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John Huegel, left, of Lexington, Mass., and Mike Chappell of Guilford, Conn., watch the workings of a Jacobson 16 HP engine at the 48th annual Gas Engine Meet at Cricket Hill Farm in Dublin Saturday. Most of the antique engines on hand were from the early 1900s.

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Walk in Keene to raise money for Alzheimer's Association

The annual “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” is scheduled for Saturday at Keene State College.

The two-mile walk, which is held nationwide and overseen by the Alzheimer’s Association, raises awareness and funds for research, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure, according to Ryan Vigue, senior director of the association’s Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapter.

In 2018, there were about 24,000 New Hampshire residents living with Alzheimer’s disease — a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior — according to data from the association. The disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the state and the nation.

“Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s, and we’re striving for the day when we have Alzheimer’s first survivor,” Vigue said.

As of Monday, 284 participants had registered for the Keene walk, and nearly $45,000 of the $65,000 fundraising goal had been donated.

Though the walk’s message remains the same, Vigue said there are slight changes to this year’s route. Walkers will begin on Fiske Quad at Keene State, follow Appian Way to Main Street and continue until they are turned around at the Central Square traffic circle. Participants will then follow Main Street back to Appian Way.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m. An “Early Bird” registration will also be offered from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the American House at 197 Water St.

To pre-register online or for more event details, visit

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Keene peace pole finds permanent home near airport

Members of the public are invited to join The Monadnock Mindfulness Practice Center Wednesday as it gives the city of Keene a peace pole.

The pole, which previously was at the Keene Monument Co. awaiting a permanent home, now has one next to the labyrinth near the city-owned Dillant-Hopkins Airport in North Swanzey, according to Aylene Wozmak, the mindfulness center’s chairwoman.

“It’s really a gift to the city of Keene in the name of peace,” she said of the pole, which was installed last week.

The ceremony starts at 3:30 p.m., at the labyrinth just before the airport, which is at 80 Airport Road. City officials have been invited, and Mayor Kendall W. Lane is scheduled to attend, Wozmak said.

“It is a lovely space to reflect,” she wrote in a Facebook post about the peace pole’s new spot by the labyrinth. “And what better day to have this ceremony [than] September 11th in the name of peace.”

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Local man facing several charges after car chase in Keene

A Keene man is facing charges after leading officers on a car chase in the city Sunday afternoon, police said.

Michael W. Ryan Jr., 42, faces charges of driving after revocation or suspension, driving under the influence, disobeying an officer, resisting arrest, reckless operation and criminal contempt, all misdemeanors. Keene police Lt. Steven Tenney said the contempt charge is due to Ryan being out on bail on a pending drug charge.

About 3:25 p.m. Sunday, police pulled Ryan over in the area of Key Road, but once the officer stepped out of the vehicle Ryan drove off, Tenney said.

Tenney said Ryan drove onto Route 101, then turned north on Route 12 before exiting onto Maple Avenue and then turning onto Old Walpole Road.

Near the intersection of Old Walpole Road and Wyman Road, Ryan’s vehicle spun out and left the road, and he fled on foot into the woods, where officers apprehended him, Tenney said.

Ryan, who was not seriously injured, was held without bail overnight pending an arraignment Monday, Tenney said.

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Keene city elections
Twelve now in the running for Keene City Council at-large seats

The candidate field for five at-large seats on the Keene City Council has swelled to 12 with the newest filings for November’s municipal elections.

Matthew “Matt” Roach and Allen Raymond became the latest to enter the race by submitting their declaration of candidacy forms Friday and Monday, respectively.

Today marks the last day to file for any city office using this method, which requires a fee of $5 to run for mayor and $2 for any other post. After 5 p.m. today, candidates must file by petition, by a deadline of Friday, Sept. 13, at 5 p.m. There’s no fee to file this way, but petitions must include 50 signatures from voters registered in the part of the city the candidate would represent. Paperwork is available at the city clerk’s office, where filings are submitted.

In addition to mayor and the five at-large council seats, positions on the ballot this year include six ward-specific City Council seats, and elections officials in each of Keene’s wards — a moderator, clerk, supervisor of the checklist and three selectmen.

Most of the ward-specific council seats are for four-year terms. All of the other posts are for two-year terms, as is one of the six ward-specific council seats on the ballot. That seat — one of two in Ward 4 — is for two years after then-Councilor Margaret M. “Maggie” Rice stepped down in June midway through her term.

Other new filings are:

Ward 1: Kim Maleski for selectman

Ward 2: Jamie L.J. White for clerk

The city’s primary is Oct. 8; the general election is Nov. 5. For more information, go to or contact City Clerk Patricia A. Little at or by calling 352-0133.

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Bench would honor Keene State graduate killed in crash

Friends and family of a Keene State College alumna who died in a car crash last month are raising funds to erect a bench in her memory on campus.

Remy Johnston, 25, of Madison, Conn., was killed Aug. 3 in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 in Guilford, Conn., according to media coverage in that state. The car she was a passenger in left the road and went down an embankment, hitting several trees and catching fire, news reports said.

Bridget Nicholson, who had been driving the vehicle, was taken to a hospital after walking to a gas station to report the crash, according to news outlets.

Johnston graduated from Keene State in 2016 with a degree in communication and philosophy, according to her LinkedIn profile. A GoFundMe page was recently posted online to raise money for an engraved stone bench that would be installed in her memory in a spot overlooking Brickyard Pond.

“From 2013 to 2015, Remy Johnston spent many of her days walking by ‘the pond’ at Keene State, as her sophomore and junior year dorms were located next to this pond,” the fundraiser page says. “Whether she was walking to class, coming home from a night out with friends, or visiting with family, this pond was a consistent part of Remy’s experiences at Keene State.”

Organizers plan to have an unveiling ceremony for friends and family sometime in 2020, according to the page.

As of this morning, the fundraiser was on its way toward its $3,000 goal with $1,900 raised. The organizers hope to exceed their goal, with any amount raised over $3,000 to be put toward Johnston’s remaining student loans, the page says.

The fundraiser’s organizers were not reachable for more information Monday.

Keene State staff have been in touch with the organziers about installing the bench once the money is raised, college spokeswoman Kelly Ricaurte said in an email.

Clarification, Sept. 10, 2019

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s Keene health center does not provide surgical abortion, but does provide medication abortion. An editorial on Title X this past weekend was unclear on this distinction.