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Insights sometimes come at the oddest moments or in unusual circumstances. Last Sunday, an appropriate day for it, one came from a most unexpected place: my gym. It prompted a different way for me, an old professor of religious studies, to think about religious practice. There on a Sunday morning, while many others were likely at their places of worship, a different sort of congregation was gathered. Although we all came from different walks of life, and probably were of different or no religious heritage, we were, after a manner of speaking, engaged in an activity remarkably similar to religious practice. One could say that religious practice (and I do stress “practice” as it is a continuing series of repetitions) is to achieve a stage of spiritual fitness, whether that is defined as union with a transcendent being, a holistic view of the cosmos, or a commitment to a particular purpose in life that will be fulfilling. My fellow gym-goers were, as was I, looking to achieve physical fitness and perhaps psychological well-being along the way. Each of us was quietly working away at our particular practice: using a machine, running on a treadmill, lifting weights, doing reps. Although we were working individually, we shared a common purpose: namely, to bring ourselves to the best physical state we can. In all my years of using a gym or workout club, I have never witnessed one person criticizing or ridiculing another’s particular exercise. Instead, there is a respect that each of us does what she or he can relative to the condition each of us is in or limitations we have. It is a venue committed to development, not to competition. Some places even post on their walls that this is a “No Judgment Zone.” How liberating yet reassuring that is! In short, we all recognize that there are many pathways to physical fitness and it is demeaning and disrespectful to dismiss or, worse, to ridicule those of others, or to insist that there is only one way. Coincidentally, my gym has a large picture window, opposite some of the machines, that affords a fine view of a cemetery. If the religious impulse is sometimes motivated by contemplation of the Four Last Things (Death, Judgment, Heaven or Hell), my gym certainly provides its own kind of powerful incentive. This is not a perfect comparison, but it does give pause. 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 12 SHOPPING IN THE REAL WORLD Being involved in their communities is one reason brick and mortar stores aren’t going anywhere, along with offering specialized services and in-person customer care that can’t be duplicated online. Find out how local retailers are finding ways to thrive in an Amazon world, plus save the date for some shopping events coming up just in time for the holidays. ALSO ON THE COVER, Several communities are holding Veterans Day events, p. 24, plus check out Kiddie Pool for museums to visit this Veterans Day weekend, p. 25. A new store in Nashua is offering internationally inspired spice blends and sauces, p. 32. And find out why brown ales are perfect for this season, p. 36.

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NEWS & NOTES 4 A look at the state’s 10-year transportation plan; PLUS News in Brief. 7 Q&A 8 QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX 10 SPORTS THIS WEEK 18 THE ARTS: 20 ART Manchester mural. 22 THEATER Curtain Call; listings for events around town. 22 CLASSICAL Listings for events around town. INSIDE/OUTSIDE: 25 KIDDIE POOL Family fun events this weekend. 25 TREASURE HUNT There’s gold in your attic. 26 GARDENING GUY Henry Homeyer offers advice on your outdoors. 28 CAR TALK Automotive advice. CAREERS: 30 ON THE JOB What it’s like to be a... FOOD: 32 MOLA FOODS Cordials & Chocolate class; In the Kitchen; Weekly Dish; Beer; Try This at Home. POP CULTURE: 38 REVIEWS CDs, books, TV and more. Amy Diaz will admit to sneaking in a few snack-sized Almond Joys to Harriet, The Lighthouse and Terminator: Dark Fate (but, for the record, still bought popcorn). NITE: 44 BANDS, CLUBS, NIGHTLIFE Eddie Pepitone; Nightlife, music & comedy listings and more. 45 ROCK AND ROLL CROSSWORD A puzzle for the music-lover. 46 MUSIC THIS WEEK Live music at your favorite bars and restaurants.




