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Sue Blair, the new principal of Plainfield Elementary School, reads a poem to fifth and sixth grade students on the first day of school, on Aug. 28, 2014 in Meriden, N.H.
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‘My Focus Is on Kids First’

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Plainfield — Remember The Little Engine That Could, the children’s book about the tank engine that, while facing a tough task, chanted to itself, “I think I can, I think I can” until, suddenly, it could? The message behind that story, said newly minted Plainfield Elementary School Principal Susan Blair, summarizes much of her educational philosophy. “I think the most …

N.H. Football Title Games Get New Home

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Concord — First-year NHIAA Executive Director Jeff Collins will have three big reasons to return to Cowell Stadium this fall. The former University of New Hampshire nose guard and defensive tackle will be back at his alma mater on Nov. 22, overseeing the state’s first “championship day” — featuring all three football state title games at the Wildcats’ venerable field. On the Saturday …

Their Time to Shine: At the Cornish Fair, Young People Demonstrate New Skills

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The normally quiet fairgrounds are abuzz with preparations on the day before the Cornish Fair opens. Cows lumber off their trailers, chickens peck around their new spaces, and young students staple colorful and informative hand-drawn posters above their animals’ stalls describing the projects they’ve been working on. As they confidently lead these projects …

Post 22 Seniors Fall in Extras

Monday, July 28, 2014

Nashua, n.h. — Ryan Corderio delivered Mike Wasserman with a 12th-inning sacrifice fly as Dover Post 8 handed Lebanon Post 22 its first loss of the New Hampshire Senior American Legion state tournament on Friday, 2-1, at Holman Stadium. The defeat sends Post 22 (15-5) to a losers’ …

Summer Journal: Warm Weather Brings Shakespeare’s Plays to Life

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Anguished cries of lovers lost to knife and poison filled the air outside the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum on Bean Road in Meriden one warm evening earlier this month. Under a setting sun, the Cornish-based Momentum Theatre Troupe …

Robert G. “Bob” Barnes, Jr.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Grantham, N.H. — Robert G. “Bob” Barnes, Jr., 85, resident of Grantham, died on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Lebanon, N.H. surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Flushing, N.Y. on Feb. 19, 1929, the son …

Growing Up a Hazard to Golf: Real World Claims Talent From NHGA

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Goffstown, n.h. — Michael Killam didn’t see the question coming. When he comprehended it, he needed a few moments to gain his composure. The blessing of the New Hampshire Golf Association’s state championship format — a weeklong grind …

Small School, Big Boys: Mid Vermont’s Sayers Enjoys His Chance to Show Stuff

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Keene, n.h. — Austin Sayers says that the number of high school students at Mid Vermont Christian School is fewer than 60. That same number for Manchester Central’s Jon Martin? Add about 2,330 kids to the mix and …

MacDonald, Killam Suffer Quick Elimination at N.H. Am

Friday, July 18, 2014

Goffstown, n.h. — By reaching the quarterfinals of the New Hampshire Golf Association Amateur Championship, Hanover Country Club’s Nick MacDonald and Newport Golf Club’s Michael Killam at least accomplished one thing: They succeeded in occupying what otherwise might …

All Safe After River Mishap

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hartland — A Grafton man with special needs is safe and has been released from the hospital after numerous police agencies responded to Sumner Falls on Monday for a man who had left his caretakers and entered the …

Connecticut River Mishap Involves 3

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hartland — Emergency workers canvassed the Connecticut River Monday afternoon after police said an autistic man jumped from the rocks at Sumner Falls into the water and his two caretakers jumped in after him. The three men were …

Experience Pays a Dividend: For Russell, 2013’s Successes Turn Into 2014’s Opportunities

Monday, July 14, 2014

Burlington — Winning the New England Amateur and Vermont Amateur in the span of less than a month last summer opened a lot of doors this year for Grantham’s Evan Russell, and for that he’s thankful. Repeating at …

KUA Has Olympian Hopes From New Coach

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Each step of Molly Engstrom’s hockey career has flowed into the other without precise planning or detailed anticipation. From playing on the outdoor rink in her tiny hometown to enjoying a lengthy run on U.S. national teams, the …