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Bah Humbug!: Staffers laugh about holiday horrors
My wife Sharon and I were invited for our first visit to the apartment my daughter, Meghan, and her then-fiance, Dave, were sharing in Swampscott, Mass.

Shipyard to hire 715 new employees
KITTERY, Maine — Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on Thursday announced that it will hire approximately 715 new employees through Sept. 30, 2015.

Recruitment for the positions will be ongoing throughout the fiscal year, which runs from Oct.

New toll plaza plan presented for York
New plan to rebuild toll plaza on Maine Turnpike in York presented to agency's board

Shipyard to hire 715 new employees
KITTERY, Maine — Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on Thursday announced that it will hire approximately 715 new employees through Sept. 30, 2015.

Berwick Town Manager accepts post in Portland
BERWICK, Maine — Town Manager Patrick Venne tendered his resignation Tuesday night at the select board meeting and said his decision should not be seen as a reflection of any dissatisfaction.

Ceremony marks beginning of new senior housing unit project
SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — With an eye toward integration rather than isolation, a 28-unit senior housing development is being tucked into downtown, close to shops and services.

Berwick youngster has a varied snow globe collection
DOVER — Back the sleigh up. Sure they are a dashing couple in a sleigh surrounded by swirling snow. But going over fields? Never.

Public flinches at grade school renovation price tag
ROLLINSFORD — Residents who packed the Rollinsford Grade School gymnasium Monday night bristled at the cost of plans to renovate the aging school building.

Public flinches at grade school renovation price tag
ROLLINSFORD — Residents who packed the Rollinsford Grade School gymnasium Monday night bristled at the cost of plans to renovate the aging school building.

High school athlete's story is inspiration to all
My good friend, Dover High School varsity girl's soccer coach Jason Wisniewski, messaged me with information that Kate, 15, whom he coaches at Seacoast United Soccer Club, was named the Sports Illustrated December High School Athlete of the Month.

Sports

Marshwood-Traip hockey falls to York
DOVER — With a pair of losses to open the season, York High School boys hockey coach Mike Vessey decided to change his top two lines.

The shakeup has worked so far.

Noble can’t stop Bonny Eagle’s 3-point shooting
NORTH BERWICK, Maine — Last year’s resurgence of the Noble High School boys basketball program offered a promising outlook for the future of Knights basketball.

Traip girls cruise past Sacopee
KITTERY, Maine — The only suspense left was to see was if the Traip Academy girls basketball team could pitch a first-half shutout.

High School Brief: Berwick boys lose
SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Rochester’s Brent Phillips scored the only goal for the Berwick Academy boys hockey team in a 4-1 loss Saturday to the Millbrook School.

Joey Lazzaro made 42 saves as the Bulldogs dropped to 2-4-0.

After a year’s absence, Petrie back and ready to go
SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Two days before his team’s season opener last week, Marshwood High School girls basketball coach Lee Petrie had a game film running in the small office off the locker room that he shares with, among other things,...

Hawks have inside track to fourth straight title
SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Unless something drastic happens, the 2014-15 Maine Class A wrestling landscape should once again be dominated by Marshwood High School.

Gorham outruns Marshwood at the end
SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — For the first three quarters and even into the fourth, it had visions of a clean getaway, trailing for a grand total of just 18 seconds.

Traip holds off OOB to win opener
KITTERY, Maine — Jeremy Paul feels that his Traip Academy boys basketball team has the potential and the pieces to win games in a variety of ways.

Knights, Bearcats embrace a good cause
ROCHESTER — When coaches say it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it’s rare to have them actually mean it.

High school roundup: BA girls hockey opens with win
GROTON, Mass ― The Berwick Academy girls hockey team scored three goals in the final five minutes for a come-from-behind 3-2 win at Groton on Wednesday in the season opener for both teams.

Community

Berwick Scouts collect food, coats
BERWICK — Saturday, Dec. 13, was a cold and windy day. The weather did not stop the Berwick Scouts in their mission to collect food and winter coats to help their neighbors who might be experiencing hard times.

