Winter Special Olympics Volunteers

Winter Special Olympics Volunteers A group of MHS students volunteered as timers and trail spotters at the Winter Special Olympics Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing events at Waterville Valley on Tuesday, March 3.  Even though the weather was a bit chilly, all agreed it was an awesome experience!   Article source: http://www.merrimack.k12.nh.us/news.cfm?NWID=99904

Crushed cars fall off truck onto I-295, snarl morning commute

Three crushed cars fell off a carrier truck onto Interstate 295 in Portland Friday morning. The accident happened on Tukey’s Bridge at about 7:30 a.m. Maine State Police said the truck, owned by Lambert’s Auto and Truck Recycler’s, of Rochester, New Hampshire, was heading north when the crushed vehicles fell off and landed in lanes […]

Legislative committees reject change in seat belt law, driver cellphone ban

A pair of bills which take up a ban on driver cellphone use and relaxing Maine’s seat belt law did not win approval in a legislative committee on Friday. The Transportation Committee unanimously rejected Republican Sen. Eric Brakey’s bill to allow people over the age of 17 to not wear their seat belts. The same […]

Jury finds Orono man guilty of kidnapping, murder

It took a Bangor jury one hour on Friday to convict Kyle Dube of kidnapping and murdering 15-year-old Nichole Cable in May of 2013. Members of Cable’s family clapped and cried in the courtroom after the verdict was read.Dube did not react but did turn to look at his family before he was led out […]

Hopkinton to host distance snowball throw

After arctic weather postponed it, Hopkinton’s snowball slingshot festival is on for this Sunday. The Funnelator field will be open for competition at the library field from 2 to 4 p.m. March 8. Hopkinton Recreation Department host the event which features teams of three competing for distance using a handmade launcher. Horse-drawn sleigh rides, a […]

Rare bird alert: Bohemian waxwing flocks sighted

An irregular visitor in winter from the  far north, several flocks of Bohemian waxwings have been spotted in the Granite State this past week. Slightly larger than a  cedar waxwing, with a reddish brown under its tail, Bohemian waxwings only come as far south as states which border Canada. Sightings during the past week included: […]

Experience maple sugaring at Rocks Estate next week

Drill a tap into a maple tree, lug buckets of sweet sap and boil it and sample the sweet taste of syrup as part of the New Hampshire Maple Experience at the Rocks Estate. This classic New England program begins its weekends of hands-on education to the public at 10 a.m. March 14. Last year, […]

Route 125 closed in Brentwood after serious crash

Route 125 in Brentwood was closed in both directions Friday morning after a serious crash. Route 125 in Brentwood was closed in both directions Friday morning after a serious crash. More Click to view images from the scene. The crash occurred in the area of Crawley Falls Road. The severity of any injuries was not […]

Hockey coach injured in fall makes strides toward recovery

The Oyster River hockey coach who was seriously injured when he fell off a roof while shoveling is on the road to recovery. A community is rallying around a high school hockey coach who was hospitalized with a head injury after falling from a roof. More According to his family’s Facebook page, Griffin Richard is […]

Aaron Hernandez trial resumes after juror note delay

The Massachusetts murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is back underway after the judge received a note from a juror. Click to view live testimony and live updates from the courtroom. Hernandez is charged with murder in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s […]

Driver hits Israeli border police

A Palestinian man rammed into a cyclist and four Israeli border police while he was driving in Jerusalem on Friday, authorities and first responders said. Witnesses said the man drove off the side of the road to hit his victims. They were taken to the hospital with light to moderate injuries. Authorities are treating the […]

Mother stands by son’s ’50 Shades’ costume

A British mother is standing by her decision to let her son, 11, wear a “Fifty Shades of Grey” costume to his school’s World Book Day celebration. “Fifty Shades of Grey” tells the tale of a naive college graduate’s energetic trysts with a billionaire — Christian Grey — who has a penchant for bondage. The […]

Unemployment rate falls to seven-year low

The winter weather didn’t cool the job market in February. The U.S. economy added 295,000 jobs in February, which crushed expectations. That beat the estimate from CNNMoney’s survey of economists, who predicted 235,000 job gains. February’s job growth shows how far the economy has come in a year. It’s the 12th straight month that the […]

