-year-old man from the state's North Country region is in police custody, awaiting a Tuesday arraignment on several charges stemming from a lengthy, high-speed police pursuit that ended in Nashua late Sunday night. Nicholas Santy, a resident of the Grafton County town of Littleton, was apprehended by state and Nashua police after a roughly one-hour standoff on the Everett Turnpike Exit 3 off-ramp, where his pickup truck came to rest after the tires were flattened by spike strips, police said. Santy was initially taken to a local hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries, which aren't believed to be serious. He was subsequently charged with two counts of reckless conduct, Class B felonies, along with two misdemeanor counts each of disobeying a police officer and resisting arrest, police said. It isn't clear if, or when, Santy was released from the hospital. He would likely be taken to Valley Street jail upon his release to await Tuesday morning's scheduled arraignment in Nashua district court. State police said in a statement Monday morning that its dispatch center began receiving calls around 11:30 p.m. Sunday for what it called "a hazardous operator" driving a Toyota Tundra pickup truck south on Interstate 93 in Concord. A trooper who was on patrol in the immediate area spotted the truck, but when he attempted to stop it, the driver allegedly refused to pull over, police said. The truck continued southbound on I-93 at speeds ranging from 50-100 mph, police said. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:06:36 EST Hearing on hold; Barnaby sessions on break; set to resume in March http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090435-469/hearing-on-hold-barnaby-sessions-on-break.html NASHUA - With somewhere around 22 hours of testimony in the books, the multi-session hearing on murder suspect Anthony Barnaby's motion to suppress two-thirds of the statements he made to police back in 1988 has taken a break until at least March 1. Barnaby, who turns 50 in April, was returned to Valley Street jail early Friday afternoon to await the resumption of the suppression hearing, which stems from a motion his attorneys, Mark Sisti and Alan Cronheim, filed in September. For roughly six hours per day from Tuesday through Thursday and about four hours on Friday, Sisti and Cronheim alternated with Assistant Attorneys General Susan Morrell, Patrick Queenan and Jason Casey in questioning a series of retired Nashua police officers on topics that ranged from Barnaby's interview-room demeanor, his drinking habits and how blood got on his jean jacket to his missing sneakers and his relationship with his neighbors, Brenda Warner and Charlene Ranstrom, the women he and his fellow Canadian David Caplin are accused of killing. As of Friday, six days - three groups of two days each - were still on the table as to when Barnaby's suppression hearing will resume: March 1-2, March 15-16 or March 22-23. Judge Jacalyn Colburn, who is presiding over the hearing in Hillsborough County Superior Court South, is expected to confer with the attorneys in the coming days to finalize the schedule. Barnaby and Caplin were both charged with beating and stabbing Warner and Ranstrom to death early the morning of Oct. 3, 1988, but neither was ever convicted. Barnaby walked free after three juries failed to convict him, while prosecutors ended up dropping the charges against Caplin for lack of evidence. But nearly two decades later, after a Nashua detective pulled the case off the shelf and found new evidence, including DNA, authorities re-filed the charges in 2011. The extradition process would take some four years, but New Hampshire authorities prevailed in April 2015, setting the stage for the men's arraignments the following month. Each was subsequently indicted on two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:05:43 EST Pancake breakfast benefits Safe Stations http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090439-469/pancake-breakfast-benefits-safe-stations.html NASHUA - The city's Safe Stations program is getting a syrupy boost this week, as Harbor Homes will be hosting a pancake breakfast to raise money for the life-saving program. Harbor Homes and Keystone Hall, both part of the Partnership for Successful Living, are teaming up for Friday's pancake breakfast to support Safe Stations. The fundraiser will run from 7-11 a.m. at Harbor Homes located at 45 High St. Safe Stations was started in Nashua on Nov. 17, 2016, modeled on the program started last year in Manchester, as a way to combat the city's opioid addiction crisis. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:02:51 EST Betty Smith McLaughlin http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090428-469/betty-smith-mclaughlin.html Betty S. McLaughlin resident of New Boston, NH died on January 17 2016 in Franklin NC. while visiting her daughter. She was born in Grasmere, NH on June 16, 1929 a daughter of Winfred A and Ruth Carroll Smith. Betty made her home in New Boston NH where she lived for 53 years and formally lived in Stoneham Mass. Betty had been employed at Hitchiner Mfg, for 25 years retiring in 1999. