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2nd skating rink AMHERST – The town already has one ice skating pond, and eventually there could be a second, much larger one, at the Bean Field complex. Town Recreation Director Craig Fraley told selectmen his department is trying to get funding for a 75 by 100-foot PortaRinx that ...

Amherst’s Peabody Mill losing money

AMHERST – The Peabody Mill Environmental Center has been losing money in recent years, and Recreation Director Craig Fraley told selectmen that expanding its summer camp to a full day might put it back in the black. Town recreation programs in general are self-funded, with fees ...

VFW has ‘empty shelves’ Hollis veterans seek donations

HOLLIS – For 22 years, the Hollis Veterans of Foreign Wars has been helping local veterans in need. Last week, for example, Commander Jim Belanger and about 10 other veterans showed up around 9 a.m. at the home of Lou Tyska and spent the day building a handicap ramp to the ...

Heritage apples are coming back to the region

GREENFIELD – There are perhaps 8,000 varieties of apples in the world. And because they easily cross pollinate, and naturally mutate, orchardists are constantly finding new varieties. A couple dozen kinds are available at the local supermarket and maybe a half dozen more of the ...

Wilton to get new ambulance

WILTON – The town’s new ambulance, authorized at the last town meeting, will arrive the week of Oct. 20. Ambulance service director Gary Zirpolo met with selectmen Monday, Sept. 29, to discuss the disposal of the 2001 vehicle. In a display of community cooperation, the ...

Amherst police open office in Walmart

AMHERST – The police department will soon open a field office at the Walmart Superstore. Chief Mark Reams told selectmen recently that the office will be used randomly by patrol officers to increase police visibility. The store has seen a substantial increase in shoplifting, he ...

Eight days til Milford Pumpkin Festival

MILFORD – The first Milford pumpkin festival was held during the tail end of a hurricane. Marilyn Kenison, one of the organizers, remembers standing among the pumpkins soaking wet, and Dick McDonald motioned for her to come over to his shop, and she wound up drying her hair in his ...

2014 Best of Souhegan winners

Accountant/CPA: Jason Cillo Steele Associates Tax Preparation & Business Services Alternative Heating Solution Company: RDP Water Systems Antique Shop: Robin’s Egg Appliance Store: Brennan & MacKay Art Gallery: Andres Institute of Art Art/Framer: Casual Cat Attorney: David ...

Fast News

Fires alter assessments AMHERST – Two families whose homes were badly damaged by fire this year will get breaks on their property taxes. Selectmen voted recently to approve the prorated assessments based on a new state law. The house owned by Vince D. Paul and Dale Helen Macguire at ...

‘Fish camp’ may require a permit

WILTON – The owners of the so-called “fish camp” on Route 31 north will need a building permit for the structure they have moved onto the property if it exceeds 200 square feet in area, and the new building must be within the footprint of the former camp. A deck, ...

Dredging of Milford’s Osgood Pond should begin soon

MILFORD – Dredging a small part of the weed-choked Osgood Pond is scheduled to begin soon, and selectmen say they are looking for government grants that would allow the town to dredge more. Plans call for Steve Trombly Excavating of Milford to dig up between one and two acres of the ...

Breach of Milford beaver dam upsets some residents

MILFORD – A few residents joined environmental activist Suzanne Fournier Monday night as she continued to criticize town officials for breaching the dam at Heron Pond. Fournier, who wrote in a letter to the editor of The Cabinet last week that removing part of the dam will harm many ...

‘They are running out of water’ Milford could extend Elm St. water main

MILFORD – Businesses on the west end of Elm Street are in desperate need of water, the town water and sewer commissioners told selectmen recently as they proposed a 3,200 foot extension of the Elm Street water main. Commissioners asked for a warrant article on the ballot next March, ...

Memorial service Sunday for Amherst murder victim

AMHERST – There will be a memorial service Sunday afternoon for the Amherst woman who died at her home last week, the victim of a murder-suicide. Elizabeth “Betsey” Gage Davis Trombly will be remembered at a 3 p.m. service at the Congregational Church of Amherst ...

What about best for the nation?

We often marvel at how parochial political candidates think we are. They run campaigns for national office, ­­ the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, ­­ as if they were running for the Statehouse, promising to put the needs of their state first. What about the needs of the nation? Holding ...

Cemetery care wrongly paid

Mike Akillian certainly has a point. The Amherst selectman was amazed to find out that taxpayers’ money has been used to fund the entire cost of cemetery maintenance for the past 10 years. It isn’t supposed to be. Cemetery trust funds exist for that purpose. Selectmen ...

Airman Adrien-James B. Crete

Air Force Airman Adrien-James B. Crete recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Crete is a 2012 graduate of Souhegan High School in Amherst.

Household hazardous waste collection scheduled in Nashua

NASHUA – The Nashua Regional Planning Commission will hold its next household hazardous waste collection from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Nashua Public Works Garage, 9 Stadium Drive. The collection is open to residents of Nashua, Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, ...