MONDAY, May 13
A body was found in Beaver Brook Saturday afternoon, according to Keene police.
It was found in less than 2 feet of water behind Beaver Street Market, Keene police said.
Police are not yet releasing the man’s name, pending notification of his family (see related story, A1).
Walpole residents celebrated the conservation of a 10-acre plot of riverfront property Saturday.
For much of the past year, the previous owner has been trying to put a convenience store and gas station on the site.
Residents led a charge to buy the land and gift it to the town’s conservation commission.
In all, 770 students received degrees Saturday at Keene State College’s commencement ceremony.
Harvard professor and “Bowling Alone” author Robert Putnam told the graduates he’s optimistic about their generation.
Putnam and Moore Nanotechnology co-founder Len Chaloux received honorary degrees from the college.
TUESDAY, May 14
An autopsy has determined the death of an inmate at the Cheshire county jail was a suicide.
Michael J. Richmond, 44, of Hinsdale died last Tuesday night at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.
The autopsy Friday by the state medical examiner’s office found the cause of death to be hanging.
Keene department heads publicly explained their budget proposals for the coming year Monday.
Much of the discussion centered around the fire department’s proposed $7,184,300 budget, up about 2.8 percent.
The Parks, Recreation and Facilities director said his budget includes funding for a possible minimum wage hike.
A film screening and discussion are being held with the hope of shedding light on youth food insecurity.
Monadnock Understands Childhood Hunger will screen the documentary “Poor Kids” at the Keene Public Library.
Tonight’s screening will be followed by a panel discussion with three local experts on food insecurity.
WEDNESDAY, May 15
Republican Gov. Chris Sununu announced Tuesday evening that he plans to seek a third term as governor.
The announcement came in a blog post that touted the state’s business climate and his veto of a Senate family leave bill.
Meanwhile, former Democratic rivals Molly Kelly and Steve Marchand are mulling repeat bids of their own.
A zoning amendment pitting Peterborough’s planning board against some zoning board members failed at the polls Tuesday.
The proposal would have killed one downtown overlay zone and called for larger building lots in another.
The amendment garnered a majority of votes Tuesday, but fell short of the two-thirds threshold required to pass.
Stoddard will combine the positions of town clerk and tax collector.
Voters elected Deputy Town Clerk Karen Bell to the position of clerk at Tuesday’s annual election.
She’ll serve until next year’s election, when the three-year combined seat will be filled.
THURSDAY, May 16
Arts Alive! will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a series of activities Saturday afternoon and evening.
It will include a community art-making event and party featuring art installations, music and dance performances and more.
Keene-based Arts Alive!’s mission is to advance arts and culture in the Monadnock Region.
Peterborough residents OK money for a water project and renovating the town’s public works facility.
Voters at the annual town meeting approved the multimillion-dollar bonds Wednesday night.
Water from the Cold Stone Spring would go to a treatment facility, then be distributed along Route 202.
The state is appealing a judge’s ruling that the so-called Laurie List is subject to public records laws.
The ACLU and news media have sued to make public the list of law enforcement officers with potential credibility issues.
The appeal to the N.H. Supreme Court Wednesday keeps the names of those on the list unknown for now.
FRIDAY, May 17
Students at the Region 14 Applied Technology Center at ConVal Regional High School can now get college credit for courses.
ConVal has signed an agreement with Keene State College to offer up to eight credits for students who’ve completed a program at the center.
The credits will be valid only at Keene State.
The possibility of taking the former Kingsbury property by tax deed is back on the table.
Keene city councilors are looking for the public’s input at the finance committee meeting on May 23.
“The decision to initiate the tax-deeding process on the property may be one of the most important decisions we will make as councilors,” said Councilor David Richards.
Organizers of the Thornton Wilder Center for the Arts presented architectural plans Thursday for the performance space proposed at ConVal Regional High School.
The challenge now is to raise money for the building itself, which is expected to cost about $7 million.
The proposed design features retractable seating that can be configured at least six ways for different styles of performance, said Keene-based architect Daniel V. Scully.