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:00:53 EST A new brew; Local craft brewers thrive through collaboration http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090399-469/a-new-brew-local-craft-brewers-thrive.html NASHUA – New Hampshire’s beer industry has flourished in last few years– so much that the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce featured three of the region’s beer big hitters at its annual Eminence Awards ceremony. The three beer gurus, Carl Soderberg, Scott Schaier, Michael Hauptly-Pierce all focused on the benefits of working locally and collaboratively – concepts as old as beer itself. “They really encompass the passion of the members that we work with,” said Ashley Young, the chamber’s director of membership. The purpose of the Eminence Awards is to recognize individuals and businesses that contribute to the success of the the chamber and Greater Nashua. Young said the chamber encourages its members to work collaboratively and help each other grow. That approach was evident as Carl Soderberg, one of the founders of Able Ebenezer Brewing Company in Merrimack, told the story of his company’s “Live Free or Die” origin. Able Ebenezer is one of many breweries in the state to take advantage of a nano brewery license, which allows up-and-coming brewers to manufacture less than 2,000 barrels of beer a year for sale at a cost of $250. Soderberg and his partner, Mike Frizzelle, started the brewery essentially from scratch, and it is now one of the fastest growing in the state. Abel Ebenezer captures New Hampshire’s spirit down to its image. The brewery is named after a New Hampshire businessman and logger, Ebenezer Mudgett, who in 1772 rebelled against the British government after it established the Pine Tree Law, which protected selected white pines for British shipbuilding. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:32:04 EST VFW to sell post home; decreased revenue and dip in membership for Milford club http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090409-469/vfw-to-sell-post-home-decreased-revenue.html MILFORD - After World War II, local veterans bought an old barn on Mont Vernon Street and turned it into a place to meet and socialize. There were 91 charter members of Harley-Sanford Post 4368 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Hundreds more joined the post, which was named after the first two Milford men killed in World War II. With so many members supporting it, the post was able to put on the Milford Labor Day parade and July Fourth celebration every year. In the 1950s, they started a drum and bugle corps that won a state championship. Those days are gone. Now, with only 186 members, and many of them retired and moved away, the post has put the building up for sale. "It's a home," said Douglas Bianchi, a Navy veteran of military action in the Caribbean and Middle East who is a longtime post member and current quartermaster. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:26:13 EST School official to plead guilty to domestic-related charges http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090415-469/school-official-to-plead-guilty-to-domestic-related.html NASHUA - Hudson School Board member Benjamin J. Nadeau, facing charges of domestic assault and violating court protective orders, has indicated his intention to enter guilty pleas as part of an agreement with prosecutors. Nashua district court documents show that Nadeau, 41, formerly of 71 Kimball Hill Road, is scheduled to appear in court at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, March 29, for a plea and sentencing hearing. Judge James Leary approved the parties' agreement to continue the case to the March 29 hearing. The agreement is dated Feb. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:21:04 EST Hudson man charged with arson http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090410-469/hudson-man-charged-with-arson.html HUDSON - A 29-year-old Hudson man with a history of domestic violence arrests and threats of violence against police officers and their family members is now charged with arson, and remains in jail on high bail pending his return to court on March 1. Bryan R. Huntress, most recently of 53 Mobile Drive, which is in the Hudson Mobile Estates mobile home park off Kimball Hill Road, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. Thursday after his mother, who owns the home, called police reporting "her son was out of control and may be damaging the home," police said. Arriving officers found the mobile home "filling with black smoke" and began banging on the door, according to police. Huntress's mother told the officers the two were arguing, and that she left because she "feels unsafe" when her son "gets mad." The blaze reportedly started in her room, to which Huntress is not allowed access, she told police. "Due to the location of the fire, (she) stated she felt it was set intentionally," police wrote. After his arrest, Huntress was jailed overnight and arraigned Friday in Nashua district court in what appears to have been a fairly tumultuous proceeding conducted via video conference from Valley Street jail. Judge Paul S. Moore modified Huntress's original $25,000 cash bail to $100,000 cash or surety, noting in his bail orders that releasing Huntress would likely present a danger to others and the community as well as to himself. Huntress is "a high risk (for) release due to (his) erratic and aggressive behavior," Moore wrote. He described Huntress as "extremely belligerent" during his arraignment, including "shouting derogatory comments ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:20:38 EST Attempt to bond over 007 met with disinterest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090411-469/attempt-to-bond-over-007-met-with.html Can we all just take a moment here and acknowledge that the fact they called that movie "Octopussy" is still kind of amazing? I've been watching a lot of James Bond movies lately. Usually by myself. I can say proudly that I have raised my children to be the type of people who are not entertained by a Bond film. My wife has let me know she loves me more than she hates James Bond movies, so I've got that going for me. When I get home in the evenings, I just want to shut my brain down. