New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Manchester Police Chief Enoch F. Willard announced the sentencing of twenty five year old Preston Thorpe by the Hillsborough County Superior Court.  Thorpe will spend the next fifteen to thirty years State Prison for possession of U-4 7 7 0 0 with the intent to distribute.  U-4 7 7 0 0 is a synthetic opioid that is classified as a Schedule I drug. (That means it’s bad!  It’s bad!)  This past Christmas Eve, Manchester police officers discovered thirty grams of the drug in Thorpe’s apartment, along with two boxes of plastic baggies and drug residue on the kitchen counter-tops, indicating Thorpe possessed the drug with the intent to distribute.  Thorpe was convicted following a bench trial in August.  

MacDonald: Messages sent to drug dealers and credit bureaus

In making the announcement, MacDonald said Thorpe’s prosecution and sentence send the message that, quote:

“The possession and distribution of opioids, such as U-47700, will not be tolerated and this sentence highlights the significant sanctions for those who do so. Mr. Thorpe’s actions are part of the larger opioid epidemic plaguing New Hampshire, and this prosecution and sentencing demonstrate that there are visible consequences for those, like Mr. Thorpe, who knowingly perpetuate the problem.”

In an unrelated matter, MacDonald has joined with thirty six other attorneys general urging Experian and Trans Union to stop charging fees to consumers who place credit freezes on their accounts in light of the massive Equifax data breach.  The Equifax data breach reported last month has so far affected over 1 4 5 million Americans, including approximately 6 3 5 ,000 Granite Staters.

Grant received

At its meeting on Tuesday night, the Manchester Board of School Committee voted to accept a twenty four thousand dollar donation to support the FIRST Jr. STEAM Ahead program in the schools after holding a required public hearing to accept and spend the funds.  The donation came from the program’s namesake FIRST and will support programs at Green Acres, Highland Goffe’s Falls, Smyth Road and Webster elementary schools.  Ten thousand dollars will be used to pay teacher stipends, thirty five hundred will go to register the schools in the FIRST LEGO League, the rest will go to miscellaneous supplies, LEGO kits and field trips to the SEE Science Center.  The program is supported by Title I funds in the city’s other ten elementary schools.

News from our own backyard continues after this.

History week coming

To celebrate N H History Week, which was designated by the General Court for the third week in October, Hooksett’s Heritage Commission, Historical Society, Town Hall Preservation Committee, and public library have joined together to make plans for Hooksett’s participation.  They say a week just isn’t long enough to share Hooksett’s stories.

The Heritage Commission will celebrate the story of the Martin’s Ferry community in Hooksett when it hosts the unveiling of the town’s 10th historic roadside marker at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October twenty first, near the intersection of Martin’s Ferry and North River roads.  Another plaque will be accepted which tells the story of the Allen Farm (1918-1987), one of the last farms in the area.

Events planned

On Thursday, October 26, at 6:30 p.m. the Hooksett Library, Historical Society, and Town Hall Preservation Committee will co-sponsor the N H Humanities program titled “New England’s Colonial Meetinghouses” at the library.  Using photographs of the few surviving “mint condition” meetinghouses as illustrations, Paul Wainwright will tell the story of the society that built and used them, and the lasting impact they have had on American culture.  A meeting of the Historical Society will precede the program.  The chair of the Town Hall Preservation Committee will also give an update on the progress of the current rehabilitation project.  Photo displays of the history of Hooksett’s old town hall and plans for its future will be available for viewing.


“This is the 7th Annual NH History celebration in Hooksett.  We hope our friends and neighbors will take the opportunity to learn a little about Hooksett and NH history.  We look forward to sharing these stories with them,”

said Heritage Commission Chair Kathie Northrup.

Milford: Annual flushing of the hydrants to begin

The town of Milford’s Annual Fall Hydrant Flushing begins this Monday.  The town will start with hydrants in East Milford, continue through North Milford and end in West Milford on or about November third.  Negotiations to flush the hydrants with the Dogs United Union in South Milford were unsuccessful.   Officials say that water discoloration may be noticeable in areas where the hydrants are being flushed.  Residents with questions are encouraged to call the Water Utilities Department at 2 4 9 0 6 6 7.  They thank you, in advance, for your patience.

That’s NEWS from our own backyard!  Girard at Large hour ___ is next!