Sheryl Rich-Kern

Correspondent

Sheryl Rich-Kern has been contributing stories for NHPR since 2006, covering education, social services, business, health care and an occasional quirky yarn that epitomizes life in New Hampshire. Sheryl’s Challenges of Autism series won the first place award for a feature story from the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.
 
In addition to producing news for NHPR, Sheryl has filed stories for Word of Mouth, as well the nationally-syndicated Environment Report, All Things Considered and Marketplace. She also writes for several business magazines.
 
Prior to her endeavors with radio, Sheryl worked as a public relations specialist and an adjunct college professor. She graduated Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and film, and earned a master’s degree in management from Lesley College in Cambridge.
 
Sheryl has lived in Nashua for more than 20 years.
 

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NH News
10:13 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Horse Enthusiasts Warn Against Paving Near Lawrence Barn

Lawrence Barn in Hollis
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

The town of Hollis holds its town meeting Wednesday evening.

In the high school gym, residents will debate town hall renovations, property tax exemptions for seniors and funds for the Old Home Days event.

But what’s likely to drum up the most vigor at the meeting is a warrant article that some say is detrimental to horses.

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NH News
12:08 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Hudson Voters Weigh In On Senior Center

The town of Hudson wants to build a $1.8 million senior center on land it already owns at Benson Park.  On Tuesday, residents will cast their votes on whether to approve the funding.

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A Loaded Issue
9:51 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Gun Shops And Mental Health Advocates Partner To Prevent Suicides

Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

Advocates of the rights to own guns and those who want to restrict the laws governing them are often on opposing sides of the conversation. But many find a common voice when it comes to reducing gun violence. In New Hampshire, gun shop owners are forging ties with mental health experts to prevent the most frequent kind of death by firearms: suicide.

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NH News
5:19 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Nashua Plow Drivers Ready For Snowfall

While most Nashua residents are hunkering down for this blockbuster storm, droves of city employees are out straight through the weekend.

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NH News
5:34 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Hardware Stores See Big Business Leading Up To Storm

John Majewski of Aubuchon Hardware in Nashua stocks up on snow shovels.
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

People around the region are preparing for what may be the epic storm of the winter. And that’s good news for some businesses.

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Education
10:28 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Manchester Businesses Fund Virtual Classrooms

Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

At the start of this spring semester, Manchester’s three high schools are launching two new initiatives around computer-based learning.

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NH News
10:33 am
Fri January 11, 2013

School Safety Addressed At Public Forum In Nashua

Nashua Superintendent Mark Conrad, left, and Police Chief John Seusing, right, address the audience at a public forum on school safety in Nashua on Thursday.
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

After the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., many Nashua parents are asking whether the school system can do more to protect their kids.

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NH News
10:46 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Rail Study Could Move Forward

Credit Photo by Tim Cummins via Flickr Creative Commons

New Hampshire is inching closer to studying the costs and benefits of restoring commuter rail service.

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NH News
4:56 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Nashua School District Fast Tracks Security Upgrades After CT Shooting

Charlotte Avenue Elementary School in Nashua.
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

In the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., the Nashua School District is putting its security upgrades on the fast track.

Nashua’s Board of Education is moving forward with a nearly $2 million upgrade to the security systems in its 17 schools.

It’s almost the same plan the board proposed three years ago, but then delayed because of budget restraints.

But the assault at Sandy Hook Elementary School is prompting the district to ramp up the pace on two items in the system.

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Education
4:11 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

SNHU Online Learning Program Dispenses With Grades And Credit Hours

SNHU's online College for America is getting attention around the country as a model for expanding access to higher eduction.
Credit Flikr Creative Commons / rex libris

Online courses in higher education have been around for decades. Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester has been offering online courses since 1996.

Now the university is piloting a new online model — one that dispenses with courses, grades and credit hours. College for America is a low-cost, nontraditional approach that's getting a lot of attention. And it may be the first of its kind to get federal approval by the Department of Education.

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Education
6:00 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Online Petition Pushes For Transgender Policy In Nashua

An online petition asks the Nashua school district to establish anti-discrimination policies for transgender students.

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NH News
5:41 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Record Hunting Season Means Good Business For Taxidermists

Rick Bewersdorf and Amy Morrill in their Wilton taxidermy shop.
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

For taxidermists like Rick Bewersdorf, business is booming.

"We're hoping for anywhere from 20 to 40 deer heads this year," said Bewersdorf, who has a workshop in a barn in Nashua. "We've already got seven full mount bear in with some rugs."

Rifle season for whitetail deer began only a couple of weeks ago. But already, wildlife officials say the state has topped its record for registered deer kills  compared to the previous nine years.

That's good news for taxidermists.

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Nashua Holiday Stroll
7:30 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Nashua Holiday Stroll Drums-Up Interest In Buying Local

Shopkeeper Richard Young says the annual Holiday Stroll helps bring new customers into the shop
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern / NHPR

After the leftovers from a hefty Thanksgiving dinner are put away, it’s become a tradition for many consumers to head to the malls. But one shop-local initiative wants to lure customers away from the huge Black Friday sales — and stir up some excitement about downtown retail.

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Black Friday Competition
7:30 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Downtown Nashua Competes Against New Outlets For Holiday Shoppers

Cheryl Plunkett's Fresh boutique is one of many stores in downtown Nashua working to lure customers away from the new outlet stores
Credit Courtesy of Fresh

Nashua’s downtown retail district is located only a few miles away from mammoth chain stores to the south and the recently-opened outlet center to the north in Merrimack.  As the holiday shopping season kicks off this weekend, the mom-and-pop stores face stiff competition.

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NH News
1:50 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Branding Nashua: Where The Personable Meets High-Tech

Nashua City Hall
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

A firm that helps cities revise their image presented its findings on Nashua’s strengths and weaknesses at a public meeting Tuesday night.

