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 News Digest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085418-469/news-digest.html Milford Republican VP hopeful Mike Pence to hold rally Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is scheduled to hold a rally in Milford Town Hall Auditorium at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Pence is on the Republican Party's ticket for vice president in the 2016 presidential election. On Monday night, the GOP presidential nominee, Donald Trump, and Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, will face off in the first presidential debate. The announcement of Pence's visit on the town's website says parking may be limited around the Oval and on adjacent streets. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. - KATHY CLEVELAND Merrimack Drought conditions spur more restrictions Following state recommendations, Merrimack town officials and the Merrimack Village District have set further restrictions on water use as drought conditions continue across the state. On Sept. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:26:33 EST Nashua police nab alleged heroin distributor http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085417-469/nashua-police-nab-alleged-heroin-distributor.html Police on Tuesday took into custody a 23-year-old Nashua man with no fixed address, charging him with a felony count of selling heroin, police said. Uniformed officers arrested Jameson Reed on an outstanding warrant, police said, following "an extensive investigation" by the department's Narcotics Intelligence Division into the sale of heroin, a controlled drug, in Nashua. Police said Reed was held in jail after refusing bail. He was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Nashua district court. Police urge anyone with any information regarding illegal drug activity to call the department's Narcotics Hotline at 594-3597 or go to www.nashuapd.com. - DEAN SHALHOUP Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:23:56 EST Sen. Warren will hit NH for Hassan http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085419-469/sen.-warren-will-hit-nh-for-hassan.html NASHUA - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., will campaign for Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senate candidate Gov. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:21:07 EST Merrimack council OKs $14.5K donation http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085421-469/merrimack-council-oks-14.5k-donation.html   MERRIMACK - The Town Council approved a $14,500 anonymous donation to the Merrimack Police Department Thursday night to be used to purchase 15 tactical vests. The vests, which would replace the department's current tactical vests, are designed to provide extra protection from high-caliber rounds while allowing the user to remain agile. "The old one is so bulky you can't get to your gear," said Lt. Matthew Tarleton. The vests are worn over the standard bullet-resistant vests which all Merrimack officers are required to wear. As Lt. Denise Roy and Lt. Matthew Tarleton addressed the council with the request, council members passed a tactical vest around. Roy said the donor contacted the police department in response to the February killing of Virginia police officer Ashley Guindon, who died her first day on the job. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:20:28 EST Nashua community braves bad weather to battle homelessness http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085415-469/nashua-community-braves-bad-weather-to-battle.html NASHUA - The air was cool and the sky was dark with imminent rain as volunteers prepared to sleep outdoors for the first Sleeping United to End Hunger & Homelessness event Friday at Nashua Community College. The event, put on by the United Way of Greater Nashua, brought out more than 56 volunteers. As of 7 p.m. Friday, United Way President Mike Apfelberg said the organization had raised more than $64,000. Apfelberg said while raising money is important, more important is promoting awareness of homelessness. "This event is elevating and deepening the conversation in our community around issues of homelessness and extreme poverty," Apfelberg said. "It exists. It's easy to not see ... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:17:19 EST Assisted living center opens up http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085420-469/assisted-living-center-opens-up.html NASHUA - Bridges by EPOCH, an assisted living community for senior citizens with memory impairment, celebrated the opening of its Nashua facility Thursday, even though it has already been providing services to more than a dozen people. The facility provides care for its residents, programs for families, and it adds to the available options for residents seeking care for aging relatives. Executive Director Amanda Jillson hopes to reach out to the community, becoming another support for families dealing with memory care problems. "One of our biggest challenges is educating the community about what we are and what we can do for people," she said. Jillson hopes to be a center for services to more people than just the residents of the home. She said Bridges will offer education sessions and caregiver support groups. The Nashua facility, at 575 Amherst St., opened last month, and it now has about 15 residents, said CEO Joanna Cormac Burt. The company operates four similar facilities in Massachusetts, and one in Connecticut, she said, adding that Nashua offered the company an opportunity to fill a need in the community. "When we looked at the demographics, it was clear there was a need," Cormac Burt said. There were as many as 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease in 2013, and it was one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though there is no cure for the disease or other dementias, company officials say Bridges is able to provide care to people with memory impairments in a way that helps the residents keep their independence. Each resident gets a studio-type apartment with a private bath. There's a common kitchen area stocked with food, and there are outdoor gardens with raised flower beds to allow the residents to spend safe time outdoors. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:03:47 EST Addiction discussion on Monday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085414-469/addiction-discussion-on-monday.html NASHUA - A community discussion about the "addicted brain" will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at the Nashua Library. Dr. Cynthia Whitaker, chief of services at the Greater Nashua Mental Health Center, will host the talk. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:00:59 EST Nashua names added to fire memorial http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085413-469/nashua-names-added-to-fire-memorial.html I wrote in this space a year or so ago about long-ago Nashua Fire Chief William Whitney, who died after collapsing while helping his men quell a brush fire the morning of Oct. 17, 1940. The occasion - which happened to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Whitney's death - was the ceremonial unveiling of Whitney's name on the Nashua Firemen's Relief Association Memorial monument, which stands at Manchester and Concord streets as a tribute to city firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. Now, the name William Everett "Will" Whitney, long misplaced but never forgotten, is being added to the New Hampshire Fallen Firefighters Memorial, again with an appropriate and well-deserved ceremony that takes place at noon today. The ceremony also will mark the memorial's 10th anniversary, during which five other fallen firefighters' names will be unveiled. (See accompanying information box for times and details on Saturday's as well as Monday's related event in Concord, along with the names of the five other firefighters to be added to the memorial Saturday.) Another emergency-services related event will take place two days later, on Monday evening, when members of Merrimack's fire department and its EMS personnel will be honored along with those from several other departments statewide. The award each department will receive is the 2016 Pamela Mitchell/Richard Connolly Memorial Award, given each year by the New Hampshire Fire Service and Emergency Medical Services Committee of Merit to an individual or group that made "an outstanding contribution" to the state's EMS system. This year, the chosen departments and their members will be recognized for their "efforts to bring an upgraded trauma and EMS system" to the state by participating in a pilot program for the new