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One of the more surprising things, for me anyway, about the last election and subsequent realigning of the American political landscape is how many traditionally Republican voters have shifted to vote for Democrats and how many traditionally Democratic voters have shifted to vote for Republicans and specifically for Donald Trump. A Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush would not have been able to win Pennsylvania or Michigan. A recent Wall Street Journal article laid some of the reasons for this bare: Many Americans are uncomfortable with the growing diversity of America and likewise many other Americans are uncomfortable with political opposition to the growing diversity. Many wondered if Donald Trump would realign the parties the way Ronald Reagan did. He is. And again it wasn’t economic policies that did it; it was cultural issues. Trump’s team understands this. They also understand that the way we elect presidents and members of Congress favors geographic areas of the country that align better with Trump on those cultural issues. As Trump did, you can lose the majority vote and still control the presidency and both houses. But this federal advantage doesn’t extend to most states. In New Hampshire, we saw voters elect a moderate Republican for governor, Chris Sununu. If his more conservative opponent, Frank Edelblut, had won the nomination it’s unlikely that he would have beaten the Democrat, Colin Van Ostern. However, if the Democrats had selected a Bernie-Sanders type, Edelblut would have had a shot. These national trends tend to play poorly in statewide races where all votes are equal and more people turn out to vote. The saying “all politics is local” just isn’t true any more (or at least wasn’t true this cycle or in congressional races). Does this mean that Trump has an advantage going into the next presidential election? Yes. For starters he’s the incumbent. On top of that he’s quite good at stirring the pot. What’s the best thing for Trump? NFL players who won’t stand for the national anthem. Now, has Trump so stirred the pot that voters who stayed home last time in Pennsylvania and Michigan will finally show up? That depends on who the Democrats choose. Could a Bernie Sanders type hold the states Hillary Clinton won and get more people to show up at the polls to vote for him? Just as a Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush could not have pulled off a win over Clinton, if Democrats want a real shot at winning in 2020 they need someone who can win Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa.

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ON THE COVER 14 SERIOUS CIDER An abundance of apples is the perfect excuse for making hard cider, which is one of the reasons more beveragemakers in New Hampshire are churning out new varieties of the old-school drink. We talked to cider-makers about the libation’s history, how it’s made, and why it’s trending. ALSO ON THE COVER, Immerse yourself in art during Nashua’s annual ArtWalk, p. 22. If you’ve never seen someone maneuvering a giant carved pumpkin down a river, you’ll have the chance at Goffstown’s annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off and Regatta, p. 26. Or eat up at the L’Chayim Jewish Food Festival in Manchester, p. 39.

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INSIDE/OUTSIDE: 27 KIDDIE POOL Family fun events this weekend. 28 GARDENING GUY Henry Homeyer offers advice on your outdoors. 29 TREASURE HUNT There’s gold in your attic. 30 CAR TALK Automotive advice. CAREERS: 34 ON THE JOB What it’s like to be a... FOOD: 36 ASIAN KABOB & GRILL Oktoberfest; Jewish food fest; Taste of New Hampshire; In the Kitchen; Weekly Dish; Wine; Perishables. POP CULTURE: 44 REVIEWS CDs, books, TV and more. On second thought, Amy Diaz does not want a robot butler after seeing Blade Runner 2049. NITE: 50 BANDS, CLUBS, NIGHTLIFE Heather Maloney; Colin Hay; Nightlife, music & comedy listings and more. 52 ROCK AND ROLL CROSSWORD A puzzle for the music-lover. 54 MUSIC THIS WEEK Live music at your favorite bars and restaurants. ODDS & ENDS: 60 CROSSWORD 61 SIGNS OF LIFE 61 SUDOKU 62 NEWS OF THE WEIRD 62 THIS MODERN WORLD


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NEWS & NOTES Tax return bill

A bill is being drafted that would make disclosing one’s tax returns a prerequisite for getting one’s name on the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire presidential primary ballot. NHPR reported Democratic state Rep. Suzanne Smith is considering the legislation after a constituent brought up the idea about six months ago. Smith since learned that 28 other states are considering similar legislation for their ballots. The move comes in response to President Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns. While it has not been required by law, presidential candidates have traditionally disclosed their tax returns as a matter of course since the 1970s. The bill would require the most recent federal tax returns be submitted to the New Hampshire Secretary of State, and they would be posted online before the election.

CD2 candidate

Dr. Stewart Levenson, the former regional director of the New England VA and chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Manchester VA Medical Center, has announced his candidacy for the Congressional District 2 seat. Levenson, who became more well known this year as an outspoken whistleblower exposing inadequate care at the Manchester facility, will be running as a Republican, according to a press release. In a statement, he said he would work with President Trump to create conservative reforms that would make health care more affordable, deliver tax relief and secure the borders. Levenson resides in Hopkinton.

Last term

In New Hampshire’s 1st District, Democrat Carol Shea-Porter has announced this will be her last term in Congress. She said in her statement that “the time has come in my life to pause and decide on a different path.” She said it was a very difficult decision but expressed confidence that Democrats would hold the seat, saying 2018 is shaping up to be like 2006, when Shea-Porter was first elected. She said she would continue to speak out about important political issues.

Wildfire

A forest fire has been raging in the White Mountains for several days. According to a press release from the New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the fire was first reported on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Local and federal fire officials have been working to contain the fire, which is on the north side of Route 112 in North Woodstock on Dilly Cliff, near the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves. The fire has covered about 70 acres. Rains over the weekend helped efforts to snuff the fire, as crews are largely unable to access the difficult terrain. As of Tuesday morning, the fire was still ongoing.

Robot fund

The state Department of Education said it received an “overwhelming” response to the Robotics Education Fund. According to a press release, 97 schools submitted grant applications totaling $475,000 during the filing period extending from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30. The fund received appropriations for $375,000. DOE Commissioner Frank Edelblut said “this is a great problem to have” and said he’s thrilled by the program’s popularity. In response, the department is working with federal partners to make sure they can meet the higher-than-expected demand and is extending the application deadline to Nov. 15.

Gun destruction

The Laconia Police Department is asking a judge to allow them to destroy about two dozen guns, the Laconia Daily Sun reported. Police Chief Matt Canfield said the department could sell some of the guns, which were used in crimes or suicides or were abandoned, but would rather cut them up, according to the story. The guns include pistols, shotguns and bolt-action rifles. The department’s evidence locker tends to get filled up with guns, and Canfield is concerned that they may be used in a crime if recirculated. Eleven states have passed NRA-backed laws encouraging or requiring police to resell guns. New Hampshire has no such law. The judge declined to grant the request, saying defendants in crimes should be notified of the motion to destroy and given a chance to respond first.

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The city of Franklin is the first community in the state to allow keno gambling, NHPR reported. The measure passed with 60 percent of the vote. A dozen other cities will decide whether to allow keno during elections on Nov. 7.

Cyanobacteria

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services completed its cyanobacteria monitoring program for 2017, according to a press release. Over the course of the season, the department logged 17 waterbodies experiencing blooms severe enough to issue warnings or beach advisories restricting use for a combined 285 days. The most recent warning issued was for Turtle Pond in Concord on Sept. 27. Officials found a dense bloom at a boat launch there. Cyanobacteria can be toxic in high doses with symptoms ranging from skin irritation to neurological damage.

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A deal has been struck to A public information meeting build new water lines to 102 to provide updates on the properties in Amherst PFOA groundwater investigaaffected by chemical contion in Merrimack took tamination of the groundplace on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at water near the old Textiles Hooksett the James Mastricola Upper Coated International. plant, Elementary School. The state according to a press release. Department of Environmental A portion of the lines from Services discussed blood test Goffstown Pennichuck public water results and progress on treatis expected to be coming public wells. pleted before winter, but the remainder won’t be done MANCHESTER until June 2018.

Women vets

New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is calling for improved care for women at the Manchester VA Medical Center, after some women spoke up about problems with the current facility. The AP reported Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Sen. Maggie Hassan, Rep. Carol SheaPorter and Rep. Annie Kuster wrote a joint letter to Acting Director Alfred Montoya expressing concern with the current building arrangement and asking for a separate entrance for women and relocating the women’s clinic to the first floor. The women’s clinic has been located on the sixth floor and some women who have been sexually assaulted while on deployment don’t feel comfortable taking an elevator or interacting with male veterans.

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he will be running for re-election in 2018, NHPR reported. The Republican governor was giving a speech to members of The New England Council, a business group, in the Bedford Village Inn. Sununu’s spokesperson said he’d previously mentioned his intentions to run again, but it hadn’t been reported on DMV upgrade by the media yet, according to the The state Division of Motor Vehistory. He has a 62 percent approval Sununu re-election bid cles was closed Monday, Oct. 9, Gov. Chris Sununu announced rating, according to the last poll. through Tuesday, Oct. 10, according

NH LIQUOR COMMISSION

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission has earned top recognition in a national magazine. According to a press release, StateWays Magazine named the NHLC the best liquor and wine control state in the country as part of its 2017 Best Practices Awards. The publication cited its record sales, commitment to offering “unique and exclusive” products and an effort to renovate and relocate its 80 stores. NHLC Chairman Joseph Mollica said in the press release, “We pride ourselves on being one of the most profitable and progressive control states in the country and we are extremely proud of our many accomplishments.”

NH FISHERMEN

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear a case submitted by a Hampton fisherman over monitoring regulations he says are too costly, NHPR reported. The fisherman, David Goethel, has been fighting the regulatory program that puts at-sea monitors (people who track fish catches to make sure fishermen don’t exceed limits) on fishing boats at the cost of fishermen. It’s estimated to cost fishermen about $700 per trip. Goethel thinks the regulating is not only stifling but could spell the end of the commercial fishing industry in New Hampshire. The Supreme Court was his last-ditch effort to stop the program.


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NEWS & NOTES Q&A

Manchester’s race for mayor Craig and Gatsas on Nov. 7 ballot On Nov. 7, Manchester residents will vote to elect either Ted Gatsas or Joyce Craig as its mayor in what is officially a non-partisan election. Gatsas, a Republican, has been the city’s mayor for four terms since 2010. He previously served on the board of aldermen and the state senate. In 2016, Gatsas ran for governor. Craig, a Democrat, has served as a former alderman (from 2009 to 2015) and school board member. In 2015, Craig lost to Gatsas by 64 votes in the general election. In the Sept. 19, 2017 primary, Craig won the most votes (5,812) and Gatsas came in second (4,997). The Hippo spoke with the candidates to discuss what they would do and what ideas would inform their thinking as mayor. The interviews have been condensed and edited. Full versions of the interviews are available at hippopress.com.

Former Alderman Joyce Craig What would be your first priority if elected mayor? I think that we need a mayor who is going to come into Manchester and bring the community together. … What I would do is pull the department heads together, pull the board of school committee and the

Joyce Craig. Courtesy photo.

aldermen together, talk about the challenges that I’m hearing when I’m knocking on the doors — which are [that] we are struggling with a serious opioid epidemic, with struggling schools and with mismanagement from a funding perspective — and work with the leaders in our city and with our community to address those. Let’s start with the opioid epidemic. How would you tackle that? There are a number of things. Right now … there’s virtually no education for students or parents. I think that’s something critical that we need to implement; an ongoing educational program at the elementary schools, middle schools, so that parents and students know the dangers of opioids that are affecting our community. We also need to work hard in terms of Safe Stations. … The firefighters are doing an amazing job

So, I can tell you that we continue to look at different things and, as I’ve said, the most important issue that we have to look at now What would you say is your first prior- is to find these folks houses. Once they go through the treatment process, we’ve got to ity as mayor? Well, the first priorities that I have as find a place for them to live. mayor is to make sure we keep taxes down. That’s the biggest issue that people are talkHow do you balance things like the law ing about. The opiate and crime issue is the second one and infrastructure and educa- enforcement angle as well as the treattion is third. So, the biggest priority we ment side of things? The sort of supply have is making sure that we live within our and demand, if you will. Well, we’ve got more police officers on means and keep taxes down. the streets now than we ever have. And, Let’s dig into some of those. How would again, as the chief has always said, you can’t arrest your way out of this. So we will you tackle the opioid epidemic? We meet every … other week with the continue to work putting the two together fire department, police department, health to make sure that we can have a communidepartment and EMTs so we can talk about ty that’s safe and a place that the folks who what’s happening in the community over have the disease can find recovery. the last week or so. We’ve seen an unusuHow would you capitalize on the revitalal spike in the opiate overdoses in the last month. But we’re still, year-to-date, we’re ization of the city’s economy? still down from where we were last year. If you take a look at the city of Manches-

helping people who need the services. But 65 percent of the people who are coming to Safe Stations right now are from outside of Manchester, so I believe that the mayor of Manchester should be advocating in Concord for additional funding so it’s not taxing the local folks in Manchester. And we have great service providers in the city with Serenity Place, with Farnum Center and [HOPE for NH Recovery], and I believe that there’s an opportunity with the mayor of Manchester to ensure that they’re working together better so we are, again, ensuring that folks are getting the services they need. And a couple last things: one is our mayor of Manchester needs to support and advocate expanded Medicaid. Without that, Safe Station goes away. And lastly, we need to hold landlords accountable for problem properties where drugs are being sold and used and crimes are being committed, and that’s not happening today.

It appears the city is on the upswing with a tech boom in the millyard, especially. As mayor, how would you capitalize on the revitalization of the city’s economy? We need to … [educate] our kids, both in high school and the kids in the colleges so that they can take advantage of the job opportunities that will be in Manchester. I think there’s a great opportunity to make sure that Manchester is attractive to young families, so if millennials are coming here that they want to stay here. So we want to make sure that Manchester is a pedestrian- and bike-friendly city. We have to make sure that we work toward making our riverfront accessible and having more opportunities for events there. Public art right now in Manchester is growing, the art community is growing, and I think that What do you think is the ideal balance having a leader in City Hall who apprecibetween the supply side of the issue, law ates that is a great thing, and that doesn’t enforcement, and the demand side of the exist today. issue, treatment and recovery? Looking into the future, what do you They absolutely have to work together, and right now, because of a budget that I think the city should look like in 10 years? I think that, in 10 years, [my vision of] put forward as an alderman, we have a full Manchester is a welcoming community complement of police officers on the street where people feel safe walking the streets today. … We need to make sure that we’re and safe in their neighborhoods, a place receiving the grants that are helping us with where people want to live, work and 7 making sure that we are addressing this

and those are going well. And I think that if we have additional revenues that come into the city, that’s something that we need to take a look at. But the taxes have to be kept in mind. We just can’t continue to tax them out of their houses. Because that’s what they’re most concerned with. If you talk to 10 people on Elm Street, they’ll tell you taxes is their No. 1 issue.

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issue. But we also need to make sure that we’re providing the treatment and recovery services that people need.

Ted Gatsas. Courtesy photo.

ter, revitalization is underway. It’s been underway for a while. And there’s a lot of great things happening in the city. There are 92 apartments that are right across the street [from City Hall] at the Citizens Bank. I believe they’re at a 100-percent occupancy. The old Ted Herbert’s building was just closed on this week. They’re looking to put another restaurant on the first floor and 30 apartments above it. So Manchester is thriving. … They talk about the infrastructure and we certainly invest in our roads,

Looking into the future, what do you think the city should look like in 10 years? I can only tell you that it doesn’t take much to take a look at the millyard. And the exclamation point that was just put on there in the last few months was the ARMI project that Dean Kamen’s bringing to the city. I think that that’s going to change the millyard once again and make it a very hightech community and it’s going to certainly expand into the gaslight district that we have here in Manchester and follow up into Elm Street. I think that’s going to be the exciting thing that’s going to change the entire 8


6 CRAIG CONT. raise their children, a place that … is known for strong schools, and, again, has this bikeable, walkable, comfortable, inviting environment and with a thriving downtown with retail and with appropriate parking, and with rail.

