Pappas assigned to transportation, veterans’ committees

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Congressman Chris Pappas has been assigned to the House committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Veterans’ Affairs.
Pappas, a Democrat representing the 1st District elected to his first term in November, said Thursday addressing New Hampshire’s infrastructure needs and improving services to veterans will be top priorities for him.
Pappas succeeds Democratic Rep. Carol-Shea Porter, who stepped down at the end of her term.

SNHU offers emergency fund for students affected by shutdown

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Southern New Hampshire University has established a $1 million emergency fund for students and employees affected by the partial government shutdown.
New Hampshire Public Radio reports SNHU is offering payments of between $250 and $1,000 to students and employees in “immediate financial crisis.” The money will be available to students who are federal employees not receiving a paycheck because of the shutdown, or students and university employees whose spouses or partners are federal employees not receiving a paycheck.
University President Paul LeBlanc says the payments come from the school’s reserve funds.
SNHU has a campus in Manchester and 135,000 students worldwide.

New Hampshire health officials report flu death

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire health officials say an adult has died of the flu.
WMUR-TV reports officials said Thursday the flu victim lived in Cheshire County.
The flu is now considered widespread in the state.
The flu typically causes congestion, fatigue, fever and muscle aches.
Those who have the flu are encouraged to stay home from school or work if they have a fever.

Fellow moms help family that lost toddler found dead in cold

NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) — A group of mothers is collecting gift cards and having meals delivered to the New Hampshire family that lost a toddler found dead in the bitter cold.
The women didn’t know the mother of 2 ½-year-old Sofia Van Schoick, but felt compelled to help a fellow mother and her family. Police said the child wandered outside of her Newport home and died of exposure in subzero temperatures Monday.
One member of the group, Tracy Conroy, tells WMUR-TV the community is tight-knit and when tragedy strikes, everyone is there for each other.
The mothers set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for Sofia’s funeral. They’re also collecting diapers for Sofia’s twin brother.
Katie Meunier said, “I think a lot of it breaks down to because we are all moms.”

Light snow is a prelude to the big one this weekend

Light snow that’s going to fall on New England is just a prelude to the big one this weekend.
The National Weather Service says a clipper-style storm that moves through the region on Friday could drop 1 to 2 inches of snow.
But a bigger storm is looming for the weekend.
Meteorologist Tom Hawley said as much as 2 feet of snow could fall across parts of Maine and New Hampshire from Sunday through Monday morning.
The nor’easter will be affecting much of the Northeast. Airlines were allowing passengers to change flights because of projected fight cancellations.

Fifth grader from Nashua to be New Hampshire’s kid governor

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A fifth grader from Nashua is going to be sworn in as the 2019 New Hampshire’s Kid Governor at the Statehouse.
Lola Giannelli and two candidates, Ben Vachon, of Concord, and Evelyn Ellis-Haines, of Belmont, are scheduled to hold a news conference Friday about their experience running for the post.
Giannelli was elected on her platform of Animal Cruelty. She advocates starting clubs dedicated to animal cruelty awareness, making toys for sheltered pets, and delivering donations to shelters.
Vachon and Ellis-Haines will be Kid Executive Councilors.
The program is led by the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. The free, in-class program teaches fifth graders about state government, elections, and the importance of civics engagement through a real-life election timed to coincide with Election Day.

Marker recognizes New Hampshire historic site

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is recognizing a site where a town got its start nearly 300 years ago with a historic marker.
The state’s Division of Historical Resources announced Friday that a New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker has been installed on Route 156 in Nottingham, the site of Nottingham Square.
The town was created in 1722 and a plan for the town created two years later. At the time, the design for Nottingham Square was laid out with homes and streets. The town’s first school, blockhouse and meetinghouse were built on this summit. Nottingham Square also was the site for militia drills in 1775 and homes to four Revolutionary War generals.
This is the 259th marker installed in the state. An interactive map of the all the markers can be found on the division’s website.

Pease Development Authority settles suit alleging pollution

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit alleging violations of the Clean Water Act at the Pease International Tradeport.
The Conservation Law Foundation sued the Pease Development Authority arguing that storm water runoff from the former Pease Air Force Base property in Portsmouth and Newington has polluted Great Bay and other waterways.
The agreement resulted from a court-administered mediation process. The conservation group said the settlement ensures that the Pease Development Authority will be playing by the same rules as communities throughout the Seacoast region and will obtain the appropriate discharge permits for its storm sewer system.
David Mullen, the development authority’s director, declined to comment on the settlement when asked by the Portsmouth Herald.

Vermont town hires ex-social studies teacher as top cop

NORWICH, Vt. (AP) — A former social studies teacher is going to become the new police chief in the Vermont town of Norwich.
The Valley News reports that Sgt. Jennifer Frank, a 14-year law enforcement veteran, will assume the role of police chief on April 13 when current chief Doug Robinson retires.
Frank’s appointment was announced by Town Manager Herb Durfee at Wednesday meeting of the Selectboard.
The 43-year-old Frank taught in New Hampshire in both the Mascoma Valley Regional School District and in the Newfound Area School District in Bristol.
She says she started thinking about law enforcement after a Mascoma student brought a loaded handgun into her classroom.
Durfee says Frank raised the bar for transparency, pushed ahead with community policing and engaged with area youth, town residents and local business owners.

Federal court date set for Vermont kidnap, assault suspect

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man charged with kidnapping a woman and her son and later sexually assaulting the woman has been scheduled to appear in federal court in Burlington.
Court records say Everett Simpson is due to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Conroy on Feb. 7.
Simpson was hospitalized in Pennsylvania on Sunday after he crashed a stolen car while fleeing police. He’s also facing a variety of state charges in Pennsylvania.
Simpson is charged with leaving a Bradford drug abuse treatment center Jan. 4 and traveling to Manchester, New Hampshire, where the alleged kidnapping took place. He is then alleged to have brought them back to Vermont where the woman was assaulted. He then fled to Pennsylvania.
Defense attorney Michael Desautels says it’s too early to have any comment on the case.