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:18:55 EST Helping fight hunger; Empty Bowls fundraiser is Wednesday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090414-469/helping-fight-hunger-empty-bowls-fundraiser-is.html NASHUA - The annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, still going strong after 22 years, is set for Wednesday at Nashua High School South. Presented by the Nashua High School North and South chapters of the National Art Honor Society, this year's event will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the Nashua South cafeteria, 36 Riverside St., with a snow date set for Feb. 23. The spirit of the evening is to encourage participants to think about those with truly "empty bowls" while enjoying a simple bowl of soup, according to event organizer Robin Peringer, a Nashua art educator and adviser for the National Art Honor Society. "I grew up in this community, and I grew up as a child (who) was very poor, and I knew what it was like being hungry," Peringer said at the 2015 event. The fundraiser this year will be marked by a celebration of longtime Nashua Soup Kitchen Director Lisa Christie, who recently retired from the organization after 27 years at the helm. Christie began as the director of the Nashua Soup Kitchen in 1989 and led it through client-based growth needs that now include serving 1,700 meals per week and helping more than 300 individuals and families. For the 2017 Empty Bowls event, more than 700 clay bowls have been created by Nashua South students and staff, as well as by community members and artists from Greater Nashua. "One completely 'new' thing for this year is that a handful of teachers from across the district got together for a few after-school workshops and made porcelain spoons for the event," Peringer said Friday. "They are such sweet spoons; some are little bunnies that hang onto the side of the bowl by their paws. We have fish, kitties, spiral designs and so on," she said, crediting the creativity of Nashua teachers. The night of the event, attendees arrive at Nashua South and choose a bowl from the many on display in the foyer, and carry it to the cafeteria to choose from soups provided by dozens of local restaurants. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:18:26 EST Voters approve funds for roadwork funds; Amherst town operating budget increased by $200K http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090413-469/voters-approve-funds-for-roadwork-funds-amherst.html AMHERST - Residents at the annual town Deliberative Session on Wednesday, Feb. 8, voted to spend more money on road maintenance, amending the town's operating budget to add $200,000 for that purpose. The extra road maintenance money was suggested by the Ways & Means Committee. Several residents spoke in favor of the budget change, with George Bower saying it's "penny-wise and pound-foolish" to defer maintenance because it costs many times more to reconstruct a road than to maintain it. Ways & Means Chairman John D'Angelo said the committee also recommended a sizable road bond, but selectmen want to defer that decision for a year or two until a $15 million road bond from 2010 is paid off. Although the committee recommended the budget unanimously, with D'Angelo saying it's the result of an "open, transparent and collaborative" process, its members aren't sold on one line item: another patrol officer for the Police Department. Amherst "has much less crime than nearby towns and much lower property crime and violent crime," D'Angelo said. Ways & Means does recommend Article 24, which covers cost items in a three-year police contract. Selectman Nat Jensen said police wages are 7 percent lower than those of nearby communities. The committee also recommends the town look into hiring a human resources professional and investigate less expensive health and dental insurance. An amendment to raise tax exemptions for the elderly, blind and disabled further than the amounts in Article 33 failed, and so did an amendment that would have made the exemption for the blind equal to the amount for the disabled. Resident Linda Kaiser said the town should take better care of its elderly. "We are not being overly generous. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:17:38 EST Moose hunt continues to be curtailed http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090412-469/moose-hunt-continues-to-be-curtailed.html Only 51 people will be allowed to hunt a moose in New Hampshire next fall, just 7 percent of the number who could participate a decade ago, as the iconic mammal continues to struggle with disease and parasites. The number of permits was approved by the Fish and Game Commission at its February meeting. It is subject to public hearings as part of the state's rulemaking process before it becomes final. The figure is a drop from last year's tally of 71 permits and 105 the year before. In 2007, the state issued 678 permits, reflecting how the state's moose herd continues to struggle. Moose hunting permits are assigned by geography. The 2017 proposal would, for the first time, allow no moose hunting at all in the state's southwest corner, covering Wildlife Management Unit H2, which includes Keene and most of Carroll County and Unit K, which covers the western two-thirds of Hillsborough County. New Hampshire had fewer than 100 moose in the 1950s after decades of hunting and loss of woodlands to farms and development. