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In reversal, Claremont City Council sends charter amendment to ballot
04-11-2024 5:08 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — In a reversal of its decision last month, the City Council voted 8-0 to put a proposed amendment to the city charter on the November 2025 ballot.The amendment seeks to institute a citizen referendum process that would give residents the...

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Claremont residents call on City Council to remove ex-officer from appointed posts
04-12-2024 6:47 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — City councilors are saying little about a scathing statement read by a local business owner at this week’s City Council meeting demanding the council remove their former colleague, Jon Stone, from two appointed positions he holds with the...


Board waives site review for Valley Regional employee housing
04-09-2024 7:30 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — Valley Regional Hospital’s proposal to renovate a four-story building on the hospital campus as housing for visiting nurses and other workers took a step forward this week when the Planning Board granted the hospital a waiver of site plan...


Former Claremont officer threatened violence, recently released records say
04-08-2024 8:21 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

CLAREMONT — A state legislator who boasts of being “tough on crime” when he was a Claremont cop in the early 2000s openly talked about killing the city’s police chief and raping his wife, and staging a mass shooting at the police station, according to...


Upper Valley weekend fires damage grandstand, apartment and barn
04-08-2024 8:15 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WEST LEBANON — Firefighters in the Upper Valley had a busy weekend, in which three separate structure fires — in Claremont, Hanover and Canaan — occurred on Sunday afternoon.At noon, the Claremont Fire Department responded to Barnes Park on North...


Delays expected at intersection of North and Main streets in Claremont
04-08-2024 4:15 PM

CLAREMONT — Motorists should expect delays at the intersection of North and Main streets as a long-planned reconstruction project begins on Tuesday.From Tuesday to Friday, North Street will be closed between Elm and Main streets from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30...


NH Attorney General paves way for Valley Regional to join DH system
04-01-2024 7:45 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

CLAREMONT — Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont will become part of the Dartmouth Health system in spite of concerns that the relationship might result in a monopoly on health care services in Sullivan County, according to a Monday announcement from...


Claremont city councilor resigns
04-01-2024 4:02 PM

CLAREMONT — City Councilor Spencer Batchelder has resigned his position. Batchelder said in a text on Monday that graduate school and work do not allow him enough time to devote to city government. He also serves on the council’s Policy Committee and...


Defying state law, Claremont City Council refuses to send charter amendment to voters
03-28-2024 7:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — In defiance of state law, the City Council rejected a motion this week to put a citizen-proposed charter amendment before voters, despite the city clerk informing the council that the law requires it to do so.If approved by voters, the...


Route 12A bridge in Claremont to be temporarily closed for rehabilitation work
03-27-2024 4:31 PM

CLAREMONT — The Route 12A bridge over the Sugar River in Claremont will be closed during the day for at least three days next week, according to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.The DOT is beginning the next phase of rehabilitation work...


TLC Family Resource Center names new executive director
03-21-2024 4:51 PM

CLAREMONT — Sarah Maguire is the new leader of the TLC Family Resource Center.Maguire replaces Stephanie Slayton, who left TLC last fall to become executive director of The Family Place in Norwich. Prior to joining TLC, Maguire was executive director...


Claremont OKs school budget, union contracts
03-13-2024 9:21 AM

CLAREMONT — In uncontested race, Heather Whitney and Candace Crawford were elected to three-year terms on the Claremont School Board in ballot voting on Tuesday.Michael Petrin won a third seat as a write-in candidate for the board.Voters also approved...


Former Claremont nurse arrested and sentenced for fentanyl possession
03-04-2024 4:10 PM

NEWPORT — A former nurse who pleaded guilty to fentanyl possession but was wanted by police after she failed to show up for her plea and sentencing court date in January was arrested at her home on Mulberry Street in Claremont and has now been...


Annual meeting preview: Claremont School District
03-03-2024 12:01 PM

Articles of note: One article asks whether voters will support the cost of a new three-year collective bargaining agreement with the secretary association, which is expected to cost $103,000 for the first year. Another article asks whether voters...


Dog parks to open in Claremont and Newport this spring
02-28-2024 3:26 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — Sullivan County’s largest communities will soon join other Upper Valley municipalities with fenced-in dog parks. In Claremont, the park will be on a portion of a field near the entrance to Moody Park. In Newport, the dog park is to sit...


Valley Parents: Children practice reading skills with dogs
02-26-2024 1:09 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — At the Fiske Free Library earlier this year, a young girl was asked if she would like to read to Nala, a 2-year-old boxer, who visits the library with her handler as part of the Read-to-a-Dog program.“The girl said, ‘I can’t read yet,’ ”...


Claremont poised to reinstate development authority
02-15-2024 7:04 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — The Claremont Development Authority could be back in business in a couple of weeks, more than two months after its work was suspended by the City Council.On Wednesday, the council voted 9-0 to approve a revised ordinance that brings the...


Art Notes: Upper Valley filmmaker’s debut premiering at WRIF festival
02-14-2024 9:01 PM

By ALEX HANSON

Loren David Howard started making movies the way a lot of teens do, by recording concerts his dad took him to and making videos of friends out skateboarding.He didn’t expect to make much out of it, but after a school counselor advised him to think...


Safety concerns linger in Claremont neighborhood where shooting took place
02-02-2024 11:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

CLAREMONT — Antique store owner Winston Kinney said he has lived nearly 30 years in the city’s West Terrace neighborhood without any concern about crime or safety.Across the Sugar River from downtown and tucked between North Street and lower Main...


Wage increases send Claremont school budget higher
02-01-2024 9:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — Employee pay increases are among the drivers of a 3.2%, or $1.2 million, increase included in the budget voters will consider during the deliberative session of the Claremont School District on Saturday.The $39.6 million proposed budget...


West Central Behavioral Health interim CEO discusses workforce challenges
02-01-2024 3:11 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

LEBANON — His title may be preceded by interim but with the pressing challenges of increasing demand for mental health services and the struggle to hire new staff, Alexander J. “AJ” Horvath is being proactive as he guides West Central Behavioral...

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