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“Can’t waste any of it,” said Wesley Clay licking maple syrup off his fingers after pouring off a measure to finish boiling in his North Thetford sugar house earlier this week. The sugar house was built by Clay’s uncle and he remembers sugaring there as a boy. “I grew up with it. It’s in my blood,” he said. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

“Can’t waste any of it,” said Wesley Clay licking maple syrup off his fingers after pouring off a measure to finish boiling in his North Thetford sugar house earlier this week. The sugar house was built by Clay’s uncle and he remembers sugaring there as a boy. “I grew up with it. It’s in my blood,” he said. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

City Council to Vote on Special Election to Replace Donovan

Claremont — The City Council will meet March 27 to set in motion the process to elect a replacement for former state Rep. Tom Donovan, D-Claremont, who resigned last month for health reasons.

City Manager Guy Santagate said yesterday that the first step is to have the council vote to hold a special election and notify the Secretary of State, which will ask the Governor and Excecutive Council for their approval. Once approved, the Secretary of State will inform the city clerk and also set the one week filing period and the dates of the primary and special election.

According to the Secretary of State’s office possible dates include a filing period in April, a primary in June and election in either late July or early August. It is possible that the election could be held on the primary date if only one candidate from both of the major parties file and no one seeks a third party candidacy.

Donovan was elected in November, defeating incumbent Charlene Lovett, R-Claremont. Claremont has three other state representatives, all Democrats.

Expect Traffic Delays Due to Shamrock Shuffle Race

Lebanon — City officials are warning motorists that they can expect some delays shortly after noon today because of the Shamrock Shuffle 5K Road Race.

Traffic will be delayed on Bank Street Extension and Pumping Station Road between 12:10 p.m. and 12:45 p.m., and minor delays around Colburn Park are also likely.

The Shamrock Shuffle raises money for the Lebanon Recreation Scholarship Fund.

Police: Barista Helps Nab Coffee Shop Robber

Rutland — Police say a fast-acting barista helped nab a robber in downtown Rutland.

Authorities say a man walked behind the counter at the Coffee Exchange yesterday, snatched a bag full of cash that was intended for the bank and an employee’s purse, and left the store.

Employee Kate Barcellos followed him down the sidewalk, through a building and onto a bus terminal, while shouting for help and for the man to stop.

Three bystanders then tackled the man, until police could take him into custody.

The cash and purse were recovered.

The Rutland Herald reports that police say 22-year-old Nicholas Young of Rutland has been charged with felony grand larceny and two misdemeanor counts of simple assault for allegedly biting two of the bystanders who tackled him.

N.H. Death Penalty Opponents Laud Maryland Repeal

Concord — New Hampshire death penalty opponents are lauding the Maryland legislature’s vote to repeal the death penalty and vow an intense campaign to abolish capital punishment here during the 2014 session.

Maryland’s House of Delegates passed the repeal legislation yesterday and its Senate voted in favor of repeal last week. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has pledged to sign it into law.

New Hampshire Democratic Rep. Renny Cushing of Hampton — whose father was murdered — said he and Manchester Republican Rep. Steve Vaillancourt will sponsor legislation to abolish the death penalty next session.

New Hampshire’s only death row inmate is Michael Addison, convicted of killing Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs in 2006. The last execution in New Hampshire was in 1939. New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan says she would support repeal.

New Judge Named In Former Mass. Mobster’s Trial

Boston — A new judge has been named to preside over the trial of former Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger a day after the previous judge was removed to eliminate any appearance of bias.

The clerk of the federal court yesterday announced the appointment of U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper.

A federal appeals court had removed Judge Richard Stearns from the case, citing his background as a former federal prosecutor. Stearns worked that job in the 1980s, when Bulger was an FBI informant.

Casper is from New York’s Long Island. She also worked as a federal prosecutor in Boston, leading the U.S. attorney’s drug unit.

Bulger ran the Winter Hill Gang and is accused of participating in 19 murders. He was captured in Santa Monica, Calif., with his girlfriend in 2011 and has pleaded not guilty.

— Staff and Wire Reports

— Staff and Wire Reporfs

e in Barrington, N.H., say a faulty oven appears to be the cause of two deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Police and fire departments responded to a medical aid call at a home Monday night. They found David and Barbara Miller dead at the scene. The Millers were both 61.

The couple’s son said he wasn’t able to get ahold of his parents for a couple of days. When he arrived at the house Monday, he found his dad’s body upstairs and his mom’s body downstairs.

— Staff and Wire Reports