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Brady's fire still burns

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:31:00 EST

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The standard for the New England Patriots has always been set by Tom Brady. The rest of the National Football League doesn’t know what it’s missing. Brady became the winningest quarterback in the NFL on Sunday with his 201st triumph. On the flip side, he did it by beating the Los Angeles Rams, whose coach is one loss away from being the most losing coach in the NFL. Those are the two sides of longevity. But the Patriots not only celebrated Brady’s historical win, but also they could have celebrated the fact they have now won at least 10 games in 14 straight seasons.

Horford misses at buzzer, Rockets hold off Celtics

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:28:00 EST

HOUSTON – James Harden scored 37 points and Al Horford missed a shot just before the buzzer to allow the Houston Rockets to hold on for a 107-106 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday night. The game was tied before Harden scored five straight points to make it 107-102 with less than a minute remaining. Avery Bradley made a jump shot and Harden received a flagrant 1 foul for elbowing Marcus Smart in the face. Smart made both free throws before Isaiah Thomas missed a layup. But Houston knocked the ball out of bounds with 5.2 seconds left, giving Boston one last chance. Horford drove into the lane, but his shot rolled off the rim and Harden grabbed it to secure the victory. Horford had 21 points and Thomas added 20 for the Celtics, who had won two straight. It was the ninth 30-point game this season for Harden, who also had eight assists and seven rebounds. An 8-2 run by Houston, powered by a pair of 3-pointers by Eric Gordon, cut Boston’s lead to one with about 8 1/2 minutes left.

Luxury tax could cause Sox to be thrifty

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:22:00 EST

OXON HILL, Md. – The big-spending Boston Red Sox could be far more conservative this offseason because of baseball’s new luxury tax rules. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday that the new collective bargaining agreement’s stricter penalties for spending above a certain payroll threshold could factor in to the team’s plans. His top priority is to find an eighth-inning reliever and also add another bat, but don’t expect him to throw money around to make it happen. The Red Sox had $209 million committed to player salaries last season, fourth in the majors. Dombrowski didn’t guarantee Boston would be under the $195 million mark for 2017 but would like to try to avoid the extra penalties in place moving forward for going over. “There are definitely reasons why you don’t want to go above,” Dombrowski said.

Property damage, no injuries in 2 Merrimack fires

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:57:01 EST

MERRIMACK - Two separate fires Sunday afternoon destroyed a Yamaha Raptor ATV, damaged a camping trailer and burned up the contents of a Dumpster, Fire Marshal John Manuele said. The fact that both blazes were caused by the improper disposal of flammable materials prompted Manuele to remind residents to use proper care when disposing of cigarettes and other smoking materials as well as ashes from wood-burning stoves. The first fire, the one caused by smoking materials, was reported shortly after noon Sunday at Monro Muffler, 348 Daniel Webster Highway, by callers who noticed flames coming out of a Dumpster that was next to a set of propane tanks. The crew of Engine 1, under the command of Capt. Rick Gagne, arrived within three minutes to find a fully-involved Dumpster fire, Manuele said. Firefighters quickly knocked the flames down, then went about looking for any remaining hot spots, he said. Crews wrapped up their work within a half hour. Then around 6:30 p.m., a resident of South Baboosic Lake Road called upon noticing a fire behind a neighbor's house, Manuele said. Firefighters located the blaze behind 419 South Baboosic Lake Road, and found that flames had fully engulfed the ATV and were beginning to spread to the nearby camping trailer. Crews used hand lines to extinguish the blaze, and checked the area to make sure all hot spots were out.

Police accuse Merrimack man of theft

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:46:34 EST

A Merrimack man was arrested last Friday for allegedly stealing a credit card, according to police. Officers with the Merrimack Police Department said Stephen E. Pierce Jr., 23, of 8 Elm St., Apt. 1, was charged with theft by unauthorized taking after receiving a complaint Nov. 6 that the suspect allegedly stole a credit card.

Merrimack man arrested on domestic charge

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:46:36 EST

Police said a Merrimack man was arrested Sunday for a misdemeanor count of domestic violence. Stephan O’Reilly, 47, was arraigned Monday and refused bail after officers with the Merrimack Police Department said the suspect allegedly assaulted a family member. O’Reilly had left the residence prior to the police’s arrival but he shortly returned to the residence and was arrested, according to officers. – Telegraph staff

Unions cautiously optimistic over possible FairPoint sale

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:46:40 EST

Unions representing FairPoint Communications workers in northern New England say they view its potential $1.5 billion sale to an Illinois-based broadband and business communications company with cautious optimism. Union leaders said Monday they’re looking closely at Mattoon, Ill.-based Consolidated Communications’ finances, technical capacity and history of labor relations and the regulatory requirements for the sale. The agreement and proposed merger have been approved by the boards of directors at Consolidated and at Charlotte, N.C.-based FairPoint. The deal’s expected to close by mid-2017. FairPoint’s largest network is in northern New England, where FairPoint said last month it was laying off at least 110 workers because of a downturn in its traditional telephone service. The statement came from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers System and Communications Workers of America, representing more than 1,500 workers. – The Associated Press

For local mom and her son, Santa Fund went 'above and beyond'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:48:04 EST

Last year, it seemed to Lynda that her 8-year-old son, who has autism, began asking for a bicycle for Christmas almost as soon as the 2014 holiday season was over. Already financially stretched pretty much to the limit by the bare necessities for her, her son and her now-13-year-old daughter, Lynda – not her real name – reached out to the folks at the Front Door Agency, one of four local organizations that help families, especially children, each year through The Telegraph’s Santa Fund. “He was begging me all year for a bike,” Lynda said, referring to last year. “So I put in a request for one, hoping he’d be able to get one.” But come her scheduled distribution day – the days Santa Fund applicants visit the participating agencies in hopes that their children’s wishes will come true – Lynda left with tears in her eyes. In something of an unfortunate rarity: No bicycles had been donated as of Lynda’s visit last year, leaving her facing the dilemma of how she’d break the news to her son. “I cried on my way out. I had no idea how I was going to get him a bike,” she said. But in the Santa Fund – just like in the Christmas season itself – there’s always hope, and sometimes, miracles. The next day, Lynda’s phone rang; it was a Front Door Agency volunteer. Saddened over seeing how disappointed Lynda was a day earlier, the volunteer told her to come back.

