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Jenna Van Dyke and Nicole Bullis of the Dunbarton Silverbirch 4H Club participate in the Merrimack County 4-H Fashion Review Show 

DUNBARTON by Nicole Bullis:  On Thursday April 20th, Jenna Van Dyke and Nicole Bullis of the Dunbarton Silverbirch 4H Club participated in the Merrimack County 4-H Fashion Revue Show Members of various 4H groups throughout Merrimack County model their outfits they have sewn during the 2016-2017 season. 

The Fashion Review was held at the Merrimack Valley Middle School.


Dunbarton Silverbirch 4H Club spends time with Master Gardener, Mr. Ken Koerber

Dunbarton by Nicole Bullis:  On Friday April 14th The Dunbarton Silverbirch 4H club learned about gardening and potting plants. Mr. Ken Koerber, a Master Gardener, presented a program on gardening alongside with Mrs. Chanti Labrecque. 

The members prepared a potted plant to bring home. Pictured is Mr. Koerber and Mrs. Labrecque with the members. The next Silverbirch 4H meeting will be held May 5th at 7 PM in the Dunbarton Elementary Library.

Read more about 4-H Youth Development

Celebrate Gen. John Stark Day In Historic Dunbarton, NH

Revolution War Reenactors - Musket Salute

Ceremony Honoring Revolutionary Hero Gen. John Stark

Dunbarton, by Don Larsen, Larsen Media Services, LLC:  Historical Dunbarton the location of the Molly Stark House, will be celebrating Gen. John Stark Day Monday April 24, 2017 on the Town Commons. Mingle and have photos taken with Revolutionary War reenactors. Festivities start at 12:15pm, gather by Maj. Caleb Stark’s bronze statue, the General’s son, to hear speeches, stories and the laying of a wreath.

Stark accepted a colonelcy in the New Hampshire Militia and was given command of the 1st New Hampshire Regiment. In the battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775, Stark led his men to the low ground between the Mystic Beach and the hill, preventing the British from flanking Col. Prescott’s positions on Bunker Hill and allowing them to retreat safely.

Four months later, his home state offered Stark a commission .....READ MORE.....

Letter to the Editor: My Road to Recovery and how others who find themselves in a similar position can get help and support they need

LETTER TO THE EDITOR - My Road to Recovery (16 April 2017)

By the time I set out on my journey of recovery, my life had spiraled out of control. My life changed dramatically as soon as I swallowed my pride and reached out for help.

I started using mind and mood altering substances to deal with my obsessive-compulsive behaviors. In active addiction, life felt like being on a roller coaster, and no matter what I did I couldn’t get off.
When I finally entered Ambrosia Treatment Center the miracle of sobriety began to happen. I found a clear and defined path to follow, helping me be an accountable, responsible person again.

By playing an active role in my 12-step fellowship, I learned that I must turn my will and my life over to a power greater than myself to succeed. For me, being able to share what I have learned with newcomers is the best part of sobriety.

Today, I still lean on others for support and accountability – key to my sobriety.  If you’re struggling to overcome addiction and don’t know where or who to turn to, I encourage you to seek help through Ambrosia’s “We Do Recover” Movement,  – it provides valuable support systems and tools for addicts, as well as those in recovery.

John Beliveau
Goffstown, New Hampshire

Two arrest made in 11 March 2017 burglary of Bob Nadeau's Sub Shop in Pinardville
Arrests made in Nadeau’s Sub Shop Burglary

GOFFSTOWN - 30 March 2017: On March 11, 201, at approximately 0516AM, The Goffstown Police Department responded to Bob Nadeau’s Sub Shop for a reported burglary. With the assistance of the Manchester Police and tips from the public, both suspects were identified and arrest warrants were sought and granted. 

Both Suspects, who reside in Manchester, have been arrested and charged with Burglary.  The 2 individuals charged with Burglary are identified as:

Ian Forsberg
Matthew Cotoni

Both suspects have been arraigned on the charges and are awaiting trial. 

Forsberg’s bail was set in the amount of $3,000.00 cash, with conditions that he not return to Nadeau’s, and to have no contact with Cotoni.  A Probable Cause hearing is scheduled for April 6, 2017 at 9:30 in the 9th Circuit Court – District Division – Goffstown.

Cotoni’s bail was set in the amount of $10,000.00 Personal Recognizance, with conditions that he not return to Nadeau’s and to have no contact with Forsberg.  Cotoni continues to be held on unrelated charges from another jurisdiction.  Cotoni’s Probable Cause hearing is scheduled for April 13, 2017 at 9:30, in the 9th Circuit Court – District Division – Goffstown.

Six Goffstown High School Students coached by Krista Scarlett to Face-Off in FinLit300

NH Teens Will Face-Off in FinLit300 – A Financial Literacy Competition

Goffstown - 24 March 2017: Almost 60 of New Hampshire’s most money-savvy teenagers will compete for the title of NH FinLit300 State Champion when they meet at the Grappone Center in Concord April 11th. Organized by the New Hampshire Jump$tart Coalition, FInLit300 is a powerful educational opportunity that helps to teach teenagers in Grades 9-12 to be smart, responsible, and financially literate adults. The April 11th competition will be an exciting nine match elimination tournament using a game show/quiz bowl format. The Question Masters for the State Championship are Jeff Feingold, Editor of the NH Business Review; Marc Hebert of the Harbor Group, and Sean McDonald of WMUR-TV.

