The Bedford Police Department is seeking help to locate a missing “at risk” person. Doris Przybyla is 74, five feet tall, one hundred thirty five pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen in Bedford on New Boston Road on November twenty sixth at half past Noon, driving a blue 2 0 0 2 Suzuki Esteem 4dr sedan with handicap plate P 6 5 0. Police say she was attempting to drive home in the snowstorm and may have become lost or confused. If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Doris Przybyla, please call Bedford Police at 4 7 2 5 1 1 3, dial 9 1 1 or contact your local police department.
There are a whole lot of people in the region without power thanks to yesterday’s storm. Lots of heavy wet snow brought trees down onto power lines, knocking out power in every town in our listening area, apparently except Bow. Odd. As of the writing of this newscast, over sixty eight thousand P S N H customers were without power in our listening area (apparently, including our station in Amherst!). As a percentage of its customers, the outages are affecting twenty one percent of the town of Chester, twenty seven percent of the city of Manchester, twenty nine percent of Londonderry and thirty one percent of Derry.
On the high side, ninety three percent of Pembroke, where a parking ban is in effect until eight this morning, will have to figure out how to cook their turkeys with Sterno or on the barbecue grill. Big towns like Merrimack and Bedford were hard hit with fifty nine percent of Bedford losing power and fifty five percent of Merrimack in the dark. Amherst and Milford have sixty one and forty four percent of customers without power. Candia, at one point had nearly the entire town out as crews shut power down to replace a poll. Now, “only” forty seven percet ofthe town is out. Forty seven percent of Hooksett’s power customers are without power. Goffstown took a really big hit, too as sixty three percent of P S N H’s customers there are looking for batteries and flashlights by candle light. Eighty eight percent of the town of Weare is powerless, eighty nine percent of Deerfield is dark. The storm hammered Auburn too, knocking out seventy six percent of the town. Fifty seven percent of Dunbarton’s is light-less as is fifty seven percent of New Boston. Seventy two percent of Allenstown is down. Out in Raymond, seventy nine percent are without power. Forty five percent of Litchfield won’t hear their alarm clock. The storm also knocked out the phones to the Goffstown Police Department for three hours.
Needless to say, roads are closed due to downed power lines and trees throughout the region. Police departments are asking that you travel only when and where necessary and do so cautiously. We’ve linked to Public Service’s on line outage reporting page and outage map, which includes estimated restoration times from this newscast at Girard at Large dot com. Report: http://www.psnh.com/PowerOutagesStorms/Home/Power-Outages.aspx Power outages and restoration: http://www.psnh.com/outage/
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ASSESSMENT. What are the new Manchester School District assessments? How do these assessments affect our students? The Jewett Street Parent Teacher Group will host a meeting with Assistant Superintendent David Ryan, Math Coach Melissa Gray, and Ward Eight School Committeewoman Erika Connors, to get these questions and more answered on Thursday, December fourth beginning at 6:00 P M. Makes you wonder what might have happened with the testing if school board members and administrators had discussions with the parents BEFORE throwing classrooms into chaos, doesn’t it.
“Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” are no longer just for your favorite stores, websites, and retail locations! Instead of iPads and high definition televisions, why not add a little pure love to your home this holiday season? The Friends of the Manchester Animal Shelter is excited to celebrate the post-holiday shopping celebration of Black “Fur”iday from November twenty eighth to December first. This year will mark F-MAS’ third year participating in the post-holiday tradition with extended hours and highlighted adoption specials all weekend long. Currently, the shelter is home to nearly one hundred fifty animals who are waiting to meet their new families. The fee to adopt cats has been cut by more than half and the price for dogs has been cut by almost two thirds. All animals are spayed or neutered, up-to-date on all age appropriate vaccinations, and are micro-chipped. Cats are Fe L V/F I V tested and dogs are tested for heartworm disease. Discounted adoption fees excludes kittens, puppies and transport dogs. The shelter has also extended adoption hours for the weekend celebration. It will be will be open tomorrow from Noon to eight, Saturday from 10 to – 4 , Sunday Noon to 3 and Monday from Noon to 4 at their primary location at 490 Dunbarton Road in Manchester NH. To learn more about the shelter and the animals they have up for adoption, visit adoptable animals, be sure to check FMAS out online at www.manchesteranimalshelter.org,
Manchester Police Chief David J. Mara, who is also co-chairman of the State of New Hampshire Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice, received their prestigious Leadership Award on Thursday, November twentieth. In attendance at the ceremony were Mayor Ted Gatsas, Assistant Chief Nick Willard and D M C co-chair Ed Edwards. The event took place at the John Sununu Youth Center, River Road in Manchester. The award recognized Chief Mara for his “exemplary contributions in aiding the statewide efforts to reduce disproportionate minority contact.” Chief Mara’s continued leadership role while promoting diversity within the city of Manchester also garnered an award on October twenty eighth as Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter presented Mara with a the Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the National Cultural Diversity Awareness Council. The event, was the eight annual “keeping the dream alive” diversity conference for business and education. Congtats to the chief on a job well done!
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