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American Independence Festival Brings History into Today EXETER History is not a term that merely describes the past, a theme that partly explains the popularity of the American Independence Museum’s upcoming “American Independence Festival”. Entering its 32nd year, the festival features first-person reenactors and military demonstrations, all of which shed light on Revolutionary America and its connection to the present. “History is not just a page in a book – history is all around us,” noted Jennifer Carr, interim

executive director of the museum. “Our annual festival brings history to life and helps to demonstrate how what happens in our past has direct connections to what takes place today.” Generally attracting nearly 1,000 visitors to its one-acre campus located in the heart of downtown historic Exeter, the festival takes place this year on Saturday, July 16. Other festival highlights include a beer garden with Cisco Brewers and a traditional artisan village presented by the New Hampshire State Coun-

cil of the Arts. For corporate sponsors, the festival represents an important community event. “Through reenactments and storytelling, the event preserves an incredibly important time in the history of our nation for both current and future generations,” said Bradford C. Paige, president and CEO of Kennebunk Savings. In addition to Kennebunk Savings and New Hampshire State Council of the Arts, major See HISTORY on page 4 . . .

36th Annual Cochecho Arts Festival DOVER The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce has announced the schedule for the 2022 Cochecho Arts Festival, underwritten by Orpheum Apartments & Cowork. The summer-long festival showcases regionally recognized acts as well as top local seacoast entertainers. All events are free and open to the public. New this year are “Concerts from the Patio” on the Children’s Museum’s new outdoor play patio! Enjoy three adult-only

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Holiday Fireworks!


Dover’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display will be held on Monday, July 4, beginning at dusk, around 9:15 p.m. Henry Law Park and the surrounding downtown areas are the best locations to view them. The display will be preceded by a performance of the 39th Army Band at the Rotary Arts Pavilion, 7:30-9:15 p.m. Vendors will be available at the park. FMI:


Hampton Beach will also hold its fireworks on July 4 at 9:30 p.m. Fireworks are normally held weekly every Wednesday during the summer at the top of B and C Streets, and are weather depen-

Friday night concerts (July 22, August 5, August 12) outside overlooking the stage with access to a cash bar, snack box, and use of indoor restrooms. Guests are also welcome to bring their own takeout. Tickets are $15 and available at or at the door (space permitting). The Rotary Arts Pavilion at Henry Law Park is the place to be for music on Fridays 6:30-8:30 p.m. The series begins on July 8 with Compaq Big Band. Shark in the Park showcases local rock bands, 6-8 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Rotary Arts Pavilion. The first performance in July 13 with Francoix Simard. The Children’s Series runs on Tuesdays 12-1 p.m. at the Rotary Arts Pavilion, starting with Wildlife Encounters on July 12. Movie Night starts at dusk on Saturday, August 13 at

Lower Henry Law Park with a showing of Disney’s “Encanto.” A Visual Arts Showcase will be presented on Upper Henry Law Park on Saturday, August 13, 12-3 p.m. Other events include Dover Community Bands on Thursdays, Farmers Market Acoustic Series on Wednesdays at 550 Central Ave., and so much more. To see the full schedule, visit w w w.dover The festival began in the summer of 1987, after the Dover Chamber of Commerce had accepted the challenge of matching an anonymous donation to produce a summer concert series. Growing greatly over the 36 years, the chamber is proud to have taken the lead in promoting the arts and community events in Dover with the belief that everyone benefits from a vibrant, healthy community.

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Portsmouth’s annual fireworks will take place Sunday, July 3 starting at 9:15 p.m. at the South Mill Pond. Rain date is July 5. FMI: www.


Rochester is bringing back the Lilac Family Fun Festival at Spaulding High School and the Foley Memorial Community Center on Saturday, July 9, 4-9 p.m. The night offers free carnival rides for young children, games, food trucks, vendors, live entertainment., and concludes with fireworks around 9 p.m. Rain date is July 10. FMI:

New Citizens Recognized on the 4th PORTSMOUTH Strawbery Banke Museum, in partnership with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire (USDC-NH), will celebrate Independence Day by welcoming 75 new citizens in a naturalization ceremony on July 4. The ceremony will be held on the museum grounds and begins at 10 a.m., and the public is welcome to attend. Naturalization is the most significant benefit USCIS offers. Citizenship is a unique bond that unites people around civic ideals and a belief in the rights and freedom guaranteed by the US Constitution. The naturalization ceremony welcomes new citizens who share in these beliefs and ideals. The US District Courts’

Chief Judge Landya McCaffery will preside over the 2022 ceremony where the Oath of Allegiance will be administered. Strawbery Banke Museum has hosted the ceremony since 2002 under a large tent on Puddle Dock, the extensive lawn at the center of the museum. “Strawbery Banke is, above everything else, a ‘neighborhood of newcomers,’” said Lawrence Yerdon, president and CEO See CITIZENS on page 6 . . .

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Hall of Portraits from the History of Machines

PORTSMOUTH 3S Artspace presents “Hall of Portraits from the History of Machines” by Sue Johnson until July 31. All spaces hold art in different ways. With this exhibit, 3S Artspace is not only exhibiting Johnson’s first solo show in New England, but also providing the first opportunity for the artist to exhibit nine monumental works in a single space. Each work is extraordinary and thought-provoking on its own, but shown together, they create a singular

and timely experience for artist and viewer, enveloping us in a surreal interpretation of the role of women in the home and in society. Johnson’s exhibit constructs a disquieting satire that proposes an alternative pictorial history in which two objects of desire become one — the household convenience object and the emergent female form. The artist looks back to the commercial culture of mid-20th century America that championed progress,

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new technologies, and a pursuit of the latest model. It was during this time that the new modern woman began to be idealized as sharing attributes with objects of domestic convenience, efficiency, and planned obsolescence. Mining the archive of material culture from advertising to the mass-produced objects that the artist collects, photographs, and ultimately transforms in her work, labor-saving domestic machines merge with the body – or vice-versa. The surreal, hybrid forms created by Johnson seem familiar yet at the same time we know they are actually a highly fictional, patriarchal fantasy. These works were created during a residency at The Sam

and Adele Golden Foundation with additional fellowship support from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Sue Johnson is an internationally exhibited artist whose works combine installation, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, found objects and artist books. “Hall of Portraits from the History of Machines” is free and