Do you think commuter rail stops in downtown Manchester would be good for the economy? I absolutely believe that having rail would be great for the economy. … I look at what Mayor [Jim] Donchess is doing in Nashua and his creative approach to working with private rail service. I think we can’t stop moving forward on an idea because Concord is saying ‘no.’ I, as mayor, would look toward any options that are available to see things through. If money was not an object, which city service would you want to strengthen the most? I think I would go to schools with that one. To me, in conversations that we’re having with the community and that I’ve had over a number of years, when there’s a strong public school system, your city thrives. So that’s what I would do. What about initiatives to increase energy efficiency or carbon reduction-type programs, kind of like the LED street lights? Would you have any plans like that? Sure. When I was in the school board, I was instrumental in putting forward an energy efficiency program there, and did the same thing on the city side and was responsible for putting forward the single-stream recycling program. But, as mayor, one of the first things that I’d love to do is put forward an RFP to initiate bids for solar and wind. I look at … an active landfill over on the West Side and, to me, there’s a great opportunity there where we could put solar. And it would generate revenue and taxes for the city. And I also know there are a number of city-owned flat-roofed buildings that we could do the same. So, if we could decrease energy costs and reinvest that in the community, I would absolutely agree with that. Let’s focus a little more on education. Aside from putting more money into the system, what are some of the philosophies or ideas that you would bring to the table to improve the quality of education in the city? I’d like to say first that I’m a proud graduate of Manchester public schools and two of my children are as well, and I have a daughter who is in eighth grade at Hillside. So, I truly believe in Manchester public schools and the opportunities that are provided there but I do believe that we can do better. Some things that I’ve looked at are, one is literacy. Currently, only 29 percent of third-graders in Manchester public schools are reading at grade level. And when you talk about why

that’s happening, there is basically a lack of remedial reading programs across the district. So, a standard program. And there’s very little, if any, professional development for teachers. And, to me, that’s something that we need to focus on. … Students in elementary schools don’t have math books. There’s a math curriculum in the city but we have not provided the resources for teachers. One of the issues that Mayor Gatsas places near or at the top of his list of priorities is taxes. Can you share your approach to taxes and the city tax cap and if you would try to keep to taxes low for the residents? As the mayor, I would submit a budget that adheres to the tax cap. … There’s been significant mismanagement and lost revenue. Manchester used to have Auburn, Candia and Hooksett students coming to our school district. And they were wonderful students and brought a … lot of money. And Auburn and Candia left the school district and then Mayor Gatsas ended a long-term contract that we had with Hooksett. It was supposed to end in 2023. He ended it a couple years ago. And, because of that, the city has lost over $15 million in revenue, and that’s really put us in the financial bind that we’re in right now. … So, we need new management in the city and somebody who is going to watch where our money is being spent and make sure it’s addressing the needs of our city most effectively, and staying under the tax cap.

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Can you clarify what you mean by staying under the tax cap? Would you go so far as to veto a budget that would exceed it? Well, in order to exceed a tax cap, you need 10 votes from the aldermen. And so, it doesn’t matter whether or not it’s vetoed or not, it passes.

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Ultimately, what do you think the voters should know is the biggest difference between you and Mayor Gatsas? I think it comes down to management. We’ve had eight years under Mayor Gatsas, and we are still struggling with the same issue. And things have been mismanaged in the city and we’ve lost millions of dollars of revenue. Our taxes have increased and our services have decreased. … I’m hearing this when I knock on doors and talk to people, that it’s time for a change, and I have the background and ability to address our issues in a way that works together with the community and moves our city forward. — Ryan Lessard

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What about infrastructure? We’re already working on infrastructure. I proposed $20 million in spending over the last five years to do our roads. We just put … $1.5 million into Elm Street and people are just really excited about how great it looks and how the city is looking and how we’ve eliminated an awful lot of potholes, and we will continue doing that over the next three years. Would you plan on any more energy efficiency or carbon reduction-type programs, kind of like the LED street lights? Kind of like the LED lights, [that’s] something that I championed from Day 1. And certainly, we’ve taken our costs from $1.3 million that we used to spend on … our street lights … down to about $800,000. So, I can tell you that we will continue looking at that, we will continue to look to see if we can’t buy solar from one of these big projects that are being put out in the state of New Hampshire. And, who knows, maybe we’ll get somebody to look at our landfill again to give us a reasonably good deal. Let’s turn to education for a moment. Broadly speaking, what philosophies do you have for looking at ways to improve the quality of education in the city? I can tell you that if you look at some of the things that I’ve brought forward over the last few years [like] the School of Technology, MST, is the only high school in the state of New Hampshire that a child can go in, learn to become a plumber or welder, and come out and be ready for jobs, for work [on] Day 1. I think that’s what’s most important to give — not everybody is going to college, and we have to make

sure that we have students who are ready and are able to go to work on Day 1 in various different professions; cosmetology, the cooking industry. There’s so many things that are offered at the School of Technology, for students. … We now have the robotics competition in every one of our schools, that I brought forward with Dean Kamen, to make sure that every student in the fourth grade gets to go to the SEE Science Museum at no cost, and they have a robotics program once a week in their classrooms. … I think that it’s important that every student, when they graduate high school, can go on and be productive members of our community. … I take a lot of value in our students’ education. Every student from the sixth grade to the 12th grade, when they make the honor roll, I send them a letter and congratulate them and personally sign every single one of those letters.

During your campaign for governor last year, I’m sure you had an opportunity to talk to a lot of people across the state. Afterward, did you walk away with any new insights from talking with voters on the campaign trail? What I’ve learned is that not only is Manchester a great city, but the state of New Hampshire is a great state and there’s a lot of great people in it. The people here in New Hampshire don’t have a problem talking with you and giving you what they think are the ideas that you should move forward with. And I can only tell you that what I learned … is that spending is a big issue to everybody. … And that’s one reason that I ran for governor, [because] there was so much downshifting from Concord to the City of Manchester and our costs. And that was an important issue and some of the things that we’ve done here when it came to health care, I thought we could bring them to Concord and … govern from there.

Ultimately, what do you think the voters should know is the biggest difference between you and your opponent, Joyce Craig. Well, there’s no question that there’s a big difference. They can trust me to make sure that taxes stay under the tax cap and that I will veto any budget that comes in over the tax cap. I know my opponent is going to say she’s going to submit a budget by the tax cap, but the charter requires you to do that. The question is, will she veto a budget above the tax cap? — Ryan Lessard ARE THERE ANY HOBBIES OR INTERESTS YOU SPEND YOUR FREE TIME WITH? Well, I spend a lot of time with kids and certainly, we have two cats at home and my wife is the co-president of the Manchester Animal Shelter. So, certainly, I help her with her endeavors when it comes to animals.


School nurses

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A legislative committee just passed an exception to requirements for school nurses in a bill that became law last year. School nurses are required to have a bachelor’s degree under the new law, but after some public health officials said this would impact recruitment, a bit of wiggle room was written in.

New rules

According to a copy of the new rules, school nurses are still required to be BSNs with three years of experience in pediatric medicine or a related field, but under the tweaked rules, those who are hired after July 1, 2016, are allowed to have only an associate’s degree provided they obtain their bachelor’s within six years. Those hirees are called a School Nurse I and must demonstrate enrollment in a bachelor’s program. Before the law change, any registered nurse licensed with the state was allowed to be a school nurse. Many RNs have just an associate’s degree. The new law also created a new certification process through the Department of Education. Those who were hired before or on July 1, 2016, were grandfathered in under the designation School Nurse II. If they only have an associate’s degree, they are not required to get a higher degree, but they do have to go through the new certification process. School Nurse IIIs are hired as BSNs. Susan Kinney is the director of the RNto-BSN program at Saint Anselm College. She said the students in her program graduate with associate’s degrees to become RNs, enter the workforce and continue their education in a hybrid program to ultimately obtain their bachelor’s. It can take as little as 15 months to complete, but Kinney said most of her students take two to two and a half years to complete the bachelor’s. So allowing six years to get the bachelor’s degree “is very generous,” Kinney said. Kinney said she was among those concerned that the new law would put a significant hamper on a school’s abilities to hire school nurses. She still has some reservations but thinks the fix passed by the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules on Sept. 21 is a big step in the right direction.

Purpose

The new law is part of a national push to raise the bar for nurses. Kinney said studies have shown better patient outcomes when hospitals have a higher rate of BSNs. Most recently, the state Department of Education jumped on the bandwagon. Along with the New Hampshire School Nurses Association, it supported the new requirements. Republican Sen. John Reagan was a co-

sponsor of the bill and the chair of the JLCAR committee that approved the rule change. He said there wasn’t any opposition to the bill. “It went through pretty easily, which probably explains how we missed what was going to happen [with recruitment],” Reagan said. He said it was also part of a national priority in the medical industry to recognize more nursing specialities — in this case, school nursing. But the main reason was to ensure kids in school have the best possible care. “The school is often the first filter catching serious problems with children that people at home aren’t paying attention [to] or don’t understand,” Reagan said.

Concerns

The reason people like Kinney and Manchester Public Health Director Tim Soucy — who testified at a Board of Education meeting about the issue in June — thought the new law would make it harder to recruit school nurses is that it’s already hard enough. We’re currently experiencing a nursing shortage across the board, we don’t graduate enough BSNs to meet the demand, and schools already pay less than hospitals, Kinney said. “I actually looked last week on two hospital hiring websites and counted 153 open staff nurse positions just in [Manchester] alone,” Kinney said. Given more competitive compensation in hospitals, along with benefits such as tuition and certification fee reimbursement, Kinney thinks most BSNs will choose to work there instead of schools. It’s been Kinney’s experience that schools do not invest as much in nurses’ professional development. Plus, certification requires school nurses to pay a $75 fee they didn’t have to pay before, on top of state licensing fees. The NCLEX exam fee is $200, the RN license application is $100 and the background check fee is about $40. “School’s don’t pay much. So you’re asking a nurse who’s getting paid less to do more. [Which] is just kind of a predicament, I think, for recruiting,” Kinney said. The new certification requires 45 hours of continuing education to renew every three years. The current RN license requires 30 hours of continuing education every two years. DOE attorney Diana Fenton said the same education hours can be used for both so long as they meet the school nurse focus criteria. Still, while school nurses may get paid less, Kinney and Reagan agree the schedule is a lot more family-friendly, especially for parents of school-age children. Soucy said in testimony that the new rules are a “vast improvement” over the initial set but still thinks requiring associate degree holders to be enrolled in a BSN program “will hamper our ability to recruit and retain qualified applicants.”

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NEWS & NOTES

QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX Donation helps moms and babies

An anonymous multi-million-dollar donation was made to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to help pregnant women and babies in New Hampshire who are impacted by substance abuse, NHPR reported. Over the next three years, the money will be used to provide support and services for babies exposed to opiates and alcohol in the womb as well as for new moms in recovery. QOL Score: +1 Comment: Tym Rourke of the Charitable Foundation told NHPR that providers and birthing centers report up to one in 10 of the babies born in their units have signs or symptoms of drug exposure during pregnancy.

Search and rescue numbers go up

New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department has reported a high, possibly record-setting, number of searches and rescues this year, according to the AP. The department averages about 180 searches and rescues annually, but this year’s number is already above that. At least two bills are expected to be introduced to the legislature next year to create a more sustainable funding source for the search and rescue program. QOL Score: -1 Comment: Hikers are encouraged to purchase a Hike Safe card from Fish and Game, which absolves them from repaying any rescue costs, should they need to be rescued. The cards are $25 per person or $35 per family.

State revenues leveling off

An analysis by economist Greg Bird with the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies found that state revenues have begun to hit “cruising altitude,” meaning a period of strong growth has probably come to an end. According to a press release, revenues grew for the state General and Education Fund in Fiscal Year 2016 and the first half of Fiscal Year 2017. The slowdown is driven by a ramping down of growth in the state’s business, food and real estate taxes. QOL Score: -1 Comment: It’s not the end of the world, but it could mean “less leg room to deal with unexpected expenses,” according to Bird.

Low CARA funding for N.H.

According to a press release from Congresswoman Carol SheaPorter, New Hampshire was awarded less than 1 percent of the $58.8 million in competitive grants available nationwide through the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. Shea-Porter wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions seeking an explanation for the “grossly insufficient amount” of money awarded to the state despite the fact the Granite State is among the states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic. According to the release, the state applied for five grants in four categories but was only awarded $400,000 to aid the prescription drug monitoring program. QOL Score: -1 Comment: Other grant applications were for technology-assisted treatment programs, statewide planning, coordination and implementations and data-driven responses to prescription drug misuse. QOL score: 85 Net change: -2 QOL this week: 83

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Time to go to the mailbag Langella nailed the omnipresent Richard to see what inquiring minds Nixon in Frost/Nixon. Since I saw Riggswant to know. King unfold, that was the case for me. But with Emma Stone absolutely nailing BilDear Dave: Do you think lie Jean King, The Battle of the Sexes is Bill Belichick will get his the best sports movie since Seabiscuit, and defense straightened out? the best sports portrayal since Will Smith John Albert, 0 Haynesworth was spot on in the even harder to do role as Lane, Dogville, Tennessee Muhammad Ali. Ditto for Steve Carell as Dear Al: History says his teams almost tennis hustler Bobby Riggs right down to always are better by December. I expect that the voice. Throw in a story that didn’t wanto be the case again in 2017. How good is der from obvious facts like most biopics another story. But they have talent on D, do and Bedford’s Sarah Silverman being especially in the secondary. The latter hasn’t very solid in the role of WTA chief Gladplayed well, but I attribute that to being ys Heldman and it’s a winner down the line. temporarily out of sync. Ditto on the defen- Definitely worth the money for a trip to the sive line, where the pass rush has been just theater and the vastly overpriced popcorn. awful, which forces the secondary to cover longer. Through trade or by altering their Dear Dave: With the Red Sox going one bend-but-don’t-break, nine-guys-in-cover- and done in the playoffs again, should John age conservative schemes, they need to put Farrell be fired? Alexander Grady, 99 Wins more pressure on the QB. There’s also focus, Boulevard, Littlefield, Texas which Coach B addressed by not taking Dear Alexander: I know he makes many Allan Branch to Tampa Bay. Unlike some moves that make people nutty and that those politicians, he does not have two sets of con- in the fellowship of the miserable have a victions. It’s just one and that is if you come million reasons to fire him. But I look at it to camp out of shape, don’t play up to expec- two ways. First, who’s out there to replace tations, or don’t give 100 percent effort — all him? Jason Varitek — no managerial, of which are checked on Branch’s report bench coach, or even staff coaching expericard — you don’t play, or you get traded. It ence — are you serious? Gary Disarcina? worked last year with Jabaal Sheard and Yeah, he’s been a bench coach, but what else Jamie Collins and I expect it will this year has he done? Brad Ausmus? Did you see as well. what happened in Detroit? Look, managing is a tough job because it’s a 162-game Dear Dave: What are your thoughts on marathon, almost everyone watching thinks the new major Hollywood motion picture they can do better and strategy isn’t even the about the famous Billie Jean King and Bob- third most important thing. If Torey Lovullo by Riggs tennis match? Jack Kramer, 14 were still here, where you saw him in action Margaret Court, Perth, Australia for two months in 2015, I’d at least have a Pulling off people who are very well sense of how he’d be in the job. But he’s known is really hard. It’s why I always felt not available. Second, success should have Frank Langella got jobbed in the 2008 Best its rewards, and success in Farrell’s case Actor Oscar voting by a Hollywood agen- includes a World Series win and first ever da when Sean Penn got the nod over him back-to-back AL East titles in team histofor Milk. Not that Penn wasn’t very good, ry. The latter happened while keeping a team but while people knew of gay rights activist together in a grinding season with lesser Harvey Milk, few had ever seen him, while years all around from the core, the ridiculous

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David Price-Eck controversy, losing two of his top three expected pitchers for most of the year, bringing along Drew Pomeranz to get a most surprising 17 wins, a giant (no pun intended) at third base and getting excellence from the bullpen. So, no, I don’t fire Farrell just to satisfy the crazies.

