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Past articles by Judi:


If you're reading this on Monday I've already moved on to the next stage in my journalism career, so this will be my final Great Falls Roundup and someone → Read More

Bringing her big city skills to the Hilltop City

SOMERSWORTH — After a long career leading some of the state’s biggest chambers of commerce, Robin Comstock is finding new challenges in the state’s smallest city.Comstock assumed the post of economic development manager for the city of Somersworth in November.“Having the existing relationship with the business community is very helpful,” Comstock said. “I think Somersworth is such an incredible… → Read More

American Ambulance accredited for highest standards

SOMERSWORTH — American Ambulance, the EMS provider for Somersworth as well as Berwick, Kittery and Eliot, Maine, has once again achieved the “gold standard” as an emergency medical services provider.After meeting more than 150 standards looking at every part of their operation, American Ambulance has been accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services.In addition to their… → Read More

Somersworth to host Leadership Seacoast

SOMERSWORTH — The Hilltop City will play host to Leadership Seacoast participants for a day-long look at economic development this coming week. → Read More

Five hurt, 1 with life-threatening injuries, in Durham crash

DURHAM — Five people have been taken to area hospitals and Route 4 will be closed for several hours following a serious crash Friday morning involving a tractor-trailer truck.According to Deputy Chief Rene Kelley, the accident occurred at the intersection of Route 4 and Madbury Road and involving the tractor-trailer and three other vehicles.Three people were taken to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital… → Read More

Five hurt, 1 with life-threatening injuries, in Durham crash

DURHAM — Five people have been taken to area hospitals and Route 4 will be closed for several hours following a serious crash Friday morning involving a tractor trailer truck.According to Deputy Chief Rene Kelley the accident occurred at the intersection of Route 4 and Madbury Road and involving the tractor trailer and three other vehicles.Three people were taken to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital… → Read More

Bells, cake, muskets to mark Somersworth's 125th

SOMERSWORTH — The bells will toll in the Hilltop City on Sunday, Feb. 18, and not just for morning Mass.As Somersworth begins its 125th year as a city, the Summersworth Historical Society and Museum is planning a kickoff celebration.The museum board has asked local churches in the city to ring their bells at noon in celebration. A reception at the museum will follow at 12:30 p.m.According to a… → Read More

Somersworth man remembered for his love of history

SOMERSWORTH — Friends and colleagues are remembering Arthur Hendrickson, a local businessman and community volunteer.Arthur L. Hendrickson III, 64, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday. According to his obituary, he was born Oct. 27, 1953, in Waltham, Mass., served his country in the Navy/U.S. Marines for eight years and was an owner and stylist for Bangs hair salon on High Street in… → Read More

Optima opens full-service branch in Dover

DOVER — Good old-fashioned customer service and new technology are Daniel Morrison’s secrets for success.As the president and CEO of Optima Bank and Trust, Morrison was on hand Thursday for a ribbon cutting at the newest full-service branch at 920 Central Avenue in Dover.He said, even though they've had a small loan office in Dover for five years they're very excited to be opening the new… → Read More

Girl Scouts honored at Somersworth City Council meeting

SOMERSWORTH — Eight members of Girl Scout Troop 12325 were honored at Monday’s Somersworth City Council meeting for a project that benefits students throughout the community.The girls received the Bronze Award for building garden beds for the Farm to School Program.As Mayor Dana Hilliard explained, the girls had to come up with a project that meets the needs of the community, plan a project that… → Read More

Families invited for fun and games at Idlehurst

SOMERSWORTH — Dinner, a book and an evening of family fun are on tap when the Somersworth Middle School and elementary schools host district K-8 Family Dinner and Game Night.According to a statement, the popular annual event will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Idlehurst Elementary School.Family Dinner and Game Night is hosted by the District Family Engagement Committee,… → Read More

Bingo claim from blind player denied

SOMERSWORTH — The state has dismissed a blind Connecticut man’s claim that a local bingo operator denied him a $20,000 jackpot.Phillip Vega, who lives in Connecticut, said he was in the area to play bingo with some friends at Seacoast Bingo on 451 High St. The games are run by local charities and there is a different organization for each of the four days the bingo parlor is open.Dover Youth… → Read More

Somersworth police detective placed on leave

SOMERSWORTH — A Somersworth Police lieutenant is on administrative leave following his arrest for driving while intoxicated.According to court records, John Kelly, a detective with the department, was arrested on Oct. 18 in Farmington. He was on duty. Police Chief David Kretschmar said as a result of the arrest Kelly has been placed on administrative leave."We have taken action here at the… → Read More

Local artist inspired generations of Somersworth kids

SOMERSWORTH — A beloved school volunteer who was a talented and prolific artist has died at the age of 98.George LeLarge, who inspired generations of Somersworth students with his art and his wit and wisdom, died on Jan. 27, according to Karolina Bodner, a retired Somersworth teacher.“Sadly, our creative, witty, wise and kind George passed away,” Bodner said. “He was special and had such a great… → Read More

Blue Dolphin to print Eagles T-shirts

SOMERSWORTH — When the two-minute warning came, everything was in place at Blue Dolphin Screenprint and Embroidery, for another New England Patriots victory and a run of 21,000 T-shirts. The machinery was humming Sunday night, quietly warming up for the task ahead, boxes and piles of unprinted T-shirts stacked and ready. The workers huddled around watching the final minutes of the game tick… → Read More

No changes made to Rollinsford school warrant articles

ROLLINSFORD — The proposed school budget warrant articles will go to the ballot unchanged following the deliberative session Saturday at Rollinsford Grade School.Warrant articles 5-9 are recommended by the Budget Committee and School Board. No motions were made to amend any articles at the deliberative session.School Board Chairwoman Judith Nelson gave an overview of article 5, the operating… → Read More

Judge grants Indonesians 90 days

BOSTON — Local Indonesians facing deportation have been granted the 90 days they sought to reopen their immigration cases.Chief Judge Patti Saris at the U.S. District Court in Boston ruled on Thursday that 50 or so plaintiffs in the case will have 90 days once they get their immigration files, or A-files.At a hearing Jan. 18, on the request for a preliminary injunction, Nixon Peabody LLP lawyer… → Read More

Rotary and Interact clubs support children in Guatemala

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — A small group of people in Maine are making a big impact in Guatemala.The South Berwick-Eliot Rotary and the Marshwood High School Interact clubs on Thursday presented a check for $5,000 to Safe Passage.Anne Marie Klein Christie, U.S. director for Safe Passage, said she is gratified by the warmth and generosity of the Rotarians.Working in Guatemala City since 1999, Safe… → Read More

Supportive crowd turns out for Ryan House

NORTH BERWICK, Maine — About 70 people turned out for an informational open house on the Ryan House project, many wanting to know how they can help. → Read More

Somersworth eateries are pleasing pallets

SOMERSWORTH — Two of the Hilltop City's newest eateries are doing well and a third is getting ready to expand its offerings.At the Continental Restaurant and Bar, which is approaching the one-year mark, manager Danny Zheng said business has been good, but it's always good to keep increasing.Zheng said everybody has been working hard during the first year. The buffet is very popular and busy at… → Read More