State to receive $1.3M to fight human trafficking

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:45:59 EST

CONCORD – The state is getting $1.3 million in federal funding to combat human trafficking through a combined effort of numerous local and federal agencies. “The goal of this grant’s implementation is to create comprehensive and specialized services for human trafficking victims, investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases, and support data collection and analysis that will help guide the state in developing best practices for an informed response,” said U.S. Attorney Emily Gray Rice in a statement. Rice will be unveiling the plans for the funding, and the state new task force focused on human trafficking, at an event scheduled for Wednesday in Concord. Rice and core team partners from the Manchester Police Department, Child and Family Services of New Hampshire, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, and Give Way to Freedom, will be on hand to explain the way forward. Human trafficking, such as forcing people to engage in prostitution, has seen an increase in New Hampshire as the region struggles to break the stranglehold on its opioid addiction crisis. The task force includes several law enforcement agencies, social service organizations, and other community resources, including the Nashua Police Department and the Hillsborough County Attorney’s office. In August, Hillsborough County Attorney Dennis Hogan prosecuted two men accused of running violent human trafficking rings in which women were assaulted and forced into prostitution. Donald Kaplan, 53, is now serving a five-to-10-year prison sentence, and Nathaniel Clarke, 34, is serving a 10-to-20-year sentence after they were convicted of human trafficking. These cases seem to fit hand in-hand with the opioid addiction crisis gripping the region, Hogan said.

Dying man released from prison; was convicted in 1990 in Nashua

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:43:56 EST

NASHUA - A Superior Court judge has granted a dying state prison inmate's request to spend his final months on the outside. Former Nashua resident Walter J. Panzera, 68, was sentenced in 1991 to two consecutive prison terms after being convicted of breaking into a Nashua home and attempting to sexually assault a female occupant, according to court records. Since he was diagnosed about a year ago with Stage 3 liver cancer, Panzera "has suffered tremendous weight loss and appears gaunt and chronically ill ... and it is time for the punishment to end as Mr. Panzera's life comes to an end," Judge Charles Temple wrote in his order, which was filed last week in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. According to medical reports, Panzera has anywhere from 2-6 months to live, Temple indicated in the order. Temple handed down the order a day after the second of two hearings on Panzera's request.

Snow going; Wet stuff mars morning commute, but disappears slowly

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:25:00 EST

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, at least in the form of snow that fell Monday. But it brought headaches to drivers stuck in the morning crawl on highways and back roads around Nashua. Wrecker trucks, police and firefighters were busy throughout the region as the first measurable snow tripped up some drivers on their way to destinations around sunrise. For some, though, the snow was less of a hassle and more of a help. On the Main Street Bridge in Nashua, which is all decked out with green garlands and Christmas wreaths, Cynthia Loeffler was wearing a Santa hat and shooting video with her mobile phone. Loeffler moved from Oregon in April. The snow provided perfect backdrop for her holiday message. "I'm from Portland," she said. "It has beautiful summers and just wet, dreary winters with just a little bit of snow now and again.

Pats don’t miss star tight end quite yet

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:18:28 EST

The words from Gillette Stadium press box announcer Dave Simon spoke to the harsh reality: "For the Patriots, please remove number 87, Rob Gronkowski, from the roster." Painful, right? Maybe for the longer haul. Sure, the Patriots offense in Sunday's 26-10 win over the hapless Los Angeles Rams was somewhat lackluster, and one could see the difference. But as far as the end result, they didn't fully feel the loss of their big lovable tight end, out for the rest of the year after back surgery, on Sunday. And really, they weren't expected to, not against this latest scrap heap of a Jeff Fisher team. If the Patriots' first Super Bowl winning team of 2001, honored at halftime, had played against these Rams 15 years ago it would have been a shock if they hadn't won.

Brady breaks Manning’s mark in 26-10 victory over LA

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:18:06 EST

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Tom Brady now stands alone when it comes to career wins by an NFL quarterback. Brady became the league's leader in victories among QBs, earning his 201st by throwing for 269 yards and a touchdown to lead the New England Patriots past the struggling Los Angeles Rams 26-10 on Sunday. Brady, who was 33 of 46, had tied Peyton Manning last week in a win over the New York Jets. "It's always been about winning, and I've been very fortunate to be on a lot of great teams," Brady said of reaching the milestone. "I'm just really grateful." His lone touchdown pass came on a 14-yard pass to Chris Hogan in the first quarter. LeGarrette Blount scored the game's first touchdown, rumbling for a 43-yard, ankle-breaking score in the first quarter while spinning around safety Maurice Alexander in the process.

Huskies edge PSU for playoff spot

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:04:43 EST

Conference championships matter. Head-to-head matters. Strength of schedule matters. Every game counts, though some seem to count more than others and good luck figuring out which ones count most. This and more is what the College Football Playoff selection committee sorts through to pick the four best teams in the country. If consistency, certainty and clear-cut criteria are what you crave, this may not be the sport for you.

UNH moves on after loss to JMU

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:04:18 EST

DURHAM - UNH football coach Sean McDonnell and two of his senior standouts - defensive end Cam Shorey and running back Dalton Crossan - took the long walk across the field at Bridgeforth Stadium late on Saturday afternoon. They walked under the stadium stands and rode the elevator to the sixth floor to their postgame press conference where they talked about how a powerful and well-rounded James Madison University team got the best of them this day, 55-22. Then the coach and players finished up and made their way back across the field to their locker room. That's a wrap. The Wildcats closed out another fine season - their latest in an exceptional run that has seen them qualify for the NCAA Division I tournament a nation's best 13 straight times - with an 8-5 record and it's time to move on. Move on to other endeavors for the seniors. Move on to finding more players. Move on to preparing for the 2017 season for the younger players who will return. Move on. Just.

NFL Highlights

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:03:53 EST

Chiefs 29, Falcons 28 ATLANTA (AP) - Eric Berry returned an interception for a touchdown, and then brought back another pick for a 2-point conversion that gave the Kansas City Chiefs an improbable 29-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The Falcons (7-5), rallying from a 27-16 deficit, went ahead 28-27 on Matt Ryan's 5-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson with 4:32 remaining. Atlanta decided to go for 2, looking to stretch the margin to a field goal. But Berry stepped in front of Ryan's pass and ran 99 yards the other way to give the Chiefs (9-3) their winning margin. It came after Denver won a game in similar fashion last month, returning a blocked PAT for the winning points at New Orleans. Berry had another huge play with less than a minute to go in the first half, picking off Ryan's pass over the middle and bringing it back 37 yards for a touchdown. After reaching the end zone, the suburban Atlanta native handed the ball to his mother sitting in the stands at the Georgia Dome. Cardinals 31, Redskins 23 GLENDALE, Ariz.

