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Walt Havenstein, center, shakes hands with Chris Gamache of Deerfield during the Deerfield Old Home Day parade on August 16, 2014. Havenstein, a Republican candidate for Governor, greeted spectators while hustling to keep up with the parade. His wife Judy Havenstein can be seen in the background, passing out flyers.

(WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

As a Leader, Havenstein’s Focus Is Teamwork

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Alton, N.H. — Sitting on a shelf in Walt Havenstein’s home office is a gang, as they’re called, of meerkats. “Do you know what a meerkat is?” he asks, pointing up to the cluster of small animals, sitting on shelves surrounded by books and tokens from his military and defense career. During Havenstein’s tenure as chief executive officer of BAE …

Local & Regional Briefs: Saturday, Aug. 23

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Woodstock, Chelsea Courthouses Celebrate Improvements Woodstock — Two Upper Valley courthouses are celebrating improvements to their facilities. Following an eight-month, $2.2 million renovation, the Windsor County Courthouse in Woodstock will resume all court operations on Sept. 2, according to a news release. The day begins with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m. An open house will take place this upcoming Friday, Aug. …

In Portsmouth, Perry Doesn’t Commit to Run

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Portsmouth, n.h. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday in a visit to a key early voting state that he was unprepared for and humbled by his first run for president in 2012 and will work harder if there’s a next time around. Perry addressed a group of business leaders in New Hampshire …

More Ride Ferry to Canada

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Portland — The number of passengers sailing on the Nova Star cruise ferry between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, nearly doubled in July from the previous month, but the passenger count was lower than many had hoped it would be at the height of the summer tourist season. …

E-Cig Blamed in Logan Evacuation

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Boston — Federal authorities should consider further restrictions for electronic cigarettes on planes, airport officials said after one of the devices apparently started a small fire that forced passengers to briefly evacuate a plane last weekend. Ed Freni, director of aviation at the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates …

Grocery Chain Supervalu Becomes Latest to Suffer Data Breach

Sunday, August 17, 2014

New York — A data breach at Supervalu may have impacted as many as 200 of its grocery and liquor stores and potentially affected retail chains recently sold by the company in two dozen states. The announcement lengthens …

Digging Up History

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Lake George, n.y. — An archaeological dig at a Colonial military site in the southern Adirondacks of New York has turned up thousands of artifacts, from butchered animal bones to uniform buttons, along with a lime kiln used …

U.S. Rethinks Giving Excess Military Gear To Police

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Washington — After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Mo. The public has absorbed images of heavily armed police, snipers aiming at protesters and tear gas plumes. Against …

‘Brazen’ Young Bears Vex Enfield Neighbors

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Enfield — Carl Ryea, who lives on Livingstone Lodge Road in Enfield, has been dealing with an unwelcome visitor throughout the summer — a juvenile bear on the hunt for food. Ryea only sees the young bear on his lawn every so often. But he says he frequently …

Holcombe Defends Vt. Schools

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Virtually every public school in Vermont has been labeled as “low-performing” under the federal government’s No Child Left Behind Act, and the state’s secretary of education is outraged. But Rebecca Holcombe is not angry about the seemingly poor …

Making Life Better for Bees: VLS Bans Suspect Pesticide To Highlight Pollinators’ Plight

Friday, August 15, 2014

South Royalton — Without bees and other pollinators, 70 percent of plants would be unable to reproduce or provide food, according to the Center for Food Safety, a national non profit public interest group. Of the 100 crop …

Ethan Allen: A Man Too Complex to Fit Into History’s Portrayals

Friday, August 15, 2014

Inventing Ethan Allen By John J. Duffy and H. Nicholas Muller III University Press of New England 304 pages, paperback, $29.95 Say what you want about Ethan Allen. Call him a hero for capturing Fort Ticonderoga. Call him …

N.H. Man Sentenced for Beating Boy

Friday, August 15, 2014

Brentwood, n.h. — A man accused of inflicting a “reign of terror” on his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son before fleeing to a Florida amusement park was sentenced Thursday to up to 67 years in prison on assault and other …