Nine teams compiled the top scores and earned the right to meet for the state crown after several weeks of study and on-line competition. Each member of the championship team will receive a crisp, new $100 bill. Additionally, the winning coach/coaches will receive free registration to the National Jump$tart Teacher Conference in November, 2017 in Washington, DC......  READ THE FULL STORY.....

New Boston Police Chief Brace Presents two Lifesaving Awards to Officers Moran and Byam

NBPD presents two lifesaving awards!  

New Boston - 20 March 2017: Following the introduction of our newest officers, Chief Brace was proud to present two lifesaving award's to Officer James Moran and Officer Jesse Byam. 

In December 2016, both officers responded to a report of a 21-year-old man who was not conscious and barely breathing; the result of an apparent overdose. Upon arriving on scene, the officers partnered to deploy the AED and begin an assessment of the victim. Following their assessment, CPR was administered. During the resuscitation efforts, a pulse was registered and the victim begin breathing on his own. 

In partnership with the New Boston and Goffstown EMS Departments, the victim was transported to Catholic Medical Center in Manchester where he fully recovered from the medical event.  

The actions of these two young officers resulted in a life being saved.

Each officer was presented with a commendation and a life saving pin for their effort. 

We would like to congratulate both officers on a job well done

Weare to host information session to raise awareness of the needs of all residents

Weare Age-Friendly Community Assessment

WEARE - 21 March 2017: In cooperation with the Southern N.H. Planning Commission (SNHPC), the town of Weare is hosting an information session to raise awareness of the needs of adult residents of all generations in Weare, from millennials to seniors, and examine opportunities for cross-generational synergies through a moderated discussion.  The discussion will be held Thursday, April 6, from 9:30-11:30am at the Weare Public Library, 10 Paige Memorial Lane. A delicious brunch and beverages will be available, provided courtesy of AARP.

Representatives from town departments, school offices, senior housing organizations, youth groups, churches, civic organizations, health providers, and recreational organizations are all encouraged to attend, and all are welcome.

The discussion will be led by Commission staff.  They are doing similar sessions at all of the communities in their region.  This allows them to better assess age-friendly opportunities and issues regarding housing and zoning, transportation and accessibility, recreational space, social/civic engagement, community communication and support, and business and economic development.

Please R.S.V.P. by March 31 by calling Michael Sullivan, Director, Weare Public Library, at 529-2044, or by sending email to [email protected]

If you can’t make the meeting but would like to provide input to our resident survey, please participate in our age-friendly resident survey at:

New Boston Deputy Town Clerk makes it official for two new Police Officers

NEW BOSTON - 20 March 2017: Tonight, the New Boston Police Department were  proud to formally introduce our two newest officers to the New Boston Board of Selectmen.  

Officer Jesse Byam was hired in October 2016 as a certified part-time officer and completed his training in November.  Tonight, Officer Byam was appointed to the newest full-time position effective April 2nd.  

Officer Andrew Vollaro was hired in January 2017 as a part-time Officer.  He is currently completing his training at Police Standards in Concord and is scheduled to graduate on May 5th.  

In front of a large crowd of friends and family, both officers were formally sworn by Deputy Town Clerk Cathy Strausbaugh then had their badges pinned on by family. 

Congratulations to Andrew and Jesse!  (VIEW ADDITIONAL IMAGES)

“Murder Is A Game” -  A Dinner Theatre Presentation by The Majestic Theatre.”

About the show: A Murder Mystery by Fred Carmichael.

Laughter, suspense, intriguing characters, sparkling dialogue, plot twists and irresistible mystery are all here. A successful, married mystery writing team has dried up so their publisher gives them an anniversary present of a weekend in an old mansion built for a movie set and peoples it with hired characters unknown to each other to act out a murder plot. The couple, Sloan and Toby Bigelow, delight in the game and solve the fake murder but then there is a real murder and further hilarious plot twists. The actors all have delightful opportunities to act as imaginary people and then themselves during this sophisticated, laugh filled mystery evening.

Majestic’s production is directed by Kelsey Domeny of Londonderry, and stars: Michael Domeny of Londonderry, Mitch Fortier of Manchester, Mary Fraser of Derry, Caity Glover of Manchester, Cady Hickman of Merrimack, Jessi Pepper Nappo of Derry, Melanie Rodrigue of Nashua, and Mike Wood of Litchfield.

All inclusive dinner theatre on March 31 & April 1 at 7:00pm and on April 2 at 1:30pm. $42.00 Friday/Saturday and $38.00 Sunday.

All performances will be held at The Executive Court Banquet Facility located at 1199 South Mammoth Road, Manchester.

Don’t miss out! Order your tickets today by visiting or calling the box office at 603-669-7469 or visit to purchase online. 

Advance reservations are required 24 hours minimum. Limited tickets available up to 3 hours prior to event start. Parties wishing to sit together are encouraged to reserve together. 

The Majestic is a non-profit NH community arts organization. Visit for more information.