Parkinson’s fundraiser aims to raise $750K

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:10:05 EST

MERRIMACK - When Merrimack resident Edna Woods' son Chris, then 41, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 10 years ago, she took action. Since Chris is an avid bicyclist, she decided she wanted to participate in a fundraiser ride for the disease, but quickly realized there was no such event in the country - so she started her own. Nine years ago, the first New England Parkinson's Ride was a small grass-roots operation conducted by Edna and her husband, Bob. There were 35 participants, mostly family, who raised about $28,000 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. The event, which is held at Old Orchard Beach, Maine, has grown to four bike rides ranging from 10-100 miles and is the biggest single-day Parkinson's fundraiser in the country - although it remains family-run. This year, there were nearly 1,000 participants. So far, $677,763 has been raised this year - and an anonymous donor hopes to help them reach $750,000.

A look back at kitchen implements

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:12:50 EST

HOLLIS - A Banana Glamorizer or a Hokey Pokey Snowball Maker? How about a Saratoga Potato Chip Maker? For anyone who loves old kitchen gadgets, the Lawrence Barn was the place to be recently as dozens of wooden and metal items were displayed. They belong to Lou Greenstein, a culinary historian and television chef who has managed hotels, country clubs and restaurants. His program, called "The Humor of Food and History," was essentially a show and tell enlivened by stories from a long career in the culinary industry that included work as a cook-steward on a 100-foot schooner as it sailed around the world. Greenstein says he has 5,000 culinary gadgets at home, including 200 meat grinders, thousands of cookbooks and more than 10,000 menus. "My kids told me not to die" because they wouldn't know what to do with all of the stuff, he said. The first item he showed during the Hollis Historical Society program was a device for adding colored beads to margarine to make it yellow. Some people in the audience were old enough to remember when margarine was only available in unappetizing white blocks. "That was because the dairy industry didn't like margarine," Greenstein said. He talked about the days when glass bottles filled with milk and cream on top were delivered to homes every day, and strapping men would load huge blocks of ice on their backs and climb to the sixth floor of apartment buildings to deliver the only form of refrigeration available. "This was part of everyone's life," he said. Greenstein's collection includes 70 chocolate molds. One is pewter in the shape of a jack of diamonds, which indicates there had originally been 52 of them. The Banana Glamorizer, he explained, is a device for coring a banana and then stuffing it with ice cream, a dessert made even better by freezing and dipping in chocolate. Not so wholesome was Foley's Pain Relief, a late-19th-century concoction purported to cure colic, cholera, frostbite and "all bowel complaints." It was made from alcohol, opium and chloroform. Greenstein talked about the evolution of the fork, and showed off an elegant spoon designed to remove marrow from a bone. There was also a grapefruit press, a doughnut fork and a meat juicer, from back in the day when meat juice was considered healthy. He rhapsodized about an art deco egg slicer and an eggbeater called American Beauty. "If my son had to marry an eggbeater," this would be the one, he quipped. Greenstein also brought some of his collection of old menu covers, which can be purchased at The next Hollis Historical Society program will be about Shaker boxes, presented by Tom Worcester and Brad Wild, on March 16. Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100 or

Reflecting on mess philosophy

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:09:18 EST

Fyodor Dostoevsky has a recurring theme of universal guilt running throughout all his novels. It's in "Crime and Punishment," "The Brothers Karamazov," and even "Beyond The Valley of the Dolls." * Old Fyodor was not the most cheerful guy, even though I think his work is ultimately optimistic, once you get past the vodka-fueled insanity, murder, conspiracies and reactionary politics. Sounds like Saturday night at my house. The basics of Dostoevsky's universal guilt is we are all, either directly or indirectly, guilty of everything that's bad. Because we're all guilty, we all have to make amends for everything too.

MicroSociety outperforms average on standardized exams

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:08:46 EST

NASHUA - Students at the city's newest charter school, MicroSociety Academy, performed exceptionally well on the school's first attempt at two required standardized tests. Students at the publicly funded school, which serves kids in kindergarten through seventh grade, performed above average in all areas of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium assessment and the New England Common Assessment Program assessment. Additionally, students outperformed the statewide average, the average for neighboring charter schools and the Nashua School District average for both exams. The SBAC assessment, which is required for third- through fifth-graders, tests students' knowledge in English language arts and mathematics. The NECAP, which is required for fourth-graders, tests knowledge of science. The MicroSociety Academy Charter School's mission is to actively engage students in a diverse, challenging learning environment that will prepare them for college, the workforce and citizenship in a 21st-century global society. Students learn real-life skills by forming a microsociety with its own currency, bank, marketplace with student-made goods, student-run newspaper and other aspects of real-world society. "We have a unique program that has a lot more student buy-in," school Director Amy Bottomley. "They're learning their traditional academic program through real-world applications. They're learning about reading and writing and applying them to everyday in situations in life." MACS had also received three awards at the annual MicroSociety International Conference in Hartford, Conn., in June: • Rookie Charter School of the Year. • The 3 Star Award, which is presented to to a school that exceeds addressing MicroSociety International standards and practices. • The Student Leader Award, which was given to fifth-grader Eleanor Kriebel, of Hollis, for her "outstanding leadership and embracing the MicroSociety philosophies in all that she does." MACS is currently accepting applications for kindergarten through seventh grade for the 2017-18 school year.

Milford plans for bigger park

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:00:16 EST

MILFORD - A committee charged with examining the future of Keyes Memorial Park has recommended the town eventually tear down the industrial building at 127 Elm St. and build a community recreation center. The committee of residents and town employees was charged with developing short- and long-term recommendations for Keyes and the town-owned property to the west. Milford bought the 6 acres a few years ago to give access to Keyes during the Fletcher Paint Superfund cleanup and to give the town more recreation space. The committee recommends fully integrating the property into the park. A major question is what to do with the 33,000-square-foot building, the former Permattach Diamond Tool Corp. facility. The steel structure is essentially sound, but its roof, HVAC, electric and plumbing all need replacement.