PMHS-CV Summer Camp! DOVER Pope Memorial Humane Society - Cocheco Valley (PMHS-CV) is excited to announce its summer camps on July 11-15 (for grades 3-4), July 18-22 (for grades 5-6), and July 25-29 (for grades 7-8). PMHS-CV summer camp is designed to be a fun and educational experience that will teach kids how to show care and compassion to animals. In addition to interacting with and learning more about some of the shelter residents, campers

will also enjoy playing games, doing arts and crafts, and meeting new friends. The camp will be held outside, though should it rain, the children will be moved indoors to the conference room. Campers will be led by two camp counselors who are part of our experienced humane education program at the shelter, located at 221 County Farm Rd in Dover. For more information, visit https://pmhscv.rallyup. com/pmhscvsummercamp22/ campaign/details or call 603749-5322.

open to the public at 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth, which is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Exhibit photo by Richard Walker Photography. Sue Johnson will also be leading a “Make Zines & Play Surrealist Games” workshop on Sunday, July 10, 12-2 p.m. at 3S Artspace, suitable for ages 12+. Participants will create zine miniature books while playing games that 20th century Surrealists invented to unlock the imagination.vA combination of words and images will be explored, plus the use of collage as a method to create unexpected new images and stories. No previous art experience is needed. The cost of $20 covers basic art supplies and materials, although participants are encouraged to bring their own favorite art supplies (with the exception of wet paint). Register on For more information, visit www.3sarts. org or call 603-766-3330.

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~ Arts & Entertainment ~ Summer Series on the Lawn at Garrison Players ROLLINSFORD Gar rison Players A r ts Center, 449 Roberts Road, Rollinsford, announces its “Summer Series on the Lawn” line-up. All are invited, for $15, to bring a chair or blanket and enjoy live music on the center’s outdoor stage. Ball In the House will perform on Thursday, July 14, 6:30-8 p.m. The band is an R&B, Soul, Pop, A Capella group based out of

Boston, MA, whose high-energy shows have audiences singing, dancing, and beatboxing along. Taylor Marie Music will perform on Sunday, July 17, 6-8 p.m. The artist is a local country folk singer and songwriter from Rollinsford. She writes music that reflects the everyday world of a young adult playing many different roles. August shows include Zero Gravity on Sunday, August 14,

4-6 p.m. and comedic juggler Jason Tardy on Sunday, August 20, 2-3 p.m. Gar rison Players A r ts Center is a nonprofit, volunteer-based community theatre group dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the area by presenting high-quality theatrical performances geared for family audiences. For more information, visit or call 603-750-4278.

Key Auto Supports PPAF with “Pick Your Path Raffle” PORTSMOUTH This year, in support of the Prescott Park Arts Festival’s mission of accessibility, Key Auto Group and owner A nt hony Di L ore n zo have partnered with the festival to offer the new “Pick Your Path Raffle”. The winner will receive $40,000 towards the vehicle of their choice from over 20 Key Auto Group dealerships or $25,000 cash. Funds raised will support the festival in continuing to provide performing arts programming to the community for a suggested and optional donation. A nt hony and R achael DiLorenzo announced the raffle on stage this June, alongside the festival’s executive director, Courtney Perkins.

Anthony moved to New Hampshire to attend UNH in the ‘80s and fell in love with the area. He started selling cars in college and bought his first dealership in the early ‘90s. He has a deep appreciation for the opportunity afforded to him in New Hampshire and has since grown Key Auto to over 20 dealerships across the country. Rachael recently joined the Arts Festival board of directors and has been integral in making the raffle come to fruition. The DiLorenzo’s children, 6-yearold Rocco and 4-year-old Theo, are also getting involved, pulling the winning ticket from the giant raffle drum. “Community involvement has been a guiding principle in both of our upbringings and we

strive to instill that value in our children as well,” explained DiLorenzo. “We feel it’s our civic duty to contribute to the incredible range of arts and culture that we, our family, friends, and visitors from all over the world, enjoy here in Portsmouth.” Supporters can purchase raffle tickets for $20 each or three for $50 available on site at festival events, area Key Auto dealerships, and www.prescottpark. org. Find your local dealership in Portsmouth, Somersworth, Rochester, Newington, and York, ME. The winner will be drawn live, on stage at the final concert of the season on September 5. The winner need not be present for the drawing. The winner will need to pay taxes as required by law.


Van Allsburg Visit Combines with Historical Society Exhibit PORTSMOUTH O n Su nd ay, Ju ly 31, award-winning and bestselling author, Chris Van Allsburg, will visit the Music Hall Lounge in conjunction with Portsmouth Historical Society’s “Imagine That!” exhibition. Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals for “Jumanji” and the “Polar Express,” as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for the “Garden of Abdul Gasazi.” The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children’s literature. The exhibit “Imagine That! The Power of Picture Books” is a collection of extraordinary illustrations for children’s picture books by a “who’s who” of New England illustrators, from Maxfield Parrish and NC Wyeth, to Robert McCloskey (Make Way for Ducklings), Dr. Seuss, and Hans and Margret Rey (Curious George); to contemporary artists Chris Van Allsburg, Mo Willems, Grace Lin, Tomie dePaola, and Beth Krommes. Over 100 illustrations, including reflections on diversity and inclusion, let children and adults explore the imaginative world

of picture books and reading together. Accompanying the exhibition are creative reading, craft and play areas, and an impressive “Journey Box” initiative that takes picture books, reading, and book-making to local schools, libraries, and underserved families. For more information on this exhibit, visit imaginethat. The 2 p.m. event at the Music Hall Lounge, 131 Congress St., Portsmouth, includes a moderated author discussion with Monte Bohanan, the hall’s director of communications and community engagement, followed by an audience Q&A. Tickets are available at, 603436-2400, the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth.

