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St. Thomas Aquinas Moves Up in Granite State Challenge


St. Thomas Aquinas High defeated Fall Mountain Regional High in game three in the first round of Granite State Challenge.

Playing for Fall Mountain were captain and senior Edward Gowdy; seniors, Grace St. Pierre and Kaleb Houle-Lawrence; and sophomore Braydon Patch. The team alternates were juniors, Quinn O’Connor and Braydon

Lockhart. The team was coached by Nick Belsky. Fall Mountain Regional High is located in Langdon, and enrolls 496 students from the towns of Langdon, Acworth, Alstead, Charlestown, and Walpole.

Playing for St. Thomas

Aquinas were captain and senior Luke Monteiro; junior Cade Murphy; sophomore Charlie Monteiro; and freshman Amelia Monteiro. The team alternates

were senior Ally Latsilnik and junior Merrill Tode. The team was coached by Katie Graham. St. Thomas Aquinas High is located in Dover, and enrolls around 391 students.

Round One opened with a question about Pumpsie Green, who became the first black player for the Boston Red Sox in 1959 that stumped both teams. Luke

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Portsmouth to Plant 400 Trees for 400th Anniversary


The National Arbor Day Foundation has named Portsmouth a “Tree City” for more than 20 consecutive years, thanks to annual efforts to plant and care for the city’s urban forest of more than 15,000 trees. This year, the Department of Public Works (DPW) will celebrate Portsmouth’s 400th anniversary by planting 400 trees: 100 that are part of the usual annual enhancement of the city’s urban forest, an additional 100 trees donated by Portsmouth Rotary to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2023, and 200 more trees that will be made available for local residents to plant at their homes or businesses.

Portsmouth Rotary has announced the donation of $15,000 for the trees and $15,000 for accessibility improvements to Portsmouth playgrounds as part of its $100,000 commitment to the community in celebration of its 100th anniversary in 2023.

In 1876, Portsmouth celebrated the nation’s 100th birthday with the dedication of Langdon Park on the bank of South Mill Pond and the planting of 100 trees by the community. For the 400th, the city again welcomes local citizens to take part in the project.

DPW and the State Urban Forestry Center have placed an



Four-hundred years ago the Puritans were the voice of authority in Dover. Overtime a new faith began to gain popularity and the Quakers soon made up a third of the population. But how did their peaceable lifestyle and teachings win over so many despite persecution from the Puritans?

Discover the answer to this question at Dover Public Library on Wednesday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. in “Quaking Dover: The History of Quakers in Dover” presented by Jnana Hodson, author of “Quaking Dover: How a Counterculture

order for 200 trees, divided in lots of four different varieties selected for their suitability for cty neighborhoods. Residents (first come, first served) who agree to plant and care for one of these

trees will receive a cloth bag containing a 4-6-foot sapling, an appropriate amount of compost to help prepare the ground for the tree and instructions on planting and caring for the new

tree. Residents interested in receiving one should sign up at publicworks/400-trees-400th.

They will be notified in April, once a date is selected for a tree-planting workshop and for pickup at the Urban Forestry Center.

The DPW Parks & Greenery Division has also created an instructional “how to plant a tree” video available on the city website at com/watch?v=0kjXsRT3F7E. For information, visit www. works/parksandgreenery/urbanforestry.

the History of Quakers in Dover

Took Root and Flourished in Colonial New Hampshire.” The presentation will be in-person with the option to view remotely from home. Copies of Hodson’s book will also be available for purchase and signing.

During Dover’s first two centuries, the Quakers were the only organized alternative to the town’s tax-funded church, now known as First Parish. Hodson’s presentation gives a lively look at early Dover from the point of view of its largest minority and members of its second-oldest congregation.

Hodson was an active member of the Friends Meet-

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inghouse in Dover, a historic Quaker meetinghouse, for three decades. The faith runs in the family as many Hodson/Hodgson/Hodgin ancestors were also Quakers. He is a retired daily newspaper editor with eight published novels to his credit, and his blog “Jnana’s Red Barn” has more than 5,000 followers. He recently downsized to a remote fishing village with a lively arts scene in Way Downeast Maine. This program is free and open to the public. For more information or to sign up to watch virtually, visit https://library. or call 603-5166050.

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celebrated Arbor Day in 2022 by planting trees around the city.


It was 1855 when 13-yearold John Hunt left his family’s home in Kilkelly, Ireland, to come to the United States. He would never return to Ireland or see his family again, but more than 100 years later the letters his father wrote him would provide the tear-provoking tune “The Ballad of Kilkelly Ireland.” Listen to this song and many others in “The Softer Side of Celtic,” a musical performance by Jeff Snow, on March 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dover Public Library.

Growing up in a home where old Scottish folk songs were the everyday sounds, Snow developed an early love for Celtic music. Much of the history of Scotland, Ireland, and England,

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was preserved in songs and Snow will share these tales during his performance. His music has been described as “quiet and relaxing” and, while much of it is, every once in awhile Snow will break out into foot-stomping songs. Each concert is a little bit different and adapted to the response and interest of the audience.

Snow is a talented, multi-

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instrumentalist who plays the guitar, autoharp, bouzouki, and dabbles with most of the instruments in the percussion family. When not performing, Snow is a private guitar teacher and the author of the teaching method “Guitar Basics and Beyond.” He was featured in the December 2006 issue of “Acoustic Guitar Magazine” and is a contributing writer for “Acoustic Guitar and Autoharp Quarterly” magazines. This program is free and open to the public at the Dover Public Library, located at 73 Locust St., Dover. For more information, visit https://library. or call 603-5166050.


It’s time for the Great New England Specialty Food & Artisan Show on Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 12, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the Rim Sports Complex, 311 Winnacunnet Road, Building B, in Hampton! There will be more than 130 exhibitors of handmade wares and specialty food offering samples, so make sure the whole family comes to the show hungry. Sample before you buy delicious treats like fudge, whoopie pies, mustards, hot sauces, and more. Looking for

a gift or spring décor? Check out the glass art, leather goods, and handmade wares from the finest craftsmen and artisans in the region. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early at the show with shamrock cookie decorating, face painting, raffles, green-themed cocktails, and food trucks – and you can bet corned beef is on the menu!

Tickets are only $5 and provides entrance for both days. Children aged 14 and under get in for free. Visit for more information and tickets or get them at the gate.

Players’ Ring Presents an Award-Winning Spelling Bee

PORTSMOUTHWinner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, the “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” by Rachel Sheinkin, is a delightful den of comedic genius. At the bee, six mid-pubescent misfits will take to the stage to compete for the ultimate honor, the chance to compete at the National Spelling Bee.

With their eyes on the prize, each speller is ready to do whatever it takes to avoid the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of

the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

The experience also includes a live band that includes Ezzie Stone on percussion, Andrew Strout on keys 2, Sarah Hashem on reeds, and Jules Good on cello. Music and lyrics are by William Finn.

