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GRANITE VIEWS JODY REESE Trade good for NH Trade is taking a beating on the left and right. Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders opposed the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership of Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States and Vietnam) that would have made trade easier between those countries and reduced reliance on China. It nicely did a few things: isolated China and created incentives for these countries to trade among themselves. Last year Trump withdrew the United States from the partnership, saying it was a bad deal for America. So why would anyone in New Hampshire really care about any of this? For starters, New Hampshire exports $5 billion worth of goods to foreign countries every year and directly supports 20,000 jobs. More than just direct impact, many New Hampshire companies import raw goods or partially finished goods and use them in finished products, employing thousands more, creating ripple effects in our state. This idea that trade hurts us is, well, plain wrong. Trade has always been good for New Hampshire, from our earliest beginnings when we exported wool and timber and imported molasses. The mills produced goods that went all over the world. Now we mostly export high-tech items. But trade isn’t about just what we export; it’s also about what we import. As the country’s and New Hampshire’s economies changed from industry-based to consumer-based economies, trade took on a new meaning. It meant by and large less expensive goods. Before we could buy one ball for a dollar and now we can buy two. This created instant wealth for us. When things cost less our money goes further and we essentially have more money. That gets lost in the trade debate. A tariff or custom duty is just a tax on thing we want to buy. If we didn’t want to buy it, few to none would sell it. That brings me to voting with our dollars. Clearly we voted to buy cheaper items because buying those items allowed us to afford more things. But we can, and should, choose at times to spend more to buy locally crafted goods, such as locally made foods. They may not be the cheapest but good food never is. And that’s the benefit of trade. We get choices.

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Look for Hippo’s Best of 2018 in midApril, a few weeks later than normal. Those back-to back snowstorms in early March delayed our counting, pushing back the whole process by a few weeks.

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ON THE COVER 12 FIGHT BACK AGAINST THE RODENT INVASION Mice and other critters have been taking homes by storm this year. Find out which rodents might be eyeing your abode, what you can do to prevent an invasion, plus how to get rid of them if they’ve already made themselves comfortable in your house. ALSO ON THE COVER, Take a beer tour through southern New Hampshire on an all new brew bus, p. 30. Get your garden going with early spring flowers, p. 24. And find live music any night of the week in our Music This Week listings starting on p. 46.


NEWS & NOTES 4 Helping fight addiction at work; new Lyme disease treatment process in the works; PLUS News in Brief. 8 Q&A 9 QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX 10 SPORTS THIS WEEK 16

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INSIDE/OUTSIDE: 23 KIDDIE POOL Family fun events this weekend. 24 GARDENING GUY Henry Homeyer offers advice on your outdoors. 25 TREASURE HUNT There’s gold in your attic. 26 CAR TALK Automotive advice. CAREERS: 28 ON THE JOB What it’s like to be a... FOOD: 32 MANCHVEGAS BREW BUS; In the Kitchen; Weekly Dish; Wine; Perishables. POP CULTURE: 38 REVIEWS CDs, books, TV and more. Amy Diaz thinks Pacific Rim Uprising is tasty junk food but Unsane is just garbage. NITE: 44 BANDS, CLUBS, NIGHTLIFE Joshua Incident; Nightlife, music & comedy listings and more. 45 ROCK AND ROLL CROSSWORD A puzzle for the music-lover. 46 MUSIC THIS WEEK Live music at your favorite bars and restaurants.



NEWS & NOTES Pence visit Vice President Mike Pence visited New Hampshire on Thursday, March 22, to attend a GOP fundraising dinner, the AP reported. During his speech, Pence praised Gov. Chris Sununu for eliminating over 1,000 “job-killing” regulations. About 600 people attended the event, which was the first major fundraiser kicking off Sununu’s reelection campaign. It raised about $300,000, according to the story. Pence also attended an event hosted by the pro-Trump group America First Policies earlier that day, where he praised President Trump’s proposal to impose tariffs on imported Chinese goods. He also praised the $1.3 trillion spending bill passed by Congress to fund the government through September. The day after, Trump threatened to veto the bill in a tweet, and then later signed it. More dispensaries The Senate passed a bill that would allow for two additional medical marijuana dispensaries to open in the state, the AP reported. The original medical marijuana law that passed in 2013 allowed for four dispensaries, known as alternative treatment centers, statewide. The state licensed three organizations to operate dispensaries in Merrimack, Dover, Lebanon and Plymouth. The bill would allow for a new dispensary in Carroll, Coos or Grafton county, and another one in Cheshire or Sullivan county. The bill is heading to the House. Women’s prison The newly constructed women’s prison in Concord is finally opening. The AP reported the Department of Corrections held a ribbon cut-

ting ceremony on Monday, March 26. The prison was originally set to open last year but construction budget issues delayed the project. The 101,000-square-foot facility is three times the size of the Goffstown women’s prison, which was opened in 1989. It will have space for 224 women and will provide additional classroom and health care facilities.

Immigrant lawsuit Former Ambassador George Bruno, currently an immigration lawyer in Manchester, along with the McDaniel Law Office in Meredith have sued the Trump administration over its efforts to deport 65-year-old Brazilian immigrant named Elvecio Viana. According to the court documents provided by Bruno, Viana has been a law-abiding resident of New Hampshire since 1990. He entered the country legally on a tourist visa and obtained work authorization he renewed every year through 2008. He has a valid driver’s license and Social Security card and his daughter, an American citizen, lives with him. The lawsuit claims Viana took bad legal advice when undertaking to renew his visa. Nominations Gov. Chris Sununu nominated a new department head and new associate justice on the state Supreme Court. According to press releases, Sununu picked Sarah Stewart to be the next commissioner of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Stewart, who would replace Jeff Rose if confirmed by the Executive Council, runs a political strategy and public relations firm. She’s worked with several Republican presidential campaigns. Sununu also nominated Patrick

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Donovan of Salem to be a new associate justice on the Supreme Court. Donovan is currently the owner of his own law firm, which he opened in 2008. He previously served as a Senior Assistant Attorney General at the state Department of Justice. Marijuana bill Lawmakers in the House opted to refer a bill that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana to further study. The AP reported the bill would have legalized possession of up to 1 ounce of cannabis and allowed for limited cultivation. It would not have legalized a retail market for recreational use. After the vote, a legalization advocacy group, the Marijuana Policy Project, called for the replacement Rep. Patrick Abrami, the chair of the existing study committee looking into creating a legal, regulated and taxed market for the drug. In a press release, they argued Abrami lobbied against the recent legalization bill and is therefore unfit to lead an objective study commission.

The official Governor’s residence in Concord, the Bridges House, was illuminated in blue on World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, according to a press release from the governor’s office. Gov. Chris Sununu proclaimed March 19 through March 25 Down Syndrome Awareness Week. CONCORD

A culvert collapsed in Brentwood, which led the Department of Transportation to close a portion of North Road, the AP reported. Officials will install a steel plate as a temporary solution. Repairs will take several days, according to the story.

The Penacook Rescue Squad, Hooksett which provides emergency medical services in Boscawen, received an infusion of $90,450 Goffstown from the town to keep the organization running, after a recent Town Meeting vote. The Concord MANCHESTER Monitor reported the company is struggling due to a drop in volunteerism. Bedford Silvertech, a Manchesterbased marketing tech comDerry Merrimack pany, has acquired another Amherst tech company in Indiana. Londonderry According to a press release, Milford it acquired Bitwise Solutions, a website design and development firm. This is the comNASHUA NASHUA pany’s third acquisition in four years.


A group of rabbits rescued in Las Vegas has arrived in New Hampshire to recover in an animal shelter. WMUR reported seven rabbits were rescued from the Las Vegas Dumpsite, where people leave behind unwanted domestic bunnies. Those rabbits have multiplied to number around 800 now, according to officials. The seven rabbits were transported to the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire in Bedford. According to the story, they will be available for adoption in a few weeks.


In the last week, the average retail gasoline prices rose 4.5 cents a gallon in New Hampshire, according to GasBuddy.com. The average price, as of March 26, was $2.50 per gallon. That’s 32.4 cents higher than the same day last year. The upward trend mirrors what is happening to gas prices nationally. “The jump at the pump has continued unabated over the last week as oil prices have rallied and the typical spring fever starts to grip energy markets, causing gas prices to continue to accelerate,” said Patrick DeHaan, an analyst for GasBuddy.

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When Jennifer Cleveland of Pembroke decided to seek treatment for her alcoholism, one of her biggest fears was walking into the human resources department at her job to request the time off. “I was super nervous. I was really, really nervous,” she said. She worked at Grappone Automotive for about a year before hitting rock bottom, Cleveland said. Thanks to the insurance program at the company, she was able to get excellent treatment at the Ambrosia Treatment Center on Singer Island, Florida, which cost about $70,000, covered by work. She just wasn’t sure she’d have a job to come back to after what turned into about two and a half months of leave in 2011. “I think the biggest stigma … that anybody has is that they’re afraid they’re going to lose their job,” Cleveland said. Luckily, she said, the HR people were helpful and encouraging. They told her to take as much time as she needed. Grappone owner Amanda Osmer said the company has long adhered to policies that made the workplace a safe place to talk about and seek help for mental health issues and addiction. Now, it’s one of the early adopters of a new statewide initiative to get more companies on board by offering resources to employees in crisis.

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Gov. Chris Sununu launched the Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative March 1, just two weeks after it was first announced during his State of the State address. The idea owes its roots to Sununu’s own experience as a business owner. “This was an idea I personally created back when I was running Waterville Valley. We were a large business, we were up in the North Country, [and] at the time, we didn’t have a lot of tools and resources regionally available to us ... if some of our employees were having a tough time dealing with addiction,” Sununu said in a recent phone interview. Osmer has provided training to managers at Grappone by partnering with the Farnum Center, and there is an Employee Assistance Program that allows employees reach out to a third party for things like mental health and addiction issues while maintaining their anonymity. The company pays for the service. “We try to make it easy for people to talk about the issues,” Osmer said. Osmer said Marty Boldin, the governor’s policy advisor on prevention, treatment and recovery, approached her about becoming

an early adopter of the program. There was a checklist of things they had to do to qualify, but as far as she recalls they didn’t have to do anything different from what they were already doing. “I love people. That’s why I’m here. I’m not here because I love cars,” Osmer said. So, far the reception to the new initiative has been positive, according to Sununu. “We have governors from all over the country asking us about our program now, how it’s working, and we’re just getting it off the ground,” he said.

A win-win

The way Sununu describes it, this is a program as much for businesses’ bottom lines as it is for tackling the opioid epidemic. “This isn’t a charity. This is a win-win for businesses. It allows people to enter the workforce, it allows businesses to be smarter about how they do certain things and how to be better aware of what resources are in their community, how you use those resources,” Sununu said. The idea is that with these resources and tools, employers will retain employees by helping them through their substance use disorder. It creates a “positive environment,” Sununu said, and that helps reduce the stigma for existing employees who need help, but it may also reduce the stigma for unemployed people who have been discouraged from seeking work because of their addiction. “Especially when you look at that 2.6 percent unemployment, we know there’s a lot of folks out there that are on the sidelines and not engaging in the workforce, maybe they’re in recovery, they’re hesitant to get back into the workforce, they’re hesitant because they might not know how well their struggle with addiction … will be understood by their employer, whether they can be in an environment that’s conducive to their recovery,” Sununu said. Once a company signs up online at recoveryfriendlyworkplace.com the state sends resources for training employees and information about regional treatment and recovery centers their employees can access. Sununu said the initiative could be especially helpful to small companies, which make up the majority of the state’s employers and often don’t have human resources departments. A bill related to this initiative passed the Senate earlier this month. It would ensure businesses who invest in the initiative can get tax credits against their business taxes when they donate to it through the Community Development Finance Authority. The bill is now being reviewed by the House Ways and Means Committee.


Lyme testing

Improving diagnosis process for potential Lyme patients By Ryan Lessard


The symptoms of Lyme disease — caused by a bacterium transmitted to humans by black-legged ticks — can vary greatly from one person to the next, which can make it hard to identify. A new bill would require health care providers to give patients information about the Lyme disease testing process when they get the test, making them aware that their test results could be wrong.

A devastating disease

Dana Biscotti Myskowski of Henniker knows all too well what can happen when doctors fail to diagnose Lyme early. “The testing is really flawed,” she said. Myskowski was bitten by a tick carrying Lyme around 2005 or 2006, she said. But the trademark bullseye rash was misdiagnosed at the time. Doctors thought it was ringworm, so she didn’t even get the blood test for Lyme disease until much later. “I don’t blame my doctor at all because I really think the training is not there for the medical community on what Lyme is and can do and how to spot it and test for it,” Myskowski said. What followed was a physically torturous and emotionally trying period of several years, dealing with the myriad symptoms of the disease and the uncertainty of what was happening to her body. By 2011, after already dealing with chronic bronchitis and arthritis caused by Lyme, she found blood in her urine. Initially doctors believed it to be bladder cancer in the late stages. Worst-case scenario, she only had a four to six weeks left to live, according to health care providers at the time. The cancer test came back negative, of course. The doctor said they had no idea what was making her so sick. A year later, she was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis, which Myskowski said is a disorder that affects the bladder and might be related to the autoimmune conditions commonly brought on by Lyme. She was treated for the cystitis at a top-notch women’s clinic in Concord, and she got physical therapy, occupational therapy, massage therapy and aqua-therapy, but the underlying Lyme disease was still undetected. The bladder pain was the worst part, and at the most extreme periods Myskowski was homebound because she had

to urinate every 20 minutes. It wasn’t until 2013, when she was treated for a “massive” infection in her shin from what started as a simple cut while gardening, that doctors started to guess at what was going on. The infection, which was likely brought on by the compromised immune system, was treated with very powerful antibiotics, the kind that should have come with nausea and vomiting. Instead, Myskowski said she felt great. This was a red flag for the docs, but since Lyme is treated with an antibiotic regimen, they began to put the pieces together. “By January of 2014 I was finally Lyme-free,” Myskowski said. She was reinfected in 2016, but that time it was caught early, and she said she’s getting better.

Testing awareness

If she had it to do over again, Myskowski said she would have done things differently, such as asking for an immediate blood test at the start. But there’s no guarantee a blood test can accurately identify the disease. That’s part of the impetus for this new bill, which passed the Senate earlier in March. The bill states that the legislature recognizes that Lyme is the sixth-fastestgrowing disease in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control, it’s difficult to diagnose and treat, and blood tests “performed within the first month after initial infection often produce false results.” To address these issues, the bill would require health care providers to give patients who order lab tests for Lyme a disclaimer of sorts. It would state that current lab testing can be “problematic” and can often produce false positives and false negatives. “If you continue to experience symptoms,” it states, “you should contact your health care provider and inquire about the appropriateness of retesting or additional treatment.” Myskowski wrote a letter of support to lawmakers. “I think it’s a huge step in the right direction because my experience is most people don’t understand about Lyme unless they know somebody who’s had it,” Myskowski said. The bill is now being reviewed by a House committee.


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Youngest marathoner Local girl runs for Liver Foundation

Caitlyn Callinan of Litchfield is 18, a senior at Campbell High School and the youngest person running this year’s Boston Marathon, which is happening Monday, April 16. Can you tell me about your background in running and how you got into it initially? In our town, in the middle school, we have cross-country, and my neighbor who used to live across the street from me did cross-country. She was really into it and I looked up to her. … I was like ‘Hey, that looks like something I’d like to do,’ just because she did it. Middle school came around and I ran, but I was in the back of the pack. I was that kid that everyone felt bad for because I walked practically the whole thing. And then, from there on, I started setting goals for myself. Like, “OK, if I run from this tree to this tree, then I can take a break.” So I kept making goals for myself, and from there I just prospered. And it ended up being a huge thing, because I kept doing it through middle school and I’m a senior in high school and I did it all my high school years. I did the Junior Olympics a couple of years ago and I ran for them aside from winter track, spring track and cross-country. … [In] the Junior Olympics, we did a running team for the police athletic association and we competed in nationals in New Mexico. That was a really fun experience because I was able to meet so many new people.

part of my life and I’ve always wanted to do something nice for him. … I was able to join the charity after an interview process, and now I’ve raised a little over $10,000 so far for Courtesy Photo. [the American Liver Foundation]. And I’m really excited that I was able to have that opportunity … and I’m doing this with him in mind. It’s a lot of miles and it’s going to be a whole lot of pain, but just keeping him in the back of my mind and knowing that I’m doing this for him has made me want to keep running. Every long run that I do, I just think of him and it makes it so much easier to run.

