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Anyone wishing to escape the political deadlock of the U.S. government this week would do well to avoid the United Kingdom, for the wheels of government here — where I am visiting — are as stuck as they are at home. In a curious way, the key issue in both confrontations is similar. For the U.S. it is a question of a wall to keep foreigners out and in the UK a Brexit to curtail immigration. Of course there are many other important issues, but these two at least are what one hears in conversations on both side of the Atlantic. Another commonality is the wonderment and frustration of ordinary people at the inability of their elected representatives to “get on with it,” instead of party posturing. While we Americans may shake our heads at the barbs traded between the president and the speaker of the House, theirs is relatively tame compared to the exchanges during Question Time in the House of Commons. And, of course, in both countries, the stalemate is more than ample fodder for 24-7 media coverage. They portray the contenders as opponents in the ring, each one slugging it out till the other falls for the count. The history of democracy, as scholars will assure us, is both glorious and ignominious: moments of great compromise and advancement and, as we are witnessing now, inglorious episodes of squabbling in which a group is held hostage to the determination of their opponents. None of us doubts the sovereign right of a country to protect its borders and to regulate the inflow of people from other countries. The very words on our Statue of Liberty challenge us to welcome those who are oppressed and those who seek a better life. But there is our self-interest at play as well, for from economists to entrepreneurs, the message is the same: to sustain innovation, quality, and a competitive position, talent is critical, both domestic and imported. Most of us are bystanders to the current stalemate. That is true here as well in the U.K. We Americans as well as the Brits follow developments daily in the media, hoping the next edition will bring news of a resolution. While we cannot directly intervene, we all can make our voices heard through our members of Congress and, in the U.K., members of Parliament. In electing them, we trusted their promises and their commitment to our best interests. It is clearly time to let them know that the present situation is not so. Stephen Reno is the executive director of Leadership New Hampshire and former chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire. His email is stepreno@gmail. com.

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ON THE COVER 14 MAKE IT TOGETHER Traditional gifts and dinners are nice, but you could step up your creativity game this Valentine’s Day and book a class with your loved one, your friends or your kids and have fun making something unique together (yes, even robots!). Find out what you can build, cook or design alongside your favorite person. ALSO ON THE COVER, February vacation is coming up, and there are all kinds of places that are offering fun for your kids all week long, p. 28. And, it’s time once again for you to vote for your local favorites in the Hippo’s annual Best of Readers’ Poll. Tell us where you go for the best chicken tenders, where you take your kids on a rainy day and your favorite local band. The poll is now open; for details on how to vote, see p. 55.

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NEWS & NOTES

Family leave bill

After criticizing Gov. Chris Sununu’s “Twin State Voluntary Leave Plan,” Senate Democrats introduced their own family and medical leave insurance plan last week. Sununu’s plan, introduced with Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont, would allow public- and private-sector employees to receive a 60-percent wage replacement for six weeks. According to Sununu’s proposal, employers could choose whether or not to offer the insurance plan, and employees would be able to purchase coverage independently. The insurance created under SB 1, introduced by Sen. Dan Feltes (D-Concord), would allow employees to take “12 weeks of paid leave during any 12-month period” while receiving “60 [percent] of the employee’s average wage.” Employers would have to pay quarterly insurance premium payments of 0.5 percent of wages per employee per week. The Department of Employment Security would manage the program, which is estimated to generate $156.6 million from private employers and $1.4 million from state government employers, according to the bill. In a statement, Feltes wrote that paid family and medical leave would help the state “attract and retain the workforce of tomorrow, meet the caregiving needs of our aging population and support substance use disorder recovery efforts.” In a joint rebuttal, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Morse (R-Salem) wrote that the plan would “suppress the growth of small businesses,” while Sen. Bob Giuda (R-Warren) argued it would “establish the complete infrastructure for future implementation of a broad-based income tax.”

Med disposal

The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative of New Hampshire announced that hospitals across the state will distribute an additional 75,000 education materials and collection pouches for disposing of unused medication. The group was formed last spring to help address the opioid crisis, with an initial focus on increasing options for safe disposal of unused prescription drugs. An initial goal of distributing 100,000 disposal pouches and educational materials has been underway since last August. The New Hampshire Hospital Association is

working with the group to distribute pouches and materials to local hospitals. Steve Ahnen, president of the hospital association, wrote in a statement that the program has “already resulted in the safe disposal of thousands of unused prescriptions.”

Tax program

Granite United Way launched its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program last week, according to a news release. The statewide program offers free tax preparation for individuals and families with annual household incomes up to $66,000. Volunteers will also help people identify whether they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit, a refundable tax credit available to some low- to moderate-income households. The IRS reported that roughly one in five eligible New Hampshire residents don’t file for the credit, leaving as much as $37 million unclaimed. The program is being offered at multiple sites throughout the state, including locations in Concord, Manchester and Salem. Visit NHTaxHelp.org.

Bioscience program

ed in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America announced in October 2017 it would begin phasing in co-ed membership under the name “Scouts BSA.” Membership for Cub Scouts opened to girls ages 5 to 10 last September. Daniel Webster Council reported that 284 girls in New Hampshire are now active in Cub Scouts. Registration for the organization’s older Scout programs began Feb. 2. The council anticipated 80 girls ages 11 to 17 would sign up on the first day of registration. Overall, more than 10,000 youth and about 5,000 adult volunteers participate in Scout programs in New Hampshire.

WMUR reported that the Manchester Fire Department has now helped 5,000 people through its Safe Station program. Firefighters at the station offer 24/7 assisCONCORD tance to individuals with substance use disorder, including medical assessments and arranging medical transportation. Hooksett

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Gov. Chris Sununu signed a proclamation declaring Jan. 28 “Christa McAuliffe Day” in New Hampshire, marking the 33rd anniversary of the Challenger disaster. McAuliffe of Concord was the first teacher selected to travel into space, as part of the Challenger mission, out of 11,000 applicants. On Jan. 28, 1986, the Challenger shuttle exploded just 73 seconds after liftoff, killing McAuliffe and the other six crew members. In his announcement, Sununu wrote that the holiday would add to the ways her “memory is honored through the work of several scholarship programs, learning centers, foundations and charities,” including the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center and Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Concord.

A DOT worker driving in Raymond was hospitalized after a piece of ice from another car smashed through his windshield, according to a Facebook post from the State Police. The post cited this as “another example of the importance of following [Jessica’s Law],” which requires drivers to clear ice and snow from their cars before hitting the road.

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The University of New Hampshire at Manchester is now accepting applicants for its new Millyard Scholars Program, according to a news release. The university’s after nearly 12 years heading the tor for the New England High biotech program combines “biolagency. The department oversees Intensity Drug Trafficking Area ogy-related research, computer several state divisions, including program. He will retire on March science, materials science and the State Police, DMV, Office of 31, when his current term as comengineering to create an industry Highway Safety, Road Toll Bureau, missioner was set to expire. In for engineered tissue manufacturDivision of Fire Safety and other his retirement notice, Barthelmes ing.” Starting in the fall, accepted Safety commissioner John Barthelmes, commissioner functions. Barthelmes was appoint- wrote that he will “leave confident students will have access to specialized seminar classes, research of the New Hampshire Department ed as director of the State Police in the future of the Department of projects and research opportuni- of Safety, announced he will retire 1996 and has also worked as direc- Safety is in good hands.” ties with local companies. That includes the BioFabUSA program run by the Advanced Regenerative for... for... Manufacturing Institute in ManENGINEERING STUDENTS SCHOOL DISCIPLINE chester, a manufacturer of artificial The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation anThe Juvenile Reform Project, comprising five organs and tissues with 3D printnounced a new scholarship fund for local stuNew Hampshire social services and legal asing. In a statement, Mike Decelle, dents pursuing bachelor’s degrees in engisistance organizations, released a study claimdean of UNH Manchester, wrote neering. The Norman F. and Marilyn W. Jones ing local schools “rely heavily” on suspending that the program will fulfill a “need Scholarship Fund will distribute more than students to address misbehavior. The report addfor skilled workers in the bioman$100,000 annually to high school sophomores, ed that suspended students are at a “significantufacturing sector” and “ultimately juniors or seniors who plan on studying electrily higher risk” of poor academic performance, cal, aeronautical or mechanical engineering or dropping out of school and entering the juvenile have an economic impact on our a related field. Finalists for the scholarship will justice system. Additionally, the report claimed community and state.”

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that suspensions among minority populations are disproportionately high. Students of color make up only 13.9 percent of school populations but comprise about 22.7 percent of suspensions. Similarly, students with disabilities make up just 20.3 percent of the student population but approximately 38 percent of suspensions.


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NEWS

System synthesis Local health systems to combine

ing to the most recent data from the New Hampshire Hospital Association in Concord. Dartmouth-Hitchcock and CMC had the first and With a goal of providing better localized health second most licensed beds of all hospitals in the care at a lower cost, GraniteOne Health, led by state, with 396 and 330 beds, respectively. Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, has begun the process of combining systems with Local solutions Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. If approved, the Both Pepe and Joanne Conroy, president and collective organization would include a network CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, highlighted the of seven hospitals in nearly every corner of New financial benefits the combined organization Hampshire. would have for patients and hospitals. SpecifiThe deal would not constitute a true merger, cally, Conroy said that the bond market is “much according to Joseph Pepe, CEO of GraniteOne more favorable” to combined entities. She said Health and president and CEO of CMC. Both being able to apply for larger loans will allow the organizations would retain their names, identities systems to more effectively invest in their infraand local leadership. Instead, he said, the com- structure and patient capacity. bined organization would allow both systems to By doing so, Pepe said, hospitals can offer more effectively collaborate and offer better indi- local care to patients who might otherwise go vidual services. out of state. He said both major hospitals in each “We feel by combining, we can reinforce local system are declining patients due to full capacicare in [rural] communities ... so that patients get ty; many end up seeking care south of the border. health care at a lower cost at a greater conve“Some 10,000 patients a year are going to Masnience,” said Pepe. sachusetts,” said Pepe. “Many of these patients Along with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical could be cared for right here in New Hampshire Center in Lebanon, the D-H network includes at better convenience and lower cost.” Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in LebaA combined organization would also allow non, Cheshire Medical Center in Keene and the systems to invest in health care options New London Hospital. GraniteOne Health is in rural communities. Conroy said both Dartcomprised of CMC, Huggins Hospital in Wolfe- mouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and CMC are boro and Monadnock Community Hospital in the only hospitals in their networks with full critiPeterborough. cal access and specialty care services. These hospitals had a total of 995 licensed “If a patient can be treated at Monadnock beds and 15,342 employees as of 2016, accord- Community Hospital, it’s more convenient and

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less costly than having to go to a larger hospital like Catholic Medical Center,” said Pepe. “If a patient can get the right care at the right time at the right place for the right cost, then we’re doing our part in lowering health care costs.” From an internal perspective, another key goal of the combined system would be to improve employee retention. Pepe said New Hampshire’s workforce shortage has hit the health care sector hardest, citing over 350 open positions at CMC alone. He said that a combined network would make it easier to recruit and retain talent, since there would be more hospitals with openings and more chance for mobility. “We will be able to create career leaders across our organization,” said Conroy. “People won’t have to leave the state to move up in their careers.”

Making the case

This isn’t the first time the hospitals have attempted to form a combined organization. In 2010, then-Attorney General Michael Delaney objected to a proposed “acquisition transaction” between Dartmouth-Hitchcock and CMC, based on how the deal would affect CMC’s mission and questions about local health care costs. In the AG’s report, Delaney wrote that the deal would result in a “profound change in the governance structure of the CMC Charities … which will inhibit the ability of the CMC Charities to carry out their charitable missions.” He also wrote that the organizations had not provid-

ed enough information to determine “the effect of the Transaction on the cost of delivering care.” More recently, the state did approve “Solution Health,” a proposed “combination agreement” between Elliot Health System in Manchester and Southern New Hampshire Health System in Nashua, according to the AG’s report from March 2018. Conroy said the organizations have focused on these “ethical and religious directives and governance struggles” with this new proposal. That includes consulting with the Diocese of Manchester ahead of time to discuss the combination of Catholic and secular health systems. “We’re a little bit more experienced than we were eight years ago in actually being a part of a health system,” said Conroy. “We’ve been anticipating what went wrong last time and how we can get ahead of it this time.” Pepe anticipated the two systems would sign a definitive agreement by June. That report would include information on each system’s financial liabilities and ensure the combined organization would comply with all regulations. The proposal will then be reviewed by state and federal regulators, a process Conroy said could take 18 months to 2 years to complete. “We’re hoping to provide a New Hampshire solution to issues that are facing New Hampshire hospitals,” said Pepe. “We think it’s going to be very good for our patients, our staff and our providers.”

Miles of walls

State launches online stone wall mapper By Scott Murphy

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With miles of stone walls running throughout the state, the New Hampshire Geological Survey has launched a new online crowdsourced database for Granite Staters to map and discover these historical remnants. The department used a $14,487 grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to launch the New Hampshire Stone Wall Mapper using “LiDAR,” an interactive web tool that creates a land map of the state’s surface. Users will find outlines of the stone walls throughout the state and can trace wall locations that haven’t been mapped yet. “People in New Hampshire are clearly passionate about stone walls,” said Rick Chormann, state geologist and director of the New Hampshire Geological Survey. “With greater awareness we hope there will be greater motivation to preserve and document what we have there today.” HIPPO | FEBRUARY 7 - 13, 2019 | PAGE 8

Overdue review

Even with modern technology, the state’s previous method of tracking stone walls only scratched the surface. Chormann said the only systematic mapping in New Hampshire was done in the 1930s by the now defunct Civilian Conservation Corps. The group was trying to eradicate white pine blister rust, a fungus that can infect trees and commonly grows on stone walls and similar structures. Chormann said towns made hand-drafted maps of the landscape, which helped them track the progress of eradicating the fungus from stone walls and other landmarks. “Those maps exist in the state archive, but that’s pretty much where they sit,” said Chormann. “There have been a few efforts to resurrect them in the public sphere, but that hasn’t happened in any significant way.” The goal of the Stone Wall Mapper is to fill in the gaps with better resources. According to Chormann, geologists predict there’s a total of 250,000 miles of stone walls throughout New England, including 10,000 miles in New Hampshire alone.

Right before the web mapper launched on Jan. 15, Chormann said, beta testers had mapped just 132 miles of stone walls in the state. But since then, users have boosted that number up to about 1,400 miles, and the number keeps climbing. “We added over 1,000 miles in a little over a week,” said Chormann. “Hopefully this will have a long life and people are going to really learn a lot in the process.”

Stone cold facts

With the Stone Wall Mapper, Chormann hopes to prioritize this educational component. That includes a public Facebook group called “NH Stone Wall Mapping Group.” Anyone can join to discuss the mapper or the history and geology of stone walls in general. The group currently has 165 members from across the country, according to Chormann. Over time, he’d like to build a network of volunteers to work with in mapping out walls across the state. “There’s been a pretty good exchange of information going on there,” he said. “We’re

really trying hard to inject some content to keep that conversation going.” Chormann also sees the web mapper as a learning opportunity for New Hampshire schools. Currently, he’s had preliminary conversations with members from a local school district and an organization that works with school-age children. With that increased education, Chormann hopes to encourage preservation efforts for New Hampshire’s stone walls. He said these stone walls have been around for “well over a century or longer,” and maintaining them will allow them to endure for generations to come. “It’s so easy to blank out the landscape on your drive to and from work,” said Chormann. “We’re hoping this will give people a little bit different perspective of what they see around them and think a little bit more deeply about the cultural history of what these landscapes were like.” Visit granit.unh.edu/resourcelibrary/specialtopics/stonewalls for the New Hampshire Stone Wall Mapper, or facebook.com/groups/ NHstonewalls for the Facebook group.


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had a job of some sort since I was 8 years old, so I can’t imagine not doing that. I’m lucky that the board thinks enough of me to want to keep me around and find projects that I can be helpful in.

What is your proudest accomplishment from your time with Easterseals? Being able to grow the kind of staff we have and respond to all of the gaps in the communities that we found. … Year after year, Easterseals runs programs and fundraising activities that ultimately lead to giving us enough resources to help people who don’t have any, whatever that might be. This is a great country we live in. We spend a lot of money on human services. But there are just so many people that fall through the cracks that don’t have reimbursement. I’ve been lucky enough to work at a place that believes in that. We spend all of our earned income every year on people who need to be subsidized or need sponsored services, and we use it to start new services.

What are the main challenges still facing Easterseals and similar service providers? Obviously, we still have the opioid crisis. … I know we’ve done a fantastic job at our Farnum Center in making a dent in this. The state, the governor, Health and Human Services have found new money for us. It’s going to take money, but it’s also going to take a willingness on all of our parts to understand the disease factor and create prevention as well as treatment programs. … We [also] have a very aging population here in this state. We’re one of the two or three oldest states. We have a lot of seniors who have a lot to offer, and I’m not sure we’re reaching them to help us with the labor crisis, which is probably the second-biggest problem we have. There’s just not enough employees in New Hampshire to do the work. We have a lot of programs that are understaffed. … A lot of us in human services have programs that require really small staff-client ratios. There’s money to pay people, there just aren’t people to pay. It’s a very, very serious issue, particularly for entry-level jobs. — Scott Murphy


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QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX Sexual harassment

The majority of New Hampshire women have experienced workplace sexual harassment, according to a new study from UNH’s Carsey School of Public Policy. In a survey of 988 Granite Staters, 52 percent of women and 22 percent of men said they had been sexually harassed at work. The most common form of harassment for women was being “stared, leered or ogled” at. For men, “offensive remarks” was the leading form of harassment. QOL Score: -1 Comment: According to the report, 33 percent of women and 25 percent of men said their harassment caused “work-related consequences,” including financial loss or being fired, demoted or transferred. Seventeen percent of men and 21 percent of women quit their jobs because of harassment.

