Claremont’s Citizens Group Ponders Pumpkin Festival

pumpkin festThe nationally recognized Keene Pumpkin Festival will not return this year after drunken riots and violence by Keene College students and their guests. Their actions cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in 2014 and the Pumpkin Festival. In a 13-1 vote Keene City Council denied the organizers “Let It Shine” a permit for 2015.
Nashua and Manchester jumped at the chance to fill the void left by the absence of the annual tradition. Some say those locales lack access for those that would like to attend the event from the southwest side of the state and another town is more appropriate to host the Pumpkinfest.
Michael Charest of the Claremont Citizens Group is exploring the possibilities of moving the festival from Keene to Claremont. Charest and his group are making a plea to bring the festival to the city as a way to boost tourism
Claremont Citizens Group is meeting on Saturday from 10- noon at the Trinity Church in Claremont. Charest says anyone who is interested in bringing the Pumpkin Fest to Claremont in Welcome to attend.

Hartford Detective Honored with Unsung Hero Award
hartford detectiveA Hartford Detective is the recipient of the “Unsung Hero Award.” Detective Kristinnah Adams of the Windsor County Special Investigation Unit received the award for her dedication, compassion, and commitment to the safety and well-being of VT children. Adams is the designated investigator for crimes against children, and sexual assault within the Windsor Community and four other towns in Windsor County.
The Unsung Hero Award was awarded to the Windsor County Special Investigations Unit through the “Shield our Children from Harm” Conference held at DHMC on Thursday. The Unsung Hero Award is given annually to first responders, doctors, and or social workers.

Hale Inducted into Women’s Heritage Trail
Sarah Josepha HaleThe NH Women’s Heritage Trail and the NH Women’s Foundation celebrated Women’s History Month with the announcement of the first 27 inductees to the New Hampshire Women’s Heritage Trail.
The NH Commission on the Status of Women created the Women’s Heritage Trail in 2008 to give visible recognition to the historic women of New Hampshire and celebrate their contributions to the life and culture of the state. For the past seven years considerable research was conducted into the lives of those recommended. The Richards Free Library in Newport nominated Sarah J. Hale for the recognition. Hale was selected for her literary work, editorship of Godey’s Lady’s Book, her fight for higher education, better medical care and higher wages for women. A list of all women on the Heritage Trail is listed at

Kacavas Resigns as US Attorney to Take D.H.M.C Position
kacavasNH top Federal Prosecutor is stepping down. John P. Kacavas US Attorney for NH announced he is leaving the position he has held for six years on April 17. Kacavas has accepted the position as Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel at Dartmouth Hitchcock. Kacavas will serve as the chief legal advisor to Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s senior leadership and the board of trustees. “John will be a fabulous member of our team, contributing unique skills and experience that are much needed as we transition away from traditional models of care delivery and payment,” noted Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and President Dr. James N. Weinstein. Kacavas starts his new position on April 20.