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Two teenagers from Chesterfield were celebrated in town on Saturday for their cross-country bike ride to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention.

Michael Mariani and Devin Mclaughlin raised more than $ 30,000 for The Samaritans, based in Keene, through their Pedaling for Prevention ride.

A plentiful harvest of acorns in the last two fall seasons could be responsible for the surge in rodents in the area’s homes.

“I wouldn’t say it’s been the worst year we’ve ever had, but it’s probably in the top three or four,” said John Lamoureux, owner of Keene Pest Control.

Casella Construction of Vermont won a $ 2.64 million contract to rebuild a short section of Route 12 in Charlestown that was damaged by flooding in late July.

Work on the road may not finish until the spring.

Phoenix House New England will be closing all of its Vermont locations today and plans to sell its Dublin, NH location soon.

President and CEO Peter Mumma said the decision to close the Phoenix House facilities in Vermont was due to the loss of a grant from the Vermont Justice Department.

Governor Chris Sununu said Monday an injunction against a vaccine mandate would be a “big win” for the New Hampshire health system, but some public health advocates disagree.

“We believe that the science is valid and that nurses should be vaccinated out of an ethical obligation to patients,” said Pamela P. DiNapoli, executive director of the NH Nurses Association.

After 10 years at the Cheshire Children’s Museum, Deb Ganley will step down at the end of the year.

Ganley led the Keene Museum creation contract after taking her daughter to many similar establishments, often more than an hour away.

As the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations increased across the country, the number of ICU beds available has rapidly declined, including at Cheshire Medical Center.

State officials are urging residents to get vaccinated or have a booster vaccination.

A new program aims to fund at least 21 East Keene homes for critical renovation and weathering work over the next year.

Southwestern Community Services, which works with the city on the program, has started reaching 50 homeowners in the area who could qualify.

Plans to convert a property on Winchester Street into a U-Haul relocation and self-storage facility are under review by Keene officials this month.

If the town planning committee approves the project, the plant could be opened in the spring, said a spokeswoman.

Cheshire County is aiming for half a million dollars in federal funding to attract people to the Monadnock area.

The money will primarily be used to hire a tourism coordinator for the local Chamber of Commerce and to develop a strategic plan for attracting people to the area.

Some homeowners are experiencing sticker shock this month, with a surge in home values ​​driving property tax bills across the state.

Of the more than 200 tax rates set to date, those in Keene and some of the surrounding communities are among the highest in New Hampshire.

As of Thursday, Cheshire Medical Center is canceling all non-urgent procedures and surgeries as Keene Hospital grapples with an influx of COVID-19 patients.

And with bed shortages across the state, Cheshire Medical has limited options for sending patients to other facilities to help with overcrowding.

After a call from the senior official at the local hospital, Keene councilors will consider requiring masks to be worn anywhere in the city.

A council committee will speak next week to pass a new mandate as COVID cases continue to rise in the region and across the state.

Residents of several local towns will help spread the Christmas cheer on the annual Christmas Lights Tour.

People can tour the decorated houses in Antrim, Fitzwilliam, Jaffrey, Keene, Peterborough, Rindge, Swanzey and Troy and vote for their favorite in each parish.

A bill due for review at Concord next year would ease the requirements of annual vehicle inspections in the state.

However, opponents say the inspections revealed security breaches in thousands of vehicles.

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