Taking Shape!  Center for Youth and Teen Leadership under construction at the YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown

Goffstown, NH:   (March 9, 2017) Hundreds of area young people will soon be able to enjoy a safe and healthy place they can call their own, thanks to a major project currently under construction at the YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown.

We’re excited about the progress of our new Center for Youth and Teen Leadership,” says Bob McKenney, Branch Director at YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown.  “We expect to have programs in place for the late spring and then be fully operational for the start of the 2017-2018 school year.”

The new Center-which will be housed at the YMCA- will provide a broad spectrum of services and programs aimed at area youth said Mr. McKenney.  They include:

· Leadership development, training, college and career support

· Healthy lifestyles

· Academic support, tutoring services and mentoring

· Positive peer interactions

Educational and exercise programs will be also be offered and the Center will serve as a meeting place for the Teen Leaders Club and other groups.

During school hours, the Center will serve a dual purpose by serving a site for many of the Y’s Life Long Wellness Programs, which are aimed at active older adults.  Mr. McKenney added that another exciting component of the center would be multi-generational offerings in which teens collaborate....  READ THE FULL STORY

Bingo at Osborne Memorial Hall 2017 Schedule 

Weare - 9 March 2017: The South Weare Improvement Society, (SWIS) announces its bingo schedule for 2017 at Osborne Memorial Hall, 16 Deering Ctr. Rd., Weare, as follows: March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 16, and Oct. 21. 

The games are played on Saturday evenings and begin at 7 p.m. sharp. Bingo sheets, daubers, and pull-tabs are for sale, as well as a variety of refreshments (proceeds benefit Osborne Memorial Hall renovations, so please do not carry in). No one under 18 is allowed.

The South Weare Improvement Society’s new book celebrating 100 years of the organization that built Osborne Hall (Centennial) is available at all of the organization’s activities, and at Country 3 Corners in Weare and Howe’s Pharmacy in Goffstown.

Osborne Hall is for rent for events. Please call Rad at 529-7282 for more information.

Mental Health / Medical Registration Night

WHEN:  Tuesday, April 18, 5:30-7:30pm

Mental Health/Medical Registration Night

The Weare Police Department is holding a voluntary registration for the collection of pertinent medical information to be used by emergency first responders to include, but not limited to, Autism, Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Acquired Brain Injury, Deaf, Blind, Mental Health challenges, and other physical disabilities.

We would also like to register homes, to collect information on hide-a-key locations, garage door codes, oxygen in house, wheel chair bound individuals, etc. 

Having this information on file saves time which in return could save lives!!

Any questions, contact Officer Sheila Savaria - [email protected]

The Hopkinton Town Band wants YOU!  1st rehearsal is 8 March - Just lots of music-making and good times

Hopkinton Town Band is Seeking New Members

Do you play a wind instrument?  Did you ever play a wind instrument?  If so the Hopkinton Town Band wants YOU!  The Hopkinton Town Band is a volunteer community band comprised of musicians of all ability levels from beginners to experts, ranging in age from teens to 80s.  

The band learns and performs a wide variety of music under the baton of conductor Jim Wojewoda, including marches, show tunes, big band arrangements, and classics.  The emphasis is fun and camaraderie.  There are no competitions and no auditions, just lots of music-making and good times.  

The first rehearsal of the 2017 Hopkinton Town Band season is 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on March 8 at the Maple Street School in Hopkinton, and the band rehearses every Wednesday evening until the concert season begins with Memorial Day festivities and then Wednesday evening summer bandstand concerts.  

Please dust off your horn and join us!  For more information, contact band managers, Lucy Gaskill and Melissa Mandrell, at [email protected]

New Boston Central School "Parade of Floats" with Mrs. Frarie's 3rd Grade Class

New Boston - 22 February 2017: It was a special day at the New Boston Central School today, there was a State float parade put on by Mrs. Frarie's third grade class.  The crowd cheered them on as they walked down the hallway with proud smiles on their faces.  

Each child chose a state to study, and their assignment was for them to create a miniature parade float that represented their chosen State. They had to include some basic facts like the state bird, state tree, state flag, and the rest was up to the students. They used their creativity and imagination to make very unique floats. They came in all different sizes and colors, but every one was perfect!  

To view all still images, feel free to watch the video below. 


Goffstown Police arrest one of two suspects with K-9 on Hilcrest Road for Felony Burglary
Residential Burglary  **ARREST MADE**

Goffstown - February 20, 2017: On Monday February 20, 2017 at 10:24am, the Goffstown Police received a call of a residential burglary in progress on Hillcrest Rd.  A woman arrived home to find a car in her driveway that subsequently left the scene prior to the police arriving.  There were signs of forcible entry and indications that a second person fled the house on foot.  Responding officers quickly contained the scene and a K9 track was started.  The K9 unit tracked from the rear of the residence establishing a direction of travel for the suspect.  Officers were directed to that area where an officer discovered the suspect emerging from the woods onto Paige Hill Rd.  The suspect was immediately taken into custody without incident.  He had in his possession jewelry, electronics, and several other items from the house.  

The suspect was identified as: 

Robert G. Smith Jr – 3/1/93 (23)
Goffstown, NH

Smith was taken into custody and charged with one count of Burglary, a Felony, and was held on $10,000.00 Cash Only Bail.  He will be arraigned in the 9th Circuit District Court – Goffstown on Thursday, February 21, 2017. 