The cast includes Emily Zentis (Rona Lisa Peretti), Will Saxe (Vice Principal Douglas Panch), Ben Hunton (Mitch Mahoney), Katelin Garland (Olive Ostrovsky), Robert Collinge II (William Barfee), Jacob Randlett (Leaf Coneybear), Sara Funk (Logainne Schwartzandgrubinerre), Hanna Street (Marcy Park), and Jeremy Toussaint (Chip Tolentino).

“Spelling Bee is the kind of show that you could see every night and each time it would feel completely new. It’s about so much more than the speller at the microphone, it is a collection of ‘found’ moments that are brilliantly delivered by our all star cast. Spelling Bee puts a heavy

emphasis on ‘play,’ and in a time where things are often taken very seriously, finding a show that encourages us to embrace the silly version of ourselves is a breath of fresh air,” said Director Meghan Flynn.

This hilarious and heartfelt story complete with audience participation, will be presented by the Player’s Ring from this Friday to March 26. Performances are scheduled for Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. The Players’ Ring is located at 105 Marcy Street, Portsmouth. For more information, visit or call 603-436 8123.


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Amare Cantare Offers “Solace”


The seacoast’s vocal chamber chorus, Amare Cantare, will perform their spring concert, “Solace,” on Saturday, March 25 in Exeter, Sunday, March 26 in Dover, and Wednesday, March 29 in Portsmouth.

The centerpiece of the concert is Canadian composer Eleanor Daley’s “Requiem.” A seven-movement unaccompanied work, the “Requiem” alternates traditional Latin texts with poetry by Carolyn Smart. The concert program will also include works of several other contemporary composers, including “Only in Sleep” by Eriks Esenvalds, “Until” by Joan Szymko, and “Earth Song” by Frank Ticheli, as well as a selection of celebrative sacred settings by early composers Heinrich Schütz, Orlandus Lassus, and Hans Leo Hassler.

“This spring, audiences will be treated to the kind of variety they have come to expect from an Amare Cantare concert,” said Catherine Beller-McKenna, Music Director. “Prepare to be transported by some truly unearthly choral beauty!”

The March 25 concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Phillips Churchon Tan Lan, Exeter. The March 26 performance will take

Showstoppers Celebrate 70 Years of Garrison Players

place at 3 p.m. at the Dover City Hall, 288 Central Road, Dover.

The March 29 performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Middle Street Baptist Church, 18 Court Street, Portsmouth. All tickets are $18 and can be purchased at A limited number of tickets may be available at the door, but advance purchase is strongly recommended. For more information, call 603-365-6727.


In 1953, the seeds of Garrison Players were planted with a production of “Brigadoon” staged in the Dover City Hall auditorium by a group of local actors. In celebration of the organization’s 70th birthday, its Showstoppers troupe will present a Broadway revue featuring selected favorites from seven decades of the community theater’s musical productions.

Artist in Residency Exhibition

DOVERThe Art Center in Dover presents the 2023 Artist in Residency Exhibition, a fine art installation that showcases some of the best work of seasoned and up-and-coming seacoast artists.

ArtistS Amanda Kidd-Kestler, Micah Doucette, Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer, and Laura Villalobos, each spent four months in the Artist in Residency Program to create the body of work that is presented in this impressive collection. The show highlights different styles of printmaking, watercolor, oil painting, and drawing.

The exhibition will be on display at the Art Center, at 1 Washington Street, Suite 1177, Dover, through the end of April, with a public reception on Saturday April 1, 6-9 p.m.

For more information or to become a resident artist or printmaker, visit or call 603-978-6702.

Shows represented include “9 to 5,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Brigadoon,” “Camelot,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Honk!,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “The Music Man,” “Nunsense,” “Oliver!,” “Once Upon a Mattress,” “South Pacific,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie

Brown,” and many more.

Performance dates are March 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. at Garrison Players Arts Center, corner of Roberts Road and Portland Avenue (Route 4), Rollinsford. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at www.garrisonplayers. org or at the door.

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PSO Winter Concert Features Pianist Ko-Eun Yi

PORTSMOUTHThe Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra (PSO) continues its 2022-2023 mainstage season on Sunday, March 12, at 3 p.m. at the Music Hall in Portsmouth. There is a free pre-concert talk with music director John Page at 1:45 p.m. The Winter Concert will include Beethoven’s beautiful and masterful “Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, Emperor Concerto,” featuring guest pianist Ko-Eun Yi (pictured); Jean Sibelius’ powerful “Symphony No. 2”; and William Grant Still’s emergent “Poem for Orchestra.”

“Still’s work was inspired by a world being spiritually reborn after a period of darkness and isolation. This theme is echoed in Sibelius’ work, which was written as Finland was struggling against Russian oppression of its language and culture,” said Page. “Similarly triumphant is the spirit of the ‘Emperor Concerto,’ which is perhaps the best known of Beethoven’s five piano concertos and notable for its grandeur, bold melodies, and heroic spirit.”

Pianist Yi has garnered numerous top prizes in her career including winning the CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition. She has been featured on WQXR’s long-running Young Artists Showcase program, in-

ARA Meeting Features Jo Radner

cluding a live interview and performance in studio. Yi has performed with orchestras and as a solo performer across the United States and around the world. Born in Seoul, South Korea, she began her piano studies at the age of three. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the Juilliard School and completed her Professional Studies degree at Manhattan School of Music. Yi also holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University.

Tickets with assigned seating are $25-35 for adults, $30 for seniors, and $20 for students. For more information, visit www. or call 603-686-8133.

Foundation Funding Awarded to “Dreaming Again”

PORTSMOUTHNew Hampshire Th eatre Project (NHTP), in collaboration with the Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center, is the proud recipient of a gra nt for

$55,360 from the Eppes-Jefferson Foundation. This grant is to support the production and subsequent tour of “Dreaming Again,” a play by Genevieve Aichele based on the real-life stories of refugees and immigrants to the state of New Hampshire. “Dreaming Again” will be presented at NHTP, 959 Islington St. #3, Portsmouth, this March, and will tour throughout the state for the next two weeks to middle and high schools as well as community organizations. The tour will be coordinated by the education department of Mariposa Museum. Originally commissioned in 2012 by the NH Humanities, “Dreaming Again” is drawn from oral interviews with more than 40 people who left homes and lives in other countries to resettle in New Hampshire. The production toured throughout the state of New Hampshire in 2012 and again in 2013. The multicultural cast of “Dreaming Again” features four actors and three musicians playing multiple roles, and the play uses music from many different cultures and traditions, arranged by Agnes Charlesworth. The 2023 production of “Dreaming Again” will be directed by CJ

SEACOASTThe Active Retirement Association (ARA) will feature Jo Radner, A freelance storyteller and oral historian, at their general meeting on March 14. The free event will be held 2-3:30 p.m., at the Durham Evangelical Church’s lower-level community room, 114 Dover Road (Route 108), Durham. Preregistration is not required.