What’s been your training regimen to prepare for the marathon? Definitely a lot of miles. Through the week, I usually do a speed workout [in which] I do intervals of running. But I will do no less than an hour of running a day. And Saturdays is my long-run day. And with my charity team, every Saturday morning we meet in Boston and we run together, and those are our long-run What advice do you have for others days. Actually, tomorrow, [March 24], who are getting into this? we have a 21-miler in Boston that we get I’d definitely say just do what you’re to do together as a team. doing and don’t give up. When I was in fifth grade, I practically walked the Do you have a goal in terms of where whole thing and I was really frustrated you’d like to place in the marathon? because everyone else was doing so good My goal has been to just finish the race and they could run so far. But it’s obvi- but now that I’m doing so well with my ously because I didn’t give up and kept bigger miles, I’d like to break four hours. trying to run [that I got better]. Do you plan on running the marathon So you’re going to be the youngest again after this? person running in the Boston Marathon I think it would definitely be fun to do this year. What are some of your goals it again, maybe even qualify for it. [But] behind doing that? definitely not within the next few years. My grandfather has non-alcoholic cir- I’m going to college and I’m going to be rhosis of the liver. He’s always been a big running for Saint Anselm College. So I’m going to be focused on my college running for the next few years. WHAT ARE YOU REALLY INTO RIGHT NOW?


I really love to take on leadership roles. I’ve been doing different community service projects. I’m the president of the National Honor Society at school. … And [also] American Idol just came back on and I’m super-excited about that.

What are you planning to study? I’m going to study marketing and business. I just want to do something in that field. I’ve always wanted to event-plan, so that would be a really fun job. — Ryan Lessard


QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX American Idol Granite Stater

New Hampshire will have some representation on the competitive singing television program American Idol. Seventeen-year-old New Hampshire Idol winner Kay Kay Alexis of Nashua was featured in last Monday’s episode set in Savannah, Georgia, where she traveled to audition for the show. Her performance of “Circle of Life” by Elton John earned her a golden ticket to join hundreds of singers in the show’s upcoming Hollywood Week competition. QOL Score: +1 Comment: Alexis has also been featured on The Tyra Banks Show and as Nala in a Las Vegas production of The Lion King.

Funding for outdoor projects


New Hampshire will get $8.3 million in federal money from the U.S. Department of the Interior to support state conservation and outdoor recreation projects, the AP reported, with $3.5 million in sport fish restoration funds and nearly $4.8 million in wildlife restoration funds. The money is derived from excise taxes paid by hunting, shooting, boating and angling industries on firearms, bows, ammunition, sport fishing tackle, boat engines and small engine fuel. QOL Score: +1 Comment: The funding is part of $1.1 billion in annual national funding allotted for state wildlife agencies.

Drug epidemic support

The omnibus spending bill that recently passed Congress and was signed by the president included an additional $3.3 billion to combat the opioid epidemic, according to a press release from Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Of that, $142 million will be used to prioritize states with the highest mortality rates from overdoses. New Hampshire has the third-highest opioid overdose death rate in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The state is also getting $333,000 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration to further expand addiction treatment and recovery services. QOL Score: +1 Comment: The Trump administration will determine the exact amount of funding each state will receive from the spending bill.


Clean water agreement

The state Department of Environmental Services reached a deal with Saint Gobain Performance Plastics over the permanent clean water delivery to 302 previously disputed properties in Bedford, Litchfield and Merrimack, according to a press release. The company had already agreed to provide water to 450 properties. Hundreds of residential wells have been tested with elevated levels of perfluorochemicals that entered the environment from the Saint Gobain factory in Merrimack. In addition to new water infrastructure work already completed, the new consent decree will provide for municipal water connections to 121 properties in Bedford, 41 properties in Merrimack and 27 in Litchfield. They’re aiming to complete new waterlines before the end of 2018. QOL Score: +1 Comment: The company has agreed to also pay for additional soil, water and air testing related to the investigation and source remediation if necessary.

QOL score: 72 Net change: +4 QOL this week: 76

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Baseball gets underway in Tampa Bay Hard to believe the baseball season opens today (Thursday, March 29) with the Red Sox in Tampa taking on the Rays. This year begins with a surprising lack of buzz, which seems strange when you consider they’re coming off a 93-win season when 17-game winner David Price missed virtually the whole season and Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello was dreadful all year. Plus The Nation’s human punching bag John Farrell was dumped in favor of “it” young manager of the day Alex Cora and Dave Dombrowski added 40-plushomer threat J.D. Martinez to fill the gigantic power vacuum left by the retired David Ortiz. Finally, after major moves in the Bronx the great but lately dormant rivalry got a major jolt of electricity. But still, no juice, making the biggest question going into 2018, how come? My friend Pete (below the) Tarrier (line) says it has to do with no Ortiz. Maybe that’s the case for others, but not for me. Leading a long list is beginning on March 29. That’s just too early. Don’t want to go all back-in-the day on you, but when I first followed baseball the season started around tax day. Now it’s three weeks earlier when fans freeze in the stands for a month and hits on the hands sting forever. Second, baseball’s not the only sport starting earlier and ending later than, ah, back in the day. The seasons now just run together. The Super Bowl disappointment isn’t even two months old and the playoff runs of the inbetween-football-and-baseball Bruins and Celtics, if they have any players left by then, are still three weeks away. Bottom line, they’re giving us no breather. Finally, the Patriots are now New England’s favorite team. That’s further dimmed by the short- and long-term prospects of what

lies ahead for the Celtics and the surprising Bruins. And before you say the Celtics will never usurp the Sox, the Bird-led Celtics owned the city in the ’80s and the Bs did in the ’70s when Bobby Orr and Espo were in full bloom. However, winning cures all. So a fast start and an expected pennant battle with the Yanks should have the masses into it as the season goes along. Now, here are a few of my biggest questions as baseball gets started. What’s Got You Jeeped? For me it’s that they finally will drop the (hated by me) take-the-first-pitch mantra to get deeper into pitch counts. Instead the plan is to aggressively swing at the first pitch. I have always thought that Theo-inspired philosophy was insane, because it reduced the chances to take a rip at the easiest pitch and it put hitters on the defensive by usually being behind in the count. That especially has killed Xander Bogaerts. Long live Alex Cora for this. Can The Kids Rebound? This is the year we find out what Bogaerts, Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley really are: the All Star-caliber players from 2016 or the good but nothing overly special guys from 2017. I do think the freedom to rip that first pitch will be big for all three. I’m betting the first two will respond, and that JBJR is more wait and see. But thankfully Cora gets he’s better hitting ninth in front of the lumber where he sees more good pitches to hit. What About J.D. Martinez? From Jack Clark to the Panda and Hanley and a litany of other free agent busts I treat supposed slam dunks with skepticism. What I like is by going 23-38-22-45 in homers and 76-102-68-104 in RBI he’s mostly trending up. What I don’t like is tying up $25 million per for a guy with just two big years. So get back to me in years 4 and 5. I also don’t like hearing people say he should yank it over the wall, when he hits best going with the pitch to right-center. Sluggers trying to pull

it over the wall instead of going with the pitch is a big reason why the Sox once went 86 years without winning. It also messed up Nomar. Having said that, delivering as expected will make everyone better. Will The Nation Still Hate David Price? Given the overwhelmingly fickle nature of Red Sox Nation, Price is 100 percent correct in saying, “If I pitch well I’ll get the fans back.” If he wins 20, last year’s Dennis Eckersley dust-up that caused an overblown ruckus will be waved off by revisionists as a nothingburger caused by Eck’s on-air insensitivity. Price, instead, was a leader who had everyone’s back. If he wins 10, they’ll double down on what a creep he is. That’s how it works around here. I say 18 wins and all is forgotten. What’s With All the Lefties? The last time I remember a good team having four lefty starters was the 1980 Yankees with Tommy John, Ron Guidry, Rudy May and Dave Righetti. A lot of people will be wringing their hands over the matchup issues. But I’d rather have starters who just get people out regardless of where they throw from. So I’m good with a staff of Chris Sale, David Price, Drew Pomeranz and E-Rod, in part because those Yanks won the AL (lost to L.A. in the Series), so it can work. Key to the Season: A rebound from Rick Porcello. That was quite a triple for him in 2017 when he led the majors in doubles (54), homers (34) and losses (17). I’m not sure how a guy makes a U-turn from winning the 2016 Cy Young to last year’s clunker. Talk all you want about the Yankees’ power, but great pitching still beats great hitting. And if he is more 2016 than 2017, with Sale, Price, Pomeranz and him at the top of the rotation and Craig Kimbrel at the back end they have better pitching than the Yanks. So if he can, I have Boston over New York. Email Dave Long at dlong@hippopress. com.



Gabriel bows out in Sweet 16 The Big Story: In the Wenyen Gabriel NCAA Tourney Update it unfortunately wasn’t the ending hoped for in his University of Kentucky’s Sweet 16 matchup with Kansas State. The Wildcats beat the Wildcats 61-58, with the local lad going for three points and three rebounds in 27 minutes of play. KSU then went on to lose to an even bigger underdog in Loyola of Chicago to get to the big dance next weekend in San Antonio. Sports 101: Name the top five scorers in NCAA Tournament history. Who has scored the most points in any tournament game and in a game during the Final Four? Hot Ticket: Folks thirsting for a little soccer action are in luck. They can follow the SNHU men in five spring matches against D-I opponents. The first was last Saturday vs. Bryant, then come three on the road vs. Northeastern on Saturday (3-31) followed by UNH (4-7), Vermont (4-14) and at home on Larkin Field vs. Dartmouth (4-21). I Shall Return Award: To Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy, who was back in the booth for the first time this spring after surgery and treatment for a recurrence of his battle with lung cancer. Sports 101 Answer: The top five NCAA Tournament scorers are (5) Glen Rice

The Numbers

11 – goals from Emma Palumbo (6) and Marta Verspille (5) as they led the St. Anselm laxsters to a 20-10 pasting of AIC when Meaghan Sheehy handed out a school record seven assists. 62 – hard to beat percentage shot by Michigan as it buried 14 three-point

– Michigan (308 - 13 games); (4) Oscar Robertson – Cincinnati (324 - 10 games); (3) Danny Manning – Kansas (328 - 16 games); (2) Elvin Hayes – Houston (358 – 13 games), and (1) Christian Laettner – Duke (407 - 23 games). Most points in any game – Austin Carr – Notre Dame – 61. Most in Final 4 – Bill Bradley – Princeton – 56. On This Date – March 29: An epic day in history as the forgotten-how-great-hewas Dave Cowens was named NBA MVP after a 68-13 season by the Celtics. In 1976, Indiana completed the last undefeated season in major college basketball history with a 86-68 thumping of Michigan to finish 30-0. In 1982, UNC freshman Michael Jordan hit the first of many big-time gamewinning shots (from the left corner) to let North Carolina beat Georgetown and its own sensational freshman Patrick Ewing 63-62. Patriots-are-“cheaters”-shouting Indianapolis stole the Colts from Baltimore when the dastardly Irsay family cowardly moved the team out of town in the middle of the night to avoid detection. And the architect and coach of two straight Super Bowl-winning teams Jimmy Johnson tells overbearing, dying for the credit owner Jerry Jones to stuff it as he quits as Cowboys coach in 1994.

bombs in trouncing Texas A&M 99-72 to advance to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite 8 behind all-time, allname teamer Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman’s 24 points. 70 – how-can-it-be years of age the beloved greatest hockey player of all-time Bobby Orr turned last week. 100 – career point mark

crossed by aforementioned St. Anselm laxster Meghan Sheehy done in style with an 11-point (six goals, five assists) game in a win over Southern Connecticut. 5,500 – approximate number of runners in the Citizens Bank Shamrock Half Marathon on Saturday and the two-mile Shamrock Shuffle on Sunday through downtown Manchester.





Sports Glossary

David Ortiz: Beloved slugging DH noted for the big and loud clutch hit while being the face of the 21st-century Red Sox glory years. With 632 doubles, 541 homers, 10 100-RBI seasons and 1,768 overall he was one of the great hitters of his era, a fact he enhanced by playoff heroics vs. the Yanks, Tigers and Cards while leading winning three Series since 2004. That left him in contention with Tris Speaker for No. 2 on the all-time list of greatest Boston players ever. Tris Speaker: All-time all-timer and Red Sox leader during Series wins in 1912 and 1915 before forcing his way out of Dodge in a contract dispute with the brass. Overall he had 3,514 hits, an all-time best 792 doubles and a fourth-best batting average of .345. Though in Boston it was “only” .337 in nine seasons, a point behind Wade Boggs for the team record. The Tarrier Line: The sports year of 1993 my friend Pete Tarrier claims no one cares about what happened before. Jack Clark: Goofball, power-hitting outfielder/first baseman/DH who had 18 cars listed as assets when he filed for bankruptcy after blowing all his free agent loot. Before that, he was a power threat with the Giants, Yanks, Padres and St. Louis, where he won two World Series. A supposed slam dunk for Fenway who hit 28 over the Wall in Year 1, which fell to five in Year 2, before being exiled to driving all those cars before they were repossessed.

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A look at which critters are creeping into your house and how to get rid of them It seems many pest control companies are working overtime this year, as a higher population of mice has meant more fuzzy families moving into your space, chewing through wires, leaving droppings in your basement and playing acorn hockey in your walls at all hours of the night. And mice aren’t the only rodents taking up residence in your homes — red, grey and even flying squirrels love cozy attics, and every now and then a rat or a chipmunk might make its way into your abode. Find out which critters might be invading your space, why it’s such a problem this year, and how to keep them in the great outdoors where they belong.

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DIY tips for keeping out unwanted critters By Angie Sykeny


Maybe you’ve laid awake at night, listening to the sound of rodents scurrying through your walls, or maybe your house is rodentfree and you want to keep it that way. Here are a few ways to keep the critters from turning your home into their own.


Before you can work to prevent or eliminate a rodent or wildlife problem, you have to know how they get into your home. Outside, mice dwell in stone walls, wood piles and low shrubbery close to the home, then migrate to inside the home when colder weather hits. Mark Ravenelle of All Creatures Pest Control in Merrimack said that, contrary to popular belief, mice cannot squeeze through paperthin cracks, but they can squeeze through very small spaces, as long as they’re big enough for the mouse to bring an acorn through. One of the most common places to find these holes HIPPO | MARCH 29 - APRIL 4, 2018 | PAGE 12

is the roof, which mice can access via attic, chimney, hollow vinyl corners, rough wood siding and overgrown shrubs. “Those are just the kind of ladders mice need to get onto the roof, where there are numerous crevices and opportunities to get inside your home,” Ravenelle said, “and once they’re in your house, they can go just about anywhere they want to go.” On the ground floor, mice can get in through crevices and insecure or missing bulkhead doors and garage doors. To check for entry points in your basement, Adam Carace of Pest-End Exterminators in Plaistow recommends turning off all the lights on a sunny day and looking for any places where the sunlight shines through. “That’s the best way to inspect for holes around the foundation of the home,” he said. “If you see any spaces the size of a dime or bigger, those need to be plugged.” Mice aren’t the only unwanted critters to invade homes; bats, flying squirrels and raccoons can get in through loose or ajar doors, chimneys and large crevices. 13


Only one species of chipmunk, the Eastern chipmunk, is native to New Hampshire, according to Noviello. They grow to be about eight inches long and are characterized by their brown fur and black, white and tan stripes. “The difference between chipmunks and the squirrel species is that chipmunks are true hibernators,” he said. While chipmunks sometimes make their way into private homes, Noviello said they

generally become more of a nuisance in yards since they tend to live underground. Fraser said when they do get into houses, it’s usually by accident. “It’s more just exploratory for them,” he said. “They might come in and get lost, and then run inside the house trying to find a way out. But they prefer to just be underground most of the time.” — Matt Ingersoll

Animals can chew through certain 12 materials and create points of entry into your home, so even if you search your home and don’t find any cracks or holes, you should continue to perform routine checks to make sure no new ones have been created. While climbing onto the roof is not safe and should be left to professional exterminators, you may be able to tell if animals are chewing through it by simply looking for piles of shredded materials on the ground directly under the roof. “That’s the biggest clue that there is a new hole,” Ravenelle said. “If you find one, just look up and you’ll find the hole above.”