Further investigation led police to New Boston where the vehicle involved was located.  The driver of that vehicle has been identified and the investigation into their involvement is ongoing.

Casey George of Weare awarded PACESETTER 40 Award at 2017 Annual Meeting


Financial Security Company Recognizes Representative for Excellence

MANCHESTER, NH, FEBRUARY 14, 2016 – Casey George of Weare, NH was awarded the PACESETTER 40 award during the 2017 Annual Meeting of Financial Representatives of Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee, WI.

Pacesetter 40 honors Financial Representatives who sell 40 life policies during their first six months in the business.

George recently joined Northwestern Mutual of Manchester, which provides expert guidance and innovative solutions for a variety of needs and goals. Northwestern Mutual in Manchester, is part of Northwestern Mutual Northern New England office in Manchester.

Citizens Bank Goffstown Village Bank Robbery - Suspect arrested within five hours of crime

Citizens Bank Robbery

Goffstown: 9 February 2017

On Wednesday February 8, 2017 at about 4:33pm, the Citizen’s Bank located at 11 Church St reported a robbery where a male passed the teller a note, demanding cash. No weapon was shown and the male suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

Following an active investigation with great help from both our media and community partners, a suspect was quickly identified as:


Robert A. Ruggiero – 11/11/93 (23)
New Boston, NH

Ruggiero was taken into custody within five hours of the time of the call and charged with one count of Robbery, a Class B Felony and has held on $10,000.00 Cash Only Bail. He will be arraigned in the 9th Circuit District Court – Goffstown on Thursday, February 09, 2017.    VIEW BANK SURVEILLANCE IMAGES


Dunbarton, N.H. - On Friday, February 3rd 2017 around 1:30 P.M., Dunbarton Police Officer Ralph McClellan and Dunbarton Fire/EMS personnel were dispatched to the intersection of Stark Highway North (Route 13) and Concord Stage Road (Route 77), otherwise known as "Page's Corner," for a report of a motor vehicle collision involving two vehicles with entrapment and injuries.

On scene investigation revealed that a GM pickup truck being driven by Robert Boutwell of Contoocook, NH had stopped at the intersection and then proceeded to travel southbound towards Stark Highway North from Jewett Road. Boutwell pulled out in front of a tractor trailer being driven westbound by Jeffrey Divoll of Sandown, NH. Divoll couldn't stop in time to avoid colliding with Boutwell in the intersection.

Boutwell had to be extracted from his pickup truck and sustained minor injuries in the crash. He was evaluated on scene by Dunbarton EMS personnel. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage in the crash and were towed from the scene.

Boutwell was issued a citation for failing to yield the right-of-way.  VIEW MORE IMAGES HERE

The Goffstown School Board is pleased to announce this year’s winners of the Cornerstone and Dream Keeper Awards.

6 February 2017: The Cornerstone Award is presented by the Goffstown School District to recognize a staff or community member working within our schools who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in support of student learning.

The Goffstown School District seeks to recognize individuals whose service has been truly outstanding to the overall educational climate of the school district and who exhibits commitment, good human relations skills, loyalty, dedication and good organizational and work habits.

2017 Cornerstone Award winners:

Mrs. Valerie Oljey (above photo) – Guidance Counselor at Maple Avenue Elementary School

Mr. Armand Paquin – Custodian/Maintenance at Goffstown High School

Please view the video recognizing the award winners HERE.

What is the Dream Keeper Award?

The Dream Keeper Award is presented by the Goffstown School District to recognize people or organizations that truly have gone the extra mile to make the Goffstown dream of providing a superior education a reality.

The Goffstown School Board has established the Dream Keeper Award to recognize exceptional service to our school district.

2017 Dream Keeper Award winner: Dolores Siik – International Exchange Student Program Coordinator

Please view the videos recognizing the award winners HERE.

Celebration planned at Goffstown Hannaford 4 February begining at 7am sharp

Goffstown, N.H. – The Goffstown Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy will host a Grand Reopening event on Saturday, Feb. 4 to celebrate the completion of a renovation project that brought a wide variety of new products and services to the store.

The supermarket now offers made-to-order foods such as stir fry and other from-the-grill offerings, along with handcrafted sandwiches and in-store produced Paninis. Customers can eat at the store's new Wi-Fi equipped café or take the food home for an easy meal.

"Shoppers will find many new healthy and affordable products here in Goffstown, including 175 additional organic and natural items," said Store Manager Carl Provencher. "The entire supermarket has a fresh look.  We hope the whole community will come celebrate with us and see all that their Goffstown Hannaford has to offer."  ....READ THE FULL STORY & FIND OUT MORE about GIVEAWAYS....

Goffstown Police arrest motor vehicle operator for DWI and conduct after an accident

GOFFSTOWN 28 January 2017 (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO):  In the late afternoon on 24 January 2017, Goffstown Police and Emergency Services personnel responded to a report of erratic operation of a motor vehicle which caused damage to property.  As Goffstown Police investigated the accident and apparent locations of where the vehicle traversed it was found the operator traveled an additional seven tenths of a mile beyond Wallace Road and drove into a field across from the former Villa Augustina School along Mast Road.  Reports also indicate the operator of this plow truck began with hitting an automobile along Main Street in the Village of which his snow plow came in contact with, and then continued on Mast Road toward the Wallace Road Round-a-Bout.  The truck also came in contact with the Round-a-Bout and took down a few traffic signs.