technology, according to the committee. The award, created in 1987, is named for the two emergency medical technicians who were killed in 1978 when their ambulance crashed while transporting a patient to Littleton Hospital. Regarding Saturday's event, the state's Firefighters Memorial - like Nashua's - typically adds a mix of names of recently fallen men and women and those, like Whitney and Laconia's Judkins, that come to light after years, sometimes decades. As for Will Whitney, the chief was the third Nashua firefighter to die in the line of duty since the department was incorporated, which is believed to be in 1848. The first was Robert Poff, 32, who was killed Feb. 21, 1895, when the horse-drawn engine he was operating tipped and caused him to fall off and beneath its wheels. The most recent is the unexpected death on March 16, 1987, of firefighter Marc Bechard, who was 28 when he died at a local hospital after being stricken while on duty at the Spit Brook Road Fire Station. I remember speaking last year with Susan Rockwell, William Whitney's granddaughter, who said she contacted the Nashua Firemen's Relief Association after digging up diaries and other family history regarding her grandfather. She referred to perhaps the most fascinating of his diaries - the one he maintained up until his death. After being summoned to the hospital and learning his father had passed, Everett Whitney - who happened to be a fire commissioner - penned the final entry in his dad's diary. "Dad died this morning ... sudden death came from overexertion while fighting a brush fire with Robert Downey, his driver. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:00:28 EST Main St. scarecrows signal fall in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085384-469/main-st.-scarecrows-signal-fall-in-nashua.html NASHUA - Downtown patrons can find another unusual cast of characters hanging around downtown as participants in the second annual Great American Downtown scarecrow contest. The loitering began Thursday as organization director Paul Shea and others brought a truckload of finished scarecrows to Main Street for their annual fall display. "The idea is to add to the festive fall atmosphere downtown," Shea said. "It's also to show off the creativity of our downtown businesses and organizations." The contest is run by Great American Downtown with cooperation from the city's Parks and Recreation Department. The other goal, he said, is to bring foot traffic to the downtown area and add a bunch of selfies to the group's Facebook page as part of the voting process. Though photos can be found on GAD's Facebook page, Shea said people are encouraged to visit downtown and see the works of art up close before voting for their favorite creative characters. Each like equals one vote. And there's more: People game enough to snap selfies with their favorite scarecrows that are posted to GAD's Facebook page can bring five points each. Similar posts on Instagram or Twitter also equal five points. Top winners get bragging rights and a trophy. Participation was encouraged through GAD's newsletter and its network of event partners. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:14:54 EST Indictment on attempted murder http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085389-469/indictment-on-attempted-murder.html MANCHESTER - Ian MacPherson, the 32-year-old former Merrimack resident arrested in May after two Manchester police officers were shot, was indicted this week on felony assault and attempted murder charges stemming from the incident. MacPherson, most recently of 73 Dionne Drive, Apt. 3, Manchester, has been jailed since his arrest the morning of May 13 after a tension-filled few hours for police and West Side Manchester residents, who were told to stay in their homes and not answer the door. MacPherson is among several former or current Greater Nashua residents indicted this week by the September term of the grand jury for Hillsborough County Superior Court northern division in Manchester. An indictment is not an indication, or proof of, guilt, but reflects the grand jury's determination that enough evidence exists for prosecutors to move the case forward in Superior Court. Four indictments were handed down against MacPherson - two on the charge of first-degree assault and two for attempted murder. They accuse him of "knowingly causing bodily injury" to Manchester police officers Ryan Hardy and Matthew O'Connor by shooting them, acts that constituted "a substantial step toward the commission of the crime of murder," according to the indictments. Other Nashua-area people indicted this month by the Northern Division grand jury are: Christopher Patrikis, 27, 12 Shoal Creek Road, Hudson. One count, possession of a controlled drug with intent to dispense, a special felony; and one count, attempt to commit the crime of falsifying physical evidence, a Class B felony, for allegedly possessing 1 gram or more of fentanyl with the intent to dispense, and for allegedly trying to conceal from police baggies containing fentanyl by placing them under his foot, on July 30 in Manchester. Arnold Denis, 26, 32 Ashley Drive, Milford. One count, operating a vehicle while a certified habitual offender, Class B felony; and one count, disobeying a police officer, a Class A misdemeanor, for allegedly driving after his license had been suspended or revoked by the state due to his status as a habitual offender, and knowingly hindering police by falsely identifying himself as Karl Leroy, 24, on June 5 in an unspecified town in Hillsborough County. Joshua Peterson, 21, 5 Hamlet Drive, Apt. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:26:14 EST ‘Disaster’ drought worsens in region http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085388-469/disaster-drought-worsens-in-region.html Calling the ongoing drought "a very slow-moving natural disaster," the state Department of Environmental Services is asking residents and businesses to stop all outside watering and to take other actions to reduce their water use. According to the DES, southern New Hampshire has received about 50 percent of its normal rainfall over the last six months, and streamflow and groundwater levels are at historic low levels. Unfortunately, this is the time of the year when people like to put in new plantings and seed their lawns. "That is not a good idea," DES spokesman Jim Martin said Tuesday, because of the heavy water use they entail. Martin said, "The rain this week has done nothing" to replenish the groundwater, because most of the water is being absorbed by surface vegetation or is flowing into rivers and streams. The state has no authority to issue watering bans, he said, but municipalities do have that authority. Milford, where many homes and businesses are connected to the municipal water supply, has had a mandatory odd-even ban on outdoor watering since early August. Milford water commissioners met this week and made no decision on widening the ban to include all outdoor watering, Chairman Robert Courage said Tuesday, but they will meet again next week to discuss it. "If Pennichuck puts a ban on outside watering, we are going to have to do it," he said. Pennichuck Water Works is supplying Milford with about half of its water in order to save the supply in Milford's town wells. "We're monitoring the wells very closely," said Courage, who said demand has receded a bit because many people seem to have given up watering. Selectmen, who have the authority to restrict outdoor water use, are expected to meet with water commissioners on Monday, Sept. 26. Some New Hampshire residents who have private wells are experiencing a loss of water, and "more widespread shortages are imminent if rainfall does not replenish lakes, streams and groundwater supplies before winter weather sets in," according to the DES website. "Our water resources will probably not be substantially refilled until after the snowmelt during the spring of 2017." Every day all over the state, Martin said, people are experiencing the loss of their wells. He said his agency received 11 phone calls last week from people whose wells are running dry. The drought was caused by lack of rain over the last two years and the lack of snow last winter, affecting southern New Hampshire, Massachusetts, coastal Maine and other parts of the Northeast. According to the DES, the average indoor water use per capita in New Hampshire is about 63 gallons a day. In the summer, total water use increases to 93 gallons per capita per day because of outdoor water use, mostly for lawn watering. Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100 or kcleveland@nashuatelegraph.com. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:25:18 EST News Digest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085386-469/news-digest.html Hudson Posting on social media sparks anxiety at Alvirne Three police officers stood watch at Alvirne High School on Thursday after parents warned school officials about possible threats on social media involving a student. It turned out, however, to be a false alarm. "The suspicions were unfounded, and no charges will be brought against the individual," said Hudson Police Chief Jason Lavoie. The investigation began Wednesday around 8 p.m., when the school received emails, texts and calls from parents concerned with what their children had heard through social media, Alvirne Principal Steve Beals said. "Many messages contained concerns about students on hit-lists, potential shootings and student safety being compromised," Beals said. As the investigation continued Thursday, three Hudson police officers remained on-site. Beals said he could not reveal whether the student is still attending Alvirne because of privacy rules. "While we are grateful that we've collectively promoted a 'see something, say something' approach, we have to remember the positives and negatives that social media can have on situations," Beals said. - DEREK EDRY Durham UNH waives application fees for state residents Celebrating its 150 anniversary, the University of New Hampshire will waive its $50 application fee for in-state high school students who apply for fall 2017. All undergraduate and transfer applicants to Durham and Manchester by Nov. 18 will also have the fee waived. "UNH is committed to New Hampshire students, and we offer a fantastic undergraduate experience," said Victoria Dutcher, vice president of enrollment management at UNH, in a press statement. "We hope the application fee waiver encourages even more New Hampshire students and families to apply to UNH for next fall." The university is hosting a fall open house at its Durham campus on Saturday. - Telegraph staff Hollis Beaver Brook's annual art show this weekend The Beaver Brook Association's arts festival has arrived. The two-day event starts Saturday and features live music, garden tours and chances for up-close encounters with live animals, as well as displays from local artists. Saturday offers birds of prey and live music from the Harmonica Saints and Tina & Sierra Landel & Friends, as well as a first-day look at close to 75 participating artists. Sunday's events include multi-instrumentalist Robie Bones and presentations on bees and owls. Children on both days can participate in nature crafts, and everyone can enjoy homemade food offered for sale. For more information, visit www.beaverbrook.org - DON HIMSEL Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:21:16 EST Week of hearings upcoming in Barnaby, Caplin murder cases http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085383-469/week-of-hearings-upcoming-in-barnaby-caplin.html NASHUA - A judge's recent ruling on a motion in the murder cases of former Nashuans Anthony Barnaby and David Caplin, and Tuesday's procedural meeting with prosecutors and defense lawyers, have set the stage for a series of hearings scheduled for consecutive days over nearly two weeks in October. The consecutive days of hearings is the most active period to date in the men's cases, which stem from the beating and stabbing deaths of two Nashua women, Charlene Ranstrom and Brenda Warner, whose bodies were found early the morning of Oct. 3, 1988, in their Mason Street apartment. The similarities in their cases, including the charges - both are charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder - have led to many of their hearings being combined and some of their attorneys' motions filed on behalf of both. Such is the case for the upcoming set of hearings, which begin Monday, Oct. 3 - the 28th anniversary of the murders - when Judge Jacalyn Colburn will hear from prosecutors and the men's attorneys on a common motion to suppress evidence. She will also hear arguments on a motion that Cathy J. Green, Caplin's attorney, filed in July seeking to dismiss the charges against her client. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:15:31 EST Harbor Homes, area agencies unite to serve veterans at Stand Down event http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085382-469/harbor-homes-area-agencies-unite-to-serve.html NASHUA - Dozens of veterans and their families turned out for the ninth annual Veteran Stand Down event at Harbor Homes in Nashua to learn more about financial, health, employment and other resources available to New Hampshire veterans. "Veterans are more likely than other citizens to be chronically homeless," said Gov. Maggie Hassan, speaking at the start of the Stand Down event Thursday morning. The Stand Down connects veterans with Veterans Affairs and other agencies to learn about resources available to help them. At the event, organizations and businesses offered help with food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling and referrals to necessary services such as housing, employment and substance use disorder treatment. Brenna Woods kicked off the event by performing the national anthem, and local and state officials took the podium to discuss the importance of veteran support services in the state and in Nashua. Mayor Jim Donchess said Nashua has done well in tackling the issue of homelessness among its veterans. "Through Harbor Homes and community effort, the city of Nashua has hit 'functional zero' of veteran homelessness," Donchess said. "Because of our veterans, our country is safer and our freedom is truly stronger," Hassan said. "Our warriors fight for our fellow Americans, even though they don't know us. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:10:51 EST Contra dance ties in with Big Read http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085385-469/contra-dance-ties-in-with-big-read.html MILFORD - About three-quarters of the way through John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath," the Joad family and other downtrodden migrants organize a country dance at which they get some relief from their situation as they do-si-do and smile and laugh and feel a little less desperate. On Friday, dancers and musicians will fill the Milford Town Hall auditorium for a traditional New England contra dance as a way to re-create the spirit of the Nobel Prize-winning book. Contra dancing is a folk dance with murky origins. The word "contra" comes from the parallel lines of dancers who stand opposite - or contra to - their partners. There is a regular contra dance on most fourth Fridays at Milford Town Hall. This Friday night, the dance will be part of The Big Read - the National Endowment for the Arts program that celebrates books and tries to connect people to their spirit. "The Grapes of Wrath" is about one struggling family forced out of Oklahoma by the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. On Friday night, Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki on fiddle and Jim Pendergast on guitar will play the music of the 1930s. "Not everyone in a community will read the book, but they can still connect with the book through the film" or through "music and dance from the era," Blanche Milligan, executive director of the nonprofit Fireseed Alliance, said in an email. The Fireseed Alliance is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host the NEA Big Read this year. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:02:32 EST School board-custodian case moves close to Supreme Court http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085355-469/school-board-custodian-case-moves-close-to-supreme.html NASHUA - The Nashua School District is one step closer to having its case considered by the New Hampshire Supreme Court after the state Public Employee Labor Relations Board denied the district's request for a rehearing on its plan to privatize some of its custodial workforce. The labor board handed down its decision on Tuesday, more than a month after the school board voted to appeal the labor board's initial decision in favor of the district's custodians. "This was just another part of the process," said Sandra Ziehm, president of the Nashua Board of Education, in a Wednesday phone interview. "Unless the board votes to do something else, we're now heading to the (state) Supreme Court." Seeking a rehearing is a step that must be taken before such a case gets to the level of the state Supreme Court. The dispute began between the custodians and school district officials in September 2015 when the board voted to explore privatizing 101 custodial jobs, citing the need to save money for the upcoming budget year. In December 2015, the union representing Nashua's custodians filed an unfair labor complaint with the state's Public Employee Labor Relations Board. The union claimed the district was bargaining with only a portion of the union since the district has agreed to negotiate a contract with members of Local 365 who are not custodians. On Aug. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:30:31 EST Nashua area high school students compete in annual bass fishing tournament http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085354-469/nashua-area-high-school-students-compete-in.html As autumn arrives, sports-oriented thoughts turn to marching bands and football. But for some, the season also means fishing. Thursday's high school fishing competition qualifier event will be held on Lake Winnipesaukee and will bring together dozens of Granite State high school anglers - and their volunteer boat operators - for a fourth year of competitive fishing. Though a bit off from the norm of the typical fall sports lineup, the contest has proven its popularity. New Hampshire Fish and Game education program supervisor Laura Ryder said the competition "offers a different kind of opportunity for kids that might not go out for football, soccer or more traditional sports." "It's a lifelong activity for these kids. Fishing is something you can take with you for the rest of your life," she said. Top finishing anglers from Thursday will advance to the finals, scheduled for Oct. 1 on Lake Winnisquam. Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua is one of the teams participating this year in a competition that attracts an average of 40 teams annually. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:29:08 EST Harbor Homes to host long-running event to help veterans http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085352-469/harbor-homes-to-host-long-running-event-to.html NASHUA - Featuring a "one-stop shop" of local resources for at-risk and homeless veterans, the ninth annual veteran Stand Down event is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Harbor Homes. Guest speakers include Gov. Maggie Hassan, Mayor Jim Donchess and Erik Johannessen, executive director of social work with Veterans Affairs, among others. The Stand Down event is meant to connect veterans with Veterans Affairs and other organizations and individuals to learn about the local resources available to help them. The event highlights social services for homeless veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to necessary services including housing, employment and substance use disorder treatment. Andrea Reed, program manager of the homeless veterans' reintegration program at Harbor Homes, said she expects to see more than 100 veterans at the event. "Last year, we had 130 veterans - but if we're doing our job, we hope that it's a lower number this year," Reed said. Breakfast and lunch will be served, and veterans are invited to take a variety of goods with them when they leave, including nonperishable food, backpacks, sleeping bags, personal hygiene items, coats and boots. Harbor Homes also will host a local barber, who will provide complimentary haircuts. Last year, the event featured about 55 vendors handing out supplies and providing information to veterans. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:28:28 EST Relic of popular Italian mystic tours Boston region http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085350-469/relic-of-popular-italian-mystic-tours-boston.html LOWELL, Mass. - Catholics throughout New England are making a pilgrimage this week to see the heart of an Italian saint. St. Padre Pio was a Capuchin Monk venerated by Catholics. He was born in 1887 and died in 1968. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:07:00 EST Passing driver stops to put out Lyndeborough fire http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085347-469/passing-driver-stops-to-put-out-lyndeborough.html LYNDEBOROUGH - A quick-thinking good Samaritan prevented a fire from spreading in a Lyndeborough home Wednesday. A call went out to firefighters at about 9:30 a.m. for a structure fire at 178 Forest Road. Town fire Chief Brian Smith said a passing motorist stopped their vehicle, grabbed a fire extinguisher and jumped into action. "Someone came by with an extinguisher and put the bulk of it out," he said. The unidentified, and unofficial, firefighter "ran in and knocked the flames down," Smith said. The homeowner, who was in the process of moving items from a trailer into their new home, didn't know who it was that stopped to help. "It was in the basement, whatever was burning. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:05:44 EST Spirits high at Nashua job fair http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085344-469/spirits-high-at-nashua-job-fair.html NASHUA - Spirits were high at the eighth annual Employment Connect job fair Wednesday at St. Patrick Church, where employers, job-seekers and volunteers joined forces to create an incubator for success. "I think it's very important for people who are looking for a job to speak to people who can hire them, to interact and have that experience," said Tom Lopez, Ward 4 alderman and education and employment advocate for the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, who is a major force behind the event. The fair is hosted by the Greater Nashua Continuum of Care, the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, and Great American Downtown. UPS recruiter Susan Soucy was one of the employers at the event. She said UPS is hiring more than 250 employees, including part-time package handlers, loader/unloaders, and seasonal package car drivers. Nancy Trask, who works in human resources for the city of Nashua, said the city is hiring for a variety of openings, including clerical, paraprofessional and skilled technician positions. "There is a wide range of opportunities for people with different skills," Trask said. Among those who made the event happen were the St. Patrick Church council of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal service organization. "We want to create an atmosphere where those who are looking for work can connect and engage with employers," said Grand Knight Don Pare. But the Knights of Columbus was just one group of many that chipped in. In one room, Greater Nashua Mental Health helped job-seekers craft and refine resumes and practice interview skills. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:04:27 EST Alleged theft from store leads to felony charge http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085342-469/alleged-theft-from-store-leads-to-felony.html Salem Street resident Dana Hastings, 29, was charged Tuesday with a felony-level count of theft after a two-week police investigation into a report of items being stolen from a Daniel Webster Highway store, police said. Hastings, of 13A Salem St., was later released on $300 cash bail pending a Nashua district court hearing Nov. 10. Police took him into custody around 4 p.m. Tuesday on a warrant, which police said was issued as the result of their investigation into the Sept. 6 theft at The Paper Store. The charge was upgraded to a Class B felony, police said, after a records check revealed that Hastings has twice been convicted of theft-related charges. A Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years imprisonment, exclusive of fines, police added. - DEAN SHALHOUP Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:03:38 EST No apparent injuries as school bus, car collide http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085341-469/no-apparent-injuries-as-school-bus-car.html PELHAM - Police say none of the 21 elementary school students aboard the bus that collided with a car Tuesday morning were injured, and the drivers also reported they were unhurt. Emergency personnel were called at about 8:30 a.m. to the intersection of Mammoth and Tallant roads for the reported crash, which caused minor damage to the bus and moderate damage to the car. Police said the bus driver, Amy Gilcreast, 39, of Hudson, was traveling south on Mammoth Road, which is Route 128, when a Toyota Camry operated by Ashley Collins, 27, of Salem, pulled onto Mammoth Road, causing the vehicles to collide. Firefighters and ambulance personnel checked the drivers and students as a precaution, police said. A preliminary investigation showed that neither alcohol nor excess speed appear to be factors in the crash, police said, adding that it remains under investigation. Police ask anyone who has more information to contact Pelham Master Patrol Officer Ronald Page at 635-2411. - DEAN SHALHOUP Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:03:10 EST Republican House Speaker Jasper