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Holiday roadways in area, NH busy DWI roadblock in Hudson snagged 13 over 2 days More weekend motorists By aLBeRT McKeOn staff writer

HUDSON – Perhaps the people who successfully passed through a DWI roadblock on Memorial Day weekend will have some valuable feedback in a survey for police. But the 13 people who were charged with a crime won’t have much to say – on paper, at least – about their time in the police checkpoint. They didn’t receive a survey from police but were instead cited or arrested. Eight of the 13 were charged with DWI. Two allegedly had open containers of alcohol. Three were in possession of illegal drugs, police said.

They were driving on Lowell Road late Friday and Saturday nights, and after talking with police officers at the roadblock, were considered to be breaking the law. Twenty other people were thought to be driving under the influence of alcohol but passed field sobriety tests, police Capt. William Avery said. Another 425 motorists passed through the checkpoint without incident. They were handed a survey that solicited their thoughts about the effectiveness of the roadblock. No surveys have been returned yet, but Avery hopes to receive some to gauge people’s opinions. Asked if he was pleased with the results

of the checkpoint, Avery said the Police Department’s goal was to have no arrests, to demonstrate “that people aren’t drinking and driving.” Police encountered many vehicles that had designated drivers, a constructive trend, Avery said. But, as the numbers show, some people still drove after drinking alcohol, Avery said. “We’re happy to remove them … get those individuals off the street,” he said. Police established a roadblock on the south end of Lowell Road, by Walmart. It ran from 9 p.m Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday, and at the same time a day later.

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meant more accidents By daVId BROOKs


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The unofficial start of summer saw more traffic accidents on the state’s major roads than over any Memorial Day weekend since 2006, and you can probably blame it on the sunshine. “It was beautiful, and the number (of drivers) goes up when the weather is so good,” said State Police Sgt. Chris Colitti. “When you increase the

volume of traffic, that usually increases the accidents.” Fortunately, he added, none of the accidents on state highways was fatal. At least one driver was killed on the state’s smaller roads over the weekend. State police also made more traffic stops than on any recent

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Economy spurred book pick nashua | More people turning to library as they look to save; new reading program starts. By GReGORy MeIGHan staff writer

Staff photo by BOB HaMMeRsTROM

Alex Bosquet, right, looks on in the dugout as Wilton-Lyndeborough senior Kelsey Gilmore cheers on her softball teammates Tuesday, during a softball game in Wilton. Gilmore, a tri-captain of the team, is a leader among her peers and fellow students.

WLC senior plans to give back after 2 knee surgeries EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a “I’ve twice undergone knee surgery,” series profiling graduating high school she said. “But if I can’t play, I’m still seniors. with the team.” She is a tri-captain of the Wilton-LynBy JessIe saLIsBURy deborough Cooperative school softball team. “I go to practice, but I don’t actucorrespondent ally play,” she said. “I feel very fortunate that I’ve been There is no place Lyndeborough native Kelsey Gilmore would rather be able to have played in six championship than on the playing field, whether it is series (during my high school career). I soccer, basketball or softball, but right really appreciate that.” Her softball team recently celebrated now she is mostly sitting and watching – and yelling for her teammates – side- its 100th consecutive home win. Bubbly, cheerful and limping only a lined by recent surgery on her knee.

little, she stopped recently in the high school library to talk before leaving for a physical therapy session in Milford. She first injured her knee playing soccer as a freshman. That injury was severe, “and wiped out my whole freshman year.” She injured the knee again this year playing basketball, although not as badly. “And just when I thought I was back 100 percent.” The injuries have not deterred her.

IF yOU GO wilton-Lyndeborough cooperative High school graduation wHeRe: WLC High School gymnasium, 57 School Road, Wilton. wHen: Friday at 7 p.m.

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Hudson mom, son to run in overnight Relay for Life was treated at 34 years before. When the American Cancer Joshua’s condition was not Society’s Greater Nashua Relay genetic and was for Life takes place not passed down later this month from his mother. It at Alvirne High was, in his doctors School, a Hudson words, just a freak mother and son coincidence. will be running for “In some ways, each other. Lisa Robert, 41, sTacy MILBOUeR having been through cancer as was diagnosed a child made things with lymphoblastic better and in some leukemia, when ways, worse,” Lisa Robert said. she was 7. Joshua Robert, 12, “I knew what he was going to was diagnosed with Burkitt’s go through, and I knew it was lymphoma last year and was going to be tough and that was treated at the same Boston hospitals and clinics his mother hard. But I was also able to

prepare him and to keep him calm and comfortable because I knew what he needed. “He was scared. He heard that it was cancer and he was scared. I looked him in the eye and told him, ‘I am not going to let you die.’ And I meant it.” In addition to celebrating his mother’s and his victory over cancer, Joshua’s run around the track at Alvirne High School will resonate in other ways for his family, including his father, Rick, and his 10-year-old brother, Matthew, who will be there to cheer him on. “Running in the Relay for

Life was Joshua’s idea,” Lisa said. “He wanted to help other people who are going through cancer. He loves to run. Last year at this time, he was so weak, there were times when he couldn’t sit up. He wanted to be on the track team this year, but he hadn’t fully regained his strength. Now he’s healthy and he feels great. It’s going to be emotional. But it’s also going to be like a big sigh of relief to see him running again.” The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Greater Nashua will be June 11-12, at Alvirne High School in Hudson,

starting at 6 p.m. Friday and running through noon Saturday. It is one of 5,000 Relays for Life held around the world to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The event is held overnight with each team keeping a member on the track at all times, to symbolize the concept that “cancer doesn’t sleep,” said Bethany Elliott, spokeswoman for the American Cancer Society New England Division. Special activities to recognize survivors and


The recession was a driving force behind the Nashua Public Library’s choice of Elizabeth Berg’s “We Are All Welcome Here” to represent the One City, One Book program. “The book comes at a good time, given the down economy,” said Carole Barker, a member of the nonprofit Friends of the Nashua Public Library who helped choose Berg’s book. “We Are All Welcome Here” takes place in the summer of 1964 and features a teenage girl who has to take care of her mother who contracted polio, leaving her paralyzed from the neck down. Carol Eyman, outreach and community services coordinator of the Nashua Public Library, said one of the many issues the book deals with is civil rights, due to the time the story takes place and the family has an African American female caregiver. “There are serious issues in this book that the author committee agreed in the end that a strong message of hope came through,” Barker said. “The book has humor, but it is not lightweight, because it deals with serious issues.” The One City, One Book program is put on by the Nashua Public Library and is designed to encourage public discussion about books, like a giant book club. It circulates one title throughout the community and culminates in a public discussion with the author, who comes to

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aBOUT THe BOOK Elizabeth Berg’s website describes the book “We are all Welcome Here.” “Against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, this novel features a thirteen year old girl living in poverty in Tupelo, Miss., in the early sixties. Her mother, a single parent, is severely handicapped by the polio she contracted when she was nine months pregnant with her daughter, and she relies heavily on the assistance of an AfricanAmerican caregiver named Peacie, with whom her daughter has a love-hate relationship. A lot of issues are looked at in this book, including the notion of what freedom really is, and whether or not it is fair for a child to be intimately involved in caring for a parent so mightily compromised.”


Alex Bosquet, right, looks on in the dugout as Wilton-Lyndeborough senior Kelsey Gilmore cheers on her softball teammates Tuesday, during a...