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Somersworth to Hold Winterfest Breakfast & Funfest SOMERSWORTH The Somersworth Festival Association will really be cooking at the annual Winterfest Pancake Breakfast with Frosty the Snowman and his friends on Saturday, February 8. Breakfast will be served at the Somersworth High School Cafetorium, 8:30-10:30 a.m. The pancake meal is $3 and includes three pancakes, three sausages, and a choice of milk or juice. The break-

fast sandwich will be $3.50. Coffee, tea or hot cocoa will be available for $1. Ala carte items will also be available for younger folks with smaller appetites. Frosty Funfest games will run 9-11 a.m. Children can interact with Frosty and get their picture taken with him before heading over to play in the Funfest games area. Each game costs 25 cents to play and win Frosty bucks to use in the toy store. Games include hockey,

fishing pond, sponge toss, and more! Activities will also include fun arts and crafts; a live animal experience featuring a diverse selection of ambassador animals from Wildlife Encounters at 11 a.m; and the Lions Club will be holding open skating from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their skating rink on West High Street. For more information, call the Somersworth Festival Association at 603-692-5869.

New Exhibits & Fellowship Available at Science Center RYE The Seacoast Science Center (SSC) has opened two all-new, highly interactive exhibitions, Restoring Reefs and NH Beaches. The exhibits will help people understand the ecological importance of these habitats through engaging activity stations, live animal tanks, and interpretive programming. Restoring Reefs teaches about the variety of natural reef systems that exist in our ocean and coastal waters. The exhibit features two 400-gallon living coral reef habitat tanks; one showcasing a healthy system with brilliantly colored fish and coral, and the other showcasing a stressed reef environment, demonstrating the effects of compromised ocean

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conditions. Restoring Reefs also includes a captivating clown fish tank, interactive video library, and an imaginative play station where visitors of all ages can explore the meaning of color at the reef and in their own lives. “Coral reefs are one of the most biodiverse and productive ecosystems on Earth, home to more than a quarter of all marine species, including fish, mollusks, sea turtles, whales, dolphins, birds and more,” said Karen Provazza, SSC Director of Marketing. “ Restoring

Reefs’ motivates visitors to consider how their lifestyle impacts ocean health and offers tangible actions that will make a difference.” Closer to home, Oyster Reefs in Great Bay, tells the story of the keystone species, oysters, essential for keeping the estuarine ecosystem in balance, and the work being done to restore oyster reefs in New Hampshire. A sand table, where imaginative play is encouraged, includes model animals and plants with codes, that

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St. John’s Celebrates Black History Month PORTSMOUTH St. John’s Episcopal Church’s Concerts on the Hill and the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present “A Concert of Spirituals in Recognition of Black History Month” on Sunday, February 9, at 4 p.m. The performance will feature vocal soloist Reverend Robert Thompson (pictured) and Barbara Flocco as a piano accompanist. The concert will include spirituals arranged by Harry T. Burleigh (1866-1949), such as “Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray,” “Deep River,” and “Steal Away.” There is a $15 suggested at-the-door donation for adults, $10 for students and seniors. “Deprived of their lan-

guage, their culture, and their families, slaves retained their music and used spirituals to express their emotions and even to convey secret messages,” says Jennifer McPherson, St. John’s Director of Music & Liturgy. “Out of this rich and important musical tradition grew popular musical genres beginning with the Blues and Jazz. As Black History Month unfolds, we wanted to highlight and celebrate this important musical legacy.” The Rev. Robert Thompson is a 1972 graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, and has been educated at Wesleyan University, CT, Union Theological Seminary, NY, and Payne Theological Seminary, OH. He has served as Pastor at churches in

Bellaire and Urbana, OH, and is an ordained itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. Thompson co-founded The Thompson Foundation, a non-governmental organization in Ghana, and was honored by being named a traditional chief in the Ghanaian village that adopted him. He has also performed as an actor and singer at various venues in the US and Canada. For the past 17 years, Barbara Flocco has served as Music Director and Organist at the Bedford Presbyterian Church. She is also a Chapel Organist at Phillips Exeter Academy. Flocco also maintains a private piano and organ studio. As a performer in chamber music and collaborative piano,

she and Rev. Thompson have worked together for the past 30 years. St. John’s Episcopal Church is located at 101 Chapel Street in Portsmouth. For more information, visit www.stjohnsnh.org.

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Author Jennifer McMahon to Discuss New Novel at The Music Hall

PORTSMOUTH Bestselling author Jennifer McMahon comes to The Music Hall as part of the Writers in the Loft series on Thursday, February 13. She will discuss her haunting new novel, “The Invited”, a chilling ghost story about a husband and wife who reside in a haunted house deep within the woods of Vermont. There’s a twist, though—the couple doesn’t simply move into this haunted house—they are the ones who build it. The 7 p.m. event includes

an author presentation and an onstage interview with Brittany Wason, Literary Coordinator and Content Manager at The Music Hall, followed by a Q&A and post-event book signing and meet-and-greet. It will be held at The Music Hall Loft at 131 Congress St., in Portsmouth. Jennifer McMahon’s work of literary horror is a ghost story with a twist. In a quest for a simpler life, husband and wife Helen and Nate have abandoned the comforts of suburbia to take up residence on forty-

four acres of rural land where they will begin the ultimate doit-yourself project: building the house of their dreams. When they discover that this beautiful property has a dark and violent past, Helen, a former history teacher, becomes consumed by the local legend of Hattie Breckenridge, a woman who lived and died there a century ago. Helen finds special materials to incorporate into the house—a beam from an old schoolroom, bricks from a mill, a mantel from a farmhouse—that draw her deeper

