Hubert Boniface McDonough

From The Union Leader & New Hampshire Sunday News – 12-Aug-00 – Sports13 McDonough, 12 Aug 2000 (Story, Jan. 22, 2000).

Hubert Boniface McDonough is unquestionably the most significant figure in Manchester_Central_Logothe history of Manchester Central High in the 20th century, as a student athlete and a coach.

Hubert B. McDonough Sr.

Hubert Boniface McDonough is unquestionably the most significant figure inold_time_football_player the history of Manchester Central High in the 20th century. And significant enough to the rest of the state to be named one of the Union Leader’s New Hampshire Athlete of the Century honorable mentions.

A charter member of the Manchester Athletic Hall of Fame, McDonough began his athletic career as a small, but spunky quarterback on the Manchester High teams of the early teens, graduating in 1912. McDonough also was a standout on the high school track team. After a year at Phillips Exeter Academy, McDonough went on to Dartmouth College, and in a career that was interrupted by World War I, captained the Big Green and earned football All American mention. Among his gridiron opponents was the legendary Hobey Baker of Princeton, who also excelled at ice hockey and was the man for whom the award is named that is presented annually to the outstanding men’s college ice hockey player. Hubie also was a standout member of the college gym team. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1917 and a Tuck School Master’s Degree in 1921.

Following his graduation from Dartmouth, McDonough came back to coach Central from 1921 to 1946, and among those teams were several that powered through undefeated seasons. During his early years as a coach at Central, he also oversaw the basketball and baseball teams. His basketball team in 1924 won the state championship and finished in third place in the national scholastic tournament in Chicago.

As a coach he was tough, but fair, according to his players, and he was never abusive in any way. He never used profanity towards his players, some of whom even secretly nicknamed him The Monk.

McDonough was very creative and he was considered to be ahead of his time when it came to football innovations. He introduced spring football in 1926 and his teams in that decade were among the first to use the T formation. Pulling guards and mousetrap plays were McDonough innnovations that caused the other coaches to play catchup.

On the basis of winning percentage, McDonough was one of the all-time greats in the Granite State. His teams were 173-57-20 for a winning percentage of 69 percent. His 1923, 24, 25, 27, and 28 teams were undefeated. His teams were New Hampshire champions 20 times. McDonough was honored upon his retirement from football coaching in 1946 by a packed house dinner at the New Hampshire State Armoy.

Central High SchoolLater McDonough became an assistant principal at Central in 1947 and finally the principal at Central from 1954 to his retirement in 1960.

He died in 1987 at the age of 87.

The McDonough School was named in his honor in 1974.McDonoughSm

…..rooting out the gnats.

Stefanik_facebook_profileI think one of the best by-products in politics are the people you meet along the way and I’ve met some great ones. Unfortunately the counter by-product are the not-so-nice ones you meet such as Manchester resident and Ted Cruz supporter, Steven Stefanik (not to be confused with Amherst NH Rep, Stephen Stepanek). For some reason, Mr. Stefanik felt compelled to throw out baseless accusations and outright lies against Presidential candidate, Rand Paul, the winner of the Republican Liberty Caucus straw poll.



Okay, I get it. Your guy lost, you’re angry over that, but seriously buddy? So, I challenged him to cite sources for his comment. What does he provide? Wikipedia links to definitions of Libertarian views but NOT ONE source to back up his claim against Rand Paul, who is not a Libertarian.


So, I question him on that. Pointing out that supporting gay rights doesn’t make you gay. Supporting medical marijuana and lessening penalties for said, doesn’t make you a pot-smoker and taking steps to protect our country against outside attacks doesn’t make you a warmonger. Irony is, Rand Paul is considered the opposite, but let’s not let the facts get in the way. So, of course, Stefanik goes on the attack. Basically, calls me a permission liberal moron. Classic “losing an argument” response. 

I bring this up is because people like him are the problem with politics today. We have some great candidates out there. Some I agree with, some I don’t, but they’re all good people.

Rand Paul wins RLCNH Straw pollI’ve endorsed Rand Paul. I believe Rand Paul is what this country needs. But, do I bash other people because they support someone else? Of course not. That would be disrespectful, arrogant and grossly unprofessional and honestly, not good reflection on the candidate I do support.

Folks, let’s stop the attacks, the bullying, the vilification of those that may not share our particular view. People like Stefanik are hurting the Republican cause and reflect badly on all we are trying to accomplish. It needs to stop and bullies and haters should be called out, marginalized and made clear they DO NOT represent who we are, which are hard working, grassrooting, volunteering folks doing all they can for their candidate.