Stay green while getting into holiday spirit
By DENISE SMITH

Ah, Christmastime ... I love the holidays! This is that happy, crazy, stressful, delicious, festive time of year between Thanksgiving and our favorite winter holidays.

Happy 100th in York
YORK, Maine — Emily (Fox) Pratt recently celebrated her 100th birthday at the American Legion in York, Maine, surrounded by more than 100 of her friends and family.

Born in Chelsea, Mass., on Nov.

Rabies clinic next month
By JORDAN MILES

A rabies clinic will be offered at the Lebanon Fire Station on Jan. 18, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The station is located at the corner of Upper Cross and Depot roads.

The cost is $12 per shot.

Berwick town manager will be leaving
BY DAVE ANDREESEN

In a letter read to the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Patrick Venne announced plans to leave his position as town manager effective January 17, 2015.

At the library
DURHAM — From the Durham Public Library:

Holiday Hours are: Monday, Dec. 22, closing at 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 24, closing at 3 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 25, closed all day; Friday, Dec. 26, closed all day; Saturday, Dec.

Animal Welfare Society January Events

Legislator welcomes chaplain


Legislator welcomes chaplain

Photo by Melissa Willette

State Rep.

Last Chance to Give Blood in 2014!

Blue Christmas Service, Sunday, Dec 21st

Business

Great Northern Builders attains 20Club status
SOUTH BERWICK — Len and Maya Bogh, owners of Great Northern Builders in South Berwick, joined 19 builders from the National Association of Homebuilders in Washington, D.C., in November to form the newest NAHB 20Club.

Groundbreaking planned in South Berwick
SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Avesta Housing plans a groundbreaking ceremony this week for the Young Street Apartments in South Berwick.

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Stepping Stones Learning Center to open
ELIOT, Maine — Owner Alaina Kelley will open a new child care center, Stepping Stones Learning Center, in Eliot. The school is set to open on Jan. 5 and an open house is scheduled for this Sunday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saltwater Fabrics grand opening on Dec. 6
SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — People peering into the storefront on Main Street will see a modern fabric shop with handmade totes and cosmetic bags, needles, pins and lots of colorful fabric.

Foster's Towns

Barrington:
Bah Humbug!: Staffers laugh about holiday horrors
Berwick:
Bah Humbug!: Staffers laugh about holiday horrors
Dover:
Bah Humbug!: Staffers laugh about holiday horrors
Durham:
UNH fans make most of first home semifinal
Eliot:
Troy Pappas to be remembered at Rose parade
Exeter:
Bah Humbug!: Staffers laugh about holiday horrors
Farmington:
PSNH plays 'Grinch' to Farmington Christmas lights tradition
Greenland:
Kittery:
Bah Humbug!: Staffers laugh about holiday horrors
Lee:
Oyster River may cut jobs as enrollment declines
Madbury:
Oyster River may cut jobs as enrollment declines
Middleton:
Milton:
Bobcat captured in Milton on camera
New Durham:
Excavator stolen from business in broad daylight
Newington:
Heroin overdose suspected in mall lot, says chief
Newmarket:
Bah Humbug!: Staffers laugh about holiday horrors
North Berwick:
Bah Humbug!: Staffers laugh about holiday horrors
Northwood:
Portsmouth:
Art Nickless loses battle with cancer
Rochester:
Bah Humbug!: Staffers laugh about holiday horrors
Rollinsford:
Rollinsford meeting to explore options for Sligo Road
Rye:
Somersworth:
Free clothes fair helps Somersworth community fight winter’s chill
South Berwick:
Bah Humbug!: Staffers laugh about holiday horrors
Strafford:
Woman with baby in car charged with aggravated DWI
Wakefield:
Wakefield School Board to discuss adding bus stop
York:
Bah Humbug!: Staffers laugh about holiday horrors