tions about the enrollment process Drug prevention Ten New Hampshire drug preOpen enrollment in the individual are directed to use the Find Local Health Insurance Marketplace kicked Help tool at vention coalitions will be on the receiving end of $1,250,000 in fedoff on Nov. 1 and will run until Dec. eral funding earmarked for youth 15, according to an Oct. 30 news Sports betting release from the New Hampshire Sports betting giant DraftKings substance prevention efforts. AccordInsurance Department. According and tech company Intralot have ing to a Nov. 1 press release from the to the commission, approximate- entered into negotiations with the New Hampshire Congressional Delly 39,000 Granite State residents are state following their victory in the ini- egation, the funding comes courtesy estimated to purchase health insur- tial proposal process to be the state’s of the Drug Free Communities grant ance in the individual market for licensed sports-betting vendors. The program from the Office of National 2020 coverage. This year, the depart- selections were announced by the Drug Control Policy. The sum will be ment reports, Anthem Ambetter from New Hampshire Lottery Commis- distributed in the form of $125,000 NH Healthy Families and Harvard sion on Oct. 29 in the commission’s disbursements to support the work Pilgrim Health Care will offer plans release of the results of the scoring of ALL Together in the Upper Valthrough the state’s marketplace. In a summary of the multiple propos- ley region, the Keene Family YMCA statement, department commissioner als received from rival betting giants Community Coalition on Youth SubJohn Elias encouraged those interest- like Kambi, ROAR and FanDuel. In stance Misuse, Safe Teens in Milford, ed in signing up to use the window an Oct. 30 release from the commis- the Nashua Prevention Coalition, the shopping tool on in sion, it was announced that contract Franklin Mayor’s Drug and Alcohol order to review available plans and negotiations with both companies Abuse Task Force, Reality Check learn more about financial assistance are projected to be wrapped up by Now in Jaffrey, We’ve Got Your in the form of tax credits and cost the end of November, after which the Back in Winchester, the Haverhill sharing reductions that applicants proposed deals will head to the Exec- Area Substance Misuse Prevention Coalition, the Raymond Coalition for may qualify for. Those with ques- utive Council for approval. Youth and the Somersworth Prevention Coalition. for... for...

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All minimum wage employees of Franklin Savings Bank got an early Christmas present this year when the company upped the pay for all of is minimum wage employees from $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour, according to a news release from the bank. The pay bump went into effect on Oct. 1 to coincide with a new fiscal year but was not formally announced until Oct. 30. In a statement, bank president and CEO Ron Magoon said the increase was the result of the company’s desire to attract and maintain “talented and dedicated” employees in the “incredibly competitive financial services industry.”


Seven towns across the state are saying goodbye to their respective Olympia Sports locations. In an Oct. 31 news release from Capital Partners, the firm contracted to manage the closures, it was announced that locations in Epping, Exeter, Gilford, Meredith, Newington, Plaistow and Rindge would all close as part of the closures of 76 stores in 12 states. The 76 closures represent locations that were not part of Olympia Sports’ acquisition by national sports retailer JackRabbit. Still remaining in the Granite State is the Olympia Sports in Manchester’s Mall of New Hampshire, which recently welcomed the arrival of a Dick’s Sporting Goods on Nov. 1, according to a release from Dick’s.

Juvenile justice

The Granite State is one of seven states selected to attend a national training on adapting the juvenile justice system to work toward better child outcomes. In an Oct. 29 news release, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Division for Children, Youth and Families announced that a coalition of child welfare and criminal justice officials from New Hampshire will attend the Transforming Juvenile Probation Certificate Program, which will be hosted by Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and The Council of State Governments Justice Center and supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Concord-based Sulloway & Hollis was named in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 list of Best Law Firms, according to a news release from the firm. Sulloway & Hollis was designated as a metropolitan “Tier 1” law firm in the category of Management, Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Trust & Estates Law. Manchester will soon be home to 15 miniature libraries located throughout the city, according to an Oct. 31 news release from the office of Mayor Joyce Craig. The libraries will be installed in parks near schools and City Hall, the release says, and will feature an assortment of books CONCORD that are free to be borrowed by the public, which is also encouraged to leave book donations in the libraries. The locations are being constructed by Girls at Work, Inc. in partnership with Craig’s office as part of the Granite United Way’s Day of Caring. The first four locations will go up in Hooksett Livingston Park, Rock Rimmon Park, Sheridan Emmett Park and Manchester City Hall over the next week, while the remainGoffstown ing 11 will be built in the spring of 2020. Nashua’s North Main Music School will showcase its performers this weekend as part MANCHESTER of its 18th semi-annual student concert on Nov. 9 and Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. each day at Nashua Bedford High School North. The concert will include performances by students ranging in from 6 Derry Merrimack Amherst to 70 years of age, according to a release from North Main Londonderry Music, whoMilford will take part in solo, group and acappella numbers. Tickets are $40 per family. For more information, email NASHUA Londonderry’s Aviation Museum of New Hampshire will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift with a reenactment of the famous “candy bomber” runs over Cold War-era East Berlin, when U.S. pilots dropped donated candy rations over the Soviet-controlled portion of the bifurcated city. According to a news release from the museum, the reenactment will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10:30 a.m., free and open to all, subject to weather conditions.