Dr. Radner will present “Tangled Lives: Native People and English Settlers in Colonial New England.” She will share Native American oral traditions and stories told by her own New England ancestors to reveal how English settlers and Native peoples saw one another as defenders and trespassers, pursuers and refugees, relatives and aliens, kind neighbors and ruthless destroyers.

Dr. Radner, a published

author of numerous books and articles, received a PhD from Harvard University, taught for 31 years at American University in Washington, D.C., and is a past president of the American Folklore Society and the National Storytelling Network. Her presentation is made possible through collaboration with New Hampshire Humanities. For more information, visit or email


Given New Hampshire’s role as a refugee resettlement state, this play is as relevant today as it was 10 years ago.

“Dreaming Again” is a collection of stories told by real people who live in our state right now. Hearing their personal experiences deepens understanding, and builds empathy and connections for the audience.

David Ward, co-executive director of the Eppes-Jefferson Foundation, said, “The foundation believes that the arts should inspire, educate, and entertain, while honoring the past

and foreshadowing the future. ‘Dreaming Again’ hits all of these marks, and more, including exposing thousands of New Hampshire students to professional level music and theatre.” Performances will take place on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 26 at 2 pm.

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For more information, contact Karla Hostetler, executive director of Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center, at or 603-924-4555.

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2023 NH Poetry Out Loud Championship



Hoping to add a little luck after months of preparation and practice, top New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud participants will come together at the State House on March 17 to determine who will represent the Granite State at the national Poetry Out Loud championship.

Reading from the floor of Representatives Hall, eight high school champions – including Morgan Cole from Portsmouth High School – will each recite two poems they selected from Poetry Out Loud’s collection of some the best-known and respected poetry ever written.

A panel of judges will score their presentations based on accuracy, voice and articulation, dra-

matic appropriateness, and other factors. The four students who receive the highest scores will then recite a third poem to determine New Hampshire’s champion.

Twenty-four high schools participated in New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud this year. Competitions began at the classroom level, moved on to school championships, and then to three semifinals. State champions advance to the national finals, set to take place in Washington, D.C., on May 8-10.

In addition to mastering public speaking skills and building self-confidence while learning about literary history and contemporary life, Poetry Out Loud participants report that the process of deeply analyz -

ing, memorizing, and interpreting poetry challenged them and helped them improve their writing and analytical skills, as well as helped them think about situations from perspectives other than their own.

The national Poetry Out Loud program is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

In New Hampshire, it is led by the N.H. State Council on the Arts.

New Hampshire’s championship competition begins promptly at 5 p.m. and is open to the public. It will be livestreamed on the N.H. State Council on the Arts’ Facebook account, www. To learn more, visit nharts.

Solo Shows Highlight Judy Arnold and R.S. Bense


The Seacoast Artist Association gallery’s next exhibit shows two solo Body-of-Work shows by Judy Arnold and R.S. Bense through March 26. An artist reception, open to the public, will be held on Friday, March 10, 5-7 p.m., with music provided by the local, folk and bluegrass, duo Green Heron: SAA artist member Betsy Heron on fiddle, banjo and vocals, and Scott Heron on guitar, banjo and vocals.

Photographer Arnold explores the change around us, mostly in her town of Portsmouth, in her Body-of-Work show called “For Granted.” Quoting the line, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone,” from Joni Mitchell’s song “Big Yellow Taxi,” she commented that as she ages those words ring truer than ever. Change is constant and inevitable. But what once progressed at a sluggish creep, now assaults us at an epic pace – The cost and availability of goods, the state of our union, restaurant survival,

ease of travel, sustainability of the planet, shifting politics. The past few years have raised the curtain on so much that was once taken for granted. It makes one’s head spin!

“When a building and business that I loved and depended on was suddenly lost to fire,” she continued, “Personal change was thrust upon me, leading to a new appreciation of the everyday places in my world. I began to look at everything around me with fresh eyes, and questioned my assumptions that familiar sights would be everlasting. They won’t. Each day I pass by pastoral scenes, antique barns, quirky shops, and centuries old homes. I practice appreciation of those sights which bring me joy — and I take nothing for granted.”

R.S. Bense’s show of watercolors, “Isolation and Inspiration,” was inspired by the isolation of the pandemic. “The stayat-home guidelines gave me lots of time to create. While I was cleaning and organizing my studio, I

Art Center Presents “Art from the Outside” Featuring Bunkt

DOVERThe Art Center in Dover will display “Art from the Outside” featuring the work of Bunkt in the Jim Reagan Gallery through the end of April, with a public reception on Saturday, April 1, 6-9pm. The abstract art by Bunkt is imaginative, energetic, naughty, expressive, mysterious, and reveals raw emotion.

Self-taught artist Brian Wagoner, known in the art world as “Bunkt,” discovered art at the age of 44. He found a way to express himself from destruction by taking trash and transforming it into something that is whole. A teacher and counselor

by education and professional training, Wagoner previously spent time as a wilderness counselor for children who struggle in standard school environments.

Bunkt’s artwork is personal and portrays many characters, wildlife, and life experiences.

Rebecca Proctor, owner of the Art Center, mentioned that “she immediately fell in love with Bunkt’s work because it speaks to her, and his work has been hanging at the Art Center ever since.”

The Art Center is located at 1 Washington Street, Suite 1177, Dover For more information, visit www.theartcenterdover. com or call 603-978-6702.

Literary in the Lounge Presents Author Adam Gopnik

stumbled across some strangelysized, ultra-high quality, watercolor paper. In keeping with my New England roots, I just had to find a way to use it. Thus, this series of long and skinny landscapes was born,” She said.

“As usual, I am engaged in the process and not really doing any deep thinking. I am just playing around. I taped off a section of the paper for the ‘real’ art and used the sides to test my colors. I was being particular about the testing, making deliberate areas of color. I was taking a class with Doris Rice, and she said, ‘Those look like remarques!’ It turns out that artists will sometimes paint in the margins of the print, thereby creating a remarque. I kept doing my color studies on

PORTSMOUTHOn Tuesday, March 14 at 7 p.m., bestselling author and writer for the “New Yorker,” Adam Gopnik, will visit the

the sides of the pieces, and when I took the body of work to the framer – I have to thank Rob Jenisch at the Gilded Edge Frame Shop in Lebanon for telling me to keep these remarques in the framed piece. I am sure I would have covered them up!”

The Seacoast Artist Association gallery is located at 130 Water Street in Exeter. For more information, visit or call 603-778-8856.

