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Grading policy meeting Oct. 13 The “No homework-grade” policy affects your child’s GPA. A town hall meeting will be held to discuss the Merrimack School District’s administrative change to the homework “protocol,” that homework assignments will no longer be factored into a ...

Applewild School honored behind MIT and McGill University

FITCHBURG, Mass. – The Applewild School Development Office was awarded the 2017 CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) District 1 Bronze Award for Excellence in the Annual Giving Program, behind Silver winner MIT and Gold recipient, McGill University. Kelly Jennison, director ...

Where the Wild Things Are

AMHERST – “My Dad’s head would explode,” at the idea of leaving fall leaves on the ground or letting daffodils and other weeds run rampant on his lawn, Alicia Geilen told her audience at Parkhurst Place recently. But if you want to attract interesting critters to your backyard, skipping ...

Chamber honors local business

NASHUA AND BEDFORD – EmbroidMe/Fully Promoted of Nashua and Bedford was recently recognized by the Merrimack Chamber of Commerce, receiving the organization’s 2017 Business Excellence Award for Small Business of the Year. This special recognition by the chamber holds a special prestige ...

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Devanna steps up

Football and all sports for that matter test character and will. Football at Merrimack High School this fall tested a friendship. Put an “A+” on the permanent records of Ryan Devanna and Ben Eichman for handling this one. Devanna, a junior, and Eichman, a sophomore, were presented with the ...

Tomahawk football rolling with 2-0 start

Led by four combined touchdowns involving the Eichman brothers, Merrimack easily outpaced Bishop Guertin at home on Friday night, 42-19. The game’s first touchdown involved both brothers, with junior Ben hooking up with senior Joe on a 44-yard completion on Merrimack’s third play from ...

Silver Knights success on and off field

NASHUA – It was a banner 2017 season for the Nashua Silver Knights. On and off the field. You wonder just how much better things can get for the local Futures Collegiate League entry. With the two extra playoff games, which drew about a combined 3,500-plus, the team ended up drawing close to ...

Soucy excited to take over Tomahawks program

Merrimack High School principal Ken Johnson said the Tomahawks would have a new athletic director during the month of September, and he wasn’t kidding. Johnson and school officials wasted no time after the resignation of former AD Eric Sabean in naming Mike Soucy, a counselor at the school, ...

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Group extends ‘huge thank you‘ to the Merrimack community

To the Editor: On Saturday, Sept. 9, Merrimack Friends and Families hosted a community yard sale. When you support Merrimack Friends and Families Yard Sale, whether it be though volunteering, donating or shopping, you are supporting our community. All of our proceeds go towards our charitable ...

Farm animals merit love, respect

To the Editor: We are a nation of special observances. There is even a World Day for Farm Animals, observed on Oct. 2 (Gandhi’s birthday). Apparently, it’s intended to memorialize the tens of billions of animals abused and killed for food. Like most others, I always thought of farm animals ...

YMCA food drive benefits shelter

To the Editor: The YMCA of Greater Nashua is pleased to share that its food drive during the month of September netted more than 130 cases of non-perishable food, diapers and personal hygiene items. This week the Y delivered these items to the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter. One of the Y’s ...

Service project supports town

To the Editor: Merrimack Friends and Families gives to our community in so many ways. Our Service programs are scheduled throughout the year and our members volunteer their time to support our projects. Last year our membership logged over 380 hours of volunteer service time. The first service ...

Obituaries | VIEW ALL

Rena K. Vanni

Rena K. Vanni, 96, of Wilton, NH, passed away peacefully at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH, on Thursday, October 5, 2017. She was born November 25, 1920, in Wilton, NH, the daughter of Italo Vanni and Malvina (Paulini) Vanni. Rena was a graduate of Wilton High School. She spent ...

Martha L. ‘Patty’ Burke

TEMPLE, NH – Martha L. “Patty” Burke, 70, resident of Temple, NH, died peacefully October 4, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua, NH surrounded by her family. She was born in Paterson, NJ, February 10, 1947, a daughter of the late Arthur J. and Margaret N. (Hansen) Burke. Patty was ...

James A. DeWitt

MONT VERNON, NH – Volunteer fire Captain and Navy veteran James Adrian DeWitt, 61, passed away after a brief illness at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH on October 7th, 2017 surrounded by his family and their love. Jim was born on July 14, 1956 in Attleboro, Massachusetts, a ...

Kelly J. Shepard

Kelly J. Shepard, 59, of Keene, passed away suddenly in the comfort of her home on October 6, 2017. She was born September 2, 1958 in Claremont, NH, the daughter of Simonne (Choquette) and Jay Shepard. She grew up in Milford, NH and was a high school graduate from MASH with the class of 1976. ...