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:17:13 EST Farewell Fight; melee erupts in final DWC hoop game; 3 arrested http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090408-469/farewell-fight-melee-erupts-in-final-dwc.html NASHUA - On Saturday, just a day after league officials told the Daniel Webster College men's basketball program that five of its eight conference wins were being taken away due the the presence of an ineligible player, the final game in the program's history erupted into a sizeable brawl that landed three people, including two players, under police arrest. Nashua police said later Saturday that Officer John Hannigan, who was working a routine security detail at the college's Mario Vagge Gym, was forced to call for help when players and fans began to surround him as he tried to detain a DWC player who was allegedly assaulting a player from the visiting Southern Vermont College team. Some two dozen patrol officers rushed to the University Drive campus, and once order was restored, Eagles junior guards Marquise Caudill, 22, and Antwaun Boyd, 23, were in custody, as was 43-year-old Elizabeth Morris, a Malden, Mass., resident, police said. It wasn't immediately clear whether Morris is related to Eagles head coach Donald Morris Jr., but a source close to Donald Morris confirmed that she is not his wife. Caudill, of 20 Park Ave., South Hadley, Mass., faces the most serious charges, which include one Class B felony count of second-degree assault, police said. He also faces one count each of simple assault, criminal threatening, and disorderly conduct, all of which are Class A misdemeanors. Caudill was booked at police headquarters then transported to Valley Street jail in Manchester, where he was held on $50,000 cash bail. Arraignment is pending in Nashua district court, police said. Boyd, of 95 Morgan St., Apt. 5C in Stamford, Conn., was charged with one count of disorderly conduct, Class A misdemeanor. Morris, of 150 Hawthorne St. in Malden, faces one count of obstruction of government administration, a Class A misdemeanor that accuses her of getting between Hannigan and Caudill while Hannigan was attempting to arrest Caudill, police said. Boyd was charged, police said, because he "appeared to be inciting an already hostile crowd that had surrounded Officer Hannigan." Boyd and Morris were booked and later released on bail pending their arraignments. No dates were given for the three suspects' arraignments. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:01:07 EST Brookline brings back Winter Festival; Three-day celebration returns after long absence. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090398-469/brookline-brings-back-winter-festival-three-day-celebration.html BROOKLINE – Brookline was blessed with perfect winter weather Saturday for its first Winter Festival in more than a decade. Kids and adults alike enjoyed exhibition hockey matches at Brookline Ball Park Rink as onlookers enjoyed hotdogs and snowmobilers blurred by. Saturday was the second of the three day festival. On Friday night, there was a spaghetti dinner and a family skate night. Events Saturday included a snowball launch, a snow and ice sculpture contest and a snowshoe obstacle course. In the afternoon, the town shut down Springvale Avenue and turned it into a sledding hill. Jan Noble, of Brookline, came with her eleven-year-old son to watch the game from the sidelines. “It’s a big weekend in Brookline,” Noble said. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:49:00 EST Economic optimism sprouts an unusual crop: North Country Hotels http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090397-469/economic-optimism-sprouts-an-unusual-crop-north.html For the first time in decades, there’s a spate of hotels being built, proposed or upgraded in the North Country, with the newest being a Hilton in Bethlehem. “I don’t remember a time like this,” said Benoit Lamontagne, the state official who handles economic development in the North Country. The number of visitors to the White Mountains has increased over the last two or three years, said Jayne O’Connor, the president of the White Mountain Attractions Association. But, she said, the other factor is the economy. “It is not a surprise at all when it is this good an economy,” she said. According to state figures there was a 7 percent increase statewide in the meals and rentals tax in the 2016 fiscal year. The 80-room “Homewood Suites by Hilton” is proposed on U.S. Route 302 on the site of the former Baker Brook cabins and motel, which have been closed for roughly a decade. The hotel is designed for extended stays and includes a “full kitchen” in every unit. The goal is to attract vacationers staying a week or two. Ideally, construction would begin this spring with the hotel opening about a year later, said David Eckman, of Eckman Engineering. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:46:00 EST Hollis tests out engineering; Middle school students take part in two-day SeaPerch Program. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090396-469/hollis-tests-out-engineering-middle-school-students.html HOLLIS – The pressure was on Wednesday as eighth-graders at Hollis Brookline Middle School put the finishing touches on their remotely operated underwater vehicles. The two-day SeaPerch Program, coordinated by HBMS teachers and staff from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and University of New Hampshire, teaches hands-on engineering skills as students assemble the machines with pieces in a provided kit. SeaPearch, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, is designed to help students develop an interest in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) fields, which are the fastest-growing and highest in demand in the country. In one classroom, which was notably quiet, students completed the final of three stages: assembly of the control box. Students studied step-by-step instructions and a multicolored circuit diagram while working with pliers, drills, wire strippers and soldering irons. Annie Hazelton twisted two wires – red and white respectively – between her fingertips as her partner Aryssa LeBaron looked on. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:43:00 EST World-wide link; Merrimack seeks ‘sister school’ in South Korea http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090395-469/world-wide-link-merrimack-seeks-sister-school-in.html MERRIMACK – After a visit from 18 South Korean students and staff members, Merrimack High School is one step closer to establishing an exchange program with a potential sister school in Ulsan, South Korea. Korean students from Maegok High School paired with Merrimack host students on Thursday, Feb. 16, to spend a day learning about American education and culture. “I found the opportunity to meet people from Korea and be immersed in their culture and talk with them to be very wonderful, and I love that our school is given the opportunity to share or culture with them,” said Emma Nigg, a junior at Merrimack High. Merrimack Principal Ken Johnson said the school’s mission encourages students to participate in the global society. “We wouldn’t be the school we are if we didn’t place an emphasis on our students as global citizens,” Johnson said Friday. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:40:00 EST Milford meeting OKs facilities repairs; Full-day kindergarten also approved at deliberative session http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090394-469/milford-meeting-oks-facilities-repairs-full-day-kindergarten.html MILFORD – Voters at the School Deliberative Session on Saturday, Feb. 11, easily pushed back an attempt to reduce a $3 million bond for school building repairs and improvements. Last March, a similar bond lost at the polls, failing by 20 votes to get the required 60 percent majority. But this year, the nine-member Advisory Budget Committee supports it unanimously. “I opposed it last year,” said committee Chairman Rick Wood, who said all of the items on this year’s list need to be done. The bond would pay for work at the high school and middle school and a partial roof replacement at Heron Pond Elementary. The highest priority item is $525,000 for new heat piping at the high school. “Basically, the building is wearing out,” School Board Chairman Paul Dargie said of the high school, which was built in 1964. Budget Committee member Bob Thompson said students sometimes have to wear winter coats in cold classrooms, and that the high school’s 50-year-old bleachers are “scary.” “Our buildings are in dire need of repair,” he said. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:37:00 EST Late to bed and late to rise makes mom and kids tardy http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090391-469/late-to-bed-and-late-to-rise.html DEAR ABBY: I will be spending a couple of months visiting my daughter, who is a single mom. She has asked me to help her wake her 8- and 11-year-old kids in the morning and have them ready for school. Unfortunately, she works some distance away from her home. The kids attend private school and are involved in sports. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:58:00 EST Positive thinking; Hudson Memorial School program helps students bolster self-esteem http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090340-469/positive-thinking-hudson-memorial-school-program-helps.html HUDSON - Joe Manzoli, the chief operating officer at the YMCA of Greater Nashua, recently recalled a comment from a boy on the first day of a new, and nontraditional, program at his middle school. "There are days I just don't like myself," the boy announced the first day of a newly launched program at Hudson Memorial School. "If a kid is openly saying something like that in sixth grade," Manzoli said, "who knows where that can go?" It is this kind of red flag that motivated Manzoli and others to form a groundbreaking program using the power of positive thinking to strengthen the foundation for middle school students as they negotiate the rough waters of the early teen years. The program brings together the YMCA of Greater Nashua, Rivier University and local youngsters and places them all together in a specially