Dear Dave: What do you think of the mess in college basketball? Jack Molinas, 1962 Connie Hawkins Way, Brooklyn, NY Dear Jack: Outside the Beltway, nothing is more predictable than the slime that oozes out of the cracks in big-time college basketball. I particularly like the Louisville part of the story where the oh-so virtuous “success is a choice” Rick Pitino got nailed again. It’s why when a school gets caught in something bad, as Louisville did with the prostitutes-for-recruits scandal last year, you never let them suggest their own penalty following an “internal investigation.” I bet a lot of people in college basketball are quaking right now, because I bet this goes deeper and wider than what was revealed in the first 10 indictments.

Dear Dave: What do you think of the vice president walking out of the Colts-49ers game because of the player protests during the national anthem? F. Scott Kee, 1812 War Road, Baltimore, Maryland Dear F: It was a PR stunt where the VP’s plan, by order of the president, was to go to Indy on the day they were retiring Peyton Manning’s number just so he could walk out on that high-profile game. But even if you’re OK with his flying 1,600 miles on the public dime for political gain, it’s the latest example of how these people stab their friends right in the back, as it totally overshadowed Mike Pence’s supposed friend Peyton Manning’s big moment. There were better way to make a point about something they feel strongly about. Email Dave Long at dlong@hippopress. com.

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HS football story – score BIG! The Big Story: Scoring big continued in high school football this week. No fewer than seven teams scored over 40 points on Friday alone. That included Pinkerton’s 61-19 win over Nashua North and Winnacunnet going even farther in its 68-8 win over Memorial. Sports 101: On this day in 1986, while one strike from ALCS elimination, Dave Henderson saves the Sox with a ninthinning homer leading to an eventual 7-6 extra-inning Game 5 win. Name the Angels pitcher who gave up the homer. All in the Family Award: Just a few weeks after dad Phil Pleat won his second consecutive NHGA Senior Open, son James com-Pleated the family sweep by coming out of nowhere to win the final rung of the three NHGA majors, the Mid-Amateur championship. He did it with a final-day 66 at Bald Peak Colony Club for a one-shot win over Passaconaway CC’s Jim Devito after a run beginning on the seventh hole that included an eagle, four birdies, no bogeys and keeping his one-shot lead with a clutch 20-foot putt to save par on the 17th hole. All in the Family – Runner-Up: To Ter-

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4 – wins for Memorial following an 0-5 start after a 4-2 soccer win over Winnacunnet behind second-half goals by Gerson Mejia and Kevin Minueza. 3 – saves by Lauren Johnson as Bedford moved to 8-1 behind goals from Gabby DeAngelis and double MAC MacKenzie MacEachern in a 2-0 win over Londonderry. 11 – wins against one loss

rell and Ty Hicks, who stood out when Pinkerton had eight different players run for over 15 yards in their 61-19 win, by rushing for 94 and 93 rushing yards respectively on 11 combined carriers when Ty had 3 TDs and 83 more yards receiving. Knick of Tyme Award: Last week Dartmouth beat Penn on the game’s final play. This week QB Jack Hennegan hit Drew Hunnicutt with 34 seconds left to complete a 20-point comeback to beat Yale 28-27. Sports 101 Answer: Angels closer Donnie Moore gave up the Hendu homer. On This Day – Oct. 12: 1923 – Casey Stengel’s inside-the-park homer gives the Giants a 1-0 win over the Yankees in Game 3 of the World Series. 1967 – Bob Gibson ends the Impossible Dream one game short with a Game 7 win as St. Louis takes the series, four games to three, over Boston. 1968 – the 19th Olympic games open in Mexico City, where Bob Beamon obliterates the long jump world record by over two feet and Tommie Smith and John Carlos give the Black Power salute as the national anthem plays during the 200-meter medal ceremony.

for Central after a 2-1 win over Londonderry on goals by Sabrynna Pearson and Lindsay LeBlond off wellplaced free and corner kicks from Gabrielle Paradis. 27 – scored in 12 games by Derryfield’s Jeff Pratt after potting 3 in an 8-0 thumping of Mascenic. 70 – yards on the kick Jeremy Chandler ran back for a TD in Central’s wild 42-36 win over Dover when the winning score com-

ing on Jeremyah Rivera’s 21-yard TD run. 132 – yards gained on four TD runs by Isaac Gladey in Concord’s 49-34 win over Spaulding which went for 51, 46, 18 and 17. 143 – top two-day scores carded by SNHU’s Matt Paradis and Saint Anselm’s Stephen Hunt during the NE-10 championship at Lake Sunapee CC, which Paradis won on the first playoff hole.

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Two Sets of Convictions: What Coach B doesn’t have and most pols do. The latest example of having one set to yak about for public consumption to get votes and another set that shows only at the moment of truth is Pennsylvania Congressman Tim Murphy. Make that ex-congressman. The “family values and pro-life” conservative resigned last week because not only was he having an extramarital affair but when he thought he knocked her up he pleaded with her to have an abortion. As I’ve asked many times, why do people listen to these people? Jabaal Sheard: Headstrong d-lineman who made solid contributions in 2015 but not as much last year until being de-activated for a game against lowly San Francisco. After that the message was received and he again was a solid contributor as the Pats rolled to the SB. Coach B never forgets, and maybe he didn’t either, and that’s probably why he wound up with moribund Indy in free agency. Jamie Collins: The latest in a long line – Randy Moss, Darrelle Revis, Deion Branch, Richard Seymour and others – of people whom media talkers and fans thought were irreplaceable but whom Coach B didn’t think were. Guess who was right. Collins was exiled to Cleveland for refusing to follow the plan. Many thought that was really dumb when announced and it went round the bend after losing to Seattle in Game 1 after he was gone. But, as usual, that thinking didn’t quite make it to the savant Hall of Fame, as the Collinsless Pats won the next 10 straight including the SB in dramatic fashion.

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An abundance of apples in New Hampshire, combined with a surging interest in craft beer and winemaking, has freshpressed hard cider popping up on drink lists all over the state. In fact, it’s the star of some menus, including the one that will be offered at Ancient Fire Mead & Cider, one of the newest commercial cider makers, when it opens in Manchester in January. HIPPO | OCTOBER 12 - 18, 2017 | PAGE 14

“For all the apples that we have here, and sort of the apple culture that we have … it just felt like a great opportunity to put more of the local apple in people’s hands,” said Jason Phelps, co-owner of Ancient Fire.

Finding flavor

Ancient Fire Mead & Cider, which will include an onsite taproom featuring original craft ciders and meads, is catering to a growing trend in New Hampshire. Phelps, a certified member of the Unit-

ed States Association of Cider Makers who has been homebrewing since 2003, saw a need for commercial craft ciders and meads in the state as he gained experience in experimenting with different drinks. He began building relationships with other local breweries, meaderies and cideries ahead of his new business venture. “I actually started with beer but then I was like, wait a minute, I can make hard cider,” he said. “So at first I was like, well, let me just go down the road, get

five gallons of cider, throw some yeast on it and see what happens. … Over time I started getting asked by people if I ever thought about going commercial.” Many new cider-makers are getting started because of the drink’s ability to be crafted into unique flavors. North Country Hard Cider in Rollinsford, for example, has many different craft flavors of cider in addition to a standard batch made from Honeycrisp apples. “We’re constantly doing different


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experimentation. Phelps said a standard batch of cider is made from a blend of eating apples and what are called cider apples. “Some of the more tart and less sweet apples like a Granny Smith … can make a good cider on their own, but they typically need other apples to be really complementary,” he said. “That vintage heirloom fruit absolutely helps add character and acidity that won’t exist without it.” According to Phelps, the alcoholic content in most hard ciders will range from 6 to 8 percent and comes from the fermentation of the yeast that consumes the

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gallons of cider would require 15 grams of yeast and 12 ounces of re-hydration water (a solution of warm water mixed with a re-hydration agent such as Go-Ferm or Startup). Re-hydrating the yeast is recommended to jump-start the fermentation, and adding sugar will also help raise the potential alcohol level of your cider. Fermentation is best done at cool temperatures between 64 and 66 degrees, according to Phelps, after degassing it by stirring. “It’s interesting, because there are a lot of different things you can do with it,” Phelps said. “Just like brewers with beer, the hopping that I might do would vary depending on how the cider smelled. If the cider had some particular aromatics to it that trended away from apple, then it might have something to do with [what I use].” If you do use hops, Phelps said to be mindful of which ones and how much you apply to your cider. “The … flavors are just overpowering if you over-hop it,” he said. “You get this astringent tea-like taste that’s unpleasant, like if you’ve over-extracted cut grass or something. But you know, you learn each time you do it.”

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Pairing cider with food Hard cider is great to drink on its own, but there are several flavor combinations that work well when pairing cider with food, depending on whether it is a sweet or a more dry cider you are drinking. “To me, cider with cheeses is an awesome snack,” said Jason Phelps of Ancient Fire Mead & Cider in Manchester. “Apples and cheese just go together whether you ferment the fruit to make cider or not.” If you’re pairing cider with a mainstream meal, Phelps said white meats like turkey, chicken or pork tend to pair better with the drink than red meat. As for seafood, ciders that are drier tend to work better because they are more wine-like. “You get something that masquerades as a more gently driven apple wine rather than an Angry Orchard-type cider,” he said. Desserts work much better with sweeter ciders then dry, especially those that contain apples, nuts, caramel, cooked sugars or brown spices, according to Phelps. Carbonated ciders, due to their higher levels of acidity, cut through most cheeses and creamy sauces, allowing them to work well with a variety of flavors. For other flavor combinations, Phelps said juice cherries, cranberries and white wine grapes are great when added into the cider.

lines of sweet, semi-sweet and dry hard ciders. “Another thing you can do is barrel aging. … Our barrels are sort of custom-made and we sanitize the inside of them with dry whiskey to give it an imparted flavor.” At Ancient Fire, a variety of ciders are going to be available that are blended with other fruits — like cranberries, pears or quince — as well as spices — cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger — and even some citrusy hops like Cascade.

An age-old tradition

Although a number of craft cider makers in the state are relatively new, hard cider itself is not a new concept; in fact, Farnum Hill Ciders at Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon has been making its own fresh-pressed cider since the mid-1980s. According to co-owner Steve Wood, “hard cider” has always been a descriptive phrase to distinguish alcoholic cider

Firestarter hard cider at North Country Hard Cider in Rollinsford. Courtesy photo.


WHERE TO GET HARD CIDER Here is a list of craft cideries in the Granite State; most of their ciders are available at almost any New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet or for special order online. Some are found on draft at local restaurants and bars, or bottled at local supermarkets. If you know of an independent cider maker in the Granite State who is not on this list, email us at food@hippopress.com.

apples; they include the Contoocook Blend, a caramel sweet tasting cider made from late harvest heirloom apples, the drier Roxbury Russet, the apple and cranberry cider, the blueberry cider made with fermented Maine wild blueberries and McIntosh apples, and much more. Cider is available at the farm, as well as in bottles at the Colonial Village (54 Park Avenue Plaza, Contoocook) and the Riverhill Market (189 Carter Hill Road, ConAncient Fire Mead & Cider (8030 S. cord) and on draft at The Everyday Cafe (14 Willow St., Manchester, 203-4223, ancient- Maple St., Contoocook). firewines.com) is a new cidery expected to open in January 2018 under the direction Dube & Robinson (Tamworth, 726-1635, of husband-and-wife team Jason and Mar- drcider.com) is a small independent winery got Phelps, certified members of the United specializing in hard ciders and meads, sold at States Association of Cider Makers. Ancient the Tamworth Farmer’s Market (30 Tamworth Fire will offer a variety of fruited, spiced, Road) and at several area stores and restauspecialty and wood-aged ciders on tap, as rants. Apples used to make their hard ciders well as a 60-minute educational tour on Sat- are grown in Tamworth and the surrounding urdays, in which visitors will learn about areas and hand-picked, pressed and blended. mead and cider history, the ingredients used and the production process. There will also be Farnum Hill Ciders (Poverty Lane a limited food menu, as well as a small retail Orchards, 98 Poverty Lane, Lebanon, area with swag like T-shirts, hats and glass- 448-1511, povertylaneorchards.com/farware. Call or visit the website for updates on num-hill-ciders) are nationally known hard an official opening date. ciders made from cider apples. Products include the Farmhouse Cider, the SemiContoocook Cider Company (656 Gould Dry Cider, the Extra Dry and Extra Dry Hill Road, Contoocook, 746-1175, con- Still Ciders, the Dooryard Cider, the Sumtoocookcider.com) is a micro-cidery at Gould mer Cider and more. Farnum Hill Ciders are Hill Farm in Contoocook. Hard cider prod- available at several retail locations in southucts are made from more than 80 varieties of ern New Hampshire, like the Concord Food

ty beer shops in the Granite State. Its three biggest ciders are called How Bout Them Apples (a sweet cider), Them Little Apples (a semi-sweet cider) and Them Sour Apples (a much drier cider). Most of the apples used to make them come from nearby Sunnycrest Farm, also in Londonderry.

North Country Hard Cider. Courtesy photo.

Co-Op (24 S. Main St.), and most supermarkets and NH Liquor & Wine Outlet stores. Hermit Woods Winery (72 Main St., Meredith, 253-7968, hermitwoods.com) makes several hard ciders, including an Old World dry cider made from French and English heirloom apples, quince and crabapples, a hard blueberry apple cider, an apple cider reserve aged in French oak for six months, and a hard cranberry apple cider. A full list of local farms, stores and restaurants where these ciders are available can be viewed online. Moonlight Meadery (23 Londonderry Road, Londonderry, 216-2162, moonlightmeadery. com) sells millions of cans of cider in more than 35 states across the country, as well as many restaurants, grocery stores and special-

North Country Hard Cider (3 Front St. Lower, Rollinsford, 834-9915, northcountrycider.com) makes a variety of hard ciders from apples grown at local farms in New Hampshire and Maine. In addition to a standard cider with Honeycrisp apples, there’s the Rhode Island green antique apple cider, a spice cider called the Firestarter that is blended with cinnamon, habaneros and pomegranates, and a squash cider, among other craft drinks. Ciders are available at more than 80 local restaurants and stores, according to co-owner Silas Gordon. Stump City Cider (52 Bernard Road, Rochester, 234-6288, stumpcitycider.com) is located at Stump City Farm, which makes cider products from apples grown at Vickery Orchards in Farmington. There’s the Wicked Good Cider; the Wild Child Special Cider, which is aged in charred bourbon oak barrels; the Sweet Mac Daddy hard cider; an extra dry cider with added Champagne yeast called the Wicked Bubbly hard cider, and several others.

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16 from non-alcoholic sweet apple cider. But the two terms are often used interchangeably today. “Cider is to apples as wine is to grapes, period,” he said. “That’s what the word means in every language and in every country in the world.” The process of making hard cider is similar to that of making wine; the fruit is picked after it fully ripens on a tree, and is then crushed, pressed and fermented. The difference is that ciders generally contain much less alcohol than most wines, because most apples contain less sugar to be fermented than grapes. Producing a good cider requires a balance of tannins and acidity in the different fruits you put in, Wood said. “Tannins are the very complex com-

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pounds [in the apple] that produce bitterness and astringency,” he said. “You’re never going to sell really tannic apples for eating, but the point is that it is those structural characteristics that make them useful in cider fruit. … The idea is a nice bright acidity, a sort of generic fruitiness, and that sort of slight bitterness and astringency … and this stuff just comes from the fruit. There’s no clever dial-turning that we do. We’ve got a lot of different fermentations because we’re picking apples through the whole season that ripen at different rates.” Wood has been growing apples at Poverty Lane Orchards since 1965, when he was just 11 years old. But it was not until the mid-1980s, when the apple packing industry began to change, he said, that the orchard started to grow the apples that would become what they would use for their ciders. “We started doing grafting trials … with a few hundred varieties of English and French cider apples, not really imagining that we would be changing everything we did, because we didn’t realize what was going to happen to the business we were in,” he said. “So we were just fiddling around thinking we might develop some little retail sideline or something, and cider was interesting to us.” Wood said the advent of packing technology for commercial apples began to change around this time, convincing him that they were no longer going to be able to operate as just apple growers and shippers and that they would shift to growing and pressing the apples for cider. “I reckoned that learning how to make cider would probably take about a decade … and I spent a huge amount of time with American winemakers and taking winemaking classes and we started fiddling around,” he said. “Around 1995 I guess was when we first got bonded and


became able to actually sell this stuff. We’ve spent a lot of attention on how to grow the apples and how to harvest them. … Most commercial ciders are either made from concentrate or from the cheapest possible apples … [but] there’s a huge difference between that and actually planting a tree for the purpose.” Between five and seven labels of Farnum Hill Cider are usually available, which are fermented from different varieties of English cider apples grown in the orchards, like Dabinett, Yarlington Mills, Kingston Blacks, Majors and others. Two of Farnum Hill’s ciders are the Extra Dry and the Semi-Dry, which are both made from a blend of acidic apples. “The Semi-Dry has a tiny bit of a returned sugar from a Wickson apple added to it,” Wood said. “In order to soften it up a little bit without being expressed as sweetness, you need higher acidity. … The purpose of it is not so much to make it sweet, but to get the fruit a little friendlier and a little further forward so you have that nice sort of bright finish.” Wood said the key to experimenting with making the best cider you possibly can is what he calls constant organoleptic checking, through tasting and smelling. “There’s only one way to do that, and that’s with your nose and your mouth,” he said. “You need to be able to say what it is, like the acid is bright, the feel is moderately astringent, and the finish does this and that. It’s important to objectify those very subjective things.”