Seacoast Rep Opens 2020 with “Ragtime” PORTSMOUTH The Seacoast Repertory Theatre will kick off the new year with fireworks. “Ragtime”, the award-winning musical depicting America’s tumultuous social vibrancy, will set the stage for year of theater considering where modern society has come from and where it is going. It will be by most measures the Seacoast Rep’s most ambitious production yet, with 35 ethnically diverse actors cast from New York and New England playing 65 characters, and one of its largest orchestras ever. “This is intended to be the fireworks that start our 2020 season,” said Ben Hart, who is co-directing the production with his long-time partner Brandon James. “Everything is bigger than anything we’ve ever done. It’s going to blow the top off the building. The voices alone are absolutely going to shake the I-beams of the theater.” Ragtime is based on a

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going to feel a lot of things when you come to watch the show. You’re going to have a lot of opinions and you’re going to have a lot of new questions presented to you. And you’re going to enjoy yourself but it’s going to challenge you in in a lot of ways. It’s uncomfortable, it’s beautiful, it’s moving, it’s sweeping. It’s everything you want.” Ragtime in running now through February 19. Show times are generally Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are available through the Seacoast Rep box office at 603433-4472, or online at Seacoastrep.org/tickets.

into the story of Hattie and her descendants, three generations of Breckenridge women, each of whom died suspiciously. As the building project progresses, the house becomes a place of menace and unfinished business that beckons its owners and their neighbors toward unimaginable danger. Tickets for Jennifer McMahon with The Invited are $30. In addition to a reserved seat, the package includes a copy of the book ($15.95 paperback), a bar beverage, author discussion, Q+A, and book

Pontine Theatre Presents The Early Poetry of Robert Frost PORTSMOUTH Join Pontine Theatre’s Co-Artistic Director, Greg Gathers and Marguerite Mathews, to read and discuss a selection of early poems by Robert Frost from February 12 through March 4. Known for his New England settings, his down to earth, stark depictions of the difficulties of rural farm life, and his use of colloquial speech, Robert Frost is widely admired as a true American Master. Harriet Munroe, publisher and editor of “Poetry,” wrote that “perhaps no other poet in our history has put the best of the Yankee spirit into a

ROLLINSFORD On Valentine’s Day, Garrison Players’ Showstoppers troupe presents “Seasons of Love”, a musical revue that covers the full range of emotions and draws from Broadway shows through the years. The show features selections from Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof, Rent and much more. The cast features Carol Bitov, Bob Boucher, MiCaela Chagnon, Suzanne Corbett, John Decker, Jackie Flanagan, Scott Joy, Carol MacDonald, Katie Makem-Boucher, Joe Murphy, Janice Rundles and

Hannah-Joy Waechter, with accompanist Michele Boulanger and narration by Paul Barton. The performance is Friday, February 14 at the Garrison Players Arts Center on Route 4 in Rollinsford, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door, by calling 603-750-4ART or at www. garrisonplayers.org. Auditions for “Lost in Yonkers” Garrison Players is auditioning for Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers”. Open auditions

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book so completely.” She notes that while Frost’s narrative, character-based poems are often dark and satirical, Frost always has a “sympathetic humor” towards his subjects. These workshops are free and open to the public, no experience necessary. Workshops are offered on Wednesdays from 2-3:15 p.m. and are open to the public free of charge, at the Historic 1845 Plains Schoolhouse, #1 Plains Avenue, Portsmouth. The space is fully accessible with free parking adjacent. For further information, attend the first workshop scheduled for Wednesday, February 12 at 2 p.m.

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are Sunday, February 9, 1-4 p.m. at the center. Actors should be prepared to do a cold-reading from the script. No appointment is needed. Bring resumes and headshot, if possible. Performances will be April 10-25, directed by Rick Kincaid. Lost in Yonkers is a coming-of-age story set in Yonkers, NY. The Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning play centers around two teenage brothers, Arty and Jay, who live See PLAYERS page 3...


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~ Arts & Entertainment ~ ACT ONE Hosts Book Launch Event PORTSMOUTH Artists’ Collaborative Theatre invites the public to the book launch of Appointment With Unreality, the stunning debut novel by Maine writer Allegra May on February 9 and February 16 at the Plains Schoolhouse in Portsmouth. Written under the penname Penelope May, Appointment With Reality weaves

together adventure, neuroscience, space, faith, mystery, humor, and deep friendship. The journey that Lee and her Kai Ken dog Rayna share moves the reader beyond the known world into the outer reaches of belief – to an affirmation of the abiding connection between all forms of life. Lee, a retired mental health counselor, is hearing a voice in her head. An alien

creature? Impossible. A delusional episode? Unlikely. Solving this puzzle will take Lee beyond the reality she understands; it’s a good thing she has her brave and intelligent Kai dog with her. Join ACT ONE for a lively gathering (with refreshments!) to meet Ms. May and hear selected excerpts from Appointment With Reality on Sunday, February 9 or Sunday, Febru-

ary 16, 2-3:30 p.m. Admission is free but seating is limited to just 35 guests, so please call 603-300-2986 to reserve. The Plains School is located at 1 Plains Road, near the softball field at the westerly end of Islington Street. Books will be on hand for purchase and signing by the author and are also available at RiverRun Bookstore, 32 Daniel Street in Portsmouth and on Amazon in softcover and ebook. (Photo by Isaiah May)