It will take place between Nov. 4 and Nov. 8, and attendees will “develop strategies to shift the focus of juvenile probation agencies from surveillance and sanctions to promoting positive behavior change

and long-term success for youth” as part of a way to rethink juvenile probation strategies. Following the training, the team will develop a strategic plan of specific policy changes.

Politics This Week • Andrew Yang: Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang will be in the state for a handful of events, according to the campaign. On Thursday, Nov. 7, Yang will hold a town hall meeting at Flight Coffee in Dover at 6:30 p.m. On Friday, Nov. 8, Yang will file for candidacy in the New Hampshire primary at 11 a.m. at the Statehouse in Concord. Following his filing, Yang will host a 3:30 p.m. town hall meeting at New England College in Henniker. At 6:30 p.m., Yang will hold another town hall at Schilling Beer Co. in Littleton. Visit • Mark Sanford: Former South Carolina Gov. Mark San-

ford (R) will make his first visit to New Hampshire since announcing his candidacy, according to the campaign. On Friday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m., Sanford will visit the Gibson Center in North Conway. On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Sanford will attend a Pizza and Politics event at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge at 4:30 p.m. Visit • Cory Booker: New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker will file for candidacy in the New Hampshire primary on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 9 a.m. at the Statehouse in Concord, according to the campaign. Visit • Tulsi Gabbard: Hawaii Rep.

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Tulsi Gabbard will hold a town hall in the state on Saturday, Nov. 9, according to the campaign. The event will take place at the Salt Hill Pub in Lebanon at 6 p.m. Visit • Tom Steyer: Philanthropist Tom Steyer will return to New Hampshire to file for candidacy in the New Hampshire primary, according to the campaign. Styer will file at the Statehouse in Concord on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. Visit • Joe Biden: Former Vice President Joe Biden will be in the state to file for candidacy in the New Hampshire primary on Friday, Nov. 8, according to information

from the campaign. Biden will file at the Statehouse in Concord at 1 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 9, he will attend a Chili and Canvass Kickoff at Eustace Hall in Concord at 11:30 a.m. before heading to New London to host a town hall at Colby-Sawyer College at 2:30 p.m. Visit • Pete Buttigieg: South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg will return to New Hampshire for a series of events, according to the campaign. On Friday, Nov. 8 at 11:30 a.m., Buttigieg will host a meet and greet at the Rex Theatre in Manchester before heading over to Exeter at 2 p.m. for a town hall at Swasey Park.

Later on at 5 p.m., Buttigieg will be in Salem for another town hall at Salem High School. On Saturday, Nov. 9, Buttigieg will take a walking tour of Franklin at 1 p.m. followed by a 6:30 p.m. town hall meeting in Berlin at Berlin City Hall. On Sunday, Nov. 10, Buttigieg will conduct a walking tour of downtown Littleton at 9:30 a.m. Visit • Elizabeth Warren: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will hold a town hall meeting on Monday, Nov. 11 at Exeter High School in Exeter at 3:15 p.m. On Wednesday Nov. 13, Warren will file for candidacy in the New Hampshire primary at the State-

house in Concord at 1:45 p.m. At 6:15 p.m, Warren will hold a town hall with members from SEA/SEIU Local 1984 in Concord. Visit, • Steve Bullock: Montana Gov. Steve Bullock will hold a meet and greet with the Bedford Democratic Committee in Bedford on Monday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m, according to the campaign. Visit In other NH primary news … • Julián Castro: Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro will be firing all of his New HampCONTINUED ON PG 6




