Council gets first ever Capital Improvement Plan

One of the top priorities of City Manager Patrick MacQueen has been development of a long range capital improvement plan for the city. He has called such a plan one of the strongest financial planning tools the council can have. After months of work, last night he handed out a six year capital improvement plan (CIP) to the council. The plan, which he called a good first step, was put together with input from department heads. The council will now meet with the planning board sometime ...

Council retreat described as 'eye-opening'

BERLIN -- Eye-opening and powerful were words city councilors used to describe the five hour retreat the body held Saturday to look at critical issues facing the city's leadership. "I thought today's session was very powerful in the information we received," said Councilor Paul Grenier in a meeting with press after the session. "I think today we discussed a lot of issues we don't get around to," said Councilor Richard Roy. Mayor Robert Danderson, ...

Massachusetts woman dies in snowmobile accident

A Massachusetts woman lost control of her snowmobile on an icy corner, was thrown from the vehicle and struck a tree, dying at the scene, a Fish and Game Department spokesman said. Donna Guarracino, 47, of Lynnfield, Mass., and William Lewando, 47, were traveling on a wooded snowmobile trail at about 50 mph at 6:50 p.m. Sunday, spokesman Brian Abrams said. Lewando was flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital with serious neck injuries, Abrams said. The accident is under investigation, ...

Benson speaks to record crowd at annual chamber meeting

Promising to work hard to bring new opportunities to the North Country, Gov. Craig Benson last night repeated his inaugural pledge to put the North Country on equal footing with the rest of New Hampshire. "My message to you is something is going to happen around here," Benson said. " Addressing a record crowd at the Northern White Mountain Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting, Benson said improving the economy of the northern region of the state would not be easy. ...