Fire Causes Extensive Damage to Newport Mobile Home

A mobile home atfireflames 875 Rt. 10 South in Newport caught on fire on Friday just after 11:30 am.  Lt. Conroy of the Newport Fire Department said the home owner was trying to start his lawn mower when a spark hit the grass and started to burn.  The burning debris was picked up by the wind and landed on the roof starting the fire. The 1 Alarm Fire was called in at 11:58 am and was deemed under control at 12:17 pm. The fire left extensive roof damage to the home of Marlene and Dalton West.  Claremont, Newbury, Sunapee, and Goshen, aided with the blaze and Claremont covered the station.

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Stevens’ High School Hosts Meet and Greet for Principal Finalist

stevens principal finalistJennifer Prileson is one of the finalists to replace Stevens’ High School principal Frank Sprague met with students, parents, teachers and community members on Thursday.  Prileson is currently assistant principal at Indian River School in Canaan and said the first challenge she would tackle is the school’s accreditation.  Prileson said she has worked in schools seeking accreditation and understands the process.  Prileson has 33 experiences as an educator and see the renovations at the high school a beginning of growth.  On Monday there is a second meet and greet from 2-3:30 pm  for the second finalist  Patricia Barry who is currently principal of the Hillsboro-Deering Middle School in Hillsboro.

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Lebanons’ New Fire Truck to Arrive in May

Lebanonfire truck Fire Chief, Chris Christopoulos and Captain Chris Simon went to Emergency One, Inc. (E-One), in Ocala FL earlier this week to  inspect the  City’s new “Quint” Fire Apparatus which is due to arrive in May.   The Quint is a combination Ladder Truck Pumper with a 75 foot ladder and holds 380 gallons of water.  Chief Christopoulos says it will replace two of the Fire Department Trucks a tanker and a ladder.  The Quint will hold less water than their old tanker,  but it really is not a big concern says the Chief since most of the West side of Lebanon has fire hydrants.  The Quint’s large 75’ ladder allows for rapid deployment of the aerial device for rescue or to implement an aggressive exterior attack for a large fire.

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Stevens’ Science Teacher Nominated for Teacher of the Year

A Stevens’Ferland High School Science teacher is nominated for Teacher of the Year.  Erica  G. Ferland has taught at Steven’s High School for the past seven years and met with NH State Board of Education Commissioner Virginia Barry on Wednesday in addition to  receiving a letter from Governor Hassan.  Ferland says she has never worked a day in her life and loves what she does and hopes it comes through in her lessons. The science teacher says her master’s degree was based on creativity in the scientific message and she encourages her students to take the ball and run with it allowing them to own their education.  Semi finalists will be chosen later this month and the Teacher of the Year for 2015 will be announced in the Fall.

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Four Arrested Hartford Drug Bust

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Top L-R Jason Joyce, and Alicia Vasquezi Bottom L-R Julie Rocco and Shane Trombley

Hartford Police seized Heroin, cocaine, Clonazepam and Suboxone from a South Main Street residence in White River Junction on Thursday afternoon on a search warrant. Arrested Julie Rocco 36, and Shane Trombley 41, both of White River and Jason Joyce 29, and Alicia Vasquezi 25,  both of Grafton NH. All four were charged with felony possession of heroin, and cocaine.  Rocco was also charged with felony possession of narcotics and the other three were charged with misdemeanor possession of narcotics.  All four were released and will appear in Windsor Superior Court on April 11 at 12:30 pm to answer the charges.  Both Vasquezi and Joyce were arrested yesterday for felony possession of heroin.  Police notified DCF as Vasquezi is alleged to be pregnant.

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Claremont Councilman Questions $2,000 Raise for Administrators and Department Heads

Claremontjames reed question’s City Councilman James Reed made a motion to exempt  grades 11 and 12 which are department heads and administrators should not receive  the$2,000 merit raise Wednesday’s Council meeting. Reed went on to say that department heads received raises of $8,000 – $10,000 raises last year, while other employees did not.   Finance Director Mary Walters said the $2,000 across the board raise is in lieu of a 2 percent raise.  Council members Nick Koloski and John Simonds questioned the wording of the original amendment that said the Personal Committee read and approved the merit raise when they did not.  The Council agreed to have the committee go over the amended ordinance and  to vote on it at the final public hearing at next month’s council meeting.

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Hartford Police Arrest Three in Drug Bust

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L-R Jason Joyce, Heath Lashway, Alicia Vasquezi Photos courtesy of Hartford Police

Hartford Police executed a search warrant on Tuesday at a Connecticut River Road residence in White River Junction.  Among items seized were cash, a felony amount of heroin and heroin packaging materials. Police arrested Heath Lashway, 34 of Hartford, Alicia Vasquezi 25, and Jason Joyce 30, both of Grafton, NH on possession of heroin.  All three were cited to appear in court at a later date to answer the charges.

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Meet and Greet for Stevens’ High School Principal Finalists

stevens high school The Stevens High School Principal Search Committee is inviting parents, students, teachers, and the public to meet and greet events with two Stevens High School Principal finalists. On Thursday April 10 Ms. Jennifer Prileson current assistant principal at Indian River School will be in the upper library at Steven’s High School from 2 – 3:30 pm. The second meet and greet is on Monday, April 14 to meet Ms. Patricia Barry current principal of Hillsboro Deering Middle School also in the upper library from 2- 3:30 pm.  Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin said at last week’s School board meeting that he is willing to start over, advertising the position again if neither Prileson nor Barry is the right fit for the school, noting the position was too important to rush into.

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Weare NH Man Falls In Great Gully – Rescues Self

A Weare NH man self rescued himself after falling in the Great Gully in Low and Burbank’s Grant on Monday afternoon.  FiNH Fish and Game Shieldsh and Game Officials say Patrick Luk 22, was attempting to ski the Great Gully when an ice slab he was standing on broke away and sent him plummeting into the ravine.  Luk fell several hundred feet before coming to a stop on the floor of the ravine.  Luk suffered head and leg injuries during the fall despite wearing a helmet.  He was unable to connect with 911 and spent 7 and ½ hours shimmying, crawling, and walking out of the ravine to his vehicle shortly after 11:30 pm.    A rescue mission was started around 10:30 pm after Luk’s mother reported she had not heard from her son in several hours. Rescuers were minutes from the Appalachia trail head when Luk arrived at his vehicle. Luk was evaluated at the scene and transported by Gorham EMS to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin where he was admitted for treatment of his injuries.

 

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Claremont Opera House Hosts Americana’s Most Wanted

Join Claremont Opecafe_58_logora House for a memorable night of American music as a part of the Café 58 music series.  Americana’s Most Wanted plays the music of composers like Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, Roger Miller, Willie Nelson and more.  Rob Oxford (guitar), Dave Clark (upright bass), Steve Hennig (banjo), Mike Kelly (mandolin) and Ford Daley (dobra and harmonica) invite you to sing along on stage as they play songs like “King of the Road”, “Jambalaya”, “Kansas City”, “This Land is Your Land”!

Advance tickets for this event are priced at $17.64 honoring Claremont’s 250th.  Tickets can be purchased by phone at 603-542-4433, in person at 58 Opera House Square or online at Claremont Opera House.org.   Ticket price includes complimentary coffee, tea and assorted pastries, fruit, etc

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