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Seacoast Wind Ensemble Opens “Summer in the Streets” Concerts

PORTSMOUTH The Seacoast Wind Ensemble (SWE) will open this year’s “Summer in the Streets” concert series at Market Square in Portsmouth on Saturday, July 2, 5:30-9 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. The program includes patriotic tunes, medleys from musicals and movies, music by living composers, marches by Sousa, and

more. Bring family, friends, and a chair, and come enjoy music in the streets of Portsmouth! SWE, established in 1984, is a 50-piece concert band, based in Kittery, ME. Comprised of musicians from all occupations, SWE performs annually throughout the seacoast region, the White Mountains, and Boston. To learn more, visit

“Printmaking History & Contemporary Practice” PORTSMOUTH Printmaking is an art both ancient and modern. From the ancient Sumerians, who printed clay tablets, to the Japanese who developed woodblock printing, to the medieval Germans who invented engraving, through the development of the printing press and the invention of movable type by Gutenberg, which revolutionized the accessibility of written material and massively expanded literacy, printmaking has remained a vibrant art form with the power to make multiple images. The New Hampshire Art Association (NHAA) presents “Printmaking History & Contemporar y Practice” in the Lobby Gallery of 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth,

WDH Monday Night Movie Series PORTSMOUTH Prescott Park Arts Festival is returning to the park this summer offering the fun and interactive Monday Night Movie Series, presented by


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Wentworth-Douglass Hospital (WDH). Visitors are encouraged to dress as their favorite character, enjoy on-theme treats served by The Prop, and sit back to watch flicks on the big screen at dusk. “We are so excited to bring back this festival favorite for the 2022 season. The movie series will be all summer long, offering a mix of classics and newer releases, along with some family favs,” explained Executive Director Courtney Perkins. This is the sixth consecutive year that WDH has served as the primary sponsor of the movie series. “This is such a

fantastic event that brings our community together, so we’re incredibly proud to once again support the movie series and the Prescott Park Arts Festival,” said Linda Staniels, events manager at WDH. Encanto (G) will show on Monday, July 11. The Madrigals are an extraordinary family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a charmed place called the Encanto. Mirabel, the only “ordinary” Madrigal, discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, she decides she might just be her exceptional family’s last hope. Star Wars: The Empire

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bereaved’s feelings in the patterns of community support which are psychologically beneficial. Flowers, however, express the inexpressible – they are symbolic.

missing – that the funeral was depressing. The funeral meets the bereaved’s need for support. Death throws people into despair and depression by separating them from one who has provided love, companionship, and security. The funeral and customs provide the means by which those close to them can give their support and share their suffering. The funeral period provides for the expression of sorrow. Only through talking about the past can the bereaved person realize the extent of the relationship with the deceased, and accept the loss and suffering. Only through weeping and talking to good listeners can they release their grief and feelings of guilt and hostility. Experts in grief therapy believe that it can be expressed best through rites, rituals, and ceremonies. The ceremony deals primarily with intellectual concepts and doesn’t fully engage the

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until July 31. This free exhibition helps explain the process of printmaking to those who are curious about how contemporary prints are made. The pieces NHAA selected from Sarah Ahearn, Diane St. Jean, Ron St. Jean, and Kate Higley, are excellent examples of several styles and media of printmaking.

Also visit the NHAA Levy Gallery at 136 State St., Portsmouth, to see the New England Printmakers juried printmaking exhibition also on view until July 31. For more information, visit and www. or call 3S Artspace at 603-766-3330 and NHAA at 603-431-4230.

Strikes Back (PG) will show on Monday, July 18. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca, face attack by the Imperial forces and its AT-AT walkers on the ice planet Hoth. Moonrise Kingdom (PG13) will show on Monday, July 25. Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact,

and run away together – ultimately mobilizing various factions of the town to search for them. Additional shows can be found at Founded in 1974, the festival stays true to its mission of accessibility to the arts by offering all of its events without fixed admission. All Monday Night Movie Screenings have an optional, suggested donation of $5.

. . . HISTORY from page 1 sponsors include Newburyport Bank with additional support from RiverWoods Exeter, Cambridge Trust, and Cisco Brewers. “Sponsors of this event,” said Carr, “help us not only pay traditional artisans and Revolutionary reenactors, but to also put one of the only remaining original copies of the Declaration of Independence on display.” (See photo below). While experienced as fun by visitors, Carr said the deeper mission behind the festival is to get people thinking. “We are a

product of our past,” she said. “If we can inspire just a handful of people to rethink what they think they know about American history and, by extension, themselves, then we have been successful.” The 32nd American Independence Festival takes place on Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 for kids ages 4-18 and $10 for adults with admission free for kids under 4, museum members, and veterans and active military. Learn more at www.independencemuseum. org and 603-772-2622.

There are three points to be stressed, finally, in connection with the tradition of funeral flowers. First, the role of flowers are both symbolic and aesthetic. They add great value to the richness and meaning of the ritual. Second, flowers represent sympathy extended to the bereaved. Third, flowers are sent to both the living and the dead. They are sent to the living as comfort and as tokens of respect for the deceased. We, at the JS Pelkey & Son and the Bernier Funeral Homes, hold the value of the work our local florists do in very high regard. We always encourage the families we serve to contact a local florist directly. Certainly there are national floral outlets that can be reached with a simple Google search but, honestly, the quality of these products are often substandard. Simply click the “Send Flowers” tab on our website and you will be directed to our list of trusted florists. Please call us about any questions with which we may help.

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~ Arts & Entertainment ~ Star Island Mail Boat Now Open to Guests SEACOAST Starting June 20, Seacoast Maritime Charters, in conjunction with Star Island Corporation, will be offering a ride on the mail boat to Star Island at the Isles of Shoals. Subject to availability and by reservation only, members of the public may ride the M/V Utopia and the M/V Shining Star on scheduled daily runs to supply the Oceanic Hotel on the historic island. Star Island supports a population of up to four hundred people in the summer and has changed little since its heyday in earlier centuries. The island is known for its sustainability program and for having the largest off-grid solar power array in New England. These leisurely, informal

trips provide an insider’s view into the comings and goings of island life. On a typical trip, guests will ride out with mail, food, and freight, along with commuting island staff, hotel guests, and volunteers. Some trips include a stop at the local lobster wharf to pick up the evening’s meal. In summer, coastal weather is generally calmest on the morning trips; guests may see seals, porpoises, and whales, in addition to gannets, loons, bald

eagles, and other birds. The run takes about an hour, during which passengers are welcome to engage in conversation with the crew, help navigate the boat, or simply enjoy the ocean breezes and the sunshine sparkling on the water. Once at the island, visitors have the opportunity for a forty-five-minute walk about or self-guided tour while the vessel is unloaded and readied for the return trip. T he se r v ice w i l l r u n through October and helps support the non-profit Star Island Corporation, which maintains the island and allows for public visits like these. To learn more and reserve a space, call Captain Jack Farrell at 207-337-0446 or v i sit w w w.seacoa st ma r it

~ Library News ~ From Sails to Atoms: A History of the PNS DOVER Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNS) has a venerable heritage and rich tradition. For more than 200 years, Yankee ingenuity and craftsmanship have been the keys to success for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Join Dover Public Library on Wednesday, July 13 at

6:30 p.m. in the lecture hall for “From Sails to Atoms: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.” In this popular lecture, learn about the role and achievements of PNS in times of war and peace from a military historian’s perspective. This lecture is presented by Joseph Gluckert, PNS historian and museum director since 2014.