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Granite State drivers want roads maintained and traffic reduced, according to comments at recent public hearings held by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation to gather input for the state’s 10-year transportation plan. “The three themes that seem to be rising to the top from a public perspective is the need to maintain what we have, keep the roads as safe as possible and, as [much as] is reasonable, try to reduce congestion,” said Bill Watson, planning and community assistance administrator for the transportation department. Granite Staters have the opportunity to weigh in on the state’s 2021-2030 plan through an online survey through Nov. 12. Watson said the department allocates approximately 75 percent of its $668 million operational budget to maintaining current infrastructure through highway maintenance, pavement resurfacing and bridge rehabilitation. He said differences in priorities tend to arise when people want quicker action on local projects or increased access to public transportation, two areas that face funding constraints. “These are things that we typically hear every couple of years when we do these hearings,” said Watson. “What we learned is that the department along with its partners [in regional planning commissions] need to be spending a lot more time educating our citizens and our business owners about how funding is and can be available through the state to help transportation projects.” In the plan’s current draft form, improvements in and around the Manchester metro area represent some of the department’s costliest improvements over the course of the next decade. Examples include reconstruction and widening of I-293’s Exit 6 for a total cost of nearly $98 million between 2025 and 2028, and reconstruction of the Everett Turnpike’s Exit 7 for a cost of a little more than $50 million between 2024 and 2026. With New Hampshire’s Constitution designating all transportation-related taxes and fees, such as gas taxes and toll revenue, to roadway maintenance and construction, funding for pubPolitics This Week continued from page shire campaign staff, according to a Nov. 5 report from WMUR-TV. The report says all staffers in South Carolina will be let go as well as the campaign reallocates resources to focus on the Iowa caucuses and Nevada primary. Thus far, Castro’s campaign has not announced when or if he will file for candidacy in the New Hampshire primary. The filing deadline is Nov. 15, according to • Sen. Kamala Harris: California Sen. Harris (D-CA) closed three of her four Granite State campaign offices (in Nashua, Portsmouth and Keene) and laid off all of her New Hampshire field organizers, according to her campaign. Additionally, Politico reports that Harris will file by mail or dis-

lic transportation is limited to what is allocated from the general fund by the state legislature. But those transportation-related taxes and fees for road projects in the state’s highway fund face problems of their own; increasing fuel-efficiency of vehicles has meant less money from gas taxes, according to the department’s 2019 House Finance Committee presentation. The department reports a $22.6 million decrease in gas tax revenue between 2008 and 2019, a period of time that saw the average fuel economy for a new vehicle go from 21.8 miles per gallon to 24.7 miles per gallon, according to the federal Department of Transportation. “Rather than basing revenue on the miles of fuel that you purchase at the pump, should you be basing your payment for use of the road based on the number of miles you actually drive? Should there be a surcharge on an electric vehicle or a hybrid? They create as much wear and tear on the road as a gas equivalent, but they don’t have to buy as much fuel to get as far as they do,” Watson said. Watson said that those options would require a heavy political lift in Concord. In April 2018, Gov. Chris Sununu threatened to veto a fee on fuel-efficient cars proposed by the state House of Representatives. Watson, a 26-year veteran of the department, said they will continue to find ways to maintain the state’s roadways with whatever resources they are given, but he admits it will get harder over the next 10 years as inflation, increased need and declining revenues from gas taxes push the department to its limits. “I would say that we’re doing the best we can, maybe C+ or B- work, given the resources we have available,” Watson said. “But it’s not going to stay that good unless there are additional resources that can come our way. We really think we have done as much to be as effective and efficient as we can with what we’ve been given.” Road notes The 2021-2030 Draft Ten Year Transportation Plan can be found at projectdevelopment/planning/typ, and the online survey can be completed at

4 patch a surrogate to file for candidacy in the New Hampshire primary rather than filing in person at the Statehouse. According to media reports, the move was made in the interests of placing greater focus on the campaign’s efforts to compete in the Iowa caucuses. •Beto O’Rourke: Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke dropped out of the 2020 presidential race on Friday, Nov. 1, according to a formal announcement from the campaign. Find out where to see the 2020 presidential primary candidates each week in our Politics This Week listing. If you know of a candidate meet-up or other event, let us know at


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On Oct. 30, the Manchester-based Amoskeag Community Volunteers honored Queen City resident Kathy Albert for her 50 years of dedicated service to the local civic organization. Albert is currently heading up the Share the Warmth initiative, the organization’s new project that collects new and gently used coats, mittens, winter hats and other cold weather apparel for people in need. Albert and fellow Amoskeag Community Volunteers member Glenda Hall talk about the organization, how it helps the community and why they want to Share the Warmth. What keeps you coming back to volunteer? KA: Mostly the friendships and the good that we do. Because I do other volunteer work besides this. I am a retired nurse and I’m presently the treasurer on the board of the Elliot Hospital School of Nursing. ... I’m a volunteer parish nurse weekly on Wednesdays.