Taken into custody was Mark Capps, 31 of Goffstown.  Capps' arraignment will be on 2 February in the Goffstown District Court.  He is charged with driving while intoxicated and conduct after an accident.  Capps was released on Personal Recognizance Bail.

A motorist (name withheld by request) who witnessed the accident first hand as the truck was travelling over the front yard of the property tells us;  I was the first coming from Wallace into the roundabout when he literally got air over the roundabout median and landed in this yard! I had her yard sprayed onto my car! I can't believe no one was hurt!!! He almost took my head off! Such a close call!!! And then he took off through two more yards! 

...READ THE FULL STORY and watch the VIDEO

Goffstown Mothers Club Scholarship fund event "Chocolate Lovers Fantasy 2017"

Goffstown - 28 January 2017: Mark your calendar for 12 February 2017 from 4pm to 6pm to enjoy this annual event.  

This is a chocolate tasting event of many chocolate pastries, candies, and other unique chocolate creations from many local businesses. Stonebridge Country Club, our venue sponsor, will also have specialty cocktails and beverages available for purchase. During the event raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win numerous fantastic gift certificates and gift cards from our gracious donors.

Admission tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at Howe's Pharmacy on Main St. and Chiggy's on Mast Rd in Goffstown, NH or by purchasing online using the tickets link which will direct you to PayPal (subject to service charge $1.00).  CLICK HERE to purchase tickets on line. Please print the receipt and bring to the chocolate lovers.  Your purchased tickets will be waiting for you at the check in desk. 

Proceeds from this event will be used for the Goffstown Mothers Club Scholarship fund.  Tickets are non refundable for this charity event.

Goffstown Mothers Club was established to"provide a study group for mothers and to sponsor a scholarship for a deserving pupil of Goffstown High School".

Residents are encouraged to complete February DMV transactions by 16 February


GOFFSTOWN - NEW BOSTON - DUNBARTON - WEARE: (courtesy of Goffstown Town Clerk) The Town Clerk encourages residents with motor vehicle registrations due during the month of February to complete their transactions by Thursday, February 16th to avoid processing delays and inconvenience.

The State of NH Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) has announced implementation of the new driver licensing system (VISION) during the month of February. During the implementation of the new system there will be a period of time when the State’s DMV computer system will be unavailable statewide.

An implementation schedule has been planned around the February 20th, the President’s Day holiday weekend.  Beginning, Friday, February 17th the Town Clerk’s Office will be subject to limited motor vehicle registration processing according to DMV .....READ MORE.....

History, geography, and culture meet up on the "General John Stark Scenic Byway"

Presenting the John Stark Scenic Byway

Michael Sullivan, Director, Weare Public Library

History, geography, and culture meet up on the “General John Stark Scenic Byway”, a presentation by David Pierce, Chair of the Stark Scenic Byway Council, at the Weare Public Library on Thursday, February 16, at 6:30pm. All are welcome to come learn about this community resource and how it affects the life and business climate of the region.

The General John Stark Scenic Byway, established in 2009, is a 34-mile loop through the New Hampshire towns of Dunbarton, Weare, New Boston and Goffstown.  The route is on portions of....  READ THE FULL STORY.....

Goffstown Police and EMS respond to Hannaford on Mast Road for bomb threat in Pharmacy

GOFFSTOWN - 15 January 2017:  The Goffstown Police is investigating an incident that occurred at Hannaford Supermarket located on Mast Road today. An associate received a call stating that there was a bomb in the pharmacy. Goffstown Police and Fire Departments responded to Hannaford and determined there was no threat to the safety of the employees or customers. Goffstown Police are actively investigating the situation and are asking if anyone has any information to please call at 603-497-4858.  CLICK HERE to view the official PRESS RELEASE

YMCA holds 2016 Annual Meeting with thanks and recognition of volunteers and supporters

A healthy celebration!

The Granite YMCA holds 2016 annual meeting, recognizes and thanks key volunteers and supporters

Manchester, NH: (January 9, 2017)  More than 150 volunteers, community supporters, donors and employees gathered in December to recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments of The Granite YMCA over the past year.

“Our annual meeting is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the past year, thank and recognize the many who helped support the Y’s mission, and share our vision for the future,” said Hal Jordan, President and CEO of The Granite YMCA. Among the many highlights of the event were special awards given to key volunteers, employees and organizations.  Those recognized included:

Youth award: Catherine Johnston

As a member of the YMCA of Downtown Manchester’s Leader’s Club for four years, Catherine is serving as the club’s President this year.  During her time at the YMCA, she has also volunteered in a number of areas including child care, camp and sports.  Catherine is deserving of this award for her commitment to the Y’s cause and her hands-on efforts with the Leader’s Club.  Beyond her strong support for Teen Leaders Rallies which have helped boost attendee numbers, she deserves this award for the way she welcomes new members and her uncanny ability to become friends with even the shyest teen within minutes. She is able to encourage people to break out of their shell and challenge their comfort zones. “Catherine is a shining example of what it means to be a leader,” said Mr. Jordan.