The best way to stop a rodent problem, Ravenelle said, is to prevent it altogether. “Killing the mice already in your home might keep the mouse population at bay, but you will have to keep up with the operation,” he said. “That’s why it’s far better to keep them out in the first place as a permanent solution.” Look for entry points and obstruct them immediately with a material or method that the rodents can’t chew through. Most spray foams are “just a five-minute nuisance” for mice and can be easily chewed, Ravenelle said. Instead, Carace recommends, plug the hole with cement, a steel mesh or a steel wool. Make sure bulkhead and garage doors are sealed tightly, and seal off your chimney with a chimney cap or chimney screen

Other ways to prevent a rodent invasion include keeping up on the overall maintenance of your home, maintaining cleanliness, particularly in the kitchen, and sealing pet food in plastic containers. “Check underneath and behind the stove and refrigerator for food that gets dropped in there,” Carace said. “Mice love to live there because it’s good insulation, and it’s especially perfect for them if there’s food there.”


The best way to identify a rodent or wildlife problem is by the sounds they make while moving around, typically at night, and by droppings found in the home. Another trick, Ravenelle said, is to leave some sunflower seeds in different areas of the house. “If the seeds disappear, you probably have mice,” he said. If you determine that you have rodents or wildlife in your home, start with blocking the points of entry to prevent any further infestation. Once that’s done, you can start setting up traps and poisons to get rid of the unwanted critters already inside your home. There are several different types of traps, some more humane than others. A trap that kills a rodent quickly, such as a traditional snap trap, is the most humane method. Ravenelle notes that sticky board traps and plastic cube traps that trap the rodent alive are often inhumane as many homeowners forget to check the traps for days. While often done with good intentions, trapping and 15

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The two most common types of mice that you’ll find in homes in New Hampshire are house mice and white-footed mice, according to Bob Noviello of the Windham-based Suburban Wildlife Control. White-footed mice are best identified as having white undersides, whereas house mice are all gray. “You’re typically going to see more whitefooted mice because they are indigenous to North America, while house mice are an exotic species,” Noviello said. Jesse Fraser of Critter Control of New Hampshire said all mice reach body sizes of

about two to three inches long, plus an additional two to three inches in length for their tail, and have thistle seed-sized droppings. Mice have large ears, scaly tails, pointed noises and tiny black eyes, and can nimbly jump, climb and swim. Though they are known for liking to get into the trash of homes, mice will usually try to enter homes to stay warm and to store food from outside, like acorns or plant seeds. They are most likely to find their way into private homes during the late fall months and throughout the winter, Fraser said. — Matt Ingersoll

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Rodent science

Where did they all come from and what will they do next? By Ryan Lessard


Small rodents such as mice, rats and squirrels are living among us in huge populations thanks to recent bumper crops of food. Now, significant numbers of mice have made themselves at home in our homes over the winter.


People in New Hampshire have shared numerous anecdotal reports of mice infestations in their homes over the winter, at levels that seem to dwarf recent memory. Dr. Gary Nielsen, the training director at JP Pest Services, said he’s heard from pest control guys in the field that demand for mice control has spiked. “It’s been pretty crazy, in terms of the numbers of deer mice or wild mice,” Nielsen said. He’s even heard reports of mice nesting in the air filter or defroster vents of automobiles becoming increasingly common.

The root of the problem is the very high populations of mice and other rodent species in New Hampshire right now. And it’s exacerbated by some record cold temperatures earlier in the season, causing more mice to seek warmer shelter in people’s basements, garages or attics. In fact, this past winter experienced some record cold days. On Dec. 28, it was the coldest it’s been that day since 1946 with a high of 5 degrees (destroying the previous record of 14 degrees), and it was the lowest temperature ever recorded at the Mount Washington Observatory, where it was -34 degrees. That cold snap continued for several days, and on Jan. 6 Mount Washington was tied for the second coldest place on the planet. With conditions like that, it’s no wonder small warm-blooded mammals worked their way into human domiciles. But how did the mice numbers get this bad in the first place? Dave Anderson with the Forest Society said it all started when forests experienced


heavy masting years, meaning they shed significant quantities of acorns and other seeds. “This makes total sense because we had a bumper crop in 2015 and 2016 and then less so in 2017,” Anderson said. “The little squirrels and mice and chipmunks gathered as much seed as they could.” Those bumper crops are like manna from heaven for small rodents, so that bounty of extra food inevitably means they thrive and make lots of babies. But that bounty runs out eventually. Anderson said it’s just as predictable that in the years following masting events, there’s a dearth of acorns and seeds for the critters to feast on. That’s what started to happen in 2017 and is likely to continue this year. “And now their pantries are empty in mid-winter. They’ve sort of run out,” Anderson said. As a result, they’ve begun to seek food closer to human populations. For the most part, Nielsen thinks mice are able to still find food outside, and while they may be shacking up rent-free, they aren’t usually included to steal human food. Rats aren’t afraid to steal food from humans, but they generally don’t nest in their homes. Instead they find places under rocks, cement slabs or stone walls. “Rats don’t like to live with us,” Nielsen said. Mice, however, have no problem sharing a living space with humans. And they are good climbers, especially the white-footed mice, according to Nielsen. So they often find ways into attics.


Red and gray squirrels are both native to New Hampshire and are relatively easy to distinguish — red squirrels are almost half the size of gray squirrels, according to Noviello. But Fraser said red squirrels are not nearly as common in causing headaches for homeowners as their gray counterparts. “Red squirrels like to stick to more treeheavy areas, like pines or hemlocks,” he said. Noviello said the times of year you most need to watch out for red or gray squirrels is from March until about late May or early June, because that’s when their birthing season is. “Typically what you’ll see with those two species is a female looking for a place to have a litter and then start raising their young there,” he said. He said most squirrels will leave homes as summer approaches. “If they’re in an attic and it starts to get hot, the heat will force them HIPPO | MARCH 29 - APRIL 4, 2018 | PAGE 14

outside the structure,” he said. The biggest difference between flying squirrels (pictured) and other squirrel species that is helpful for homeowners to know, Noviello said, is that flying squirrels are nocturnal animals, and they can be found in homes all year-round. “Most homeowners don’t realize they even exist in New Hampshire, because no one ever sees them,” he said. “They don’t actually fly, but they can sail and glide in the air.” Flying squirrels are much smaller than their cousin species, only growing to about 8 to 12 inches long, and have crescent-shaped droppings that are more often found in clumps, according to Fraser. “Flying squirrels can be easy to detect because they tend to have a latrine area where they [produce droppings] all the time,” he said. — Matt Ingersoll

Rats and mice thrive in rural, urban and suburban areas of the state. And Nielsen said that, contrary to what many people believe, those rodents are active all winter long. “They don’t have to hibernate,” he said. Rats are especially overt when it comes to scavenging for food, stealing from farm feed or other available food stores and bringing food back to their nests, according to Nielsen. New Hampshire, like most other parts of the world, has brown rats, also known as Norway rats. Mice, on the other hand, are more “cryptic” and subtle, Nielsen said. The deer mice and white-footed mice common in New Hampshire tend to cover their tracks better and hide their nests and food stores in less obvious places.


As temperatures warm, Nielsen said, mice will generally be vacating people’s

homes. But spring is also when they give birth to offspring. So their activities may seem to increase somewhat as they consume more food, especially since the young are not savvy enough to sneak around as well as their parents, Anderson said. And some might still decide to stay. “We run across cases where the mice are so happy inside — and their offspring are living inside — that they don’t leave,” Nielsen said. Over time, the rodent infestation problem should improve simply because the rodent populations are expected to crash. Anderson said that’s because masting happens in cycles. After years of feast follow years of famine. There’s some lag time, but eventually this affects animal populations as starvation kills them off in large numbers. This winter we’re starting to experience the early signs of that starvation, which shows up in certain desperate behaviors, even among traditional gregarious species like gray squirrels. “Adjacent clans of squirrels are starting to battle at my bird feeders,” Anderson said. “I’ve noticed some aggression that tells me there’s some territorial battle going on.” By next winter, Anderson expects to see the population numbers significantly decline.

CAR INFESTATIONS Just as home invasions by mice have increased this past winter, so have invasions of automobiles. Chuck Nelson, owner of P&N Automotive in Concord, said it’s a perennial issue in New Hampshire, but he’s noted a real uptick this winter. “It’s more of a problem now than it had been,” Nelson said. “It’s definitely a major problem.” He said he averages about half a dozen mice nests cases a week, so he estimates he’s dealt with about 7 or 8 dozen over the winter. The mice tend to set up in heater boxes, chew through the cabin air filter in the glove box, and leave all kind of “debris” in the process. One thing Nelson finds helpful in combating this is putting mothballs in the engine air cleaning box, if an infestation has already begun. As a preventive measure, he recommends placing dryer sheets (mice seem to hate dryer sheets) in places all around the car; keep some in the glove box, underneath the dashboard by your feet, under the seat and floor mats and under the hood by the air intake for the heater.


Noviello said the one species of rat you will find in New Hampshire homes is the Norway rat, which often has a mix of gray to brown fur. Rats are much larger than mice — reaching to at least 12 inches long, including their tails — and have bean-sized droppings. “They came over [to North America] from Europe years ago, back when people migrated here on ships,” Fraser said. They are much less common in private residences in the state than mice, but Noviello said they can be risk factors for homeowners that have farm animals like chickens or pigs. Rat infestations may also be associated 13 relocating a rodent outside is also inhu-

mane as you’re likely to place it outside of its home range where its clan resides and into an unfamiliar area where it will be met with opposition from other animals. Bigger wildlife is more difficult to kill quickly with a trap; the best option is using a large box trap to capture the animal, then release it outside. Poisons are another reliable option that should eliminate all rodents within two weeks, although it can be considered less humane than a snap trap because it kills the rodents slowly over time. Place traps and poisons strategically in areas of rodent activity. “The basement, the kitchen, the attic, and the garage — those are the key places,” Carace said. “Put them along the wall where mice and rats pass through and feed.” For traps, don’t forget to add the bait: bird seed mixed with peanut butter often does the trick, Carace said. Depending on the severity of your infestation, you should place them in 10 to 20 different locations to ensure complete coverage, and make sure they are out of the way of children and pets.


If after two or three weeks these DIY methods haven’t resolved your rodent problem, it may be time to call a professional exterminator. An exterminator can identify points of entry that you missed and use higher-quality traps and poisons that aren’t available in stores.

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with other issues like rotting pipes, or if the foundation gaps are larger than those that mice can easily pass through. Rats also do a lot more chewing through a lot more materials in homes than mice to get around, simply because they are much larger in size. Though Norway rats are generally about the same size as gray squirrels, there’s one defining factor Noviello said you can refer to in order to distinguish one from the other. “The difference between seeing a rat running on the ground versus a squirrel is that the Norway rat has a hairless tail, and the the gray squirrel has a furry, bushy tail,” he said. — Matt Ingersoll

Once you decide to get professional help, leave everything in your home as it is. “We want to get the full picture of what’s happening,” Carace said. “You should even leave any droppings you find since they can help us figure out what kind of animal is in your house and where it is.” The first thing exterminators will do is inspect your home and diagnose the problem to determine what kinds of actions are needed. During their second visit, they will seal up any remaining points of entry, place traps or poisons in areas of activity and give the homeowner instructions for anything they can do to help, like cleaning certain areas or storing pet food more securely. The exterminators will return every few days or weeks, depending on the problem, to check on the progress and to remove any trapped or dead animals. Typically, if the problem persists after the exterminators have removed the traps and poisons, they will return at no extra charge and continue their work until the problem is completely resolved. If successful, a DIY extermination is slightly cheaper than hiring an exterminator, but if it’s unsuccessful, you’ll end up spending a lot more money than if you were to call a professional first. “We run into situations all the time where people spend a couple hundred bucks treating for the wrong problem,” Carace said. “We do [exterminations] thousands of times a year, so we can do it more efficiently.”

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EVENTS TO CHECK OUT MARCH 29 - APRIL 4, 2018, AND BEYOND Saturday, March 31

Catch NH songwriters Tristan Omand and Will Hatch (pictured) tonight from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at New Hampshire College (62 N. Main St. in Concord). Doors open at 7 p.m.; the show is free to all ages. Find a recent story on Hatch and his album For You at hippopress.com. Click on “past issues”; the story is on page 44 in the March 8 issue. For more live music this weekend and beyond, check out the Music This Week listing, which starts on page 46.

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Maundy Thursday, March 29th 6:00 pm Holy Mass & Feet Washing Friday, March 30th 12:00pm Presanctified Liturgy 2:00pm Stations of the Cross 3:00pm Reposition of the Body 6:00 pm Three Fold Bitter Lamentations

Friday, March 30

Holy Saturday, March 31st 6:00pm Blessing of Liturgy and Vigil Mass 12:00pm, 3:00pm, & 6:00pm Blessing of Easter Food in the Cathedral Easter Sunday Service, April 1st 8:00am Holy Mass with Procession & Singing of “Te Deum Laudamus” Sunday, April 8th 10:00am Holy Mass 11:30am Traditional Easter Dinner

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The New Hampshire Coin and Currency Expo runs today (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and tomorrow (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the Manchester Downtown Hotel (700 Elm St., Manchester). Admission is $5 for the day, $8 for the weekend and free for kids under 12. See nhcoinexpo.com.

Enjoy the moon, stars and some hot cocoa at the “Once in a Blue Moon Night Hike” at the Massabesic Audubon Center (26 Audubon Way in Auburn) tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission costs $30 per family or $15 per person (with discounts for members). Join Jake King with Thrive Outdoors and Massabesic Naturalist Angie Krysiak for the hike, a campfire (with hot cocoa and marshmallows) and star-gazing before the hike. Visit audubon.org or call 668-2045.

Eat: Ham. Or lamb. Or quiche. Easter ham or Easter lamb? Settle this debate by going for brunch or dinner to a restaurant serving both. Find a listing of restaurants offering special meals today at hippopress. com; click on “past issues” and find our roundup of Easter eats on page 36 of the March 26 issue.

Saturday, March 31

Meet the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs and enjoy more family fun at the Our Promise to Nicholas 10th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Festival today from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the NH Sportsplex in Bedford. Tickets cost as much as $28 per family in advance, $32 per family at the door (see ourpromisetonicholas.com for individual ticket pricing and ticket purchases). Find more egg hunts at hippopress.com; click on “past issues” and find our roundup of area hunts on page 26 of the March 22 issue.

Drink: New (to you) wines Find a new favorite wine at the Spring Wine Spectacular Thursday, April 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Nashua Crowne Plaza put on by Wine Not Boutique of Nashua. The event will feature more than 80 wines from all over the grape-growing world, eats from local producers, music and more. Tickets cost $40 per person. See winenotboutique.com.

Tuesday, April 3

Thinking of your next act? The UNH Graduate School will have a programs fair today from 3:30 to 5:30 at UNH Manchester (88 Commercial St. in Manchester; see gradschool.unh.edu/manchester or call 641-4313). And up in Concord, NHTI (31 College Drive) will hold its spring open house today from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. where you can learn about its more than 90 academic programs. Visit nhti.edu/signcampus-tour or call 230-4011.

Bee merry How hard is it to enjoy honey produced by your own bees? Find out on Wednesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at the Nashua Garden Club’s April program on beekeeping presented by Alden Marshall of B-Line Apiaries in Hudson. Admission costs $5 (and is free for Nashua Garden Club members). See nashuagardenclub.com.