Pictured: Judy Arnold’s “Love Lock Fence” and R.S. Bense’s “Still Searching.”

Music Hall’s lounge with his new book, “The Real Work,” a wildly creative inquiry into perhaps the oldest question: How do we learn a new skill? The event includes an author demonstration, followed by an audience Q&A.

Gopnik is a staff writer at the “New Yorker.” He has won three National Magazine Awards for essays and for criticism, and authored numerous best-selling books, including “Paris to the Moon.” He lives in New York City.

The presentation will be held at the Music Hall Lounge, 131 Congress St., Portsmouth, but tickets are available at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater on 28 Chestnut Street, or at and 603-436-2400.

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Mindful Stitching Workshop

Learn about the Mindful Stitching (also known as Slow Stitching) Movement on Saturday, March 11 at 2 p.m. Create a mindful stitching project to take home with you. All supplies will be provided but you’re also welcome to bring scraps of fabric and other art elements with you. Mindful stitching is a way of creating with your hands while focusing not on the end product, but the process of stitching itself. It is connected with the traditional mindfulness practice of being present in the current moment and focusing on relaxing. No experience needed. Mindful Stitching for teens in grades 6-12 will be held Tuesday, March 21 at 3 p.m.

The Softer Side of Celtic

On Monday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. join in the library’s lecture hall with musician Jeff Snow for “The Softer Side of Celtic.” Much of the history of Scotland, Ireland, and England, was preserved in songs. Snow will share the tales during his performance. In concert, he plays the guitar, autoharp, bouzouki, and dabbles with most of the instruments in the percussion family. When not performing, Snow is a private guitar teacher and the author of the teaching method “Guitar Basics and Beyond.”

Friends of the Library

On Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Trustees Room to make your voice heard. As a member of the group, as an active participant, or as a leader, you can support this group which supports the library. Become a member of the Friends for as little as $15 per year. To attend remotely, email Denise LaFrance at

Series of the Month Book Club

Are you a fan of the Dragon Masters series by Tracey West? If you are in second or third grade and

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have read one or more books in the Dragon Masters series, come meet with other fans to talk about these popular books on Tuesday, March 14 at 3:30 p.m. Also make a craft related to the series. This will be the first of a monthly program that highlights a different series each month. Please register.

Caregiver Cafe

On Wednesday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m., join Cornerstone VNA at the monthly Caregiver Café to support Dover -area family caregivers. Come for a morning of support, education and conversation. No registration is required.

21st Annual Poetry Contest

A poetry contest for seacoast-area residents ages 5 and up! Prizes will be awarded in seven different categories by ages. Poems will be judged on originality, style, and creativity. Submissions will be accepted beginning on March 15 with entry deadline on April 19.

FMI:, Emily Ainaire at e.ainaire@dover., or 603-516-6082.

Poetry Rocks

Join for an afternoon of rock painting on Wednesday, March 15 at 3:30 p.m. to celebrate the start of our 21st Annual Poetry Contest. Each rock will feature a portion of a poem, and participants will use paint pens to create designs around the quotes. All supplies will be provided. This event is open to all ages.

The Meerkats Movie

In person on Wednesday, March 15 at 11 a.m. Join for a showing of “The Meerkats,” narrated by Paul Newman, rated G, and an inspiring story of a young meerkat’s resilience and fortitude, shot in the Kalahari Desert.


Masterboard Making Demo

On Thursday, March 16 at 6 p.m. in the library’s lecture hall, join for this

paper crafting group. Vesna Williams will be sharing her creative passion and giving a short presentation about making a master board that you create to use as a backdrop for projects.

Peeps Show Contest

Build a diorama using Peeps of any color or species in a standardsized shoe box, no larger than 16” x 16”. Create your diorama based on a scene from a book. The first eight entries will receive a free plush Peep chick! Pick up an entry form at the library. Displays may be dropped off at the library beginning March 20 with entree deadline on April 2. The winner of each division will receive a $25 Target gift card, courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Prizes will be awarded on April 3.

Create a Pokeball Oasis

Teens in grades 6-12 are welcome to create their very own Pokeball oasis for a Pokemon friend on Friday, March 17 at 2 p.m.. All materials will be provided, but crafters are welcome to bring a favorite Pokemon figurine to use. Teens only.

Book Groups

The Afternoon/Evening Book Group will meet in person and virtually on Monday, March 20 at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to discuss “The Paper Palace” by Miranda Cowley Heller; The Virtual Cookbook Club will meet in person on Monday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. for a soup swap, using the book “Soup Swap” by Kathy Gunst to create our soups to share. Please register with your choice of recipe in advance; Get Lit will meet in person on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Blue Latitudes, 431 Central Ave., Dover, to discuss “The House in the Cerulean Sea” by TJ Klune.

Medicare for You

On Tuesday, March 21 at 1 p.m., take the mystery out of Medicare and get all your questions answered. This informative class will help you understand the basics of Medicare in relatable, easy-tounderstand language, and provide you with the tools you need to determine the best plan for you.

Tim Harrigan is a senior benefits specialist for Harrigan Insurance Services, Inc.

History of Quakers in Dover

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brary’s lecture hall or virtually for a lively look at early Dover from the members of its second-oldest congregation. Discover why a third of the population joined the radical Quaker faith in the early 1660s despite persecution by the Puritan authorities. Please register.

Cocheco River Writers

Join a community of local writers with Cocheco River Writers! This group will meet Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. and welcomes all skill levels.


No-Sew Emoji Pillow

On Thursday, March 23 at 3 p.m., kids in grades 1 and up are invited to make-and-take a no-sew Emoji pillow in the activity room.

Introduction to Excel Class

Join this Introduction to Excel with Peggy on Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the technology corner. This class will cover rows, columns, formulas, sorting, and more. Class size is limited to 8 people. Please register.


Saturday, March 25 at 2 p.m. in the lecture hall, for children 5 and up.

Party Card Game

On Monday, March 27, 6-7:30 p.m., teens in grades 7 and up are invited to join a session of the party card game “One Night Ultimate Werewolf”! Light snacks will be provided.

Organic Gardening

On consecutive Wednesdays, March 29, April 5, and April 12, 6-8 p.m. in the library’s lecture hall or virtually. This is a free, comprehensive, three-part organic gardening course with instructor Vincent Cirasoleon that will include practical tips on how to create a new garden, prepare soil, start seedlings, create container gardens, and cover planting and cultural techniques. No registration is required.

Yin Yoga Class

Join instructor Bridget Harton for a free, half-hour, Yin Yoga class for adults on Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in the library’s activity eoom. Wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or a blanket to place on the floor. Space is limited, but registration isn’t required.

For More Information

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About American Red Cross

Thursday, March 23, 6-7 p.m. Presented by volunteer recruiter Arlene Madeiros, she will explain the organization’s various divisions and far-reaching services and programs. This is in person or virtual (visit website for link).