Gluckert has served in the US Army’s and US Air Force’s field history programs documenting US military operations on the homefront and overseas. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit https://library. or call 603-5166050.

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Going Fine Free!

The library is excited to announce that starting July 1, they will no longer charge late fees for overdue materials. DPL joins a growing nationwide trend of eliminating fines to support equity of access. Although the library will no longer charge late fees, patrons will still be responsible for the replacement cost of items that are lost, damaged, or not returned within 60 days.

New Genealogy Group

The group meets the first Tuesday of every month, with the first meeting on Tuesday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to share the hardest problem they’ve faced or have solved in their genealogy research. Open to the public and not restricted to Dover residents or library cardholders. FMI: Anne Nelson at

Piano Lessons with James Li

In person on Wednesday, July 6 at 9 a.m. James Li is offering free piano lessons to kids ages 6-14. The session will be four weeks long. Please fill out the registration form on the library’s website.

Rocky Shores Sea Trek

In person on Wednesday, July 6 at 2 p.m. Learn about the rocky shores of New Hampshire from a UNH docent. For children in grades K-3.

Make Thumbprint Ocean Art

In person on Friday, July 8 at 3 p.m. Families are invited to join us in the lecture hall to make-andtake ocean thumbprint art.

In person on Saturday, July 9 at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., or 3 p.m. Kids entering grades 1-5 are invited to join us for after-hours laser tag. Sign up is needed.

Laser Tag for Teens

In person on Friday, July 8 at 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. Teens entering grades 6-12 are invited to join us for after-hours laser tag. Sign up is needed.

Dungeons & Dragons for Teens

Virtually on Sunday, July 10 at 2 p.m. Play Dungeons & Dragons LIVE online through Discord with Dungeon Master Andrew. The group meets every other Sunday, but there is no commitment to attend all sessions. No experience or materials are required. This group is geared toward ages 18 and younger. Sign up is needed.

Dungeons & Dragons for Adults

In person on Tuesday, July 5 at 6 p.m. Ages 18+ can drop in and play Dungeons & Dragons every Tuesday night in the lecture hall. You do not need to have attended previous sessions to enjoy the game. No experience or materials are required.

Cover 2 Cover Book Group

In person on Thursday, July 7 at 10 a.m. Join on the first Thursday of every month (except August) to discuss a book. July’s selection is “The Girl with the Louding Voice” by Asi Dare. Copies of the book can be borrowed at the circulation desk. New members are always welcome.

Join for an interactive movie experience with scripts, prompts and props. All supplies will be provided to play along. This program will take place in the lecture hall on Tuesday, July 12 at 6 p.m. Registration is required.

Hampton Sand Sculpting Winners HAMPTON Organizer Greg Grady announces the winners of the Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic which was held this June: “Wyvern Whisperer” by Greg J. Grandy of Derry (son of the organizer), won the Governor’s Award; “Transition” by Rusty Croft of California won fourth place and Sculptors Choice; “Entropy” by Carl D. Jara of Ohio won third place; “Trolls” by Karen Fralich of Canada won second place; and “I Am Life” by Mélineige Beauregard of Hawaii won first place and People’s Choice Award (courtesy photo above). The competition has a

$25,000 purse, with the first prize winner receiving $6,000. Second prize wins $4,000, third prize $3,000, fourth prize $2,000, and the People’s Choice Award $1,000. Non-placing competitors to the invitation-only event received $1,500. For more information and to see more pictures, visit

Perrotta at Music Hall Lounge PORSTMOUTH The Music Hall is excited to announce its next “Literary in the Lounge” show on Tuesday, July 12 with bestselling author Tom Perrotta and his new novel, “Tracy Flick Can’t Win.” The iconic protagonist of Perrotta’s “Election” – played by Reese Witherspoon in the movie adaptation– Tracy Flick is back and, once again, is determined to take high school politics by storm. Flick is a hardworking assistant principal at a public high school in suburban New Jersey. Still ambitious but feeling a

little stuck and underappreciated in midlife, she gets a jolt of good news when the longtime principal, Jack Weede, abruptly announces his retirement, creating a rare opportunity for he to ascend to the top. But nothing ever comes easily to Tracy Flick, no matter how diligent or qualified she happens to be. Perrotta is the bestselling author of ten works of fiction, including “Election” and “Little Children,” both of which were made into critically acclaimed See PERROTTA on page 6 . . .

Mad Science

On Thursday, July 14 at 2 p.m. in the lecture hall, Mad Science welcomes you to a one-hour whirlwind of experiments inspired by some of the ever-growing fields of STEAM. No registration is required.

Rubberband Paddle Boat

On Tuesday, July 19 at 2 p.m., kids entering grades 1 and up are invited to design, build, and test a rubberband paddle boat.

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On Wednesday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the lecture hall, meet author Rodman Philbrick, author of this year’s Community Read “The Young Man and the Sea”.

River Clean Up

Meet us at Hilton Park at Dover Point on Thursday, July 21 at 10 a.m. to clean up the Piscataqua River and Great Bay shoreline. Registration is required.

Beach Party

Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program with us at our Beach Party on Thursday, July 28, 6-8 p.m. Check in with a librarian with your book during the weeks of July 11-16 and August 1-6 and pick up a prize while supplies last.