Generic Theater Presents McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara PORTSMOUTH Generic Theater presents Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy, A Skull in Connemara February 14 - March 1 at the Players’ Ring. Typically for McDonagh, the play involves misfits and unnerving events – some potentially gory – with irreverent humor and a bit of heart. The Players’ Ring is at 105 Marcy

Street, Portsmouth. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.. Tickets are $14 - $20, and may be reserved by calling the Ring at 603-436-8123 or through www. playersring.org. A Skull in Connemara is part of a trilogy based in the town of Leenane. In Skull, it’s time for gravedigger Mick Dowd to make

room for new occupants in the church’s graveyard. Local ruffian Mairtin Hanlon, his policeman brother Thomas, and their grandmother Maryjohnny each have their view of Mick’s fitness for the job. How Mick finishes his work, and whose bones he must move this year, provide the action. In trademark McDonagh fashion, all is resolved – beauti-

NHTP Presents Russ Grazier, Jazz Saxophonist PORTSMOUTH New Hampshire Theatre Project’s third Seacoast Sessions will feature jazz saxophonist Russ Grazier, accompanied by Jim Dozet on guitar on Sunday, February 2 at 2 p.m. at 959 Islington Street, Portsmouth. Russ Grazier, Jr. is a native of Portsmouth and has taught saxophone, composition, and music theory for over 30 years. In 2002, together with Wendell Purrington and Katie Grazier, he co-founded the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC), a nonprofit community music and visual arts school. After launching PMAC, Russ joined the board of directors of Art-Speak, the cultural commission for the city of Portsmouth, serving six years, one as vice president and two years as president. In 2016 Russ was named Arts Advocate of the Year by NH Citizens for the Arts (now Arts4NH). He currently serves on the boards

fully, terribly, and hilariously – just past the brink of suspense. The mission of The Players’ Ring has been to promote the efforts of local artists through the production of original works, while providing an affordable theater space to local production companies. Photo to right: Sven Wiberg (left) and Roland Goodbody (right).

Call for Art for 34rd Annual Omer T. Lassonde Juried Exhibit PORTSMOUTH The theme of the New Hampshire Art Association’s 34rd annual Omer T. Lassonde juried exhibition is “Travels Near and Far.” NHAA members and non-members are invited to interpret this theme in one or ...PLAYERS from page 2

of the New Horizons International Music Association, the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, and the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth. He is a past board member of the Seacoast Jazz Society, the New Hampshire Health Exchange Advisory Board, the Portsmouth Rotary Club, and the Parents Music Club of the Portsmouth Public Schools. Russ Grazier will be ac-

companied by Jim Dozet on guitar, an active performer in various styles ranging from funk, blues, jazz, hip hop, rock, and acoustic/singer-songwriter. Jim has performed at the Bonnaroo music festival and opened for acts such as Soulive, George Clinton, Robert Randolph, and The Roots. All tickets are $20 each and available online at www. nhtheatreproject.org. For more information call, 603-431-6644.

with their grandmother and their mentally challenged Aunt Bella, while their father travels, desperately trying to scrape enough money together while working as a salesman to pay off his debts to a loan shark, and their mother has died of cancer. Over the course of the play, the young boys learn lessons about love, responsibility and the importance of family that will carry them into adulthood. For more information, visit the website at www.garrisonplayers.org.

~ Library News ~ Dover Public Library Friends of the Library Partner with Shaw’s in February

The Friends of the Dover Public Library are very happy to announce that their organization has been chosen as a beneficiary of the “Shaw’s Give Back Where It Counts” Reusable Bag Program. During the entire month of February, if a shopper purchases a community reusable bag at the Shaw’s Supermarket, 851 Central Avenue in Dover for $2.50, the store will donate $1 back to the Friends of the Library! FMI: shaws@bags4mycause.com. The Friends’ next meeting is Tuesday,

March 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dover Public Library. All are welcome.

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Lane Memorial Library “Read to Feed” Challenge

The staff of Lane Memorial Library are aiming to serve up some good food to residents in need through their “Read to Feed” program – a reading challenge that will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Community Kitchen. The library will urge children and adults to “earn” donations by reading great books with local Hampton busi-

nesses sponsoring the program. The all-ages program will run from February 1 through March 31. The library’s initial goal is to earn $500. If the community reaches $500, the library has a “stretch” goal of $800. Library patrons can also make extra monetary contributions or donate non-perishable items for the food pantry. The Community Kitchen is an invaluable resource to the Hampton community, serving 40 to 60 people per night. The library is partnering with Marston School’s Good Citizens Club on this project.