Cider’s comeback

Hard cider and cider-making have a lengthy history in our country, according to Phelps. “Prior to the mid-19th century or so, cider was the most widely consumed alcoholic beverage of adults in the United States, and it was because apples were everywhere,” he said. “The funny thing

that most people don’t really know about Johnny Appleseed was that he wasn’t planting apples mostly for eating — he was planting them for cider-making. People would grow apples just to make cider and keep them in barrels.” There are several factors that contributed to the derailment of cider’s popularity and prominence, according to Phelps, and one of them was Prohibition in the 1920s and early 1930s. Another was the emergence of more industrialized beermaking that took place around this time. “Prohibition obviously did a lot of things to the beverage industries in [the United States], and cider never came back in its aftermath,” he said. “It went on long enough that people couldn’t sell cider apples, because nobody wanted them for anything.” Instead, people found more of a use for grains and corns, according to Bert Bingel of Bert’s Better Beers in Hooksett. “Beer became very much a popular drink to make and started to replace cider in many respects,” he said. But beginning in the late 1990s and continuing through the 2000s, there has been a resurging interest in cider-making, Phelps said, especially in areas of the country like the Northeast and the Midwest where apples are a major part of the agriculture. “If you look at where you’re going to expect to find a lot of cideries, you won’t expect to find them too far south, only because you switch from apples to other different types of fruit,” he said. “But definitely from New England all the way out to the West Coast and the northern part of this country, it’s apple country everywhere. … Cider is not new, but it had a long enough lull that it bottomed out to zero in most places, because it was really a homesteading thing that from a commercial perspective really got killed by Prohibition.”

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A Vintage Car show will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shaker Village (288 Shaker Road, Canterbury). Visitors will see cars from many eras, meet with the owners and talk with other vintage car enthusiasts. The event also includes village tours and exhibits. Food trucks will be available and the Shaker Box Lunch & Farm Stand will be open. General admission is $19. Call 783-9511 or visit shakers.org.

EAT: Bavarian food The Castle on Charles (19 Charles St., Rochester) is hosting Oktoberfest on Friday, Oct. 13, and Saturday, Oct. 14, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. There will be Oktoberfest music, along with games and dancing. Beer and food will be served including Bavarian appetizers and a German buffet with bratwurst, knockwurst, chicken in a mustard-beer sauce, sauerkraut and potatoes. Tickets are $35. Contact 3320107 or visit castlenh.com.

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The Riverwalk Bluegrass Allstars with the Opined Few will play at the Riverwalk Cafe (35 Railroad Square, Nashua). The special evening event will feature The Lonely Heartstring Band and The Goodbye Girls, bluegrass bands who have made names for themselves in the Granite State. The performances go from 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $13. Call 578-0200 or visit riverwalknashua.com.

DRINK: wine New Hampshire Institute of Art and LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst) are hosting a lecture by NHIA Faculty Linda Tanini on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. Listen to the art talk while eating artisan cheese and drinking wine. From Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical drawings to Drew Barry’s animation, the talk explores the intersection of art and science. It will also discuss some current artwork that continues to bring together the two disciplines. Tickets are $5 and complimentary for NHIA alumni or members. Contact 672-9898 or email calendar@labellewinerynh.com.

A Samhain Festival at Courtyard by Marriott (2200 Southwood Drive, Nashua)­ , dedicated to the ancient Celtic celebration of the “day of the dead,” is happening from 1 0 a.m. to 6 p.m. The 12th annual festival attracts pagans, witches and all types of metaphysical practitioners, and it commemorates the origins of Halloween with songs, dance and story. There will be vendors and talks throughout the day. Admission is $10 ($8 if you donate nonperishable food). Call 876-5005 or visit Facebook.

BE MERRY: in nature Join the Mindfulness and Observation Workshop on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Massabesic Audubon Center (26 Audubon Way, Auburn) to experience practices that help invite awareness of the body to connect more with vitality and nature. The class is led by Molly Schlangen, a professional yoga instructor, registered nurse and master’s degree holder in counseling psychology. The class is held outdoor and costs $10. Call 6682045 or mac@nhaudubon.org.

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Merrimack painter Lea Stabler is one of more than 125 local and regional artists who will show and sell their work at City Arts Nashua’s 13th annual ArtWalk Weekend, happening Saturday, Oct. 14, and Sunday, Oct. 15. Stabler said he has always enjoyed art but only started getting serious about it two years ago. This will be his first year at the ArtWalk and his second public art event ever; his first was Nashua’s Greeley Park Art Show, where he showed charcoal abstracts. Now, he paints with color acrylics to create what he calls “energyscapes” — abstract pieces comprised of strokes and patterns driven by the feeling he gets from a person or place. “I started exploring color to see if I could Eric Escobar does a live graffiti mural during City Arts Nashua’s ArtWalk Weekend. Courtesy photo. get more feeling from it than I did with the charcoal,” he said. “What I’m attempting to speakable, only felt.” process for me,” Stabler said. “Honestdo is capture something that isn’t visible or During the ArtWalk, Stabler will be set ly, I wasn’t getting into art with the idea of up at the 30 Temple Street office building showing it, but for where I am in my proalongside several other artists. His fea- cess right now, [the ArtWalk] appealed to ArtWalk Weekend tured art will consist of both originals and me. I want to see what the reaction to my Where: Downtown Nashua prints. He will also bring one or two piec- art is and see where that takes me.” When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to 5 es from a series he’s currently working on For the ArtWalk, artists will be housed at p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 15, noon to 4 p.m. that includes energyscapes inspired by indi- various downtown venues and paired with Cost: Free admission vidual New Hampshire mountain summits. downtown businesses. Artists who have More info: cityartsnashua.org “Art is still very much a journey and a their own studios in Nashua will open their

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studios to the public for the weekend. “It’s a nice experience to be able to walk into a studio and meet the artist in the space where they actually work.” City Arts Nashua program coordinator Nona Alexander said. “It’s a way to really connect the arts community with the general community and give everyone an opportunity to experience local art.” Art media represented will include various kinds of paintings, mixed media, wood burning, photography, 3-D projection art, ceramics, jewelry, paper mache, furniture, fabric arts and more. “There’s definitely a wide variety of art to experience, and it’s convenient because it’s all right in downtown,” Alexander said. In addition to the artists, the event will feature live music, menu specials at Nashua restaurants, an auction, a puppet show, a drum circle and more, as well as opportunities for people to create their own art through various arts and crafts activities and at classes offered that weekend at the League of NH Craftsmen Nashua Fine Craft Gallery. Activities will include wire wrapping, Zentangle, rug hooking, bead weaving and more. “You get to be more involved at the ArtWalk, versus a regular art show, where you just walk around and look at the paintings,” Alexander said. “There are so many things that you can participate in and do handson.”

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• Creative culture: The newly formed arts organization ArtFront will host “Culture Shock,” a pop-up multimedia arts show, on the evenings of Thursday, Oct. 12 through Saturday, Oct. 14, at Jupiter Hall (89 Hanover St., Manchester). The show will feature visual arts as well as music and dance inspired by the culturally diverse community in Manchester. Visual arts will include graffiti photographs by Claudia Rippee, textural paintings by Patrick McCay, haunting faces photographs by Tim Donovan and sculpture by Erin Sweeney. Admission to the show is free and open to the public. ArtFront seeks to empower the people of Manchester and elevate its social culture through community participation, exploration and development of the arts. Visit artfrontnh.com. • Double the art: A dual art exhibit featuring the work of Barrington artists Diane St. Jean and Ron St. Jean is on view now through Nov. 25 at Epsom Public Library (1606 Dover Road, Epsom). Diane’s collection, “The Inner Landscape,” includes small abstract paintings inspired by her time spent in nature and created using a stick form of oil paint. Ron’s collection, “Pretty Common Things,” includes photographs taken of ordinary objects and familiar scenes in a way that suggests a deeper story or highlights details that may have gone unnoticed at first glance. The exhibit is open during regular library hours, which are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 736-9920 or visit epsomlibrary.com.

Openings • “CONNECTIONS” OPENING RECEPTION Main Street Art presents artist Catherine Green. Fri., Oct. 13, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Main Street Art Gallery, 75 Main St. , Newfields. Visit mainstreetart.org. • “DRAWINGS FROM MAISE TO MOUNTAINS” RECEPTION Featuring the black and white pen and ink drawings of Nashua artist Stacy Topjian Searle. Sat., Oct. 14, 1 to 4 p.m. Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua. Visit nashualibrary.org. • “PAIRINGS” OPENING Gallery highlights the work of emerging artists in two-dimensional and three-dimensional formats. Thurs., Oct. 19, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Kelley Stelling

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• Talking science: The New Hampshire Institute of Art will host a lecture with faculty member Linda Tanini on “Art and Design of Science” at LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst) on Sunday, Oct. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. Tanini will explore classic examples of how artists helped scientists to illustrate and instruct, as well as some current artwork that melds science and art. Artisan cheeses and wines will be served. The cost is $5 and registration is required. Visit nhia.edu or labellewineryevents.com. • Get crafty: The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Fine Craft Gallery (98 Main St., Nashua) will host a “Wild Turkey!” workshop on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Create a unique mixed media work of art using paints, papers, inks and stencils. There will be several templates to choose from including a turkey, an original New Hampshire themed map and a moose. Leave with your work matted and ready to display. The workshop is open to adults and teens ages 12 and up and costs $28, plus a $15 materials fee. Call 595-8233 or visit nashua.nhcrafts.org. — Angie Sykeny

Contemporary, 221 Hanover St., Manchester. Visit facebook.com/ kelleystellingcontemporary. • “NEW ENGLAND LIGHT” RECEPTION Exhibit features the work of local artists Cathleen Calmer and Deborah Navas. Sat., Oct. 21, 2 to 4 p.m. Hancock Town Library, 25 Main St., Hancock. Call 525-4411. Theater Productions • OUR TOWN Seacoast Repertory Theatre production. Oct. 12 through Oct. 22. Showtimes are Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. 125 Bow St., Portsmouth. Tickets cost $15 to $20. Visit seacoastrep.org. • RUN FOR YOUR WIFE A Milford Area Players produc-

tion. Oct. 13 through Oct. 22. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford. Visit milfordareaplayers.weebly.com. • MY FAIR LADY A Manchester Community Theatre Players production. Oct. 13 through Oct. 22. North End Montessori School, 698 Beech St., Manchester. $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students. Visit mctp.info or call 800-838-3006. • GOD OF CARNAGE Oct. 6 through Oct. 22. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord. $17 for general admission and $14 for students and seniors. Visit hatboxnh.com.

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Doo-wop numbers and a 6-foot-tall puppet bring a campy cult classic to life in the Peacock Players youth theater’s production of Little Shop of Horrors, opening Friday, Oct. 13, at the Janice B. Streeter Theatre in Nashua. The horror-comedy rock musical tells the story of a hapless orphan named Seymour who, while working at a run-down floral shop on Skid Row, pricks his finger on a mysterious venus flytrap-like plant and awakens its taste for blood. As the plant grows in size, it becomes a public attraction and boosts business at the floral shop, but to keep the plant alive, Seymour must supply it with human bodies to eat. “It has some Shakespearean tones,” artistic director Keith Weirich said. “In a weird way, it’s an allegory about greed and fame. The allegory itself is not that clever, but it’s done in a clever way.” Little Shop of Horrors is based on a 1960 B movie and premiered off-Broadway in 1982. The score, inspired by the stylings of early rock ’n’ roll and doo-wop, is “flawless, timeless and really accessible to a modern audience,” Weirich said, and is a big part of what attracted him to the musical in the first place. Weirich directed a previous Peacock Players’ Little Shop production 10 years ago, but said this year’s production will be a step up from the last with a more contemporary design and instrumentation, and atmospheric equipment that is more high-tech yet maintains that low-budget, campy feel. “I think we’re looking to outdo ourselves and are forcing ourselves to think outside the box,” he said. “We’re really trying to energize it with a new modern sensibility. It’s fun to reinvent things that we did before and abandon certain things and approach other things differently.” The quirkiest element of the production, Weirich said, is the series of puppets used to play the plant in its various stages of growth. The largest puppet requires several puppeLittle Shop of Horrors

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Where: Janice B. Streeter Theatre, 14 Court St., Nashua When: Oct. 13 through Oct. 22. Showtimes are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Cost: General admission tickets are $15 to $19, tickets for students and seniors 62+ are $12 to $17. More info: peacockplayers.org, 886-7000

Puppeteer Avery Ouellette and voice actor Noah Payeur bring the man-eating plant to life in Peacock Players’ production of Little Shop of Horrors.

teers, who are hidden amid pieces of the strategically constructed set. Actor Noah Payeur, 16, who is voicing the plant, will remain offstage with a microphone and sync his voice with the puppets’ movements by watching a live video stream of the musical as it’s played out. “It’s very different, but very fun to do,” said Payeur, who also voiced the plant in a previous production of Little Shop put on by Steps NH in Londonderry. “I love being able to look at the stage from a different perspective. I can see it from the audience’s view, but also from my view where I’m acting it out and controlling it.” To prepare, Payeur spent time listening to the soundtracks from various renditions of the musical for inspiration about what kind of voice he wanted to give the plant. Although he remains offstage, he decided to memorize the lines rather than read from a script so that he can speak them naturally and without missing a beat. “Getting the timing down is a very big part of it and something that me and the puppeteer have to focus on,” Payeur said. “It takes a lot of repetition and a lot of us meeting after [rehearsals] to go over it.” “It’s certainly a big undertaking to execute it well and make [the puppets] seem living and organic and as realistic and believable as possible,” Weirich added. “People will really think that this thing is talking and dancing, and they won’t know that there are three or four people operating it.” Weirich said the set will be “full of surprises” with moveable pieces that shift and transform to create different scenes. The theater itself will be an interactive part of the set in which audience members will pass through Skid Row, complete with trash cans and other props, to get to their seats. “It’s pretty transformative and escapist,” he said. “It really takes you out of the beautiful, picturesque fall in New Hampshire and takes you deep into this city where this scifi cult classic comes alive right in front of you.”