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Portsmouth Beats Defending Champ Merrimack

PORTSMOUTH Portsmouth High School defeated two-time defending champ Merrimack High in the championship game of Granite State Challenge by a score of 590-340. Portsmouth High last won the Granite State Challenge championship in the 1991-1992 school year when they defeated Dover High. Merrimack High took home the championship in 2021 and 2020. Por tsmouth High beat Mascoma High in Round One, ConVal High in the Quarterfinals, and Londonderry High in the Semifinals. Playing for Portsmouth High were captain and senior Francis Powell a lon g w it h s e n ior s  R io Marcus, junior Nick Dahlen, senior Josie Sedam, and alternate senior Karina Havaleshko. Portsmouth High is coached by Hannah Dul and enrolls 1,084 students from Rye, Newcastle,

Newington, Greenland, and Portsmouth. Granite State Challenge 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 on this iconic New Hampshire game show. 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. The program is funded by lead sponsor Unitil; with additional funding from NEA New Hampshire, Safety Insurance, New Hampshire Lottery, D.F. Richard, Cognia, and HRCU.For more information, visit and

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movies, and “The Leftovers” and “Mrs. Fletcher,” which were both adapted into HBO series. The 7 p.m. event includes an author discussion moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo, followed by an audience Q&A. It will be held at The Music Hall Lounge at 131 Congress St., Portsmouth. Tickets can be purchased at www., 603-436-2400, or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth.

of the museum. “Like the new citizens participating in the naturalization ceremony, a diversity of families first made their homes along the banks of the Piscataqua. The museum is honored to partner with USCIS once more to host and welcome new citizens on the 4th of July.” “As America is a nation of immigrants, it is both fitting and truly special to hold a naturalization ceremony on Independence Day,” said Chief Judge McCafferty. “Hosting the event at historic Strawbery Banke also allows attendees the educational opportunity to get a sense of life at the time our country secured its independence. The [USDCNH] is honored to participate in this year’s ceremony.” For more information, visit events/american-celebration. cfm.

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key on your keyboard and start typing “language.” Click on “Language settings” in the search results (left column). With the language settings window open, click on the plus sign beside “Add a language.” A window will pop up for you to choose a language. Simply start typing the language you want to install in the search box. Once you have found the language you would like to install, click on it to select it and then click the “Next” button at the bottom of the window. In the next screen, check off all the applicable boxes, making sure to check off “Set as my Windows display language.” I typically tell folks to just check everything off. Once you have made your selections, click the “Install” button at the bottom of the screen. You will need to sign out and sign


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built on the same framework as Google Chrome. If I were looking for a new browser, I just might stick with Edge. Most people today are creating Microsoft accounts that are tied to their Windows account. This allows you to easily synchronize all your browser data like bookmarks, usernames, and passwords under the same Microsoft account. In the event of a system failure, when you log in to your new computer with your Microsoft account, all your browser settings will automagically come over to the new browser. I have been a Chrome user for so long that I am not sure I would ever change. Most all the mainstream browsers can cloud-sync your settings, so it is just personal preference. The fact that Edge is integrated with Windows just makes it an easier solution for many. I tend to keep a few different browsers installed so I can evaluate sites that might not look or perform as expected in Chrome. Sometimes they render better in Edge. Sometimes they render better in Firefox. Good luck! Matt Dear Computer Pro, A while back, I was working online (using Chrome), when a very loud and bright “alert,” ostensibly from Microsoft, appeared on my screen that froze the computer. It told me that shutting down would cause me to lose files, and that I should call a number they gave instead. I assumed it was a scam and took a chance by shutting down my computer anyway (though pushing the “off” button didn’t work; I had to do Ctr+Alt+Del). Luckily, nothing was lost. Is there a way to avoid having something

this happen again? If it does, do you have any advice on what to do? Thank you, Tony Dear Tony, Don’t you just love when that happens? Years ago, I would have told you to stop surfing those kinds of sites; but, today, these types of behaviors can happen on even the more reputable sites if a hacker was able to gain access. These windows that you see are nothing more than a browser popup, sometimes running in full-screen mode. With a little code, they can disable closing the browser window and even disable right-clicking. The only way to close these is to go into Task Manager (easiest is hold down Ctrl+Shift and then press Esc) and then right-click on that process and choose “End task” from the popup menu. That should make the program go away. I would just stay away from whatever site you were on because they have likely been hacked and don’t even know it. Beyond staying current with Microsoft Windows Updates, using a current browser, and making sure you are protected with a solid security suite like Webroot (www., there’s really not much more you can do. Websites get hacked every day, and they will exploit any vulnerabilities they can find via your browser. Just stay up to date with everything and you should be fine. Good luck! Matt I nterested i n lea r n i ng more? Matt Gallant is owner of Oasis IT in South Berwick. Please email him questions at questions@askthecomputerpro. com or visit

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The Community Partners Board of Directors has selected Christopher Kozak, the current behavioral health chief operating officer, as its next executive director. Kozak will succeed Brian Collins, who is retiring after 27 years with the organization. Kozak first joined Community Partners, the area agency for developmental services and community mental health center for Strafford County, and the ServiceLink aging and disability resource center for both Strafford and Rockingham Counties, in 2010 as the behavioral health quality improvement director. In 2012, he was promoted to become the behavioral health chief operating officer. In that role he has successfully guided the community mental health

center through many changes including the state’s adoption of the Medicaid managed care payment method and the addition of ServiceLink to the agency’s oversight. Wayne Goss, the Board of Directors’ president, announced the selection to the more than 400 staff recently, stating that after narrowing the field of over 80 applicants, the board’s decision was unanimous in support

Garrison Women’s Health Joins WDH DOVER G a r r i s o n Wo m e n’s Health, a premier obstetrics and gynecology practice on the Seacoast, has joined the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital (WDH) and Mass General Brigham family. The practice is being re-named Wentworth Health Partners Garrison Women’s Health. “We welcome the opportunity to be part of the Went wor th-Douglass and Mass General family,” said Rebecca Banaski, DO, president of Garrison Women’s Health “Joining Mass General

Brigham allows us to grow for our patients’ benefit and to bring more specialty care, collaboration and seamless navigation to our patients through this partnership.” Located at 770 Central Avenue in Dover, the practice specializes in supporting a lifetime of compassionate care for women by women. An all-inclusive LGBTQ+ affirming practice, Garrison Women’s Health also specializes in gynecology, infertility, obstetrics, urogynecology, and surgery. The facility offers an onsite lab, ultrasound, and mammography screening.

of Kozak. “T he combi n at ion of Chris’s tenure, leadership skills, successes, and dedication to our clients and mission gives the board great confidence in him. We believe that our clients and our financial health will continue be in good hands,” said Goss. Brian Collins, the outgoing executive director, will be staying onboard for a period of transition to share his organizational knowledge and insights with Kozak. “I’m thrilled that the board of directors has selected Chris for the role. He and I have worked closely for over ten years. I know he’ll bring steady and competent leadership to the agency,” Collins said. Prior to joining Community Partners, Kozak held leadership positions in the insurance, behavioral health case management and technology fields. He holds both a BS and MS in Psychology. For more information, visit www.communitypartnersnh. org.

