MONDAY, June 3

A program offering free syringes to homeless people who use drugs is scheduled to launch this month in Keene.

The pilot program will distribute syringes and safe disposal kits in exchange for used needles, which will be incinerated.

The Serenity Center will offer the service in three homeless encampments in the Elm City.

Patients and others will have a chance to comment on a proposed health care system merger at a meeting in Peterborough.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and GraniteOne Health, which runs Monadnock Community Hospital, plan to combine.

The session is slated for Thursday, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Monadnock Community Hospital’s Parmelee Building.

Swanzey selectmen are close to choosing an architect to design a proposal for a new central fire station.

The town purchased property on Old Homestead Highway for $125,000 in November using capital reserve funds.

Voters have previously voted down funding to build a new station, but OK’d $25,000 for design in March.

TUESDAY, June 4

Service-bound students are petitioning to wear their military sashes at Keene High School’s upcoming graduation.

Senior Clarice Davis, who is joining the Air Force, said students were told by administration that enlisting isn’t considered a school-affiliated activity.

Military dress uniforms are allowed for students who’ve completed boot camp under a state law created after ConVal senior Brandon Garabrant sought to wear his Marine uniform to graduation in 2013.

The owner of a Central Square bar plans to expand into the space where she recently closed a restaurant.

Dorrie Masten closed Pedraza’s Mexican Restaurant last month, next to The Pour House.

She plans to serve American fare at The Pour House Restaurant at 45 Central Square.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is starting to gain steam in the Democratic presidential race.

Warren has rolled out detailed policy plans on a near-weekly basis, and voters are beginning to notice.

Today, the Warren campaign released another policy plan on “green manufacturing.”

WEDNESDAY, June 5

A crash between a motorcycle and an SUV on Route 9 in Keene Tuesday sent three people to the hospital.

The motorcyclist, Anthony Morelli, 19, of Keene, suffered serious injuries to his lower body, Keene police said.

Police said the motorcycle, heading east, struck the SUV, which was turning onto Daniels Hill Road from the westbound lane.

A Brattleboro man was taken to the hospital after a reported stabbing on Canal Street Tuesday night, police said.

Zachary T. Rutledge, 22, suffered possible life-threatening injuries during an altercation, police said.

Kenneth J. Craig, 44, and Rutledge were cited for assault; Chrisanna M. Gagne, 29, was held on an outstanding warrant.

A long, “rewarding” career is about to end for Keene High construction trades teacher Randall Burns.

He began at Keene High School in 1991 as a long-term substitute before taking a position there in special education technology.

Not long after, he transitioned to the construction trades program at the Cheshire Career Center.

THURSDAY, June 6

A Superior Court judge has sided with area school districts in an education-funding lawsuit.

Judge David Ruoff issued a nearly 100-page ruling Wednesday finding the state’s funding levels are unconstitutional.

However, Ruoff declined to order the state to immediately pay the school districts millions of dollars.

A former camper has made it his mission to revive the life stories of Camp Takodah’s World War II heroes.

Working with Timothy Lang Francis, a Navy reservist and historian, he researched the lives of the 12 men.

They were Camp Takodah members who died in the war, their names engraved on a bronze plaque.

Peterborough officials are standing behind two petitions that sunk a divisive zoning amendment.

The amendment, which would increase some required lot sizes downtown, failed to attain a supermajority at the polls last month.

Town officials say the petitions that required the supermajority were valid; they’d been challenged by amendment backers.

FRIDAY, June 7

After just 15 minutes of discussion, Keene city councilors unanimously passed a $68 million budget Thursday night.

The appropriation for the 2019-20 fiscal year doesn’t include about $4.7 million in new bonds to be issued.

It does include water and sewer operations, payments on existing debt and one-time infrastructure projects.

Two major health care systems with facilities in Keene and Peterborough are making progress toward joining.

The deal would bring the only two hospitals in the Monadnock Region under the same umbrella.

Officials from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and GraniteOne Health spoke about the pact Thursday in Peterborough.

Walks sunk the Keene Swamp Bats in their season-opener against Upper Valley Thursday.

The Upper Valley Nighthawks won a sloppy, nearly four-hour battle of miscues, 14-8.

The game was originally scheduled Wednesday but postponed to Thursday due to the threat of rain.