"> en-us Students from Hooksett to perform at festival Two Hooksett teens have been chosen to play in the N.H. State Music Festival Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:10:00 EST Awaiting a boy's best friend in Windham A diabetic alert dog would mean added independence - and a sense of normality- for Xavier Spencer,10. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:03:00 EST Salem schools consider kindergarten options The School Board looks as if it will consider a plan to add another kindergarten session for the new year to help keep class sizes down. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:58:00 EST Retired nurse celebrates 106 years Mary Heath celebrated her 106th birthday on Dec. 11 among friends at Hillsborough County Nursing Home. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:58:00 EST NH Senior News Children to bring Christmas caroling to Littleton area center Third-graders from Lakeway Elementary School will sing Christmas carols after lunch Tuesday at the Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane. After the concert, seniors will enjoy home-baked cookies provided by the youngsters. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:56:00 EST New Wolfeboro bakery seeks funds through crowsourcing, would provide jobs for those with developmental disabilities Professionally trained pastry chef Katie Johnson intends to raise more than just bread dough when she opens her new bakery, From Scratch Baking Co., this spring at 45 North Main Street. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:40:00 EST SnowCoach makes winter majesty accessible A crew sends a pair of snow coaches and eight passengers per trip up a steep 8212 12 percent 8212 grade, near tree line to 4,500 feet above sea level several times per day. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:38:00 EST 2 from NH complete Air Force training U.S. Air National Guard Airmen 1st Class Jake M. Bumbaca and Benjamin T. Loll graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:05:00 EST In the longest nights of the year, our birds are living on the edge Happy shortest day of the year! That sounds a lot better than moping about the longest winter night, doesn't it? Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:04:00 EST Inmates give back, making Christmas gifts A group of inmates at the State Prison for Women are making Christmas a little brighter for local families - and for themselves - by donating gifts they've made by hand. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:02:00 EST Human intervention hobbling ice fishermen WE'VE LIVED ON and utilized Great Bay for our outdoor recreation and source of great food for about half a century and have never thought that some of these things we cherished could come to a screeching halt. But we are not happy to pass the word that was then and this is now and things have changed for the worse. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:01:00 EST 50 years later, burgers and french fries still making McMemories In 1964, Arthur Deleault was one of the burger makers at the South Willow Street McDonald's. Back in the day, when the then-Manchester High School West student wasn't manning the grill flipping patties, he was enjoying the fruits or meat, as it were of his labors, which went for 15 cents a burger. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:56:00 EST A new era for Nashua's police force With the start of a new year comes different leadership at the Nashua Police Department when a new police chief begins Jan. 1. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:05:00 EST Stacey Cole's Nature Talks A winter's walk inspires thoughts of 'long ago' Editor's Note This was the last 'Nature Talks'' column written by Stacey Cole, who died on Nov. 30. Stacey wrote 'Nature Talks'' on a weekly basis for more than 50 years before trading off every other week with Cheryl Kimball earlier this year. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:57:00 EST Man loses wallet, but sanitation workers save his identity Three days after losing his wallet earlier this month, Gregory Barnett had resigned himself to the notion that it was gone. He was getting ready to cancel his credit cards and apply for a new driver's license when his brother called to say the wallet had been returned untouched. A Manchester sanitation worker found the wallet among the kitchen... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:47:00 EST Propane now fuels the new Mt. Washington SnowCoach The propane-powered Mt. Washington SnowCoach is blazing a trail for a cleaner environment as passengers enjoy a scenic ride just above treeline to 4,200 feet for breathtaking views. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:05:00 EST Enter to win tickets to see Tom Chapin Enter to win a pair of 2 tickets to see Tom Chapin on March 29, 2015 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:32:00 EST Hooksett Council OKs Lilac Bridge removal The Hooksett Town Council voted to authorize the town administrator to resolve the issue of the Lilac Bridge, which is in danger of collapse. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:47:00 EST Weare middle school wing to become upper elementary The Weare School Board has voted 4-1 to create an Upper Elementary School at the Weare Middle School as a solution to the need for more space at the Center Woods Elementary School. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:47:00 EST Hooksett police get OK to replace old weapons The Hooksett Town Council has given the green light to police to use 7,456 in drug forfeiture money to purchase replacement weapons for the department. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:47:00 EST Salem school lunch program seeing participation increase Since opting out of the federal school lunch program at the beginning of the month, Salem High School has seen more students buying breakfast and lunch at the school. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:47:00 EST Firefighters hope to rebuild family's burned home by Christmas On Thursday morning, exactly a week before Christmas Day, there were Christmas carols playing in the burned-out Batchelder home, and workers wearing shirts and hats with the logo 'LFD' were milling about, singing along. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:47:00 EST Second officer being considered for Windham schools School and town officials are hoping to hire a second school resource officer in the coming year. Voters will have the final say on the matter at the March 2015 polls. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:45:00 EST NH Club Briefs CAR part of ceremony at of Tomb of Unknown Soldier Members of the John Stark Society of Children of the American Revolution placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution, located in the church yard of the Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria, Va. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:03:00 EST Community rallies around Enfield couple who lost home Over the last two days 125 people have raised more than 8,000 for a George Hill Road couple who lost their home to a fire on Monday. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:03:00 EST Temporary signs continue to be an issue on Salem roads The proliferation of temporary signs throughout the town, exactly who is allowed to place the signs, and where they can be placed has been a hot issue in town for years. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:59:00 EST Police raising money for trip to honor fallen Brentwood officer An online fundraiser has been set up to help Brentwood police officers raise money to cover their travel expenses when they head to the nation's capital in May to honor their fallen brother, Officer Stephen Arkell. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:59:00 EST Warm temps and rain delaying construction and opening of Lincoln ice castle Warm temperatures and rain are delaying the construction and opening of the ice castle that is being built on the grounds of the Hobo Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:59:00 EST Concord Holiday Variety Show features jazz aces, comedian By PAUL FEELYNew Hampshire Union LeaderCombine traditional Christmas songs with jazz, add a few laughs from a popular national comedian, and you have some idea what to expect when the Capital Jazz Orchestra Small Group takes the stage at the Concord City Auditorium on Sunday. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:10:00 EST 'Messiah Sing' rings out on Seacoast To conjure a classical holiday gem, eight Seacoast choruses, eight conductors, four featured soloists and an 11-piece orchestra will join with the community for the 10th annual 'Messiah Sing' at The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:08:00 EST Beach Boys to play Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom The eternally sunny Beach Boys, who recently wrapped a tour marking the group's 50th anniversary, have announced they will make a warm-weather stop in New Hampshire at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom at 8 p.m. Friday, July 10. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:08:00 EST Avett Brothers headed to NH The Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook has unveiled its first booking of the new year 8212 the Avett Brothers, with special guest John Prine, at 730 p.m. Friday, June 12. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:05:00 EST Kimberly Anderson Ritchie, Rock Tripe Lichen, Installation silkscreen and monoprint on maps The Lamson Learning Commons at Plymouth State University will present an exhibition of works by Professor Kimberly Anderson Ritchie through March 6 at the Library and Learning Commons on Highland Street. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:17:00 EST Rockingham Community Action brightening holidays for needy Gifts for local kids and more than 200 holiday baskets with a turkey and all the fixings will be handed out Friday and next Monday to brighten the holidays for families in Rockingham County. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:38:00 EST Good news for residents near former wastewater plant A recent round of testing at Salem's former wastewater plant shows it is unlikely that contaminants have spread to nearby private property. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:37:00 EST Windham club brings Christmas cheer to vets Members of the Woman's Service Club of Windham were busy recently filling 42 colorful bags of goodies, adding Christmas cards from the club, ornaments and candy covered with handmade snowmen hats with snowmen faces. They delivered the bags, along with Christmas greetings, on Dec. 10 to veterans at the VA Medical Center in Manchester. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:32:00 EST Candlelight memorial in Keene for the homeless Hundred Nights will host a vigil in Central Square on Sunday, Dec. 21, as part of the Candlelight Memorial, which is being held in more than 150 cities and counties to recognize homeless people who have died the past year and make a call to end homelessness. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:29:00 EST Keene shelter joins in homeless vigil on Sunday Hundred Nights cold weather shelter plans to join a nationwide Candlelight Memorial vigil Sunday to recognize the homeless who have died over the past year. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:26:00 EST Take a hike on New Year's Day, State Park style On January 1, start 2015 in the great outdoors hiking as part of America's State Park's First Day Hikes. In New Hampshire, Monadnock State Park, Weeks State Park and the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion State Historic Site are offering guided hikes with no park day fees. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:25:00 EST Family fun tops Claremont's New Year's party The 250th Committee is ending its yearlong celebration of the city's anniversary with a family-friendly New Year's Eve party at the Arrowhead Recreation Area and the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:25:00 EST