Fast News for Dec. 21

Forums canceled

Two public forums in Amherst and Mont Vernon scheduled for this week to explains how school consolidation would take place have been canceled.

Instead, attorneys from the firm of Soule, Leslie and Kidder were scheduled to give an update on consolidation to the SAU board on Dec. 19.

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Winter fishing

CONCORD – Winter anglers in New Hampshire had some trout stocked especially for them this year. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department stocks trout during the fall months, mostly to bolster the winter ice fishery. This should translate into some exciting action for the state’s anglers this winter, according to Inland Fisheries Division Chief Jason Smith.

Anglers can also find lists of waters that remain open to the taking of trout year round on the Fish and Game website.

For lakes and ponds, visit

For rivers and streams, see

Rules for waterbodies with special regulations are listed in the N.H. Freshwater Fishing Digest, available from license agents or on the Fish and Game website at

The following is a list of New Hampshire lakes and ponds that were stocked with trout during the fall of 2017: Akers Pond, Errol; Cedar Pond, Milan; Big Diamond Pond, Stewartstown; Martin Meadow Pond, Lancaster; Pearl Lake, Lisbon; and Streeter Pond, Sugar Hill. There are many more New Hampshire waterbodies open for year-round fishing besides those on the list.

LEGO League

WINDHAM – More than 1000 cheered on 400 contestants, ages 9 to16 (ages vary by country), at the annual FIRST LEGO League NH State Championship at Windham High School on Dec. 4. Team Hollis Thunder, from Hollis, won the first-place Champion’s Award. This award qualified the team to represent New Hampshire at the 2018 World Championship to be held in Detroit, Mich., on April 18-21. The second-place Champion’s Award went to team Wisdom Hunters, from Nashua. The top teams won by embodying the program’s Core Values of teamwork and mutual respect while achieving excellence and innovation in both a robot game and innovative project.

FIRST LEGO League is an international program for 9- to 16-year-old children (ages vary by country) created in a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Group in 1998 to get children excited about science and technology – and teach them valuable career and life skills. Children work alongside adult Mentors to design, build, and program autonomous robots using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their research project.

This year’s Challenge – HYDRO DYNAMICSSM – called for teams to research and present their own creative solutions to the real-world topic: water.

The competition is judged in three areas: Project; Robot Design, and Core Values, which embody aspects of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Top robot game scores are also honored.

Other local teams receiving awards were:

FROM BEDFORD: Research Award given to Incredible Robotic Masterminds team.

FROM HOLLIS: 1st Place Champions Award and 1st Place Robot Performance Award given to Hollis Thunder team.

FROM LITCHFIELD: Inspiration Award given to Circuit Breakers team.

FROM MERRIMACK: Presentation Award given to Robot Rockstars team.

FROM MILFORD: Programming Award Award given to Mindstorms Mayhem team.

FROM NASHUA: Strategy and Innovation Award given to the AweSTEM team.

The Gracious Professionalism Award was given to RoboRangers team.

The second place Champions Award was given to Wisdom Hunters team.

Honor role

RSEC has announced its honor rolls for the Longview School in Deerfield and the RSEC Academy High School in Amherst for the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year. High honors students received no grade lower than a 90 percent and honors students received no grade lower than an 80 percent.

Longview School

High Honors

Hayden Cyr, Exeter


Mira DeStafano, Nashua

The RSEC Academy High School


Lauren Choiniere, Derry

Isaiah Delage, Brookline

Nicole Giles, Merrimack

Giovanna Giuffrida, Methuen, Mass.

Hayden Rogers, Londonderry

Jack Trainor-Auen, Contoocook Valley

Charles Ward, Bedford

Christmas Eve

MILFORD – Why not pause for a moment, step aside from the frenzy and do something traditional this year?

Bring your family to the Milford Oval from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve to join with your friends and neighbors for a traditional, outdoor Christmas Carol service.

Make this Christmas one that your family will always remember as we recall its true meaning amidst the glimmer of lights and the sound of voices on the historic Milford Oval.

The Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols was first hosted on Christmas Eve 1918 in London, England, celebrating the end of the “Great War.” It has remained and is virtually unchanged these past 99 years.

Complimentary hot drinks and refreshments will be served for both young and old to help fend off the New England weather.

For details contact Light of the World Christian Church or Burns Hill Christian Fellowship.