Volunteer of the year: Dr. John Lombardi

As a board volunteer for over 12 years, Dr. Lombardi has been....  READ THE FULL STORY with Additional photograph.....

Lauren Hood of Bedford named Musician of the month at MCMS

Pianist Lauren Hood

Named Musician of the Month

At Manchester Community Music School

Manchester, NH – The Manchester Community Music School (MCMS) would like to congratulate Lauren Hood on being named MCMS Musician of the Month for January. Lauren is a 13 years old, home school student from Bedford, NH. She’s been a student at the Music School for the last seven years and has been studying piano with Terry Barton, for the last six years.

“Lauren takes everything I tell her to heart”, commented Lauren’s piano teacher Terry Barton. “She has made so much progress reading music and works very hard for every achievement.”

When asked why she chose the piano, Lauren stated, “I needed structure in my schedule, and I thought practicing piano would help. I like how the piano can create a lot of different sounds. Playing has helped me get out of my comfort zone, especially with recitals!”

The Manchester Community Music School is dedicated to providing high-quality music education and performance opportunities for students of all ages and abilities. For more information about the Music School visit the website at or call the Music School office at 603-644-4548.


Goffstown Police respond to burglary in progress and arrest one suspect held by homeowner

GOFFSTOWN — On December 17, 2016, at approximately 6:30pm:  The Goffstown Police Department responded to the area of Edmond St for a burglary in progress call.  Once officers arrived on scene they found the homeowner had detained the suspected burglar. After a brief investigation at the scene officers arrested:



Patella was also in possession of burglary tools at the time of his arrest.  Patella was charged with Burglary and Possession of Burglary Tools.  He is being held on $50,000 Cash Bail at the Hillsborough County House of Correction.  He will be arraigned on Monday December 19, 2016 at the Ninth Circuit – District Court in Goffstown.

Dunbarton Police Department welcomes New Part - Time Patrol Officer Troy Simpson

Dunbarton - 15 December 2016: Troy Simpson was sworn in this evening as the agencies newest part-time patrol officer. Officer Simpson is already a part-time certified police officer in the State of NH and also works for the Division of State Police - Marine Patrol Bureau. Officer Simpson will begin his field training in January. Welcome aboard!

Students at Maple Ave. Elementary had a hands on lesson on recycling with a little help from Goffstown DPW and the NRRA.  " Trash on the Lawn - Maple Ave"

Goffstown - 15 December 2016:  Goffstown Television was on scene today for the Maple Avenue Elementary School "Lesson on Recycling" program with students.  

Meghan Theriault from the Town of Goffstown Department of Public Works was on site providing help with going through a days worth of trash to help students identify contents that should belong in recycling.  More trash was brought in to accommodate the afternoon session.  Theriault states the Town of Goffstown does generate a profit from recycling, however recycling has been dropping within the community in recent years. 

In an effort to improve recycling, starting with children could benefit from the knowledge they have learned today and share with family members says, Theriault.  

Suzanne Pryszka, Maple Avenue Elementary School Principal in coordinating efforts going through a days worth of trash worked with the Northeast Resource Recovery Association to help students understand what can be recycled.  "We are helping them get their hands dirty" said Pryszka as students placed trash in proper single stream recycling bins.  

Many thanks to Goffstown Television for producing this video production.    WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

Men of Autumn - Goffstown Grizzlies Football Highlights 2016 courtesy of Goffstown Television

The Weare Public Library presents Local Author Night with Jennifer Hallock on 19 December

WEARE:  Local Author Night: Jennifer Hallock, Monday, December 19, 7pm  Jennifer Hallock spends her days teaching history and her nights writing historical happily-ever-afters. She has lived and worked in the Philippines, but she currently writes at her little brick house on a New England Homestead – kept company by her husband, a growing flock of chickens, and two geriatric border collie mutts. Local authors talk about their work. Books available to buy and sign.

"An hour later they safely stumbled into a cluster of chromatic light. Georgie wondered if she had fallen under some kind of enchantment….Surrounding the church were hundreds of colorful star-shaped lanterns hanging off white-blossomed frangipani trees. Georgie stood frozen in place, overwhelmed by the feeling that she had entered a secret village of wood sprites."

Under the Sugar Sun

Goffstown and New Boston Church Choirs performance Christmas Cantata Dec. 17

The Community Church of New Boston Choir, together with the Hillside Methodist Church Choir of Goffstown and under the direction of Samantha Hershey Gorton, invite you to their Christmas Cantata performance, "Joy!, A Gospel Christmas Celebration." Joy! tells the story of Christ’s birth through choral anthems in a variety of styles including upbeat blues-gospel numbers, ballads, and a calypso tune. Scripture verses partnered with personal stories bring a heartwarming element to the performance.

Mark your calendar for December 17 at 3:30 p.m. at the Community Church of New Boston.This event is free and open to the public. Handicap accessible. Fellowship and refreshments will be shared following the performance! 