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ARTS Out of this world

The Kid Cult Cosmology premieres in Concord By Angie Sykeny


A UFO, a wacky religion and a demonic principal collide in The Kid Cult Cosmology, a new play that the Community Players of Concord will give its world premiere at the Hatbox Theatre in Concord on Friday, March 30. The surrealist coming-of-age comedy, written by New York City playwright Graham Techler, follows three boys who believe they have seen a UFO and start a religion at their middle school centered around the belief that aliens will come to Earth to save mankind. The story is told through the imaginations, memories and dreams of the boys as their newfound faith is met with opposition by the school administration. “It goes back and forth between reality and reality as the boys see it,” director Doug Schwarz said, “so you can imagine how bizarre and surrealistic things get.” When Schwarz and the play’s producer Dave Peck were putting on Gutenberg! The Musical! at the Hatbox last year, they watched YouTube videos of other companies’ performances for inspiration. They reached out to Techler, who was an actor in one of the videos, to talk about his approach and discovered that he was also a playwright, sitting on a new play yet to be produced. When Schwarz and Peck read the play, The Kid Cult Cosmology, they knew right away it was something they wanted to take on. “We fell in love with it,” Schwarz said. “We were really excited to be the first people to do it, and to stretch our imaginations to come up with ways of how to capture the

Community Players of Concord present The Kid Cult Cosmology. Courtesy photo.

surrealism of this very strange play on stage.” Three adult actors play the boys, which seemed more appropriate than casting middle school-aged actors, Schwarz said, due to the “complicated philosophical and scientific discussions, complexities of the language and emotional sophistication” within the roles. Two additional actors play every other part in the play including the teachers, parents, other students, cheerleaders, the principal “Overlord,” a vampire from Venus and David Bowie. The original script called for only one actor to play those parts, but Schwarz and Peck were able to persuade Techler to allow for two actors. Even with two, it’s a challenging feat, particularly in the scenes with multiple characters that the actors must play simultaneously.

“Figuring out how to stage that was hard, especially because this has never been done before. We can’t look at how other people did it. We had to figure it out on our own,” Schwarz said, “but we came up with ways to do it. We’ll have to wait and see how well it works and if the audience gets it.” Video and photographic projections are a key part of the show, depicting the surrealist elements of the boys’ reality and supplementing the physical set, which consists of only a few pieces that are built on wheels and easily moved and transformed into different items from scene to scene. “We wanted to keep things simple so that they could be very mobile and fluid, which keeps with the nature of the play as it goes back and forth between reality and dreams, and real things morph into unreal things,”


Schwarz said. Within the play’s surrealism lies a geeky kind of humor that’s sure to resonate with fans of 1950s-era science fiction and horror cult films and shows like The Big Bang Theory, Schwarz said, noting that he has laughed more during rehearsals of The Kid Cult Cosmology than those of any other play he has directed, including the famously funny Spamalot. “It’s a mix of geek humor and comingof-age-type humor, so as the boys try to figure out the mysteries of the universe, they’re also trying to figure out things like girls and how to deal with peer pressure,” he said. This is the second season that the Community Players of Concord has produced an additional show not part of its mainstage series held at the Concord City Auditorium. Schwarz said the Players are hoping to continue producing an offbeat side show each season. “We like to [use the] opportunity to do shows that are more quirky, unusual or experimental, that we could never do as mainstage shows because they may not draw the audience we need for mainstage shows,” he said. “It’s great that the Hatbox has given us a venue where we can do that.” The Kid Cult Cosmology Where: Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord When: March 30 through April 15, with showtimes on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: $17 for adults, $14 for students and seniors More info: hatboxnh.com, communityplayersofconcord.org

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Theater Productions • IN THE HEIGHTS The Seacoast Repertory Theatre presents. March 23 through April 22. 125 Bow St. , Portsmouth. Tickets cost $16 to $38. Visit seacoastrep.org or call 433-4472. • THE MERCY SEAT Players’ Ring Theatre presents. March 23 through April 8. Players’ Ring Theatre, 105 Marcy St. , Portsmouth. $18 for adults, $14 for students and seniors. Visit playersring.org. • THE KID CULT COSMOL-

The Concord Chorale. Courtesy photo.

urday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for students. Visit firelighttheatreworkshop.com or call 646-263-9301. • New York musical: The Seacoast Repertory Theatre (125 Bow St., Portsmouth) presents In the Heights now through April 22, with showtimes on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. The musical by Lin Manuel Miranda tells the story of the lively and rapidly changing Washington Heights neighborhood in New York through a blend of hip-hop, traditional Broadway and Latin music. Tickets cost $20 to $38. Visit seacoastrep.org or call 433-4472. — Angie Sykeny

OGY Community Players of Concord presents. March 30 through April 15. Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord. Tickets are $17 dollars for adults, $14 for members, seniors and students. Visit hatboxnh. com or call 715-2315. • NOISES OFF! Manchester Community Theatre Players present. April 6 through April 15. MCTP Theatre, North End Montessori School, 698 Beech St., Manchester. $20 for adults, $18 for seniors 65+, $10 for students age 18 and under. Visit


mctp.info. • MAMMA MIA! The Palace Theatre presents. April 6 through May 6. Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St. , Manchester. $25 for children ages 6 through 12, $39 to $46 for adults. Visit palacetheatre.org. • PIPPIN The Saint Anselm Abbey Players present. Fri., March 23 and April 6, and Sat., March 24 and April 7, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., March 25, 2 p.m. Dana Center , 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester. $15. Visit anselm.edu.


• Start singing: The Concord Chorale has its June Concert Open Sing on Wednesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in the Concord High School band room (South Fruit Street, Concord). All singers are welcome and no commitment is required. If you’re interested, you can schedule an official audition for the following week. The June Concert will feature works by Randall Thompson, Samuel Barber, Amy A.H. Beach, William Billings, Greg Brown, and arrangements of traditional American tunes. Call 731-2244 or visit concordchorale.org. • Theater debut: Firelight Theatre Workshop, a new theater company based in Peterborough, opens its inaugural season with Skylight, March 29 through April 22, at the Guernsey Building (second floor, 70 Main St., Peterborough). The Tony and Olivier award-winning play written by Sir David Hare stars Firelight co-founders Nora Fiffer and Jason Lambert as former lovers who contemplate their past, present and future during one winter night. Showtimes are on Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Sat-


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REALISM AND SURREALISM EXHIBIT The Kelley Stelling Contemporary art gallery (221 Hanover St., Manchester) will have a new art exhibition, “Minute Particulars,” on view March 29 through April 29, with an artists reception on Thursday, March 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. It features the work of four artists exploring realism and surrealism. Realist oil painter Tess Barbato creates paintings with detailed portrayals of mundane objects. Shaina Gates does highly realistic oil paintings depicting folded and crumpled paper with a limited palette of black and gray. Stacy Howe’s drawings meld surrealistic and Victorian themes to portray elements in history and New England’s natural world. Kathleen Volp creates three-dimensional miniature assemblages that combine shards of broken pre-Columbian pottery with 20th-century plastic toy parts. Visit kelleystellingcontemporary.com or call 345-1779. Image: Tess Barbato oil painting.


• DIAL M FOR MURDER The Majestic Theatre presents. Fri., April 6, through Sun., April 8. Executive Court Banquet Facility, 1199 South Mammoth Road, Manchester. $42 on Friday and Saturday, $38 on Sunday. Call 669-7469 or visit majestictheatre.net. • BREWSTER’S RAMBLES ABOUT PORTSMOUTH Pontine Theatre presents. April 6 through April 15. Strawbery Banke, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth. $24. Visit pontine.org. • POSTERITY theatre KAPOW presents ARTiculate Playreading Series. Sun., April 8, 2 p.m. Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester. Visit tkapow.com. • A SEARCH FOR JUSTICE One-man show featuring actor Stephen Collins. Mon., April 9, 7 p.m. Dover Public Library, 73 Locust St., Dover. Call 516-6050. • THE LITTLE MERMAID The Amherst Parent-Teacher Association presents. Thurs., April 12, through Sun., April 15. Souhegan High School, 412 Boston Post Road, Amherst. Visit AmherstNHPTA.org.




• MANCHESTER ARTISTS ASSOCIATION MEETING Featuring artist Rosemary Conroy. Mon., April 2, 7 p.m. NHIA, 148 Concord St. , Manchester. Free and open to all. Visit manchesterartists.com. • “THE PHILOSOPHY OF COLOR” First Friday presentation. Fri., April 6, 6:30 p.m. Creative Ventures Gallery, 411 Nashua St., Milford. Visit creativeventuresfineart.com. • LAKES REGION ART ASSOCIATION MULTI-MEDIA EXHIBIT RECEPTION Featuring work in various media by LRAA members. Sat., April 7, 2 to 5 p.m. Epsom Public Library, 1606 Dover Road, Epsom. Visit epsomlibrary.com.

In the Galleries • “OUT OF THE ORDINARY” The John Stark Regional High School Photography Club exhibition features photographs that highlight the use of Photoshop and darkroom techniques with an emphasis on professional presentation. Glassworks, prints, drawings, and paintings will also be featured. Some works competed in this year’s NH Scholastic Art Awards while others were created specifically for the exhibition. Some photographic art will be for sale. On view through April 14. Weare Public Library, 10 Paige Memorial Lane, Weare. Email tracy.travers@sau24.org. • “EAST & WEST” Featuring oil paintings, woodblock prints and charcoal drawings by Sandy Wadlington. On view Feb. 20 through April 13. McGowan Fine Art, 2 Phenix Ave., Concord. Visit mcgowanfineart.com. • PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION The New Hampshire Institute of Art Alumni Association and Photography class of 2018 present their first photography alumni exhibition, featuring work of all photographic media by NHIA Certificate, BFA and MFA Photography alumni. On view through April. Cabbonay restaurant, 55 Bridge St., Manchester. Visit nhia.edu or call 623-0313. • “GESTURAL SURFACES: LUMITECTURAL WORKS BY HARRY UMEN” Harry Umen draws upon his research and fascination with “designed light”, a genre of contemporary art and lighting design for architecture referred to as “lumitecture.” Through March 31. McIninch Art Gallery, SNHU, 2500 River Road, Manchester. Visit snhu.edu. • “ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY ART IN SCIENCE” Photographic exhibit explores outer space. On view through April 21. NHIA Roger Williams Gallery, 77 Amherst St., Manchester. Visit nhia.edu.

• “TREES” Exhibition features the photographs of New Hampshire Art Association artist Carol Van Loon. On view through April. The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, 49 S. Main St., Concord. Visit nhartassociation.org. Openings • “MINUTE PARTICULARS” RECEPTION Features works of realism and surrealism focusing on both everyday items executed in exquisite detail and the phantasmagoric. Thurs., March 29, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Kelley Stelling Contemporary, 221 Hanover St., Manchester. Visit kelleystellingcontemporary.com or call 3451779. Classical Music • “LISTENING, LOOKING, AND THINKING ABOUT MUSIC” Symphony NH lecture series celebrating the variety of cultures in the Nashua community through music. Lecture dates are Sun., Jan. 21, 10 a.m.; Wed., Feb. 21, 10 a.m.; Mon., March 12, 8 p.m.; and Mon., April 2, 8 p.m. Temple Beth Abraham, 4 Raymond St., Nashua. Visit symphonynh.org. • WORDS ON MUSIC Symphony NH talk featuring bassist Robert Hoffman in anticipation of Beethoven 9 concert. Thurs., April 5, 5:30 p.m. Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua. Free. Visit nashualibrary.org. • “EVENING OF MUSIC” The Windham Community Bands – Concert Band, Swing Band, and Flute Ensemble - present a concert gala. The theme is “A Night at the Movies.” Sat., April 7, 5:15 to 11 p.m. Castleton, 58 Enterprise Drive, Windham. $50. Call 965-3842. • BEETHOVEN 9 Symphony NH presents. Sat., April 7, 8 p.m. Keefe Center for the Arts, 117 Elm St., Nashua. $18 to $49 for adults, $10 for students, free for youth. Visit symphonynh.org.


NH art world news

• Duo display: Work by two members of the New Hampshire Art Association will be featured in a display, “Views of Wonder,” on view at the lobby at 2 Pillsbury St. in Concord through June. Seacoast artist Marilu Arkett creates mixed media images inspired by colors in nature. “For me, nature is an endless source of inspiration and the master artist that teaches color theory and mixture, shape and form, and how subtle nuances of light effect color and emotion,” she said in a press release. Mary Crump of Concord works in watercolors and oils and is a member of the New Hampshire Plein Air Painters. “Although I enjoy painting many subjects, my primary interest is landscapes and interpreting the magical moments of time and places,” she said in the press release. Viewing hours are Monday through Thursday from 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Visit nhartassociation.org. • Wildlife artist visits: The Manchester Artist Association welcomes a special guest artist, Rosemary Conroy, at its meeting on Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m., at the New Hampshire Institute of Art (148 Concord St., Manchester). Conroy’s paintings celebrate the beauty, mystery and power of the natural world, particularly wildlife. A variety of artwork will be on display, and light refreshments will be served. The meeting is free and open to all. Visit manchesterartists.com. • Acrylic and mixed media art: The Nashua Public Library (2 Court St., Nashua) will feature the work of Dunstable artist Jacqui Hawk in the Image

“Warm Winds,” mixed media by Marilu Arket, featured in “Views of Wonder.” Courtesy photo.

Gallery through April. Hawk works with acrylic paints and mixed media including wax, pearlescent powders, gesso of different consistencies, stained glass pieces, decoupage, gold and silver leaf and unusual objects she finds on the beach. “I create calming, loving, experiential art which possesses an ethereal energy,” she said in a press release. “[I hope] it comforts and heals viewers by allowing them to move forward into an intimate, healing space of their own self-expression and outside of their own reality.” The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours. Call 589-4610 or visit nashualibrary.org. • Nigerian artist exhibits: The Mariposa Museum (26 Main St., Peterborough) presents “Transformation,” an exhibition of new works by Segun Olorunfemi, now through April 7. Olorunfemi is a classically trained artist from Ibadan, Nigeria, currently based in Manchester. He works with a variety of media, including yarn painting, sand painting, linoleum block print on fabric, batik on fabric and rice paper, oil painting and graphics. Olorunfemi is also listed in the Smithsonian Institute’s “Who’s Who of Nigerian Art.” Visit mariposamuseum. org or call 924-4555. — Angie Sykeny

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You can eat doughnuts from Africa, hear music from Nepal and see clothing from India, all on your lunch break during the 18th Annual Multicultural Day at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord on Tuesday, April 3. From noon to 2 p.m., the college’s wellness center will be filled with educational tables and artistic performances by students representing more than 20 countries. The event is a celebration of the rich diversity at NHTI, which currently enrolls 600 international students representing 91 countries and 60 different languages. Students participating in this year’s Multicultural Day hail from Belgium, Colombia, Iraq, Congo, Vietnam, Brazil, Cambodia, France, the Philippines, Nepal, India, Rwanda and other countries. “The students take pride in letting everyone know about their native country and sharing their knowledge about it,” said Rosie Hughes-Smith from the Cross-Cultural & ESOL Office, which hosts the event in partnership with the college’s Cultural

Clubs Garden • NASHUA GARDEN CLUB APRIL PROGRAM: BEEKEEPING Presented by Alden Marshall of B-line Apiaries in Hudson. Light refreshments will be served. Wed., April 4, 7 p.m. First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester St., Nashua. Free for Nashua Garden Club mem-

Exchange Club. “It’s like they’re bringing the world to New Hampshire for a day.” At their tables, students will feature food, clothing, art, photographs, artifacts and mementos that characterize their respective cultures. Additionally, there will be ongoing artistic performances by the students, related to their cultures, including dance, singing, guitar and a poetry reading. A student fashion show will highlight traditional clothing from around the world. Multicultural Day started as a classroom project for ESOL students with just a handful of culture tables set up in the library lobby. It has since grown into one of the largest events on campus, attracting not just students and faculty, but also people from the community. In addition to the culture tables, community organizations that are of interest to people from other countries will have information tables at the event. “This isn’t a college event; we invite everyone in the community to come and walk through the room, see the tables, try different foods and learn about the world,” Hughes-Smith

bers and $5 for non-members. Visit nashuagardenclub.com. Continuing Education Certificate/degrees • UNH GRADUATE PROGRAMS FAIR This session will provide participants with an opportunity to meet with representatives from the UNH Graduate School to discuss

Congo dance performance at NHTI’s Multicutural Day. Courtesy photo.

said, “and because it always changes and has different countries and new things every year, a lot of people from the community look forward to it and keep coming year after year.” Hughes-Smith said Multicultural Day is a unique opportunity for people in New Hampshire to learn from international students about the cultures that contribute to the cultural diversity in the state. “It makes you more aware of the beauty of these other countries,” she said, “and gives you

study opportunities available. UNH Law and UNH Online will also be in attendance. Tues., April 3, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial St., Manchester. Free. Visit gradschool.unh.edu/manchester or call 641-4313. • GRADUATE PROGRAMS INFORMATION SESSION This session will provide par-

a better understanding of how these countries that are so different from ours add to the value of our heritage.” Multicultural Day Where: New Hampshire Technical Institute, 31 College Drive, Concord When: Tuesday, April 3, noon to 2 p.m. Cost: Free and open to the public More info: Call 230-4055 or visit nhti.edu

ticipants with an opportunity to meet with a representative from the Graduate School to discuss study opportunities available at UNH’s Manchester campus. Wed., April 4, 6 p.m. UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial St., Manchester. Free. Visit gradschool.unh. edu/manchester or call 6414313.