Out of all the time working with ACV, is there an experience that sticks out as particularly special? KA: Two of them jump out at me. ... In 1976, we spent a whole year trying to convince the Manchester Water Works to paint all of the fire hydrants on Elm Street to look like soldiers to get ready for the centennial celebration. Believe it or not, we finally convinced them, and we ran a coloring contest in the lower grades of the public and parochial schools to choose the 10 best designs. Then it took us an entire spring and summer as a Fifty years is a long time to serve in one com- club to paint all of the fire hydrants on Elm Street munity. Have you seen the community’s needs and up to, I think, Chestnut Street. ... That was change over your time with Amoskeag Commu- a good undertaking, and they lasted two to three nity Volunteers, Kathy? years before the city repainted them. KA: The needs definitely have changed. … We were big supporters of Easter Seals when I What’s the other experience? first joined, and we as an organization raised KA: The other one that was very rewarding funds to help them. ... We were very involved was working with the Salvation Army on a warm with the Moore Center and now the big need is clothing drive program for children. We would definitely the homeless. sign up and take children at a designated time to the local stores that participated. At that time, How did Share the Warmth ... get started? you had a $100 certificate per child to dress them GH: That got started by Kathy because of the in warm clothing. Inevitably, there were always homeless situation. Every newspaper or article things that they wanted like sneakers that were you pick up has something about the homeless, over and above the clothing, [so] we took it out of and we just decided why not share the warmth? A our own pockets. ... It was really worthwhile. lot of coats, winter sweaters, hats, mittens and ski Support the Amoskeag Community pants still have a lot of good wear to them. There Volunteers are many different organizations that you can [distribute] them through, like Waypoint in ManClothing items for the Share the Warmth inichester, Families in Transition or just donating it tiative can be dropped off at any one of the red collection bins now through Nov. 20. You can over to the soup kitchen for people that they see find bins at the following locations: walking in. ... This is the first year we’re trying • Hampshire Plaza, 1000 Elm St., Manchester this and we have strategically situated places in • TD Bank, 300 Franklin St., Manchester the community to see how well it goes over and • St. Mary’s Bank at 839 Hanover St. and 200 what happens from here as to whether it becomes McGregor St., Manchester an annual event for us. Kathy, you mentioned a decline in membership. What do you think is driving that? KA: There’s so many different organizations available to women in the community. Plus, more women are working, and when you’re working and raising a family, it’s difficult to do volunteer work. Even though our belief always was for people to do what they can, we don’t want you to do volunteer work if it stresses you out.

• Shaw’s Supermarket, 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett • Dartmouth Hitchcock, 100 Hitchcock Way, Manchester • 25 S. River Road, Bedford The next program for the Amoskeag Community Volunteers will be Monday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. It will be “Holiday Tips and Tricks with Aimee” held at Jacques Flower Shop, 712 Mast Road in Manchester. Contact the Amoskeag Community Volunteers at 622-1724.

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Tell us about the history of the Amoskeag Community Volunteers. GH: The Amosekeag Community Volunteers actually began in 1937 under the name of the Manchester Junior Women’s Club. But in 2000, because just about all of the members were over age 40, people decided that we really didn’t think having the word “junior” in the title was appropriate, so we renamed our group. It has been doing different volunteer works, both large and small, throughout the city for all those years, whether it’s scholarships or financial donations to different charitable organizations. Years ago, we actually were the seed organization that started the Community Improvement Program in the city of Manchester. We’re a relatively small group now because it seems like people have a hard time finding time to do volunteer work.

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QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX Late season cyanobacteria

Officials with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services are warning the public to be on the lookout for late-season cyanobacteria blooms. In an Oct. 31 news release, the department said cyanobacteria blooms have been seen along the shorelines of lakes and ponds, including Country Pond in Newton and Webster Lake in Franklin. The department is encouraging Granite Staters to exercise caution and avoid human and pet contact with lake water that “has a surface scum, changes colors, or appears to have green streaks or blue-green flecks aggregating along the shore.” Anyone who sees what they think is a cyanobacteria bloom is asked to contact NHDES at 848-8094. Score: -1 Comment: The release notes that while cyanobacteria are naturally occurring, some can produce toxins after contact that cause acute health effects like irritation of skin, tingling, numbness, nausea, vomiting, seizures and diarrhea, as well as chronic effects like liver and central nervous system damage.