built environment designed to bolster self-esteem and a can-do attitude. "We have been running a program called the Superhero Training Academy in Hudson for the last three years with our first-graders," Manzoli said. "It's been really successful, and is really geared towards getting kids to build self-confidence." From that success came a request to bring the same momentum to older kids at Memorial School. Manzoli said he met with Hudson school and district leadership and "really listened to what they're dealing with in terms of issues," which amounted to the classic early teen problems of behavior and chronic poor attendance. "They've got all the normal stuff that teenagers are working with," he said. "There was nothing that was shocking to me, but it's such a tough age group." He was keenly aware, though, of a transitional period for the preteens and their parents. "They have unique needs, but parents don't necessarily want them in child care anymore," Manzoli said. "By listening to them, we started thinking about the concept of positive psychology and the impact that positive thinking can have on anybody." He began to formulate a plan for a nontraditional approach that would bring a positive energy and attitude to students in the school, particularly to those who may be struggling. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:02:31 EST Friendly’s coming to Merrimack http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090338-469/friendlys-coming-to-merrimack.html MERRIMACK - The latest addition to a classic food franchise is opening its doors Monday. The first new company-owned Friendly's restaurant in 10 years will be located off Route 101A at 710 Milford Road - the site of a former McDonald's Restaurant. A spokesman for the company said the restaurant will generate 75 jobs. CEO John Maguire called the new restaurant a "prototype" for Friendly's to come. The 3,800-square-foot, 130-seat restaurant will have a brand new design, including an interactive tabletop Ziosk computer system while maintaining the restaurant's classic feel, Maguire said. There will also be online ordering and a drive-thru window so those on the run can pick up a burger or a Fribble - Friendly's classic milkshake. Maguire said he grew up going to Friendly's with his family and that he wants the restaurant to remain a "facilitator for memories." "When I was a kid, that's where I went with my parents and grandparents," he said. "Now, that's where my kids want to go." Tim Thompson, Merrimack's community development director, said he is excited to see that real estate space being used. "From an economic development perspective, it's certainly good to see that business come back into the area," he said. Thompson said he hopes to see new development in more vacant spaces, such as the former Shaw's grocery store on Daniel Webster Highway. Friendly's, which started in Springfield, Mass., in 1935, has a rich history in New England. There are now 250 Friendly's across the East Coast, including locations in Nashua, Manchester, Concord and North Conway. There was previously a location in Merrimack. In addition to the official opening Monday, there will be a grand opening celebration on March 2. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:01:41 EST News Digest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090337-469/news-digest.html NASHUA 40-year-old woman charged with assault A Nashua woman was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with assault after reports of an assault on a preteen girl. The Nashua Police Department arrested Aimee Busby, 40, of 56 Lund Road, Apt. B, on a warrant for second-degree assault - domestic violence, a Class B felony, around 4:10 p.m. Thursday. The arrest came after police received a report on Feb. 13 of a juvenile who was physically assaulted by the juvenile's mother several days prior. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:01:11 EST Officials wary of lead problem in schools’ water http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090336-469/officials-wary-of-lead-problem-in-schools.html AMHERST - The Amherst School District is continuing to test for lead in school water after contamination was found in taps and faucets last summer. In August, water from some of the faucets in Wilkins School and Amherst Middle School were found to have levels of lead higher than federal "action levels." One water fountain at Wilkins testing at 100 times the 15 parts per billion that is the federal Environmental Protection Agency's concentration that determines when remedial action should be taken. Larry Ballard, head of the teachers union, said school administrators hadn't been as transparent as they might have been, but that the situation has much improved and he is satisfied school officials are doing everything they should be doing. "I know that among the teachers and staff, there is a level of uneasiness as information has not been as forthcoming or as transparent as many would have liked," he said in an email. According to a timeline provided by Superintendent Peter Warburton, the water fountain outside the third- and fourth-grade bathrooms at Wilkins and the fountains outside the middle school art rooms were turned off in August in response to the test results. During a second round of testing of the remaining fountains in all of the schools in November, no elevated lead levels were found. In December, further testing