Telegraph Santa Fund called ‘a blessing’ by mother of four

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:07:06 EST

"I finally got a job where I can breathe a little better," Maria said. Maria works at a local agency that provides child care and educational services for youngsters in Nashua. She is a lead teacher who has had her job for 15 months. "Being in charge of four kids is tough," she said. "Now, everything is so expensive." That's where The Telegraph Santa Fund comes in. Maria said this is her third year benefiting from the Santa Fund. "I wasn't going to be able to pay for my kids," she said. Maria said only one of the two fathers of her children pays child support. "It's hard when you don't have the help," she said. "I cannot save.

Nashua veterans mark 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:01:57 EST

NASHUA - Brief in duration but long and deep in symbolism, Nashua's Pearl Harbor Day memorial service took place Sunday alongside the Main Street Bridge, kicking off several days of observance regionally and nationally leading up to Wednesday's 75th anniversary of the day that lives in infamy. A prayer by Nashua Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 483 chaplain George Marineau set the stage for the time-honored gesture of tossing a ceremonial wreath into a body of water, in this case the Nashua River. World War II veteran Dick Morhmann did the honors this year, flanked by Marineau and Post 483 Commander Steve Ordway, a Vietnam veteran who served as master of ceremonies. The men, along with the men and women of the Color Guard and the four-member firing squad, then stood at attention as a bugler played "Taps." Mayor Jim Donchess was on the agenda but was unable to attend. Nashua and several other veterans groups statewide traditionally observe the Pearl Harbor anniversary on the Sunday closest to Dec. 7, while others host their memorial events on whichever day Dec. 7 falls. Among them is the Manchester VA Medical Center, which will host a commemoration from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the ground-level solarium at its 718 Smyth Road facility. Included are a historical presentation by VA employee, retired serviceman and historian Sgt.

Brady gets 201st career win in 26-10 triumph over Rams

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:29:29 EST

By TOM KING Staff Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - It's official: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the winningest quarterback in National Football League history. Brady won his 201st career game, as the Patriots cruised by the Los Angeles Rams in a ho-hum 26-10 affair at Gillette Stadium. "I'm grateful for all of my teammates and my coaches and for my family and friends," Brady said. "There's been a lot of football over the years, so it's always been about winning and I've been very fortunate to be on a lot of great teams. I just feel very grateful." Patriots receiver Julian Edelman, who caught eight Brady passes for 101 yards on Sunday, said it was "an honor" to be part of his quarterback's record-setting game. "Like I've said, I've watched him play since I was in eighth grade and I've been here for eight years, so that tells you something," Edelman said.

James Madison eliminates UNH

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:02:32 EST

HARRISONBURG, Va. - University of New Hampshire sophomore Trevor Knight returned from injury to start at quarterback for the Wildcats on Saturday, but the James Madison Univeristy defense made sure it wasn't a pleasant experience for the Nashua South graduate and Amherst native. Bryan Schor threw for 371 yards and five touchdowns and fourth-seeded James Madison rolled into the FCS quarterfinals with a 55-22 win over New Hampshire. Schor completed 30 of 37 passes for a career-high 371 yards, fourth best in school history, and tied the school mark for touchdown passes for the second time. The Dukes (11-1), who beat the Colonial Athletic Association rival Wildcats 42-39 in the regular season, host fifth-seeded Sam Houston State - a 41-36 winner over Chattanooga - next weekend. Schor, the CAA Player of the Year, threw three touchdowns and receiver Rashard Davis a TD on a trick play in a 28-point second quarter as the Dukes scored 31 straight points to lead 31-7 at the half. After Dalton Crossan had his second touchdown run for the Wildcats (8-5) opening the fourth quarter, Brandon Ravenel returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown. Then Schor threw two more TDs and it was 52-15 entering the fourth quarter, a JMU record for playoff points. Ravenel had eight catches for 155 yards and Terrence Alls had seven for 126, and both scored twice. Knight finished 8 of 21 passing for 69 yards and was eventually relieved for senior Adam Riese, who didn't fare much better at 8 of 14 for 74 yards with an interception. Neil O'Connor was the Wildcats' top receiver with six catches for 67 yards,while Malik Love hauled in three passes for 44 yards. Amherst native Drew Sanborn had three punts for 114 yards - a 38-yard average and long of 42. The Wildcats were competing in the FCS playoffs for a nation-best 13th straight season. They won their first-round game against Lehigh, 64-21, last Saturday in Wildcat Stadium to earn the shot against JMU in the second round.

Clauss remains positive through injury

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:02:05 EST

Bentley University sophomore cornerback Jesse Clauss faced one of the biggest challenges of his collegiate career this fall. It had nothing to do with attempting to cover the Northeast-10's top receivers. Clauss was only on the field for five games thanks to a pulled hamstring. Despite missing six of the Falcons' 11 games, Clauss remained positive. "It was definitely a tough second half of the season for me," said Clauss, who watched Bentley close the season at 5-6. "Not playing was killing me.

Brady on verge of all-time mark

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:01:40 EST

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - If Tom Brady becomes the NFL's all-time winningest quarterback on Sunday, he will do it without the guy who's been on the receiving end of most of his touchdown passes. The Patriots (9-2) will be without tight end Rob Gronkowski this week - and the rest of the season - when they host the struggling Los Angeles Rams (4-7) in their final regular-season matchup with an NFC opponent. Gronkowski has been placed on injured reserve after having season-ending back surgery. Gronkowski, who has missed playing time earlier in the season with a hamstring injury and bruised lung, left last week's game against the New York Jets in the first half with what was described as a herniated disk in his back. He had surgery Friday. The 2015 All Pro played in eight games, catching 25 passes for 540 yards and three touchdowns. The Patriots will have to move on without their star tight end, however, and Brady will try to do it Sunday in record fashion. With 200 victories, Brady is tied with Peyton Manning for the most wins by a quarterback. But Brady started off the week by missing a day of practice with a knee issue. Tight end Martellus Bennett also missed a practice with both ankle and shoulder issues. It's created some vulnerability for New England, which entered the week as a two-touchdown favorite over a Los Angeles team that is coming off a 49-21 loss at New Orleans . But Patriots receiver Chris Hogan, limited in practice this week with a sore back, said the injuries wouldn't affect their approach. "We're gonna go out there every single week - next-man mentality," Hogan said.

Alabama crushes Florida 54-16 for SEC title

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:00:51 EST

ATLANTA - Alabama showed off all its weapons in the Southeastern Conference championship game. Now, the Crimson Tide can expect a return trip to Atlanta for the College Football Playoff. The nation's No. 1 team scored off a blocked punt and an interception return Saturday before wearing down No. 15 Florida in the second half with a dominant running game. The result was a 54-16 rout that positioned Alabama to go for its second straight national title and its fifth crown in the last nine years under coach Nick Saban. Next up: a likely semifinal game at the Georgia Dome on Dec.