Impressive income

New Hampshire’s per capita personal income was $59,668 in 2017, according to New Hampshire Employment Security’s latest monthly report. This was the eighth highest income in the nation and over $8,000 more than the national average. Adjusted for inflation, Granite Staters’ income has grown 13.1 percent over the last decade. QOL Score: +1 Comment: Income varied significantly between different regions of the state. According to the report, income levels ranged from $70,788 in Rockingham County to $41,866 in Coos County. Rockingham and Hillsborough counties ($60,064) were the only counties with an income level higher than the statewide average.

Budget shortchange

New Hampshire sends more money to D.C. than the federal government sends back, according to a new report from the Rockefeller Institute of Government. In Fiscal Year 2017, the federal government received about $15.3 billion from New Hampshire, while sending back just under $15 billion in federal funding or aid. That equates to about a $0.98 return on every dollar New Hampshire sent to D.C., adding up to a $314 million deficit. QOL Score: -1 Comment: According to the report, 10 states have a payment deficit with the federal government, including Connecticut (-$14.4 billion) and Massachusetts (-$16.1 billion). New Hampshire and Nebraska are tied for the smallest deficit, while New York (-$35.6 billion) has the largest.

Failing grades from ALA

New Hampshire received the most failing grades in the Northeast for the American Lung Association’s annual State of Tobacco Control report. The Granite State earned two “Ds” for its access to smoking cessation services and how much money tobacco taxes generate for tobacco prevention programs. The association gave New Hampshire “Fs” in the remaining categories, including overall funding for state tobacco prevention programs and strength of smoke-free workplace laws. QOL Score: -1 Comment: The association reported that 30.3 percent of high schoolers and over 19 percent of adults in New Hampshire use tobacco. According to the CDC, the national user rates are 27.1 percent and 15.5 percent, respectively. QOL Score: 52 Net change: -2 QOL this week: 50 What’s affecting your Quality of Life here in New Hampshire? Let us know at news@hippopress.com.

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SPORTS DAVE LONG’S LONGSHOTS

It’s on to No. 7 for Pats Well, who saw a 13-3 Super Bowl final score coming? Not me, that’s for sure. I had them winning, but my pick was 31-24 and I told anyone who asked that they would have to score a lot to win. It was the same for every so-called “expert” I saw or heard before the game. Only Keyshawn Johnson had either team scoring below 23 points, win or lose. But, while Lane Johnson and Cassius Marsh were having fun someplace else, that was the score when the team those meatheads said aren’t fun to play on won their sixth Super Bowl title in the Brady-Belichick era. Funny thing, though: the team looked like it was having a great time when Roger the Dodger again gave Bob Kraft the Lombardi Trophy. It was maybe the most unique of those six SB wins, happening with the lowest expectations since Tom Brady went down for the count in 2008. It also must be disappointing for the haters who kept pointing to off-season chatter about how the “broken relationship” between the QB and Coach could be signaling the end of the dynasty. Ditto after bad losses to dynasty heir apparent Jacksonville, Detroit, Tennessee and the looney ending in Miami. But they apparently settled those issues. There were no breathless ESPN follow-up stories about the unrest, and if you missed Brady happily hugging his binky as Tracy Wolfson was trying to yank TB-12 away for on-field post-game interview, it looks like Alex Guerrero got his field pass back. So I guess Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy they are not. With that settled, all that’s left is to savor how lucky we’ve been for the last 18 seasons, and, of course, enjoy gloating over the haters in the other 44 states for 12 more months. With the first question to Marshall Faulk and Rob Parker being, how did they cheat to win this one?

Here are a few more thoughts about this surprising game. The Super Bowl: I hate every single thing about the Super Bowl except the game. Best Expert Predictions: I was having a little buyer’s remorse on my prediction until I saw those made by the biggest media doofuses in the nation, Max the Moron (Rams 27-24) and the insufferably arrogant Keyshawn Johnson (Rams 35-17). After seeing that, I knew the Pats would win. Nice pick, Key; you really nailed it. Tom Brady: Max will cite his 71.3 QB rating as evidence TB’s falling off the cliff he’s been predicting Tom will fall off for seven years. But the truth is greatness always find a way. That happened again on Sunday, when after a less than stellar game he went into the phone booth and put on the cape. Then, with 9:43 left he goes four for four while taking them 69 yards in five plays for the TD to make it 10-3. In the next possession, with 4:34 left they hold it for 3:05 by grinding for 72 yards in nine plays to set up Steve Gostkowski’s field goal that iced it. If that’s falling off the cliff I’ll take it. Gronk: If that was his last game, he goes out in style by making the game’s biggest play, fighting off triple coverage for a falling down catch at the one to set up Sony Michel’s game-winning TD. Not quite David Tyree or Julian Edelman vs. Atlanta, but just as huge with an 8.9 degree of difficulty. The MVP: No disrespect to Edelman’s outstanding performance. But how can an offensive player who did most of his damage while his team scored just three points in the first 50 minutes be MVP of a game dominated by a defense that held the league’s second-highest-scoring offense to three points? I’ve got him fifth behind Stephen Gilmore, Dont’a Hightower and the Josh Allen-Matthew Slater duo who kept L.A. pinned inside the 20 most of the day. Bill Belichick: The folksy father of Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips once said of Don Shula, “He can take his’ns and beat your’ns and take your’ns and

beat his’ns.” Coach B takes that a step further as he wins in any way needed based on the circumstances. I’ll take him over Lombardi, Shula, Halas, Brown, Walsh, Parcells, Gibbs or anyone else. No one in the history of football has been able to win in completely different ways from week to week like he does. Biggest Surprise: The final score notwithstanding, it was a defense that got steamrolled by Tennessee at mid-year and run on easily in the December loss in Miami morphing into a reincarnation of the 2003 Patriots. They shut down the run against everyone and suffocated both high-scoring L.A. teams while giving up just one TD in the 10 playoff quarters besides KC’s second-half explosion. I never saw that coming. They Did Their Job Award: The offensive line. I said before the game if they couldn’t neutralize Aaron Donald they lose. They did, especially on the winning TD drive. L.A. Rams: Their defense and Wade Phillips game plan was great, while the inexperience of Jared Goff and Sean McVay showed. But they accepted that and that’s something to respect. I Was Wrong and Bill Was Right – Again: If you read this space you know I spend every pre-draft column begging Coach B to get defensive help and a major pass rusher. None more so than last spring after the SB loss to Philly. But instead he went offense and by year’s end the D was still ready to do what they did Sunday. Not sure how he does it, but he did it again. Biggest Loss: Gronk and maybe Trey Flowers aside, it’s Brian Flores leaving for Miami. He was far more aggressive leading the defense than the overrated Matt Patricia in dialing up creative blitzes to pressure the QB. The proof is in the pudding: Eagles 41 – Rams 3. L.A. Times Columnist Bill Plaschke: How do you fill feel about the Patriots now, pal? Email Dave Long at dlong@hippopress. com.

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SPORTS DAVE LONG’S PEOPLE, PLACES & OTHER STUFF

Where are they now?

Fired up in Pittsburgh Super Bowl Firing of the Week: To Pittsburgh area TV producer Michael Telek for putting up a “Known Cheater” graphic to identify Tom Brady during a SB interview last week. It led the New York Post (big surprise) to pile on with a headline to that story implying Brady was behind the kid’s firing, instead of why he really got fired. Sports 101: What prominent NBA figure from days gone by was a key figure in the Watergate burglary that led to the resignation of Richard M. Nixon? Neighbor-vs.-Neighbor Win of the Week: To the Bedford girls for their 64-44 win over Goffstown when Queen Isabella King (18), Alli Morgan (17) and Lizzy Stevenson (17) combined for 53 of B-town’s points while Kelly Walsh had 24 for the Grizzlies. Neighbor-vs.-Neighbor Win of the Week – the Sequel: To Goffstown for its 58-49 upset of Bedford when Mike Judd’s careerhigh 28-point night led the way for G-town. Coming and Going: Manchester Country Club announced that Jefferson May has been named Director of Golf at the Bedford club and that Brian Moskevich has been

The Numbers

3 – third-period goals scored by Concord to fuel a 5-3 comeback win over Pinkerton; Derek Kelleher had two of the scores while Matt Hauschild had the other one. 4 – goals and points by Anthony DiZillo and Jimmy Kosiarski respectively as Trinity ran over Central/ West 10-2 in NHIAA hockey action. 7 – shots made from international waters by the Bedford girls when they

promoted to head pro in the club’s gold operations staff. Sports 101 Answer: The NBA figure who was part of Watergate history was Larry O’Brien, who before his nine-year stint as commissioner (1974-84) was Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and whose office was the target of the CREEP burglars apprehended in the heist. On This Day – Feb. 7: 1949 – Joe DiMaggio signs his new contract for the 1949 season with the Yankees to become baseball’s first $100,000 player. 1958 – The Dodgers officially become the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc. 1976 – Toronto Maple Leaf center Darryl Sittler scored an NHL-record 10 points in an 11-4 win over the Boston Bruins with six goals and four assists. 1989 – Tennis all-timer Bjorn Borg attempts suicide but fails. 1991 – Celtics greats Dave Cowens and Tiny Archibald are elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame and are joined in the class by Harry the Hat Gallatin, former commissioner Larry O’Brien (Watergate), agent Larry Fleisher and Indiana coach Bob Knight.

were 59-45 winners over Central at the start of the week in NHIAA basketball action when Alli Morgan (16) and Isabella King (13) combined for 29 points to lead the way, while Destiny Jordan had a game-high 26 for the Green. 17 – consecutive points by Manchester Central over the final 5:40 to turn a 52-49 deficit into a 66-52 win over Bedford when sophomore Royce Williams had a game-high 23 points for the Green while Jesus Milan had 18 more.

John grew up with four brothers on the West Side, so life was a lot like growing up in a boys’ club. But eventually, a new baby sister came, and with it the need for a new outlet for his exuberance. That came at the real Boys Club. The solitude of the library was a happy discovery that fueled a passion for reading and eventually writing. Shy by nature, new friends and mentors at the Club helped instill a sense of confidence that eventually enabled him to excel on the football field and in the classroom at West High School - where his writing skills were first honed. A Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University came next, followed by studies at the University of Wales on a Rotary Foundation Journalism Fellowship and finally he earned a Master’s Degree from Boston University. It all helped develop the distinctive writing style that made him the state’s pre-eminent newspaper columnist during his time with The NH Union Leader. Today, he satisfies his love of Manchester and its history as Executive Director of the Manchester Historic Association and Millyard Museum.

... Yes, the Boys Club gave my brothers and I a place to play sports and be rambunctious, but I was one of five boys. We had that at home. What I didn’t have at home was peace and quiet. But the Library at the Boys Club gave me that and I put it to good use.

22 – game-high points by Kylie Lorenzen as SNHU downed Adelphi 87-71. 34 – combined points from Jennessa Brunette (18) and Lyric Grumblatt (16) for Manchester Memorial when they knocked Alvirne 55-23 to move to 10-2 in NHIAA basketball play. 50 – points scored by Brooke Kane in two Pinkerton wins last week when she had 27 in a 64-45 win over Nashua North and 23 more in a big win over Londonderry.

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Max the Moron: ESPN yacker Max Kellerman, a.k.a. the Ivan Ackerman of the national media. Ivan Ackerman: The kid from Woody Allen’s grammar school in Brooklyn he described in the major Hollywood motion picture Annie Hall as “Ivan Ackerman — always the wrong answer. Always.” Bill Plaschke: L.A. Times columnist/hypocrite who spent the week calling the Patriots “cheaters” and saying how much he hated them. A guy who previously waxed poetic about the Raiders’ time in L.A. when they were known as the dirtiest team in the NFL, which was blatantly encouraged by “Just Win Baby” owner Al Davis. Spy-Gate is nothing compared to the crap they pulled week in and week out. Phone Booth: Wood and glass 2-foot by 3-foot, 7-feet-high structure housing a pay telephone from days gone by where Clark Kent did some of his best work. David Tyree: Man behind the Velcro catch that will haunt me to my grave. Larry O’Brien: NBA commissioner from 1975 to 1984, who before that was the Democratic National Committee chairman whose office burglars from CREEP broke into while looking for intel during the 1972 presidential election campaign. CREEP: Perfectly named acronym for the Committee to Re-elect the President in 1972. Also the dastardly folks whose illegal and completely unnecessary actions began the Watergate saga and led every scandal these days to have the term “gate” affixed to it, as in Bounty-gate, Deflate-gate, and the newest addition, Roger Stone-gate.

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Hobbies for sweethearts or anybody who wants to learn something new with a partner

You could buy flowers or chocolates for your loved can make all kinds of things with your partner, your one this Valentine’s Day, but why not up the creativity friends or even your kids — from robots and guitars factor and do something fun together instead? You to pottery and chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Made with love

Unique, hands-on projects for couples By Scott Murphy

smurphy@hippopress.com

This Valentine’s Day, ditch dinner and a movie for something a bit more creative, with unique crafts like blacksmithing, guitarmaking and even robotics.

Robo romance

Discover a variety of craft workshops at makerspaces across southern New Hampshire. These member-based facilities house workshops for wood and metal working, automotive work, electronics and more. “When you come to a makerspace, you’re constantly exposed to a diversity of people

with diverse backgrounds and skill sets,” said Daniel Perrinez, president of Manchester Makerspace. That includes modern activities like 3-D printing, laser cutting and robotics. Perrinez said plenty of people build robots at the makerspace and receive help from more experienced members. According to Jay Francis, organizer for the Nashua Robot Builders and a member of the Nashua Makerspace, the club allows people with no programing experience to meet with experienced builders. People who join the makerspace can apply that mentorship to projects made at the space’s electronics lab. “Everyone is really helpful,” said Francis.

“We have a mailing list, we’re on Meetup and we also have a Facebook group.” The various workshops at makerspaces offers couples plenty of options. Roy Schlieben, executive director of MAxT Makerspace in Peterborough, has seen some couples come in and collaborate on a project while others work on different projects in different workshops. “It can be a nice thing for couples to make something together,” said Alex Nunn, general manager for Port City Makerspace in Portsmouth.

Volunteer members from New England Blacksmiths are available to assist with with a project or technique. The center will reopen during the spring. Cost is $20 per day. Visit newenglandblacksmiths.org/brentwood. • Experience in-shop or livestream classes with Epic Woodworking (Baptist Road, Canterbury). In-shop classes will resume in the spring. Upcoming livestream classes include a tilt-top table project on Tuesdays, from Feb. 27, though April 9, and a shaker-inspired blanket chest on Wednesdays, from Feb. 28, through April 10. Both classes start at 8 p.m. and cost $77. Materials not included. Visit epicwoodworking.com.

• Sign up for blacksmithing classes at Greenfield Forge Blacksmithing Shop (37 Wilton Road, Milford). The class starts with basic forging fundamentals and transitions into basic knife making. Six-week courses include weekly classes, available Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. The next session starts the week of Monday, Feb. 25. Cost is $250 for the course and includes materials. Visit greenfieldforge.net. • Explore veneering and make your own table top on Saturday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Homestead Woodworking School (52 Bald Hill

Wood you be mine?

Couples looking for a more traditional craft project can turn to woodworkers in

Intro to Arduino classes at the Nashua Makerspace. Photo courtesy of Jay Francis.

the area, who offer a variety of workshops and projects for all skill levels. “We’re a lot of people’s ‘golf game,’

Make it together • Amherst Makerspace (14 Cross Road, Amherst) has a woodworking shop, metal shop, computer labs, electronics workbench and more. The space is open from 4:30 to 11 p.m. on weekdays during the school year, and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends and during summer and school vacations. An open house is held every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. Membership for non-residents costs $75 for three months or $275 for a year. Amherst residents pay $60 for three months and $220 for a year. Visit amherstmakerspace.com. • Learn basic blacksmithing skills at Brentwood Teaching Center (near Brentwood Recreational Facility, 190 Route 125, Brentwood). HIPPO | FEBRUARY 7 - 13, 2019 | PAGE 14

Road, Newmarket). The workshop will cover the tools and techniques to cut, match, tape and glue veneers for larger wood projects. Cost is $100 for the class and $30 for materials. Visit woodschoolnh.com. • Build a picture frame during a two-part workshop on Friday, March 15, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to noon at Homestead Woodworking School (52 Bald Hill Road, Newmarket). Woodworkers of all skill levels will learn how to build a basic 8”x10” frame that they can take home. Cost is $75 for the class and $15 for materials. Visit woodschoolnh.com. CONTINUED ON PG 15


their time for a social time out to have fun and make something they can see and take home,” said Alan Mitchell, director of the school. At The Wood Shop in Alton, owner Steve Saulten has had students make everything from picture frames to computer desks. He said each class is tailored to students’ objectives and skill level, which allows for couples to collaborate easily. “It lends itself to people working together, because you break a project down to various elements,” said Saulten. “One person can do one element while one does the other.” Over in Fremont, North Road Guitars offers a unique type of woodworking project. Owner John Whiteside walks students through everything from picking tone wood to stringing up the final product. “Two people can be working on one guitar, or they can be working parallel on two different guitars,” said Whiteside. “For a couple, you can produce two instruments that complement each other and can play gorgeous duets.”

