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.
 

Pages

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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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:

Read more
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:

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more

Pages