Oklahoma takes conference title

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:00:27 EST

NORMAN, Okla. - With his best receiver sidelined, Baker Mayfield still boosted his Heisman Trophy resume. Mayfield passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 7 Oklahoma defeated No. 11 Oklahoma State 38-20 on Saturday in a matchup that decided the Big 12 champion and likely guaranteed the Sooners a trip to the Sugar Bowl. Mayfield performed well throughout, despite finishing the game without Biletnikoff Award finalist Dede Westbrook.

Navy loss benefits Western Michigan

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:00:02 EST

The College Football Playoff selection committee won't have to wait for the Army-Navy game to complete the pairings for New Year's Six bowls after the Midshipmen lost to Temple in the American Athletic Conference championship game Saturday. Unbeaten Western Michigan is positioned to be the highest-ranked team from the Group of Five conferences when the committee releases its final rankings Sunday. That would send the 13th-ranked Broncos to the Cotton Bowl as the highest-ranked champion from the Group of Five. Western Michigan was 17th in the last playoff rankings and Navy was 19th. If the Midshipmen had won, the committee would have had to consider holding the Cotton Bowl spot open until Navy completed its season against Army next Saturday. Temple (10-3), which beat Navy 34-10, was not ranked. Had the selection committee needed to wait on Army-Navy, it also would have caused other smaller bowls to hold off on setting matchups and created the need for shuffling of teams or contingency plans for organizers around the country. Wright Waters, executive director of the Football Bowl Association, said earlier this week that 10 to 14 bowls could be affected in some way if the committee had to wait for Army-Navy. Now Western Michigan looks like a lock for the Cotton Bowl. Navy already has a deal in place to play in the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas.

UCLA upsets No. 1 Kentucky

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:05:55 EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Isaac Hamilton scored 19 points, T.J. Leaf had 17 with 13 rebounds and No. 11 UCLA shot 53 percent to beat No.

Fischer, Hunt finish in top half at Nike Nationals

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:05:30 EST

Caroline Fischer is only a freshman, but she can run among the top teenagers in the country. Fischer, a Bishop Guertin freshman and native of Merrimack, finished 49th out of 199 finishers at the Nike Cross Country Nationals on Saturday at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland, Ore. Fischer completed the race in 18 minutes and 49.1 seconds, which was 1:39.1 behind winner Brie Oakley (17:10.1), of Grandview High School in Centennial, Colo. Seven Souhegan student-athletes also earned the trip and Amherst XC placed 21st out of 22 teams. Senior Madeleine Hunt, who won the Division II individual championship and led the Sabers to D-II and Meet of Champions titles, finished in the top half of the field and took 72nd with a time of 19:02.9. Sophomore Arielle Zlotnick (117th, 19:46.4), junior Jane Leighton (120th, 19:47.4), freshman Marissa Romano (171st, 20:39.5), senior Shannon Earley (192nd, 21:12), junior Elise Lambert (198th, 22:19.5) and senior Emmy Ehrenstein (199th, 22:51.8) also represented Amherest on the national stage. Manlius XC blew away the competition for the girls team title with 41 points, clearing second-place Davis-CA XC (181) by 120 points. Bowling BG beats HB, Pinkerton The Bishop Guertin bowling team started its season well with a pair of victories over Hollis Brookline and Pinkerton on Saturday. The Cardinals were led by Greg Phillips, who scored a 264. BG beat Pinkerton 2-0 in a tightly-contested Baker match, and also topped the Astros 1,726-1,660 in a standard match. Bishop Guertin defeated Hollis Brookline by a 1,726-1,166 margin. The Cardinals travel to Dover next week to square off against Stevens, Pinkerton and Merrimack.

76ers celebrate title anniversary

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:56:26 EST

Editor's note: The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers played Saturday night, but results were not available by Telegraph presstime. PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia 76ers may as well have won the NBA championship when they dethroned the Boston Celtics in the east. The delirious Sixers fans stormed the court and swarmed Wilt Chamberlain. One fan even hung on a rim as the players hustled past outstretched arms to the locker room. The Sixers popped champagne against the backdrop of a fan-made "1967 NBA champions" poster tacked to the wall. The Celtics dynasty - for a year, at least - was dead. Long live the Sixers. Chamberlain, the agile and dominant center of his era, put an end to the hooting and hollering and silenced the Eastern Division championship revelry with a brief speech: Philadelphia still had one more goal to achieve. "The room got very quiet," Sixers great Billy Cunningham said. Chamberlain's big point was this - the Sixers didn't win 68 games and knock off the hated Celtics just to squander their shot at an NBA championship. The Sixers would have to win it all to truly stamp themselves as one of the NBA's all-team great teams. Hal Greer, Chet Walker and Wali Jones joined Cunningham and Chamberlain to lead the Sixers to a six-game series clinch over the San Francisco Warriors and win the NBA championship. The Sixers (68-13) were the top team in '67, and considered by many the best NBA team in history.

No extra pressure this week (really)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:04:38 EST

Each fantasy football decision in Week 13 seems to have additional pressure attached. After all, a win or a loss this week may ultimately determine your playoff destiny. Maybe a win puts you in or earns you a bye. Lose, and you could be already looking ahead to 2017. A big key is to not put too much additional pressure on yourself. Don't overthink things because the stakes seem to be raised this week.

Steelers, Giants set to face off

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:04:13 EST

The Giants vs. the Steelers. Or sometimes referred to as the Maras against the Rooneys for their family business roots. They meet in a huge game Sunday in Pittsburgh that could clear up some of the muddled playoff picture. New York (8-3) is among the hottest teams in football with six straight victories. Not that it's helped the Giants move much closer to the Cowboys in the NFC East. But the Giants are in control of the NFC wild-card picture, even if their victories haven't looked too pretty. "We have everything right in front of us.