Peeps-flavored milk hits food stores

Prairie Farms is releasing Peeps-flavored milk just in time for Easter. The Peeps milk will be available in three flavors: “Marshmallow Milk,” reduced-fat “Chocolate Marshmallow Milk” and reduced-fat “Easter Egg Nog.” The Peeps-flavored milk has 37 grams of sugar per cup per serving, almost three times the amount of sugar than regular Prairie Farms whole […]

Bill aimed at ensuring fair pint of beer passes Maine panel

A bill seeking to crack down on “cheater pints” of beer has overcome its first hurdle in the Maine Legislature. The Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee voted 12-2 Wednesday in support of Democratic Sen. John Patrick’s bill. The version the committee supported would require bars and restaurants that advertise that a beer is a pint […]

Firefighters soap up dog to escape tight spot

A California pooch got caught in a tight spot, but some nimble thinking by firefighters saved him. A blind dog lost in the bitter cold of Alaska for two weeks found her way home last week. More For Rami the dog, the story begins in south Georgia, where he’s found wandering in a backyard. He’s […]

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley visits Concord

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is returning to the early voting state of New Hampshire as he continues to weigh a 2016 presidential bid. Martin O’Malley (D) is a possible candidate for president in 2016. More O’Malley will attend a fundraiser with Merrimack County Democrats at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord Friday evening and an event […]

Under Obama, 4 in 10 say race relations are worse

Four in 10 Americans say race relations in the United States have gotten worse under the nation’s first black president, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. And 50 years after the Bloody Sunday march marked a turning point in the civil rights movement, many still see discrimination in the nation’s voting practices and criminal justice […]

North Korea applauds ‘knife attack of justice’

A man opposed to joint South Korean-U.S. military drills attacked the American ambassador in Seoul, slashing his face and arm as he was about to give a speech Thursday morning, authorities said. North Korea quickly called the stabbing a “knife attack of justice” and said it reflected “anti-U.S. sentiment” in South Korea. Authorities have obtained […]

Deadly superbug scopes sold without approval

CNN has learned that the manufacturer of the endoscope involved in two superbug deaths at UCLA never obtained permission to sell the device, according to an official at the Food and Drug Administration. The same superbug that contributed to two deaths in Los Angeles has been reported in North Carolina, where one person has died, […]

Tufts Health Plan entering NH market

One of the largest insurers in Massachusetts is starting a health insurance company with five hospitals in New Hampshire. The new company, called Tufts Health Freedom Plan, is a joint venture between Tufts Health Plan and the Granite Healthcare Network. The network includes Catholic Medical Center, Concord Hospital, Lakes Region General Hospital, Southern New Hampshire […]

Glenn Beck’s top execs quit to form digital media startup

Glenn Beck’s top two lieutenants have left Beck’s Internet and television channel, TheBlaze, and are starting a new venture together. The departing executives are Chris Balfe, who was Beck’s CEO, and Joel Cheatwood, who was president and chief content officer. According to people familiar with their plans, the two men are building a digital media startup […]

Louis C.K. not laughing over judge’s pension ruling

Louis C.K.’s fans know him as a stand-up comic and star of his own comedy series, but a New York judge has ruled that he is a full-time film editor. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Katherine Polk Failla means that the FX star owes much larger payments to a union’s health and pension […]

Wilfork says Patriots won’t pick up option

Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said Thursday that the New England Patriots informed him they will not pick up the option in his contract. Wilfork made the announcement on Twitter, thus ending his 11-year run with the franchise and making him a free agent when the league year begins March 10. Wilfork, 33, started every game […]

Flames beat Bruins in shootout

Sean Monahan scored Calgary’s first goal at Boston in more than eight years, and the Flames earned their first road win against the Bruins since 2003 with a 4-3 shootout victory on Thursday night. David Schlemko ended the shootout in the eighth round with a series of fakes on Boston goalie Tuukka Rask, who wasn’t […]

Hunter makes Twins return in win over Red Sox

Torii Hunter drove in a run in his first plate appearance with the Minnesota Twins in eight years, helping defeat the Boston Red Sox 9-8 on Thursday night. Hunter, who played for the Twins from 1997-2007, finished 1-for-3. Dustin Pedroia had three hits, including a grand slam, for the Red Sox and scored two runs. […]