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• THE SONGS AND TALES OF WWI Presented by SKIT. Fri., Oct. 13, and Sat., Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.; and Sun., Oct. 15, 2 p.m. Warner Town Hall, 5 E. Main St, Warner. Tickets at Tatewell Gallery, Morgan Hill Bookstore and Main Street Bookends. Call 526-2910. • DISNEY’S ALADDIN JR. The Majestic Theatre presents. Fri., Oct. 13, through Sun., Oct. 15. Derry Opera House, 29 W. Broadway, Derry. Visit majestictheatre. net. • EXTREMITIES Players’ Ring Theatre production. Oct. 6 through Oct. 22. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. Prescott Park, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth. Tickets cost $18 for general admission and $14 for students and seniors. Visit playersring.org. • LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Peacock Players production. Oct. 13 through Oct. 22. Court Street Theatre, 14 Court St., Nashua. Visit peacockplayers.org. • THE WIZARD OF OZ A Com-

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munity Players of Concord production. Fri., Oct. 13, 7 p.m., and Sat., Oct. 14, 2 p.m. Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. $13. Visit communityplayersofconcord.org. • CRAZY WORLD The New Hampshire Theatre Project presents. Fri., Oct. 20, and Sat., Oct. 21, 8 p.m.; and Sun., Oct. 22, 2 p.m. West End Studio Theatre , 959 Islington St., Portsmouth. $40. Visit nhtheatreproject.org. • ANYTHING GOES Presented by Palace Theatre. Various showtimes Oct. 20 through Nov. 11. Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St. , Manchester. Children (age 6-12) $25, adults $39 to $45. Visit palacetheatre.org. • WILLY WONKA Oct. 20 through Nov. 28. Leddy Center for the Performing Arts, 38 Ladds Lane, Epping. $20. Visit leddycenter.org. • ANYTHING GOES Oct. 20 through Nov. 11. Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. $25 for children ages 6 through 12 and $39 to $45 for adults. Visit palace-

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• Proper English: The Manchester Community Theatre Players will perform My Fair Lady at the MCTP Theatre at The North End Montessori School (698 Beech St., Manchester) Oct. 13 through Oct. 22. An adaptation of the 1913 play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, My Fair Lady tells the story of a phonetician, Professor Henry Higgins, who makes a bet with fellow linguist Colonel Pickering that he can transform the cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a proper English lady. A cast of more than 30 singers and dancers will perform classic songs including “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” and “The Rain in Spain.” “The large ensemble moves with spirit and energy as they tap and dance in the streets of London,” choreographer Loren Hallett said in a press release. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students. Visit manchestercommunitytheatre.com or call 327-6777. • Off to see the Wizard: The Community Players of Concord will open their 90th season with The Wizard of Oz at the Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince St., Concord) on Friday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. This Young Performers’ Edition of the play based on the 1939

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The sight of massive pumpkins racing down the Piscataquog River has become much anticipated in Goffstown each October. Part of the town’s annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off and Regatta, the race features pumpkins carved by local groups competing to see who can design the best “boat.” The pumpkins come from the New Hampshire Giant Pumpkin Growers Association, which has been bringing them to festivals and fairs all season. The regatta is the last stop for many of the 1,000-pound gourds. “The giant pumpkins come rolling into town and then they weigh them out on the commons,” said Charity Frost, executive director

Teams decorate their pumpkin floats and race them down the Piscataquog. Courtesy photo.

of the Goffstown Main Street Program, which hosts the event each year. The teams, which each donate $300 to get their pumpkins, are ran-

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domly assigned to the pumpkins and begin carving and decorating before the race. Each year there’s a new theme, and this year’s is “storybook.”

“Some people’s focus is ‘I want to win’ and others say, ‘I want to have the coolest-looking pumpkin,’ and some try and do both,” Frost said. Once they’re carved and on the water, Frost said, the pumpkins wind up resembling floats in a parade. The pumpkins float naturally, Frost said, but sandbags are often added to balance them. Peggy Hatfield, board secretary of the Goffstown Main Street Program, said the pumpkins used to run on electric motors but now the racers use paddles, which are more reliable, to get around. “The paddling is hard because the pumpkins are so round,” Hatfield said. The race starts by the town’s dam and goes upstream to the Main Street bridge. The first pumpkin to pass under the bridge wins. 29

Schedule Saturday, Oct. 14 7 a.m. Parks and Recreation Great Pumpkin Hunt 8 a.m. Glen Lake Animal Hospital open house library book sale 9 a.m. Giant pumpkins arrive at the Common Giant pumpkin carving demonstration Tethered hot air balloon rides begin 4-H petting zoo at Ace Hardware Apple slingshots on Mill Street Art Show-Off in Town Hall Rummage sale on St. Matthew’s Church lawn Open house at Masonic Lodge Spin to Win at TD Bank 9:30 a.m. Exhibitors on the Common

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10 a.m. Live music at Brown Graphix Miss Robbins Dance Etc. on the Common Pumpkin painting at Ace Hardware 10:30 a.m. Doggie costume contest at Glen Lake Animal Hospital 11 a.m. NHGPA State Weigh-Off on the Common Main Street Chicken Kabob on Mill Street Pony rides on Church Street Noon Crowning of Prince and Princess on the Common 1 p.m. pumpkin seed spitting contest on the Common Goffstown’s Great Talent on the Common K-9 police demonstration on Mill Street

2 p.m. Cook-Off on the Common Fireman’s mini-muster on Mill Street 2:30 p.m. Giant pumpkin boat building on Mill Street 4 p.m. Booths close 8 p.m. Live music with Off Duty Angels at The Village Trestle Sunday, Oct. 15 7:30 a.m. 10K Race registration at The Village Trestle 8:30 a.m. 10K Race starts at The Village Trestle 10 a.m. Art Show Off at Town Hall Music by DJ, etc. Vendor booths open Apple slingshots on Mill Street Pumpkin games on the Common

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10:15 a.m. Kids’ Pumpkin Dash starts at The Village Trestle 11 a.m. Toad Hill Farm pony rides on Church Street Noon Giant pumpkin drop on Church Street 4-H petting zoo at Ace Hardware 1 p.m. Pie eating contest on Mill Street 2 p.m. Mini pumpkin race on Mill Street 2:15 p.m. Little Red Wagon kids’ race on Mill Street 2:45 p.m. Arrival of Pumpkin Prince and Princess 3 p.m. Giant Pumpkin Regatta on Mill Street

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Join the Shiloh Community Church (55 Edmond St., Manchester) for its second annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 14, from noon to 4 p.m. The festival celebrates the season with family events throughout the day, including bounce houses, an inflatable obstacle course, games, live DJ, music, food, a farmers market, craft vendors and a Krispy Kreme donut sale. The event is free to attend with food and crafts for sale. Call 627-7729 or visit facebook.com/Shiloh.CC.

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Join Living Yoga New Hampshire (120 N. Main St., Concord) for a yoga class geared toward children ages 5 to 10 on Sunday, Oct. 15, from 3 to 4 p.m. The class will teach kids about breath work, mindfulness, yoga poses and creative movement. Parents can also participate with their kids and everyone will go home with skills they can use on their own. The class is $15 per student with no additional cost for parents who want to participate. Contact 226-9642 or visit livingyoganh.com. Work with your child to create a fullsized Fairy Pumpkin House at the Craft Night at the Oasis (18 East Broadway, Derry) on Sunday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon. Everything you need to build a fairy house will be provided, including inspiration and instruction. Cost is $30 per child. Contact 425-7750 or visit facebook.com/ oasiscraftnight to register. Join the Community Players of Concord (Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord) for its 22nd offering of the classic play The Wizard of Oz with actors ages 8 to 17 presenting the Young Performer’s Edition on Friday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. The performance includes Health & Wellness • NATIONAL FIRE SAFETY WEEK AT THE NEW BOSTON FARMERS’ MARKET The New Boston Fire Department and the New Boston CERT Organizations will be coming to the market to promote fire safety. Visit the market to become informed. Sat., Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. New Boston Farmers’ Market, 2-6 River Road, New Boston. Free. Visit newbostonfarmersmarket.webs.com or call 487-2102.

StoneFalls Gardens songs such as “If I Only Had a Brain,” “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead” and “We’re Off to See the Wizard” for audience members of all ages to dance and sing along to. Tickets are $15. Contact 228-2793 or visit communityplayersofconcord.org.

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Admission to the Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St., Manchester) is free to New Hampshire residents and their families from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 14. Stop by the creative studio to make your own chapeau hat. Get inspiration for hat designs from the current Currier exhibition, “The Paris of Toulouse Lautrec.” Contact 669-6144 or visit currier.org.

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Join the Fun Fall Frolic to support Boys & Girls Clubs in New Hampshire on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8:30 a.m. at Bronstein Park in Manchester, at the corner of Beech and Amherst streets. The event features two races, one a 3.1-mile course and the other a 2-mile course. After the races, there will be a Fun Fall Kids Festival at the park with face painting, music, an obstacle course, fire trucks and food. The first 100 runners to register get free race gear. Day of registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Registration for the 3.1-mile race for adults is $25 online and $30 the day of; the 2-mile run is $20 online and $25 the day of. Kids under 12 are $15 online and $20 the day of for the 3.1-mile run; the 2-mile run is $10 online and $15 the day of. Call 860-6275 or visit funfallfrolic.racewire.com.

Museums & Tours Genealogy • NEW HAMPSHIRE SOCIETY OF GENEALOGISTS FALL MEETING Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, will provide the tools to set you on the path to identifying these mysteries. Photographs, a valuable asset to genealogists and historians, bring your unique story to life. Sat., Oct. 21, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Holiday Inn, 172 N. Main St., Concord. $40. Visit nhsog.org.

Nature & Gardening • MINDFULNESS AND NATURE OBSERVATION WORKSHOP Explore the magic of mindfulness. Mindfulness practices contribute to the sense of overall well-being. This workshop invites awareness of the body and breath to connect more deeply with your inner calm, vitality and nature. Sat., Oct. 14, 2 to 4 p.m. Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn. $10. Visit nhaudubon.org or call 668-2045.

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I’ve never calculated how much I spend each year on bird seed, but it’s considerable. I know people some spend a lot more. Does Mother Nature buy bags of booty for birds? No. We can reduce our expenditures and help the birds through judicious management of our wild spaces and our gardens. Now is a good time to plant a few things for the birds. To support birds, it’s important to provide them with food all year, nesting places, and safe places out of the reach of cats, foxes and hawks. Agreed, it is easier to feed black oil sunflower seeds to provide food in winter than to plant trees, but there are trees and shrubs that do provide fall and winter food. Shrubs are great for summer and fall treats. Pagoda dogwood provides berries that are eaten voraciously in mid-August, but are long gone now. Same for blueberries, which, alas, are enjoyed by the birds as much as they are by us. Three shrubs that produce fall berries are silky dogwood, red osier dogwood and gray dogwood. The first two grow wild in wet areas in part shade to full sun. Gray dogwood appears at the edges of dry forests. All produce berries enjoyed by birds. I went out in early October and found just a few berries left on silky dogwood growing wild near my stream. All have berries from August to October. For winter food, nuts and cones are the best source of bird food. It’s true that most birds cannot break open a walnut, chestnut or acorn — though I have seen crows feeding on walnuts broken open on the road. But as the winter progresses, nuts soften and the interiors become available to birds. Squirrels are messy eaters, and often leave parts of nuts scattered on the ground and available to birds, too. Two of the most popular trees with birds are the white pine and Canadian hemlock. Not only do they provide food — seeds from their cones — they provide shelter and nesting places. The eastern white pine is used by more than 40 species of birds, and Canadian hemlock is used by more than 25 species. If you are interested in learning more about trees and shrubs used by birds, I highly recommend a book by Richard M. DeGraaf, Trees, Shrubs and Vines for Attracting Birds. This book lists, for each common species of woody plant, the birds that use it, and how they use it. Is this a good time to plant trees and shrubs? Yes. Actually there are two schools of thought about this. Scientists have determined that trees and shrubs extend their roots in the fall, even after leaf drop. So many plantsmen, myself included, vote for fall planting. Not only are roots going to grow, the climate is usually cooler and wetter, so the chances of

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drying out are smaller. The other school of thought maintains that planting in spring is better. They say that so long as you are attentive to your plants, and keep them watered, they have more time to get settled in before the stress of winter. I’m a careful gardener, but a busy person, and I know how easy it is to forget about watering for a week or two. So I say plant now — or in September, but not after early November. I recently went to a gardening workshop where one of the presenters advocated removing much of the soil from perennials purchased in pots before planting. The idea is that plants grown in pots get their roots all snarled up over time, and have roots circling the plants. I have always teased out plant roots with a finger or a tool, but have never used her suggestion — a stream of water. So recently I tried using the hose to loosen plant roots, and, much to my surprise, it worked very well. I thought I’d be holding a handful of mud and a disintegrating root ball, but it worked fine. So next time I plant a tree or shrub, I shall try using a sharp stream of water to wash away some of the soil and to allow me to tease out the roots more easily, without breaking them. But back to the birds. Here is a list of plants that DeGraaf’s book list as helping 20 or more species of birds: balsam fir, sugar maple, serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.), birches, flowering dogwood, beech, Eastern red cedar, apples and crabapples, red mulberry, black tupelo, spruces, pitch pine, cherries of all kinds, oaks and American elm. That list includes some Zone 5 and 6 trees, so not all are appropriate everywhere. Of the shrubs, here are some of the best: dogwoods of all kinds, hawthorn, huckleberry, bayberry, staghorn sumac, roses, brambles of all sorts, elders and blueberries. Common grapevine is also highly useful for birds. It’s true most of us do not have garden space for more big trees, but there is always space for a few more shrubs along the edges of our space. You may reach Henry by email at henry.homeyer@comcast.net. Read Henry’s regular blogs at https://dailyuv.com/gardeningguy.


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gets its team’s name added to a trophy. The person on the winning team who is operating the pumpkin during the race gets to take home his own trophy. The concept of the pumpkin regatta came from Jim Beauchemin, a member of the New Hampshire Giant Pumpkin Growers Association. Beauchemin said he was looking for a place to host the state’s giant pumpkin weigh-off, and the Goffstown Mainstreet Program was looking for an event to host downtown. Beauchemin had seen images on TV of people in Nova Scotia carving out 500- to 1,000-pound pumpkins and floating them in the water. He suggested the idea of a pumpkin regatta to the organizers in Goffstown, and they were hooked. “They were all in awe; they couldn’t beleive we wanted to try such a thing,” Beauchemin said. Meg Norklun, the gymnastics director at the Goffstown YMCA, became the first woman to win the regatta, in 2015. Norklun is competing again this year, and her strategy is to get the energy from the crowd that watches from the finish line on the bridge. “When you are dressed in the costume and the people are cheering you on, you get so

much adrenaline out there,” Norklun said. Norklun said her pumpkin design will remain a secret until race day. “It’s a short race but it takes a lot of effort and energy,” Norklun said. The weekend-long event also includes a pumpkin carving demonstration, an art show and a 10K road race. An apple slingshot event for kids will have kids shooting apples at targets out in the water. The pumpkin seed spitting competition is also popular with kids. A mini pumpkin race features a truckload of small pumpkins labeled with numbers. Participants buy a pumpkin for $5 or five pumpkins for $20. The dump truck dumps the pumpkins from the bridge, and the first one to flow downstream and reach the dam wins. The winner gets half of the proceeds and the other half goes to the Main Street Program. Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off and Regatta Where: 7 Main St., Goffstown When: Saturday, Oct. 14, from 7 a.m to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 15, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: Free Visit: goffstownmainstreet.org

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Air-bag recall is a risk-management issue Dear Car Talk: My BMW 335i is equipped with the defective Takata air bags that are under recall. I was officially notified by BMW last October, but a date for repair has By Ray Magliozzi never been given, and the dealership maintains that it’s illegal to disable the bags, so they will not do it for me. Can you recommend a mechanic in the Denver metro area that will disable and discard the killer bags for me? The car is still too nice to just push off a cliff, and wearing a steel plate around my neck inhibits my driving. Please help! — Ali This has become a risk-management problem, Ali. You won’t find a mechanic who will disable the air bag for you — the liability would be too great. Obviously, the best thing to do is to not drive the car. Or, if it’s just the passenger-side air bag, make sure you’re always driving (actually, don’t let anyone sit in the passenger seat). But for most people, not driving their car or trading it in is not a realistic option. The second-best option would be to ask your dealer for a loaner car until yours can be fixed. Some manufacturers are providing

loaner cars for their customers, so it’s worth asking about. But here’s where the risk management begins. One of our customers has a 2010 Honda CR-V. The dealer offered her a loaner car while she waited for her car to be fixed. But when she went to get it, all they would pay for was the smallest subcompact car that Enterprise rented; they would not provide another CR-V or similarly sized vehicle. So she had to weigh whether driving around in a shoebox was riskier than taking a chance that (A) she would crash her CR-V, (B) that the air bag would deploy in that crash, and (C) that the air bag would actually be defective rather than just be at risk of being defective. She asked if she could upgrade the rental to something larger, and she could have, but it would have cost her $25 a day ($750/ mo) for who knows how many months? She ultimately decided to drive her own larger, heavier, safer car rather than the subcompact. While the air bags under recall all could become defective (and kill you), not all of them are currently defective. So you also have to assess the risk based on your car. Heat, humidity and time are said to be the biggest risk factors for these defective air bags. So if you live in southern Florida

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wheel squeezes together two pads around a spinning brake disc — like the brakes on a bicycle tire. But after a while, the disc will warp. That can happen because it’s old and worn out, or because you’ve overheated it. I’m guessing your discs are just 30,000 miles overdue for being changed. Once the disc is warped, when you step on the brake, the warped part of the disc pushes back against the squeezing brake pads. You’ll feel that in the brake pedal, and when it gets really bad, in the steering wheel, too. And here’s the headline, Patrick: Your discs are warped really badly. That means you’re not getting the full power of your brakes, which is dangerous. You also could have more than one problem. You could have warped discs, which start the vibration, and a bad tie rod end, which magnifies it. And a bad tie rod end is something you urgently need to fix, before a wheel falls off. So now that you know what it is, and that it’s potentially serious, please go get it fixed. Since you obviously haven’t been to a mechanic in ages, find out what else the car needs, too. And after that, go see your doctor and get your past 10 annual physicals, too. Good luck, Patrick. Visit Cartalk.com.