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Elections 2012
4:59 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Record Turnout in Nashua

Amherst St. School in Nashua
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

Polling stations in Nashua opened at 6 AM this morning. And many stood patiently long before the sun appeared.

With temperatures hovering around 30 degrees, at least 150 voters wrapped around the Amherst Street School building before dawn.

Arthur Barrett is the town’s moderator.

He says by around 10 AM, almost 1500 had already cast their ballots.

He compares this turnout to that of 2008:

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Elections 2012
4:21 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Voters in Nashua Have Their Say

Voters at Ward 3 in Nashua
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

Record numbers of voters lined up this morning at the polls in Nashua.

Priscilla Betses of Nashua is in her late 70s and has been voting she was 18.

That’s a lot of election cycles. But she says this one stands out.

It’s too negative. They’re spending an awful lot of money of advertising. I’ll be happy when it’s over. Too many robo-calls and TV and the whole bit.

Octogenarian Liona Wilson has voted since before World War II and shares similar concerns:

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Elections 2012
5:59 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Nashua's Senate Races: A Closer Look

Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

Much of the election limelight has been on big races at the top of the ballot.  But here in New Hampshire, there are also hundreds of state senate and house races on the ballot – races that often go unnoticed, despite the fact that the winning candidates can have a game-changing sway over local politics.

Bette Lasky and Peggy Gilmour have a lot in common. Together, they host a weekly radio show on a local AM station. In 2010, they both lost their state senate races. Two years later, these two Democrats want their jobs back.

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Elections 2012
12:19 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Will N.H. College Students Turn Out To Vote?

Students at Rivier University in Nashua
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

The election is less than a week away.  And some worry that the majority of eligible voters ages 18 to 29 aren’t bothering to register or vote.  In fact, over the last few decades, the enthusiasm among college voters seems to be slipping.

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Education
10:33 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Creating "Cohorts" To Support New Teachers

Teacher Inge Thomas and her chemistry students.
Sheryl Rich-Kern

In New Hampshire, a statewide task force on effective teaching is publishing new guidelines to improve the quality of teaching.  One issue that’s getting a closer look is teacher mentoring programs.  In Nashua, one mentoring program works to groom better teachers and keep them in the classroom for years to come.

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Elections 2012
1:09 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Hassan And Lamontagne Downplay Social Issues

Ovide Lamontagne and Maggie Hassan
Sheryl Rich-Kern

The Southern New Hampshire Jewish Men’s Club sponsored a political breakfast forum on Sunday morning that pitted gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan against her rival, Ovide Lamontagne.

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Elections 2012
12:58 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Bass And Kuster Discuss Support For Israel

Rep. Charlie Bass and Ann McLane Kuster
Sheryl Rich-Kern

Candidates for New Hampshire’s second congressional district answered questions from a small audience in a public forum the Southern New Hampshire Jewish Men’s Club sponsored on Sunday morning.

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Elections 2012
9:50 am
Thu October 4, 2012

St. Anselm Students Tune In To Presidential Debate

St. Anselm College students Lyndsay Robinson and Nolan Varee.
Sheryl Rich-Kern

About 50 students and faculty members gathered at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm’s Wednesday night to watch the debate.

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Education
5:55 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Nashua Considers Ads At School Stadium

Sheryl Rich-Kern

As school districts continue to face budget cuts, administrators look for creative ways to fill in the gaps.  And that means that some schools are warming up to a concept that public educators used to reject: advertising.

In Nashua, the district wants to place electronic billboards at its stadium.  While many welcome the funding, some say commercialism doesn’t belong at public schools.

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Elections 2012
5:53 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Many N.H. Voters Sit This Election Day Out

Sheryl Rich-Kern

Governor Lynch is leaving office after eight years and gubernatorial nominees from both parties are fighting for last-minute in today's primary.

But despite the zeal from the recent presidential conventions, not to mention the glut of political signage, many New Hampshire voters decided to sit this election day out.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

New Laws Give Home-Schoolers Fresh Start to School Year

Sheryl Rich-Kern NHPR

It’s back to school week.  And for about 2 to 3 percent of New Hampshire students, learning will begin or continue in the home.

Two laws that went into effect this summer give families who home-school a lot more independence than they’ve had in the past.

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NH News
3:25 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Bus Line To Boston Has Strong First Year

The Department of Transportation says the Boston Express is the most successful new bus line in the country.

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NH News
5:10 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Hundreds Turn Out For N.H. Gay Pride Festival

Sheryl Rich-Kern

This past Saturday at Manchester’s Veterans Memorial Park, more than 500 people showed up to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

It was the first New Hampshire gay pride festival in 15 years.

But the lead up to this year’s festival was overshadowed by a donation from Nashua's Chick-fil-A. 

“We’re fabulous, come march with us. We’re here, we’re queer, we’re fabulous."

On this hot and humid Saturday, New Hampshire’s LGBT community turned up the volume on its fight against discrimination. 

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NH News
3:58 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Fair is Big Business For NH Craftsmen

The annual League of New Hampshire Crafts Fair at Mt. Sunapee  is now in its 79th year.

The show opened this past Saturday, and is the oldest, longest-running crafts fair in the country.

About 200 exhibitors are showcasing their wares.  

And most of them spent close to a year leading up to what they call, not just a fair, but the Fair.

Artists are nailing down floors, draping curtains and hanging up lights to get their booths ready for the annual New Hampshire Crafts Fair.

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NH News
5:13 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

A Fast-Track To Law School

Sheryl Rich-Kern

With the high costs of tuition, many students with an associate’s degree can’t afford to go on for their bachelor’s.  So in 2011, when one non-profit college in Salem began offering students their third year of college free, some considered the deal a godsend.

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