Burning love

For a fun, physical activity from a bygone era, try your hand at blacksmithing. There are still places where you can forge your skills with this colonial activity. “It’s a whole new experience to get a piece of metal hot and feel what it’s like to sink your hammer into it,” said Vinny Anfuso, owner of Greenfield Forge Blacksmithing Shop in Milford. Make it together continued • Learn the ropes with a general woodworking course for all skill levels on Wednesdays from April 3 to June 12, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Homestead Woodworking School (52 Bald Hill Road, Newmarket). Learn the tricks of the trade from an instructor with more than 20 years of experience. Cost is $325 per person plus additional material costs. Visit woodschoolnh.com. •MakeIt Labs (25 Crown St., Nashua) has an electronics and computer lab, wood shop, machine shop, welding/fabrication shop, automotive garage bay and more. Members have full 24/7 access to the space. An open house is held every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. Regular membership packages range from $49.95 to $64.95 per month. The makerspace periodically hosts classes and events. Visit makeitlabs.com. •Manchester Makerspace (36 Old Granite St., Manchester) has workspaces for electronics, woodworking, metalworking, automotive work and more. Members have full 24/7 access to the space. An open house is held every Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. Membership costs $65 per month with a subscription, or $80 for a one-month trial. The makerspace periodically hosts classes and events. Visit manchestermakerspace.org. • MAxT Makerspace (49 Vose Farm Road, Peterborough) has workspaces for jewelry-making, welding, woodworking, electronics and

Photo courtesy of John Whiteside of North Road Guitars.

Anfuso’s students start out learning fundamentals like making and maintaining a furnace fire and using a hammer and anvil. Eventually, they move on to knife-making. The forge’s students include “everyone from teenagers all the way up to senior citizens,” according to Anfuso. He added that his classes have proven popular among husbands and wives and boyfriends and girlfriends. Garry Kalajian of Ararat Forge in Bradford holds classes and demonstrations at events across the state. He said the physicality and historical nature of blacksmithing appeal to people, and encouraged anyone with an interest to give it a try. “Sometimes people are intimidated and reluctant to try it because of the fire, the physical demands, the process,” said Kalajian. “But it’s really not beyond the ability of virtually anyone.”

more. The makerspace periodically hosts classes and events. Members have full 24/7 access to the space. An open house is held every Thursday starting at 7 p.m. Membership packages range $35 to $90 per month. Visit maxtmakerspace.org. • Music-lovers can build an acoustic guitar from scratch with custom one-on-one classes at North Road Guitars (234 North Road, Fremont). Each guitar takes 200 hours to make, completed with 4 hour sessions scheduled weekly or biweekly at your convenience. Cost is $16.50 an hour, or $3,300 total, payable with installments. Materials not included. Visit northroadguitars.com. • Port City Makerspace (68 Morning St., Portsmouth) has workshops for metal, wood, electronics, bicycles and more. An open house is held every Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Membership costs $50 per month for daytime access and $80 per month for 24/7 access. The makerspace periodically hosts classes and events. Visit portcitymakerspace.com. • Develop your abilities with woodworking classes at The Wood Shop in Alton (31 Chamberlain Road, Alton). Four-hour seminars are customized and scheduled by appointment only. Cost for beginner classes is $40 per hour, or $160 per class. Scheduling will resume in the spring. Visit woodshopinalton.com.

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Sweets with your sweetheart Classes in baking, cake decorating and more By Matt Ingersoll

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Taking a class in cooking, baking or cake decorating can be a tasty way to enjoy Valentine’s Day with your loved one, your friends or even your kids. One such class is at the Candy Kingdom in Manchester on Wednesday, Feb. 13, and will dabble in chocolate-dipped strawberries. Creative director Phyllis Capers said participants will be given 12 to 14 large strawberries to dip in milk, white and dark chocolate. “Our master chocolate-maker will guide them through the process and demonstrate techniques as far as dipping and decorating the strawberries,” she said. Capers said one of the designs you will learn how to make is a tuxedo, using white chocolate to resemble the undershirt, and

white or dark chocolate for the buttons and bowties. After you’re done dipping the strawberries in chocolate, the class will also feature around eight to 10 toppings such as miniature M&Ms, coconut and sprinkles to decorate them even more. At the conclusion of the class, participants will go home with a customized heartshaped gift box to share. Over at Zorvino Vineyards in Sandown, the “Cooking at the Vineyard” series will continue throughout the month of February, with desserts as the central theme. The next available dates are on Wednesday, Feb. 20, and Wednesday, Feb. 27, and each class member will get a chance to make either crème brulee, chocolate molten cake, tiramisu or apple crostata under the direction of chef Dave Terry. The theme for March is butcher meats and cheeses and will feature opportunities to make either beef braci-

ole, stuffed chicken caprese or prosciutto and fontina stuffed pork loin. All classes include complimentary wine tastings with the price of admission. “It’s all hands-on, and it’s really multifaceted as far as the people that [attend] the classes,” said Rob Ozoonian, operations director at Zorvino Vineyards. “We get couples, friends and families getting together. … Everyone always enjoys it because it’s like they are hanging out in their own kitchen. It feels like home to them.” Dancing Lion Chocolate is also hosting a special Valentine’s Day-themed class in Zen Brownie baking for couples on Friday, Feb. 22. Owner Richard Tango-Lowy said each couple will make their own batch of brownies to take home by the end of the night, and will also enjoy drinking chocolate and other gifts. Regular brown-

urday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon focusing on healthy options to boost your immunity ($58 per person). The next available dates for couples cooking classes are Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, and will focus on homemade pizzas. The cost is $160 per couple. • Dancing Lion Chocolate (917 Elm St., Manchester, 625-4043, dancinglion.us) offers several hands-on chocolate-making classes suitable for couples, friends and other groups. A special Valentine’s Day-themed Zen Brownie Date Night class for couples is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., during which four couples will get a chance to bake their own brownies to take home together. The cost is $250 per couple. Other upcoming classes include an introductory chocolate adventure class on Thursday, March 7, a hands-on croissant making class on Friday, March 15, and a regular Zen Brownie Madness class on Friday, March 22. All are from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and cost $85 per person. • Eaton’s Cake & Candy Supplies (114 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, 627-1808, eatonscakeandcandysupplies.com) offers classes in cake-decorating for both children and adults.

The spring schedule begins in March and includes a children’s cupcake-decorating class on Friday, March 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. (for ages 8 to 15, $39.95 per person), and a six-week beginner’s cake decorating class that begins Tuesday, March 5, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. ($69.95 per person). • LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, labellewinerynh.com) hosts a regular Cooking with Wine class series suitable for couples, friends and other groups, the next of which is happening on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The theme is “Around the Country” and will focus on Boston’s North End, featuring recipes on how to make fresh pasta and fresh ravioli with ricotta filling. The class will be taught by owner and winemaker Amy LaBelle and guests will also get to enjoy a tiramisu cocktail. General admission is $25. • Tuscan Kitchen (63 Main St., Salem, 9524875, tuscanbrands.com) hosts a regular schedule of Italian cooking classes. The next one is a “For the Love of Pastry” class on Monday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m., that will include a raffle to win a bottle of sparkling wine. Tickets are $75. Other upcoming classes include fish filleting on Monday,

Chocolate dipped strawberry making classes at Candy Kingdom in Manchester. Courtesy photo.

ie-baking and croissant-making classes are also held. “We really wanted the couples class to be part of a romantic night out,” he said.

Take a cooking class This list includes restaurants, chocolate shops and more that offer specialty classes in chocolate making, dessert-baking, cake-decorating and more, some suitable for couples and others for friends and parents with children. Call or visit the website for the most up-to-date information on the availability of each class. • Candy Kingdom (235 Harvard St., Manchester, 641-8470, find them on Facebook) will host a chocolate-dipped strawberry-making class on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m. Participants will design “tuxedos” on 14 strawberries using milk, dark and white chocolate, and have an opportunity to choose from several assorted toppings like M&Ms, coconut sprinkles and jimmies to make a customizable chocolate gift box. The cost for the class is $35 and reservations are required. • The Culinary Playground (16 Manning St., Derry, 339-1664, culinary-playground.com) hosts various cooking classes for couples, children and adults. The February couples classes are full, but upcoming programs include a made-from-scratch fettuccine alfredo class for parents and children on Friday, Feb. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. (the cost is $48 per parent-child team) and an adult workshop on Sat-

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Feb. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.; pizza-making classes on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and a tiramisu-making class on Monday, March 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. • Van Otis Chocolates (341 Elm St., Manchester, 627-1611, vanotischocolates.com) hosts a variety of classes in chocolate- and sweet-making. The next available dates are a truffle-making class on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 9 a.m. ($95 per person), a Chocolate Overload class on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 5:30 p.m. ($35 per person) and a caramel-making class on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 5:30 p.m. ($35 per person). • Zorvino Vineyards (226 Main St., Sandown, 887-8463, zorvino.com) hosts an ongoing Cooking in the Vineyard class series, and the theme for February is desserts. The next available dates are Wednesday, Feb. 20, and Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. and participants will learn to make creme brulee, molten cake, tiramisu and apple crostata. The cost is $85 per person and includes wine samples. The theme for March is butcher board meats and cheeses, with opportunities to participants to make either beef braciole, stuffed chicken caprese or prosciutto- and fontina stuffed pork loin.

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From pottery and painting on canvas to wood sign painting and glassblowing, there are all kinds of artistic creations you can make with your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Many art and DIY studios are hosting special events with love-themed projects. The Voice of Clay in Brookline, for example, is having a Pottery, Chocolate and Wine event on Wednesday, Feb. 13, Thursday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 16. The event starts with a wine tasting from Averill House Vineyard in Brookline and a chocolate sampling from Vicuna Chocolate in Peterborough. Then, there will be a one-hour pottery demonstration and workshop where couples can take turns throwing on the pottery wheel. The featured project is a heart-shaped bowl, but they’re free to make a simple bowl if they’re beginners or something more advanced, like a vase or a mug, if they have some experience throwing on a wheel. “Most people find it harder than they thought it would be. It ultimately takes a lot of practice, but you don’t need any experience coming in,” owner Wendy Walter said. “It can be fun to learn something new together.” Couples can make one piece to take home, which is included in the admission price, or multiple pieces, which are $10 each. “What we usually see is, one person is brave enough to start and the other person watches them and gives advice, and then they switch,” Walter said. “It’s definitely a team effort.” DIY wood painting workshops are also a popular couples’ activity for Valentine’s Day. The Canvas Roadshow in Bedford is having a two-hour Hammer & Stain Valentine’s Day wood-painting workshop on Thursday, Feb. 14. Wood signs are the suggested project, but couples can choose

from a number of projects, including home shutters, pallet boards, serving trays, centerpiece boxes and more. Couples can do individual designs or designs that pair together, like a love quote that’s split between two signs. “For example, there’s a design where one sign says ‘I wish I met you sooner,’ and the other sign says ‘so I could love you longer,’ and then you hang the signs together,” owner Debbie Ellis said. “That’s a cute idea for Valentine’s Day.” An instructor will go through the process step by step, helping couples choose and blend their colors, sand and distress the wood to give it a more shabby chic look, and use stencils to paint their designs. Couples can purchase wine and beer onsite and order appetizers from T-Bones to be delivered to the studio. “It’s a shared experience, and they’ll go home with a wall-worthy masterpiece that they’re proud to display, that will always make them smile and remind them of the fun they had together at the studio,” Ellis said.

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• Creative Ventures Gallery (411 Nashua St., Milford, 672-2500, creative ventures fineart.com) will have a Valentine Gems Zentangle workshop on Friday, Feb. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn to create beautiful colored heart-shaped gems to add to your Zentangle-inspired art. Bring your Prismacolor, Faber Castell or other color pencils if you have them, but there will be a few loaner sets available. Beginner and experienced tanglers welcome. The cost is $35. • Spark Creative Studios (Mallard Pond Plaza, 865 Second St., Manchester, 2321151, mysparkstudios.com) will have a Valentine’s Day reversible door art tags workshop on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. One side of the tag will say ART FROM THE HEART PG 20


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“Filled with Love,” and the other side will say, “Happy Spring.” Choose your own colors and stains. The cost is $45. The studio will also offer a Valentine’s embroidery hoop art workshop on Saturday, Feb. 9, from noon to 1:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Create a piece of Valentine’s day decor that holds small notes. The cost is $28. • Muse Paintbar (42 Hanover St., Manchester, muse paintbar.com) will host a “Love is All You Need” wood sign painting workshop on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $35. There will also be a “Moonlit Love” couples paint night on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 7 to 9:15 p.m. The cost is $50 per person. • Studio 550 Art Center (550 Elm St., Manchester, 232-5597, 550arts.com) will have a Date Night in the Pottery Studio on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Couples will receive basic pottery instruction, then work on the wheel to create their own works of art. The cost is $30 per person. • Time to Clay (228 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 888-0482, timetoclay.com) will host a Galentine’s Ladies Night Out on Wednesday Feb. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. Paint pottery or fuse glass and enjoy a dessert bar, a bottle of wine (BYOB) and raffle prizes. The cost is $10 per person; the art supplies are purchased separately. • The Voice of Clay (16 Meetinghouse Hill Road, Brookline, 672-2626, voiceofclay.com) will host a Pottery, Chocolate & Wine event on Wednesday, Feb. 13, and Thursday, Feb. 14, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 16, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., and 5:30 to 8 p.m. Start with a wine tasting from Averill House Vineyard and chocolate sampling from Vicuna Chocolate, followed by a one-hour pottery class where you will create a heart-shaped bowl. The cost is $65 per person. • The Canvas Roadshow (25 S. River Road, Bedford, 943-2103, the canvas roadshow.com) will host a Hammer & Stain Valentine’s Day wood painting workshop on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Choose from a variety of projects, including big home shutters, oversized signs, pallet boards, pallet signs, serving trays, centerpiece boxes and round signs. The cost varies depending on the project. • Graffiti Paintbar (143 Main St., Nashua, graffiti paintbar.com) will have a “Tweet Hearts” couples paint night on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Paint and sip as an instructor guides you step by step to complete the featured painting. The cost is $36 per person. At the same time, there will also be a DIY Custom Wood Sign workshop. Choose a framed, plank or round wood sign to paint. The cost is $39 and up, depending on the project. The workshops are recommended for ages 16 and up. • Terrapin Glassblowing Studio (79 Hadley Road, Jaffrey, terrapinglass.com) is offering a Valentine’s Day partner glassblowing workshop on Thursday, Feb. 14, with time slots from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Partners will work together to create a glass flower. It’s open to ages 16 and up. The total cost is $30. • AR Workshop Manchester (875 Elm St., Manchester, 573-9662, arworkshop. com/manchester) will have a wood painting class on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Stain and paint your own plank wood sign, porch sign, jewelry board, wood tray, lazy susan or pedestal tray. Choose from a variety of love-themed and other designs. The workshop is BYOB. The cost ranges from $39.50 to $75.50, depending on the project. • Paint pARTy Studio (135 N. Broadway, Salem, paintpartynh.com) will have a Paint ‘n’ Sip wine glass painting workshop on Thursday, Feb. 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Paint two glasses with a heart design. The cost is $35 per person. • Amherst Board & Brush (292 Route 101, Amherst, 213-6138, boardandbrush. com/amherst) is offering a Valentine’s Day wood sign painting workshop on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Choose from a variety of love-themed and other designs. Complimentary wine and chocolate will be served. The workshop is open to ages 16 and up. The cost for two signs is $120.


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History comes alive at events today. At a Harriet Tubman Living History event, Carolyn Wilson performs as Harriet Tubman in a multimedia program about Tubman and the Underground Railroad today from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Whipple Free Library (67 Mont Vernon Road in New Boston; whipplefreelibrary.org, 487-3391). The event is free and open to the public. Over at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire (27 Navigator Road in Londonderry; aviationmuseumofnh.org, 669-4820), learn about the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military aviators in the United State Armed Forces today at 11 a.m. Members of the McGee Chapter of the Tuskegee Airman, based at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts, will tell the Tuskegee story and display artifacts and a video presentation, according to the museum. The event is open to the public; admission to the museum costs $5 for adults, $2.50 for children ages 12 to 16, $4 for seniors and veterans. Children under 12 get in for free and there is a $15 family maximum.

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Work a little Shakespeare into your weekend with a production of Twelfth Night from Three Witches Productions at the Hatbox Theatre (270 Loudon Road in Concord; hatboxnh. com, 715-2315) tonight and tomorrow, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. Tickets costs $17 for adults and $14 for students.

EAT: With your sweetheart Make those Valentine’s Day reservations now — Thursday, Feb. 14, is fast approaching. Though, procrastinators may be in luck because some restaurants are running their Valentine’s specials throughout the weekend. Find our list of area restaurants and their Valentine’s plans in last week’s (Jan. 31) Hippo on page 42. Go to hippopress.com and click on “Read the Entire Paper: See Our Flip Book on Issuu,” where you’ll find complete issues that can be read on any device. 125049

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Take part in the New Hampshire Audubon’s annual winter backyard bird survey today and tomorrow, Feb. 10. Count the birds in your own backyard and send the results to the Audubon. Find the reporting forms and information on how to participate in the survey at nhaudubon. org or call 224-9909 or email bwbs@nhaudubon.org for more information.

