Merrimack News

Romney clear winner in town

Mitt Romney won victory in the state’s Primary 2012 on Tuesday, landing him 38 percent of the statewide votes. In second place was Ron Paul with 23 percent, followed by Huntsman at 17 percent. Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum tied in third place with 9.7 percent each. MICHELE ...

Tracing family tree can be relatively easy

Genealogy guru Janice Webster Brown, of Merrimack, comes from a large family. In fact, the branches of her family tree are accessorized by some 17,000 relatives who she has come to know and love as individuals with meaningful life stories and roots mostly in New Hampshire. Now, the genealogist ...

These slices are nice

We know you like pizza. Last summer during a heat wave, many of you stayed late on the local beaches, called in orders on your cell phones, and had the pizza delivered to your blankets. The change of seasons alters your venue, and possibly your choice of toppings, but it doesn’t ...

Take part in Audobon’s bald eagle survey

January 2012 marks the 32nd consecutive winter that New Hampshire Audubon has coordinated the state’s Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey, and area residents are invited to participate. Part of a national effort, this annual count provides data on the eagle population, as well as an ...

Students e-x-c-i-t-e-d for spelling bee

The annual Watkins Spelling Contest at Merrimack Middle School on Jan. 19 was preceded with some final practice for seventh- and eighth-grade contenders Tuesday. Three team winners from seventh-grade teams and three runners-up, four team winners from eighth-grade, and four runners-up were the ...

Adopt-a-Bill campaign to aid veterans’ utilities fees

MANCHESTER – Liberty House Inc. announces the launch of its third annual Adopt-a-Bill campaign. The program is being repeated again this year to help defray or pay utility and other operational household bills incurred by Liberty House: A transitional house for homeless American ...

Occupy plans public walk

MANCHESTER – Occupy New Hampshire is sponsoring an Operation Pride/Liberty Walk/Stand Up and March for Human Rights on Saturday, Jan. 7, at Veterans Park, Manchester. The public walk, to take off from the Elm Street location at noon, will continue to Victory Park located at the ...

Rotary awarded for work with schools

The Rotary Club of Merrimack received a Gold Circle Achievement Award in recognition of its community partnership with local schools. The award was given by the New Hampshire Partners in Education at an awards dinner on Oct. 25. According to the NHPIE Web site, the award is given to celebrate ...

Where to vote in Tuesday’s primary

Here’s where to vote in the presidential primary Tuesday. All three polling places are open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. WARD 1: James Mastricola Upper Elementary, 26 Baboosic Lake Road. WARD 2: St John Neumann Church, 708 Milford Road. WARD 3: St. James United Methodist Church, 646 Daniel ...

Nominate an unsung hero

CONCORD – The N.H. Children’s Trust, Inc. will celebrate 29 parents from around New Hampshire who are role models for their families and those around them with the fifth annual Unsung Hero Awards ceremony. Parenting is one tough job. Think about the parents around you that ...

FIRST team wins state championship

The NHTreme Team, of Mont Vernon, earned the first-place Champion’s Award and the first-place Robot Performance Award at the 2011 New Hampshire FIRST LEGO League State Championship Tournament. The tournament, sponsored by BAE Systems, was held at Central High School in Manchester on ...

First round of outlet stores revealed

MERRIMACK – The holidays have passed, but town residents can start planning for next year’s shopping season as the first round of stores have been revealed at Merrimack Premium Outlets. Clothing outfitters Nike, Gap, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers and J. Crew top the list ...

Merrimack grad served as intern at Kennedy Center

WASHINGTON ­– The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts selected Andrea Underhill, of Merrimack, for its prestigious, nationally recognized internship program. She served as the Friends of the Kennedy Center intern with development as a part of the DeVos Institute of Arts ...

Early college planning night set

The Merrimack High School Guidance Department announces an evening of Early College Planning presented by the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation, on Tuesday Jan. 10, from 6-7 p.m, in the school theater. The seminar is open to middle and high school students and their parents. ...

Making pens mightier

Merrimack resident Craig Lapiana, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, does some amazing work crafting writing pens out of pine cones. Offer him the brittle skeleton of an old cactus plant or a piece of Brazilian rosewood and he’ll do the same. Designing and crafting ...

Police say calls were not scam

MERRIMACK – A suspected scam that drew several complaints last week from town residents is actually a legitimate fundraising drive by the state Veterans of Foreign Wars group, according to Merrimack Police. Last week, several town residents complained of suspicious phone calls ...

Brookstone’s CEO resigns

Brookstone Inc. has accepted the resignation of Ron Boire, president and CEO and a member of the company’s board of directors. Boire will be joining Sears Holdings Corp. as its new executive vice president, chief merchandising officer and president of its Sears and Kmart formats. ...

Cold weather tips for senior citizens

On behalf of the Merrimack Police Department, we hope all of you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and wish all of you happiness and good health in 2012. When temperatures drop, it is risky for everyone, but for the elderly, it can be fatal. Seniors are particularly susceptible to ...

Mother-daughter book bonding at library

It’s so hard these days for parents to spend quality time with their children. Between work, after school activities, and the distractions of everyday life sometimes quality time with children can take a back seat. When it comes to mothers and their daughters time together can be ...

Anonymous gift spurs writer to vie for $25k

Merrimack’s Margaret Bagley has a way with words. Officials at Reader’s Digest evidently concur for they recently published a short story of hers – a contest entry about a childhood memory regarding an anonymous donor and a most unusual Christmas gift. Bagley not ...