Open houses • NHTI SPRING OPEN HOUSE Tour the 240-acre campus, learn about the more than 90 academic programs, meet current and former students and more. Tues., April 3, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. NHTI, Concord’s Community College, 31 College Drive, Concord. Free. Visit nhti.edu/signcampus-tour or call 230-4011.

March 31st Each child should bring an empty egg carton to fill with 12 eggs. Kids can have fun decorating their egg carton at home. • Visit with the Easter Bunny • Horse-Drawn Ride • Egg Hunt Barn

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Remind yourself that spring really is here at the “Mud, Muck & Soil” program at the Amoskeag Fishways Learning & Visitors Center (4 Fletcher St., Manchester; amoskeagfishways.org, 626-3474) Saturday, March 31, from 11 a.m. until noon. A donation of $5 per family is encouraged; no registration is required. Older nature-loving kids can learn the basics of maps and compasses at a workshop for ages 12 and up at the Massabesic Audubon Center (26 Audubon Way in Auburn; nhaudubon.org, 668-2045) on Saturday, March 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. After learning the basics, head out on a compassled scavenger hunt in the woods. The cost is $20 per person or $40 per family (with discounts for members). Advance registration is required.


Find out how Pigeon feels when The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?. The 2012 book by Mo Willems will be the focus of storytime and accompanying activities Sat-

urday, March 31, at 11 a.m. at area Barnes & Nobles, including at 1741 S. Willow St. in Manchester and at 235 DW Highway in Nashua. See barnesandnoble.com. Saturday, March 31, is also the final day of the March Madness Bag O’ Books sale at the Baker Free Library (509 South St. in Bow; bowbakerfreelibrary.org, 224-7113). Fill a plastic grocery bag with books for $2, including gently used children’s and young adult books (as well as books for grown-ups).



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March has been ferocious. None of this “In like a lion, out like a lamb” business. The entire month has been a tyrannosaurus rex, if you ask me. My poor snowdrops, usually showing me their noses in early March, are still deep in snow. Snowdrops, my harbinger of spring, are best planted on a south-facing hillside. That way the snow melts off early, and allows them to push up through the frozen soil. Unlike tulips, their little white flowers look downward, so one must bend over and tip the blossoms up to see inside, which is always the most interesting view of a flower — all those stamens and pistils. My snowdrops have multiplied over the decades. I don’t know if they move by seed, or if little rodents dig them up and move them around. I suspect it is by seed since they tend to move downhill into the lawn. Fortunately, they get all the sunshine they need to recharge their batteries by the time I’m ready to mow the lawn. Daffodil leaves, on the other hand, don’t dry up until July, so I don’t plant them in the lawn. Glory of the snow is another small early bulb plant that will appear as soon as my snow disappears, and it has multiplied nicely over the years, too. I have it light blue, white and pink. Unlike snowdrops, the blossoms open with their faces up toward the sun — and us. Squill comes out just a few days after my glory of the snow and has a very intense purple color. Just a couple of inches tall, these small beauties look down, like the snowdrops. These do not multiply quickly, though their clumps or clusters do get more robust over time. Bright yellow, school bus yellow, I associate with daffodils, and I have plenty of those that bloom in April and May. But before even the earliest are some short yellow blossoms of winter aconite. I just learned that they are related to buttercups, which makes sense to me, given their color and flower shape. Aconite are marginally hardy for me in Zone 4, but last spring I had many tiny ones, clearly first-year plants that developed from seed. I wonder if they will return and bloom for me this year. Such questions will get me outside and in the garden every day, should I ever get old and frail. Many gardeners have given up on tulips because they are so tasty: to rodents that eat the bulbs, and to deer that consume the buds, blossoms and leaves. Not only that, most gardeners find tulips don’t return, year after year. I think of them as annuals since in Year 2 I get half the number of blossoms I did in Year

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1, and then only half of those come back to bloom in Year 3. No matter, I love them and plant them. There are solutions to the tulip dilemma. First, I plant plenty each fall in clay pots and store them in my cold basement. Then, after four months of cold storage, I bring the pots into the warmth of the house and they bloom on the window sill. Right now I have some budding up, getting ready to bloom. At the end of President Clinton’s tenure in the White House I got to interview the White House gardener, Dale Haney. The gardeners had just planted many thousand tulips, a pink one called Hillary Rodham Clinton! The White House grounds, I observed, were not only served by many gardeners, but occupied by many large, fat, lazy gray squirrels. I asked Mr. Haney about them. First, he explained, that our tax dollars paid for hundreds of pounds of sunflower seeds to feed the squirrels. A well-fed squirrel is less likely to dig up tulips, he said. He also explained that the gardeners laid down chicken wire above the bulbs — but an inch or two below the soil surface. Thus if an unusually ambitious squirrel decided to lunch on a Hillary, it would be thwarted by the screening. I’ve tried that, but it’s a lot of work — and my little corgi and two aging cats seem to deter squirrels from digging up any tulips I plant outdoors. Alliums are bulb plants that vary considerably in size and look according to the species or variety. They’re in the onion family, so not eaten by critters. I was amazed by all the diversity I saw last spring in London at the Chelsea Flower Show, and at Kew Gardens. I’ve always had a few big ones outdoors, but last fall I planted some in pots to force indoors, as one spectacular variety I simply had to have, Allium schubertii, is only hardy to Zone 6 and would not survive outdoors here. I bought plenty of others that are hardy here in Zone 4 and can’t wait to see them perform. Gardening — indoors or out — really is the slowest of the performing arts. Plant something, wait, hope. The anticipation, for me, is almost as important as the performance. Reach Henry at henry.homeyer@comcast. net.


Dear Donna, I have a lamp that has been in our family for 60+ years. My family bought a Victorian house in the 1960s that was located in Pembroke. I would like to know more about this lamp that was in the house. I have found no markings. Ray Dear Ray, It’s a beautiful reverse painted lamp (meaning painted on the inside to show through the outside) from the mid-late 1800s and into the 1900s. Your lamp having no markings is not that uncommon, although it would be much easier to identify if it did. And many makers bring a much higher value than others. I think one of the things you do first is recheck the lamp. Check around the inside rims of the piece, alongside the metal base, and underneath the base on the rim and center. Also check the switch — that too can tell who might have made it. To give you the maker is tough without viewing the lamp. It could be a Phoenix or a couple other makers. Some of these lamps have a pot metal base (a mixture of metals with a bronze or brass finish over them). Or they can be bronze or brass. To tell, when looking under the base, you would see a grayish metal. That would be the mixture of metals. If you don’t see that

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Toyota should pay to fix leak on car still under warranty Dear Car Talk: I have a 2013 Toyota Prius V with 55,000 miles on it. The full warranty is good through 60,000 miles. During an oil change, the dealer said I have By Ray Magliozzi an engine defect causing a small oil leak. But he said he can’t replace it under warranty unless it’s a provable oil drip. He said it’s seeping, but is not dripping yet. He said the repair would cost at least $1,600, and it would have to come out of my pocket. Would you pay to repair it, get another car, or invest in Advil? — Athena I’d invest in a subscription to the New York Times crossword puzzle, Athena. That way, you’ll have something to occupy your time while you’re waiting on hold with Toyota Customer Service ... and the various supervisors you’ll probably have to go through to get this resolved. This doesn’t sound right at all. If the mechanic says it’s a defect, and it’s causing the engine to lose oil, and the car is

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What kind of education or training did you need for this? With the Zamboni, it’s all taught by the senior Zamboni driver at the time, and that includes video tapes that you have to watch, there’s materials that you have to read and understand, and there’s the hands-on training portion of it. … You’ll spend probably several months doing practices before you Mike Deyermond of Londonderry is the operations manager and a Zamboni driv- actually go out on the ice in front of the er for the SNHU Arena. The last regular season Manchester Monarchs game at audience.

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the SNHU Arena is on Saturday, April 7. Can you explain what your current job is? I am the operations manager here, so I handle all of the sports and entertainment coming into the building. I advance all of that info and I share that info with all my peers. [I also drive] the Zamboni. … Typically, for a Monarchs game, there are two Zambonis on the ice, with two drivers. So we go up for a pre-game ice make, before the teams hit the ice, and then we’ll go back out again and do another ice make. And then there’s two more ice makes for the first and second intermission. … It’s exciting. You’re driving a large vehicle on the ice. The tires

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do have studs but they only help you to a certain degree. You’ve still got to be able to maneuver that machine around safely. What’s the best piece of work-related There’s a lot of control on the machine. You advice anyone’s ever given you? have to know how much water you need Attention to detail and long hours. … to apply [and] how much ice you need to I’m responsible for making sure all the proshave off to make a nice clean shave of ice. duction requirements for any given show that’s coming in are prepared, whether they How long have you worked there? need a stage built, the seating on the floor Since the opening, 17 years. all [has] to be installed, etc. … You need to read the small print. How did you get interested in this field? I’m retired from the military and I operWhat do you wish you’d known at the ated heavy equipment. So it was right in beginning of your career? line with things. … The [military] gave How exciting it was going to be. There’s you a list of job specialties that you could nothing better than going out and driving a

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• Lunch Lady food truck is back: Concord’s first and only full-scale mobile food truck celebrated the beginning of its first full season earlier this week. After taking a few months off during the winter, the Lunch Lady Food Truck is now open for the 2018 season as of Monday, March 26, the business announced in a recent Facebook post. Owner and founder JJ Hall parks the truck outside the Douglas N. Everett Arena (15 Loudon Road, Concord) every Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The truck features a school-themed menu of options labeled from first through tenth grade. Some of the more popular staples that have garnered Hall a following since she launched her truck late last year include the Reuben egg rolls, the quinoa sweet potato taco, and the “Detention” sandwich — a fried chicken patty topped with marinara sauce and three mozzarella sticks that Hall described as a “play on the chicken parm.” Visit lunchladynh.com or call 731-4957 for more updates on the menu as they become available. • Easter fun: Join the Salvation Army of Nashua for an Easter bunny breakfast on Saturday, March 31, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in its Community Center building (6 Dickerman St., Nashua). The breakfast will feature pancakes, eggs, sausages and more, as well as opportunities to make crafts and get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Admission is free. Visit nne.salvationarmy.org/nashua or call 889-5151. The Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (111 Island Pond Road, Manchester) will host an Easter 32 bake sale in its church hall on SatLooking for more food and drink fun? Check out Hippo Scout, available via the Apple App Store, Google Play and hipposcout.com.


Manchester couple Bill and Alli Seney are well known in the local craft brewery community; he hosts weekly trivia nights at three bars in New Hampshire, and she’s an independent musician who performs at Great North Aleworks on the first Thursday of every month, among other venues. So when Alli Seney presented the idea to her husband of launching a bus tour business traveling to several breweries across southern New Hampshire, he realized she was on to something. Enter the Manchvegas Brew Bus, which is going to start out with three different tour options every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bill Seney will be your driver and tour guide, providing information to riders about each brewery before you arrive. With lots of moving parts the past few weeks, the business officially became an LLC in early March, and the Seneys are booking tours starting in mid-April. Alli Seney (who performs as Alli Beaudry) said the idea first came to her when she was on her way to one of her open-mike nights at Great North Aleworks from Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she also teaches in the voice department. “I got off the exit turning out onto East Industrial [Drive] and there was this bus that passed me,” she said, “and I was like wait a minute, here I am going to do music at a brewery. What if we bought a bus, did brewery tours, Bill can drive the bus, and we can combine all of our greatest strengths into one?” Bill Seney admitted he laughed it off at first, but the more the two thought it about, the less it took for him to be convinced. “The fact is, I’ve been doing business with bars and breweries in Manchester for the better part of 10 years, as has Alli, and so we feel like we’ve already got a strong foothold within the city,” he said. “So many people already know us, so I started to think that maybe we

could make this work.” The Seneys will use a 14-passenger 2017 Ford Transit-350 and have been hard at work registering their business with the state and creating a unique logo of a beer stein shaped like a bus. They are well aware that they won’t be the only brewery tour business in the Northeast — there’s the Portsmouth-based Granite State Growler Tours, and the self-proclaimed “original brew bus” of New England, the Maine Brew Bus, which travels to breweries in the Portland, Maine, area. But for the Manchvegas Brew Bus, the focus will be on breweries in Manchester and surrounding communities like Derry, Londonderry, Merrimack and other towns north and south. Most of the breweries the bus will visit initially have had prior working relationships with either one or both halves of the Seney family, but some new ones are being worked into the mix as well. There are three tours currently available to book online. Each cost $60 per person and are estimated to last about four hours total, departing from Backyard Brewery & Kitchen in Manchester, according to Bill Seney. “A lot of the tours will use Backyard [Brewery] as the place where you arrive and check in,” he said. Tours feature a rotating schedule of breweries that differs depending on the day, like Stark Brewing Co. and Great North Aleworks, both in Manchester; Able Ebenezer Brewing Co. in Merrimack; and Pipe Dream Brewing and Long Blue Cat Brewing Co., both in Londonderry. Riders of the bus must be at least 21 years of age and no drinking will be allowed on board for the duration of the tour, though snacks and waters will be provided. Bill Seney said he expects patrons to spend about 45 minutes at each brewery, with he or Alli talking about what is offered, passing around copies of


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the menus and recommending certain items. Even private tours will be available to book for special occasions like bachelor or bachelorette parties. “We’ll kind of instruct people, you know, by saying here’s what you can do or what you can get here,” he said. Alli Seney said a margarita-themed tour is possible for early May in line with Cinco De Mayo, as well as other future tours that may explore locally-made wines or meads. The Seneys view their new business venture as a way to support and give back to New Hampshire’s craft beer community. “It’s good for the breweries and also for the patrons, because you can visit breweries you might not have tried before, but don’t have to worry about driving yourself there either,” Bill Seney said. Manchvegas Brew Bus When: Brewery tours will be offered on Fridays at 6 p.m., Saturdays at noon and 5 p.m., and Sundays at noon. Private tours can be booked, with dates depending on the bus’s availability. Cost: $60 per person; private tours start at $1,200 for groups Visit: manchvegasbrewbus.com

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What is your must-have kitchen item? I love when people call me to make things A whisk, because I mix everything by Harry Potter-themed. hand and don’t use mixers. So I need plenty of whisks. What is your favorite thing that you offer? What would you choose to have for your It’s probably a toss-up between the pealast meal? nut butter cups and the fried doughnuts. Shepherd’s pie, vegan of course. … Or a giant bowl of mashed potatoes. What is the biggest food trend in New Hampshire right now? What is your favorite local restaurant? Vegan is definitely increasing, if you’re Susty’s [Cafe] in Northwood. I like to get looking at it from a diet point of a view. For the soy fritters. a specific foods, I would say macaroons seem to be popping up a lot. What celebrity would you like to see ordering your product? What is your favorite thing to cook at Rupert Grint, the actor that played home? Ron Weasley from Harry Potter. I love tofu scramble with lots of broccoli. — Matt Ingersoll Vegan chocolate chunk cookies Courtesy of Jenny Ouellet of HippieCakes Vegan Bakery in Raymond (makes about 12) ¾ cup coconut sugar ⅔ cup coconut oil, melted and cooled ¼ cup coconut milk beverage, room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1¾ cups Bob’s Red Mill all-purpose gluten-free flour ½ teaspoon xanthan gum ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup vegan chocolate chunks