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The Life of Ona Judge Staines

Tammi Truax is the Poet Laureate of Portsmouth who spent more than ten years researching and writing the novel about the life of “Ona” Judge Staines and her siblings. Truax will share her process of writing the novel accompanied by a slide show and tell the life of Martha Washington’s former slave, who escaped to the New Hampshire Seacoast on Wednesday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the library. Call the library at 603-964-8401 or visit www.ryepubliclibrary.org.

two pieces in all mediums by Friday, February 7, by 5 p.m. The exhibit will run April 1 though April 26 at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery with an opening reception on Friday, April 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. Each year the NHAA hosts a juried exhibition in honor of Omer T. Lassonde, who as Administrator of the WPA Federal Arts Project in his native New Hampshire, helped found the New Hampshire Art Association in 1940 to exhibit and further the work of contemporary artists throughout the state. Lassonde was a modernist painting known for his spirited landscapes and expressive use of bold color. Omer T. Lassonde Memorial Prizes of $1,000, $750 and $500 are awarded to the top three submissions. The exhibit is generously sponsored by the Lassonde family through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The juror is to be announced. For a prospectus, visit www.nhartassociation.org and click under the 34rd Annual Omer T. Lassonde Juried Exhibition under “Upcoming Artist Opportunities.”


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Saturday, February 1 Son Little to Perform at 3S Art Space

Son Little, the singer and songwriter born Aaron Livingston, is the easygoing musical alchemist of our time. Deftly he weaves different eras of the sound—blues, soul, gospel, rock and roll. Son Little will perform on, 2020 at 3S Art Space, 319 Vaughan Street, Portsmouth. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for members, $18 in advance and $20 the day of the show. FMI: 603-766-3330.

Tuesday, February 4 Chamber Morning Mixer

~ Calendar of Events & News ~ The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce invites the public to the Comfort Inn & Suites, 10 Hotel Drive, Dover, for a Morning Mixer from 8 - 9 a.m. and join members for a rousing morning of speed networking. Pre-registration is required and is limited to 30 participants. Breakfast served 6-10 a.m. FMI: melissa@dovernh.org.

Sunday, February 9 2020 Yoga Mala to Benefit Yoga in Action

Yoga fans and practitioners are encouraged to participate in Yoga Mala from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rivermill Landing in Dover for a transformational three-hour yoga event led by Yoga in Action faculty. Sign

up as an individual, join a team or create your own fundraising team. All participants receive a new “We are Yoga in Action” stainless steel Yoga Mala water bottle. Top three individual fundraisers will receive gift baskets donated by local supporters and the team with the highest amount will enjoy a pizza party at Shilo Farm. FMI: info@ yogainaction.org.

Sunday, February 16 The Illuminating Tail

The play, The Illuminating Tail, will be performed at St. John’s Lodge, 351 Middle Street in Portsmouth at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and benefit Lydia’s House of Hope. FMI: www.facebook.com.

~ Arts & Entertainment ~ NHTP Announces Youth Programs for 2020 PORTSMOUTH A variety of programs for youth ages 7 to 17 are available at New Hampshire Theatre Project. New Hampshire Theatre Project has trained young performers since 1988, offering classes, workshops, private coaching, summer camps, and performance intensives for youth of all ages. The acclaimed Youth Repertory Companies which offered performance opportunities for youth for over two decades has now evolved and expanded into Theatremakers, a performance training course that engages with groups of young people, teaching them to make contemporary performance while considering the world around them. NHTP’s Sketch Comedy Club starts session two for high school students on February 11 and runs through March 31, with a performance taking place during the last class. Sketch Comedy Club meets Tuesdays, 5-6:30 p.m. This class is led by NHTP Teaching Artist Stephanie Lazenby and students can opt to write and/

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or perform depending on their preference. For students looking to delve deeper into their own theatre-making or design their own course of study they can explore both private coaching, and/or the technical apprenticeships available at NHTP. For ages 10-18, teaching artists offer private coaching in monologue preparation (including college auditions), public speaking, interview techniques, and/or scene study with small groups. These are scheduled on an individual basis and may or may not be an addition to group programs. It’s also that time of year when plans are made for the summer, and registration for Summer Camps is currently available. “We have four programs running in our summer of Big Little Differences,” explains NHTP Artistic Director Catherine Stewart. All season

long NHTP has been asking ‘Can One Person Make A Difference?’ and NHTP is looking for adventurous Theatremakers who want to act, sing, dance, and write all while making exciting new theatre. “Our campers, in collaboration with our resident teaching artists, will be exploring all the small things they can do to make a BIG difference in the world.” Younger students will use creative drama to invent characters and stories that change the world in magical, powerful and playful ways. Older students will push boundaries with imaginative theatre designed by and for young audiences. For more information, visit www.nhtheatreproject. org, call Janice Hastings at 603431-6644, or email janice@ nhtheatreproject.org. The New Hampshire Theatre Project is located at 959 Islington Street, Portsmouth.