Let’s get back to the issues. Let’s get back to promoting the good our candidate will do for America going forward and not allow the gnats on the fringe to compromise our true identity and our plans for America going forward.

Pam Manney
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The newspapers of yesteryear were full of funny little stories about the picadillos of the folks of the day. Stories, of which, you won’t see printed in today’s papers.



SaintsandSinnerscover2I’ve included a lot of these short newspaper stories in my first book, Saints & Sinners – The Pioneer Irish of Manchester, NH -1835 to 1900.

Here’s a glimpse of some of those stories-  SS183funnynewsclips

Rev. Fr. William McDonald – The St. Patrick of Manchester, NH

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The “St. Patrick of Manchester, NH”.

Founder of Manchester’s first Catholic Parishes and great champion of the poor and needy of his time.

As published in “Saints & Sinners – The Pioneer Irish of Manchester, NH – 1835 to 1900″, by John Patrick Jordan

page 23 – Rev. Fr. William McDonald

Thanks, Rep. Dave Pierce, for Drug Court response

bouchard1aRecently an editorial published in the Manchester Union Leader titled, “Not our problem? Drug problem is a County problem” and a story, “Drug battle not over between Manchester and County” by Ted Siefer, cites a recent vote of the Hillsborough County Legislative Executive Committee to not fund a drug court in their budget as has been intiated and paid for, in whole or part, in other counties. A lot of criticism has arisen because of that vote and some of the rationale behind it. So, I reached out to our representative on the committee, Rep. David Pierce (R) Goffstown.

Here’s his response and clarification regarding the issue that I am posting with permission from the author.

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Rep. David Pierce (R) Goffstown, NH

On Jun 7, 2015, at 10:48 PM, Dave Pierce <> wrote:

Goffstown Representatives 

Since I participated on the Executive Delegation preparation of the FY16 budget, let me contribute a little background on the funding of a Hillsborough County Drug Court – which wasn’t covered in the one-sided Union Leader article last Friday or today’s editorial.

The Executive Delegation on 29 May, first finalized all of the departments’ FY16 expenses as proposed by the Commissioners and reviewed/adjusted by delegation sub-committees.

These expenses were covered by a projected $42.8M in non-tax revenue and $48.0M in tax revenue.  The goal offered by the Commissioners was to keep the $48.0M tax revenue flat with last year’s tax revenue; ie, therefore no change in the tax rate.  But to do this, the commissioners had to use $3.8M from the Undesignated Fund Balance which shows up as non-tax revenue.

Over the last 5 years the County has been dipping into the Undesignated Fund Balance at the approximate rate of $3.0M per year.  This practice keeps the tax rate artificially low.  This practice over 5 years has reduced the fund balance from $18M to currently about $5.0M.  As mentioned above, the Commissioners proposed the take out another $3.8M from the $5.0M.  However, $5.0M is the minimum amount recommended by DRA to retain in the UFB as it should be in the range of 5 to 15 percent.

The Executive Delegation decided to stop this unwise use of UFB which would bring the balance significantly below the minimum 5% level.  Therefore the $3.8M needed for revenue was moved from non-tax revenue to tax revenue.   To raise $51.8M vs $48.0M would mean about a 10 cent increase in each community’s county tax rate.  This issue was discussed at length by the Executive Delegation.

At this point the expenses and revenue was set to bring before the full Delegation and the Executive Delegation was ready to adjourn. Then Pat Long (rep from Manchester), out of the blue, offered a motion to increase the expenses by $450K to provide 1 year funding for a drug court.  He offered no information as to how this amount had been derived or when such a court could stand up.

My take on the situation was that the Delegation had just finished resolving not to dip into the Undesignated Fund Balance, and being at some discomfort at having to raise the tax rate by about 8% there was little interest in supporting the motion to fund the drug court that had not been vetted by the Commissioners or any Delegation finance committee.  The motion failed.

In closing, the reps at the 29 May Executive Delegation, from my observations, were very impressed with the effectiveness of a Drug Court due to a briefing from Superior Court Chief Justice Judge Nadeau and had the issue been presented earlier in the budget process the funding would have been more favorably acted upon. 

I suspect the issue will be the key discussion point when the full Delegation meets on 23 June.

Rep. Dave Pierce

Goffstown, NH