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There are many common grapes we all know, from pinot grigio and chardonnay to merlot and cabernet sauvignon. They take up the aisles and are listed on every restaurant menu. But there are many, many more grapes that aren’t as well known. Here are a few worth checking out. Albariño/Alvarinho: I had a glass of this wine recently when having dinner at The Foundry. The name caught my eye, and I took a chance and ordered it. I was not disappointed. This white grape is known as either albariño or alvarinho depending upon the region. According to Wine Folly, it originated in Spain but is grown in several countries including Portugal, the U.S., Argentina, New Zealand and Brazil. This wine reminded me of pinot grigio for its acidity and citrus notes, but I found it less astringent and more pleasant to drink. It is known as an ideal match for seafood dishes because it possesses some subtle saltiness like vermentino (another great lesser-known grape) with a tingly finish. It is also quite aromatic. Try albariño with seafood dishes like scallops, crab or shrimp, cheese dishes, Thai dishes, tofu, or even dishes with citrus fruits. I had it with salmon and it was fantastic. Falanghina: Falanghina is an ancient Italian grape that made a comeback around the 1990s. I first learned about it while working at an Italian restaurant in Massachusetts with an all-Italian wine list and menu. According to Wine Enthusiast, there are actually two distinct white grape varieties that make up falanghina greco (typically called simply falanghina): falanghina flegrea and falanghina beneventana. They are often blended together. This is another white wine that pairs well with seafood, grown in the southern region of Campania in the warm Mediterranean climate with volcanic soil near Mount Vesuvius. It typically has apple and pear flavors, some minerality and spicy notes, depending on where it is grown. This wine is not as common here in the United States as it is in Italy, and as of yet, no international production is known. Give it a try if you happen to be at an Italian restaurant or come across it in a store. Lambrusco: It is too bad that lambrusco’s reputation got tarnished some 40 years ago, because it is so great and so ancient. This group of Italian grapes

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MUSIC, BOOKS, GAMES, COMICS, MOVIES, DVDS, TV AND MORE Adrian Aardvark, Dying Optimistically (Epifo Music) Hey, if you’re going to be in a weird — OK, really weird — band and you’re based someplace like Plattsburgh, N.Y., (approximately the same size as our own Keene), you should go all the way, like this Captain Beefheart-ish off-off-Broadway bar-band-cum-theater-indie crew, comprising guitar, fiddle, upright bass and some guy on a drum set who seems nice. This is outsider-rock write large, led up by singer-guitarist Christopher Jay Stott-Rigsbee, who resembles the scruffy surfer dude technician from 30 Rock in looks (same for his voice, as far as what you’d imagine that guy would sing like: completely untrained and delightfully buffoonish but honest, like he’s a singing John Cusack in Say Anything, trying to get Honey Boo Boo back into his arms again). I know how ridiculous this all looks, but literally millions of people have heard of Daniel Johnston, which this is sort of like, but with a fiddle. Watching their videos is like accidentally finding one of those Sarah McLachlan “Save the kitties” commercials while you’re watching MeTV. What, I’m supposed to hate on this? B+ — Eric W. Saeger

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PLAYLIST A seriously abridged compendium of recent and future CD releases • Like most Fridays, March 30, will see many new music releases, some of them actually non-stinky, like the new one from MF DOOM & Czarface, titled Czarface Meets Metal Face! Doom is — and you probably know this already, but so what — the rap dude with the weird masks who practically invented the crushingly casual style of flow that’s so widely used today, and he’s known for rapping about food a lot, whereas Czarface is a hip-hop supergroup bringing together the 7L & Esoteric duo with Wu-Tang’s Inspectah Deck. The first leak was the song “Nautical Depth,” whose beat comprises Avengers-movie-worthy cacophony kept in place with a really nasty bass line, super cool. • I’m not familiar with London indie-rock band The Vaccines, but that’s probably because they don’t get a lot of love from U.S. critics, just critics from fishwrap nonsense rags in the U.K., like New Music Express. If you’ve never tried reading NME, just picture a hundred 98-pound music nerds having a contest to see who can use the most obscure band references they can think of, except everything in British music is already obscure except for Led Zeppelin, so they really have to dig deep to meet their trillion-word-count CD-reviewing assignments — it’s like watching Martians try to communicate in code, but no one cares about breaking the code, so everyone loses. All that being said, that riffing I just rattled off should have gone to a more worthy target, because the Vaccines sound like a cool band (Ramones meets Jesus and Mary Chain? Where do I sign?), but that’s how the cookie crumbles, and their upcoming new LP, Combat Sports, should survive it anyway, that is, if they really are a shoegaze-punk band, which a quick YouTube foray shows they are not. The single, “I Can’t Quit,” isn’t punk or shoegaze, just an OK Go-type deal. The song isn’t bad, just nothing that hasn’t been done before, and thus I’m glad I said those things about NME within this particular piece and didn’t save it for another time. • Greta Kline, the daughter of Hollywood actors Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates, goes by the stage name Frankie Cosmos nowadays when she is singing her quirky indie songs. She used to go by the name Ingrid Superstar. Isn’t this all fascinating? I shall now tend to the YouTube, to see if her new album, Vessel, has decent music on it or is instead just another example of the type of crayon-scrawled googly-eyed quirk-folk that makes me want to barf. OK, I’m back. Oh dear, I could only deal with the single “Jesse” for maybe 30 bug-eyed guitar-strums before I barfed. She did an “Ask Me Anything” once on Reddit, and one reader said she put Cosmos’s music “into the ‘Juno style indie guitar music for Grey’s Anatomy’ category” but didn’t necessarily dislike it. We can micdrop at this point, gack. • Lindi Ortega is a semi-famous country music singer from Canada, and her new LP, Liberty, has a single, “The Comeback Kid,” that rips off Steve Miller’s “Abracadabra.” Intriguing, no? — Eric W. Saeger

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Around the mountain By Angie Sykeny

For Hancock author Francelia Clark, Mount Monadnock has always held a certain mystique. Summers spent climbing the mountain and riding horseback on its lower slopes led to her curiosity about its earlier inhabitants. What was life like for the Abenaki Native Americans and the settlers who made a home among the trails she was traveling? That’s what Clark was determined to find out when she set out on a three-day, 30-mile horseback journey around the mountain along its oldest trails, where cellar holes and rock foundations, wells and walled cow paths built by the settlers remain. She recounts the experience in her latest book released in January, Circle Around Monadnock: Time Travel with Horses, which she will present at The Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough on Saturday, March 31, and at Gibson’s in Concord on Tuesday, April 17. “It’s quite amazing that there are still these places where the 18th century is accessible to us,” Clark said. “You can go down these roads and stand where there used to be someone’s house and farm, and you can get a sense of how these people lived, loved, worked and survived on the mountain.” The idea of riding a horse around Mount Monadnock came to Clark three years ago. She decided that if she was going to do it, she was going to do it right, with thorough preliminary research and planning. She started her research by talking with people who knew about farming, digging into the histories of the mountain’s surrounding towns, Dublin, Jaffrey and Marlborough, and reading published studies about Monadnock. From there, she found her two most valuable sources of information: a current specialist in the cellar holes of farmhouses on the mountain, and the journal of early Monadnock settler Abner Sanger, which provides a personal record of farming in western Dublin from 1791 to 1794.

“[Sanger] was there. He knew the pioneers who left these cellar holes, and he wrote about them,” Clark said. “Once I discovered that journal, I felt like I had real insight into how these people lived, how difficult life was for them, what was on their minds, who they talked to, and whether they were happy or suffering.” Clark felt that horseback as a mode of transportation was essential to her understanding of pioneer life on the mountain. A self-admitted novice horseback rider, she sought companionship for her journey from two friends, Pam Godin and Shelley Mozier, who are skilled at riding. “Riding a horse through history is quite an experience,” Clark said. “There’s something extremely interesting about going down these roads that [the pioneers] built on the same animal that they used. It gives you a first-hand look at what their life was like.” Next, she talked with local historians and a town archivist about what trails would be the most feasible and historically revealing. Once she nailed down her options, she scouted the trails on foot to familiarize herself with them and to make sure they were passable by horse. Finally, she secured permissions from the towns and private landowners to ride through those trails and made special arrangements at two historic inns located along the circuit that could accommodate her and her companions and 41

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• Baseball writers: Bob Tewksbury visits Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St., Concord) on Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. to present his book Ninety Percent Mental: An All-Star Player Turned Mental Skills Coach Reveals the Hidden Game of Baseball. Tewksbury, a former Major League pitcher and mental skills coach for two of baseball’s legendary franchises, explores the psychology behind baseball, including how players use techniques of imagery, self-awareness and strategic thinking to maximize performance, and how a pitcher’s strategy changes throughout a game. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com or call 224-0562. • Carl Johnson will be at Annie’s Book Stop (1330 Union Ave., Laconia) on Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to present his new book, Life After Big Papi. Johnson is a sports writer from Maine who covers the Boston Red Sox. In the book, he analyzes the future of the Red Sox without their greatest designated hitter of all time, David Ortiz. Visit anniesbookstop.com or call 528-4445. • New novel: The Music Hall Loft (131 Congress St., Portsmouth) welcomes bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen on Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m., as part of its Writers in the Loft series. She will present her novel Alternate Side, which centers on wife and mother Nora Nolan after her idealistic neighborhood is turned upside down following a terrible incident. The event includes an author presentation, moderated Q&A, book signing and meet-and-greet. Tickets cost $30 and include a copy of the book and a bar beverage. Visit themusichall.org or call 436-2400. — Angie Sykeny Books Author Events • ANNA QUINDLEN Author presents Alternate Side. Fri., March 30, 7 p.m. The Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress St. , Portsmouth. $42. Visit themusichall. org. • BOB TEWKSBURY Author presents Ninety Percent Mental. Thurs., April 5, 7 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com or call 224-0562. • C.J. BOX Author presents The Disappeared. Fri., April 6, 7 p.m. The Music Hall Loft, 131 Con-

sonsbookstore.com or call 2240562. • KATY TUR Author presents Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History. Sun., April 8, 4 p.m. The Music Hall , 28 Chestnut St. , Portsmouth. Tickets cost $13.75. Visit themusichall.org. • ABBY ROSMARIN Author presents In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes. Tues., April 10, 5:30 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com or call 224-0562. • DAVID ELLIOTT Author presents In the Past. Fri., April 13, 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com or call 224-0562.

Poetry events • “...STILL AWAITING THE FIRE” An exhibition of poetry by local author Becky D. Sakellariou. On view through March. Peterborough Town Library, 2 Concord St., Peterborough. Call 924-8040 or visit peterboroughtownlibrary.org. • YOUTH POETRY CONTEST Open to kids in grades K through 12. Submission deadline is April 17. Dover Public Library, 73 Locust St. , Dover. Visit library.dover.nh.gov. • POETRY: A COMMUNION WITH NATURE A poetry evening with David Anderson. Fri., April 6, 5 p.m. Whipple Hall , 25 Seamans Road, New London . Visit centerfortheartsnh.org. • CELEBRATION OF POETRY Featuring poet Jenna Le. gress St. , Portsmouth. $41. Visit Mon., April 8, noon to 2 p.m. NHTI, 31 College Drive, Manthemusichall.org. • MARTA MCDOWELL Author chester. Call 271-6484 ext. 4151. presents All the Presidents’ Gardens. Sat., April 7, 2 p.m. Hollis Book sales Brookline High School, 24 Cava- • MARCH MADNESS BAG O’ lier Ct., Hollis. Tickets are $10 BOOKS SALE Fill a regularin advance, $15 at the door. See sized plastic grocery bag with “All the Presidents’ Gardens” on books for $2. There will be a wide selection of gently used Eventbrite.com. • ROBERT V.S. REDICK AND children’s, youth, young adult, THEODORA GOSS Redick fiction and nonfiction books. presents Master Assassins. Goss March 1 through March 31. presents The Strange Case of the Baker Free Library, 509 South Alchemist’s Daughter. Sat., April St., Bow. Visit bowbakerfreeli7, 4 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 brary.org or call 224-7113. S. Main St., Concord. Visit gib-


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In Circle Around Monadnock, Clark reflects on some of the findings from her preliminary research, including accounts from settlers’ journals, old photographs, sketches and maps; details her planning process; and shares the story of her journey through anecdotes and personal photos of the trails and mountain within three chapters: “Day 1: On the Eastern and Southern Slopes/Dublin and Jaffrey,” “Day 2: On the Southern and

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Pacific Rim Uprising (PG-13)

Big robots fight big monsters once again in Pacific Rim Uprising, a B movie whose significant amount of John Boyega doesn’t make up for the lack of Idris Elba.

Jake Pentecost (Boyega) is the son of the Idris Elba character who, as the movie reminds us in early scenes, died saving the world at the end of the last movie. His protegee/adopted daughter Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) is now a muckety muck with the organization that runs the Jaeger program, which is the international military-ish fighting force of skyscraper-sized robots that fought the Kaiju, the equally large monsters who appeared through an underwater interdimensional breach and then Godzillaed the cities around the Pacific Ocean. Idris Elba closed the breach and saved the world but the humans seem to be smartly on edge about the prospect of a renewed Kaiju attack. Or maybe they’re maintaining the force because unscrupulous people have built their own, rogue Jaegers using old Jaeger parts. Or maybe it’s just because this franchise is all about giant robots fighting giant monsters so you gotta keep the giant robot program alive. After some unnecessary business to demonstrate to us that Jake is scrappy and give him an even scrappier sidekick in the form of teenage engineer Amara Namani (Cailee Spaeny), Jake is returned to the Jaeger fighting force where he is set to work with Nate Lambert (Scott Eastwood), a buddy with whom he has brotherly affection/antagonism. The current difficulty facing the Jaeger program is obsolescence: inventor Liwen Shao (Jing Tian) is about to unveil a new fighting force of drone Jaegers that don’t require the two-man, in-robot operating complement of the old-school Jaegers. Unmanned city-crushing-sized robots created in part using alien tech? I’m sure that will work out totally fine! Also, don’t worry about the fact that these robots were engineered by Newton (Charlie Day), a

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scientist who mind-melded with a Kaiju in the first movie. This movie is junk but it is enjoyable junk, the movie equivalent of the flatbread pizzas offered as concessions at many of the very theaters where you can see this movie. Is this movie good? No. Is a Coke Zero Sugar and a frozen pepperoni pizza good? No. Will all of those things together make for an indulgent and happy if expensive and somewhat unhealthy two hours of your life? Sure! Sometimes mediocre pizza and cheesy monsters-versus-robots is exactly what is called for. Boyega is better than the material. Eastwood is exactly as good as this subFast & Furious-level material. Jing Tian has potential but she doesn’t get enough to do here. Everybody and everything else is relatively forgettable. The movie repeats a bit of weirdness from the first movie where all the robots and monsters get names, as if I’m going to recognize them from trading cards. Stick to fights and quips, movie, and stop trying to create fan communities for specific robots. (I’m not going to Google to see if this is a thing.) And yet if, despite this faint praise and promise of absolutely low-bar effort, you think “yeah, but I still kinda want to see it” then you totally should. C+

Rated PG-13 for sequence of sci-fi violence and action, and some language, according to the MPAA. Directed by Steven S. DeKnight and written by Steven S. DeKnight & Emily Carmichael & Kira Snyder and T.S. Nowlin, Pacific Rim Uprising is an hour and 51 minutes long and distributed by Universal Studios.

Unsane (R)

A woman committed to a mental health facility isn’t sure what is and isn’t real in Unsane, a shaky thriller from director Steven Soderbergh.

Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy) has recently moved to a new city, far from family and friends, and started a new job. As she explains to a therapist, the move was an attempt to shake a stalker, a man named David (Joshua Leonard). The two years she’s spent trying to remove David, a man she knew only vaguely from volunteer work, from her life have left her exhausted and a little hopeless, as she tells the therapist. After the session, she fills out some “standard” paperwork and is then asked to wait. The “sign this paperwork” and “follow me to this room” ordinariness of the behavioral health facility’s procedure mean that it is, essentially, too late when Sawyer realizes

she isn’t being given future appointments but being “voluntarily” committed. This realization causes Sawyer to lash out — verbally and physically. She even attempts to call the police, who come but leave after seeing her paperwork. A distracted doctor who sees her uses her outrage at her situation as proof of her being a danger to herself and others, meaning that she is probably stuck for at least the seven days the hospital can legally hold her. Then Sawyer sees her stalker. He appears as a staffer working the night shift and she unleashes a spasm of fury when he hands her her little cup of meds, further demonstrating for those who need demonstration that she is violent. But I’m George, claims the man she says is David. The movie sets up Sawyer as a classic unreliable narrator. Camera angles (or iPhone angles, as this movie was apparently filmed with one, according to various media sources) and lighting suggest a woman living under some kind of low gray fog. Her behavior could be PTSD from being stalked and menaced or it could be the result of another mental illness or it could be something else entirely. Even Sawyer starts to question whether all that she’s seeing is real. I’m generally appreciative of the “is it real or is it my perception” approach for a thriller, even if this movie fairly quickly tips its hand about what’s actually happening. And Foy plays Sawyer as what Slate’s movie critic Dana Stevens once described as the quintessential Soderbergh girl — emotionally flat, not particular warm, standoffish and even somewhat unlikeable. It actually works with her character and makes her feel more realistic in this situation. The situation itself, however, is lacking in some basic elements of realism. There are some fairly big plot contrivances and conveniences that make absolutely no sense. For the plot to unfold exactly as it does would require an Ocean’s Elevenstyle operation that does not seem within the abilities of this movie’s bad actors.

