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The twenty-fifth annual American Independence Festival brought hundreds of visitors to Exeter this weekend. The festival aims to show visitors what life was like in the colonial period. 

For the professionals in colonial garb, like milliner Tara Raiselis, it is a place to show their unique skills and teach curious visitors.

"A milliner in the eighteenth century was sort of your fashion emporium," Raiselis explained. "Think of it as your miniature department store."

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The remains of a New Hampshire soldier taken prisoner during the Korean War are back in his hometown of Exeter for burial with full military honors.

The remains of Army Cpl. Elmer Richard — identified through his brother's DNA — arrived at a funeral home Monday afternoon. A church service and burial will be Wednesday on what would have been his 85th birthday.

Richard was captured in Korea in 1950 at the age of 20 and died in captivity.

His sister, Jeannette McDonnell, said their mother died in 1993 after decades of trying in vain to learn her son's fate.

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The nonprofit Seacoast Family Promise had  hoped to provide training, medical and social services at a new day center in an Exeter neighborhood. But after two months of back and forth, the town’s Zoning Board of Adjustment voted the proposal down Tuesday night.

Although the nonprofit says all guests would have passed criminal background and illegal drug tests,  neighbors continued to worry the center would reduce property values and impact neighborhood safety. 

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Exeter superintendent of schools Michael Morgan is not giving many details about what he's calling "an incident involving the inappropriate use of personal technology." His primary responsibility, he says, is to protect students' privacy. 

On Wednesday, Exeter Police Chief Richard Kane told Seacoast Media Group  “the police department is actively investigating.” 

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The Currency is our ongoing look at economic and business news in New Hampshire. 

This is a time of year when educators and students are turning their minds toward graduation or summer plans.

In Exeter, though, many people are focusing on something more troubling: three teachers at Exeter High School have been accused of misconduct. All three have resigned, including one of them today.

Last week on All Things Considered we talked with Jason Claffey of Exeter Patch about a community effort – a successful one - to save the Exeter UFO Festival from cancellation.

During the interview we talked about a reported UFO encounter by New Hampshire residents Betty and Barney Hill as the reason why the state plays host to a UFO festival.

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An unusual festival in Exeter, New Hampshire has avoided cancellation with help from a seemingly unusual benefactor.

It's the Exeter UFO Festival, and to explain more we turn to Jason Claffey, editor at Exeter Patch. He's been reporting on the UFO Festival and joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson with an update.