Wellness Sanctuary Named Mental Health Friendly Workplace DOVER Embodied Direction Wellness Sanctuary (EDWS), located at 66 Third St. in Dover, was recently designated as a safe, judgement-free “Place” by the Dover Mental Health Alliance (DMHA). The sanctuary is an inclusive, trauma-informed and therapeutic community space for mental, emotional and somatic health. Jennifer Stevens, owner of EDWS, is an integrative and holistic therapist specializing in somatic (body-based) psychotherapy. Stevens’ practice involves working collaboratively with individuals whom experience anxiety, impacts of trauma and stress in their lives. She welcomes working with people interested in enhancing their mind-body connection, therapeutic movement, and mindfulness. Stevens replied, “Embodied Directions is thrilled to be designated as a Mental HealthFriendly Place and partner of

the Dover Mental Health Alliance, and our community at large. We are committed to being part of the growth in our local community that supports resilience, responsiveness, and mental healthconscious care. Folks of all walks of life are welcome and embraced at our facility, and we are proud to provide our community with offerings that may complement their mental health care.” T he DM H A “Place” designation is available to any business, organization, or institution that strives to support their employees, colleagues, and customers’ mental health. The DMHA vision is to create a culture that understands, embraces and addresses the complexities of mental health. For more information, v i s it w w w.d ove r me n t a l,, and www.embodieddirections. com/wellness-sanctuary/.

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safe,” said President and CEO Jeffrey Hughes, during a virtual ceremony announcing the 2021 recipients. The President’s Award, which is the organization’s highest honor, has been awarded to an individual employee annually since 2000. The most recent winner was Stacey Savage in 2020, the hospital’s former Clinical Director of Emergency Nursing. The nominees were nurse Elisha Belliveau, Arielle Camillo, Dr. Dmytro Havaleshko, Hilary Niesuchouski, Donna Smith, Dr. Henry Sonneborn, and Martha Wassell. Each received a cash reward and a commemorative bowl.

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Hampton UMC Welcomes New Pastor HAMPTON Hampton United Methodist Church (HUMC), 525 Lafayette Road, Hampton, announces that after 37 years in the ministry and 12 years at HUMC, Pastor Reverend Dr. Steven Notis has retired, and Reverend Susan Frost has been appointed, effective July 1. She is the first female pastor to lead the congregation. “Pastor Sue” most recently served at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Dover. She grew up in Anchorage, AK, and is a graduate of Yale Divinity School. She is also involved with the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church and currently serves as spiritual director at Neighborhood Seminary, a program of spiritual direction and theological education for laypersons. Pastor Sue also participates in the foundation’s Jump Start program, which provides creative ideas on how to invigorate churches and their outreach programs. Pastor Sue is married to Mike Bennett, a retired United Church of Christ pastor, and has two adult children, Beth, and John. “It has been an honor to serve the Methodist community in Dover over the last five years and I am grateful to the HUMC for welcoming me into their church family,” said Pastor Sue. “God called me to ministry, and I feel a strong sense of responsibility to not only lead the congregation, but to be a guiding light for all members of the Hampton-area community. My door is always open to anyone seeking help or guidance.” “We thank Pastor Steve for his 12 years of service at HUMC and wish him well in his next endeavor as he continues in ministry, leading retreats and teaching part-time at the Insight Meditation Center in his hometown of Newburyport,” said Laurie Dufour, church secretary, who has been a backbone of the church for more than 35 years. “On behalf of the entire staff and congregation, I look forward to working with Pastor Sue to continue the important work we are doing within the church and seacoast communities.” Hampton United Methodist Church is proud of the vital role it plays in the community. Its outreach and mission work

Toyota Donates $180K to Help Children SEACOAST -

extends throughout the seacoast and beyond. Locally, it provides space for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Al-Anon meetings, as well as Meals on Wheels, and its food pantry is open every Wednesday. HUMC is also an active partner with Seacoast Family Promise, a non-profit agency that helps in guiding families who are experiencing homelessness toward stabilized housing. For more information, go to or call 603-9262702.

Jim Boyle, President of Toyota of Portsmouth, along with his senior management team, proudly presented a $180,000 donation to the Children’s Scholarship Fund NH, a program that provides K-12 scholarships to empower low-income families to choose the schools that best fit their children’s needs. Kate Baker, Executive Director of the Children’s Scholarship Fund NH, accepted the donation on behalf of the organization. “Toyota of Portsmouth’s generous donation is allowing hardworking families the freedom to choose a private school that’s right for their child without the hardship of large tuition payments,” said Baker. “While families are responsible for a portion of the tuition, our scholarships through our corporate donations offer substantial financial support. We are very thankful for the support of Toyota of Portsmouth and their commitment to families who rely on these schol-

Left to right: Toyota of Portsmouth Service Manager John Lightbown, Children’s Scholarship Fund Director of Donor Engagement Kelly Belmonte, Children’s Scholarship Fund Executive Director Kate Baker, Toyota of Portsmouth owner Jim Boyle, and Toyota of Portsmouth Sales Manager Dan Sharp.

arships.” “Toyota of Portsmouth is very proud to support the Education Tax Credit Scholarship Program and the mission of Children’s Scholarship Fund NH,” said Boyle. “We believe the Children’s Scholarship Fund NH is an important resource that allows families to choose the right school for their child’s educational needs. We are pleased to

have the opportunity to join with Governor Sununu in expanding education opportunities for children. As Governor Sununu stated ‘Providing an opportunity for our children to get a great education must be one of our highest priorities in New Hampshire. In the past we have shown this is best achieved by keeping education policy closely tied to the parents of our children.’”