DRINK: Beer A four-course Lithermans Limited Beer Dinner will be held Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Revival Kitchen & Bar (11 Depot St. in Concord; revivalkitchennh. com, 715-5723). The cost is $65 per person; call for reservations.

Do animals celebrate Valentine’s Day? Learn about “The Romantic Habits of Animals,” at an adults-only program led by Kelly Dwyer, expert birder and New Hampshire 2018 Environmental Educator of the year, at the Massabesic Audubon Center (26 Audubon Way in Auburn, nhaudubon.org, 668-2045) tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. Learn about the courtship behaviors of native New Hampshire animals and enjoy some refreshments and chocolate. The cost is $15 per person and pre-registration is required.

BE MERRY: With flowers The 28th annual New Hampshire Orchid Show will feature displays by eight New England orchid societies, awards, vendors with rare varieties and more on Friday, Feb. 8 (1 to 7 p.m.), Saturday, Feb. 9 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and Sunday, Feb. 10 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). The show will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott (2200 Southwood Drive, Nashua). Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors over 65 and $15 for a three-day pass; children under 12 get in for free. See nhorchids.org.

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ARTS Sparked up

DIY studio opens in Manchester By Angie Sykeny

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When Kelley Hobbs and Kelly Pearson met through their jobs 15 years ago, they quickly bonded over their love of art and do-it-yourself projects. Now, they’re sharing that love with the community through their DIY studio Spark Creative Studios in Manchester. “I’ve always been handy around the house, and I realized that most people don’t really have a comfortable space in their house to do projects,” Pearson said, “so I wanted to create a space where people could come together and make stuff.” The studio offers one-day workshops for a wide variety of DIY projects. Projects so far have included lazy susans, painted mason jars, wooden boxes, mosaic trays, string art, dollhouses and doll accessories, goal boards, crates, blanket ladders, wooden plank signs, trophy shelves and more. “I like to think of this place as Pinterest in the form of a studio,” Hobbs said. “It’s a place where people can experiment and try new things and do the projects that they ‘pinned’ but never got around to doing because they got busy and life takes over.” Pearson said the studio consistently introduces new projects, and she and Hobbs are “overwhelmed” with project ideas of their own and ideas from customers. They try to keep a balance between art and functional pieces so that there is something for everyone.

Spark Creative Studios. Photo by Angie Sykeny.

“There are people who want to do something simple and crafty, and then there are people who want to use power tools and build their own bench, so we try to keep things diverse and have a lot of options so that people can choose what inspires them,” Pearson said. Classes are held primarily on weekends and weekday evenings and run two hours or less. Pearson and Hobbs give participants step-by-step instructions to complete the projects and assist with steps that the participants are struggling with or don’t feel

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house with her grandma. She was spooked at first by the drill, but by the time the class was over, she was drilling holes and didn’t want help from anyone,” Hobbs said. “Then she asked her grandma for a drill for her birthday. I just thought that was so awesome.” In addition to its open workshops, the studio offers private workshops for birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, corporate team-builders, fundraisers, Girl Scouts and more. Pearson and Hobbs brainstorm project ideas with the group ahead of time and customize the workshop to suit the ages, abilities and goals of the group. “Some groups want to do all of the building while others just want to do the painting and design, so we put it together for them beforehand,” Pearson said. “We’ve designed our studio to be very flexible and to be able to Kelly Pearson (left) and Kelley Hobbs (right) at Spark Cre- handle whatever comes down the line.” ative Studios. Photo by Angie Sykeny. Pearson and Hobbs said they will continue to add new projects and keep up with comfortable doing on their own. DIY trends. They hope to open studios at “[The projects] are very accessible for additional locations over the next couple of everybody,” Pearson said. “Sometimes, people get nervous about using power tools, and years. we’re more than happy to do that part for them, but we encourage them to try it because Spark Creative Studios they always feel accomplished when they actually use it.” Where: Mallard Pond Plaza, 865 Second St., Manchester One of Hobbs’ favorite things about runWhen: Class times vary but are primarily ning the studio, she said, is seeing women and on weekends and weekday evenings. girls who are using power tools for the first Cost: Most classes cost $20 to $50. time become “empowered.” More info: 232-1151, mysparkstudios.com “We had a little girl here making a doll-

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Looking for more art, theater and classical music? Check out Hippo Scout, available via the Apple App Store or Google Play. Art Openings • “CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPES: SEEN AND LOST” RECEPTION Features works by Rachelle Beaudoin, Lynn Duryea, Daniel Espinoza, Mark Elliott Johnson and Youdhi Maharjan. Thurs., Feb. 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Kelley Stelling Contemporary, 221 Hanover St., Manchester. Visit kelleystellingcontemporary. com or call 345-1779. • ARTIST OF THE MONTH: TOM BURNS - RECEPTION Having designed pendants, bracelets, rings and earrings for 40 years, Tom’s signature style focuses on creating settings that enhance the individual beauty of each stone. Sat., Feb. 9, noon to 3 p.m. Exeter Fine Crafts , 61 Water St. , Exeter. Call 7788282. • “SHINE” RECEPTION

Exhibit showcases Bow High School artists’ work, including a vibrant arrangement of ink drawings, fabric art, canvas painting, beautiful fashion and watercolor. Sat., Feb. 9, 1 to 3 p.m. Twiggs Gallery, 254 King St., Boscawen. Visit twiggsgallery.wordpress.com. • “THREE CENTURIES OF MIRRORS: REFLECTIONS THROUGH THE AGES” RECEPTION New Hampshire Antique Co-op presents exhibit that showcases a curated collection of period and vintage mirrors from the late 1700s Rococo styles to the 1950s mid-century modern era. Sun., Feb. 10, 1 to 3 p.m. Tower Gallery, 323 Elm St., Milford. Visit nhantiquecoop.com. In the Galleries • “NEW HAMPSHIRE LANDSCAPES IN MOTION”

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Oil landscapes by Daryl D. Johnson. On view Jan. 3 through March 21. Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, 49 S. Main St. , Concord. Visit nhartassociation.org. • MFA WINTER THESIS EXHIBITION The exhibition celebrates the culminating work of 11 graduates in the school’s Photography, Visual Arts, Writing and Writing for Stage and Screen MFA programs. Jan. 12 through Feb. 23. New Hampshire Institute of Art, 77 Amherst St., Manchester. Visit nhia.edu. • RUTH C. WEBB Loudon artist Ruth C. Webb does whimsical acrylic paintings on canvas and white-line prints, drawings and etchings of people and animals that reflect her love of fun and happiness. Lakes Region Artists Association Gallery, 120 Laconia Road, Suite 132,

Tanger Outlets, Tilton. During the month of February. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 998-0029 or visit lraanh. org. • “TELL A STORY AND NEVER SAY A WORD” Featuring the work of two New Hampshire Art Association members - a fine art photographer and a portrait artist and illustrator. On view Jan. 3 through March 21. 2 Pillsbury St., Concord. Visit nhartassociation.org. • “THREE CENTURIES OF MIRRORS: REFLECTIONS THROUGH THE AGES” New Hampshire Antique Co-op presents exhibit that showcases a curated collection of period and vintage mirrors from the late 1700s Rococo styles to the 1950s mid-century modern era. On view through March 31.

Tower Gallery, 323 Elm St., Milford. Visit nhantiquecoop. com. • “THE INTERSECTION OF PAINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHY” On view Jan. 24 through Feb. 23. McIninch Art Gallery at SNHU, 2500 N. River Road , Manchester. Visit snhu.edu/art. • “LOVE, LUST & DESIRE XI” Group exhibition featuring more than 50 artists. On view Jan. 29 through Feb. 23. Sullivan Framing & Fine Art Gallery, 15 N. Amherst Road, Bedford. Visit sullivanframing. com. • MARLENE WITHAM February artist of the month. Lakes Region Artists Association Gallery, 120 Laconia Road, Suite 132, Tanger Outlets, Tilton. During the month of February. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m.

to 6 p.m. Call 998-0029 or visit lraanh.org. • “WINTER HODGEPODGE: IMAGINATIVE WORKS IN MANY GENRES” Exhibit featuring works by Berwick, Maine, author, artist, and musician Ross Alan Bachelder. On view Feb. 1 through March 1. A Freethinker’s Corner, 652 Central Ave., Suite A, Dover. Visit freethinkerscorner.com. • “WAYFARING STRANGER, ON THE WAY TO LOST AND FOUND” This exhibit provides work in multiple mediums by UNH art students and alumni. All work is informed by Rebecca Solnit’s collection of autobiographical essays entitled A Field Guide to Getting Lost. On view Feb. 1 through Feb. 24. 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth. Visit 3sarts.org. • “CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPES: SEEN AND LOST”


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• Work with metal clay: The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Fine Craft Gallery (98 Main St., Nashua) presents a workshop, “Introduction to Metal Clay,” on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Metal clay consists of microscopic particles of silver, gold, copper and base metals combined with an organic binder. It can be worked with carving tools, molds, shapes and textures. Once the piece is filed to a smooth finish, it is fired in a kiln. The organic binder burns off, and the piece becomes solid metal. The workshop is for people who have never worked with metal clay before and will cover the workings of the clay, the tools used and the process from beginning to end. Participants can choose to create a pendant, charms or earrings. It’s open to adults and teens age 12 and up and costs $50 for tuition and $35 or more for materials. Visit nashua.nhcrafts. org or call 595-8233. • Manipulated photographs: The Art Gallery in Memorial Hall at Rivier University (435 S. Main St., Nashua) presents an exhibition, “Images from a Long View of the Earth,” now through Feb. 28, with an opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. It features Professor Emeritus Ronnie McClure, who creates semi-abstract aerial photographs of the American landscape, taken through interpretive processes such as digital drawing, painting and color manipulation. “I think

Features works by Rachelle Beaudoin, Lynn Duryea, Daniel Espinoza, Mark Elliott Johnson and Youdhi Maharjan. On view Feb. 7 through March 22. Kelley Stelling Contemporary, 221 Hanover St., Manchester. Visit kelleystellingcontemporary.com or call 345-1779. • “SHINE” Exhibit showcases Bow High School artists’ work, including a vibrant arrangement of ink drawings, fabric art, canvas painting, beautiful fashion and watercolor. On view Feb. 9 through March 15. Twiggs Gallery, 254 King St., Boscawen. Visit twiggsgallery.wordpress. com. • “ETHAN MURROW: HAULING:” Exhibition includes two large-scale works on paper and a 52-foot-long scroll drawing animated by a kinetic sculpture, inspired by the history of the Manchester region and its people, with an emphasis on labor and collab-

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of Ronnie McClure as one who ‘paints’ photographic materials into a kind of stillness, that is, into a certain reflective repose,” gallery director Sister Theresa Couture said in a press release. “Somewhat paradoxically, he creates compellingly dynamic and beautiful episodes of repose that are technically seamless, aesthetically innovative, and contemplatively passionate.” McClure’s work has been exhibited in galleries all over the country, including Sony Square Gallery in New York City, Denver Art Museum in Colorado and the Museum of Biblical Art in Texas. Gallery hours are Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 897-8280 or visit rivier.edu. • High school artists: Twiggs Gallery (254 King St., Boscawen) has an exhibition, “Shine,” on view Feb. 9 through March 15, with an opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. It will feature a vibrant collection of ink drawings, fabric art, canvas paintings, fashion and watercolors created by Bow High School students. Visit twiggsgallery.wordpress.com or call 975-0015. — Angie Sykeny

oration. Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester. Museum admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 65+, $10 for students, $5 for youth ages 13 through 17, free for children under age 13. Visit currier.org or call 669-6144. • JOAN TIERNEY Exhibit features Wilton artist, art teacher and member of the New Hampshire Art Association Joan Tierney. Much of her work includes New Hampshire landscapes, seascapes and barns, though recently she has been experimenting with more abstract styles. Creative Ventures Gallery, 411 Nashua St., Milford. During the month of February. Visit creativeventuresfineart. com or call 672-2500. Workshops/classes/ demonstrations • “LOVE, LUST AND BETRAYAL” Art teacher and curator Jane Oneail will give

an art talk exploring depictions of love, desire and heartache throughout the history of art. Oneail will also show artwork by well-known artists like Botticelli, Fragonard, Renoir and Chagall that captures the joy and excitement of new romances, from first flirtations to sensual seductions, and analyze scenes of break-ups and betrayal. Amherst Town Library, 14 Main St., Amherst. Thurs., Feb. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The program is free, but registration is required. Call 673-2288 or visit amherstlibrary.org. • INTRODUCTION TO METAL CLAY This introductory class is good for people who are not familiar with clay. Metal clay consists of microscopic particles of silver, gold, copper and base metals combined with an organic binder, and can be worked with carving tools, molds, shapes and textures. Sat., Feb. 9, 10:30 a.m. to

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• Opera at the Palace: Opera NH presents The Barber of Seville at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester) on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. The 1816 opera by Gioachino Rossini, with an Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini, is based on Pierre Beaumarchais’ 1775 French comedy Le Barbier de Séville. Tickets are free for students age 18 and under and $25 to $90 for adults. Visit palacetheatre.org or call 668-5588. • New to the stage: New World Theatre presents the third production in its series “Putting It Together: New Works” at the Hatbox Theatre (270 Loudon Road, Concord) on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 6:30 p.m. The series features staged readings and workshop script-in-hand performances of new works currently part of the company’s ongoing play development program. The performances have minimal staging, costumes and props. Tickets cost $17 for adults and $14 for students. Visit hatboxnh.com or call 715-2315. • A vengeful comedy: The Peterborough Players (55 Hadley Road, Peterborough) present Stage Struck Feb. 7 through Feb. 17, with showtimes on Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. The comedy-thriller by Simon Gray follows Robert Simon, a stage manager turned happy house-husband,

3 p.m. League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Gallery, 98 Main St., Nashua. $50 tuition, plus a $35 materials fee payable to the instructor. Visit nhcrafts.org or call 595-8233. • ZENTANGLE BASICS All materials will be provided. Sun., Feb. 24, 1 p.m. Pelham Public Library, 24 Village Green, Pelham. Free; registration is required. Visit pelhampubliclibrary.org or call 635-7581. • BEYOND BASICS - ZENTANGLE RENAISSANCE STYLE Participants will learn about how to create zentangle images with a Renaissance look and feel. Sat., March 9, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Gallery, 98 Main St., Nashua. $25 tuition, plus a $10 materials fee. Visit nhcrafts.org or call 595-8233. •LEARN TO EMBROIDER All materials will be provided and no prior sewing experience is necessary. Tues., Feb. 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Pelham Public Library, 24 Village Green, Pelham. Free. Visit pelhampubliclibrary.org or call 635-7581.

The Seacoast Repertory Theatre presents Billy Elliot. Courtesy photo.

who finds out through the clumsy intervention of a psychiatrist that his marriage is about to end. Simon uses his stage management expertise and some macabre theatrical effects to enact revenge on his wife and the psychiatrist. Tickets cost $42. Call 924-7585 or visit peterboroughplayers.org. • Dancing dream: The Seacoast Repertory Theatre (125 Bow St., Portsmouth) presents Billy Elliot Feb. 8 through March 9, 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. Based on the 2000 film by Stephen Daldry and adapted for the stage by Elton John and Lee Hall, the musical follows a young boy from a traditional coal mining family who discovers a passion for ballet. Tickets cost $16 to $44. Visit seacoastrep.org or call 433-4472. — Angie Sykeny

•FABRIC COLLAGE Participants will use hand-dyed cottons and batiks to make papers and vintage fabrics in their fabric collages. Sat., March 2, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Gallery, 98 Main St., Nashua. $68 tuition, plus a $15 materials fee. Visit nhcrafts.org or call 595-8233. •”OH SO CHARMING” BAG Learn how to make a charming quilted bag using basic sewing techniques. Participants will complete a finished project and have enough material and instructions to finish a larger bag on their own. The class will require students to bring their own sewing machine with a working knowledge of how to use it. Sat., March 16, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Gallery, 98 Main St., Nashua. $38 tuition, plus a $15 materials fee. Visit nhcrafts.org or call 595-8233. •RUG BRAIDING Learn the art of rug braiding by making a 1 foot by 1 and a half foot rug and all the techniques need-

ed to complete a piece. Tues., Feb. 19, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Gallery, 98 Main St., Nashua. $150 tuition due upon registration, with a $75 materials fee payable to the instructor. Visit nhcrafts.org or call 595-8233. • COMMUNITY EDUCATION For adults, teens, and children at NH Institute of Art. Disciplines include ceramics, creative writing, drawing, metalsmithing, photography, printmaking, fibers, and more. NH Institute of Art, 148 Concord St., Manchester. Prices vary depending on type of class and materials needed. Call 6230313. Visit nhia.edu.