Forensic Science Roadshow

Tuesday, March 28, 6-7 p.m. Paul Zambella, former forensic scientist for the Massachusetts State Police, will venture into the world of CSI with this interactive program, recommended for high-school age or older. Topics will include blood, DNA, fingerprints, gunshot residue, footwear impressions, metal detectors, and crime lights.

Survival Story of Moose

Thursday, March 30 at 6 p.m. Join the NH Fish & Wildlife Stewards as they share information about the survival of Moose in New Hampshire. Learn about their natural history, how the climate affects them, and the funding of research, among many other topics.

For More Information

Call the library at 603-964-6326 or visit

Somersworth Public Library

Seed Saving Program

On Saturday, March 18, at 10:30 a.m. Join for a presentation about seed saving by Master Gardener Donna Lussier. Attendees will learn why saving seeds is important, what kinds of seeds to save and when to harvest them, the different methods for processing seeds and preparing them for storage, and several tips and tricks to ensure successful germination. This also marks the grand opening of the library’s Seed Sharing Initiative. Patrons will be able to check out seed packets to take home and use in their gardens. At the end of the growing season, save some seeds to return to the seed library for the next growing season.

Somersworth Seniors Group

Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. senior community members are invited to the lower-level lounge. Help yourself to free coffee and tea while enjoying the company of new friends by the fireplace.

Family Story Time

Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Join the children’s librarian for a morning filled with stories, songs, crafts, and plenty of play time. Recommended for ages 4 and under.

STEAM & Play

Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. Dublin-born folklorist, folk-singer, and instrumentalist Tom O’Carroll will bring a wealth of stories, humor, wit, and history to this performance.

Geneology Club

Wednesday, March 22, 6-7 p.m.

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Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Bring your problem-solving skills and stop by the Steam & Play station to create, build, and play. New activities will be put out weekly. Recommended for ages 5-12.

Baby Play Hour

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. This is an informal playgroup to encourage play and social interaction between parents, caregivers, and babies. Recommended for ages 2 and under.

LEGO Engineers

Saturdays at 11 a.m. Build a LEGO creation or collaborate with friends. A new challenge is offered each week. LEGOs provided. Recommended for all ages.

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Saturday, March 11

Blueberry Pancake Breakfasts

8-11 a.m. at the First Church Congregational, 63 South Mai St., Rochester. Blueberry or plain pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon or ham, juice, beverage. $8 for adults, $5 for children 5-10, and free for under 5. FMI: 603-3321121 or

Saturday, March 11 & Sunday, March 12

Great New England Specialty Food & Artisan Show

March 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and March 12, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the Rim Sports Complex, 311 Winnacunnet Road, Building B, Hampton. More than 130 exhibitors of handmade wares and specialty food. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with holiday-themed treats. Tickets are $5, and provides entrance for both days (children aged 14 and under are free). FMI:

Sunday, March 12

Rollercoaster Dance Party

2-4 p.m. at 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth. This dance party for parents and kids features music you listened to before the Encanto soundtrack invaded your speakers. FMI: 603766-3330 or

Cornhole Tourney to Benefit SMHC

Join Seacoast Mental Hea lth Center at the Exeter Bowling Lanes and Shooter’s Pub for a benefit cornhole tournament! Rob Ficara is transforming his bowling lanes that afternoon to create six courts with a social and competitive division. Organized by Steve Singlar of the Winner’s Circle Cornhole Club, this is not just a backyard variety of bag throwing! With online live scoring, prizes, raffles, silent auction, and even chair massages courtesy of Rejuvenations Professional Massage, be ready for a late afternoon of teamwork and fun – all to support the important work of Seacoast

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Monday, March 13

Legislative Reception

5-7 p.m. at the Frisbie Memorial Hospital Conference Center, 11 Whitehall Rd., Rochester. The Greater Dover, Rochester, and Falls Chambers of Commerce are pleased to present the 2023 Legislative Reception, underwritten by Eversource and hosted by Frisbie Memorial Hospital. State, county, and local officials representing the communities of Dover, Rochester, and Somersworth will be in attendence, providing an opportunity to meet elected officials in a casual setting. Free for members. Register at https://business.

Wednesday, March 15

Lunchtime Mixer 12 p.m. Join the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth at Roundabout Diner & Lounge, on the traffic circle in Portsmouth. Advanced registration required for this networking event. FMI: www.

Thursday, March 16

Business Networking at Snapology

5-7 p.m. Snapology, which offers STEAM programs at 826 Central Ave Suite 1, Dover, has invited Dover chamber members and their children to this month’s business open house. Bring plenty of business cards and enjoy an evening of networking. If bringing a child, please reserve a spot since there is a limited of 24 children. FMI or to register: www.

Saturday, March 18

Winter Farmers’ Market 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Wentworth Greenhouses, 141 Rollins Road, Rollinsford. FMI: Veterans can receive and use a $20 voucher from www. or 603817-6030.

FUNDrive Collection Day

Clean out your closets and cupboards for GFWC Dover Area Woman’s Club! The club is collecting coats, fashion accessories, tablecloths, curtains, pots and pans, small electronics, and more. All items must be clean and in sellable condition. The Storage Barn, 385 Sixth St., Dover, will be accepting donations, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. FMI: gfwc.dawc@, thedoverareawomansclub, and Also held on March 25 at the same time.

Sunday, March 19

HUMC Open House

Hampton United Methodist Church (HUMC), located at 525 Lafayette Road, Hampton, welcomed the Reverend Susan Frost in July of 2022 as their new pastor. Members of the community are invited to an open house to meet he and her husband Mike Bennett. Light refreshments will be served, 1-2:30 p.m., in Carter Hall on the first floor of the church. FMI: or 603-926-2702.