Charity Classic Raises More Than $206K to Support Women & Children’s Center DOVER The Went wor th-Douglass Foundation (WDF) raised $206,515 for programs and equipment for the hospital’s Women & Children’s Center at the 28th Annual Wentworth-Douglass Charity Classic this June. “This event is a wonderful reminder of the power of community,” said M. Jacqueline Eastwood, chair of the WDF board of directors. “The Charity Classic raises critical funds for the Women & Children’s Center that allows our clinical team to provide care for pregnant and postpartum women and our smallest and most vulnerable patients. We are grateful to our community, corporate sponsors, golfers, and volunteers, who helped make this annual event a rousing success. We are excited to announce we have raised $206,515 thanks to their generosity, and support.” The Charity Classic welcomed 144 golfers for a great day of 18-holes of golf at Cochecho Country Club. Golfers teed up for the 9 a.m. start followed by an awards luncheon and program, and had the chance to win a raffle prize to Boothbay Harbor, ME, and bid at the live auction led by local auctioneer, Mark Fodero.

A favorite tradition of the Charity Classic is the Fund-ANeed program, which raises funds for specific strategic needs of the Women & Children’s Center. This year, the goal was to raise funds to purchase the GE Omnibed Giraffe Carestation; a critical piece of equipment that regulates temperature, provides a safe incubator, and reduces environmental stress for premature babies. “The support generated for our Fund-A-Need Program is amazing,” said Geoffrey Ness, president and CEO of Nessit, WDF board member, and chair of the Charity Classic committee. “Through the generosity of this group of golfers, we were able to raise nearly $13,500 toward of the cost of this piece of equipment, which was an incredible success and a huge help to the hospital!” The winners of the Charity Classic received a trophy and green jackets. The 2022 winning foursome (pictured) came in 16 under par and was represented by Michael Whitman and Eric Beauregard of Bangor Savings Bank and Richie Stover and Josh Trivilino of Omada Technologies. Both companies were also sponsors of the event.

Winning foursome of the Charity Classic, left to right: Michael Whitman (Bangor Savings Bank) and Richie Stover (Omada Technologies). Not pictured: Eric Beauregard (Bangor Savings Bank) and Josh Trivilino (Omada Technologies).

COAST Celebrates 40 Years DOVER Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation, more commonly known as COAST, is celebrating its 40th year of providing service. Since delivering its first passenger in 1982, COAST has given 15.6 million rides to people in the greater seacoast region, affordably linking them with work, school, doctor appointments, shopping, and social events. Public transit services in the region date back as far back as the late 19th century. But as streetcars gave way to buses in the 1930s, the region headed into the next half century with an ever-dwindling and disconnected system of pri-

vately operated transportation options. Formed by a group of citizens, planners, government representatives and business owners committed to developing a coordinated system of regional transportation as a public service, COAST began financially supporting public transit services in the region in 1982. Today, COAST connects people and places in two primary ways: with fixed route buses that connect ten communities across the area; and by providing demand response services for older adults and individuals with disabilities in thirteen communities in New See COAST on page 10 . . .

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~ Calendar of Events & News ~ Saturday, July 2 Portsmouth Farmers Market

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Wednesday, July 6 Dover Farmers Market

2:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Chamber of Commerce, 550 Central Ave., Dover, through October 5. FMI: summer-farmers-markets/.

The Brothers Comatose

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Morning Mixer

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Thursday, July 7 Kruger Brothers

8 p.m. at 3 S A r tspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth. This show is now a fully-seated event. Kruger Brothers’ remarkable discipline, creativity and ability to infuse classical music into folk creates unique sound. FMI: 603-766-3330 or

Friday, July 8 Cormac Mccarthy

6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth. Cormac McCarthy is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and musician. His concerts are a mix of ballads, biting humor and country blues guitar picking. FMI: 603-766-3330 or


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Saturday, July 9 Dance Party at the American Legion

6-11 p.m. at the Rollinsford American Legion. Enjoy a night out with your loved one, family, and friends,


and dance to the music of the ‘50s and up to the latest with DJ Ricky Duquette. Cash bar and 50/50 raffle, but bring your own snacks. Dress is casual. $15 per person. Call 207-590-0314 for tickets.

Wednesday, July 13 Watchhouse

Prescott Park Arts Festival’s River House Restaurant Concert Series will perform at 7 p.m. on the Wilcox Main Stage in Prescott Park, Portsmouth, for an optional suggested donation of $10. FMI:

Thursday, July 14 The Crossword Show

7:30-9:15 p.m. at 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth. Zach Sherwin hosts a panel of guest comedians as they solve an actual crossword puzzle live onstage in front of an audience, with everything displayed on a giant screen so the crowd can follow along. Each time the solvers decipher a clue, Sherwin takes the show down a rabbit hole of comedy, music, wordplay, and/or trivia inspired by the answer words. FMI: 603-766-3330 or

Ned McIntosh Memorial MerryMac Regatta

The Great Bay Yacht Club is pleased to announce that the historic MerryMac Regatta will be held at Hilton State Park in Dover. Over the years, the club has been working with local sailors to keep the spirit of the historic sailboat alive in the Great Bay area. Rain date: July 17. FMI: www.facebook. com/events/1060822864526514.