Theater Productions • OPENING NIGHT MUTINY Players’ Ring Theatre presents. Jan. 25 through Feb. 10. 105 Marcy St. , Portsmouth . $18. Visit playersring.org. • VICTORIA VALENTINE: PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR Ghost Ship Radio presents. Sun., March 24 and May


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26, 2 p.m. Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord. Tickets cost $17 for adults and $14 for students. Visit hatboxnh.com or call 715-2315. • TWELFTH NIGHT Three Witches Productions presents. Feb. 1 through Feb. 17, with performances on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord. Tickets cost $17 for adults and $14 for students. Visit hatboxnh.com or call 715-2315. • PUTTING IT TOGETHER: NEW WORKS New World Theatre presents. Sun., Feb. 10, April 7, June 9 and Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m. Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord. Tickets cost $17 for adults and $14 for students. Visit hatboxnh.com. • THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION Community Players of Concord present. Feb. 15 through Feb. 17. Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. Tickets are $16 to $18. Visit communityplayersofconcord.org. • ON THE COUCH Feb. 15 through March 3. West End Studio Theatre, 959 Islington St., Portsmouth. $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, students and military. Call 978-683-7745. • THE SOUND OF MUSIC Wed., Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. Capitol Center for the Arts , 44 S. Main St., Concord. $45 to $110. Visit ccanh.com/events. • PROOF The New England College Theatre Department presents. Feb. 21 through Feb. 24. Mainstage Theatre, 58 Depot Hill Road, Henniker. $7 for adults, $5 for seniors. Visit nectheatre.com/box-office.html. • SHIPWRECKED: AN ENTERTAINMENT - THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF LOUIS DE ROUGEMONT (as Told by Himself) Theatre KAPOW presents. Feb. 22 through March 2. Derry Opera

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House, 29 W. Broadway, Derry. Visit tkapow.com. • SEUSSICAL Peacock Players present. March 8 through March 17. Janice B. Streeter Theatre, 14 Court St., Nashua. Tickets are $12 to $19. Visit peacockplayers.org. • JAKE’S WOMEN Milford Area Players present. March 8 through March 17. Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford. Visit milfordareaplayers.weebly.com. • OUR TOWN Manchester Community Theatre Players present. April 5 through April 14. North End Montessori School, 698 Beech St., Manchester. Visit manchestercommunitytheatre.com. • MAMMA MIA The Actorsingers present. May 3 through May 5. Keefe Center For The Arts, 117 Elm St., Nashua. Tickets are $18 to $20. Visit actorsingers.org. • STAR STRUCK The Peterborough Players present. Feb. 7 through Feb. 17, with showtimes on Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough. Tickets cost $42. Call 924-7585 or visit peterboroughplayers.org. • BILLY ELLIOT The Seacoast Repertory Theatre presents. Feb. 8 through March 9, 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. 125 Bow St., Portsmouth. Tickets cost $16 to $44. Visit seacoastrep.org or call 433-4472. Classical Music Events • “THE BARBER OF SEVILLE” Opera NH presents. Sun., Feb. 10. Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Visit operanh.org. • “THE GREAT UNKNOWN” Nashua Chamber Orchestra presents. Sat., Feb. 23, in

Nashua, and Sun., Feb. 24, in Milford. Milford Town Hall, 1 Union Square, Milford. Nashua Community College, 505 Amherst St., Nashua. Visit nco-music.org. • DRAWN TO THE MUSIC: THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH NH Philharmonic presents music by Mendelssohn, Debussy, Britten, Smetana and Cohen. Sat., March 2, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., March 3, 2 p.m. Seifert Performing Arts Center, 44 Geremonty Drive, Salem. $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $8 for students. Visit nhphil.org. • “BRAHMS, PROKOFIEV, AND VAUGHAN WILLIAMS” Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra presents. Sun., March 24. The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth. Tickets are $26 for adults, $23 for seniors and $12 for students. Visit portsmouthsymphony.org. • SPRING CONCERT SERIES: “WE’RE 21! WE’RE LEGAL NOW!” Sat., May 4, in Nashua; Sun., May 5, in Manchester; Sat., May 18, in Concord; and Sun., May 19, in Portsmouth. First Baptist Church of Nashua, 121 Manchester St., Nashua. Derryfield School, 2108 River Road, Manchester. Wesley United Methodist Church, 79 Clinton St., Concord. South Church, 292 State St., Portsmouth. Visit nhgmc.com. • AMERICAN CLASSICS: BERNSTEIN TO BROADWAY NH Philharmonic presents music by Larsen, Copland and Bernstein as well as selections from favorite Broadway shows. Sat., May 18, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., May 19, 2 p.m., in Salem, and Sun., May 26, 2 p.m., in Concord. Seifert Performing Arts Center, 44 Geremonty Drive, Salem. Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $8 for students. Visit nhphil.org.

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INSIDE/OUTSIDE A week of fun

February vacation week camps have something for everyone By Angie Sykeny

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Don’t miss out on February vacation week fun. Get the kids signed up now for one of these day camps, where they can create works of art, play sports, perform on stage, go on nature excursions and more.

Arts and media

Concord TV (Heights Community Center, 14 Canterbury Road, Concord, 225-8690, yourconcordtv.org) offers a camp for kids ages 9 to 14. It runs Monday, Feb. 25, to Friday, March 1, from 12:30 to 5 p.m. each day. Campers will learn the basics of video production and create their own videos and short films. The cost is $125 for Concord residents and $135 for non-residents. Currier Museum Art Center (180 Pearl St., Manchester, 669-6144, ext. 122, currier. org/art-center) offers an art camp for kids ages 5 to 14. It runs Monday, Feb. 25, to Friday, March 1, with a morning session from 9 a.m. to noon, and an afternoon session from 1 to 4 p.m. The morning session theme is “Time Machines” and the afternoon session theme is “A Toy Story.” Camp includes supplies and an inspiration tour of the museum. The cost for the week is $170 for one session or $285 for both sessions. Studio 550 (550 Elm St., Manchester, 2325597, 550arts.com) offers special programs for families from Monday, Feb. 25, to Friday, March 1. Each day, there will be a family pottery wheel workshop for kids age 9 and up and their parents at 1:30 p.m., followed by a family clay sculpting workshop for all ages at 4 p.m. The pottery wheel workshop is $30 per session, and the clay sculpting workshop is $20 per session.

General interest

Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover, 742-2002, childrens-museum.org) offers two programs during February vacation week for kids age 5 and up and their parents. On Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 2 to 3 p.m., there is an Amazing Art workshop. On Friday, March 1, there is a Shocking Science workshop. The cost for each program is $15 per child/adult pair, and registration is required. Concord Family YMCA (15 N. State St., Concord, 228-9622, concordymca.org) offers a traditional camp for kids in grades K through 6. It runs Monday, Feb. 25, to Friday, March 1, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day; drop-off hours are 7 to 8:45 a.m. Campers will participate in fun activities like rock wall climbing, swimming, field trips and more. The cost for Y members is $168 for the week or $50 per day; for non-members, it’s $188 for the week or $65 HIPPO | FEBRUARY 7 - 13, 2019 | PAGE 28

Strawbery Banke Museum camp. Courtesy photo.

YMCA of Downtown Manchester (30 Mechanic St., Manchester, 232-8670, graniteymca.org) offers two camps, which both run Monday, Feb. 25, to Friday, March 1, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. In the sport-a-day camp for grades 1 through 8, campers will play soccer, basketball, floor hockey and more. In the traditional camp for ages 5 through 12, campers will participate in games, crafts, science projects, swimming and more. The cost for Y members is $39 per day or $173 for the week; for non-members, it’s $48 per day or $216 for the week. Register by Feb. 21. YMCA of Greater Londonderry (206 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, 437-9622, graniteymca.org) offers several camps for kids in grades K through 8. They run Monday, Feb. 25, to Friday, March 1, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., each day. The traditional camp for grades K through 8, features winter sports, crafts, games and activities. In the Lil’ Chefs camp for grades 1 through 4, campers will learn cooking techniques and prepare nutritious recipes. The trip camp for grades 3 through 8 includes field trips to Funspot, Patriots Hall of Fame, Chunky’s Cinema and more. The cost is $46 to $59 per day (no single-day option for cooking camp) or $199 to $247 for the week, depending on the camp. Register by Feb. 19. YMCA of Greater Nashua (Nashua YMCA Branch, 24 Stadium Drive, Nashua, 882-2011; Merrimack YMCA Branch, 6 Henry Clay Drive, Merrimack, 8817778, nmymca.org) offers two camps running Monday, Feb. 25, through Friday, March 1. There’s an Arts of All Sorts camp at its Merrimack branch for ages 3.5 through 6, and a Dance, Dance, Dance workshop at its Nashua branch for ages 6 through 12. The cost is $130 to $330, depending on membership. YMCA of the Seacoast (Camp Gundalow, 176 Tuttle Lane, Greenland, 431-2334, ext. 2556, graniteymca.org) offers camp for kids in grades K through 8. It runs Monday, Feb. 25, to Friday, March 1, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., each day. Activities include arts and crafts, STEAM activities, cooking, swimming and team-building games. The cost is $50 to $85, depending on the number of days. YMCA of Strafford County (Horne Street School, 78 Horne St., Dover, and 35 Industrial Way, Strafford, 232-8670, graniteymca.org) offers a camp for kids in grades K through 8. It runs Monday, Feb. 25, to Friday, March 1, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Campers will enjoy a visit from Wildlife Encounters, spend the day at Camp Coney Pine, visit the New England Aquarium, go bowling and indoor rock climbing and more. Call for cost details.

per day. Register with payment by Feb. 15. New Hampshire SPCA (NHSPCA Learning Center, 104 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham, 772-2921, nhspca.org) offers a camp for kids ages 6 to 12. It runs Monday, Feb. 25, through Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. There will be games and activities, crafts and time to visit the animals. The cost is $60 per day. Campers can attend one, two or all three days. New Morning Schools (23 Back River Road, Bedford, 669-3591, newmorningschools.com) offers two camps from Monday, Feb. 25, through Friday, March 1. IMAGINE camp is for kids in kindergarten through grade 6 and features outdoor field games, fairy house building, fort building, STEM experiments and more. It runs 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Preschool camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and features songs, crafts, games and more. Call for cost details. Strawbery Banke Museum (14 Hancock St., Portsmouth, 422-7541, strawberybanke. org) offers a camp for kids in grades 1 through 5. It runs Monday, Feb. 25, through Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Themes include Food History Day, Hands-on History Day and Detectives and Investigators Day. The cost is $30 per day. YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown (116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown, 497-4663, graniteymca.org) offers three camps for kids ranging from grades K through 8, depending on the camp. It runs Monday, Feb. 25, to Friday, March 1, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The traditional camp features swimming, gymnastics, a climbing gym, arts and crafts and sports. The trip camp includes field trips to Funspot, Patriots Hall of Fame, Chunky’s Cinema and more. In the art camp, kids will learn about artists and ways to create art. Call Nature and science Amoskeag Fishways (4 Fletcher St., for cost details. Manchester, 626-3474, amoskeagfishways.

org) offers a Critter Meet and Greet vacation program for kids and their parents. It runs Monday, Feb. 25, through Friday, March 1, with programs at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., each day. Visitors will meet reptiles and amphibians, do crafts and learn fun facts. It’s free, and no registration is required. Beaver Brook Nature Center (117 Ridge Road, Hollis, 465-7787, beaverbrook.org) offers two programs during February vacation week for kids in grades 1 through 6. On Tuesday, Feb. 26, there is a make-and-take bath potions workshop from 9:30 to noon. On Wednesday, Feb. 27, there is a snow play day from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost for each program is $35. Register online. NH Audubon (McLane Audubon Center, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord; Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn; 224-9909, nhaudubon.org) offers camp for kids age 6 to 12. It runs Monday, Feb. 25, to Friday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Activities include outdoor excursions, games, crafts, stories, live animals, songs and conservation projects. The cost is $54 per day. Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center (928 White Oaks Road, Laconia, 366-5695, prescottfarm.org) offers Wintry Wonderland camp for kids ages 6 through 12. It runs Monday, Feb. 25, through Friday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., each day. Activities may include animal tracking, snowshoeing, sledding, winter games, crafts, maple sugaring, campfire stories and more. The cost is $47 per day. Seacoast Science Center (570 Ocean Boulevard, Rye, 436-8043, seacoastsciencecenter.org) offers two camps: Treks 4 Tots for kids ages 4 and 5, and Seaside Safari for kids in grades K through 5. They run Monday, Feb. 18, through Friday, Feb. 22, and Monday, Feb. 25, through Friday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. (a 9 a.m. to noon option is also available for Treks 4 Tots.) Campers will explore Odiorne Point State Park and the center’s hands-on exhibits and participate in lessons, activities, art projects, games, stories and more. The cost is $65 per full day, $45 per half day, $200 for a full half-day week and $300 for a full fullday week.

Sports

Bedford Martial Arts Academy (334 Route 101, Bedford, 626-9696, bedfordmartialartsacademy.com) offers a vacation camp from Monday, Feb. 25, through Friday, March 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., that includes karate, dodgeball, obstacle courses, indoor and outdoor games and activities, playground fun, swimming and more. Call for cost details.


30 Gardening Guy 31 Kiddie pool Advice on your Family activities this outdoors. week. Children & Teens • SLITHERY, SLIMY & SCALY: LOCAL REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS Learn the difference between these two fascinating groups of creatures. Hands-on activities and observation of live animals help students explore the life cycles, adaptations and fascinating behaviors of our local snakes, turtles, frogs and salamanders. Fri., Feb. 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Amoskeag Fishways Learning & Visitors Center, 4 Fletcher St., Manchester. $5 per student, ages 6 and up; registration with payment is required. Visit amoskeagfishways.org or call 626-3474. Continuing Education Adult education • DIFFERENT ROOTS, COMMON DREAMS: NEW HAMPSHIRE’S CULTURAL DIVERSITY Author and photographer Becky Field will show photographs and tell stories illustrating New Hampshire’s cultural diversity. The program is part of Etz Hayim Synagogue’s continuing education series Hot Topics, Cool Stuff. Thurs., Feb.

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Bedford Youth Performing Company (155 Route 101, Bedford, 472-3894, bypc. org) offers a vacation camp from Monday, Feb. 25, through Friday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., each day, for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Students will take part in dance, storytelling and performance activities. The cost is $125 to $250, depending on the number of days attending. Community Players of Concord (435 Josiah Bartlett Road, Concord, 753-6653, communityplayersofconcord.org) offers camp for kids age 8 to 14. It runs Monday, Feb. 25, through Friday, March 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day, with a first meeting and auditions on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Campers will produce Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. The cost is $200 for the week. Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org) offers camp for kids in grades 2 through 12. It runs Monday, Feb. 25, through Friday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Campers will learn about all aspects of theater and prepare for a performance of Disney’s The Aristocats Kids to be held on Saturday, March 2, at 10 a.m. The cost is $250 for the week. Seacoast Repertory Theatre (125 Bow St., Portsmouth, seacoastrep.org) offers camp for kids ages 7 to 14. It runs Monday, Feb. 25, through Friday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Campers will learn theater terminology and history, improve their singing and acting skills and present a showcase for their families on the final day of camp. The cost is $350 for the week.

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7, 7 p.m. Etz Hayim Synagogue, 1 Miscellaneous 1/2 Hood Road, Derry. Free and • THREE CENTURIES OF open to the public. Visit etzhayim. MIRRORS: REFLECTIONS org or call 432-0004. THROUGH THE AGES (GALLERY RECEPTION) The exhibDance it features a curated collection of Special folk dances period and vintage mirrors from • ENGLISH COUNTRY the late 1700s Rococo styles to the DANCE Rich Jackson leads the 1950s mid-century modern era. The dances with music by Clara Ste- pre-Valentine’s Day Champagne fanov-Wagner and Emily Adams. reception will be held in the Co-Op’s Beginners and singles are wel- Upstairs Gallery. The exhibit is on come. Sun., Feb. 10, 6 to 9 p.m. view and for sale through March West St. Ward House, 41 West St., 31. Sun., Feb. 10, 1 to 3 p.m. New Concord. $10. Visit nhecds.org or Hampshire Antique Co-Op, 323 call 934-2543. Elm St., Milford. Visit nhantiquecoop.com or call 673-8499. Health & Wellness • LIFE COACHING Q&A Life coach Diane MacKinnon will present some coaching scenarios she has been asked about frequently and answer any coaching questions you may have. Tues., Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, Hudson. Free; registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome. Visit rodgerslibrary.org or call 886-6030.

Museums & Tours History & museum events • MOVED AND SECONDED: TOWN MEETING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE New Hampshire author Rebecca Rule will share stories of the rituals, traditions and history of the town meeting, including the perennial characters, the literature, the humor and the wisdom of town meetings. Sun., Feb. 10, 3 p.m. Pembroke Town Library, 313 Pembroke St., Pembroke. Visit pembroke-nh.com/library.

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place them behind the plant and a little to the right of center. That way if it gets covered with soil or mulch, I can dig around with my fingers and find it. Also available are bigger metal tags that are attached to two wire legs. Some of these come with a marker that is filled with paint that is said to last well outdoors. Others are soft metal like copper that can be permanently engraved with a nail or awl that either scratches the surface, or dents it. Most perennials purchased from a nursery will come with a pre-printed plastic tag that will tell you everything you need to know except the year you bought it. Those tags, if left out to the elements, will start to break down in five years or so. Again, burying 90 percent of the tag will help it last longer. If you are an “artsy” sort of person, this would be a good time to make some hand-painted plant labels for your garden. Use outdoor grade plywood or perhaps cedar for the markers. Vegetable gardens, where seeds are planted, are commonly adorned with nice custom-made labels. If you paint the tags, you might then coat them with a layer of marine varnish or the like. Trees and shrubs often arrive with a tag that is looped around the trunk or a branch. Beware of these: some are attached with wire, or a wire coated with something. I once lost a rare tree, a dawn redwood, to strangulation. The tag looped around the base of the tree, and the tree eventually strangled as the wire cut into the cambium layer of the bark. So how can you remember the plants in your garden, now, in winter? Most of us take pictures with a digital camera and store them on the computer. Take some time to enjoy looking at your garden photos now. Not only that, if you took the pictures when you first planted things, the date will be on the photo. I’ll have to admit I haven’t gotten around to making any plant labels right now, in winter. I got distracted looking at my gardens on my computer and admiring my flowers. Going through my photos month by month has helped me to see what flowers I need to purchase this spring to replace those that have disappeared with time. Henry is the author of four gardening books. He lives in Cornish Flat. You may reach him at henry.homeyer@comcast.net.