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SOM ERSWORTH – James Gerard Connors passed on December 27, 2019. He was finally reunited with his mother Linda Connors, his brother Jeffrey Connors and grandparents who loved him dearly. James was a graduate of Franklin high-school in 1991. He created a life he loved in the cell tower world. He was a “tower tool” for the past 20 years. He loved the feeling of climbing higher and higher. No fear in his bones to climb some of the highest towers all over the country. James had a huge love for music and more love for his Jeep a long road and a few hoppy beers! James is survived by his father Lester Connors and his step mum Rachel Connors, his brothers Sean and Edward James and his sisters Leslie and Mary, his sons Zachariah Noel, Blazah Connors, his daughter Haylee Connors and one special grandson, Zachariah Noel II. He had many special

Aunts and uncles who he always raved about! Aunt Kathy, Uncle Howard, Aunt Patricia, Aunt Joanne, Uncle Sue, many cousins, nieces, nephews, and lastly, many friends who were like family. He was loved by so many and we will be highly missed. “Go now, you are forgiven, gooooooo”... Visiting hours were on Thursday, January 2 at the Johnson Funeral Home, 26 Market Street, North Berwick, ME, followed by a Celebration of Life at the American Legion, 45 Washington Street, Somersworth. Condolences may be expressed at www.johnsonfuneralhomeme.com.

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NHAA Shares ‘Perfect Pairings’ PORTSMOUTH “Perfect Pairings,” the February exhibit at the New Hampshire Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, plays on this theme with artist members submitting “pairs” of works that relate to each other. “While both works must be for sale as individual pieces, we will encourage customers to consider purchasing both works as a set,” said Carol Reynolds, NHAA gallery manager. Artworks will be priced individually but a 10% discount will be offered if the set is pur-


chased. The “Perfect Pairings” NH Art Association Members Exhibition will take place at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State Street, Portsmouth, February 5 – March 1. Opening reception is on Friday, February 7, 5-8 p.m. where Lindt chocolates will be paired with wine for refreshments. Winter gallery hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.


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DOVER Meet Willow (left)! It is written a Willow tree represents the strength, stability, and structure of the trunk, standing firm and withstanding the greatest of challenges. This beauty’s name is “Willow” and she has withstood the greatest of challenges. Willow is a very sweet, quiet girl who waits patiently in her kennel to be chosen. Rarely do we hear a peep out of her even with the chaos of dogs barking and strangers going in and out of the kennels. Willow really enjoys her walks, toys and snuggle time! She is 5 1/2 years old and weighs 86 pounds. Willow needs to be the only animal in her home and children should be 14+ and respect her quiet nature. Let’s help this angel find a forever home. Meet Wilma (right)! This sweet, beautiful girl is an eightyear-old mix breed dog who is looking for her forever home.

Wilma came to us as a transport from Florida and is looking to find a home where her owner is home frequently, to spoil her! She loves meeting new people, going for long walks, and hanging out with her humans. Wilma is looking for a home that will help keep her busy with plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. At the shelter this girl is laid back but always really excited to meet new humans! Wilma would make a wonderful addition to a home with or without children as long as they are 12 and older. She would love to have a canine companion, but must go to a feline-free home. Do you have room for this loyal, lovable companion? Come meet them at Pope Memorial Humane Society (formerly Cocheco Valley Humane Society) at 221 County Farm Road in Dover. For more information, visit cvhsonline.org.

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Partners Bank Hires New Market Manager for Rye Location RYE Partners Bank is pleased to announce that Karen Andronaco has joined the Bank as Vice President and Market Manager for the Rye branch. In her new role, Andronaco will be responsible for the opening and overall management of the new branch, including new business development, customer service and oversight of daily operations. A resident of Hampton, Andronaco has been in banking for 12 years, most recently in North Hampton and previously in Rye. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Central Connecticut State University and has since accrued strong retail banking experience in all areas of customer service, sales and management. Andronaco is the Treasurer for Hampton Lacrosse and on the board for the North Hampton

Business Association. “Karen has extensive banking knowledge and expertise in the Rye area, which will be a huge help in making our new branch a solid member of the community,” said Partners Bank President and CEO Blaine A. Boudreau. “We believe her vast experience and local roots will make her an invaluable addition to the Partners Bank team.”

Brian LeMay Named New Director of Portsmouth Historical Society PORTSMOUTH Brian LeMay assumed the position of Executive Director of the Portsmouth Historical Society in September, replacing Interim Director Ellen Fineberg. LeMay was most recently Director and President of the Bostonian Society, and was formerly a senior official of the Smithsonian Institution. “Brian brings a wealth of expertise to this outstanding historical organization,” said the Society’s Board President, Dan Hoefle. “He has experience in all areas of the Society’s work, including exhibitions, historic building preservation, education, and museum collections.” Senator Martha Fuller Clark, Vice-Chair of the Society’s Board, emphasized that LeMay’s expertise will not only benefit the Historical Society, but he’ll have an impact on the city’s overall nonprofit and history communities as well. At the Bostonian Society, LeMay oversaw the restoration of the historic Boston Old State House, the oldest surviving public building from British colonial America. During his 13-year tenure there, he greatly expanded the institution’s

NH Winners Recognized at Gulf of Maine Council’s 2019 International Award Ceremony PORTSMOUTH Two New Hampshire award winners, including a NHDES employee, were among the individuals and organizations honored by the Gulf of Maine Council at an international ceremony held this summer in Nova Scotia for making a significant difference in protecting the health and sustainability of the Gulf of Maine watershed. Recipients from New Hampshire include Kevin Lucey, NHDES Coastal Program Restoration Coordinator, and Abigail Lyon, Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership. The Council, a U.S.-Canadian partnership dedicated to protecting environmental quality in the Gulf of Maine, annually recognizes extraordinary work in its five jurisdictions, which include the states of New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts as well as the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. “It is rewarding to have these individuals recognized for their efforts that benefit New Hampshire’s coast and ultimately the Gulf of Maine.