California farmers pooh-pooh new legislation

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:06:09 EST

GALT, Calif. (AP) - California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm. The nation's leading agricultural state is now targeting greenhouse gases produced by dairy cows and other livestock. Despite strong opposition from farmers, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September that for the first time regulates heat-trapping gases from livestock operations and landfills. Cattle and other farm animals are major sources of methane, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat-trapping gas. Methane is released when they belch, pass gas and make manure. "If we can reduce emissions of methane, we can really help to slow global warming," said Ryan McCarthy, a science adviser for the California Air Resources Board, which is drawing up rules to implement the new law. Livestock are responsible for 14.5 percent of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions, with beef and dairy production accounting for the bulk of it, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Since the passage of its landmark global warming law in 2006, California has been reducing carbon emissions from cars, trucks, homes and factories, while boosting production of renewable energy. In the nation's largest milk-producing state, the new law aims to reduce methane emissions from dairies and livestock operations to 40 percent below 2013 levels by 2030, McCarthy said.

Icy conditions; Researchers warn of danger from wind turbines at Balsams ski area

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:04:29 EST

Researchers who worked near the 400-foot high wind turbines on peaks above the proposed Balsams ski area say there is reason to be worried about people getting too close: They saw chunks of ice being thrown and found ice craters and broken saplings 930 feet from a turbine. Their information highlights one of the smaller, unresolved issues as developer Les Otten tries to reopen the resort, a move seen as providing a huge economic boost to the North Country: how close should skiers get to those wind turbines? In 2009 when the wind turbines were approved by the state's Site Evaluation Committee, operating them was contingent on a safety condition: people were to be discouraged from getting within 1,300 feet. Concerns included a mechanical failure that could send pieces of metal flying or under some conditions in winter, the huge blades collecting and then shedding ice. Both are rare, but they could be deadly, experts say. But Otten wants to provide the best skiing in New England and that means having the longest runs possible. So, his plan calls for trails or lifts within 1,300 feet of six of the turbines. Otten's position is that there is no danger because when the weather indicates that ice could form on the blades, the wind turbines would be shut down. "The well-being of our resort guests will always be our highest priority. On the rare instances when turbine icing may occur, we will work cooperatively with Granite Reliable Power to ensure safety," Balsams' spokesman Scott Tranchemontagne said. But keeping people away from the turbines seems like a good idea, according to researchers who were surveying the property in December 2014 as part of a project for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. "It appears the standard cautionary setback of 1,250 feet from trails or other high-use areas was warranted," according to their report, which was finished in November 2015. That 1,300-foot limit adopted by the Site Evaluation Committee was based on the recommendation of Vestas Wind Systems, which made the turbines.

Hudson eyes rise in school budget; Proposal includes 2.12 percent increase over previous year

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:04:03 EST

HUDSON - The Hudson School Board and school administrators have presented their proposed budgets to the Budget Committee, which is scheduled to vote on them Dec. 28. Karen Burnell, the Hudson School District's business administrator, said the overall proposed budget is up $1,096,696, or 2.12 percent. Using the projected tax rate as well as the anticipated increase in town valuation, there would be an impact of 51 cents per $1,000 of property value. For a home with an assessed value of $300,000, this would be an increase of $153 annually. Despite the increase, the School Board managed to cut $380,663 from the original budget, Burnell said. Salaries increased $817,113 because of contract obligations, and health insurance costs increased $457,531. Additionally, the School District owes $389,183 more in state pension obligations. "The rest of the budget is down $651,723," Burnell said. The School Board also presented three warrant articles that aren't included in the overall cost: a collective bargaining agreement with Teamsters Union Local 633, the bus drivers union; a collective bargaining agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; and a roof replacement at Alvirne High School. While the budget is down $141,363 at Alvirne from last year's, it's still higher than previous years because of rollover costs from the construction of a new running track and roof. New expenses include $40,000 in architect costs for renovations to the school's career technical education center.

Probation violation sends city woman to jail

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:37:06 EST

NASHUA - A Superior Court judge last Thursday ordered Nashua resident Nahiomy Velazquez back to jail for two months for violating the terms of her probation, which she had been serving in connection with recent domestic violence-related arrests. Velazquez, 24, most recently of 75 Pine St., pleaded "true" to the misdemeanor charge of probation violation, which prosecutors said stems from an incident in early October in which Velazquez was rushed to a hospital after overdosing on opioids in Manchester. Judge Charles Temple therefore imposed the suspended sentence Velazquez received after a December 2015 arrest. The sentence is 120 days in Valley Street jail, but Velazquez was given credit for the 61 days she has already spent in jail, leaving her about two months to serve. Assistant County Attorney Cassie Devine said that in early October, Velazquez was found slumped over the wheel of her car in a busy Manchester intersection. Medical personnel administered the opioid antidote Narcan, Devine said, and transported Velazquez to the hospital, where she recovered. Devine said Velazquez didn't notify medical or hospital personnel of her alleged history of drug dependence, and later denied that she "was feeling the effects" of opioids when she lost consciousness in her car. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or@Telegraph_DeanS.

YMCA welcomes new board members at 129th annual meeting

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:03:13 EST

NASHUA - Nearly 80 members of the community joined the YMCA of Greater Nashua for its 129th annual meeting last month. YMCA CEO Mike LaChance inducted John Callahan, of Hollis, into the agency's Hall of Fame, an honor reserved for those who have dedicated their time and talent to fulfilling the mission of the YMCA. Several volunteers were also honored, including Anna O'Herren, Diane Loudenback and Christian Anderson. Several new members were elected to the YMCA's Board of Directors. Rich Hillman, product manager at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics; Deane Navaroli, principal at Harrington and Reeves; Gloria Sevitella, regional vice president at Farley White Management Co.; and Kyle Schneck, vice president of commercial lending at Merrimack County Savings Bank, were elected to three-year terms. Lydia Foley, owner of Purple Finch Properties; Steven King, Health Plan CEO of United Healthcare; and Joseph Thomas, retired CEO of Macom Technology Solutions, were re-elected to three-year terms, as well. - Telegraph staff NAMI chapter names new deputy director CONCORD - A longtime fixture in Nashua's mental health center was named the new deputy director to NAMI New Hampshire. The state chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill announced Susan L. Stearns has assumed the new title and role of deputy director. She will oversee the agency's development efforts and assist with internal operations, as well as represent the organization in a variety of leadership roles throughout the state. "This is a natural progression for us as an organization, and Susan brings a unique skill set to the position both as a family member and advocate," Ken Norton, NAMI NH's executive director, said in a statement.

