Merrimack News

Across the region, students heading back to school

Custodians are prepping classrooms, teachers are toting supplies and students are soaking up the summer before back-to-school arrives for local school districts. Merrimack schools start later than most in the region as part of a teachers’ master agreement that says school cannot ...

One for the books at library

Staffers in the Merrimack Library’s children’s department received a helping hand this summer from Hudson resident Liz Rufiange, a senior from Plymouth State University who spent her summer vacation as a library volunteer – an unpaid intern amid a world of books ...

Awards cite the best of the valley

May Balsama has an interesting take on why the Best of the Souhegan Region awards are so important to businesses in the nine towns involved in the voting: the uniqueness of those towns and the fact that they are not part of Manchester, nor part of Nashua. “The readers’ ...

Holton name VP of SJCS

MERRIMACK – Brooke Holton has been named Vice President of St. Joseph Community Services (SJCS), the provider of Meals On Wheels/Community Dining in Hillsborough County. SJCS serves an average 1,650 meals per day. During her tenure, Brooke has streamlined and standardized operations, ...

Friedman honored as Community Champion

MERRIMACK – Steve Friedman was recently honored as a recipient of the Bellwether Community Champion award, presented to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to their community. On July 30, Friedman threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a New Hampshire Fisher Cats ...

Merrimack ranked among nation’s top towns in Money Magazine poll

MERRIMACK – Merrimack may not be the best place to live in the country. But it’s back in the running, according to Money Magazine One year after dropping from the national magazine’s list of best places to live, Merrimack has returned to the ...

Bacteria warning lifted at Merrimack park

MERRIMACK – A state advisory warning of high E. coli levels at Wasserman Park has been lifted after tests showed the levels have returned to normal. The warning, issued Friday, advised swimmers not to jump into Naticook Lake at the popular town beach due to E. coli levels that ...

Mom, TD Bank give back to community

A mother of two young children, Connor, 3, and Reagan, 2, a bank manager, and a community activist in her free time is how Beth Persch describes herself. With little time left from her busy life, she focuses her spare time on local groups that support the success of future generations. ...

Merrimack woman dies in rollover crash

BEDFORD – A Merrimack resident was killed Monday after the vehicle she was a passenger in rolled over. Gina Lemire, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene of the southbound ramp to the F.E. Everett Turnpike from Route 101 Eastbound in Bedford. According to police, the driver of the ...

Share your thoughts, memories

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, we would like to hear from you, our readers. We invite you to share with us your thoughts, impressions and memories of those attacks and ...

Ride raises money to fight Parkinson’s

When Chris Woods, an avid cyclist from Merrimack, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 41, the goal was to find a bicycle ride that raised money for Parkinson’s research. Three years later, the New England Parkinson’s Ride was organized. This ...

Merrimack man takes part in Pan Mass Challenge

Merrimack resident, Tom Erickson, (4th from right in attached photo) recently participated in the Pan Mass Challenge as part of the fundraising/cycling team for Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company (Cambridge, MA), where his wife, Christine Regan, is employed as Associate Director, ...

Annual peach festival returns this weekend

The peach is perhaps the most versatile of all the fruits. Of course, one simply can bite into a fresh peach off a tree, but there are several other ways to enjoy one. If you’d like one with a slice of toast, simply create a peach jam. How about some for dessert? There’s ...

Government attacks are attacks on selves

While political discourse has taken a dive in terms of civility and substance, actually something far more sinister and frightening is occurring. There are people who are attacking the basic structure of our government and our faith in it. A few are even talking openly about secession because ...

Bear calls nothing new for animal control

Black bears have been popular guests in backyards this summer, making media headlines by interrupting Monopoly games or stopping by to investigate bird feeders and suet surrounding residents’ homes. Although their visits can cause a stir when people spot them, Bedford Animal Control ...

Scholars

Assumption College The following local students were named to the spring 2011 dean’s list at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. FROM MERRIMACK: Brendan McGee, Jeffrey Starr. SNHU The The following local students were named to the spring 2011 president’s list at ...

School field trips set to go in Merrimack after school board approves funding

MERRIMACK – With a bump in available cash as a result of revised state budget figures, members of the School Board have voted to restore more than $60,000 in district spending for field trips and classroom furniture. Administrators had planned to freeze funding for the out-of-school ...

People in the news

Friedman honored as Community Champion MERRIMACK – Steve Friedman was recently honored as a recipient of the Bellwether Community Champion award, presented to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to their community. On July 30, Friedman threw out the ceremonial ...

Scholars

Assumption college The following local student graduated this spring from Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. FROM MERRIMACK: Brendan McGee received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Central Wyoming College Kevin Pelsinski, of Merrimack, was named to the spring 2011 dean’s list at ...