announces re-election bid, lambasts competitors http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085339-469/republican-house-speaker-jasper-announces-re-election-bid.html CONCORD - After officially announcing Tuesday he will seek re-election, Republican House Speaker Shawn Jasper of Hudson quickly changed focus, using the opportunity to attack his opponents. Speaking at a press conference a week after a contentious primary in which he finished eighth in his district in the race for 11 spots on the November ballot, Jasper dismissed criticisms against him as unfounded. "People who say we aren't conservative enough are speaking to a false narrative," said Jasper, the Concord Monitor reported. Running against Jasper are Bedford Rep. Laurie Sanborn and Epsom Rep. Carol McGuire. Jasper was first elected Speaker in December 2014 after winning an upset victory over former Republican Speaker William O'Brien of Mont Vernon with support from Democrats, despite losing the Republican vote. In doing so, Jasper defied state party rules that call for Republicans to embrace whoever emerges from the caucus of GOP-only members as speaker. McGuire argues that the manner in which Jasper was elected was a large part of the problem. Both Sanborn and McGuire have accused Jasper of making decisions in a top-down style without input from other representatives. Yet Sanborn and McGuire have voted against House committee recommendations on legislation most of the time, Jasper said. "That tells you a totally different narrative than what they are trying to sell with their campaigns," he said. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:02:45 EST Nashua school officials host meet-and-greet for new superintendents http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085336-469/nashua-school-officials-host-meet-and-greet-for-new.html NASHUA - The district's Board of Education will host a public meet-and-greet reception for Cornelia Brown, the new superintendent of schools, on Sept. 27. "It is a chance for the teachers - we have 980 teachers - and for the community parents and senior citizens who care for the district to meet the new leadership team," said Sandra Ziehm, the board president, in a phone interview Wednesday. Brown is an experienced administrator from Maine, and most recently served as executive director of the Maine School Management Association in Augusta. "I have had a nice, and really warm introduction to the community; people have been very gracious," Brown said in a Wednesday phone interview. "I've had the chance to get into all the schools and meet a lot of the staff - but certainly not all - and I have met the kids. I'm looking forward to meeting more parents." Along with Brown, new assistant superintendents Mike Fredericksen and Roland Boucher will be at the reception. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:01:24 EST Lumberjacks and jills prep for Sunday’s 4th annual Hudson show and competition http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085334-469/lumberjacks-and-jills-prep-for-sundays-4th.html Lumberjacks and lumberjills from as far away as Pennsylvania and Canada are heading to Hudson this week with their chosen chopping and cutting instruments in tow for Sunday's fourth annual Hudson Historical Society Lumberjack Show. The event, created by a team of volunteers assembled by Alvirne High School grad - and lumberjack - Ben Marshall, has grown steadily since its debut on the historic Hills House property in fall 2013. Among the new twists this year is an appearance by Nashville recording artist Jilly Martin, half of the New Hampshire-based duo Martin and Kelly, who will kick off the show with the national anthem. Martin, who has shared the stage with some pretty big names on the Nashville scene, has sung the anthem at Red Sox and Bruins games, several college hockey games and at the New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon. Marshall said earlier this week that a crew has been "turning," or preparing, blocks of wood of various shapes and sizes that competitors will attack with their axes or saws come Sunday. As of Tuesday, Marshall said he's received about 50 entries from lumberjacks and -jills, a number of whom are returning to Hudson after taking part in previous years. Representatives of STIHL, the outdoor power equipment manufacturer and chief sponsor of the STIHL Timbersports Series lumberjack competitions, are scheduled to have an equipment trailer on hand, Marshall said, adding that national lumberjack competitors, including world record holders, are expected to be in attendance. Marshall was a junior at Alvirne when he first began envisioning a lumberjack show coming to Hudson. Having taken up the sport as a hobby at first, he jumped into the world of lumberjack competition at the University of New Hampshire, which happens to be one of just a few northern New England colleges with a competitive lumberjack team. When Marshall first shared his idea of organizing an event in Hudson, the response wasn't exactly reassuring, he recalled with a smile. "People said, 'Hudson? New Hampshire? You'll be lucky if you get 20' participants. I said, 'Watch me.' " Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or@Telegraph_DeanS. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:06:09 EST Dog celebration to raise cash for Nashua shelter, sink teeth into Guinness record http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085246-469/dog-celebration-to-raise-cash-for-nashua.html NASHUA – Celebrating more than three decades as a top fundraiser for the Humane Society for Greater Nashua, the Wags to Whiskers Festival is set for Oct. 1 at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack. “It’s a great event; people really enjoy being there,” said Laurie Dufault, development director for the Humane Society. The festival has been a Humane Society staple for 33 years, and it has been held at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery for the last nine. The celebration includes more than 40 dogs and puppies waiting to be adopted, food vendors, a beer tent, a kids zone with carnival games, and entertainment for dogs and people alike. This year, the Humane Society will hold another attempt at the Guinness World Record for the most dogs having their teeth brushed at once – something the organization narrowly missed achieving at the 2015 event. “We were a little shy last year,” Dufault said. The record of 268 dogs was achieved in Hong Kong in 2012, and in Merrimack last year, the goal was nearly met with 251 dogs participating in the attempt. “We were just short, and we had so many dogs there last year that we’re really positive about going over the record this year,” Dufault said. In 2015, more than 2,000 people attended Wags to Whiskers, bringing about 650 dogs with them. The attempt will take place at 1 p.m. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:16:17 EST Kuster introduces export bill at Nashua business http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085261-469/kuster-introduces-export-bill-at-nashua-business.html NASHUA – Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster visited Geophysical Survey Systems in Nashua, a manufacturer of ground-penetrating radar equipment, on Monday to announce the Export Promotion Act – new legislation to promote exports for small businesses. “Exports hold so much potential for small businesses in New Hampshire to increase their revenue and reach new customers,” Kuster said Monday in a press statement. “Unfortunately, too many small businesses find it difficult to navigate the maze of agencies and programs set up to support export efforts. My bill would help create a one-stop shop for small businesses seeking assistance to increase their exports.” The bill is meant to make it easier for businesses to sell across international borders, consolidating export assistance programs under the Department of Commerce to improve access to resources for small businesses. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy in the Granite State, and if we can make it easier for our companies to sell overseas, they will continue to grow and create jobs,” Kuster said. James T. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:11:52 EST DCYF lagging on after-hours hotline to report child abuse http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085294-469/dcyf-lagging-on-after-hours-hotline-to-report.html CONCORD – The Division for Children, Youth & Families still has no after-hours hotline set up that would allow people to report suspected child abuse, despite months of work. “I’m not satisfied with the progress they’ve made,” said state Rep. Donald LeBrun, R-Nashua. LeBrun, one of the members of a state commission established to review child abuse fatalities, said DCYF has yet to bring forward its formal plan for the hotline. The plan was due at the start of September, but that has now been pushed back until next month, he said. The latest setback came as DCYF Director Lorraine Barrett testified in Concord this week that her department received no bids from companies to administer the hotline after the DCYF sent out a request for proposal. Without a vendor willing to come in, there can be no hotline. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:49:00 EST West Nile Virus found in Nashua mosquitoes http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085293-469/west-nile-virus-found-in-nashua-mosquitoes.html A state test has revealed West Nile Virus in a batch of mosquitoes that were collected in Nashua. It is the only incident of the disease so far in the state this year. West Nile and Eastern equine encephalitis are arboviruses that are transmitted from the bite of an infected mosquito. The state Department of Health and Human Services said this is the first positive West Nile test result in the state this year, and there have been no positive tests for EEE so far. Beth Daly, the chief of the bureau of infectious diseases for the New Hampshire DHHS, said the mosquitoes that tested positive were collected in Nashua on Sept. 13. “We test from July 1 through Oct. 15,” Daly said. “That’s the time we are most likely to get a positive result.” Daly said the virus needs time to develop in nature before it becomes problematic for humans. Mosquitoes are collected in traps, placed into vials based on their species and transported to the state laboratory for testing. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:49:00 EST Nashua High South student grabs Girl Scout Gold for program http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085275-469/nashua-high-south-student-grabs-girl-scout.html NASHUA – Nashua High School South senior Jillian MacGregor developed an after-school computing and technology program for girls, earning her a Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. MacGregor, a dedicated STEM student, began helping others with her computer and technology skills in high school, and is a volunteer in the STEM Discovery Lab at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. MacGregor also mentored a FIRST Lego League team for middle school girls at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, where she ran a weeklong summer computer camp. After earning the National Center for Women and Information Technology’s Aspirations in Computing Award, MacGregor received the grant funding she needed to offer her program throughout the school year. The program, held in collaboration with the Nashua School District, trains girls in computer programming, coding and robotics. Participants meet some of the region’s leading female industry professionals, allowing them to witness firsthand the perks of pursuing careers in traditionally male-dominated professions. In addition to mentoring younger girls, MacGregor trained older girls who will lead the program in the future. “They were very instrumental in helping ensure this program will go on after I head off to college,” she said. MacGregor said she’s looking forward to leading her after-school program during her final year of high school. She teamed up with the national organization Girls Who Code, giving her program an added curriculum advantage. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:49:00 EST Nashua job fair hits downtown Wednesday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085276-469/nashua-job-fair-hits-downtown-wednesday.html NASHUA – The eighth annual Employment Connect job fair will be held at St. Patrick Church at 29 Spring St. from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday. The fair will be hosted by the Nashua Continuum of Care, a network of service agencies that prevent homelessness and help people transition out of homelessness. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:47:46 EST Nashua man pleads guilty in 2015 assault case http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085292-469/nashua-man-pleads-guilty-in-2015-assault.html NASHUA – Charged a year ago with conducting a chilling, three-month reign of physical and sexual abuse of his teenage girlfriend at the time, former Nashuan Anthony Martinez, 23, elected to plead guilty to 17 of the 46 charges against him in exchange for a prison term of at least five years. Martinez, formerly of 27 Elm St., Apt. C, was arrested Sept. 2, 2015, after the victim, suffering from multiple injuries – including a fractured rib – escaped from Martinez’s apartment and fled to her mother’s house, according to police reports and documents filed in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. Prosecutors and Martinez’s attorneys, public defenders Paul Borchardt and Jeff Odland, reached what’s called a “capped plea agreement,” in which the sides present their sentencing recommendations to a judge, who then determines the sentence the defendant will serve. Under the agreement, Martinez entered guilty pleas to 17 of the 46 charges he faced. Prosecutors, represented at Tuesday’s hearing by Assistant County Attorneys Kathleen Broderick and Leslie Gill, recommended a sentence of eight to 16 years in State Prison, while Borchardt and Odland asked Judge Charles Temple to sentence their client to five to 12 years. Both sides agreed to an additional prison sentence of 10-20 years, all suspended for 10 years beginning when Martinez is released from prison. He must also participate in all programs recommended by prison and corrections officials, stay out of trouble and have no contact with the victim or her family after he is released from prison, according to the terms. Martinez, who has been in Valley Street jail in Manchester on high bail since his arrest, will be sentenced at a hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:43:00 EST Hudson man swims lake to raise money for cancer research http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085109-469/hudson-man-swims-lake-to-raise-money.html For many, a dip in a lake sounds like a great way to spend a bright late-summer day, and that’s exactly what Pat McDermot decided to do Monday. But the full-time restaurant owner and part-time fundraiser decided to turn his swim up a notch: to spend a day off swimming a stretch of New Hampshire’s largest body of water, all in the name of cancer research. The 51-year-old Salem long-distance swimmer, who runs Kendall Pond Pizza restaurants in Hudson, Windham and Dover, set out to swim from Center Harbor to Alton Bay on Monday to raise money for the McKenzie Lowe Foundation, and did just that, covering 22 miles in 13 hours, 30 minutes. The marathon swim event was meant to raise money for research for DIPG, which Lowe battled for close to two years. Lowe, formerly of Hudson, succumbed in 2014 at age 13 to a type of brain tumor called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. McDermot became attached to local grass-roots fundraising efforts after the girl’s death. Though he didn’t know the family personally, “It was one of those things that kind of hit home,” McDermot said. McKenzie’s grandfather Frank LaFontain said Monday, “He was supplying us with pizza for some of our events. He had gotten into open-water racing. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:56:56 EST Party chairs: NH to play key role in election http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085255-469/party-chairs-nh-to-play-key-role.html NASHUA - New Hampshire's role in the upcoming election could be a deciding factor in the race for the White House, said Ray Buckley, chairman of New Hampshire's Democratic Party. Buckley and his Republican counterpart, Jennifer Horn, spoke to members of the Nashua Rotary Club on Monday during a luncheon at Nashua Country Club. The two party chairs gave their insights on the state of politics in the Granite State and the important part New Hampshire is playing in the upcoming election. Buckley sees the presidential race, and the races for United States Senate and House, as being tight. "I expect this to be extraordinarily close," Buckley said. Buckley reminded the audience that New Hampshire could be a key state as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump seek the needed 270 electoral votes in November. In the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore would have been president without needing to carry Florida if he had won in New Hampshire, which ended with a close victory for George W. Bush. Bush won the presidency after winning Florida by 537 votes after a recount. "The turnout will be key," Buckley said. Horn wants to see a better tone in the political world, saying too many disagreements have become personal and nasty. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:01:20 EST We’re No. 16 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085254-469/were-no.-16.html NASHUA - Nashua is getting high marks again from Money: It's ranked 16th in the magazine's annual list of Best Places to Live. "It's good news," Mayor Jim Donchess said. "It helps us attract businesses and residents." Money gives Nashua high marks for its low cost of living and low unemployment rate. The magazine says Nashua is becoming a vibrant community as more people discover the city's many charms. "It's currently undergoing something of a renaissance; residents say young families are moving back to the town, more businesses are springing up on the charming Main Street drag, and new housing developments, coupled with a strong job market, are re-energizing the once sleepy community," the story says. Nashua is no stranger to the Best Places to Live list, getting the top ranking when the list debuted in 1987, when Donchess was also the mayor. He saw it happen again in 1997. The magazine says part of Nashua's success comes from the way it has reached out to the immigrant and refugee population, offering people new to America mentorship and support. Money credits the city's "robust" economy, as well as its cultural institutions, for much of the success. Donchess said the economy, education system and downtown community all help contribute to Nashua's ascendency, but residents are the biggest factor in the city's current upswing. "Our people are the reason we're ranked so high," he said. - DAMIEN FISHER Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:00:55 EST Elks national president to visit state Sept. 28-29 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085253-469/elks-national-president-to-visit-state-sept..html Michael F. Zellen, the national leader of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, will visit the New Hampshire State Elks and their lodges on Sept. 28. Zellen and his wife, Donna, will stop at Keene Lodge 927 for a 1 p.m. luncheon and then travel to Derry/Salem Elks Lodge 2226 for an official reception dinner in his honor. On Sept. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:00:31 EST Hudson police holding Red Cross blood drive http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085251-469/hudson-police-holding-red-cross-blood-drive.html HUDSON - Hudson police are sponsoring their 56th semi-annual American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Hudson Community Center from noon-7 p.m. Tuesday. The Red Cross urges blood donors of all types to give blood during National Preparedness Month to ensure a readily available blood supply for patients in need. All eligible donors must be at least 16. In New Hampshire, 16-year-olds can donate blood with parental consent. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, but additional weight requirements apply for donors 18 and younger and all high school donors. All eligible donors must be feeling in good health to donate blood, and first-time donors are welcome. The blood drive will serve a wide range of food from local restaurants and stores, including Cahill's Super Subs, T-Bones, Nan King, Hudson House of Pizza, Uno's from Amherst Street in Nashua, Chick-Fil-A from the Pheasant Lane Mall, Valentino's, Margarita's Mexican Restaurant of Nashua, Pizza King, Kendall Pond Pizza, Mike's Pies, Sam's Club and Walmart. While supplies last, donors will receive a coupon for one small Blizzard from the Hudson Dairy Queen and an American Red Cross T-shirt. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:00:06 EST Home, sweet new home for Alec’s http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085250-469/home-sweet-new-home-for-alecs.html NASHUA - After a long wait, longtime retailer Alec's Shoes has moved its operation from downtown to its new location off Somerset Parkway between Amherst Street and Exit 8 of the F.E. Everett Turnpike. The family-run store, a fixture downtown for many years, will open at the new location this week after a long and thorough renovation of a former tech space near the highway. Though the upgrade will be evident, as far as the fan-favorite shop is concerned, it'll be "business as usual for Alec's Shoe Store," owner John Koutsos said Monday. Alec's crew, including employees, contractors, family and friends, continued to set up the new space Monday and tie up as many loose ends as possible before an anticipated opening. Koutsos said nothing is set in stone, but he hoped to start seeing customers Friday. "We worked Saturday night until about 11 o'clock and we came back and worked all day Sunday," he said. "It's a real group effort. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:27:59 EST Nashua police retrieve sex-assault suspect from New  York City  http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085252-469/nashua-police-retrieve-sex-assault-suspect-from-new.html NASHUA - Detectives from Nashua teamed with New York City officers over the weekend to track down and take into custody Felix Perez, a Bronx resident who is accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in Nashua over several months. Perez, 46, of 2430 Morris Ave., Apt. 40B, waived extradition Sept. 16 at a brief hearing in New York, and was returned to New Hampshire the next day to await arraignment. That proceeding took place Monday morning in Nashua district court, where Perez was arraigned on three counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, which stem from an investigation Nashua police said they launched upon learning of the allegations on Sept. 13. Judge Paul Moore, who arraigned Perez via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester, agreed to prosecutors' recommendation to continue Perez's $200,000 cash-only bail pending a probable cause hearing Moore set for 8:15 a.m. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:31:01 EST Guilty plea in Nashua murder  http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085249-469/guilty-plea-in-nashua-murder.html NASHUA - Stephan D. Peno, one of two young men charged in the 2015 murder of Nashua resident Benjamin Marcum, has agreed to plead guilty to three of the five charges against him in exchange for a prison term of 20-28 years to life, according to documents filed last week in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. Peno, who turned 22 in August, was arrested roughly two months after Marcum, 49, died of multiple stab wounds near his Palm Street apartment the night of March 12, 2015. The other suspect in Marcum's death, Jonathan Goff, now 18, most recently of 11 Amory St., Apt. B, was arrested within days of the incident. His case, in which he faces one count each of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, continues to move forward in court. The most recent motion in Goff's case -- notifyng the court that he may claim self-defense at trial - was filed in August by his attorneys, public defenders Pamela Jones and Julia Nye. Peno's plea agreement, meanwhile, will be the subject of a plea and sentencing hearing scheduled for Oct. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:25:00 EST Hudson Police host blood drive at Community Center Tuesday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085248-469/hudson-police-host-blood-drive-at-community.html HUDSON – Hudson police are sponsoring their 56th Semi-Annual American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Hudson Community Center Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 12 – 7 p.m. The Red Cross urges blood donors of all types to give blood during National Preparedness Month to ensure a readily available blood supply for patients in need. All eligible donors must be at least 16 years old. In New Hampshire, 16-year-olds can donate blood with parental consent. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:15:10 EST Merrimack Rocks honors residents, town, in outdoor celebration Sept. 24 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085247-469/merrimack-rocks-honors-residents-town-in-outdoor.html MERRIMACK – Featuring food, fireworks and live music, the fourth annual Merrimack Rocks celebration is set for 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Watson Park, 447 Daniel Webster Highway. Merrimack Rocks is part of the annual Fall Festival, and is held in honor of the town and its residents. The event includes an award ceremony with a Lifetime Achievement Award for longtime coach Tim Goodridge, and the second annual Dave Yakuboff Helping Hand Award will go to Merrimack businesswoman and community volunteer Jennifer DeFelice. Goodridge was selected for the 2016 Merrimack Fall Festival Coaching and Mentoring Lifetime Achievement Award for coaching, motivating and teaching young athletes in Merrimack. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:01:47 EST Andres Institute in Brookline holding 18th sculpture symposium http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085229-469/andres-institute-in-brookline-holding-18th-sculpture.html Sometimes it’s hard to decide what to do on precious days off. Go for a hike in the woods? Climb a mountain? Visit a museum? Or even better, during the gorgeous fall days to come, visit a sculpture park? You can do all four at once in Brookline at the Andres Sculpture Park, the biggest sculpture park by area in New England. This hidden gem is spread over a small mountain that was once Brookline’s ski hill. Admission is free, and the park is open dawn to dusk every day – allowing visitors to hike 11 trails, which range from easy to difficult, through 140 acres of woods. Many of the artworks are made of stone, and there is an old granite quarry on the site. Hikers will find more than 80 sculpted pieces created by artists from Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, Greece, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Vietnam, the United States and more. “This is a fantastic place to bring kids and leashed dogs for a family outing” or for a photography excursion, said Nancy Reinbold, Andres spokeswoman. Unlike most sculpture parks, visitors can touch the sculptures, and there are several picnic tables available. The Andres Institute of Art was founded in 1996 by entrepreneur Paul Andres, who purchased the mountain and built a studio on its top, and by Brookline sculptor John Weidman, the designer of Nashua’s Holocaust memorial and a number of other New England works of public art. This month, the institute is in the midst of its 18th annual International Sculpture Symposium, with the theme “Perspective.” Guest artists are Dominika Griesgraber, from Poland; Erik Wennerstrand, from Sweden; and Carole Turner, from the United States. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 06:10:30 EST Pelham 5K run benefits Nashua Special Olympics http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085233-469/pelham-5k-run-benefits-nashua-special-olympics.html PELHAM – Community members hit the road Saturday for the ninth annual Pelham 5K to Benefit the Nashua Special Olympics. Coinciding with Pelham’s 110th Old Home Day, the event raised money for and awareness of the Nashua organization that organizes and promotes athletics for people with developmental challenges. “It costs approximately $40,000 a year to run our program,” said Diane Hammell, the local program coordinator for Nashua Special Olympics. According to Hammell, last year the 5K event raised approximately $28,000. However, while funding is important, Hammell said, the organization’s greatest need is volunteers. More than 300 people participated in the event this year – the winner was Cameron Starr of Pelham High School. But everyone who got involved got something out of it, including the parents of the athletes. Runner and active Nashua Special Olympics member Trevor Lavalla said that the Nashua Special Olympics helped him to get out of his comfort zone and have more fun. “It felt really good,” Lavalla said. Originally a track and field athlete, Lavalla now plays softball, basketball and golf with the Nashua Special Olympics; he also bowls and skis. His mom can see what the program has done for him. “It’s phenomenal. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:02:10 EST Hudson real estate agent pleads guilty to welfare fraud http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085230-469/hudson-real-estate-agent-pleads-guilty-to.html NASHUA – Aimee N. Venturini, a Hudson resident and real estate agent who pleaded guilty last week to one count of felony welfare fraud, will apparently avoid prison time but must pay back at least some of the $20,000 she admitted to collecting fraudulently. The exact amount that Venturini, 37, of 5 Demery St., will be ordered to pay in restitution has yet to be agreed upon, Judge Jacalyn Colburn said Thursday at Venturini’s plea hearing in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. The amount, and other conditions of the plea agreement, will be set forth at Venturini’s sentencing hearing, which Colburn set for 11:30 a.m. Nov. 7 in the Nashua court. In the meantime, Venturini’s attorney, Jeffrey Odland, and the prosecutor, Assistant County Attorney Kent Smith, will each come up with a recommendation on the amount that Venturini should be ordered to repay. That could range anywhere from as little as $1,500 – the statutory minimum – up to the roughly $20,000 in medical and food stamp assistance benefits that Venturini fraudulently obtained from the state. Odland disputed the prosecution’s contention that Venturini unlawfully received medical benefits during the time frame in question, which Colburn duly noted. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:02:08 EST Nashua VFW post finds new home after yearslong search http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085228-469/nashua-vfw-post-finds-new-home-after.html NASHUA – Nearly 3½ years after they gathered to bid a tearful goodbye to their Quincy Street home of more than nine decades, members of Nashua’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 483 can finally celebrate the news they’d longed to hear: “We have a new home.” It comes in the form of a large, rambling 21/2-story building at the corner of East Pearl Street and White Avenue, just two blocks east of 2-4 Quincy St., the only home today’s membership has ever known. “We signed the papers Friday (and) got the keys,” Lew Chipola, a past Post 483 and state VFW commander, said Sunday. A few things need to be done before the new home, at 8 E. Pearl St., is ready for occupancy, Chipola said. “There’s not a lot of stuff that needs to be done, but we’re not quite ready for occupancy yet,” Chipola said. “But it won’t be long before we’re there full time.” The VFW acquired the building, classified by the city as an office building, from Tri-Bob Realty, which has owned it since 1995, according to city records. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:02:04 EST Listening to music in a house full of teenage girls http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085234-469/listening-to-music-in-a-house-full.html Looking at myself in the mirror the other morning, I spotted it. There it was, in my beard stubble. No, not a gray hair – I’ve got plenty of those. No, it was glitter. Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:58:01 EST Kelly Mann memorial 5K run, 3K walk to benefit Nashua nonprofit http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085232-469/kelly-mann-memorial-5k-run-3k-walk.html NASHUA – Raising money to support work against domestic violence and abuse, the 11th annual Kelly Mann Memorial 5K Run and 3K Fun Walk is set for Saturday, Sept. 24, at Sunset Heights Elementary School. The race is held in memory of former Nashua resident Kelly Mann, who was a victim of domestic violence. Mann was murdered in her home by her husband, Stephen Mann, in July 2004. Her three children – then ages 1, 8 and 12 – were in a nearby room and placed the 911 call. Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:55:00 EST Merrimack police to check kids' car seats as part of national safety initiative http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1085231-469/merrimack-police-to-check-kids-car-seats.html MERRIMACK – The Merrimack Police Department will offer free car seat safety inspections and education to parents and caregivers from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 24, at its headquarters at 31 Baboosic Lake Road. The event is part of National Seat Check Saturday. It also will include lessons on how to choose the right car seats for children, install and use them correctly, and register the seats so parents and caregivers will be notified if there is a recall. “The goal is for all children that are being transported to be as safe as possible,” said community services officer Robert Kelleher. Every 33 seconds, a child younger than 13 years old is involved in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The car seat inspections will be performed by Kelleher and fellow officer Bill Vandersyde, both of whom have completed a one-week child passenger safety certification course. National Seat Check Saturday is part of Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs Sept. Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:52:00 EST