Kevin Lucey (left) as well as Abigail Lyon, pictured with NHDES Water Division Assistant Director Rene Pelletier (center) and NHDES Coastal Program Administrator Steve Couture (right) at the Gulf of Maine Council 2019 International Award Ceremony.

Each of their contributions were invaluable to the state’s efforts to sustain the natural resources and the economy of our coast,” said Steven Couture, NHDES Coastal Program Administrator and a council working group member. The Gulf of Maine Visionary Awards are given to two individuals or organizations within each state and province to recognize their innovation, creativity and commitment to marine protection. NHDES Coastal Program Restoration Coordinator Kevin Lucey was recognized for his

Piscataqua Savings Bank Recognized as ‘Best For The World 2019’

endowment, operating budget, visitation, and staffing. He previously served as the Assistant Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s International Center in Washington, DC, where he organized a number of exhibitions, global symposia, research programs, and international collaborative projects. LeMay attended Carleton College and the University of Minnesota, and he holds advanced degrees in the history of art from the John Hopkins University and London’s Courtauld Institute of Art. He also earned a certificate in Nonprofit Strategic Management from the Harvard Business School. For more information call 603-436-8433 or visit www. portsmouthhistory.org.

PORTSMOUTH Piscataqua Savings Bank, located at 15 Pleasant Street, received the Best For The World 2019 Honoree in the “Workers” category from the B Corporations’ annual Impact Assessment. The award recognizes that the bank places in the top 10 percent of all B Corporations worldwide in this category. Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement using business as a force for good. They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and aspire to use the power of business to

solve social and environmental problems. The qualifications for becoming a B Corporation are rigorous and comparable to a Fair-Trade certification but for whole business. There were approximately 1,000 B Corporations from 44 countries that received the award this year, including well-known brands such as Patagonia, Dr. Bronner’s, and TOMS. All Best for the World 2019 honorees were grouped in Community, Environment, Customers, Workers, Governance or Changemakers impact categories. The Workers section of the B Impact Assessment reviews

exemplary work and leadership on the region’s most significant restoration efforts, including the Resilient Tidal Crossings Project as well as multiple dam removal projects. Kevin recently led an on-the-ground effort to assess every tidal crossing in the state, which resulted in new mapping products and data that characterize tidal crossings for community and ecosystem resilience. This information can be used by community officials and road managers to enact strategic repair/ See AWARDS page 7...

a company’s relationship with its workforce. It measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training and ownership opportunities. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company, and evaluates management/worker communication, job flexibility, corporate culture and worker and safety practices. There are more than 3,000 Certified B Corporations in over 150 industries worldwide in 64 countries. Only 90 corporations in the U.S. were recognized, and Piscataqua Savings Bank was one of 212 “Worker” Award Recipients worldwide. “Piscataqua Savings Bank has been a special place to work, but this incredible honor validates what we’ve felt all along,” said Rick Wallis, President & CEO of Piscataqua Savings Bank. Piscataqua Savings Bank is the tenth business and the second bank to become a certified B Corporation in the state of New Hampshire . More information is available at www.piscataqua.com.

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People and Business Profiles

Community Rallies Around The Chase Home PORTSMOUTH For years, The Chase Home in Portsmouth quietly provided services to at-risk youth both in the community and in its residential home, which serves as stark contrast to how it concluded 2019. In October, $5,000 was raised at the one-year anniversary celebration for The Groomsmith, which opened last year in Portsmouth. The event, which featured a raffle and complimentary food and beverages, was organized by J. Hilburn stylists Graham Shaffer-Rais and Bill MacDonald, both of whom also serve as ambassadors at The Chase Home. “November and December were banner months for the agency in terms of monies raised,” said Executive Director Meme Wheeler. “It was as if the entire greater Seacoast community wanted to get involved.” Highlights included more than $80,000 at its 6th Wine & Chocolate Tasting, presented by The Atlantic Grill, and more than $47,000 raised through a window campaign. “We also had donations of presents for our kids, help decorating our home – it was remark-

able,” added Wheeler. Healthy eating at The Chase Home recently received a financial boost from Northeast Delta Dental, which invested $2,500 to support its food program. This latest gift builds on a $5,000 grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Tuscan Brands to purchase organic fresh food for its youth residents. “These investments will enable us to prepare the most nutritious food possible,” said Wheeler, who cited a partnership with nonprofit Gather as equally critical in combating food insecurity for their kids. In addition, The Chase Home was selected as beneficiaries of the New Castle 10K (www.newcastlenh10k.com) in April; Christmas Gift recipient for Wason Pond Pounder (www. wasonpondpounder.com), a 5K race that takes place in May; and beneficiary of a Facebook campaign organized by (un)Official City of Portsmouth. According to Wheeler, the unexpected generosity of the greater Seacoast community underscores critical needs. “The funding landscape has changed in the last 10 to 15 years, and a

portion of our budget relies on community involvement and support,” she explained. In looking ahead, Craig Dennis, operations director at The Chase Home, said he looks forward to helping oversee installation of new windows, many of which had been deemed unsafe by a local inspector in the fall. “We had to shut some bedrooms down and we risked having to turn away kids in need,” he said. “With community support, we can move forward and keep kids safe and warm this winter. We are truly grateful.” In total, 54 windows require replacement with total costs estimated at $42,000. In 2019, other capital projects, including a new roof, are slated to begin. “We are exploring all possibilities to help finance the windows and other required projects,” explained Wheeler, who said she believes a recently launched online campaign could prove successful. To contribute to the window campaign or for more information, visit www.chasehome.org or www.mightycause. com/story/chasehomewindows.