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Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams at Southern New Hampshire University have home games this Saturday, Feb. 9. Both Penmen basketball teams will take on the Stonehill College Skyhawks, with the women’s game starting at 1:30 p.m. and the men’s game starting at 3:30 p.m., both at the Stan Spirou Field House (2500 N. Riv-

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Dear Donna, We are hoping you can help. My sister and I are cleaning out my parents’ estate. She said she thinks these bowls are worth saving. My mom took good care of them, but they were always used. Any help would be appreciated. Sandra and Kim from Bow Dear Sandra and Kim, I have to agree with whoever wants to keep them. They are great bowls from the 1940s. They are Melmac bowls. Sometimes they can have other names (Texan ware, Boonton ware), but basically they are made from melamine plastic. The bonus for you guys is your mom kept the whole set together. (And the color is great!) Even though Melmac bowls singly are collectible in today’s market, a set is an awesome find and in good condition as well is tough to find. As far as I can see they do look clean and in a good finish, but if you can see scratching and wear to the surface of the plastic then they would be worth less.

Your set of graduated melmac bowls would be worth in the range of $100 to $125 to a collector in today’s market. If you’re keeping them then they are a memory you won’t forget and you can still use them today. Donna Welch has spent more than 30 years in the antiques and collectibles field, appraising and instructing, and recently closed the physical location of From Out Of The Woods Antique Center (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com) but is still doing some buying and selling. She is a member of The New Hampshire Antiques Dealer Association. If you have questions about an antique or collectible send a clear photo and information to Donna at footwdw@aol.com, or call her at 391-6550 or 624-8668. Courtesy photo.

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Dear Car Talk: I drive a two-year-old 2017 Chevy Volt. It has a beeping noise coming from the front end. Any ideas what that may indicate? No message pops up on the dashboard or on By Ray Magliozzi the navigation system. None of the warning lights or other dashboard icons come on. Can you explain? — Louise Well, I have excellent news for you, Louise. You don’t need to take a hearing test this year. Your ears are in great shape. The Chevy Volt, as I’m sure you know, Louise, is a plug-in hybrid that runs primarily on battery power. When hybrids and electric cars first came out, public safety officials discovered a serious problem. They were so quiet that pedestrians didn’t hear them coming, which is dangerous. If I’m passing through an intersection in my 1997 Honda Odyssey with the belts squealing and the exhaust rattling, no one’s going to fail to hear me coming. But if I’m driving a Volt, a Prius or a Nissan Leaf, the only noise that’s heard is the rubber tires rolling on the road. And that’s pretty quiet at low speeds. Apparently, it’s not enough noise to cause pedestrians to look up from their Tinder apps in time to avoid getting run over. So the National

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Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now requiring vehicles that run on electric power to have an audible pedestrian warning. That’s a warning sound specifically FOR pedestrians, as opposed to a sound that warns YOU when there’s a pedestrian in the way (that sound is the phrase “Oh, the humanity!” followed by two thumps in quick succession). Anyway, carmakers can choose the sound, but it has to be loud enough for pedestrians, bicyclists or blind folks to be able to hear it when the vehicle is going slower than about 20 mph. I’m glad my brother’s not still around. Because I know he would have programmed his car to broadcast the sound of flatulence. Anyway, that faint beeping sound you hear is that pedestrian warning broadcasting from the front of your Volt. It’s there to prevent pedestrian injuries, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with your car, Louise. Dear Car Talk: While driving, my husband does something that makes me crazy (I know, right?). When backing out of our driveway or a parking spot, he shifts into drive while the car is still rolling backward! Is this hurting his automatic transmission? He recently bought a used 2012 Chevy Traverse in University-of-Wisconsin Badger red — a dream car that he wants to

keep for a very long time. I remember being taught not to shift gears while the car was still moving in the opposite direction. I know car technologies have come a long way since I began driving 45 years ago. Is the old rule of bringing the vehicle to a full stop before shifting between reverse and drive still applicable? I’m not trying to garner an “I told you so” advantage by writing (OK, OK, maybe I am); I’m just trying to help my husband protect his beloved Chevy Traverse. He won’t listen to me, but he’ll listen to you -- we both read and enjoy your column regularly. If I’m wrong, I’ll shut up (at least about the shifting). Thanks for all the great information and humor you relay in your column! — Michele In a perfect world, Michele, no one would shift into drive while still rolling backward. Of course, in a perfect world, no one would have to worry about making their 2012 Chevy Traverse last forever, either. So we live in an imperfect world, Michele. And in the real world, a lot of people do what your husband does. I would say that as long as you’re going less than a mile or two per hour, you’re doing minimal damage to your transmission by shifting from reverse to drive. There’s a certain amount of “slop” built into automatic transmissions. The propulsion is conducted through a viscous fluid (automat-

ic transmission fluid). So it’s not as if there’s a hard, mechanical connection that, from one second to the next, goes BLAM, and slams all the parts together. Fluid absorbs some of that transition. Think about stopping at a traffic light while facing up a steep hill. When you take your foot off the brake, your car will start to roll backward a little bit before the power is transmitted through the fluid and the car begins to move forward. The same thing is happening when you shift before you’re fully stopped. Is it good for the transmission? No. But at that low of a speed it’s unlikely to be doing much harm, either. If, on the other hand, your husband is backing out of the driveway at 4 or 5 mph, and, instead of the using the brakes at all, he shifts into drive to stop the car and move it forward, I think he’s probably shortening the life of his automatic transmission, and you are within your rights to administer a dope slap, Michele. And if his goal is to baby this University-of-Wisconsin-Badger-red Traverse, then I think he should make every effort to come to a full stop before shifting. Why not? It can only help. Plus, it’s a two-for-one. With one simple action, he can potentially extend the life of his car, and stop ticking off his wife. Visit Cartalk.com.

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Bob LaDue is vice president and COO of lēf Farms in Loudon. The company grows salad greens using a hydroponic greenhouse. Can you explain what your current job is? I’m the head grower and manager of the farm and the people that are working to get our crops seeded, harvested, packaged and delivered. We’re a salad farm, so we’re growing baby salad leaf blends, both for the retail, supermarket chain markets ... as well as for food service that would go to restaurants. We grow our crops in a greenhouse, in a controlled environment. … We operate it yearround, and we create an environment for the plants so that they think essentially every day is June, whether it be June or January. … In terms of irrigating and providing minerals the plants need, we’re using hydroponic growing methods for that part. It’s a recycling system, so essentially we’re just adding the water and the

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minerals that the plants are utilizing for growth. … A lot of the water that we’re using is either captured in the plant itself or leaves our facility as water vapor through the process of transpiration. … It’s a fraction of the water usage if you were growing the same crops in the ground. How long have you worked there? About six or seven years.

called indoor fish farming in a controlled environment. I practiced in that industry after graduation for about 10 years. … I ended up back out in Ithaca for almost 13 years helping to develop this technology. I became an expert in that area, which allowed me to get into consulting in the field of greenhouse controlled environments and greenhouse production of leafy greens.

dad, who was a veterinarian. His job was solving problems. I learned a lot about how to approach something that people don’t understand.

What do you wish you’d known at the beginning of your career? I think there’s a certain Bob LaDue amount of patience that’s required that when you’re really young and it What kind of education or training did you feels like everything’s moving quickly. … A lot need for this job? of what I was trying to do, a lot of technology My major was agricultural and environmen- wasn’t really ready for the ideas that we had. … tal systems technology. There’s a lot of math I think you have to be patient. and science, but business as well and biology. What is your typical at-work uniform? How did you find your current job? Collared T-shirt, a pair of jeans and work I was originally hired as a consultant for our shoes. I don’t sit behind a desk very often, but I parent company, which is Pleasant View Gar- have to look presentable. dens. They currently grow bedding plants for the flower industry. They were interested in What was the first job you ever had? diversifying into food production and greenI worked at a boat rental business near Coohouses. … Through that interaction, we ended perstown, [New York]. up developing a plan for a separate facility. I — Scott Murphy was instrumental in the design of lēf Farms. At some point, the conversation moved for me being a consultant to me being an operator, and What are you into right now? I agreed to be an operator and partner. I’m a big sailor. I’m always thinking about the

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FOOD Sweet indulgences Chocolate Lover’s Fantasy returns By Matt Ingersoll

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From gourmet chocolate cakes and whoopie pies to fudge, truffles and chocolate-covered strawberries, Stonebridge Country Club will transform into a chocolate-filled wonderland during the annual Chocolate Lover’s Fantasy. The tasting event will return for its 27th year on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m., and will feature chocolatey pastries, ice creams, candies and other sweet indulgences donated from more than two dozen local businesses. “We always hold it the Sunday before Valentine’s Day, so we see definitely see a lot of couples come, or maybe girls with their friends for a ladies’ night out kind of thing,” said Patty Henault, president of the Goffstown Mothers Club, which organizes the event. “There’s always a pretty wide array of different things people can try from bakeries and restaurants that donate their desserts to us. … A lot of times it might be something that’s a specialty off their menu that they will bring.” Just Like Mom’s Pastries of Weare, for example, will be making chocolate-covered caramel sea salt pecan drops, topped with a red heart in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, according to owner Karen Car. Other featured sweets will include a made-from-scratch Reese’s peanut butter cup cake, courtesy of Carina’s Cakes of Derry; and the Chocolate Indulgence torte from Frederick’s Pastries in Amherst and Bedford, which contains several layers of dark chocolate and is topped with a fudge icing. Some businesses will feature more than one of their sweets at the tasting, like The Bakeshop on Kelley Street in Manchester, which will be donating its s’mores brownies, triple chocolate cheesecake and chocolate cinnamon cupcakes, own-

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• Dinner and history: Get your tickets now for a special turkey shortcake dinner inspired by America’s first snow train on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. at Warner Town Hall (5 E. Main St.). The Warner Historical Society and the School House Cafe are working to recreate the meal that was provided to the hundreds of skiers who came by train from Boston on the “Snow Train,” dating back to 1931. The dinner will feature biscuits, potatoes, squash, coffee and apple pie and will be served at the Town Hall and at other various locations around town. After the Town Hall dinner, local historian Rebecca Courser will discuss the history of the Snow Train, Warner’s ski slopes and the local people and businesses that were involved with getting people there to enjoy them. Tickets are $15 for the dinner and the talk. There is a snow date of Feb. 23. Visit warnerhistorical.org or call 456-2437. • Smoothie Bus Shoppe opens: After a successful first year as a mobile delivery service for smoothies in the Manchester area, The Smoothie Bus now has a stationary space on the first floor of the The Brady Sullivan Plaza (1000 Elm St., Manchester), aptly named The Smoothie Bus Shoppe, which officially opened on Jan. 30. The menu has expanded to feature nearly two dozen flavors of smoothies, like the chocolate-covered strawberry (with strawberries, almonds, Ghirardelli chocolate, yogurt and milk), the Pink Dragon (with dragonfruit, mango, banana and almond milk) and the Coffee Express (with cold-brew coffee, banana, almond milk and the option of peanut butter or coconut). Other new items include fresh-pressed juices, smoothie bowls and hot smoothies. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 858-1030 or find them on Facebook @smoothiebus. • Chocolate and beer: Join the Manchvegas Brew Bus (513-9628, manchvegasbrewbus. com) for one of two stout, porter and chocolate tours just in time for Valentine’s Day, on either Saturday, Feb. 9, or Saturday, Feb. 16, at 5 p.m. Special local beer and chocolate pairings will be provided at each stop. The cost is $120 per couple, with tours departing from Backyard Brewery & Kitchen (1211 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester). Private tours are also available to book online, with options to create your own route of breweries in southern New Hampshire to visit. • Zem Zem now open in Manchester: A new restaurant offering authentic Mediterranean cuisine is now open in the Queen 40 Looking for more food and drink fun? Check out Hippo Scout, available via the Apple App Store, Google Play and hipposcout.com. HIPPO | FEBRUARY 7 - 13, 2019 | PAGE 36

Chocolate Lover’s Fantasy When: Sunday, Feb. 10, 4 to 6 p.m. Where: Stonebridge Country Club, 161 Gorham Pond Road, Goffstown Cost: $20 per person; tickets can be purchased at the door, at Howe’s Pharmacy (39 Main St., Goffstown), Brown’s Emporium (15 N. Mast St., Goffstown) and Chiggy’s Place (571 Mast Road, Goffstown), or online through the Facebook event page. Visit: facebook.com/goffstownmothersclub This event is open to attendees ages 18+ only.

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er Denise Nickerson said. There will be three types of chocolate bars courtesy of Loon Chocolate: its 70 percent Bolivian, 50 percent dark milk and 70 percent Dominican with roasted almond. Henault said other sweets you might see are cake pops, tiramisu, chocolate cookies, chocolate mousse, gluten-free flourless cakes and even chocolate flavored coffee. The country club will have its bar open for the duration of the tasting, selling cocktails and other specialty beverages. “I do also usually put a couple of fruit platters out with cantaloupe, grapes,

things like that, just to freshen your palate after all the chocolate,” she said. In addition to the tastings, several other local businesses donate gift certificates and gift cards that are raffled off. This year’s event will feature a chance to win gift certificates for eateries like The Puritan Backroom Restaurant in Manchester, the Copper Door Restaurant in Bedford and Salem, Buba Noodle Bar in Manchester and many others. Henault said proceeds from the event benefit a scholarship fund the Mothers Club organizes for students of Goffstown High School.

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thecrustandcrumb.com) CupKait’s Custom Cupcakes (Manchester, find them on Facebook) EJ’s on Main (Concord, ejsonmain.com) Firefly American Bistro & Bar (Manchester, fireflynh.com) Frederick’s Pastries (Amherst and Bedford, pastry.net) Jacques Pastries (Pembroke, jacquespastries. com) Just Like Mom’s Pastries (Weare, justlikemomspastries.com) Lindt Chocolates (lindtusa.com) Loon Chocolate (Manchester, loonchocolate.com) Michelle’s Gourmet Pastries & Deli (Manchester, michellespastries.com) Murphy’s Taproom (Manchester, murphystaproom.com) Roots Cafe at Robie’s Country Store (Hooksett, rootsatrobies.com) T-Bones Great American Eatery (t-bones. com)


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“It’s literally a dried sweet potato made into powder that you sip like a tea and then we pour steamed milk into it like we do a latte,” she said. Other specialty options include nuts and grains, a drink with steamed milk and roasted grain powder, and yuzu tea, made from a tangerine-like fruit grown in Asia. “I wanted to do some different things that I thought people would like that weren’t just espresso drinks,” Jeong said. In the near future, Jeong said she would like to sell baked goods from local bakeries in Concord and other surrounding communities. Jeong said her original idea for the space was to have her studio in the back and a storefront where she would sell her art projects. Her paintings now adorn the walls of the cafe, and she said she is currently in discussions with local artists to feature their work on the walls on a rotating basis. Since opening her space as a coffee shop, Jeong said the response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive. “The people here have been really supportive and it’s really been a great chance to get to know more people in town,” she said. Kaye Place Where: 324 Village St., Penacook Current Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (may be subject to change) Visit: facebook.com/kayeplacenh or call 565-5491

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What is your must-have kitchen item? What is your favorite thing that you My chef’s knife, and also a spoon. Both have ever cooked for someone? are just really necessary. I made paella for someone once, and it was so good that I said I needed to make What would you have for your last meal? [it] for myself. I also made red wineI would say anything surf and turf. braised short ribs that came out really great. What is your favorite local restaurant? What is the biggest food trend in New I have two. I like [The] Tuckaway Tavern in Raymond. I love that it’s a restaurant and Hampshire right now? A lot of people want to know where a butcher shop, so you can eat out and then get something to go to cook. I also love the their ingredients are sourced from now, so Tuscan Kitchen [in Salem]. Their butternut that they know that they are eating well, squash cappellacci pasta is so good. but also being sustainable.

