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LACONIA — Just over a year ago Tom Boucher, owner of T-Bones and Cactus Jack's, called a member of his senior management team, after noticing that sales at the restaurants had dropped 20 percent.

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LOUDON — It was still 2020 when the New Hampshire Motor Speedway began discussions with the state to host a mass vaccination event. This weekend, with a bumper crop of vaccines arriving courtesy of Johnson & Johnson, the motorsports venue will host its first such event.

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LACONIA — U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan got a firsthand look Thursday of examples of downtown economic activity and efforts that small-businesses people, entrepreneurs, and the city are undertaking to keep the momentum going, especially in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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LACONIA — The city’s public school students could be returning to in-person class five days a week in just over a month, under a plan being considered by the School Board.

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CONCORD — To all the people who have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and are waiting to get their second dose, the state has a message: keep an eye on your email.

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MEREDITH — The state has now given a second round of vaccine shots to about 15,000, and 83,000 people have had their first of the two rounds needed to inoculate them against COVID-19, the state said at a news conference yesterday afternoon.

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LACONIA — City departments ran up more than $200,000 in COVID-related expenses between when the pandemic first hit in mid-March and the end of the year, according to a report released by City Manager Scott Myers on Monday.

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For one person who registered on Friday for a COVID-19 vaccine, the shot means that she can stop worrying about the virus making her seriously ill. For another, it’s hope that life will return to normal. For a third, the vaccine means that he might be able to see his beloved again.

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LACONIA — The majority of the city’s public school students will continue to attend school under a hybrid schedule. But because some school staff members or students have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has, there are “some pockets” within the scho…

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MEREDITH — On Wednesday, Jan. 13, Hermit Woods Winery & Deli decided to temporarily close due to an employee reporting to have tested positive for COVID-19. The employee had not been present in the winery since Jan. 8. Immediately upon learning of the infection, to ensure the maximum deg…