Project Upcycle Deadline

3S Artspace, in partnership with Recovergirl, invites applications to the 5th annual Project Upcycle, a fast-paced, sustainable design challenge! Designers will use end-runs, deadstock, material, and excess inventory from some of New England’s most innovative brands and deliver their own fresh take on New England streetwear. As always, Project Upcycle exists to help highlight talent, foster connections, encourage creativity, and inspire growth. Eight designers will be chosen to compete in October. FMI: 603-766-3330 or

Wednesday, March 22

Gardening in a Changing Climate

10-11:30 a.m. the Seacoast Village Project will present “Gardening in a Changing Climate,” featuring Master Gardener Michael Koutelis. The presentation will provide


a brief look at the science of climate change and the impact it has on daily lives, while offering ideas about how to adapt growing strategies and habits to reduce our impact. This virtual program is free and open to the public but requires advance registration at

Thursday, March 23

March Science Cafe: Oyster Aquaculture

This has been rescheduled from the February event, indoors at Earth Eagle Brewing North, 350 Route 108, Suite 208, Somersworth, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The Gundalow Company will present information on oyster aquaculture featuring local oyster farmers, Laura Brown and Brian Gennaco. Free to attend (donations welcome) but registration is appreciated for planning purposes. FMI: 603-433-9505 or

After Hours at the Elks

5-7 p.m. Join the Chamber C ollaborative of Greater Portsmouth at the Portsmouth Elks Lodge, 500 Jones Ave., Portsmouth. Free to members or $10. Advanced registration required for this networking event. FMI:

Saturday, March 25

Grab-n-Go Turkey Dinner

4:30-6 p.m., Hampton Un ited Methodist Church (HUMC), 525 Lafayette Rd. (Route 1), Hampton, invites the seacoast community to a grab-n-go turkey dinner with all the fixings. Dinner includes roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash, peas, rolls, cranberry sauce, and dessert. Sign up at www.hamptonnhumc. org or 603-926-2702. The last day to place an order is March 23. $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $6 for children 12 and under.

Friday, March 31

CreativeMornings PKX

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NCU Hires Ken Lawrence as SVP, CIO

PORTSMOUTHNortheast Credit Union (NCU) is excited to announce the hiring of Ken Lawrence as senior vice president (SVP), chief information officer (CIO). As a leader in information security and IT infrastructure, Lawrence brings over 20 years of experience to his new role at NCU, where he will implement and lead technology transformations that will support the credit union’s commitment to enrich and nourish the lives of their employees, members, and community.

“We’re excited to leverage Ken’s vast IT skillset and executive leadership experience as we focus on enhancing our technology that safely and

securely delivers our services and products to our members,” said Chris Parker, president and CEO.

Lawrence added, “I’m thrilled to join Northeast Credit Union and develop ways to enhance the member experience as we embark on the mission to enrich and nourish the lives of others; I cannot think of a better

is a local chapter of the global breakfast lecture series for the creative community founded by Tina Roth Eisenberg. They meet once a month on a Friday morning, and feature a local speaker. This month is with Nancy Grace Horton and her project, “Becoming Grey,” an exploration of women’s hair, identity, desire, and power, as revealed in photographs and interviews. The lecture is free, open to the public, and held at the Music Hall Lounge, 131 Congress St., Portsmouth. RSVP required at or

Saturday, April 1

People Like You Performace

8 p.m. at 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth. Freewheelin’ and genre-bending psych-rock band People Like You have a fearless mind for improvisation tempered by a pop sensibility. They will be joined by the Bulkheads, Wolfdor, and Maddoc Johnson Quintet. FMI: 603-766-3330 or

FUNDrive Collection Day

Clean out your closets and cupboards for GFWC Dover Area Woman’s Club! The club is collecting clothes, shoes, backpacks, bedding, dishes, hand-held appliances, decorative items, games, and more. All items must be clean and in sellable condition. The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce, 550 Central Ave., Dover, will be accepting donations, 9-11 a.m. FMI:, areawomansclub, and https://

Wednesday, April 5

Morning Mixer

8-9 a.m. Join host SOHO Creative Studio, 155 Fleet St., Portsmouth, for the Dover Chamber’s April Morning Mixer, sponsored by First Seacoast Bank. This fast-paced, speed-networking program starts promptly. Bring businesses cards for up to 40. FMI or to register:

Dover 400 to Award Scholarships


This year, in celebration of Dover’s 400th anniversary, t he Dover 400 Committee seeks to award scholarships to four Dover-resident, 2023 graduating seniors who have demonstrated a strong commitment to their Dover community. Students will be awarded according to their outstanding leadership in community service within the

way to start the year.”

He comes to NCU from Partners Federal Credit Union in Orlando, FL, where he served as their SVP, technology and chief information security officer. His storied career includes spearheading the end-to-end delivery of IT infrastructure and applications for large-

Dover community or in their school, and also their commitment to scholastic achievement. Committee organizers believe it is essential to lead by example and serve one’s community.

The Dover 400 scholarships will be awarded to the four students whose essays best describe their experience and commitment to community service, and how that experience

scale, globally distributed data centers, creating IT security teams, and providing special operations support to the United States Army for 15 years as the director of corporate security, infrastructure, and architecture.

For more information, visit or call 888-436-1847.

has affected, and will be relevant, in their academic career. One $1,623 scholarship will be awarded city-wide, plus three additional $400 scholarships to one student at each of these three schools: Dover High School, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, and Portsmouth Christian Academy. Applications may be downloaded from the www. website. Students are encouraged to print a copy, compose an essay of 1,000 words or less, and submit it by mail to: Dover400, C/O Kevin McEneaney, 24 Chestnut Street, Dover, NH 03820. Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. on April 7. For more information, call 603-498-1307.

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Staff Continuity, Transforms Lives at Chase Home


One of the unique aspects about the Chase Home is the lengthy employment of some staff, especially in leadership roles, a fact that Executive Director Meme Wheeler said helps produce “stronger therapeutic and clinical outcomes.”

“The workforce shortage is real, so there are challenges for us, but we have been fortunate that some staff members have been with us for years,” she said.

Lindsey Ellis, program director at the Chase Home, is one such long-standing staff member, as she has worked in various roles throughout her 14 years. “I began as an intern while I was a student at UNH,” she said. “I then worked as a residential counselor, education coordinator, and ultimately have been in the program director position for the past six years.”

As for why she has stayed at the home for so many years, she cited the opportunity to support youth and families. “Being part of special moments in youths’ lives, such as graduating high school, getting their first job, and obtaining their driver’s license, is extremely fulfilling,” she said. “Watching youth reunify with

their families makes the difficult days worth it.”

One of her most memorable success stories involves a female youth who transitioned to the Chase Home from an out-ofstate, intensive-level, treatment center. “She had a significant history of inpatient hospitalizations, suicidal ideation, and self harming behaviors,” explained Ellis.

The goal, she said, was for the youth to step down to Chase Home in order to successfully reunify with her guardian. “Chase Home was able to provide access to mental health services immediately upon admission to support the mental health needs of this youth and secure an appro -

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priate alternative educational setting with increased emotional support,” she said.

The result was that the youth reported feeling “safe and heard” at the home, which allowed her to work through her triggers during treatment. “Our clinical coordinator was able to challenge her thought processes,” said Ellis. “The youth was able to see things from a different perspective when challenged, as well as improve and organize her thoughts in order to succeed across settings.”

The youth was reunified with her family in approximately three months. “Our staff listened to her, validated her feelings, and supported her with her goals,” she said. “We had the community wrapping around this youth and her family with services.”

According to Wheeler, Ellis’s work exemplifies the intent behind the Chase Home. “We are talking about transforming the lives of youth who have struggled for a variety of reasons, many of them complex and grounded in trauma,” she explained. “I’m grateful for not just Lindsey’s work, but that of our entire staff and the community support that helps make all this happen… It really does take a village.”