Nearly $60 Million Contract for PNSY WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that a $59,397,989 contract was awarded to Methuen Construction Company to build a paint, blast, and rubber consolidation facility at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY). As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Collins secured this funding in the fiscal year 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The project at PNSY will consolidate and renovate several existing facilities which will achieve additional efficiencies at the shipyard. “As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I championed funding for this infrastructure project because it will provide valuable support to PNSY’s highly skilled employees while significantly increasing efficiency at the shipyard,” said Senator Collins. “Once com-

pleted, these consolidated and renovated facilities will provide workers with modern, streamlined spaces to fulfill their mission of repairing and modernizing our Navy’s submarines.” This project will consolidate paint, blast, and rubber manufacturing and plastic molding operations into one location within the controlled industrial area by constructing a new facility, converting existing buildings, and demolishing excess footprint. The new facility will

be low-rise and consist of highand low-bay industrial shop areas, as well as offices, break rooms, locker rooms, training, and support spaces. Buildings #55, #60, and #74 will be renovated and converted to support industrial, maintenance, and their administrative functions. The project also relocates and consolidates Shop #06, into Building #60. The new facility will support installation of new blast and paint booths requiring ventilation systems, dust collec-

Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra Appoints New Executive Director PORTSMOUTH The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra (PSO) announced the recent appointment of Susanne Powers, a professional violinist and orchestra administrator, as their new full-time Executive Director. Susanne Powers, a native of Hamburg, Germany who started playing the violin at the age of 10, is a highly successful Boston-area violin teacher and concert violinist who performs with several area orchestras, including as assistant concert master for the PSO. She is also the co-founder of MusicalPASTimes, a musical duo which brings vivid, lively and fun-filled historical programs to children and adults throughout New England. Powers assumes her new role with the PSO having most recently served as the General Manager of the Cape Ann Symphony in Manchester, MA. “Susanne is deeply committed to connecting audiences to the power of live classical music performances and her passion for bringing high quality performances to people of all backgrounds fuels her continuous efforts to engage people

tors, and full floor grit recovery systems. New production areas will also support consolidation of rubber production and molding operations, fiberglass repairs, adequate cleaning/prep areas, and environmentally controlled storage for curing preserved products. The high bay area and shaft refurbishment booth will be equipped with bridge cranes. The very large parts work area will have convenient access for portal crane from the waterfront and trucks for component delivery. Work is expected to be completed by September 2023.

Dover Kiwanis Conducts its Annual Installation of Officers DOVER Dover Kiwanis recently

conducted its annual installation of officers. Outgoing Presi-

Left to right: Dover Kiwanis Members William Burr, Ron Manning, John MacDonald, Shirley Manley, and Brig Clark.

dent Shirley Manley passed the torch to William Burr for the coming year. Burr also serves as the chair of the Recreation Advisory Board for the city of Dover, and coaches Dover Baseball. He is deeply involved in the Seacoast arts scene, most recently starring in Dracula at The Strand. He joins officers Chris

in new settings or unexpected ways,” comments John Page, Music Director for the PSO. “Susanne’s two seasons of playing with the PSO coupled with her experience managing the Cape Ann Symphony made her the logical choice to become our next Executive Director.” Within a few short years of taking up the violin as a child, Powers was winning top prizes in national competitions in Germany and traveling throughout Europe as a soloist and with orchestras, including performing in Leningrad under the baton of Leonard Bernstein. Powers moved to the U.S. to study at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. She then earned her Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where she spent her summers studying and performing at Tanglewood and at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. In 1990, Powers was one of the specially selected students to perform at the memorial service for Leonard Bernstein. Powers also holds a Master of Music degree and her Doctorate of Musical Arts from Catholic University of America. Highlights of her career include solo engagements with the Hamburg Philharmonic, Stade Philharmonic, and the Catholic University Orchestra, concerts at the Austrian, Russian and Vatican Embassies, the Supreme Court, the National Gallery of Art, with the Martha Graham Dance Company at the Library of Congress, and for former President Bill Clinton. Performance information can be found at www.portsmouthsymphony.org. McGee, George Manley, Gail Daudelin, Kim Raimer and Robert Ducharme. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated See KIWANIS page 7...