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It was recently New Hampshire Wine Week, a time when winemakers and professionals from around the country and the globe come to the state for tastings and dinners throughout the week. We also get a chance to try their wines and interact with them at the Easterseals Winter Wine Spectacular, the week’s culminating event. During Wine Week, I got a chance to sit down with Marilisa Allegrini, CEO of Allegrini Estates in Italy. Though this was not her first trip to New Hampshire, it was the first time she had traveled here for Wine Week. I always enjoy these opportunities to sit with winemakers and not only taste their wines but also hear their stories. And Marilisa has quite the story to tell. Marilisa’s father, Giovanni, started the Allegrini family’s wine company, but in 1983 he died unexpectedly at the age of 63. His three children, then in their late twenties and early thirties, were part of the winery in various roles but were suddenly left to determine the company’s future. Marilisa said her and her brothers, Walter and Franco, went through an overwhelming and scary time. “It was difficult at the beginning, but we have been able to build what [the company] is today,” she said. Marilisa’s father had taken a single-vineyard, pioneer approach as she describes it, using a pergola setup to grow the grapes. He had made one trip to California and decided it was the quality, not the quantity, that was important. The main grape produced in the area, valpolicella, wasn’t always appreciated the way it is today. The Allegrinis set out to change that, knowing they had to address things like fungus, the way the grapes were dried, and ultimately the finished product. At the time of Giovanni’s death, the company was producing less than 200,000 bottles per year. Today they have not only expanded the business exponentially but increased production to about 1.8 million bottles (and are still considered a medium-sized winery in relative terms, which I found impressive). The passion Marilisa has for the industry is apparent, and as she is part of a sixth-generation winemaking family, it is easy to see why. “I represent and am very proud of my heritage,” she said. “We have been making wine for many years.” Unfortunately, the family endured another loss in 2003 when Walter died suddenly. Today, Marilisa is the company’s brand ambassador and travels the world; Franco is the head winemaker and happy to stay home out of the spotlight. Marilisa’s daughters are also involved in the company,

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and she hopes they will take over someday. During my time with Marilisa, I tasted wines from the Allegrini brand, grown in the Veneto region of the Verona province, and wines from the Poggio al Terro brand, grown in the Toscana region of the Livorno province. The Allegrinis founded Poggio al Terro, which means “hill of treasure,” in 2002 and Marilisa said that from her first visit there she fell in love with the region and the landscape. The first wine I tasted was near and dear to Marilisa’s heart, as she requested a white wine that wasn’t a pinot grigio. She wanted something with more depth and complexity. The result: Solosole Vermentino from Bolgheri, which translates to “just sunshine.” This wine is medium-bodied with nice acidity and complexity; it has some salinity and notes of tropical fruit, and is an ideal pairing for seafood and fish. It also ages very well for a white. I would definitely purchase this wine and drink it again. It retails for about $20 at the New Hampshire Liquor & Wine outlet. “I am very proud of this wine,” she said. “It’s a wine I love and it’s very special.” We also tasted three reds: Palazzo della Torre, La Grola, and Amarone della Valpolicella. The Palazzo is described as the “Baby Amarone” and is the wine that helped make Allegrini famous worldwide. It is made using air-dried grapes, a take on the “ripasso” method of fermentation that they put into place in 1990. I enjoyed all three of these reds, all of which are available at New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets. I have a soft spot for Italian wine already, especially Amarone. Naturally, the Amarone della Valpolicella is a bit pricier at about $75, and well worth the splurge, but if you are looking to spend a bit less, the Palazzo is affordable at about $18 and has the least aggressive tannins. La Grola will run you about $30, also well worth it for such a nice Italian red.


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Many have tried to pigeonhole this South Carolina producer, most prominently as a co-inventor of chillwave, which may be the most broad label of the sample era. There’s also been “glo-fi” from some, while others, apparently consciously trying to be jerks, have used such terms as “hypnagogic pop” (which infuses hazy hints of fever-dreamed nostalgia into the mix). Breaking it down, his earlier stuff, most popularly “So Many Details” and “Girl Like You,” speaks of a mix between advanced afterparty deep house, Drake, Aphex Twin, Keith Sweat, and, well Urkel, since that’s who he kind of looks like. His oddballness has kept him out of the mainstream spectacle, and if you believed all the hype about “big beats” being utilized in this new one, you’d expect that he’s changed some. Maybe he has; there are hints — repeat, hints — of funk here, more aggression, etc., but it’s still deeply chill. He hasn’t tried to become Daft Punk or anything, luckily for everyone. A+ — Eric W. Saeger

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PLAYLIST A seriously abridged compendium of recent and future CD releases • The Feb. 8 release week is upon us, and what better time to try differentiating one hipster band with “bear” in its name from another one? You know of course Grizzly Bear, that handy critic’s reference that means “boring Beach Boys sounds mixed with feisty, underproduced twee-rawk,” but we need to discuss Panda Bear, which releases some new LP called Buoys on Feb. 8! I know we talked about singular artists going by quirky “band names” last week, when David Bazar advised musicians not to do it, but this act, which consists only of a Virginian dude named Noah Benjamin Lennox, has gone by that name for a long time, even as a member of Animal Collective, which you’ve most likely heard of. He’s also done “solo albums” as well, so someday he’ll be regretting having two artist names. Don’t do it, bands, it’s stupid, but let’s move on to whatever experimental indie-pop this guy is doing this year, under his stupid “Panda Bear” name. “Token” is the first single that came up on my YouTube, and it’s at least creative, a combo-meal of the usual Animal Collective sample whirligigs along with trap and some dude who sounds like Drake. Probably a little too trippy for makeout music, unless your date is some kind of scientist, but then again who isn’t these days. • Once upon a time in the epic-failed Boston scene of the 1980s (ever hear of Tribe? Of course you haven’t), there was a band called ​The Lemonheads, whose leader, Evan Dando, was regarded as a guy who was “so cool he poops freon.” Their new one, Varshons 2, is a covers album. I’m not going to listen to all this obscure nonsense, because I don’t want to, so I selected the band’s rerub of “Old Man Blank,” a tune originally released by British band The Bevis Frond, who put out like six albums in two years in their early days, one of which contained this workaday song that sounds like it belongs on a really bad Austin Powers movie. Now that Lemonheads have redone this nugget, it sounds like The Who covering a Strawberry Alarm Clock B-side, is what I mean. Bon appétit, whoever the heck 50-year-old buys this album. • Speaking of the ’80s and such, Bob Mould, the frontman for vintage Minnesota-based sort-of-punk legends Hüsker Dü, releases his newest solo LP on Feb. 8, titled Sunshine Rock. Why do I hesitate to call Hüsker Dü a punk band? Because when I think of punk, I picture bald teenagers making dreadful, super-fast music about how frustrating it is when dad insists on giving you driving lessons just to save money because he got fired and can’t afford driving lessons, not mid-tempo collegiate stream-of-consciousness stuff that’s mostly mid-tempo, you know, like Redd Kross. But whatever, hipster super-indie-label Merge Records still loves this guy and will put out this album, so I am checking out the title track so you don’t have to. The beginning consists of a hard riff, then it’s cheap-sounding 1980s indie, which is better than the alternative, namely well-produced 1980s indie. It’s OK. • L.A. alt-folk singer Jessica Pratt releases her third album, Quiet Signs, this week. The single, “This Time Around,” sounds like a cat meowing for treats while someone plays amateurish acoustic guitar. I am not amused. — Eric W. Saeger

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There is a lot going on here and quite frankly I’m not sure what to make of it all. The Feral Detective is a surreal noir experience taking the reader for a strange, twisty, violent and often uncomfortable ride. In its simplest form, The Feral Detective is a story about finding a missing person, but the story is layered with complexity. The protagonist Phoebe Siegler is looking for her friend’s daughter Arabella. But — apologies for the cliche — Siegler seems a bit more interested in finding herself in her “new world.” The novel takes place in January 2017 in Los Angeles and the Mojave Desert, just as President Trump is being inaugurated. Phoebe, a Manhattan resident and journalist for NPR with a degree from Harvard, is struggling with this new reality. In fact, President Trump hangs all over this novel. To put it mildly, Phoebe is having a tough time with the situation. “I blamed my city for producing and being unable to defeat the monster in the tower,” Phoebe says. Nevertheless, she promised to help find Arabella. She enlists the help of private investigator Charles Heist, the feral detective himself, to help find her. He says very little and gives very little away about his intentions or thoughts. He’s an enigma in every sense of the word. Upon her first meeting, Phoebe notes that Charles is taking care of a sick possum and he’s caring for a young girl under questionable circumstances. Soon after, Charles and Phoebe work their way through a homeless encampment to ask about Arabella. It’s clear Charles spends considerable time helping those in need, as he knows most of the individuals by name. They do receive some intel as to Arabella’s whereabouts and activities, including that she is apparently going by Phoebe’s name. The clues take Charles and Phoebe up a nearby mountain, where they find a boy and a girl in a hole, murdered. Curiously, the boy is dressed in a bear costume and the girl is dressed as a rabbit. Charles is all too familiar with what the costumes represent — essentially two survivalist cults that aren’t exactly friends. From there, the novel takes Phoebe and Charles on a seemingly endless jeep ride through the desert in search of these two groups, and to find Arabella. This novel is strange. Charles is strange, though intriguing. He seems to know everyone, good and bad. He’s covered in facial hair and always wearing his leather jacket. Honestly, I can’t tell if he’s the coolest dude on Earth, or the weird-

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or call 224-0562. •​ Romance panel: Bookery Manchester (844 Elm St., Manchester) will host a romance author panel on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m., featuring Ashlyn Chase with her book Hooked on a Phoenix, Marianne Rice with her book At First Blush, and Peggy Jaeger with her book Dearly Beloved. The authors will read selections from and sign their books and discuss how the romance genre has changed over the years. Call 836-6600 or visit bookerymht.com. • Book sale: The Derry Public Library (64 E. Broadway, Derry) will host a book sale on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Books are sorted by category and author, and the collection is updated monthly. Paperbacks are 50 cents and hardcovers are $1. There will also be a sale on children’s books with prices as low as 10 cents per book. Call 432-6140 or visit derrypl.org. •​ Hear and read poetry: The Ferguson Reading Series, a monthly poetry feature and open mike, continues at Water Street Bookstore (125 Water St., Exeter) on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m., with featured reader Elisabeth Farrell. Farrell will present her latest book Earlier Heaven. After her reading, the floor will be open to anyone who wants to read. Bring one or two poems to share. Call 778-9731 or visit waterstreetbooks.com. — Angie Sykeny Books Author Events • HEDRICK SMITH Author presents Who Stole the American Dream. Thurs., Feb. 7, 4 to 5 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St. , Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • JENNIFER SKIFF Author presents Rescuing Ladybugs: Inspirational Encounters with Animals That Changed the World. Fri., Feb. 8, 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St. , Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • ROMANCE AUTHOR PANEL Authors Ashlyn Chase, Marianne Rice, and Peggy Jaeger will read selections from their books, discuss how the romance genre has changed over the years, and sign copies of their recent books. Sat., Feb. 9, 2 p.m. The Bookery, 844 Elm St., Manchester. Visit bookerymht.com or call 836-6600. • TIM DORSEY Author presents No Sunscreen for the Dead. Mon., Feb. 18, 6 p.m. Toadstool Bookshop, 614 Nashua St., Milford. Visit toadbooks.com. • PAM HOUSTON Author

presents Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country. Tues., Feb. 26, 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • KATY BUTLER Author presents The Art of Dying Well. Wed., March 6. Music Hall Loft , 131 Congress St., Portsmouth. Visit themusichall.org. • LOCAL AUTHOR DISCOVERY NIGHT Featuring Dan Griffin with Relative Truth; Irene Buchine with Celia and the Little Boy; and Brian Campbell The Third King: Coronation. Wed., Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com or call 224-0562. • ROMANCE AUTHOR PANEL Featuring Ashlyn Chase with Hooked on a Phoenix; Marianne Rice with At First Blush; and Peggy Jaeger with Dearly Beloved. The authors will read selections from and sign their books and discuss how the romance genre has changed over the years. Sat., Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. The Bookery Manchester, 844 Elm St., Manchester. Call 836-6600 or visit bookerymht.com.

Poetry events • HANNAH DOW Poet presents debut poetry collection, Rosarium. Fri., Feb. 15, 7 p.m. The Bookery, 844 Elm St., Manchester. Visit bookerymht.com or call 836-6600. • SLAM FREE OR DIE Weekly poetry open mike and slam. Thursday, 8 p.m. Stark Brewing Co., 500 N. Commercial St., Manchester. $3. Visit facebook.com/ slamfreeordie. Book sales • BOOK SALE Books are sorted by category and author, and the collection is updated monthly. Paperbacks are 50 cents and hardcovers are $1. There will also be a sale on children’s books with prices as low as 10 cents per book. Sat., Feb. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway, Derry. Call 4326140 or visit derrypl.org. Writers groups • WRITERS HANGOUT Bring your work to share and meet other writers who can lend their support and help you improve your craft. Wed., Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua. Call 589-4611 or visit nashualibrary.org. • WRITERS GROUP All levels and abilities welcome. Second and fourth Friday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Candia Smyth Public Library, 55 High St., Candia. Call 4838245. Visit smythpl.org. Book discussion groups • ANIME & MANGA CLUB A new club seeks members to join. Will involve book discussions, anime viewings, and workshops. No set date. Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, Hudson. Free. Visit rodgerslibrary.org. Call 886-6030. • BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP Second Thurs., 7 p.m. Manchester City Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester. Visit manchester. lib.nh.us.

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Miss Bala (PG-13)

Gina Rodriguez wears a red dress and kicks butt in Miss Bala, a bunch of ho-hum minutes of movie leading up to that sequence.

Is that a spoiler? The whole trailer and the movie poster are kind of built around that moment so I don’t feel like you’re being spoiled. If anything, I’m reassuring you: there will be a lot of “so-so” to “blah” movie and then you’ll get what you came for. Not that Rodriguez herself is ever “blah” even if she doesn’t get to show quite as much range here as Gloria, the makeup artist, as she does on TV’s Jane the Virgin as Jane Villanueva. Gloria tries to make her mark at a fashion show in Los Angeles but is shooed away by her boss, who just wants her to prep the models, not bug him with her ideas. Perhaps this is one of the reasons she is all smiles as she heads down to Tijuana to do makeup her way for Suzu (Cristina Rodio), a longtime buddy who is about to compete in the Miss Baja California pageant. She arrives at Suzu’s house and they begin a series of pageant events: first the check-in and then a night at a club to mingle with pageant bigwig Chief Saucedo (Damián Alcázar), who is also a local police chief and definitely is a mix-business-with-pleasure type, much to the “yuck” of whoever wins the pageant. Not surprisingly, Saucedo is also not an on-the-level guy in other aspects of his life, which is why he is a target of the Las Estrellas cartel, who come into the club guns blazing to assassinate him. Gloria and Suzu are separated and after the shooting is over, Gloria can’t find Suzu. Gloria searches but letting slip that she might be able to ID the shooters gets her kidnapped and taken to bad-guy HQ. There, she meets cartel leader (or regional manager or something) Lino (Ismael Cruz Cordova), who is a seriously bad dude but also not unattractive and the movie seems to try to make him have chemistry with Gloria and it’s all sorta confusing and weird. But anyway. Lino tells Gloria he will find Suzu for her if she helps them with some things. As it turns out, the first thing is blowing up a DEA safe house, which then gets her nabbed by DEA agent Brian (Matt Lauria), who is also not a great guy and also basically treats her like Lino, forcing her to do some stuff for him if she wants to not spend the rest of her life in jail. Thus does she have to play both sides as she attempts to keep Lino from killing her, get someone to help her find Suzu, keep Suzu’s little brother safe and get herself extricated from any legal difficulties. Miss Bala is not good and it is probably, as the kids say, problematic. But the kids don’t know what it was to grow up in the pre-Gina Rodriguez world! She is not only a bad-ass lady, she’s a bad-ass Latina lady and I still have a hard time separating the mess something is in 2019 with how excited I, a very un-bad-ass Latina girl, would have been for it to exist at all in, say, the 1990s. She is HIPPO | FEBRUARY 7 - 13, 2019 | PAGE 48

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awesome! I didn’t enjoy sitting through the movie’s lazy drug-trade tropes or the constant use of the threat of sexual violence as a way of building stakes. But then? Gina Rodriguez? Kicked butt. Which was the whole reason I was looking forward to this movie at all. So it’s hard to argue that I didn’t get what I came for. Or that I don’t feel just the tiniest bit better about a world in which Gina Rodriguez proved she is a legitimate action star (which I’d argue she already did in Annihilation, but if the reinforcement of this movie gets her a role in some big summer blockbuster, it was worth it). I feel like if you’re a Gina Rodriguez completist (and you should be! Watch Jane the Virgin! So fun!) you won’t be turning in your fan club card after this but you will wish it were better. Is this a stepping stone on the road to better? Yes; let’s all hope yes. C+ Rated PG-13 for sequences of gun violence, sexual and drug content, thematic material and language. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke with a screenplay by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, Miss Bala is an hour and 44 minutes long and distributed by Columbia Pictures.

They Shall Not Grow Old (R)

Archival footage from World War I and archival interviews with soldiers make the Great War feel contemporary in They Shall Not Grow Old, a documentary made by Peter Jackson of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings fame.

Actually, They Shall Not Grow Old, at least the presentation I saw of it, is two movies. The first is the 90-or-so-minute documentary built of archival footage and audio. The second, presented after that movie’s credits, features Peter Jackson talking to the camera along with footage of how they made the documentary, the effects used on the old film, how they pieced together the audio and added music and sounds. One of my absolute favorite things is that kind of process explanation, particularly by someone so invested in and fascinated with the subject. Peter Jackson is delightfully, charmingly nerdy in how he explains how they, for

example, created crisp images that work at a modern frames-per-minute rate from footage shot not only at silent-film-era speed but with hand-cranked cameras where the speed varied. Jackson also clearly has a deep interest in the subject, as evidenced by how much World War I material he personally owned and used for reference or to augment the documentary in some way, such as the weaponry he owned that they used to record sounds from. Jackson explains that the documentary came about when the Imperial War Museum asked him to make, basically, whatever documentary he wanted about World War I so long as he used their footage. Jackson first approached the task by cleaning up some of the footage, making it look clear, as close to modern as possible, and then deciding to colorize parts of it (which, my reference point for this is, like, colorized versions of A Miracle on 34th Street but this is very much not that) and the care they took to make that color look as close as possible to how it would have looked if a Great War cameraman had shot in color.