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Dr. Sanders, New Chief Medical Officer at PRH

PORTSMOUTHPortsmouth Regional Hospital (PRH) has appointed Brian Sanders, MD, MHCM, as chief medical officer, effective January 16. Sanders comes to PRH from Mass General Brigham’s Salem Hospital where he has served for six years as chief of the Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and chair of the Department of Pediatrics.

“Dr. Sanders has exceptional medical and leadership experience,” said Dean M. Carucci, chief executive officer of PRH. “I’m confident he will be an invaluable member of the Portsmouth team as we continue to provide quality care to our patients, and as we advance on our journey as an academic medical center.”

During his tenure at Salem Hospital, Sanders managed one of Massachusetts’ busiest emergency departments; oversaw newborn care, pediatric, outpatient services; and worked with community

pediatricians and family medicine physicians to best serve families and children on Massachusetts’ North Shore.

A board-certified pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine physician, Sanders also served as site director for the Boston University Medical student program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children at Salem Hospital, as medical director for the COVID-19 employee testing clinic and COVID-19 vaccine program, and as site director for REVISE (Reducing Variability in the Infant Sepsis Evaluation) study for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Prior to joining the Salem Hospital, Sanders served as medical director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Lowell General Hospital, and as a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Children’s Hospital Boston, Children’s Specialty Group in Norfolk, VA, and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Associates in Atlanta, GA.

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PORTSMOUTHThe Seacoast Village Project (SVP) continues its 2023 Lunch & Learn series for seniors with “Senior Driving and Preparing for the Future” on Tuesday, March 21 at 12 p.m., featuring occupational therapist and driving rehabilitation specialist Staci Frazier. The virtual program, which is free and open to the public, will be held via Zoom video conference and requires advance registration.

As people age, it’s important to be aware of and prepare for how aging impacts a central part of many of our lives: driving. Frazier will discuss characteristics of the aging process and age-related changes that can affect driving as well as ways to increase older driver safety. The presentation will review the reasons someone is referred to a driver rehabilitation program and how to prepare to discuss concerns related to a loved one’s driving. It will also review the resources that can keep seniors driving longer and that can be employed after someone retires from driving.

Frazier OTR/L, CDI, CDRS, has worked in a variety of treatment settings. In 1999, she became a NH certified driving instructor. In 2000, she became a certified driver rehabilitation specialist. Since that time, she has worked full time in the driver rehabilitation industry.

Frazier was one of the original founders of DriveAbility and was instrumental in its original design and success. DriveAbility is a hospital-based, comprehensive, driver rehabilitation program. Frazier does driving evaluations and training with new drivers, senior drivers, low tech and high tech drivers. In addition to her years as an occupational therapist specializing in driver rehabilitation, Staci spent two years working as the director of training for a mobility equipment dealer.

Frazier has been an active member of the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) at both the chapter and national level. She has served ADED on multiple committees, as the Northeast chapter secretary, publications chairperson, NewsBrake editor, president, and secretary. She is part of the ADED speaker’s bureau and is an ADED ambassador. In 2021, Frazier had the great honor of being awarded ADED’s Achievement Award. This is a competitive award presented to an individual member of ADED who makes outstanding contributions in the field of driver evaluation and/or education.

For more information or to register by March 20, visit www.seacoastvillageproject. org or 603-373-8429.

$18.6M Awarded for Drinking Water, Wastewater and Other Projects


versity of Virginia where he played varsity tennis, Sanders earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia in Atlanta, GA. He completed his residency and fellowship at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, VA, and earned his master’s degree in healthcare management from Harvard University Chan School of Public Health in 2020. Additionally, he has held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and East Virginia Medical School. Currently, he is an assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine. For more information, visit

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) announced recently that Governor Chris Sununu and the Executive Council have approved multiple projects, in a combination of grant and loan funds, for needed drinking water and wastewater system improvements, totaling more than $18.6 million. NHDES provided the funding through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), the Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund (DWGT), the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). NHDES has offered over $150 million in funding for more than 260 projects, which are in the process of finalizing

their proposals to NHDES for submission to the Governor and Executive Council for approval.

Locally, Hampton was chosen as a recipient of funding for Clean Water Infrastructure. The town will receive an ARPA grant of $1,840,000 and CWSRF loan of $13,860,000, with a total project cost of $15,700,000.

For more information regarding infrastructure funding programs such as ARPA and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) being administered by NHDES, visit, or contact Ted Diers, NHDES assistant water division director, at and 603-271-2951.

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“Windows to the Wild” Announces Seasons End

STATEWIDENew Hampshire PBS’ award-winning program “Windows to the Wild with Willem Lange” wraps up its 18th season with five new episodes streaming on NHPBS Passport on Wednesday, March 8, and broadcasting on NHPBS on Wednesdays.

The second half of season 18 features the program’s characteristic blend of serious storytelling with outdoor fun and recreation. Locations vary from the crevices and canyons of sunbaked Arizona

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answered the next question about the novel “Heidi” correctly and put 10 points on the board for St. Thomas. Charlie knew that the reduced-gravity aircraft used to simulate weightlessness for astronauts is better known by the name “Vomit Comet,” picking up another 10 points for St. Thomas. Houle-Lawrence picked up the first 10 points for Fall Mountain with a question about the game “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” St. Pierre of Newfound Regional answered a question about Robert E. Lee and Luke picked up 20 points for St. Thomas by correctly identifying Wonder Woman as both Diana Prince and Princess Diana of Themyscira. Gowdy of Fall Mountain answered the last question of the round correctly, ending the round with St. Thomas in the lead by a score of 80-30.

The second round of the game is the “Three Strikes and You’re Out” round. Each team picks a 10-question category and each team member, starting with the captain, gets one question. The team continues to answer questions until they miss three questions. Each team also has three passes in each round. If a team answers all 10 questions correctly, they pick up an additional 10 points. Fall Mountain picked up 30 points in the round with captain Gowdy picking up points with questions about Beyonce and Kansas City, and Houle-Lawrence answering a question about the singer Lorde. St. Thomas picked up 20 points in their round when Charlie answered a question about Thing One and Thing Two, and Luke answered a question about the

to the summit of New England’s highest peak of Mount Washington, to the patchwork green fields of Ireland.

“Being outdoors oftentimes means trying something new and – always – having a sense of discovery. Before this season, I’d never ridden a rail bike before, and I’d certainly never seen a cat hike a mountain,” said Lange. For the final slate of season 18 episodes, program topics will include:

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game “Cat’s Cradle.” The round ended with St. Thomas in the lead by a score of 100-60.

