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Merrimack News

Seeking essay, poetry and art entries

Creative Communication is accepting applications for its Spring 2012 Essay, Poetry and Art Contest. Thousands in prizes and awards will be awarded to students and schools in the area. The Essay Contest divisions are: Grades 3-6, 7-9, and 10-12, with 10 top winners in each division. To enter ...

Skating rink is open

Families and hockey players have been honing their skating skills at the Merrimack ice rink. The ice skating rink, located behind the tennis courts on O’Gara Drive, is open for the season. The recent weather conditions have made it possible to prepare the rink for ice skating. The ...

Lions thank store owner

Submitted photo On Jan. 25, Richard Lehtinen, right, past president of the Merrimack Lions, presented a plaque to Dan Brown of Brown’s Village Depot for his invaluable assistance with the 2011 Scavenger Hunt. Brown allowed members of the Lions to sell tickets and check in ...

High school presents Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’

The Merrimack High School Theatre Department will be performing William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4, at 7 p.m., at 38 McElwain St. Merrimack. Tickets, which will be sold at the door, are $10 for students and seniors and $12 for ...

Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with vintage films

MANCHESTER – A festival of classic silent film romances is coming to area communities to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The films, starring such early Hollywood legends as Rudolph Valentino and Greta Garbo, will be accompanied by live music. The screenings include: ? Tuesday, ...

Guinta aide to hold office hours in town

U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta has announced that his Senior Projects Director David Tille will hold public office hours in Merrimack. “As part of our efforts to serve the constituents of the First Congressional District, I encourage anyone who has a problem with the federal government, or ...

‘I Love You’ staged at Manchester theater

MANCHESTER – Manchester Community Theater/Second Stage will present the musical comedy revue “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” on Feb. 9, 11 and 12 at the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire Theatre, 698 Beech St. This adult-themed show looks at ...

Student a finalist in fashion competition

Teresa Calabro, a Fisher College student from Merrimack, has been selected as a finalist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Project Debussy, a unique fashion competition featuring evening wear inspired by the music of the composer Claude Debussy. The contest was scheduled in ...

A slice of heaven

There is no Billy behind Billy’s Famous Pizza. But there is Anesti and Loui, and, according to readers, they make the best pizza in town. Billy’s, owned and operated for 11 years by Anesti and Loui Kalampalikis, was voted Merrimack’s best pizza by a wide margin ...

Italian American Foundation Scholarships The Italian American Foundation awards nearly 100 annual scholarships that range from $2,000 to $10,000 each in the humanities, medicine, business, engineering, music, Italian language and culture and other specialized fields. Scholarship winners are ...

Musicians wanted for band, chorus

Merrimack Concert Association, always seeking new members, extends an invitation to amateur and professional adult musicians, as well as high school students, to join the concert band and chorus. Rehearsals for the May 12 Spring Concert will resume in February. If you play a band instrument ...

Town seeks help in creating dog park

MERRIMACK – Watson Park is going to the dogs. Six years after town residents Harold and Barbara Watson donated the park to the town as a recreational center, local officials are working to honor the couple’s wish to create the town’s first dog park. The project ...

Neighbors toe the thin blue line

Stifle the gossip if you see your neighbor riding in a police car. The person suited up in a bullet-proof vest, seated next to the driver, probably is one of two dozen local men and women enrolled in a 10-week Merrimack Police Department Citizens’ Academy, launched Jan. 18. The ...

Swan Chocolates opens new 2nd-floor cafe

There’s a new sweet spot in Merrimack – the Chocolate Cafe is the place to linger a while on the second floor of Swan Chocolates. A full renovation of the upper-level space, a part of the 1840s historical building, is complete. Chocolate lovers from Merrimack and elsewhere ...

Pennichuck $200m acquisition complete

Nashua officially took over Pennichuck Corp. and its water utilities on Wednesday; a plan 10 years in the making. Last week, the city announced it had secured the funding necessary to complete the $200 million acquisition. An agreement and plan of merger was reached, and Pennichuck and the ...

Winter Carnival planning is starting to heat up

Planning is underway for the 20th annual Winter Carnival at Wasserman Park. The Merrimack Parks & Recreation Department and the Parks and Recreation Committee are proud to host this event scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, from noon-3 p.m. Enjoy a day of free family activities, including a ...

Town man receives promotion at Derry’s Pinkerton Academy

Pinkerton Academy has announced two appointments in its communications department. Chip Underhill, of Merrimack, has been named to a newly expanded position of executive director of public relations and external affairs. Underhill is responsible for managing or assisting with external and ...

Super spellers strut their stuff

Merrimack Middle School hosted its annual Watkins Spelling Contest on Jan. 19. The Watkins Spelling Contest was started in 1955 by the late Harry Watkins, a longtime resident of Merrimack who donated $1,000 to establish spelling bees in the district’s schools. The following students ...

In House, Guinta aims to reflect state’s values

WASHINGTON – As the congressional returns began to pour in on Election Day in November 2010, Frank Guinta surrounded himself with family members, campaign staff and friends in a suite at the Radisson Hotel in his hometown of Manchester. The pre-election polls had been running in ...