For more information, call (603) 487-2160 or email [email protected]

Goffstown youth awarded youth chronic conditions awareness honor

CONCORD - A Goffstown youth was recently honored as a "Champion Child/Outstanding Adolescent" at a state-wide event honoring young people who overcome serious, chronic health conditions. Emily Pepino, of Goffstown, was nominated by School Nurse Jennifer Franz, RN for her spirit and resilience and then selected by the State Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions.   She wrote in her nomination:


“Emily was diagnosed with CRPS at the age of 11.  She advocated at the NH State House for awareness for the condition and participated in the NSTAR walk for Boston Childrens Hospital for two years, raising money for research.  The first year she was made a “miracle maker” for raising over the limit she was required to raise.  Emily’s dream is to become a nurse practitioner so she can help children and adults like her. She has a great deal of empathy and understanding of others with chronic health conditions and wants to make a difference in this world.”


Each year the Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions honors several children and youths.  Most are nominated from school nurses and other professionals that engage regularly with children with serious health care issues.

Free Holiday Concert Featuring Jazz Pianist Craig Fahey


Free Holiday Concert

Featuring Local Firefighter/Jazz Pianist Craig Fahey


Grace Episcopal Church

106 Lowell Street

Manchester, NH

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

12:10 pm


Manchester, NH – The Manchester Community Music School is thrilled to present Jazz Pianist and faculty member Craig Fahey, as part of the Music’s on the Menu Free Concert Series.  This concert will take place at Grace Episcopal Church on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 12:10 pm.


Bring your lunch and come and enjoy some fabulous holiday favorites, as Mr. Fahey performs jazzy impressions of the Charlie Brown Christmas, Carol of the Bells, My Favorite Things, as well as other seasonal classics. In addition to his musical pursuits, Mr. Fahey is also a local firefighter/AMET in Bedford and New Boston, NH.


The Music’s on the Menu Concert Series is sponsored by Manchester Community Music School, Grace Episcopal Church, Smyth Trust, New Hampshire State Council for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about the Manchester Community Music School visit the website at or call the Music School office at 603-644-4548.

Fred Marple presents humorous Guide to New England 3 Dec

NEW BOSTON - Fred Marple presents humorous Guide to New England, Dec. 3 in New Boston

The Community Church of New Boston presents Yankee humorist Fred Marple’s “Guide to New England (for Locals and People from Away)” on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:00 pm as a benefit for the church Helping Hand Fund.

The Guide to New England is a look at the way we Yankees dress, eat, talk, and behave,” says Fred Marple. “There are a lot of things that seem to confuse outsiders, and even make us scratch our own heads at time.

Fred will explain life in a small town where everyone knows your business--often before you do--and the people who live in those towns, from the cheapskate native to the affluent transplant. He’ll discuss Yankee food--including why we think baked beans and vegetables boiled with a piece of corned beef are examples of haute cuisine--and he’ll examine Yankee fashion, from the ever-present flannel to rummage sale ensembles. He’ll discuss our love affair with old houses, which persists despite bats in the attic and wiring possibly  .....READ MORE and RESERVE YOUR SEAT....

7 Cheerleaders, 7 awesome teenagers, smiles, laughter, hugs and giggles all head to Disney

“Being disabled should not mean being disqualified from having access to every aspect of life.” 

Emma Thompson

This statement fiercely applies to an amazing group of cheerleaders and teen buddies from the Manchester Eagles Organization. From a team that started with only 1 Challenger athlete who ended up being placed on another team due to not being enough to make a team, the Challengers team has grown to include 7 cheerleaders (disabilities that include Canavan Disease, Down Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis and on), and 7 awesome teenagers that buddy up with the Challengers. Smiles and laughter, hugs and giggles, this team has a heart like nothing experienced before.

The Manchester Eagles Challengers team is the first ever New Hampshire Pop Warner challengers program, and the first challengers team to represent New Hampshire Pop Warner at the .....PLEASE READ THE FULL  STORY and view more still IMAGES.....

We have a go fund me link set up to donate to these beautiful children for an opportunity of a lifetime. It can be accessed at

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for helping to make our cheerleaders dream, our parents dream, OUR dream, a reality. One Team, One Soul, One Dream, One Goal.


Free Weekend of Fun November 23-27

Manchester, NH-    (November 14, 2016) The Granite YMCA strives to enhance the quality of life in the surrounding communities by helping individuals, children, and families improve their health and well-being. From Wednesday, November 23 through Sunday, November 27, The Granite YMCA will open its doors for facility members to bring guests for a free weekend of fun. Community and non-members are invited to use any of the five locations of The Granite YMCA by contributing a non-perishable food item or a cash donation to the Y Reach Out for Youth and Families Program.

The Granite YMCA locations include:

The YMCA of Strafford County, 35 Industrial Way, Rochester, NH. For more information, please stop by the Welcome Center or call 603.332.7334.

The YMCA of the Seacoast, 550 Peverly Hill Road, Portsmouth, NH. For more information, stop by the Welcome Center or call 603.431.2334.

The YMCA of Greater Londonderry, 206 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, NH. For more information, please stop by the Welcome Center or call 603.437.9622.

The YMCA of Downtown Manchester, 30 Mechanic Street, Manchester, NH. For more information, please stop by the Welcome Center or call 603.623.3558.

The YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown, 116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown, NH. For more information, please stop by the Welcome Center or call 603.497.4663

At the community open house, guests will be able to enjoy group.....READ MORE....