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There will be 40 vendors at the Salzburg Square October Fest.

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Salzburg Square in Amherst is hosting an October Fall Fest with food, music and vendors filling the German-themed shopping center. Event organizer Michael Spyridakis said the German-themed storefronts were the idea of the market’s founder. “He picked up the concept from Disney and Epcot and brought it to Amherst, ” said Spyridakis. The festival continues in that spirit of creating a German feel. With the backdrop of the German-style shops, the Mad Bavarian Band will be performing in German outfits, and Spyridakis said the band will bring an authentic German long horn that weighs over 100 pounds. Not everything will be German, though; there will be vendors at the festival with products ranging from food and drinks to arts and crafts. Kerri Durkee will be at the event with her Better Than Before Home Furnishings. Durkee finds vintage items, like furniture and windows, and gives them a new life. “I take old pieces of furniture or wood, anything that is broken down and vintage, and I will give it a new life,” said Durkee. Durkee calls her process upcycling because she is not only recycling the products but she also upgrades them. She refinishes furniture, upholsters chairs and

upcycles pieces of wood and metal. Her booth at The Salzburg Square Fall Festival will have furniture that she has upcycled herself, including vintage chairs, benches and windows. “I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of other vendors up that way,” said Durkee. FREEisHandful Pomaire a Chilean of food truck that will Coins be at the serving fried and forfestival All Children baked empanadas, sandwiches and ensalaUnder 16 Courtesy of das. Local cider presser Rob Leahy will be Northeast serving fresh appleNumismatics cider from his restored (Fri & Sat only) hand-operated cider press. FREE! Childrens’ northeastcoin.com Spyridakis said introduction to Coin Salzburg Square ovember Collecting Program, will be selling cof-FREE APPRAISALS - CASH BUYERS ON SITE! F riday & S aturday Saturday fee, cookies and 10:30AM FREE APPRAISALS Leahy’s hand pressed cider to Radisson Hotel Center of New Hampshire raise money for hur700 Elm Street, Downtown Manchester ricane relief. Five COINS • CURRENCY • STAMPS percent of profits made by stores at GOLD • SILVER • PAPER COLLECTIBLES MICHAEL SPYRIDAKIS Salzburg Square that day will also be donated. Fri 10 to 7, Sat 9 to 4 Spyridakis said the vendors and store More than 75 dealers from owners are excited about the event because New England, NY, NJ, PA, MD, FL and CA it will bring in new customers and will help Guest Speakers raise money for a good cause. “They were enthusiastic about putting Friday 3PM - Pierre Fricke together a fundraiser for charity,” said Collecting Confederate Currency Spyridakis.

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Trebuchets, catapults, torsion machines and air cannons will launch pumpkins thousands of feet before they collide with the ground at the third annual Extreme Chunkin event at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Three categories of pumpkin throwing machines compete on Saturday and Sunday to see which designs prove the most efficient: catapults and trebuchets, air cannons and torsion machines. Event organizer George Hamilton said catapults and trebuchets use counterweights to hurl the 10-pound pumpkins across the field. Torsion machines use pressure built up from a wound rope, and air cannons use pressurized air to launch the pumpkins. The sport of “punkin chunkin” has its world championships in Delaware, but Hamilton said record holders in each category are hobbyists from New England. “We wanted to bring our activity to our fans in New England so they could see the creations that the people have built right here,” said Hamilton. Steve Seigars will bring his famous Yankee Siege trebuchet to the event and will be showcasing the power of the 60,000-pound medieval-style machine between the three competitions. Seigars built the machine while running a farm stand in Greenfield, New Hampshire, because he wanted to attract more customers. “It’s a gravity-driven machine made in medieval times to toss boulders into the castle walls,” said Seigars. Instead of boulders, Seigars threw pumpkins. He threw them so well that someone suggested he attend the world championship competition in Delaware. In 2003 Seigars brought the Yankee Siege to Delaware. Despite his lack of formal engineering experience, Seigars said, his Yankee Siege won its division six years in row. “We were throwing our 50-pound pumpkins farther than they were throwing their 10-pound pumpkins,” said Seigars. The Yankee Siege comes out of retirement each year for the Extreme Chunkin event. Between the organized competitions, Seigars launches pianos, barrels of water, couches and Volkswagen Beetles into the sky. The counterweight alone weighs 20,000 pounds. The kids’ division brings in school groups and families learning about physics and math by building trebuchets of their own. Seigars said the excitement the kids feel when they launch their pumpkins matches

The Yankee Siege at Punkin Chunkin at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Courtesy photo.

the excitement of the crowds watching. “That’s one of the biggest crowd favorites these years. You can see the excitement. … These are the future engineers in this world. This is a learning experience and something that is going to stay with them,” said Seigars. Hamilton said people on Facebook voted to have the Yankee Siege throw a 650-pound bail of hay. Hamilton said that while the contests are being held, there will be pumpkins launched at least every 10 minutes. The air cannons fire the pumpkins more than 4,000 feet. Hamilton said the only way to see one of those pumpkins is to stand behind the cannon so you can track its arc. If you stand beside it, you’ll only see a puff a smoke and the pumpkin will be gone. Part of the allure of the mechanical machines is the visible nature of their engineering. Hamilton said if you watch the catapults, trebuchets and torsion machines from the side, you can see all the mechanisms that harness the energy that launches the pumpkins. “It’s unbelievable the speed they can generate with these pumpkins,” said Hamilton. For more entertainment, the air cannons will shoot at a rolling shooting gallery that will have 55-gallon water barrels hanging from an A-frame pulled by a tractor. Hamilton said the pumpkins could reach a speed of Mach 1, creating a sonic boom. Hamilton said the while the competitions are going on, carnival rides and food vendors will also be available. Extreme Chunkin Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1122 Route 106, Loudon). When: Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $10 and $15 at the gate; kids 10 and under free. Visit: extremechunkin.com


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FOOD Ethnic eats

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Pakistan native Tariq Mahmood has owned the Asian & Middle Eastern Halal Market on the corner of Massabesic and Cypress streets in Manchester for a little more than three years, offering Indian and European products like frozen dumplings, coffee, tea, naans and spices. Last December, Mahmood and his wife had saved up enough money to open a small restaurant in the space adjoining the market. The Asian Kabab & Grill offers a modern take on dozens of authentic Indian and Pakistani meat, vegetarian and dessert dishes, and its extensive menu is available for dining in, take-out and delivery. There’s a catering menu too, and Mahmood was making weekly appearances at the Bedford Farmers Market and will be at Manchester’s last farmers market of the summer Thursday, Oct. 12, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Mahmood said that among the specialties found on the menu are the naans, or flatbread, made about every other day in a clay oven. There are several different naan flavors to choose from in addition to plain white bread — there’s garlic naan, keema naan, peshawari naan, tandoori roti and more. “The [stuffed] keema naan is a bread made with ground beef and chicken [in] it, kind of like on a pizza,” Mahmood said. “Peshawari is a sweet naan with nuts, cherries, almonds and raisins.”

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Asian Kabab & Grill and Asian & Middle Eastern Halal Market Where: 376 and 374 Massabesic St., Manchester Hours: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 11 p.m. Visit: asiankababgrill.com or call 782-3366

Chicken curry from Asian Kabab & Grill. Courtesy photo.

Naans are cooked to order and can be paired with a choice of meat or vegetarian entrees. Other popular menu items are the samosas, or bread turnovers deep fried and filled with either marinated boneless chicken or spiced potatoes and peas. They make good snacks or appetizers, Mahmood said. The pakoda is a popular spicy snack that is deep fried and made with onion slices and spinach leaves, or with eggs. For other starters, there are the boneless fish fry slices, which are fried and marinated, or the samosa chaat, a plate of peas or chole masala, freshly cut vegetables and a dash of lemon. Many of the meat-based main courses are prepared with either chicken or lamb. There’s the chicken curry, a skinless and boneless chicken dish in a spiced sauce, and the chicken pepper fry, a fried chicken dish with black pepper, onions and chopped cilantro. Chicken seekh kababs prepared in the clay oven are also available for eight pieces per purchase, and chicken chapli kababs, shaped like patties and minced with spices

and tomatoes, are on the menu as well. For sides, there’s chicken or vegetable biryani, a rice dish mixed with various spices, as well as gosht dishes, or those prepared with goat meat. There’s a gosht pepper fry, made with chopped onions and black pepper, and karahi, a very spicy goat dish with tomato and spices. Other gosht dishes on the menu are karela gosht, cooked with onion, and the aloo gosht, prepared with potatoes and a stew-like gravy. You can top your meal off with one of several homemade desserts, like the mango lassi, the gajar ka halwa or the gulab jamun. “The gulab jamun is like a fried dumpling that’s made with sugar and syrup,” Mahmood said, adding that the mango lassi is a yogurt-based drink, and the rasmalai is made with powdered whole milk and sugar. A large backroom behind the restaurant is in the works to host special events and parties, Mahmood said. He said he would also like to appear at more local farmers markets and expand on the menu to include lunch or dinner buffets in the future.

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A young foodie considers the potato-and-pea-filled pocket By Harry Fladd Editor’s Note: Harry Fladd, age 12, is an adventurous eater, perhaps a trait he got from his dad, Hippo writer emeritus John Fladd (who wrote the column “Almost Gruntled” as well as much of

the Hippo’s food coverage in the paper’s early years). Now a seventh grader, Harry first appeared in the Hippo (via ultrasound photo) in an Almost Gruntled column. Harry’s current favorite foods include fettuccini Alfredo and avocado

toast. Below, Harry considers the samosa and recounts his experiences (yours may vary) with five local approaches to the dish.

Harry. Courtesy photo.

I like samosas. Why samosas? What are samosas? Samosas are


Kathmandu Spice (379 S. Willow St., Manchester): The filling could be spicier, the pastry is nice and crispy but not all the way around. The texture is really good. The filling goes down nicely. It has almost a creamy texture and feels nice on the throat. The staff are amazing and incredibly nice. Pastry 9/10, Spiciness 8/10, Filling 9/10 Overall Score 26/30 Royal India (575 South Willow St., Manchester): The spiciness level is a bit too spicy for me. The pastry is perfect, crispy and flaky. It is a little like pie dough. The filling is good, it tastes a little tinny and metallic. The texture is really good — smooth and easy to swallow. Pastry 10/10, Spiciness 7/10, Filling 9/10 Overall Score: 26/30 Taj India (967 Elm St., Manchester): The dough at Taj India Is a bit thicker than the others but otherwise very good. It’s pie-crusty and not as crisp as at other places. The filling is a bit too spicy to taste like much of anything. The

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Whole Foods (121 S. River Road., Bedford): Whole Foods isn’t actually a restaurant, but they do make samosas, so I thought it was a good idea to check their samosas out. Overall, they were only OK. This samosa was kind of meh. This is the type of samosa most people have tried. The filling wasn’t spicy enough for me. There were too many types of spices. When I ate it, the spices all hit my nostrils and it was confusing. The crust was a little limp. Pastry 8/10, Spiciness 7/10, Filling 7/10 Overall Score: 22/30 Asian Kabab & Grill (376 Massabesic St., Manchester): This was my very favorite samosa. The crust was crispy all the way around — kind of like an eggroll. The filling has a subtle spiciness. There are mild spices which make it taste really good, with just a little bit of hotness at the end of each bite. This has a higher than usual potato-to-pea ratio, which is important, because the inside of the samosa is supposed to be more pillowy than crunchy and blech. Pastry 10/10, Spiciness 10/10, Filling 10/10 Overall Score: 30/30

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annual event around this time of year every year.” In addition to the brews, Simonian said a traditional Oktoberfest menu is being planned for the duration of the day, with special items like homemade German-style pretzels, bratwurst, and pork tenderloins with housemade sauerkraut. The Flight Center’s normal menu options will also be served. Simonian said the event begins when The Flight SETH SIMONIAN Center opens at 11 a.m. that day. The Mad Bavarian Brass Band will perform at 3 p.m. A traditional Oktoberfest costume contest will be held for those interested in dressing up in their best lederhosen, according to Simonian. A $50 gift card to The Flight Center will be awarded to the best costume, with voting to take place later in the evening. Stein hoisting competitions, in which participants try to be the longest to hold out a full stein in front of their bodies with straight arms, will be another highlight, and event steins will be available for sale. “The food and the party essentially go on all day … until midnight,” Simonian said.

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L’Chayim Jewish Food Festival returns to Manchester By Matt Ingersoll

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Brisket, pastrami and corned beef deli meat, along with stuffed cabbage, sweet noodle kugel and other pastries are all on the menu at the L’Chayim Jewish Food Festival in Manchester. The fourth annual event, named after the Hebrew transliteration meaning “celebration,” is happening on Sunday, Oct. 15, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Temple Adath Yeshurun. “All of our volunteers who make the food have been doing it forever and even had grandparents who used to,” said Cate Tanzer, president of Temple Adath Yeshurun and co-chair of the festival. “We thought it was a nice way to open the temple up to the greater Manchester area to come in and see what we’re all about.” This is the first time the temple has partnered with Evan’s New York Style Deli in Marblehead, Mass., where the pastramis, corned beef and tongues will come from. “They are going to be selling it to us and we’ll be slicing it ourselves with two deli slicers and selling it by the pound,” Tanzer said. “You can also get any of those meats as a sandwich.” Other options include slow cooked brisket, rye breads, matzo ball soup, and stuffed cabbage leaves with rice, onion and ground beef, and tzimmes. “Tzimmes is a carrot and sweet potato butter sauce made with brown sugar and salt added in so that it’s not too sweet,” Tanzer said. There’s also challah, a Jewish bread, and noodle kugel, a warm baked dish prepared with fluffy egg noodles that are mixed with cheeses and sour cream and topped with butter, brown sugar and almonds. It can be eaten as a side dish or a dessert, according to Tanzer. For other desserts, enjoy the rugelach, a crescent-shaped pastry made with a variety of sweet fillings, or the mandelbrot baked almond cookies. A glazed apple strudel will

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also be served, as well as cinnamon and chocolate babka. “The babka is a cake that has a spread shaped into a figure 8 of cinnamon, brown sugar and walnuts inside, and there’s a chocolate one too,” Tanzer said. Tanzer said this year’s festival is being held later in the day than in previous years to coincide with the end of the New England Patriots game as well as a performance of My Fair Lady by the Manchester Community Theater Players, which are both expected to wrap up just as the serving of the food will get underway. “We also decided to cross-advertise with [the theater], so if you’re going to the show and you come down to the festival afterward and bring your ticket stub, you can get a dollar off of whatever food item you want,” she said. She recommends getting there as early as you can, as some foods have been known to sell out before the end of the event in the past. “We have made much more this year, but I would definitely say it’s better if you get there early to get what you want,” she said.