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WILTON TOWN HALL 40 Main St., Wilton, 654-3456, wiltontownhalltheatre.com • The Party (R, 2018) Thurs., March 29, 7:30 p.m. • Molly’s Game (R, 2017) Thurs., March 29, 7:30 p.m. • Oh Lucy! (2017) Fri., March 30, through Thurs., April 5, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., April 1, 2 and 4:30 p.m. • I Can Only Imagine (PG, 2018) Fri., March 30, through Thurs., April 5, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., April 1, 2 and 4:30 p.m.

• The Robe (1953) Sat., March 31, 4:30 p.m. CAPITOL CENTER FOR THE ARTS 44 S. Main St., Concord, 2251111, ccanh.com • Cosi Fan Tutte (The MET) Sat., March 31, 12:55 p.m. CINEMAGIC 1226 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 644-4629; 11 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, 423-0240, cinemagicmovies.com • Cosi Fan Tutte (The MET) Sat., March 31, 12:55 p.m. • Best F(r)iends (R, 2018) Mon., April 2, 8 p.m. • Eating You Alive (2018) Thurs., April 5, 7 p.m. • Better Off Dead (PG, 1985) Thurs., April 5, 8 p.m. (Hooksett only) CONCORD PUBLIC LIBRARY 45 Green St., Concord, onconcord.com/library, 225-9670 • Turner & Hooch (PG, 1989) Thurs., March 29, 5:30 p.m. MANCHESTER CITY LIBRARY Main Branch, 405 Pine St., Manchester, 624-6550; West Branch, 76 Main St., Manchester, 6246560, manchester.lib.nh.us • The Pelican Brief (PG-13, 1993) Wed., April 4, 1 p.m. NASHUA PUBLIC LIBRARY 2 Court St., Nashua, 589-4611, nashualibrary.org • The Peanuts Movie (G, 2015) Sat., March 31, 2 p.m. • The Shape of Water (R, 2017) Tues., April 3, 6:30 p.m. REGAL CONCORD 282 Loudon Road, Concord, (844) 462-7342 ext. 464, regmovies.com • Blockers (R, 2018) Thurs., April 5, 7 p.m. • A Quiet Place (PG-13, 2018) Thurs., April 5, 7:30 p.m. THE MUSIC HALL Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth; Loft, 131 Congress St., Portsmouth, 436-2400, themusichall.org

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MOVIES OUTSIDE THE CINEPLEX RED RIVER THEATRES 11 S. Main St., Concord, 2244600, redrivertheatres.org • 7 Days in Entebbe (PG-13, 2018) Thurs., March 29, 2:05, 5:30 and 7:50 p.m. • In the Fade (R, 2017) Thurs., March 29, 2:10, 5:35 and 7:40 p.m. • Howl’s Moving Castle (PG, 2005) Thurs., March 29, 7 p.m. • Molly’s Game (R, 2017) Thurs., March 29, 2 p.m.; Sat., March 31, 2:45 and 7:45 p.m.; and Sun., March 31, through Tues., April 3, and Thurs., April 5, 7:45 p.m. • The Death of Stalin (R, 2018) Fri., March 30, and Sat., March 31, 1, 3:25, 5:50 and 8:15 p.m.; Sun., April 1, 2, 3:25 and 5:50 p.m.; and Mon., April 2, through Thurs., April 5, 2, 5:35 and 7:55 p.m. • A Fantastic Woman (R, 2017) Fri., March 30, 2 p.m.; Sat., March 31, and Sun., April 1, 12:30 and 5:30 p.m.; Mon., April 2, and Tues., April 3, 2:05 and 5:30 p.m.; Wed., April 4, 2:05 p.m.; and Thurs., April 5, 2:05 and 5:30 p.m. • Concert for George (PG-13, 2018) Fri., March 30, 12:30 p.m.; Sat., March 31, 3:20 and 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 1, 3:20 p.m.; and Mon., April 2, through Thurs., April 5, 2:10 and 7:30 p.m. • Mary and the Witch’s Flower (PG, 2017) Fri., March 30, 2:30 p.m. (dubbed); Sat., March 31, and Sun., April 1, 1:15 and 5:25 p.m. (dubbed); and Mon., April 2, through Thurs., April 4, 5:25 p.m. (subtitled) • Wild & Scenic Film Festival (2017) Fri., March 30, 6 p.m.

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• The Post (PG-13, 2017) Thurs., March 29, 7 p.m. • American Folk (PG, 2017) Thurs., March 29, 7 p.m. • Molly’s Game (R, 2017) Fri., March 30, Sat. March 31, and Wed., April 4, 7 p.m. • Cosi Fan Tutte (The MET) Sat., March 31, 1 p.m. • Leaning Into The Wind: Andy Goldsworthy (PG, 2017) Sat., March 31, Tues., April 3, Wed., April 4, Wed., April 18, and Thurs., April 19, 7 p.m. • Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World (2016) Thurs., April 5, 7 p.m. PETERBOROUGH COMMUNITY THEATRE 6 School St., Peterborough, pctmovies.com • Phantom Thread (R, 2017) Thurs., March 29, 7 p.m. • I, Tonya (R, 2017) Fri., March 30, 7 p.m.; Sat., March 31, and Sun., April 1, 2:30 and 7 p.m.; Mon., April 2, 6:15 p.m.; Wed., April 4, 2:30 and 7 p.m.; and Thurs., April 5, 7 p.m.

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The movie sets up one of its bad actors to be the health facility itself and its administrators and staff. There is something deeply unsettling — something that feels anachronistic and maybe even irresponsible — about this movie’s portrayal of the mental health system. I realize this is just a movie, a movie full of all kinds of storytelling exaggeration and short cuts, but this still feels like a crude caricature that reinforces old stereotypes and fears. It’s icky and the overall movie isn’t nearly


RIVER STREET THEATRE 6 River St., Jaffrey, 532-8888, theparktheatre.org • The 39 Steps (1935) Fri., March 30, 7 p.m. • The Lady Vanishes (1938) Sat., March 31, 7 p.m. THE FLYING MONKEY 39 S. Main St., Plymouth, 5362551, flyingmonkeynh.com • Concert for George (PG-13, 2018) Fri., March 30, Sun., April 1, and Mon., April 2, 6:30 p.m. • The Beaumonts (17+, 2018) Tues., April 3, 7 p.m. • Wild & Scenic Film Festival (2017) Wed., April 4, 7 p.m.

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• Country rock: Tom Petty once pointed out that modern country is a lot like ’70s album rock. Colt Ford is a prime example, with power chords and Skynyrd attitude a big part of his appeal, appropriately wrapped in red, white and blue. The Nashville-based singer-guitarist got help on his latest album, Love Hope Faith, from both Brad Paisley and alt rockers Lit. Go Thursday, March 29, 8 p.m., Whiskey Barrel, 546 Main St., Laconia. Tickets $28.50 to $30 at whiskeybarrelnh.com. • Opening night: Rock at the beach resumes as One Night of Queen kicks off the Casino Ballroom season. The two-hour concert performed by Gary Mullen and the Works recreates the classic rock band at its peak; Mullen is a convincing Freddie Mercury. Go Friday, March 30, 8 p.m., Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton Beach. Tickets $19 to $39 at casinoballroom.com. • Violent sound: The end of a Sete Star Sept concert is reminiscent of Keith Moonera Who; drums and guitars are savaged, the stage is leveled. The difference is the Japanese grindcore band has just two members. They headline a show with a bill that includes Ambush, Psycho, D-Sagawa and This is Not Okay Monday, April 2, 8 p.m., Bungalow Bar & Grill, 333 Valley St., Manchester. $7 cover. • Funny fifth: A rare ticketed event stars comedian Joe DeRosa, part of Shaskeen’s ongoing celebration of five years offering (mostly) free stand-up comedy. DeRosa has made two Comedy Central half-hour specials, has five albums, and worked on Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer, as well as The Pete Holmes Show. Go Wednesday, April 4, 9 p.m., Shaskeen Pub, 909 Elm St., Manchester. Tickets $10 at brownpapertickets.com. 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.

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Joshua Incident brings new album to bluegrass series By Michael Witthaus


Memories that both haunt and sustain populate Ghosts in the Company Barn, the superb second record from The Joshua Incident. Bandleader Todd Thurlow brings a photographer’s eye to his songwriting, composing landscapes and vignettes that depict hard truths and burnished beauty. In this way, it’s very much an album, a series of connected portraits. Two versions of one song bookend the nine-track collection. “In Your Beautiful Hour” is wistful, almost sad as the disc’s opener, punctuated by the mournful playing of guest fiddler Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki. Dan Beller-McKenna’s dobro guitar brightens the mood of the reprise at record’s end. The lilting ballad’s subject is the dichotomy of age; “the beautiful decay,” as it’s called in another song. “A celebration of women, especially older women,” Thurlow explained in a recent phone interview. “Embracing the fact that they have this beauty in them, and it has nothing to do with outward stuff, which I think is really fascinating.” The record feels like a companion of 2015’s Red. The resigned woman leaving in a hastily packed and tenuously repaired car on “Highways and Back Roads” darkly echoes the optimistic couple depicted on “Our Own Highway Song,” a standout track from the earlier LP. For Thurlow, that’s not intentional. “I do feel like this is the next step, but I wasn’t thinking thematically,” he said. “It’s a song about the ghosts that we carry inside of ourselves. That’s how I saw it … these songs are hopeful. Some of them celebrate beauty in all of its different sort of forms.” Moments of bliss mingle with the disc’s wintry mood. A promise of protection, “Keep

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You From the Cold” was written for Thurlow’s daughter when she was a preschooler. “That had that sense of tenderness of trying to get through,” he said. “I went through a lot in my personal life — you can kind of read between the lines. ... I was trying to get across that thought.” Carried along by Tirrell-Wysocki’s raucous fiddle, “Barker Place” pays homage to Thurlow’s bluegrass heroes. “Mostly Ralph Stanley, and the habit of old folks singing murder ballads,” he said. “It’s not really one of those, but it seems like it unless you pay attention to the lyrics,” which describe a man mourning his lover’s death by disease. Like Red, the new record was recorded with producer Chris Chase (and Greg Roth) at 1130ft Studio in Rollinsford. The musicianship is stellar, with John “Hal” Halstead again holding down the rhythm on bass and Ann Norton Holbrook a perfect vocal counterpart to Thurlow. It’s Holbrook’s final effort with the group. For an upcoming Nippo Lake Bluegrass Series appearance, Lindsay O’Neill will provide harmonies, something she began doing in the middle of 2017. “Ann is on the record and remains our dear friend, but she got busy with another band,”

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Thurlow said. He met O’Neill, who also plays guitar and sings with a higher soprano, at The Stone Church in Newmarket. “I thought we’d pick up a drummer, and Lindsay popped up,” he said. “We tried it out and she really fit in, so she’s part of the family now, which is really fun. She’s the youngest one in the band, and she brings a lot of cool energy. The new stuff I’m writing is with her in mind.” The Nippo Lake show will be the band’s fourth at the venue. “It’s just the most supportive and engaged musical audience anywhere,” Thurlow said. “The last time we played there we did some new songs and the band was like, ‘I don’t know’ — but the people were just there, they really wanted to hear what we had to say, not come out and play covers. They knew we were there to play our music. I just love that audience.” The Joshua Incident When: Sunday, April 8, 6 p.m. Where: The Nippo Lake Restaurant, 88 Stagecoach Road, Barrington More: thejoshuaincident.com WILTON TOWN HALL THEATRE (603) 654-FILM (3456)


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Alton JP China 403 Main St. 875-8899

Bow Chen Yang Li 520 South St. 228-8508

True Brew Barista 3 Bicentennial Square 225-2776

Tortilla Flat 1-11 Brickyard Square 734-2725

Amherst LaBelle Winery 345 Route 101 672-9898

Bridgewater Bridgewater Inn 367 Mayhew Turnpike 744-3518

Ashland Common Man 60 Main St. 968-7030

Bristol Back Room at the Mill 2 Central St. 744-0405 Kathleen’s Cottage 91 Lake Street 744-6336 Purple Pit 28 Central Square 744-7800

Contoocook Covered Bridge Cedar St. 746-5191 Farmer’s Market Town Center 369-1790

Epsom Circle 9 Ranch 39 Windymere Drive 736-9656 Hilltop Pizzeria 1724 Dover Rd. 736-0027

Atkinson Merrill’s Tavern 85 Country Club Drive 382-8700 Auburn Auburn Pitts 167 Rockingham Rd 622-6564 Auburn Tavern 346 Hooksett Rd 587-2057 Barrington Dante’s 567 Route 125 664-4000 Bedford Bedford Village Inn 2 Olde Bedford Way 472-2001 Copper Door 15 Leavy Drive 488-2677 Shorty’s 206 Route 101 488-5706 T-Bones 169 South River Road 623-7699 Belmont Lakes Region Casino 1265 Laconia Road 267-7778 Shooters Tavern Rt. 3, 528-2444 Boscawen Alan’s 133 N. Main St. 753-6631

Exeter Station 19 37 Water St. 778-3923

Derry Coffee Factory 55 Crystal Ave 432-6006 Francestown Drae Toll Booth Tavern 14 E Broadway 216-2713 740 2nd NH Tpke N 588-1800 Dover Claremont Cara Irish Pub Common Man Gilford 11 Fourth St. 343-4390 Patrick’s 21 Water Street Dover Brick House 542-6171 18 Weirs Road 293-0841 Taverne on the Square 2 Orchard St. 749-3838 Schuster’s Tavern Falls Grill & Tavern 2 Pleasant St. 680 Cherry Valley Road 421 Central Ave. 287-4416 293-2600 749-0995 Fury’s Publick House Goffstown Concord 1 Washington St. Area 23 Village Trestle 617-3633 State Street 881-9060 25 Main St. 497-8230 Sonny’s Tavern Barley House 132 N. Main 228-6363 83 Washington St. Greenfield 742-4226 Cheers Riverhouse Cafe 17 Depot St. 228-0180 Top of the Chop 4 Slip Road 547-8710 1 Orchard St. 740-0006 Common Man 1 Gulf Street 228-3463 Hampton Dublin Granite Ashworth By The Sea 96 Pleasant St. 227-9000 DelRossi’s Trattoria 295 Ocean Blvd. 73 Brush Brook Rd Hermanos 926-6762 11 Hills Ave. 224-5669 563-7195 Bernie’s Beach Bar Makris 73 Ocean Blvd 926-5050 East Hampstead 354 Sheep Davis Rd Boardwalk Inn & Cafe Pasta Loft 225-7665 139 Ocean Blvd. 220 E. Main St. Penuche’s Ale House 929-7400 378-0092 6 Pleasant St. Breakers at Ashworth 228-9833 295 Ocean Blvd. 926-6762 Epping Pit Road Lounge Cloud 9 Holy Grail 388 Loudon Rd 225 Ocean Blvd. 64 Main St. 679-9559 226-0533 601-6102 Popovers Red Blazer Community Oven 11 Brickyard Square 72 Manchester St. 845 Lafayette Road 734-4724 224-4101 601-6311 Telly’s Tandy’s Top Shelf CR’s Restaurant 235 Calef Hwy 1 Eagle Square 287 Exeter Road 679-8225 856-7614 929-7972

Thursday, March 29 Ashland Common Man: Jim McHugh & Steve McBrian (Open) Auburn Auburn Pitts: Open Jam Bedford Copper Door: Chad Lamarsh Boscawen Alan’s: John Pratte

Deerfield Nine Lions Tavern 4 North Road 463-7374

Concord Common Man: Holly Ann Furone Granite: CJ Poole Duo Hermanos: Brothers Blues Band Penuche’s: Hometown Eulogy Dover 603 Bar & Lounge: DJ Pez Epping Telly’s: Joe McDonald Exeter Station 19: Thursday Night Live

