Marshwood schools to offer ’hybird’ learning model

ELIOT, Maine — Schools in the Marshwood School District, SAD 35, will open Sept. 8 under a plan that combines remote learning and a “hybrid” in-person student schedule.Last Wednesday, SAD 35 Superintendent John Caverly sent a letter to the community announcing the plan approved by the SAD 35 Board of Directors.”Developing this plan was not…

Black people in Portland struggle to be heard amid protests

PORTLAND, Ore. — Chaotic and often violent protests against racial injustice have topped the headlines for days, but lost in the shouting are the voices of many Black Portland residents themselves — and their feelings about the unrest are nuanced and diverse.Some feel the overwhelmingly white crowds of protesters — and particularly those committing vandalism…

Pop Up NH venue opens in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — The long-awaited ServiceCU @ Pop Up NH outdoor venue opened Saturday in the city’s downtown.The converted Bridge Street lot allows city businesses and organizations to offer food, drinks and entertainment.ServiceCU @ Pop Up NH is the creative brainchild of many local people, designed to help beleaguered restaurants, theaters and the arts community struggling…

Pandemic helps, then hurts psychiatric boarding crisis in NH

CONCORD (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has reversed New Hampshire’s recent success in reducing the number of psychiatric patients stuck in emergency rooms, according to state officials and advocates.The state accomplished a major mental health care milestone in late March when, for the first time in eight years, no one was waiting in a hospital…

Dr. Ben Locwin: How schools can re-open safely

We’ve all been mired in a global economic downturn, barrages of COVID-19 case numbers, continuing uncertainty and limitless flows of misinformation. This article seeks to share best practices to re-opening schools, first by addressing the facts about the pandemic coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and then relying on effective measures that have been deployed in many locations in…

Schools face big virus test as students return to classroom

Reopening schools is easy. Keeping them open will be the hard part.As educators prepare to welcome students back for the first time in months, schools’ ability to quickly identify and contain coronavirus outbreaks before they get out of hand will be put to the test in thousands of districts around the country.Newly reopened schools in…

First in NH: Rochester school bringing kids back to class

ROCHESTER — When students return to Maple Street Magnet School Tuesday, Aug. 11, state Department of Education officials say it will be the first public school in New Hampshire to resume in-person instruction since COVID-19 closures began in March.As such, educators, staff and administrators have been busy this week adding various safety measures and reviewing…

Maine jobless claims continue to fall; colleges get aid

ORONO, Maine (AP) — Jobless claims are continuing to fall in the state.The state Department of Labor said 1,700 individuals filed an initial claim for unemployment assistance in the week that ended on Aug. 1. That’s 900 less than the previous week and far less than the totals from April and May, when tens of…

Winfrey demanding justice for Breonna Taylor with billboards

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — First, Oprah Winfrey put Breonna Taylor on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine. Now the media mogul is spreading her message with billboards demanding justice for the Kentucky woman shot to death during a police raid.Twenty-six billboards displaying a portrait of Taylor are going up across Louisville, Kentucky, demanding that the…

Newmarket Town Council passes mask mandate

NEWMARKET — Following Durham’s lead, the Town Council passed an emergency ordinance Wednesday requiring face-coverings for members of the public and employees entering businesses.Newmarket’s emergency mandate lasts 60 days and can penalize individuals with a $100 fine for a first offense, $200 for a second, and $500 for a third and subsequent offenses, with the…

NH tech, manufacturing employers seek to fill 600 jobs at virtual fair

CONCORD — Forty employers in New Hampshire’s tech and manufacturing sectors will look to fill more than 600 jobs at the inaugural virtual job fair Aug.12, organized by the NH Tech Alliance, the state Department of Employment Security and state Department of Business and Economic Affairs.Jobs range from manufacturing associates and process engineers, to data…

Exeter PD awards four Life Saving medals

EXETER — The Police Department awarded four Life Saving medals to officers for their heroic acts responding to three different calls over the last several months, Chief Stephan Poulin announced.The personnel receiving awards were Lt. Steven Bolduc and officers Michael Ingenito, Matthew Oppenlaender and Dan Ryan.”These Officers are all to be commended for their quick…

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