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More than 30 restaurants will congregate in Concord for the annual Taste of New Hampshire event to showcase their offerings — formerly known as Taste of Concord, this is the first time the event will be open to res-

taurants in southern New Hampshire beyond the greater Concord area. The 12th annual event is happening at the Grappone Conference Center on Thursday, Oct. 19, and will include live music, cooking demonstrations, a silent auction, raffles and the return of the Top Slider Chef competition, in which several of the appearing restaurants will be participating. 40

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expand the circle if you will, due to the number and locations of the restaurants and to us opening more clubs in the state,” he said. This year’s Top Slider Chef competition includes Alan’s of Boscawen, Arnie’s Place, The Barley House, Cheers Grille and Bar, the Hungry Buffalo and Makris Lobster & Steak House. “There will be a voting station … where the guests of the event will be able to vote on who had the best slider,” Clay said. “The votes are tallied at the end of the night and the winner gets a special plaque. Arnie’s has been dominant over the years, but they were actually beat out last year by the Tarte Cafe & Bakery … so everything is very good and people have a lot of fun with it.” Clay said a variety of items are going to be available at the silent auction, like VIP tours of local breweries and restaurant gift

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pe.com) Hermanos Cocina Mexicana (11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669, hermanosmexican.com) The Hungry Buffalo (58 Route 129, Loudon, 798-3737, hungrybuffalotavern.com) Makris Lobster & Steak House (354 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, 225-7665, eatalobster. com) Margaritas Mexican Restaurant (35 Warren St., Concord, 224-2821, margs.com) Michele’s Sweet Shoppe (123 Nashua Road, No. 14, Londonderry, 425-2946, michelessweetshoppe.com) Mitchell’s Fresh (Concord, mitchellsfresh. com) New England’s Tap House Grille (1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 782-5137, taphousenh.com) New Hampshire Distributors (65 Regional Drive, Concord, 224-9991, nhdist.com) Newick’s Lobster House (317 Loudon Road, Concord, 225-2424, newicks.com) O Steaks & Seafood (11 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7925, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup. com/osteaks) Pats Peak Banquet Center (686 Flanders Road, Henniker, 428-3245, patspeak.com) Red Arrow Diner (112 Loudon Road, Concord, 415-0444, redarrowdiner.com) Red Blazer Restaurant & Pub (72 Manchester St., Concord, 224-4101, theredblazer.com) Smokeshow Barbeque (89 Fort Eddy Road, Concord, 227-6399, smokeshowbbq.com)


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It’s pumpkin season! My daughters and I just returned from a patch and came home with a few choice pumpkins. While most of our focus was on finding the perfect pumpkin to carve, I had another thought in my head. What else can I do with a pumpkin? Canned pumpkin puree is incredibly popular this time of year but can we do more with these squash varieties? After all, the farmers market is filled to the brim with every kind of squash imaginable to cook. Have we neglected pumpkins in the kitchen? Pumpkins make their way into fall cuisine in a variety of ways. From a pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks to pumpkin pie at the Thanksgiving table, they are everywhere. They’re high in beta-carotene, as one might expect from their orange color, and vitamin A. But really, they’re mostly water! While I’m grateful to have pumpkin canned and already pureed for me when I want to make a pie, there is so much we can do with a pumpkin of our own. Check out my list below: Roast the whole thing and puree. Obviously, this wouldn’t work with the prized pumpkin at your local fair — you’d never get it in your oven! Yet, a small sugar pumpkin is perfect for popping in your oven at 350 degrees for a little less than an hour. Just make sure you pierce the sides to allow for ventilation, like you would when baking a potato. Pumpkin is finished when you can pierce the skin easily with a fork. Scrape out the seeds, peel off the skin (this should be easy) and run through a food processor. You’ll have tons of puree to make pie with, mix into your smoothies or even

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While I typically write about wine, I want to shift gears slightly this week and tell you about the record quantity of single-barrel whiskey and bourbon that the New Hampshire Liquor Commission recently selected. Why is this great news for fans of these spirits? Let me explain. In April of this year, representatives traveled to Tennessee and Kentucky, where they purchased 62 individual barrels of Tennessee whiskey and bourbon. And they are from some names you may recognize: Jack Daniel’s, Woodford Reserve, Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey and Jim Beam. Limited quantities of these single-barrel spirits are available for purchase in New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet stores and the remainder will be available in late October to coincide with the fifth annual Distiller’s Showcase of Premium Spirits. Traditionally, distillers make Tennessee whiskey and bourbon by blending spirits from multiple barrels so the flavor profile is consistent. What makes these barrels different is that they are “single barrel” products, aged at higher

warehouse levels where the extreme temperature swings create distinct colors, flavors and profiles. In short, these spirits are very unique and cannot be duplicated. They range from those with sweet notes of vanilla and caramel to others that are bold and spicy. You can check the availability by visiting liquorandwineoutlets.com. The NHLC has expanded its barrel-buy program in recent years, having purchased single barrel bourbon and whiskey in the past. This summer, NHLC also purchased nine barrels of barrel-aged tequila. They said it is due to customer demand, which makes sense since these spirits are so distinctive. If you’re a fan, you’ll want to add some to your collection. While I did not taste these particular Tennessee whiskeys and bourbon this time around, I have tasted some of the single-barrel products in the past and learned a lot about the different flavor profiles. I was impressed with the subtle differences from barrel to barrel, especially in the tequila. What I once thought of as only a margarita mixer has given me much more appreciation for tequila itself. Speaking of the Distiller’s Showcase, if you are interested in attending this event, it takes place on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Manches-

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There are so many great wine events happening this fall. Here are two more to tell you about that are happening next weekend. Averill House Vineyard in Brookline is having an open house and grand opening during the weekend of Oct. 21 and Oct. 22, which also happens to be New Hampshire Wine Weekend for three area vineyards. During the open house and grand opening, they will offer tours in addition to tastings from

11 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days. You can also take some of their wine home with you. Their current wine list includes Sweet Blueberry, Tropical Viognier, Boysenberry, Cherry Riesling, Watermelon Merlot, Peach Chardonnay, and Strawberry Zinfandel. Similar to the Lakes Region Barrel Tasting event held in the past, New Hampshire Wine Weekend includes three Manchester area wineries: Averill House Vineyard in Brookline, Fulchino Vineyard in Hollis and Copper Beech Winery in Hooksett. Each winery has its own unique offerings, so this event will give you an opportunity to taste a wide variety of wines, from fruit wines to more Italian style wines and others in between. To participate, just purchase a commemorative wine glass for $10, take it around to use for tasting and be entered into a raffle to win a selection of wines from all three wineries. First prize is a full case; second prize is half a case and third prize is a bottle of wine from each winery. Increase your chances by visiting all three during the weekend. Advance tickets are recommended and can be purchased by visiting the Averill House or Fulchino websites or by following the links on their Facebook pages.

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Sixth studio album by the Norwegian artpop singer, whose Ten Love Songs was, if you want to get specific, the 16th most well-received album of 2015, according to Metacritic, with one guy calling it basically Lana Del Rey without the bad boy obsession, which is more or less true, but the soggy wistfulness sounded pretty familiar to me in some places, whereas other songs were almost Wumpscut-goth in their (willowy) ferocity. But whatever, we could always use more Lana Del Reys and willowy Wumpscut-goth, but here she’s forked off to a few different flavors. On “Reincarnation” Sundfør dabbles in Melanie-esque Woodstock-ian Americana with touchy-feely Jewel wide-eyedness and slide guitars before hunkering back to the familiarity of lost-soul Del Rey nicking (“Good Luck Bad Luck”). “The Sound of War” is unplugged Zola Jesus angst that leads into the wombat-techno weirdness of the title track and “Bedtime Stories” — matter of fact, it’s like Goldfrapp’s dreary Tales of Us until the very end (“Mountaineers”), which made me think of Lorde covering Donna Summer. Meh. B- — Eric W. Saeger

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I’m positive this record wasn’t meant to be timed specifically for a Halloween release, but things rarely get ghostlier than this classical-leaning release from the Icelandic princess, whose background includes both weird-beard indie (she cofounded the band múm whilst a teenager) and classical (she holds a double master’s in music from Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in St. Petersburg). The pieces she’s chosen here are writings from composers old and new, which she decorates most weirdly with the instruments she’s mastered over the years, those being cello, piano and zither. Collaborator/label-runner Shahzad Ismaily is aboard to add guitars and synth, but again it’s Valtysdóttir’s willingness to go gutter-level and interpret “Seikilos Epitaph,” the oldest known complete musical composition (dated between 200 BC to AD 100), into a murky, hypnotizing jaunt that conjures gothic mermaids. This process has its better moments when Valtysdóttir whips out her voice — a confident yet befuddled, loopy half-whisper — but that’s just icing on a very bony, spooky cake that amounts to a platoon of Rasputinas who didn’t stop with cellos. Brilliant throughout. A+ — Eric W. Saeger

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• One of the few remaining reasons I haven’t won a journalism Pulitzer yet is because I couldn’t care less about wombat-rocker Beck, not that I don’t appreciate tedious joke-folk music or whatever his trip is, but I’d like Mr. and Mrs. Pulitzer, or whatever Illuminati lizard-people run the awards, to know that I did approve of the song about being a loser. Colors, Beck’s new record, is streeting Oct. 13 — a Friday the 13th, get it, because he’s a loser? — and that leaves nothing left to do on this bit except the part where I frag off to YouTube and evaluate whatever nothingburger Calexican or pseudo-Beatles or random changeup (because “never mind the last two boring albums, Beck is this generation’s Bowie!”) he’s pitching as a single. The single “Dear Life” is OK, kind of like Paul McCartney circa 1974, with one of those patented bonk-bonk-bonk beats. Some nice layers there, now let’s move on. • One of the more recent cool moves of identical-twin hipster-Canadians Tegan and Sara was ignoring the entertainment industry’s boycott of North Carolina over the HB2 Bathroom Police bill; instead they played their show and donated the money to Equality North Carolina in order to fight the legislation. Their new album, The Con X: Covers, is a set of songs from their 2006 album, The Con, covered by other artists, with all proceeds going to the Tegan and Sara Foundation, which will distribute the funds among social justice and LGBTQ groups. No word at this writing who’s covering the songs, but come on, it’s for charity, who cares. • With her fast-approaching new album Beautiful Trauma, P!nk retains the heavyweight diva championship on the strength of the single “What About Us” alone. Yeah, it sort of rips off the old ’Til Tuesday song “Voices Carry,” but this girl is like a Mortal Kombat character in the strength department, sounding like Lady Gaga after a few years of Adele lessons. Another over-amped tearjerker slam-ballad that makes 4 Non Blondes look twee, yes, but man, she really is a boss. • 1990s throwback William Patrick Corgan used to call himself Billy, but that was when he was in Smashing Pumpkins, so forget it. Disliking Smashing Pumpkins was another thing that cost me a Pulitzer, but now that he’s friends with awesome vampire movie host Svengoolie, I’ve changed my mind, especially because Corgan used to look like the monster from I Was a Teenage Vampire when he was young, but now it’s too late for me to get a Pulitzer because no one cares about Smashing Pumpkins anymore, so we’ll just go ahead per usual. His new solo album Ogilala is due out directly, and on this album you’ll hear a single, “Aeronaut,” a big-ass rawk ballad that’s actually pretty good, like Ben Folds in rock star mode. I should get a Pulitzer for saying that. — Eric W. Saeger

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Hollis author and filmmaker Geoffrey James’s The Blood Pope is proof you don’t need professional filmmaking experience or a large budget to make an animated film; he created it on his home computer for less than $1,000. “Being able to make your own animated film Courtesy photo. at this level of quality is something that’s really new, and something that I think I’m pioneering,” James said. “The tools for computer animation are becoming so inexpensive and easy to use that an author like me can make their own movie, just like authors nowadays can publish their own books.” James is currently a contributing editor and daily blog writer for the business website Inc.com as well as the author of 10 published books like Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know and How to Say It: B2B Selling. While most of his writing is centered on business and technology, he has done some fiction prior to The Blood Pope, including his historical fiction novel Sorcerer: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth’s Alchemist. The Blood Pope is inspired by the true events surrounding Pope Innocent VIII in 1492 as he sought the help of an alchemist and underwent a blood transfusion to extend his life. James adapted the script from a short story he had written in a writers group. The story reimagines the historical account with a science fiction twist and surprise ending. “I had the transfusion take place with a chemical device with boiling test tubes and gears and things like that, [whereas] in the real story, they have [the Pope] drink the blood, or they got it into his body with a funnel,” James said. “So it’s based on history, but has some speculative elements when it comes to the technology.” The Blood Pope has been shown at film festivals around the country and has won awards including the Most Original Animated Film Director Award at the Something Wicked Film Festival in Georgia and an Award of Recognition at The IndieFEST Film Awards in California. It’s now available to watch for a limited time on the film’s website. James became interested in animation at a young age, often creating animated flip

books in the margins of his school books. After home computers hit the mainstream, he started exploring animation programs. In 2006, James released a feature-length animated film called Borg War, which was the first nonsatire fan film to be shown at an official Star Trek convention. “What I love about animation is that it allows you to work in all different mediums at once,” he said. “You’re thinking about the words, the characters, the visuals, the movement, the sound and music. You get to create your own world and tell the story in a multifaceted way, and to me, as a creative person, that’s fascinating and incredibly fulfilling.” James started work on The Blood Pope in the spring of 2015, using the animation program iClone by Reallusion and hiring freelance voice actors to voice the film’s dialogue. He taught himself how to adapt his short story into a script for film by studying the scripts for the first six episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. “There are things in the story that, when you go to [turn it into] film, don’t really work,” he said. “There’s a lot of compression because things are too wordy, or you just don’t need as many words because more is told visually. Then, there are some of the original scenes that I had to change entirely because I couldn’t figure out how to animate them.” Amateur animation is a great way for authors to bring their written stories to the screen, James said; it’s relatively cheap and simple and allows the author to keep his vision for the film intact. “Every author thinks about making their stuff into a movie, but many times [when making a film], there is all this complicated collaboration, and the writer loses complete control,” he said. “Now [with amateur animation], writers can bypass all that. They can tell their story in a new medium, and they can do it themselves.” James is currently wrapping up a new contemporary science fiction thriller novel and is in the process of creating a trailer for an animated film adaptation of his novel Sorcerer, which he’s considering producing in the future. The Blood Pope For more information about The Blood Pope and to view the film, visit thebloodpope.com.