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Logan’s Run 816 Lafayette Road 926-4343 Millie’s Tavern 17 L St. 967-4777 Purple Urchin 167 Ocean Blvd. 929-0800 Ron Jillian’s 44 Lafayette Road 929-9966 Ron’s Landing 379 Ocean Blvd 929-2122 Savory Square Bistro 32 Depot Square 926-2202 Sea Ketch 127 Ocean Blvd. 926-0324 The Goat 20 L St. 601-6928 Wally’s Pub 144 Ashworth Ave. 926-6954

The Bar 2B Burnham Rd 943-5250

Derryfield Country Club 625 Mammoth Road 623-2880 Laconia Foundry 405 Pub 50 Commercial St. 405 Union Ave 524-8405 836-1925 Broken Spoke Saloon Fratello’s 1072 Watson Rd 155 Dow St. 624-2022 866-754-2526 Jewel Margate Resort 61 Canal St. 836-1152 76 Lake St. 524-5210 Karma Hookah & Naswa Resort Cigar Bar 1086 Weirs Blvd. Elm St. 647-6653 366-4341 KC’s Rib Shack Paradise Beach Club 837 Second St. 627-RIBS 322 Lakeside Ave. Murphy’s Taproom 366-2665 494 Elm St. 644-3535 Patio Garden Penuche’s Music Hall Lakeside Ave. 1087 Elm St. 206-5599 Pitman’s Freight Room Salona Bar & Grill 94 New Salem St. 128 Maple St. 624-4020 527-0043 Shaskeen Tower Hill Tavern 909 Elm St. 625-0246 264 Lakeside Ave. Shorty’s 366-9100 1050 Bicentennial Drive Hanover Whiskey Barrel 625-1730 Canoe Club 546 Main St. 884-9536 Stark Brewing Co. 27 S. Main St. 643-9660 500 Commercial St. Jesse’s Tavern Lebanon 625-4444 224 Lebanon St 643-4111 Salt Hill Pub Strange Brew Tavern Salt Hill Pub 2 West Park St. 448-4532 88 Market St. 666-4292 7 Lebanon St. 676-7855 TGI Fridays Skinny Pancake Londonderry 1516 Willow St. 644-8995 3 Lebanon St. 540-0131 Coach Stop Tavern Whiskey’s 20 176 Mammoth Rd 20 Old Granite St. Henniker 437-2022 641-2583 Country Spirit Pipe Dream Brewing Wild Rover 262 Maple St. 428-7007 40 Harvey Road 21 Kosciuszko St. Pat’s Peak Sled Pub 404-0751 669-7722 24 Flander’s Road Stumble Inn 428-3245 20 Rockingham Road Meredith 432-3210 Giuseppe’s Hillsboro 312 Daniel Webster Hwy Tooky Mills Loudon 279-3313 9 Depot St. 464-6700 Hungry Buffalo 58 New Hampshire 129 Merrimack Hillsborough 798-3737 Homestead Mama McDonough’s 641 Daniel Webster Hwy 5 Depot St. 680-4148 Manchester 429-2022 Turismo British Beer Company Jade Dragon 55 Henniker St. 680-4440 1071 S. Willow St. 515 DW Hwy 424-2280 232-0677 Merrimack Biergarten Hooksett Bungalow Bar & Grille 221 DW Hwy 595-1282 Asian Breeze 333 Valley St. 792-1110 Tortilla Flat 1328 Hooksett Rd Cafe la Reine 594 Daniel Webster Hwy 621-9298 915 Elm St 232-0332 262-1693 DC’s Tavern Central Ale House 1100 Hooksett Road 23 Central St. 660-2241 Milford 782-7819 City Sports Grille J’s Tavern 216 Maple St. 625-9656 63 Union Sq. 554-1433 Hudson Club ManchVegas Pasta Loft AJ’s Sports Bar 50 Old Granite St. 241 Union Sq. 11 Tracy Lane 718-1102 222-1677 672-2270

Gilford Patrick’s: Eric Grant Acoustic

Lebanon Salt hill Pub: Science Pub

Whiskey’s 20: DJs Shawn White/Ryan Nichols/Mike Mazz

Hampton CR’s: Ross McGinness Wally’s: Mechanical Shark & Country Music DJ

Londonderry Coach Stop: Karen Grenier

Meredith Giuseppe’s: Mary Fagan

Manchester Central Ale: Jonny Friday Blues City Sports Grille: DJ Dave Foundry: DJ Marco Valentin Fratello’s: Jazz Night Manchvegas: College Night Penuche’s: College Night - DJ Stef Shaskeen: Best Not Broken/ Divvisions Strange Brew: Soup du Jour

Merrimack Homestead: Kieran McNally

Hanover Salt hill: Irish Trad’ Session Hillsborough Turismo: Line Dancing Laconia Whiskey Barrel: Colt Ford

Milford Union Coffee: The DiTulios Nashua Agave: DJ K-Wil Ladies Night Country Tavern: Brad Bosse Fody’s: DJ Rich Padula

Shaka’s Bar & Grill 11 Wilton Road 554-1224 Tiebreakers at Hampshire Hills 50 Emerson Road 673-7123 Union Coffee Co. 42 South St. 554-8879 Moultonborough Buckey’s 240 Governor Wentworth Hwy 476-5485 Castle in the Clouds 455 Old Mountain Road 478-5900 Nashua 110 Grill 27 Trafalgar Sq 943-7443 5 Dragons 28 Railroad Sq 578-0702 Agave Azul 94-96 Main St. 943-7240 Boston Billiard Club 55 Northeastern Blvd. 943-5630 Burton’s Grill 310 Daniel Webster Hwy 688-4880 Country Tavern 452 Amherst St. 889-5871 Dolly Shakers 38 E. Hollis St. 577-1718 Fody’s Tavern 9 Clinton St. 577-9015 Fratello’s Italian Grille 194 Main St. 889-2022 Haluwa Lounge Nashua Mall 883-6662 Killarney’s Irish Pub 9 Northeastern Blvd. 888-1551 O’Shea’s 449 Amherst St. 943-7089 Peddler’s Daughter 48 Main St. 821-7535 Pig Tale 449 Amherst St. 864-8740 Portland Pie Company 14 Railroad Sq 882-7437 Shorty’s 48 Gusabel Ave 882-4070 Stella Blu 70 E. Pearl St. 578-5557 Thirsty Turtle 8 Temple St. 402-4136 New Boston Molly’s Tavern 35 Mont Vernon Rd 487-2011

Fratello’s: Chris Cavanaugh O’Shea’s: Mando & The Goat Riverwalk Cafe: Way Up South Shorty’s: Amanda McCarthy Newmarket Stone Church: Irish Music /Late Show - Plains w/ Babylawns Peterborough Harlow’s: Bluegrass Night w/ John Meehan La Mia Casa: Soul Repair Portsmouth Beara: Irish Music

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North Hampton Barley House Seacoast 43 Lafayette Rd 379-9161

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24 Prepares leather 27 Bedtime, for some 29 Golden-coated horse 33 The Rock’s real first name 36 66 and I-95, e.g. 37 Surveillance needs, for short 39 1966 Michael Caine movie 40 Pound sound 41 Io’s planet 43 “You’ve got mail!” company 44 “The Great Gatsby,” for one 46 Harry and William’s school 47 General feeling 48 Some circus performers 50 Split into splinters 52 Harnesses for oxen 54 Garden of Genesis 55 Scrooge’s outburst 57 Bacon portion


59 Search (through) 63 Shaped like a zero 65 Sand down some menswear? 68 NPR correspondent Totenberg 69 Wonderstruck 70 Bauxite, et al. 71 “Electric Avenue” singer Grant (who turned 70 in 2018) 72 “I Got Rhythm” singer Merman 73 Abbr. in a Broadway address Down 1 Greek vowel 2 Castle surrounder 3 Affirmative responses 4 Snack notable for its residue 5 Retiring 6 Org. that honors sports legends 7 Author Kingsley 8 Bridge fastener 9 Looked closely 10 Convulsive sigh 11 Demand for your favorite band to perform at a county gathering? 12 Beast 13 Camping need 18 Palindromic address with an apostrophe 22 1978 Nobel Peace Prize co-winner Sadat 25 Preemie’s ward, for short 26 Rickman, in the “Harry Potter” films

28 Buddy 29 “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris 30 Heart chambers 31 Walked away from the poker table with cards face down? 32 Leaves off 34 Mythical weeper (and namesake of element #41) 35 Caught lampreys 38 Took the wrong way? 41 People who cut you off in traffic, say 42 Oklahoma city near Oklahoma City 45 Shortest of the signs 47 Meat that somehow sparked a 2017 Arby’s craze 49 Pic taken alone, or together (as the name doesn’t suggest) 51 Extremely 53 Canonized figure 55 Fibula or ulna 56 Dedicated 58 Dullsville 60 Emotion that’s unleashed 61 Claim on property 62 Crafty website 64 Make some eggs? 66 Ma who says “baa” 67 Blanc with many voices ©2018 Jonesin’ Crosswords (editor@jonesincrosswords.com)


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SIGNS OF LIFE All quotes are from Darkmans: A Nov- to mounds and to hillocks? … did they perel, by Nicola Barker, born March 30, 1966. haps know something about the kinds of environments best suited for human habitaAries (March 21 – April 19) They were tion? Had they worked out this equation for stuck between a rock and a hard place. They themselves, over time, through a system of triwere screwed. Harvey wasn’t their best bet, al and error? You can learn from others’ trial he was their only bet. She did, at least, have and error. to concede him that. You can only work with Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) Lester (it what you’ve got. soon became evident) ‘lacked direction.’ It Taurus (April 20 – May 20) A small slip was a full-time job just to keep him workof the tongue was all it took to set everything ing. And there was always some good reason back in train again. That’s all it takes. why he might suddenly feel the urge to slip Gemini (May 21 – June 20) She’d taken away again: a missing tool, a parole appointa wrong turn at Rye — went left at the bridge ment, breakfast — eaten on the stroke of ten instead of right — and had headed uphill — lunch — at twelve — and tea — at three — towards the lush greenery of Peasmarsh none of which did he ever opt to bring along instead of down and around and through the with him, but mooched off, mid-task, in a bid flat marshes of Brookland. A little wandering to track them down. If you lack direction, refer to a map. won’t hurt. Cancer (June 21 – July 22) ...but then he Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) ‘But I’m froze, slapped down the letters, shoved his serious,’ Beede maintained, ‘your so-called glasses up on to his head and gazed intently “crappy” job is absolutely critical to the at the kettle’s lid. Why did it seem so different, smooth running of this supermarket. You’re a suddenly? He wobbled it, tentatively, between fundamental cog, a facilitator, a lubricant…’ his finger and his thumb … Was the fit less The kid scowled. Well, somebody has to sort the cucumbers. easy? Perhaps so. Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) But where Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) ‘Well it’s a fact,’ Kane insisted, ‘Beede hates Tesco’s. He was his Ithaca? Where was the home from loathes the impact of big supermarkets on the which he’d strayed, and for which he yearned High Street. He always shops locally. It’s not — more than anything — Anything — to finaljust an idle preference, it’s ideological.’ The ly return? Was it here? There? Everywhere? best deal might not be the best deal. It was definitely a puzzle. Oooh! A puzzle! Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) ‘But is it only Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) ‘They nevsalad he’s afraid of?’ Peta demanded. ‘Not all er have enough trolles here,’ she grumbled vegetables?’ It’s a good time to organize your (the kid still within earshot), ‘at least not the thoughts. sort I’m always after…’ ‘Life invariably gets Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) Most New more complicated,’ Beede promptly informed Builds were sited on meadowland — bogs her, ‘if your needs grow too particular.’ Your — flood plains; on the outskirts of town; the needs? Are very general. leftover bits of land; bits that nobody had ever Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) Kane dialled bothered with before…. Were our ancestors the number. It rang for what seemed like an all just thoroughly unadventurous? Were they age, and then, just as he was finally abandonobstinately — neurotically, even — attached ing all hope — ’Hello?’ Patience. NITE SUDOKU By Dave Green

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Pets on a plane

In the same week that a dog perished after a United Airlines flight attendant insisted it be stored in an overhead compartment on a flight from Houston to New York City, another family’s pet was lost by the beleaguered carrier. Irgo, a 10-year-old German shepherd belonging to the Swindle family, was mistakenly sent to Japan instead of Kansas City, Missouri. When Kara Swindle and her children went to pick up their dog on March 13 after flying from Oregon, they were given a Great Dane — whose destination was supposed to be Japan. The dogs got mixed up in Denver, where they both had connecting flights. Swindle was concerned that her dog wouldn’t survive the long flight back: “He is a 10-year-old dog, and he’s never been on a flight before,” she told KCTV 5 News. However, United had Irgo checked out by a veterinarian in Tokyo and loaded onto a private charter to Wichita, Kansas, where he was reunited with his family on March 15.

I am not dead yet!

Constantin Reliu, 63, appealed unsuccessfully to a court in Barlad, Romania, in March to overturn a death certificate that his wife had obtained after not hearing from him for more than a decade. According to The Guardian, Reliu left Romania for Turkey in 1992 to look for employment, but neglected to keep in touch with his family. In 2003, Reliu’s wife, believing he had died in an earthquake in Turkey, argued in court for a death certificate, which didn’t come to light until Reliu was deported back to Romania because of expired papers in Turkey. Upon his arrival, immigration officers explained to Reliu that he had died in 2003. His appeal failed, as the court maintained he was too late, and the ruling is final, leaving Reliu in an odd state of limbo. “I am officially dead, although I’m alive,” Reliu told Romanian media outlets. “I have no income and because I am listed dead, I can’t do anything.”

Divine intervention

• In a recent interview on “60 Minutes Overtime,” Oprah Winfrey said that if God wanted her to run for president, “wouldn’t God kind of tell me?” Oprah may have gotten her answer in the form of a letter from Jesus Christ, an 83-yearold North Waterboro, Maine, woman who started a letter-writing campaign 50 years ago to spread a message of faith and peace — around the same time that she changed her name. WGME-TV reported that Christ sent her letter to Winfrey on March 9, without knowledge of the media speculation, or Winfrey’s wish for a heavenly sign, regarding her running for president. Christ said she sent the letter because she likes Win-

frey, but “If she does (run), I’ll vote for her — that’s for sure.” • Destiny Church in Columbia, Maryland, tried a novel approach to attract new members to its congregation. On March 4, the church gave away five used cars to “demonstrate God’s unbelievable, nostrings-attached goodness,” according to The Washington Post. The idea was hatched to increase attendance at the church’s new location after several years meeting in a high school auditorium. “Who doesn’t need a new car?” asked Sandy Dobson, who came with her son. “Different people have different things that bring them to Christ, to church. It doesn’t always have to be traditional methods.” Pastor Stephen Chandler added that Jesus himself taught that giveaways are guaranteed to draw a crowd: The biggest gatherings Christ preached to came on the two times he distributed free loaves and fishes.

Animals with issues

Louis, an 18-year-old male gorilla at the Philadelphia Zoo, appears to be something of a germophobe, according to the Associated Press. When he is carrying food, 6-foot-tall Louis walks on his hind legs, like a human, rather than leaning forward on his front knuckles, as gorillas usually do. Zoo curator Michael Stern says workers installed a fire hose over a mud puddle in Louis’ yard, which he crosses like a tightrope to avoid getting his feet dirty. Stern says in the wild, gorillas may stand up on their hind feet to reach food or wade in a swamp, but only for a few seconds.

Restoring faith in humanity

The Rev. Alex Santora of Our Lady of Grace Church in Hoboken, New Jersey, called local police on March 14 when a suspicious package was delivered to the house of worship. But after officers from the Hoboken Police Department declared it to be safe, church staff found a surprising delivery inside: a baby Jesus statue that had been stolen from the church’s Nativity scene about 90 years ago. WPIX-TV reported that an unsigned note inside the package explained: The statue was stolen when the note-writer’s mother was a young girl, and it became a sort of heirloom in her family. When she died, it was passed on to the note-writer, who thought it should be returned.


Ravenna, Ohio, resident Nickolette Botsford was startled by what felt like an extra-hard cashew as she enjoyed some Planters nuts in early March. As she drove, she handed the object to her mom, who turned on the interior light in the car and realized it was a human tooth — with dried blood on it. “I got very upset, I was crying, I threw up two or three times,” Botsford told WOIO-TV. She went to a hospital, where doctors confirmed it was a human tooth and treated her for exposure to blood or bodily fluids. Botsford called Planters, and parent company Kraft Heinz sent a courier to pick up the tooth for testing. The company said it is investigating its manufacturing process and suppliers. Visit newsoftheweird.com.

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