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~ Ask The Computer Lady ~ Dear Computer Lady, I would like to thank you for the service you render to so many people. What a great contribution to others. My question is this: I have Windows 10 and when it get a document in pdf format that I need to input data or edit, how do I do that? Please advise and thank you, Judy Dear Judy, The great thing about sending a PDF document to someone is that anyone can download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader and view your document. However, if you want to edit a PDF document, you need to install a PDF editing program. Adobe is hoping you will purchase their program, Adobe Acrobat, (that is why they give away Adobe Acrobat Reader so freely) but at nearly $500 or $14.99/month it is out of reach for most home users. Another option, would be to use the free, LibreOffice to open and edit your PDF file. You can also use Microsoft Word, but you would have to convert the document to Word format first, make your changes, then export the document back to PDF format. Elizabeth Dear Computer Lady, Do “restart” and “reboot”

mean the same thing? I see both terms used, but am not sure if there’s a difference between them. Thank you for all you do! Mrs H. Dear Mrs. H, Yes, restart and reboot both mean that you shut the computer down, and then start it back up again. Sometimes turning your computer on is referred to as, “Booting” your computer, which is where the term, “reboot” comes from. I’m glad you asked this question! Elizabeth Dear Computer Lady, On my computer, I used to be able to right-click on things and get a menu that would help me perform certain tasks related to the thing I right-clicked on. Now that I am using a touch screen on my laptop, I can tap instead of click, but how do I right-tap? Thanks, Kris Dear Kris, I am glad to hear that you have learned to right-click on icons to get more options. On your touchscreen, you can get the same list of shortcuts by holding your tap for a second or so. Then, when you lift your finger that same context menu will appear. Elizabeth Dear Computer Lady, I have windows 8. How long will it be before I would

have to change it to another version of windows, or could I keep this for a long time? Will Dear Will, According to Microsoft, it will be safe to continue using Windows 8 until January, 2023. After that date, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware and other malicious software that can steal your personal information. If you are running Windows 8 on a computer that is already a couple of years old, by the time 2023 comes, if the computer is still running, it will be 6 or more years old. Since the average computer currently lasts about 5 years, I would plan on replacing the computer with a new one running Windows 10 at that time. Elizabeth Interested in learning more? Elizabeth has answered thousands of computer questions over the years. To submit a question, email her at elizabeth.boston@gmail.com.

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...SCIENCE from page 1 of the surf as they learn about coastal resiliency and the influence of different shoreline features. Naturalists have the ability to change substrates to demonstrate wave impact variations related to natural and man-made features. Marine Science Fellowship Program for High Schoolers The center is also offering a semester-long course designed to give high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors the opportunity to study marine science topics in depth. Participants in the Marine Science Fellowship program, which begins on February 1, will learn about different ca...KIWANIS from page 6 to change the world one child and one community at a time. The Dover Kiwanis Club’s major community service projects include the annual boot-athon. For more than 30 years, they have supplied winter boots to children in need from Dover, Rollinsford and Somersworth. They also partner with End 68 Hours of Hunger, the Dover Children’s Home, and offer scholarships to area high school seniors.


reers in the marine sciences, engage with visiting professionals, and gain clarity on their future educational path. To learn more and to apply, visit www.seacoastsciencecenter.org or contact course leader Sean McKenna at s.mckenna@ sscnh.org or 603-436-8043 x 31 if you have questions. The Seacoast Science Center is located in Odiorne Point State Park, 570 Ocean Blvd. in Rye. ...AWARDS from page 5 replacement of tidal crossing infrastructure and to identify high priority restoration and conservation opportunities at tidal crossings sites. Abigail Lyon was recognized for her outstanding commitment to improving the environmental state of affairs in the Gulf of Maine. In her current position as the Community Technical Assistance Program Manager for the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership, she is the energy behind shoreline cleanups, the Trash Free Piscataqua Project and the Municipal Board Empowerment Series. She also participates in the New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup. Additional info is available at www.gulfofmaine.org.

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20. Time zone 21. Military weapon (abbr.) 22. Gets rid of 25. Aggressive 30. Addressed one’s appearance 31. Affirmative 32. Denoting Indo-European languages 33. French noble family 38. Shock therapy 41. Having characteristics of both sexes 43. Large suitcase 45. One who identifies God

with the universe 48. Swiss river 49. Frequently 50. Wipe out 55. Invests in little enterprises 56. Waste 57. Resembles a large shrimp 59. Derogatory name for rural resident 60. Menswear accessory 61. Tropical American tree 62. Pitching statistic 63. Camera type 64. Cardinal number that is the sum of five and one

CLUES DOWN 1. Surgical procedure of the heart (abbr.) 2. Northern Scandinavia indigenous person 3. Evergreen trees and shrubs 4. Meat from a domestic hog 5. State of insensibility 6. Herb 7. Annuity 8. San Diego-based ballplayer 9. Members of a Semitic people 10. Any physical damage 12. Woolen rug

14. Alsos Mission leader 19. Aromatic plant used as culinary herb 23. Where you sleep 24. Ruled Russia 25. Indicates density of data (abbr.) 26. Sea eagle 27. Type of light bulb 28. Wreath 29. Graduate with a degree 34. What thespians do 35. “Orange is the New Black” character 36. Comedienne Gasteyer 37. Romanian monetary unit 39. People treated as a group 40. Small European plant 41. First responder group 42. A person’s head 44. Giggle 45. Bura-__: Chadic language 46. Snout moth genus 47. Body part 48. Inspirational Wimbledon champ 51. Revolutions per minute 52. American software developer 53. Ancient Greek city 54. Female sheep 58. “The Science Guy”

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