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Past articles by John:

Somersworth tax-cap decision looms

SOMERSWORTH — The city's annual budget, proposed at $46.3 million but possibly moving higher, will be the No. 1 topic of conversation at a special meeting called by the City Council on Monday night.At issue is whether the council will approve adding money to the budget for the city's schools, a move that would push the budget over the city's tax cap. An override of the tax cap requires a… → Read More

Maple Wood students break ground on school renovation project

SOMERSWORTH — Work began Friday on a long-awaited project to enhance security at Maple Wood Elementary School.Wearing hard hats and brandishing → Read More

Notre Dame fire strikes home in the Seacoast

PORTSMOUTH — Sadness over the massive fire that destroyed the frame of the iconic 800-year-old Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris on Monday is being felt locally."I haven't stopped crying for two hours," said Suzanne Laurent of Portsmouth, who said she has visited Notre Dame at least 20 times with her late husband, Jean. "My husband was from Paris and he just loved Notre-Dame. It's like nothing… → Read More

Family Morning Out supports parents, kids

SOMERSWORTH — Kassandra St. Pierre was looking for an affordable way to kill some time on her day off from work with her 16-month-old daughter Jadalynn.St. Pierre, who works in the cafeteria at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, found what she was looking for Friday morning, thanks to Greater Seacoast Community Health, which hosts a free weekly program Ffor parents and young children called… → Read More

UNH plans $86M science building upgrade

DURHAM — The University of New Hampshire is planning an $86 million upgrade to its biology building.Spaulding Hall, constructed in the late 1950s, → Read More

Fire damages Somersworth home

SOMERSWORTH — A fire did heavy damage to the porch area of a duplex at 73 Franklin St. Wednesday.Officials said the fire was reported at 1:50 p.m. → Read More

Somersworth school lunch prices going up

SOMERSWORTH — The price of student meals will go up at city schools next year.The School Board voted unanimously at its Tuesday night meeting to increase the price of elementary and middle school lunches by 15 cents, and the price of elementary school breakfast by 10 cents. Currently, the non-reduced price for elementary school lunch is $2.50, middle school lunch is $2.60 and elementary school… → Read More

Hilltop School apartments plan approved

SOMERSWORTH — Site plan approval has been granted to a local firm looking to rehabilitate the abandoned Hilltop School building into residential → Read More

Cocheco Valley Humane Society's new home coming along

DOVER — The new home of the Cocheco Valley Humane Society is oh-so-close to becoming a reality.Executive Director Obie Barker said the Humane Society hopes to be moved into its new $2.5 million facility near the Strafford County Superior Court building in early May, and have a grand opening celebration about a month later."It gives us a lot more space to operate," said Barker, who used the term… → Read More

Fire strikes So. Berwick home

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — No one was hurt, and the family dog was saved from a fire at 8 Roberts Road on Monday morning.No one was home at the time of the fire, said Chief Joe Rousselle of the South Berwick Fire Department, but alert neighbors saw the flames and called in the fire, while another entered the house to retrieve the family dog. The man at the scene identified as the dog rescuer… → Read More

Somersworth trash bags could cost more

SOMERSWORTH — The price of a single-use plastic city trash bag could be going up soon.An ordinance put forward by At-large City Councilor David Witham proposes a new price per bag of $2 for a 30-gallon bag and $1.45 for a 15-gallon bag. The city currently charges $1.85 for a 30-gallon bag and $1.30 for a 15-gallon bag.The last price hike was in January 2017, when the price of a 30-gallon bag… → Read More

Austin resigns from Somersworth School Board, joins City Council

SOMERSWORTH — Longtime School Board chairman Don Austin is moving to the City Council.The council voted 7-1 Tuesday night to appoint Austin to the → Read More

Sports gambling could join Keno at NH taverns

DOVER — It's an open secret that gambling on sports is rampant, if not entirely legal, at bars and taverns across the nation. And 2 Doors Down in → Read More

Somersworth middle schoolers tap trees, get big results

SOMERSWORTH — A group of eighth-graders at Somersworth Middle School got a sweet surprise Friday morning — both literally and figuratively. → Read More

Vatican flag to fly in Somersworth

SOMERSWORTH — The flag of Vatican City will be the next to fly at Citizens Place in downtown Somersworth.The flag will join several others that have been raised at Citizens Place since the flagpoles were erected at the site of the Ten Commandments monument in 2016. The public is welcome to fly any flag of their choosing as long as it is not offensive or profane, and must supply the flag.… → Read More

Woman thrilled to get stolen purse back

SOMERSWORTH — The contents of a clutch purse, including a large amount of cash, has been returned to a Dover woman who said it was stolen at Walmart last week, police said.Somersworth police said Donald West, 58, of 70 Colonial Village Park, in Somersworth, turned himself in Friday evening. West was identified after surveillance photos were shared by police of him allegedly leaving the store… → Read More

Super(stitious) Bowl: Pats fans share rituals

PORTSMOUTH — When the New England Patriots kick off Super Bowl LIII Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta, one local fan won't be wearing her Tom Brady jersey.She believes it's cursed.While there are many reasons to explain the Patriots' success since the turn of the century – an era that includes nine Super Bowl appearances, five championships, and playoff appearances in all but two… → Read More

Lunar eclipse to dazzle in Sunday night sky

DURHAM — John Gianforte isn't big on nicknames for celestial events. But the director of the Observatory at the University of New Hampshire doesn't mind if others refer to Sunday night's total lunar eclipse as a "super blood wolf moon.""Any excuse I can get to get people looking up, I'll try to support that," Gianforte said. "These terms are like clickbait, but each of the words has some… → Read More

Berwick woman seeks damages from hit-and-run

BERWICK, Maine — A woman says she was the victim of a hit-and-run earlier this week, and she would like the public to provide tips to help police find the person who hit her car.Kelli Connors said she was driving north on Route 9 in Berwick near the York Hospital walk-in clinic Monday, when her vehicle was hit by a man who was driving southbound and attempted a U-turn. He then left the scene,… → Read More

Top stories 2018 | Most unusual: Lizard in lettuce; suspect in ceiling

A wallet lost for 65 years, a lizard found in a bed of lettuce and a high school built without urinals highlighted some of the more unusual stories → Read More