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Bruno Calumbi, of Newport, N.H., had just purchased a hands-free device at Best Buy in West Lebanon, N.H., on July 2, 2015. Before heading out on his motorcycle, he was setting up the device. Calumbi said he would also be using it when driving his car.  (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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Hand-Held Devices Banned

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Following in Vermont’s footsteps, New Hampshire last week put in place a law that makes it illegal for drivers to hold a cellphone to their ear while driving, a measure both states hope will cut down on distracted driving. New Hampshire’s law, like Vermont’s, mandates that drivers using electronic devices have hands-free use of them while driving, meaning that motorists …

Claremont Properties Reappraised

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Claremont — The city has denied 11 of the 20 property tax abatements for commercial properties that were filed after last year’s citywide reappraisal. Of the nine that were approved, the two largest decreases were the vacant First Methodist Church on Sullivan Street, which dropped from $868,600 to $343,300, and the former Customized Structures building on River Road, which was assessed at $1.6 …

Bonnie Richmond

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Claremont, N.H. — Bonnie Richmond of Claremont passed away on Monday, June 29, 2015, at her home in Claremont. She was born in Claremont on Oct. 27, 1946, the daughter of Leo and Arleen Cusanelli. Bonnie had worked for Newport Clothing, Encore Shoe, Lacrosse, Hampshire MFG (PEP) and Jiffy Mart in Claremont, where she cultivated many happy customers. She was married to Frank …

Maxine S. Picard

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Claremont, N.H. — Maxine S. Picard, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, N.H. She was born in Thetford, Vt. on Jan. 7, 1928, a daughter of Ernest and Lizzie Stone. She was married to Dorlon Picard in 1950, and divorced in 1956. They had …

Claremont Teen Charged With Armed Robbery

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Claremont — A Claremont teen charged with armed robbery of a convenience store in Claremont Friday night is being held on $25,000 cash bail following his arraignment in Lebanon District Court on Tuesday. Martinio Bailey, 19, was arrested …

Chester Michael Gierko

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Claremont, N.H. — Chester Michael Gierko, 84, of Pleasant Street in Claremont died on Monday, May 25, 2015, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. He was a native and lifelong resident of Claremont born on Aug. 21, 1930, the son of Ludwik and Urszula (Silistrowski) Gierko. Chet graduated …

Sullivan County to Hold Budget Hearing

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Newport — The county commissioners’ proposed $30.4 million Sullivan County budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 will be presented at a public hearing on June 2 at the town hall in Charlestown. The proposed spending plan represents an increase of 2.2 percent, or nearly $650,000, from …

Man Faces Charges After Police Chase

Monday, May 25, 2015

Lebanon — Following an extended chase on Routes 12 and 12A, police on Saturday apprehended a man wanted for the theft of a truck in Colorado. Just after 8 p.m., Lebanon police attempted to stop a Ford F-150 driven by Robert Leibensperger, of Clifton Park, N.Y. Leibensperger, 37, …

Francis I. Hurlburt, Sr.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Windsor, Vt. — Francis I. Hurlburt, Sr., 91, a longtime resident of Windsor , passed away Thursday morning, May 21, at the Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor . He was born March 26, 1924 in Nashua , N.H., the son of Irvin and Helen (Haggerty) …

COVER Receives $200 Donation Sugar River Rotary

Sunday, May 24, 2015

White River Junction — COVER Home Repair, a nonprofit that makes urgently needed repairs for low-income homeowners, has received a donation of $200 from Sugar River Rotary Club in Claremont. Staff and volunteers from COVER have completed two home repair projects in Charlestown and Claremont this spring, including …

Man to Admit Guilt in Bank Robberies

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Claremont — A Claremont man is expected to plead guilty in federal court next month to robbing three banks of more than $25,000 in the fall 2013 and could serve six years in prison, according to court documents. …

Students Graduate RVCC

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Claremont — More than 220 students and their families celebrated their educational achievements Friday evening at the 47th commencement at River Valley Community College. “The veterans, single moms, first in family to go to college, and everyone who …

Stevens Baseball Grounded by Hopkinton

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Claremont — It was a bad day for Stevens High baseball even before the game began. It didn’t get any better once play started. Brandon Bell, who was supposed to start at first base, suffered a concussion during …