In the third round, alternates join their teams. Each team picks a 10-question category and has 60 seconds to answer the questions. If they answer all 10 correctly, teams get a 10-point bonus. Team members can confer in the round, but the captain answers for the team. Fall Mountain chose the category “Measuring Up.” The answers to all of the clues contained a term for measurement. The team picked up 40 points in the round. St. Thomas chose the category “Here Comes the Judge.” All of the answers in the category were related to the U.S. Supreme Court. The team answered eight of the 10 questions in the round correctly, and the round ended with them in the lead by a score of 180-100.

In the final round of the game, each correct answer is worth 20 points, but teams lose 20 points with an incorrect answer and leads can quickly be lost or gained. Luke of St. Thomas picked up the first 40 points of the round with questions about Alice Cooper and Emmett Till. Both teams lost 40 points with questions about Thomas Paine and the Althing, Iceland’s parliament. St. Pierre picked up 20 points for Fall Mountain on a question about the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. Charlie of St. Thomas came right back and answered a question about poet Amanda Gorman. Murphy picked up 40 points for Fall Mountain with questions about Joe Biden and Arnold Schwarzenegger, captain Gowdy, picked up another 20

responsibility as shown in Episode 6 “Eco River Run” broadcast on Wednesday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.: A family of four from North Conway fulfills a dream to paddle down the Colorado River through the heart of the Grand Canyon. What they see takes shape as a lesson in environmental awareness. The family then applies those learnings in their everyday lives back home.

Companionship in the outdoors as shown in Episode 7 “Adventures with Floki” broad-

points with a question about the location of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, and Patch put another 20 points on the board for Fall Mountain with a question about the show “South Park.” In the end, Fall Mountain was not able to overcome the lead held by St. Thomas, who went on to win the game by a score of 320-240.

St. Thomas Aquinas now moves on to the quarterfinals where they will play against Hopkinton High next.

Dover High will play their first round against Trinity High on Thursday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. on NHPBS.

Hosted by Bow High School teacher and former Granite State Challenge coach (Bedford High), contestant (Belmont High), and Granite State Challenge crew member, Jon Cannon, the show

cast on Wednesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.: Finding Floki meant finding new friends for one New Hampshire woman. The unusual sight of a cat climbing all 48 of the state’s 4000 footers on the back of its owner sparks a social media following and leads to healing, new friendships and shared purpose.

Changing climate as shown in Episode 10 “Changing Winter” broadcast on Wednesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.: A young man takes a cross-country, multi-day journey through the winter wilderness. His story illustrates how

features New Hampshire’s top high school academic quiz teams as they demonstrate remarkable teamwork, quick thinking, and smarts to beat the clock and buzz in first. The game emphasizes quick recall of math, science, social studies, language arts, and fine arts facts, along with questions about current events, entertainment, sports, and New Hampshire. For more information and updates on your favorite team, visit or call 603-868-1100.

the climate in New England is warming, and reflects on how the winters he experiences are different from the deep snowdrifts and more frequent storms of his grandfather’s generation.

Trying something new as shown in Episode 8 “Scenic Railriders” broadcast on Wednesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.: In central New Hampshire, miles of railway track that lay unused and neglected are now providing smiles and scenic rides for thousands of visitors. Gary LeBlanc and his family cleared track, built custom ‘rail bikes,’ and launched a business called Scenic Railriders. Now, visitors can get in a light workout as they pedal through fields and forests, taking in local history and vistas of the Merrimack River.

Trying something old as shown in Episode 9 “Journey Across Ireland” broadcast on Wednesday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Lange and his traveling companions venture through Ireland. They visit a castle, experience traditional Irish music, sample whiskey, and learn how Irish bodhrán are made.

All episodes will be archived online and available to watch at episodes.asp.

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People & Business Profiles

Cornerstone VNA Receives Donation from Fabulous Find


Cornerstone VNA, a local nonprofit home health and hospice care organization, recently received a generous donation of over $8,500 from the Fabulous Find, a boutique-style resale shop at 139 State Road (Route One) in Kittery, ME. The boutique partners with different, worthy, local, nonprofits each month, as determined by their board of directors.

Cornerstone VNA was selected as one of four recipients for the month of October, alongside the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, Triangle Club, and Pro Portsmouth. All four nonprofits received a check for over $8,500 each, which represented the total profits from the month of October.

Marcye Philbrook, board president of the Fabulous Find noted, “The Fabulous Find is so happy to be able to partner with Cornerstone VNA. Most of us have had family members or people we know who have benefitted from the amazing care of visiting nurses. Cornerstone VNA is one of those quiet organizations that do so much good in our community.”

To learn more, visit www. or call 207439-8669; and visit or call 1-800-6911133.

Haley Ward Acquires Ambit Engineering


Haley Ward, Inc. of Bangor, ME, has acquired Ambit Engineering, Inc., a civil engineering and land surveying company in Portsmouth. This is the third acquisition for the company in three months and expands Haley Ward’s footprint to include five states: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Florida.

“We are excited to welcome Ambit Engineering to the Haley

3S Artspace Opens “Shop at 3S”


The staff at 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth, is excited to announce the opening of the Shop at 3S Artspace, located right in its lobby.

days, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays, 12-5 p.m.

Ward team,” said Haley Ward president and CEO Denis St. Peter, PE. “Ambit’s New Hampshire location means we are closing the gap between our Maine and Massachusetts offices while adding another office that provides exceptional, client-focused services, improves the depth of our team, and compliments the services we provide.”

“Ambit Engineering’s strength and ability to deliver comes from a team approach ap-

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Whimsical and fun, modern and stylish, visitors will find ceramics, jewelry, wood, textiles, and more, including Tiger Saw chocolate bars that come with digital downloads. Visit the shop at www.shopat3s. org or in person at 3S Artspace on Wednesdays through Satur-

plied to each individual project based upon the client’s unique needs, requirements, and desire,” said principal and owner of Ambit Engineering, John Chagnon, PE, LLS. “When learning about Haley Ward, I knew it would be the right fit for our clients and employees. Our client’s will benefit with expanded commercial and municipal engineering services.”

The ribbon cutting held in December was attended by (left to right) Lexi Wilkas, program and retail associate; Sara O’Reilly, marketing manager; Beth Falconer, executive director; Ben VanCamp, president and chief collaborator of the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth; Elena Sarni, retail manager; and Amy Warnock, development manager; among others.

Ambit Engineering will be known as Ambit Engineering, a division of Haley Ward, during a transition phase. All 10 employees have joined Haley Ward. The civil and land-surveying firm is located at Griffin Park Professional Building, 200 Griffin Road, Unit 3, Portsmouth. For more information, call 603-4309282.

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Ann Vennard (on right), Assistant Director of Advancement at Cornerstone VNA, accepts a generous donation from Anne Hunter of the Fabulous Find.



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