Archive for February, 2013


Local maple sugar farmers Dave Dupouy, standing, and Dave Bassett have been busy recently as maple trees have had sap flowing into their buckets to produce maple syrup. Pictured, they fill containers with the finished syrup after hours of boiling it down. See story on page 8. Photo by Chris Paul

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Joseph A. Gauthier

Joseph A. Gauthier, 96, formerly of Hampstead, died surrounded by his family on Feb. 20, 2013 at the Nevins Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Methuen, Mass., following a period of declining health. He was born Feb. 13, 1917 in Lauriville, Quebec, Canada, the only son of Alfred Gauthier and Laurilda (Goulet) (Gauthier) Raymond. Mr. Gauthier was […]

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‘Greatest Show on Earth’ at Hampstead Central

HAMPSTEAD – The Greatest Show on Earth has taken the place of the In- vention Convention at Hampstead Central School. Over the years, enthusi- asm for participating in the Invention Convention waned, and teachers Kate Jenkins and Pat Huntington this year decided to make a change; the Greatest Show on Earth was born. As with […]

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HMS Students Present Ancient Egyptian Museum

HAMPSTEAD – Hampstead Middle School’s fifth graders annually put on a large-scale exhibit of what they have learned about Ancient Egyptian life and times. Called the Egyptian Museum, the event takes weeks of preparation, and the 2013 version last week was a big success. Parents and friends filled the hallway and crowded into the class- […]

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Pinkerton Players Prepare for ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

Thomas Quigley, Fine Arts chairman at Pinkerton Academy and director of the Pinkerton Players, stopped an ensemble in midsong. “You need to know all the nuances,” he told his chorus members, demonstrating a right over left hand motion. “Some of you are up here, some of you are down there. That’s not quality. Quality is […]

Plaistow Interested in Hampstead Parcel

HAMPSTEAD – While the Conservation Commis- sion could not conduct business because it lacked a quorum, members dis- cussed the Plaistow Town Forest Committee request for information about a piece of Town-owned property that overlaps that forest. At the meeting Wednesday, Feb. 20, recording secretary Sally Theriault said she had been contacted by Phil Auger […]

Hampstead Selectmen Accept Gift of Telephone System

HAMPSTEAD – The Board of Selectmen received a surprise gift of a new tele- phone system Monday evening. Mike Higgins gave the Town a new AVAYA phone system to replace the one cur- rently in place in the Town Office Building. The AVAYA Magix PBX system offers caller ID and is widely used by U.S. government […]


Maple Sugaring at Local Sugar Houses Starts Early

It’s maple sugaring time again and so far the weather has been mostly cooperating for local producers and their taps. Folsom’s Sugar House in Chester, run by Brian and Sue Folsom, opened for the first time this season on Sat- urday, Feb. 23. They had their first boiling day earlier in the month and so […]