Joseph ‘Leo’ Bedard, 88: Loved to tell a good story; avid sports fan, proud ‘Manchester boy’; Belgian Club member

Family and friends are invited to attend a time of visitation from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 3 at Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium, 243 Hanover St., in Manchester. A service will be held at 10 a.m. on March 4 at St. Raphael church. Interment will be immediately following the service in St. Joseph Cemetery in Bedford. READ MORE

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Liberty House director stepping down after five years of innovation and change

“I leave with no regrets. Things have worked out much better than anyone could’ve predicted,” said Howard, on Thursday. “But I think maybe now it’s time for the Liberty House to move from a visionary to a manager, as they transition into the next phase. Visionaries are necessary for some aspects of change, but at a certain point an organization is big and stable enough that you don’t need someone rushing off to see what’s over the next hilltop.” READ MORE

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Cool back stories of just a few of the 3 million successful veteran-owned businesses

Serving in the military is a tough calling that requires mental toughness, courage, passion, commitment, and the ability to do what it takes to get the job done. Those who serve our country put others before themselves, and we are truly blessed to be able to count on our heroes in uniform. The skills that one develops while in the military prepares them well for the role of business owner. READ MORE

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Talking Transgender: What Trump’s repeal means for NH’s transgender students

Here in New Hampshire, lawmakers are seriously considering passing a bill that would ultimately serve to protect transgender individuals in our community by including them in the state’s anti-discrimination laws. As WMUR reports, the bill’s proposal was largely supported, but a member of the conservative group Cornerstone Action has argued that there is not enough proof that this amendment is necessary. READ MORE