Congregational Church of Goffstown Welcomes New Pastor

Rev. Mark Kraines 

Goffstown , N H, November 14, 2016 : The Congregational Church of Goffstown is blessed to welcome Rev. Mark Kraines. Pastor Mark comes to us from First Parish Congregational Church in Lebanon ME where he has been sharing the love of God as the Pastor for the past 8 years. As strong believers in being part of the community, he and his wife Kelley are looking forward to moving to the area. Their 26 years of marriage have, and continue to be, centered on Jesus Christ; serving as solid role models for their 3 adult children. His hobbies include hiking, coaching baseball and construction work.  A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, for more than 25 years Pastor Mark has been pursuing his calling of developing lifelong Disciples of Christ who will advance the Kingdom of God through the local church. Growing up in a Christian home he was very familiar with religion but it was in college when he truly began making decisions based on  ....READ MORE...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR - Mast / Wallace Road Round-a-Bout

12 November 2016

Dear Goffstown,


The committee that decided to build the R 114 rotary in Goffstown should be ashamed of themselves.


The Rotary is a nuisance and inconveniences 100’s if not 1000’s of commuters daily.


I consider its construction an act of negligence by the town and it should be removed immediately

and replaced with a traffic light. It is 2016 , NO ONE with a Civil Engineering Degree would ever would

suggest building a rotary in this day and age. 


Mr. Albert Della Volpe

32 year resident of Weare NH

School District Community members encouraged to submit nominations for the Cornerstone Award and the Dream Keeper Award
11 School St., Goffstown, NH 03045 Tel: (603) 497-4818
Fax: (603) 497-8425
For Immediate Release

Dian McCarthy, Goffstown School Board Chair
Brian Balke, Superintendent of Schools

November 9, 2016

Each year, the Goffstown School District seeks to recognize individuals and organizations who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to support student learning and superior education in our community. This recognition is represented in two different awards: The Cornerstone Award and the Dream Keeper Award. Members of the school district community are invited to make nominations for these awards.

The Cornerstone Award recognizes a staff or community member working within our schools who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in support of student learning....READ MORE and access award forms....

Franklin Opera House Entertainment

Festival of Trees 2 - 4 December 2016

Kick start the Holiday Season at the Historic Franklin Opera House by attending the Festival of Trees  (2 - 4 December) fundraising event that supports our mission to be the resource for distinctive, quality arts, entertainment and enrichment for all members of the Franklin Community and surrounding areas.

If you’ve never visited The Franklin Opera House take advantage of this opportunity to experience the majestic ambiance of the theater.  For the festival, the Opera house will be energized with Holiday Spirit and jam-packed with dazzling full size and table top Christmas trees, magnificent wreaths, festive gift baskets and other items of the Christmas mode.  All items are generously donated by local individuals, families, businesses and organizations. There will be entertainment for your enjoyment as you view the raffle Sinatra!

Sunday 4 December, 10am - 2pm ~ Entertainment: Amanda McCarthy, Award winning, multi genre singer/songwriter, 12pm.  .....READ MORE and review other performances scheduled.....

Silver Birch 4H Club of Dunbarton member achievements and officers sworn in

DUNBARTON - October 14th Silver Birch 4H Club of Dunbarton met to recognize member achievements and acknowledge leaders and the number of  years they have been in the club.  New members were welcomed and this year’s officers were sworn in.

Officers sworn in were:   President Elizabeth Hanson Vice President Lydia Ohman,   Secretary Fallon Labrecque, Treasurer Rebecca Klements, and Reporters Nicole Bullis and Montana Pouliot.

Pictured are Elizabeth Hanson, Lydia Ohman, Fallon Labrecque, Rebecca Klements, and Nicole Bullis.  Missing is Montana Pouliot,  and   David West who serves on the board of directors for the 4-H Foundation of Merrimack County.

Goffstown Arrest Warrant nets Matthew Dube for Indecent Exposure

GOFFSTOWN – 21 October 2016:  On September 19th, 2016 at approximately 3:04PM, the Goffstown Police Department received a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Route 114 Bypass near the Bedford town line following a school bus.  The calling party reported that they were on the bus headed to an athletic event in Goffstown and were being followed by a male driver who appeared to be exposing himself.

Goffstown Police were dispatched to the area and spoke to several students on the bus who witnessed what they described as a pant less male subject operating a vehicle.  The vehicle was last seen turning onto Saint Anselm Drive from Route 114 Bypass while the bus, from different community turned onto Shirley Hill Road. 

Goffstown Police were able to locate the vehicle and the operator and are continuing their investigation.  At this point, the staff from the visiting school and the Goffstown SAU is aware of the incident.  Anyone with information regarding this is asked to call the Goffstown Police Department at (603) 497-4858.


Indecent Exposure Arrest


Goffstown – In response to the September 19th, 2016 Indecent Exposure incident, a thorough investigation was conducted that led to an arrest warrant being issued on September 30th, 2016 for:

Matthew Dube

21 Years Old

Lawrence, MA


Mr. Dube was arrested by the Goffstown Police Department on October 17th, 2016 and was held on $5,000.00 Cash Bail with a Probable Cause Hearing set for October 27th, 2016 at the 9th Circuit District Court – Goffstown. 

Mr. Dube was charged with Indecent Exposure, a Class B Felony. 

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