Sunday, July 17 Dustbowl Revival

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Saturday, July 16

7 p.m. at 3 S A r tspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth. Come out to cheer on the new class of Couch To Mic workshop participants as they step onto stage with their own original five minutes of comedy. FMI: 603-766-3330 or

“Christmas in July” Fair at Hampton UMC

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The Hampton United Methodist Church, 525 Lafayette Road (Route 1), Hampton, will hold their “Christmas in July” fair on Saturday, July 16, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Check out the attic treasures, children’s workshop, craft corner, jewelry, silent auction, Rada knives, bake table, farm stand, specialty booths, and Lafayette diner which offers a take-out lunch of chowders, sandwiches, and strawberry shortcake. FMI: 603-926-2702 or

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Thursday, July 21 Deer Tick

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Tuesday, July 26 Skullcrusher

8 p.m. at 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth. “Skullcrusher is not a ruthless metal ensemble, as one might guess from the name. However, what it actually is – the enchanting indie project of Helen Ballentine – is equally as thrilling. She doesn’t crush skulls, but she crushes our hearts . . . Ballentine gives the world a piece of herself,” said Danielle Chelosky of Paste magazine. FMI: 603-766-3330 or

Wednesday, July 27 Sierra Hull and Kitchen Dwellers

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Sunday, July 31 Woodman Museum Art Show Last Day

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Spencer and the Walrus

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Native to New Hampshire, smooth slender crabgrass (Digitaria laeviglumis) differs from the weedy non-native crabgrasses found in lawns. Samples of a similar plant found in Mexico and Venezuela were initially hoped to be evidence of the grass’ existence elsewhere in the world, but recently concluded scientific studies determined that those samples were not a match. Rock Rimmon has been recog n ized as a botan ica l hotspot for more than 100 years. Rare plant records, dating back to 1899, document ten state-endangered and state-threatened plant species. The Natural Heritage Bureau has determined that five of the ten rare plant species previously documented at the park, including smooth slender crabgrass, are no longer there due to human-related activities. “T he h ig h number of

smooth slender crabgrass collections from 1931, made by botanists as a way to formally document the species, may have inadvertently contributed to its demise,” said Bill Nichols, senior ecologist and state botanist at the NH Natural Heritage Bureau (NHB). “But more traceable impacts on its environment – including heavy recreation use, severe soil erosion on the summit and competition from non-native crabgrasses – also likely contributed to its being designated globally extinct.” The NHB, which resides within the NH Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ Division of Forests and Lands, finds, tracks, and facilitates the protection of New Hampshire’s rare plants and exemplary natural communities. For more information, visit nhdfl.

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People & Business Profiles “Music Hall Lounge” includes Major Overhaul

. . . COAST from page 8 Hampshire and Maine. COAST also supports demand response services operated by other nonprofit agencies throughout Strafford and Rockingham Counties, providing a critical link between communities and the support services their residents need. As COAST has grown and expanded over the years, so too has its contributions to the region both as a critical transportation resource but also a driver of the economy. A 2021 economic impact study conducted by the Stafford Regional and Rockingham Planning Commissions found that COAST’s direct, indirect, and induced effect on spending on the local economy, as well as the economic impact of access provided by their services, is estimated at $25.9 million annually. Every dollar invested in COAST, whether by riders at the fare box or by the towns that COAST serves, generates approximately $4.08 of activity in the local economy. But COAST is more than ridership numbers and a vehicle for economic activity. COAST is also a respected, medium-sized employer whose staff has growth from one to just over 70 offered competitive pay and benefits. COAST also has a long history of giving back to the com-

munities where it operates by providing shuttle services, collecting food, raising funds, and offering discounted or free tickets to individuals in need, including area schools and organizations that are teaching young adults valuable life skills. As it marks its 40th anniversary, COAST is keeping its eyes firmly fixed on the road ahead by developing plans to build a new facility on its current property in Dover which will be funded through a combination of federal, state, local, and private dollars. “As the region, and the world, moves into a future that will be defined increasingly by climate change, COAST represents an important part of our local climate resiliency plan,” said Executive Director Rad Nichols. “The average trip taken on COAST instead of in a personal vehicle represents 7.5 pounds of fewer emissions being released.” COAST is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization funded primarily by federal and local government support. It is governed by a board of directors representing the communities served, two regional planning commissions, and many local and state agencies. For more information, visit

PORTSMOUTH One of New England’s most successful and historic theaters is modernizing its smaller venue on Congress Street in downtown Portsmouth. The newly named the “Music Hall Lounge” is an exciting new venue that will offer a nightclub vibe with flexible seating options, bar and food service, and an open concept that will appeal to a diverse audience. Formerly known as “The Loft,” the revitalized space will continue to host music acts, comedians, and authors, and will also bring back its offerings as a rental space for business meetings and private events. Executive Director Tina Sawtelle said, “Over the years we have heard from our patrons that they want a dynamic, comfortable space that allows for more social interaction among our guests and between the performing artists and audience. This renovation will enable us to attract and accommodate emerging artists, local talent, comedians, authors, and more. And it will also greatly improve our rental capability.” The stage of the 100-seat venue will be visible from the street, welcoming passersby to see the action inside. The Music Hall is working with Studio KL

and Market Street Architects on the project. Principal Rob Harbeson said the big difference people will notice is the versatility of the space; “The Music Hall Lounge will have a modern, mercantile feel to it with updated lighting and audiovisual equipment, in addition to many warm elements throughout the theater, including wood features, a fireplace, a variety of seating options, and big pops of color to create a real cabaret feel.” The original Music Hall first opened its doors in 1878 as a Vaudeville theater. In 1987 the nonprofit organization was founded and a massive restoration effort followed. The large, Victorian theater is the oldest in New Hampshire, and seats nearly 900 people. Eleven years ago, the organization expanded its performing arts offerings by converting a former retail space on Congress Street into a small black box theater. It was time for a change in the space, said Director of Communications & Community Engagement Monte Bohanan. After shuttering the venue at the beginning of the pandemic, the team assessed the space and created a plan to bring it back to life, with new technology, flexible seating

options, and must-needed aesthetic updates. After reviewing business models to use the space efficiently, the renovations began to “future-proof” the smaller venue in September 2021. Sawtelle said, “We were fortunate to have tremendous steadfast support from our donors along with receiving COVID-19 stimulus funding. This allowed us to free up other funds without running a capital campaign or seeking funding elsewhere.” Bohanan added, “I love that guests will have an unobstructed view of the stage area from anywhere in the space. It’s an exciting time as we continue to play an important role in making Portsmouth an important artistic and cultural destination in the region.” A special Director’s Club event will be held Wednesday, July 6, to experience the new venue before its grand opening, with acoustic ambience from Sarah Blacker. The comedy series starts Thursday, July 7 with Pat McGann; the music series starts Friday, July 8 with a sold out Darlingside concert; and the “Lit. at The Lounge” series starts Tuesday, July 12 with Tom Perrotta. For more information, visit www.

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