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August 21, 2019 top stories
Change coming to
Woodsville intersection

NORTH HAVERHILL—It appears that some modifications to the intersection at Forest Street and Central Street in Woodsville could be made by the state as early as next month.
In the spring, after conducting a study, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation proposed removing two Woodsville traffic signals installed in 2007 to accommodate increased traffic as a result of the newly constructed Walmart.
During the selectboard meeting on Aug. 19, Haverhill Town Manager Brigitte Codling said the state will go ahead and remove the Route 10 lights between Walmart and the Woodsville Precinct administrative building, but they will delay removal of the lights at the Chase Lane intersection with Central Street, also near Walmart.
At a meeting in April, town officials and community members lobbied state regulators to first address hazards at several other intersections in Woodsville before removing the lights at Chase Lane.

St. Joseph’s priests on abuse list

WOODSVILLE—Following recent accusations of child sex abuse against a number of New Hampshire Catholic priests, the Bishop of Manchester has issued a formal letter of apology while also announcing an enhanced method of reporting the abuse.
It has been more than one year since we learned of reports of misconduct involving then-Cardinal McCarrick, quickly followed by the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury investigation, which detailed terrible accounts of sexual abuse of minors by clergy,” the Rev. Peter A. Libasci wrote in a July 31 letter posted to the Diocese of Manchester website.
Since that time, I have updated you as I have sought guidance on what our Diocese can do to enhance our efforts to protect minors and emerge as a place of hope and healing. I prayed deeply for guidance from our Lord, sought counsel from many of you in my own flock, and worked to engage in renewed efforts toward protecting children and vulnerable adults in our ministries,” Libasci wrote.
Six of the seven priests who were assigned to St. Joseph’s in Woodsville between the 1940s and the 1990s have since died. All have been accused of sexual abuse of a minor, according to the Diocese of Manchester.
The list includes John Nolin, who was assigned to St. Joseph’s on Jan. 19, 1983. The six deceased former Woodsville priests include Roland Tancrede, assigned to St. Joseph’s on Jan. 19, 1966; Gerard Beaudet, May 3, 1960; Albert Boulanger, assigned June 21, 1968; Albert Burke (or Burque), assigned Jan. 19, 1939; Francis McMullen, assigned Sept. 10, 1958; and Edward Zalewski, assigned March 5, 1969.

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Corinth man arraigned on
drugs, explosives charges

BURLINGTON—An East Corinth man has pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Burlington to a felony charge of possession of explosive materials by a felon during a traffic stop on I-91 in Hartford in July.
Mark A. Mattiace, 41, had a grenade and methamphetamines in a car when he was pulled over by Hartford Police Cpl. Eric Clifford about 2:30 a.m. July 7, according to federal court records.
The indictment maintains Mattiace unlawfully possessed a blasting cap, detonation cord and pentaerythritol tetranitrate, an explosive material. The seized grenade did not have powder, but the other explosive items were a problem, ATF Agent Scott Murray said in a court affidavit.
The arraignment Friday was the first chance for Mattiace to enter a plea in court. He had been held since Aug. 6 on a criminal complaint filed by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Mattiace was due to have a probable cause hearing last Friday morning, but that was switched to an arraignment after a federal grand jury in Burlington filed an indictment late Thursday afternoon.

THE RUNNING MAN—The Granite State Skyriders visited Dean Memorial Airport in North Haverhill over the weekend. The group features an ecletic mix of light aircraft. Pictured is Buzz Burrows of Woburn, Massachusetts starting his run down the runway wearing a powered paragliders parachute.
Newborn fights
for her life

BRADFORD—“These babies are wanted and loved, and can thrive,” 24-year-old Bradford native Shawna Brummer told the Journal Opinion in a recent interview, referring to a genetic disorder called Trisomy 18.
Brummer said she wants to see change in the way the medical community treats a diagnosis of Trisomy 18 and is doing her part in educating and creating awareness about Trisomy 18.
Her fight is personal. Her daughter Freya Althea was born on June 22 with serious impairments due to Trisomy 18.
Trisomy 18, also known as Edwards syndrome, is a condition in which the developing baby has an extra chromosome 18. A trisomy occurs when a third chromosome is caused by an error in cell division. Trisomy 18 causes a wide range of issues with a baby’s development, and can be life-threatening.
According to the Trisomy 18 Foundation, Down syndrome is also caused by an extra chromosome, but Trisomy 18 is associated with medical complications that are potentially more life-threatening in the early months and years of life.
Like Down syndrome, however, the impact can range anywhere from mild to severe. Studies have shown that only 50 percent of babies who are carried to term will be born alive, and baby girls will have higher rates of live birth than baby boys.
Brummer’s pregnancy appeared healthy when she had a gender anatomy ultrasound at 18 weeks. Freya was just a few days behind in weight.
Next she had a quad screen, which checks for genetic abnormalities. She had had the test done with her previous pregnancies and thought nothing of it. When the doctor called with the results, however, he told her she may want to sit down.

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