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also been forced to resign, for reasons that are slowly teased out through the story. The novel flashes back from 1964 to the paranoid McCarthyism of 1955 and the Cold War 1960s. These are by far the most captivating parts of the plot, but it takes a while for the threads to pick up momentum. Nagy drops breadcrumbs about the now-deceased Hannah’s communist ties and Jim’s alleged treason, enticing the reader to see how deeply these characters may have betrayed their families and country. The book could have benefitted from exploring the deterioration of Hannah and Lila’s relationship over Hannah’s political affiliations, but instead they cut ties offscreen, and Lila is reduced to the role of femme fatale to entice nearly all of the male characters. Eventually, the various combinations of relationships have their own plot twists, though it’s difficult to determine whether any of the characters truly care for each other. Sorting out the interpersonal relationships between characters is made all the more difficult from the ever-shifting points of view. At certain points, Nagy cycles through three characters’ heads in just as many paragraphs without warning, requiring deliberate focus from the reader to parse out who is thinking what. Instead of providing robust caricatures of the novel’s many protagonists (as Nagy probably intended with this technique), the omniscient narrator prevents any one character from being fully fleshed out and makes it tough for the reader to stay grounded in the present scenes. Perhaps Nagy threw in extraneous details to force the reader to figure out which characters and events are important and which ones are red herrings, mimicking the investigations that follow Hannah and Jim. However, if that was the intention, the frustrating process of piecing the puzzle together may detract from the rewarding feeling upon the puzzle’s completion. Other subplots include Jim and Lila’s son Catta surviving a night alone on one of the smaller islands with no tools to aid him, Lila sleeping with Billy after Hannah’s death, and Seven Island’s annual sheep migration from the main island to another one of the smaller islands to graze. All held potential for further drama and instead fell a little flat. Nevertheless, Nagy does an excellent job of threading together the vivid imagery of the idyllic Maine wilderness and political intrigue in this debut novel, so it’s worth the read if you’re prepared to sink your teeth into it. C — Katherine Ouellette


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• Nashua Reads author visits: Novelist Jennifer Haigh will be at the Nashua Public Library (2 Court St., Nashua) on Friday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. to discuss her newest book, Heat and Light, which is the 2017 selection of the Nashua Reads: One City One Book program. Haigh will be interviewed on stage by Lisa Allen, with a question-and-answer session to follow. The book follows the fictional western Pennsylvania town of Bakerton, a once prosperous coal town that comes upon hard times after the mines start to close down and natural gas companies offer residents big money to drill on their land. Tickets to this author event cost $10 in advance at mktix.com/npl or the library front desk, or $12 at the door. Call 589-4611 or visit nashualibrary.org. • Flight stories: Maine author and Gilmanton resident Gerry Hawes will present his novel The Albatross at Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St., Concord) on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m. The book follows the story of commercial airline pilot Jack Rheinstrom and his near-death experiences and real-life struggles. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com or call 224-0562. • Saturday book sales: The Friends of the Goffstown Public Library will have their October book sale on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library (2 High St., Goffstown). The books are all local donations and will be categorized and displayed under tents for 50 cents to $2 each. Visit goffstownlibrary.com or call 4972102 for more information. The Friends of the Library in Pelham will have a book sale on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the library (24 Village Green, Pelham), featuring a wide selection of books, audiobooks, DVDs and more. Visit pelhampubliclibrary.org or call 635-7581. — Angie Sykeny Books Author Events • MARIANNA O’CONNOR Author presents Haunted Hikes of New Hampshire. Thurs., Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m. James A. Tuttle Library, 45 Main St., Antrim. Call 588-6786. • JOYCE MAYNARD Author talks about The Best of Us: A Memoir. Thurs., Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • JENNIFER HAIGH Author presents Heat and Light. Fri., Oct. 13, 7 p.m. Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua. $10 in advance at mktix.com/npl or the library front desk and $12 at the door. Visit nashualibrary.org or call 589-4610. • JOYCE MAYNARD Author talks about The Best of Us: A Memoir. Sat., Oct. 14, 2 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main

St., Concord. The Toadstool Bookshop, 12 Depot Square, Peterborough. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • SY MONTGOMERY & ELIZABETH MARSHALL THOMAS Authors talk about Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind. Sat., Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Call 224-0562. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • NANCY COWAN Author presents Peregrine Spring. Sun., Oct. 15, 2 p.m. MainStreet BookEnds, 16 E. Main St., Warner. Visit mainstreetbookends.com. • ELLIOTT BAKER Author presents The Sun God’s Heir: Redemption. Wed., Oct. 18, 7 p.m. RiverRun Bookstore, 142 Fleet St. , Portsmouth. Call 4312100. • GERRY HAWES Author presents The Albatross. Thurs., Oct.

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Blade Runner 2049 (PG-13)

Glitchy humanoid robots called replicants are hunted by police in Blade Runner 2049, a sequel to the 1982 film.

In 2049, police officer K (Ryan Gosling) is a sort-of domesticated replicant, designed to obey and thus acceptable to work on Earth. Older replicants, ones that rebelled against humans, are outlawed — still hunted and “retired” by a subset of police known as blade runners, of which K is one. On one mission, K arrives at a bug farm (for protein?; that detail was fascinating — tell me more about the bugs!) looking for Sapper Morton (Dave Bautista), an old-school replicant. Sapper resists and K kills him. As he’s cleaning up and gathering evidence, K finds a box that later examination shows to contain the bones of a woman. Or, more specifically, the bones of a female replicant who appears to have died in childbirth. This, says K’s boss Lt. Joshi (Robin Wright), is something not thought possible and has the potential to cause a war between humans and the replicants they treat as slave labor. She tells him to find and destroy all traces of the fertile replicant, its child and anything connected to either. Meanwhile, Niander Wallace (Jared Leto, in what felt like a riff on a self-serious Silicon Valley-type “visionary”), who purchased what remained of the replicants’ original corporate manufacturer and started making the obedient replicants, hears of the possible replicant reproduction. He tasks Luv (Sylvia Hoeks), his right-hand-lady replicant, with finding the evidence (and technology to recreate this evolutionary leap).

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All of this eventually leads K in the direction of a long-vanished blade runner, one Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford). Though programmed to obey, K starts to feel a connection to the possible replicant child and packs up his hologram girlfriend, Joi (Ana de Armas), to go search for Rick without telling his police boss. My Blade Runner experience is limited. I finally saw the original about a day before watching the sequel. “Film noir with 1980s synth, set on ‘slow’” was my impression but I realize that plenty of longtime fans, especially those who saw it more or less when it came out, will have a very different opinion. I realize my “meh”-ness will likely seem obtuse but I can’t rewrite my movie going experience. If this is your Star Wars, I get it and I also get that I’m not going to “get it” from the “I’ve loved this property

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for decades” perspective. Blade Runner 2049 also felt slow to me but oh so pretty! Lovely light design, smart costume choices, interesting settings. I agree with other critics who say this seems a surebet Oscar nomination for cinematographer Roger Deakins. The heavy background score, which blends the deep bass of a Christopher Nolan movie with general mournfulness, also feels appropriate for this kind of sci-fi movie. But glorious design and portentous scoring — all in service of what? Beneath this artsiness and some interesting ideas about the sort-of-manageable dystopia of the mid 21st century, this movie feels very thin, plotwise, and lacking in energy. There’s a lot about replicants, as constructed here, as a plot device that I don’t understand and feel like the movie yada-yadas past because it wants us to spend our time being awed by

Reviewlets novel, kids in a small Maine Full reviews at hippopress.com. town in the 1980s are terrorized by a scary supernatural It (R) clown and also some truly Bill Skarsgard, Jaden monstrous bullying. I get that Lieberher. $309 million worth of people In this “Chapter 1” adapare into this thing but I found tation of the Stephen King the pile on of evil stuff too

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WILTON TOWN HALL 40 Main St., Wilton, 654-3456, wiltontownhalltheatre.com • The Trip to Spain (2017) Thurs., Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. • Blade Runner 2049 (R, 2017) Thurs., Oct. 12, through Thurs., Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Oct. 15, 2 p.m. • The Fencer (2015) Fri., Oct. 13, through Thurs., Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Oct. 15, 2 and 4:30 p.m. • The Night of the Iguana (1964) Sat., Oct. 14, 4:30 p.m.

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• Farewell: After 14 years, The Red Door is closing at the end of October. Green Lion Crew has been a fixture at the Portsmouth upstairs club for much of that time, hosting a weekly reggae dance party. A track they produced for Soul Rebel Project & Kenyatta Hill was recently selected for play on David “Ram Jam” Rodigan’s BBC Radio 1xtra program. Go Thursday, Oct. 12, 9 p.m., Red Door Lounge, 107 State St., Portsmouth. For a full list of final events, see facebook.com/ reddoorportsmouth. • Overflow: A five-band lineup includes Alcoa, a Rusticana acoustic project led by Derek Archambault of Boston hardcore band Defeater. San Francisco-based Spiritual Cramp is a last-minute add to the show, which also features Fiddlehead, Cardinal and Spur, the latter a Wilkes-Barre dream punk group led by School of Rock graduate Toni Pennello. Go Friday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m., True Brew Barista, Bicentennial Square, Concord. Tickets are $8 at the door. • Participate: Get in on the fun as comedian Juston McKinney tapes his Manchester show for a new special to be called Parentally Challenged. The amiable McKinney can riff on a hot-button issue like contraception without roiling an audience (“If I ran a company, I’d give it to everyone — nothing’s worse for productivity than someone having a kid.”). Go Saturday, Oct. 14, 6:30 and 9 p.m., Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Tickets are $29.50 at palacetheatre.org. • Al frescoed: The popular KC’s Tiki Bar shutters for the season with an Oktoberfest Party with music from D-Comp, the duo of talented vocalist Dmitri and multi-instrumentalist Nate Comp, with help from Sean O’Brien. Since Key West inspired the outdoor bar’s design, all proceeds from tickets and raffles will be donated to that region’s Habitat for Humanity effort. Go Saturday, Oct. 14, noon to 6 p.m., KC’s Rib Shack, 837 Second St., Manchester. Find the event on Facebook. • Alt comedy: Punk rock comedy impresario JT Habersaat brings his Altercation Comedy Tour back to the area for a show that features local favorite Jay Chanoine. Among Habersaat’s many fans is Henry Rollins, who said, “JT is earning it live and on stage. See him.” The “Eastbound and Downer” tour has final stops in Portland, Providence and Chicopee later in the week. Go Wednesday, Oct. 18, 9 p.m., Shaskeen Pub, 909 Elm St., Manchester. Find the event on Facebook. Want more ideas for a fun night out? Check out Hippo Scout, available via the Apple App Store, Google Play and online at hipposcout.com. HIPPO | OCTOBER 12 - 18, 2017 | PAGE 50

Songwriter kicks off Currier music series By Michael Witthaus

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Whether recounting the pain of her parents’ divorce when she was 4 years old or questioning the choices of adult life, Heather Maloney’s songs are often personal and revealing. To step into the spotlight and perform them, however, Maloney needed to step outside herself. Maloney didn’t set out to be a singer-songwriter. She studied classical vocals and music theory, hoping to become an opera singer, but paralyzing stage fright made that unlikely. In her twenties, Maloney set aside music to live and work at a Barre, Massachusetts, meditation center. There, journaling led to poetry writing; songs followed naturally. When the time came, she found that performing them for an audience was strangely undaunting. Her experience at the center helped “make it really clear that it’s not about me at all; when I first brushed up against that reality I didn’t even need courage to get on stage,” Maloney said in a recent phone interview. “I felt like this is totally not personal. It’s not about proving anything or being liked; it’s literally about getting up and sharing something that seems beautiful or important.” Holding confessional songs like a mirror to listeners is therapeutic for Maloney. “Seeing what comes back ... in a large way, that makes it not about you at all,” she said. “Your ego can be built on thinking you’re awesome, or thinking you’re awful and terrible things only happen to you. I think what talking and sharing experiences Heather Maloney When: Friday, Oct. 13, 6 p.m. Where: Currier Museum, 150 Ash St., Manchester (enter and check-in via Beech Street side door) Tickets: $25/advance at currier.org ($30/ door)

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does is make you see that’s not quite true.” Maloney is equally deft as a storyteller. The charming “Eighteen Fifty Five” tells of a couple waiting “a lifetime of days” before being photographed — a fanciful thought in this age of selfies. She manages to combine both on “Hey Serena,” written about reconnecting with a childhood friend and discovering she worked as a stripper. The woman, who moved away around the same time Maloney’s mother and father were uraveling, represented “sparkly childhood years that seem untouchable and perfect,” she said. “Discovering that she uses her body to make money in a sexual way it was ... such a juxtaposition.” Writing it down exposed a myriad of conflicting emotions for Maloney. “There’s all kinds of empowerment that I can’t necessarily judge or even understand from woman to woman,” she said. “Basically, what I’m saying is I’m confused about why that’s empowering. It’s a super vulnerable song for me.” But the questioning nature of “Hey Serena” isn’t uncommon, she added. “Most of my songs conclude that I don’t understand the world, I don’t understand myself, I don’t understand others,” she said. Maloney has released three albums. The most recent, 2015’s Making Me Break, was more collaborative than the first two.

Producer Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses) recruited the cream of the regional alt folk scene for the sessions. “My backing band was a bunch of people from bands that I’ve loved for years, and I ended up with a record that sounded more or less like the bands I loved in many ways,” she said. “It was fun, but it was a lot bigger of a sound than I’ve had.” A change of gears is planned for her next effort. “It’s really stripping down in a large way into something that’s a lot closer to singer-songwriter; I can’t say what it is, but let’s say I’m turning inward,” Maloney said. “I’ve been writing like a mad woman; there’s like 35 songs, so it’s high time that some of them get recorded.” An upcoming Manchester concert, the first of the Side Door Music Series at Currier Museum, will showcase some of the new songs. Maloney will be accompanied by singer-guitarist Ryan Hommel. “We’ve worked out a really fun set that we’ve been touring the country with. It’s very harmony-rich,” she said. “We’re taking a lot of inspiration from duos we love like Simon & Garfunkel, Civil Wars and Milk Carton Kids. It flows in and out of intimate singer-songwriter moments, storytelling [and] hootenanny. .... It’s a fun, dynamic show.”

Up from down under Colin Hay brings solo show to Cap Center By Michael Witthaus

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In MTV’s early days, Men at Work had a string of hits, boosted by clever videos and the novelty of a new medium. “Who Can It Be Now?” was followed by “Down

Under,” also a jaunty tourism commercial. It introduced the world to Vegemite, an Australian delicacy that, according to the band’s ex-front man, is best enjoyed on thick bread with lots of butter. “Just a smidge of the Vegemite — less is more,” Colin Hay said in a recent phone interview. There’s a video on his website

explaining the process in detail. Following a second album and another hit, “Overkill,” Men at Work broke up. Massive success, including once playing for 150,000 fans at the US Festival, was bittersweet. “The guys in the band knew it wasn’t going to go the distance,” Hay said. “It was


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California-based ensembles join for new music of the Pacific Rim. • PINK MARTINI at Spaulding Auditorium (4 East Wheelock St., Hanover 646-2422) on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. $35$60. “If the UN had a house band in 1962,” Pink Martini bandleader Thomas Lauderdale says, “we’d be that band.” This “little orchestra” is a rollicking tour-de-genre that one moment seduces with musical postcards from Brazil and the next swings to neo-classical, lounge or Japa-

nese pop, all mixed in the great cocktail shaker of jazz. • PLUCKED STRINGS at Grace Episcopal Church (2291 Elm St., Manchester 644-4548) on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 12:10 p.m. Free. “Divergent Strings” featuring Roger Ramirez, John Zevos, and Wayne Hughes. • CLAUDE BOURBON at Castle on Charles (19 Charles St., Rochester castlenh.com) on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 8 p.m. Medieval & Spanish Blues, part of Fall Music Series, $5.

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Cable television viewers in Orange County, California, were stunned on the morning of Sept. 21 when an ominous message accompanied by an “Emergency Alert” banner flashed on the screen. At increased volume, a man’s voice boomed: “Realize this, extremely violent times will come,” said viewer Stacy Laflamme of Lake Forest, who was watching HGTV on the Cox Communications cable system. Spectrum customers also received the alert. The warning seemed especially timely given that doomsday writer David Meade had predicted the end of the world “as we know it” to occur two days later. Laflamme told the Orange County Register the message “sounded like a radio broadcast coming through the television.”

Dennis Johnson, a spokesman for Spectrum, said: “We have confirmed that we were fed an incorrect audio file,” but neither company could determine where the audio had come from.

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Prosecutors in Geneva, Switzerland, are looking for the culprits who flushed about $100,000 in 500-euro notes down four toilets in the city in May one in the vault area of the UBS Bank, and the other three in nearby bistros. While neither throwing money away nor blocking a toilet is a crime, Vincent Derouand of the Geneva Prosecutor’s Office told the Tribune de Geneve, “we want to be sure of the origin of the money.” The cash was confiscated during the investigation, but Derouand said there was no immediate reason to think it was dirty money.

Government in action

Texas state Rep. Dawnna Dukes’ corruption trial is scheduled for Oct. 16, when she will face charges of giving a taxpayer-funded raise to a legislative aide as compensation for ferrying Dukes’ daughter between school and home. The Austin American-Statesman reports that prosecutors in Travis County also plan to present evidence of 19 additional “extraneous acts,” including accusations that Dukes spent $51,000 in taxpayer money on an online psychic, was absent for roll call 65 percent of the time, and appeared impaired at a House committee meeting when she showed up late, explaining: “I know I’m talking a lot. I’m full of morphine and will be headed out of here soon.” Visit newsoftheweird.com.


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