of all water fountains and faucets found no elevated levels at Clark and Wilkins, but there were elevated levels at one faucet in the home economics room at the middle school. It was decided to test "any faucet you could put a bottle under," said John Robichaud, the School District's facilities manager, referring to the December test. "I really felt we were being extremely transparent." "To err on the side of caution," he said, all water sources in the home economics wing were immediately turned off and taken out of service. On the recommendation of Secondwind Water Systems and a plumber, Warburton said he and the School Board decided to replace all copper plumbing and faucets in the room, at a cost of $30,000. "We weren't fooling around with this," Warburton said during a meeting with Robichaud last week. In January, four faucets, all in the science labs at Souhegan High School, were removed from service after they came back with elevated lead levels. The January testing found no elevated lead levels in that wing of the middle school. But three other middle school faucets that missed the December testing had elevated levels that were replaced and retested; they still showed elevated levels and then were removed from service. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:41:41 EST Ex-cop denies making threats to Barnaby; suspect in 1988 homicides wants statements suppressed http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090335-469/ex-cop-denies-making-threats-to-barnaby-suspect.html NASHUA - Exactly what happened when former Nashua Police Capt. Paul Goupil spoke to Anthony Barnaby in the midst of the 1988 double-homicide investigation is the heart of Barnaby's argument to have the statements he made suppressed. "Oftentimes, good intentions end up with unintended consequences," Goupil said of his decision to enter the interview room where Barnaby was being questioned by detectives. Former Nashua Police Officer Anthony Pivero testified that Goupil had bragged to him about being pivotal in getting Barnaby to confess to the murders, intimating he used threats to get the incriminating statement. Goupil "said he knows how to get things done," Pivero testified. "He said he went in to talk to Barnaby in the interview room, and he said he had his (testicles) in his hands and he would cut them off." Barnaby reportedly confessed - but not to Goupil - after some 30 hours of police questioning, though he has never been  convicted of the murders. Barnaby, who turns 50 in April, was charged along with fellow Canadian David Caplin, now 54, with beating and stabbing to death Charlene Ranstrom and Brenda Warner in their Mason Street apartment on Oct. 3, 1988. Neither man was ever convicted, however; Barnaby walked free after three juries failed to convict him, while prosecutors dropped Caplin's charges because of a lack of evidence. But some 20 years later, Nashua police resurrected the case after locating new evidence, including DNA, and refiled the murder charges. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:39:20 EST ‘Wild’ tradition; 26th Wild Irish Breakfast promises usual great time http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090334-469/wild-tradition-26th-wild-irish-breakfast-promises.html As one of the most active people at Nashua's PLUS Company, Samantha Pohland, knows firsthand the importance of the Wild Irish Breakfast, the agency's signature fundraiser that each year blends lots of laughs at the expense of "Irish wits" with raising the financial resources that make possible the programs and activities of which she is so fond. For instance: "Every Monday, we bring food to people who can't afford it over at the mission," the 26-year-old bundle of energy said. "We don't just bring it, we serve it to them. We eat with them. It feels like a big family." Pohland - "the country spells it wrong," she likes to joke - referred to the Southern New Hampshire Rescue Mission, a faith-based agency that assists homeless and struggling people with shelter, meals and prayer. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:38:24 EST Former state Republican chairwoman targets NH Speaker Jasper after losing right-to-work vote http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1090321-469/former-state-republican-chairwoman-targets-nh-speaker.html NASHUA – Former New Hampshire GOP chairwoman Jennifer Horn unloaded on House Speaker Shawn Jasper, R-Hudson, after Thursday’s failed vote on Right to Work legislation. “The speaker has failed our party and our state,” Horn said in a released statement after numerous Republicans crossed party lines to vote against the Right to Work bill favored by Gov. Chris Sununu. Horn, a Nashua resident and former Telegraph columnist and radio personality, accused Jasper of essentially sabotaging the vote on the bill. The measure, popular among Republicans, would have taken away the ability of unions to collect certain fees from employees who benefited from the union contract, but did not pay membership dues for that union. “The speaker knowingly and intentionally appointed a labor committee with a majority of ANTI-RTW representatives,” Horn stated. Horn also criticized Jasper for ceding the speaker’s gavel during the New Hampshire House debate Thursday on the bill. Jasper voted for the Right-to-Work bill, and took the floor to participate in the debate – he handed the gavel over to Rep. Fri, 17 Feb 2017 05:13:00 EST