Car crashes, catches fire along F.E. Everett Turnpike

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:02:41 EST

MERRIMACK -- Police say a car apparently veered off of the F.E. Everett Turnpike near exit 10 Saturday morning, crashing into the woods, where it became engulfed in flames. The driver, Dakota Willette, 23, of Burlington, Mass., was flown by medical helicopter to a Boston area hospital. At approximately 4:25 a.m., state police, along with Merrimack Police, fire and EMS responded to the accident just south of exit 10 southbound. While at the scene, State Police Troop B officer Francesco Campo discovered a Toyota Camry that had crashed into the trees and was on fire, according to police reports. A group of individuals reportedly helped to remove Willette from the vehicle, though they had not been identified as of Saturday evening. State police could not be reached for further details. The turnpike was closed in the immediate area for about 25 minutes to allow the helicopter to land, police said. Anyone with information pertaining to this incident, or knowledge of the good Samaritans who helped Willette is encouraged to contact Officer Campo at (603) 223-8492. Derek Edry can be reached at 594-1243, or @Telegraph_Derek.

Mom of 4 hopes for a happy holiday

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:02:11 EST

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a series of stories about people from Greater Nashua who have sought help this Christmas season from The Telegraph Santa Fund. Names have been omitted or changed to protect the identity of the families. Laney, a single mom of four kids, was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain disorder, and can no longer work. While she puts food on the table and takes care of her family's basic needs, this time of year is tough for her. So, she reached out to The Telegraph Santa Fund for help. Laney said the biggest wish of her eldest child, a 14-year-old daughter, would likely be "peace with the family." "She's a teenager, so she has started challenging things now," Laney said. But as for a physical gift, "gift cards to go to the mall" would be good, Laney said. Her oldest son, 10, is into Army-related stuff. "I'm hoping he can make something out of it," Laney said. He also likes playing with his tablet, and would enjoy a Google Play gift card to buy apps. As for her 5-year-old son, Laney said he is a "sweet boy" and "very goofy." "He'll be in the middle of a game and he'll stop and give you a kiss," she said. He loves playing board games and card games, and is currently into UNO - so gift givers should seek other similar games for young children. Laney said her youngest, a 2-year-old girl, is full of love. "She's always happy, always smiling," Laney said. As for what would make this a perfect holiday season for her 2-year-old: "Pretty much anything 'Frozen'-related or 'Wizard of Oz'-related," she said. Laney said all of her children have gone through a "Wizard of Oz" phase, and now her youngest daughter is fascinated with the film. "My mom gave her a scarecrow costume and she lives in it ... and we were at the mall and she saw a witch figurine and it caught her attention, and she had to have it," Laney said. As for herself, Laney said she would love a gift card for a clothing store or a restaurant. "Where I can actually treat myself for once," she said. Even though she doesn't have a lot of money, Laney said she still tries to help others. "My neighbor's house had a fire, and I went on Facebook and helped to get donations," she said. Laney said her dream is to one day do for a family what others have done for her. "But right now, I can't," she said.

Winery gets OK for 101 expansion

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:01:38 EST

AMHERST - The Zoning Board of Adjustment gave LaBelle Winery the variance it needs to expand its complex across Route 101. The decision was made at a rehearing last week. The next major step is a site plan review by the Planning Board. Neighbors opposed to the plan had requested the second hearing after the ZBA voted earlier this fall to grant variances for what LaBelle calls an "artisan culinary village": a distillery with a tasting room, an event center, an inn, a restaurant and an office building. Winery owner Amy LaBelle said this week that she can't wait to start building the inn and distillery, but that the business's pressing need is office space and storage, so she may buy the property and begin renovating the old farmhouse this spring. The delay caused by the rehearing "really slowed things down," she said. The ZBA deliberated for more than an hour on Nov. 22, discussing the five tests for a variance, including whether the development will diminish the value of properties in the neighborhood and whether it is in the public interest. Comments were overwhelmingly positive. "It will make an excellent entrance to Amherst," board member Robert Rowe said. Charlie Vars called the winery plan the "highest and best use" of the 11-acre property. He said most people he talked to in Amherst are strongly in favor of it. Vars, who had cast the deciding vote to grant the rehearing, said he used the best interests of Amherst as his guide. "These hearings served as a vehicle to solidify my previous opinion that the plan was thoroughly vetted and we made no egregious mistakes," he said. Reed Panasiti, who was taking the place of an absent board member, said he had trouble with his decision because the town's master plan asks for maintaining the area's rural character. Board Chairman Douglas Kirkwood said that if you talked to seven or eight people, they would all give different opinions of what constitutes rural character. He also noted the area is in the town's Northern Transitional zone. "Transitional" means "change," he said, and the area will change with the upcoming widening of Route 101. Rowe noted the winery complex's impact wouldn't be different from other uses that are allowed there by variance: churches, hospitals, funeral homes, saw mills and kennels. The approval comes with two conditions: that 25 acres the landowner wants to give the town be put in conservation, with terms and conditions set by the Planning Board, and that environmental conditions agreed to by the applicant, including a design that minimizes impervious surfaces, be enforced. Before the board deliberated, one neighbor in the Holly Hill area north of the proposed development talked about noise.

NH Preservation Alliance helps with restoring old barns

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:01:06 EST

When Peter Kress was close to retiring three years ago, he was told about some property in New Boston that he may have wanted to take a look at. The land was far down South Hill Road. The house had been abandoned.  The fields were overgrown. The barn, with no doors or windows, was a wreck. "It was in tough shape," he said of the late-19th-century barn. But Kress, who was about to put his professional career behind him to pursue a new venture raising belted Galloway and black angus cattle, had fallen in love with it. He took to restoring as best he could the house and barn with help from, among others, the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance. The alliance concerns itself with the reclamation and restoration of old structures that, although they may not hold valuable farm equipment or livestock, do shelter a picturesque portion of the state's cultural heritage. The alliance announced last month a new effort of preserving 52 of the state's barns in 52 weeks with an idea to "create a greater awareness for barn preservation," program director Beverly Thomas said. Thomas said the idea is "not necessarily a full and complete restoration.

Rams coming in at just the right time

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:28 EST

There's a few key who will be seen and won't be seen at Gillette Stadium for Sunday. The Won't Be's: Well, it starts, of course, with Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots tight end had back surgery that probably ends his season and has caused the latest firestorm in New England. No one gets hurt like Gronkowski. Now the thing is when did he get hurt, who knew, etc. The reality is the Patriots will survive the regular season without him and offensively are probably better equipped to deal with his absence than in the past. Next, there's Eric Dickerson.