This main documentary features archival film images of life before, during and a little bit after the war for the everyday British soldier. From interviews done by the BBC in the 1960s and 1970s, Jackson gets the film’s narration, which means not only do we get soldiers telling their experiences but also we get soldiers who see how the war fits in with the whole rest of the sweep of their life stories. The different men (and the closing credits indicate that dozens of men’s stories were used) talk about why they joined, training, going to France, being in the trenches, being in battle. Jackson, as he later explains, also adds in not only what would be the ambient sound (had ambient sound been a thing that cameramen could have captured) but also approximation of the on-screen men’s voices, created by getting lip-readers to decipher what the men on screen are saying and then accent-appropriate actors to read the words that are then synced up with the images. It’s hard not to nerd out just talking about the documentary. The story the men tell really is fascinating, even when it’s about mundane things (what they ate and what served as their bathroom). Jackson really does take care to make the men the lead, with the razzle dazzle of the effects just a way of delivering their stories in a way that feels more present and modern than World War I stories often feel. As he points out at the end of the movie, that war is nearly entirely History for us, with even people who knew people who fought in World War I decreasing in number. This movie does, as he explains was his aim, make the war seem like more of a part of recent world events and he encourages audiences to seek out the grandparents or others who have stories about older relatives who fought in the war while they are still around to pass on those “first person” stories. 49

SHORTS! The Oscar nominated short films — five each in the categories of documentary short subject, animated short film and live-action short film — hit area screens starting this Friday, Feb. 8. The shorts are usually screened in subject blocks, so you buy one ticket to see all five documentaries (possibly my favorite shorts category) or all five animated films (which, be advised, are not all always kid-friendly) or the five live-action (which usually feature a range of styles). Catch the shorts starting Feb. 8 at Red River Theatres (11 S. Main St. in Concord; redrivertheatres.org, 224-4600), which will screen the three blocks throughout the week but completists could catch all three blocks on Saturday, Feb. 9, (there is a 2 p.m. screening of documentaries, a 4:45 p.m. screening of animated films and a 6:30 p.m. screening of live-action). The Music Hall in Portsmouth (themusichall. org) also has screenings of blocks starting Feb. 8. The Colonial in Keene (thecolonial.org) has shorts screenings listed for Monday, Feb. 18, through Wednesday, Feb. 20, and the Oscar Shorts website (shorts.tv/theoscarshorts) also lists Wilton Town Hall Theatre as a shorts venue (wiltontownhalltheatre.com). If you can’t make it to all three blocks in the theater, the shorts will be available for purchase via various on-demand outlets on Tuesday, Feb. 19, so you can watch all 15 before the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24.


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Jackson also explains that he had access to tons of footage he ultimately couldn’t use for this one movie, footage on a variety of subjects including the home front and the efforts of women in factories, women on the front as nurses and other non-combatants, soldiers from British colonies, naval battles and Royal Flying Corps. Here’s hoping that

this movie gains enough success that maybe we get to see him tackle some of those stories as well. A Rated R for disturbing war images, according to the MPAA. Directed by Peter Jackson, They Shall Not Grow Old is distributed by Warner Bros. The war documentary runs an hour and 39 minutes long and the Peter Jackson behind-the-scenes bit runs another half-hour or so.

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Although he wasn’t an original member of the Moody Blues, John Lodge holds founder’s stock in the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers. As a teenager, he was in band that included Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder, but he declined an invite to enjoy the edition of the Moodies that scored a hit with “Go Now” so he could finish college. Lodge came on board along with Justin Hayward in 1966 and helped create Days of Future Passed, an album that changed music’s landscape upon its release a year later. He’s remained with the band ever since; when the group’s not touring, Lodge plays solo. His latest release is Live from Birmingham: The 10,000 Light Years Tour. Lodge performs at Tupelo Music Hall in Derry on Feb. 8. He talked via Skype from Barbados. How did it feel to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? It’s a great honor. You know, rock and roll came from America and it was sent to England — to be honest, we repackaged it and sent it back. ... For me to be honored and stand tall next to my heroes, my icons — Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Little Richard — when I was 12 or 13 looking at them on stage in Britain and thinking, “How on earth can I be part of that?” Buddy Holly came along and showed me and a lot of other English people how to become musicians, how to write songs and perform. You didn’t have to be this huge larger than life icon.

ture cello. Also on this tour — Ray Thomas and I were great friends. I met Ray when I was 14, and we’d been working together ever since. Unfortunately Ray passed away. ... I wanted to keep his music alive, so I’m doing “Legend of a Mind” on stage in tribute to Ray. I’m also doing a song of Mike Pinder’s. I think it’s really important, because they’re not playing those songs anymore — the Moody Blues will never play them. “Saved by the Music” was on your duo album with Justin Hayward, Blue Jays. Will there ever be a follow up to that? I’m not too sure. … You have to have someone who really believes in you to do these things. It’s never just been the artist writing the songs. You have to have a record company that really wants to be with you. We were very fortunate coming up in the years we did by the music men that were part of our lives, people like Sir Edward Lewis and Walt Maguire and Davey Braun and Jerry Weintraub. We had music people who loved what we did and they would be first in line to come and listen to any new songs we made. So if you could replicate that, perhaps we could do something. What are your memories of joining the Moody Blues after Denny Laine left? Ray rang me one day and said — he always called me Rocker — he said, “Hey, Rocker, have you finished college yet?” I said, “Why?” and he said, “Denny’s left, and I’d like it if you came and joined again — let’s get the old band back together.” So when I turned up it was like going back to see my friends again and playing music together, which we’d done before for so long. So it progressed from there. ... One of the things I didn’t want to do was be in blue suits and perform songs written by other people because I’d done that for five years before. I’d started songwriting and I wanted to perform my own songs.

Your 2017 live album marks many high points of your career. Is your current show similar to it? Well it is in a way, and it isn’t — I’ve just expanded it a bit further. … There are songs that I’ve never played with the Moody Blues like “Candle of Life” and “Saved by the Music.” I think the show’s got a lot of energy, incredible The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nod came 50 energy. It’s got keyboards, guitar, but I’ve got a years after Days of Future Passed was released. cellist in there. I love cello; it’s an integral part How did it come to be? of my sound. Songs like “Isn’t Life Strange” feaDecca Records ... also built music consoles

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[and] wanted to make this stereo record to go along with their record players so it could show you how great having two speakers would be. So they came up with this idea of trying to put a pop band and orchestral music together. They wanted to use Dvorak’s Symphony and they asked us if we were interested, because we were signed to them. We had a meeting and talked about Dvorak and then we met Peter Knight. He came along to see us at a concert [and] he said it would be better if we recorded our own songs. ... We said to [Decca founder] Edward Lewis, “Can we have a studio 24 hours a day for a week?” He said yes, and we went into the studio and didn’t allow anyone in there but us. At the end of the week we had a playback for the executives of the record company and all our friends and girlfriends. ... The record company didn’t know quite what they got or what to do with it, because it wasn’t the sampler type of record that they thought they were getting. But there were two people there — one was Hugh Mendel, who was the head of classical music at Decca Records, and an American guy, Walt Maguire from London Records in New York. They understood what we were trying to do. They became our mentors, really, and kept telling everyone else, “Yep, this is it, this is so different.” And then the rest is history, I suppose. The Moody Blues’ John Lodge When: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 8 p.m. Where: Tupelo Music Hall, 10 A St., Derry Tickets: $55-$60 at tupelohall.com

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Bedford Murphy’s: Ryan Williamson Belmont Lakes Region Casino: DJ Mark Concord Area 23: Blue Light Rain Makris: Brickyard Blues Pit Road Lounge: DJ Music Tandy’s: DJ Iceman Streetz True Brew: Bosey Joe Derry Coffee Factory: Dave LaCroix Dover 603: DJ Music / Frisky Friday Dover Brickhouse: MeanMugg/ Not 30 Thirsty Moose: Pete Kilpatrick Thompson’s 2nd Alarm: Rob Benton/Andy Kiniry Epping Telly’s: Brian Johnson Exeter Sea Dog Brewing: Todd Hearon Gilford Patrick’s: Dueling Pianos ft: Matt Langley vs Bill Connors Schuster’s: Dan The Muzak Man Hampton CR’s: Rico Barr Duo The Goat: Rob Benton Wally’s: Mickey Lynch Benefit Spec

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Nashua Agave Azul: DJ Roberto Tropical Saturday Boston Billiard Club: DJ Anthem Throwback Country Tavern: Cramer Hill Fody’s: Vinyl Legion Band Fratello’s: Sean Coleman Haluwa: Bad Medicine Millyard Brewery: Jenni Lynn Duo Peddler’s Daughter: Cover Story R’evolution: Savage Night w/ Jay Samurai Riverwalk Cafe: Alex Preston Band w. Mark Kaschak

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Barrington Nippo Lake: Lunch at the Dump

Hampton Sea Ketch: Ray Zerkle/Triana Wil- Portsmouth Clipper Tavern: Tequila Jim son-N Press Room: Hoot Night w/Dave Manchester Gerard/ Larry Garland Jazz Jam Central Ale House: Jonny Friday The Goat: Isaiah Bennett Duo Fratello’s: Rob Wolfe or Phil Seabrook Jacques Chop Shop: Two Roads Tuesday Lil’Heaven Meredith Giuseppe’s: Lou Porrazzo Wednesday, Feb. 13 Concord Merrimack Hermanos: Craig Foley Able Ebenezer: Ale Room Music Homestead: Doug Thompson Dover 603 Bar & Lounge: Rock the Mic Nashua w/ DJ Coach Fratello’s Italian Grille: Amanda Fury’s Publick House: Nemes McCarthy Dublin Portsmouth DelRossi’s Trattoria: Celtic and Dolphin Striker: Old School Old Timey Jam Session Earth Eagle Brewings: Charlie Marie Hillsborough Portsmouth Book & Bar: Chris Turismo: Blues Jam w Jerry Paquette & the Runaway Bluesmen Klaxon Press Room: Haley Heynderickx w/Andrew Stonestreet & Sierra Londonderry Coach Stop: Joe McDonald D’Amours Harold Square: Houdana the Ri Ra: Oran Mor Magician (Tableside Magic) Tuesday, Feb. 12 Manchester Concord Fratello’s: Amanda McCarthy Hermanos: Sergey Marchenko Penuche’s Music Hall: Bill Connors: The Elton Experience Dover Strange Brew: Jesse’s Open Fury’s Publick House: Tim Extravaganza Theriault and Friends Sonny’s: Soggy Po’ Boys Merrimack Homestead: Ryan Williamson Gilford Patrick’s: Paul Luff hosts Nashua Country Tavern: Tom Rousseau Manchester Fratello’s: Chris Gardner Fratello’s: Justin Cohn Penuche’s Music Hall: Battle in Portsmouth the Basement 3S Artspace: PechaKucha Shaskeen: Brett Wilson Clipper Tavern: Freddy Dame, Jr. Strange Brew: Ken Budka Whiskey’s 20: Sammy Smoove & Dolphin Striker: George Belli Solo Acoustic DJ Gera Ri Ra: Erin’s Guild Meredith Rochester Giuseppe’s: Michael Bourgeois Lilac City Grille: Tim Theriault Ladies Night Merrimack Revolution Taproom: Hump Day Homestead: Mark Lapointe Blues w/ Jeff Hayford Nashua Fratello’s Italian Grille: Amanda Seabrook Chop Shop: Guitar-a-oke & Cote Cocktails

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All quotes are from books by Judy Dribble at Jimmy Fargo’s birthday parBlume, born Feb. 12, 1938. ty. … All the other guys looked at their goldfish. I knew what they were thinking. Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) “Andrew They wished they could have tiny green Marcus wanted freckles. … He had two turtles too.” —Tales of a Fourth-Grade warts on his finger. But they didn’t do Nothing. Be kind and don’t rub their noshim any good at all.” —Freckle Juice. es in it. You’ll have to make do with what you’ve Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) “The idea of got. spending three weeks next door to SheiPisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) “I put la Tubman was enough to take away my Dribble on top of my dresser. I tried to appetite. I wish the Tubmans would move pet him and tell him he would be happy to another planet!” —Fudge-a-mania. living with me. But it isn’t easy to pet a They won’t. turtle. They aren’t soft and furry and they Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) “I don’t don’t lick you or anything.” —Tales of a know what I’ll do about my paper route Fourth-Grade Nothing. It’s easy, it’s just next year, when I go to junior high. I not rewarding. don’t want to give it up. But Jefferson Aries (March 21 – April 19) “When Junior has an after-school basketball he takes a bath / My brother the pain / league and I want to play in it.” —Then Powders the whole bathroom / And nev- Again, Maybe I Won’t. Tough choices. er gets his face clean. / Daddy says / He’s Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) “Libby said learning to / Take care of himself. / I say, when she was ten she acted a lot more / He’s a slob!” —The Pain and the Great grown-up than me. I think she missed out One. It’s a process. on some good fun.” —Otherwise Known Taurus (April 20 – May 20) “My as Sheila the Great. Don’t miss out on biggest problem is my brother, Far- fun. ley Drexel Hatcher. … Everybody calls Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) “It’s him Fudge.” —Tales of a Fourth-Grade important to be tall when you’re playNothing. Problems come in all shapes ing basketball. You’re that much closer and sizes but so do solutions. Also, he’s to the basket.” —Then Again, Maybe I not being a problem, he’s having a prob- Won’t. It helps, but it’s not necessary. lem and doesn’t know how to handle it. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) “The Gemini (May 21 – June 20) “Andrew elevator operator’s name is Henry Bevelturned the pages in his book. Sixty-four heimer. He lets us call him Henry because … sixty-four. He couldn’t find it. The Bevelheimer’s very hard to say.” —Tales pages stuck together. Why did Miss Kel- of a Fourth-Grade Nothing. With pracly have to pick him? Everybody else tice you can master a difficult challenge. already had their books opened to the Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) “Basright page.” —Freckle Juice. You might ketball is my favorite sport. I just wish have some catching up to do but that’s I was taller.” —Then Again, Maybe I OK, you’ll get where you need to be. Won’t. Maybe you can join a league of Cancer (June 21 – July 22) “I won players who are your height.

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A shopper at a Primark store in Essex, England, was startled to discover a human bone in a sock on Dec. 10. Essex police reassured the public that the bone “did not appear to be a result of recent trauma,” and it did not have any skin attached to it, according to Sky News. A Primark spokesman said the company is checking with its supplier, and “No evidence of any kind exists to suggest that any incident has occurred in the factory, so it is highly probable that this object was placed in the sock by an individual for unknown reasons.”

Jan. 25, Durdik had the matches laid out in front of him and lighted each one before putting it out on his tongue. He also holds the record for most socks put on one foot within 30 seconds.

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Outdoorsman Scott Ritchie of Loveland, Colorado, has a new lease on life thanks to 3D printing. Ritchie, 52, was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in early 2018 after noticing pain in his hip after fly-fishing. CBS4 in Denver reported Dr. Ronald Hugate of the Panorama Orthopedics and Spine Center in Highlands Ranch took an aggressive and creative approach to treating Ritchie: He made a 3D virtual model of Ritchie’s pelvis, then designed an implant to exactly replace the area of bone that would have to be surgically removed. Made of titanium, the implant was produced using a 3D printer. Two weeks later after surgery, Ritchie was walking with crutches and is expected to walk on his own in a few weeks more, although he was warned Least competent criminal Police in Austin, Texas, caught up with he might have a limp. “If I do have a limp, it’s 19-year-old suspect Luca P. Mangiarano on better than nothing,” Ritchie said. Jan. 24, a month after a bank robbery in large part because of his choice in getaway vehi- Uh, no On Jan. 29, the Chenoa (Illinois) Police cles. According to police, Mangiarano stepped into the BBVA Compass bank on Dec. 18 and Department put a call out for volunteers to handed a note to a teller, reading: “This is a help with a training session taking place that robbery, please give me all your 100’s and evening. “Officers are undergoing their annu50’s in a envelope and everything will be ok.” al Taser training tonight ... and are looking The employee did as directed and the robber for members of the public who are willing left the building, then hopped on a Jump elec- to volunteer for the experience,” announced tric scooter and took off down the sidewalk. WEEK-TV. Volunteers were required to sign He perhaps failed to consider that the scooters an “exposure waiver” in order to participate, are linked to GPS tracking systems and online but it was unclear whether the Tasers would accounts with phone numbers, email address- be live. Visit newsoftheweird.com. es and credit card information, which, after So much for advanced Russian security. As art lovers browsed an exhibition at Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery on Jan. 27, Euro News reported, a thief nonchalantly strolled in, plucked a 1908 landscape by Arkhip Kuindzhi off the wall, and walked out of the building. Police quickly viewed surveillance video and arrested a 31-year-old man, who admitted he hid the painting, worth an estimated $185,000, in an unfinished building nearby. The gallery was able to recover the painting and announced that “security measures have been reinforced ... at all venues of the Tretyakov Gallery.”

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