Pats try to stay focused

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:08:36 EST

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots went back to practice without Rob Gronkowski on Friday as the 2015 All-Pro tight end prepared for season-ending back surgery. It didn't look much different than a lot of their workouts this season. "We've had some experience I think this year being without him," quarterback Tom Brady said a day after the team announced that Gronkowski is expected to miss the rest of the season recovering from a herniated disk in his back. "It's not something that you want to deal with. But at some point in the year, based on how long the season is, you're always going to deal with something." One of the dominant tight ends in NFL history, Gronkowski's biggest struggle is often to stay on the field.

Celtics hold off Kings for win

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:08:12 EST

BOSTON - Al Horford scored 26 points and blocked six shots, Isaiah Thomas scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half and the Boston Celtics held off the Sacramento Kings 97-92 on Friday night. Jae Crowder added 24 points and Avery Bradley had 15 points and nine assists for Boston, which needed a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter to pull away and finish off the Kings. Sacramento outrebounded Boston 51-44, but hurt itself in the final period with turnovers, missed shots and a technical foul called on Matt Barnes as Boston surged ahead. DeMarcus Cousins led Sacramento with 28 points and nine rebounds. Darren Collison and Rudy Gay scored 13 apiece for the Kings. The Kings were playing for the first time since Monday. Sacramento's six-game road trip was interrupted when Wednesday's game at Philadelphia was postponed because of condensation on the floor. The layoff showed early as the Celtics went up by 13 points in the first period, but the Kings regrouped and rallied to tie it by the end of the quarter. The Kings scrapped through the third period and led 72-69 entering the fourth, but Boston answered with an 18-4 run to start the final quarter and regain the lead for good. Crowder hit a 3-pointer to pull Boston within 74-72 early in the fourth, then Terry Rozier stole the ball from Gay and took it the other way for a layup to tie it with 10:25 remaining. Gay hit a jumper to put Sacramento up 76-74 with 8:33 left, but the Kings didn't score again until Cousins hit a pair of free throws with 5:14 to pull Sacramento within 83-78. Horford started a 10-0 run with a jumper to tie it, then Boston forced another turnover that led to Rozier's long pass to Jonas Jerebko under the basket for a layup. Sacramento called time out, then turned the ball over right and Boston converted with Kelly Olynyk's putback. Thomas converted a three-point play to extend Boston's lead to 83-76 with 6:33 left, then added a free throw after Barnes was called with a technical with 5:14 remaining. Sacramento went without a field goal from 8:33 remaining until Gay's 3-pointer with 4:51 left to play pulled Sacramento within 84-81. Tip-ins Kings: The Kings closed the first quarter on a 13-0 run to tie it at 29-all entering the second period.

Amherst runners teaming up at Nike XC Nationals

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:19:54 EST

Just when it appeared the fall season was over and the winter beginning, a septet of Souhegan High School athletes are extending their cross country season. Technically the seven girls, who led the Sabers to Division II and Meet of Champions titles this fall, are still running together under the name Amherst XC Club because the Nike Cross Country Nationals are not an NHIAA sanctioned event. Regardless - Souhegan seniors Madeleine Hunt, Shannon Earley, Emily Ehrenstein; juniors Jane Leighton and Elise Lambert; sophomore Arielle Zlotnick; and freshman Marissa Romano - they've made the trip to Oregon for Saturday's nationals at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland. The only other female from New Hampshire at the event is Bishop Guertin freshman Caroline Fischer, running unaffiliated out of her hometown of Merrimack as the 26th-ranked runner of 52 individuals. The Amherst XC Club is ranked 29th of 31 teams competing, which according to the group's high school coach is something of a motivating factor heading into Saturday. "For us that's nothing new," Souhegan coach Geoffrey Wilson said. "We weren't the favorites for Meet of Champions, Pinkerton was. We weren't expected to finish top three at New Englands, we were second. Being the underdog has worked out well so far for these girls." During the high school season - led by Division II All Stars Hunt, Leighton and Zlotnick - the Sabers knocked off six-time champion Coe-Brown for the Division II championship.

UNH, JMU set to reunite in 2nd round

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:07:20 EST

HARRISONBURG, Va. -The last time the University of New Hampshire football team faced a same-season rematch with a Colonial Athletic Association rival, things worked out quite well for coach Sean McDonnell's crew. Saturday, the Wildcats will see if they can duplicate some of their success from 2013. They play at James Madison, the No. 4 seed in the tournament, at 2.p.m. in a second-round game in the NCAA Division I FCS tournament. James Madison is 10-1 overall, swept through the Colonial Athletic Association with an 8-0 record and had a bye last week as one of the top eight seeds. UNH is 8-4 and coming off a 64-21 win over Patriot League champion Lehigh last Saturday. The Wildcats are looking to make the most of a best-in-the-land run of 13 straight playoff appearances. The Dukes are looking to stop a string of losing their first playoff game, at home, the last two years. The mission now is simple and straightforward. "We've got to win to survive and advance," said senior running back Dalton Crossan, who has rushed for 1,189 yards, the sixth highest single season total in UNH history. The winner of the UNH-JMU game moves on to face the winner of the second-round game between Chattanooga and No.

Lodging near highest mountain peak in Northeast US proposed

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:08:39 EST

CONCORD - The owners of a historic cog railway that climbs up New Hampshire's Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, want to build an upscale hotel a mile from the summit, in keeping with hotels that once graced the mountain in the 1800s, and to accommodate an increasing number of summer tourists. The 6,288-foot Mount Washington has been attracting more tourists in New Hampshire's North Country with the loss of the Old Man of the Mountain, a granite profile and state symbol that crumbled in 2003. It draws over 300,000 guests annually. The railway owners are considering a 35-room hotel with a restaurant on their own land that would withstand the weather extremes of Mount Washington. It would be open from late April through November and hopefully be ready by July 3, 2019, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Mount Washington Cog Railway. The railway runs 3 miles up the west side of the mountain, and became the first-mountain-climbing cog railway in the world when it was built in 1869. The owners want to build a 25,000-square-foot hotel at the site of a train siding allowing trains to pass one another, called Skyline. They would like the train to pass through the building, isolating patrons from any weather issues. "It would be much more upscale than what people are offered up there currently, and would be more in keeping with what was available at the turn of the century," said Wayne Presby, president of the Mount Washington Railway Company. During the tourism season, visitors to Mount Washington can stay at Appalachian Mountain Club hut, and at the Mount Washington Observatory, although space is limited at both.