Less-than-stellar education report card

Last year New Hampshire was part of a nationwide trend in slumping student proficiency in both reading and math. Those findings were announced in an Oct. 30 news release from the New Hampshire Department of Education and were published in “New Hampshire’s Report Card: 2019 National Assessment of Education Progress Results in Math and Reading,” the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of American students. While New Hampshire’s scores have consistently met or exceeded the national average, and it remains one of the top performing states in the country, state Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut noted that the report card says the state ”Needs Improvement” in math and reading. Score: -1 Comment: New Hampshire’s Report Card includes national and statewide NAEP results in fourth-grade and eighth-grade math and reading, as well New Hampshire state assessment results from third through eighth grade and 11th grade.

Health and wellness grant

The Granite YMCA has received a $4,000 grant for its health and wellness initiative from the Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation. The grant contribution was announced by Harvard Pilgrim in an Oct. 31 news release, which noted that the funds will be used to purchase an automated external defibrillator and to support training and certification programs that teach individuals how to administer Narcan to individuals in the midst of an opioid overdose. Score: +1 Comment: According to month-end opioid overdose statistics for October from American Medical Response, members of the public administered more Narcan doses than first responders in Manchester for the third consecutive month.

Brady Sullivan donates shoes

One hundred sixty underprivileged children currently enrolled in a sports programs at Girls Inc. of New Hampshire and the YWCA/SNHU Center for New Americans will receive new shoes thanks to a donation from Brady Sullivan Properties, which was announced by the Manchester-based developer in a Nov. 1 news release. The release said that both nonprofit organizations sent 80 kids each to Finish Line shoe store in Merrimack, where Brady Sullivan employees helped them pick out new shoes. Brady Sullivan principal co-owner Arthur Sullivan said in the statement that the idea was driven by the desire to make sure students had the proper footwear to take part in after-school sports. Score: +1 Comment: According to the release, Girls Inc. is a statewide organization with centers in Nashua and Manchester that provides after-school programs, summer camps and outreach initiatives in over 30 schools across the state. QOL score: 77 Net change: 0 QOL this week: 77


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NFL in focus doing Patriots’ bye week The Patriots limped into their bye licking their wounds after Sunday night’s 37-20 beatdown by the Ravens in front of a national TV audience. Now that the typical local over-thetop greatest defense in the history of the universe hysteria has been put to rest, we’ll wait a week before giving our assessment on the validity of the 8-1 start. That leaves this week to the rest of the NFL, so here’s a look at some of the most interesting leaguewide stories at mid-year. Biggest surprises: (1) San Francisco being 8-0 behind a stellar defense. (2) Jacoby Brissett – Andrew who? Always liked his toughness and thought he’d be pretty good, but not as good a passer as he’s been. Hopefully Sunday’s injury was just a sprain. (3) Green Bay at 7-2 – but see me in December, because I’m not convinced, especially after Sunday’s drubbing by the Chargers. (4) Teddy Bridgewater – nice job, young fella, filling in for Drew Brees. (5) Adam Vinatieri – I know he’s about 78 and it had to come sometime. But that miss to win it Sunday in Pittsburgh was so far left it might have landed in West Virginia. Along with his early-season extra point struggles the cracks are finally starting to show. Non-surprises: (1) The Redskins, dysfunctional again and Dan the fan has fired another coach. (2) Da Bears at 3-5 – Mitch Tribisky can run but he can’t hide his inaccurate passing. (3) Jimmy Garoppolo – knew he was going to be pretty good. (4) The Jets – what else, disappointment after being totally overrated in pre-season again. (5) Atlanta at 1-7 – never believed they were any good even when up 28-3 in the Super Bowl. Oh, and I told you Buffalo would be better than most think. Not a complete team, but they’re 6-2, well-coached, have a very

good defense with Cleveland, Miami and Denver dead ahead and close with the Jets. Even with four tough games in between that’s 9, 10 or maybe even 11 wins and the playoffs. Incidentally, who had Brissett with more TD passes than Tom Brady after eight games? He had 14 with three picks, while it was 13 for TB-12. For Jimmy G it’s 16 and seven after Thursday’s four-TD-pass night. The curse of Tim Tebow lives: With Denver stumbling through a fourth straight non-playoff season, when do you think it catches up with John Elway? Since the 2015 Super Bowl win in Peyton Manning’s final season they’ve gone 9-7, 5-11, 6-10 and are 3-6 after Sunday’s 24-19 win over Cleveland. And it’s been one bust after another among the six different QBs since Manning retired. He also passed on (gulp) Lamar Jackson in 2018 probably because he was too Tim Tebow-like in favor of edge rusher Bradley Chubb. A good player but…. You’d think a QB as great as Elway could identify even a respectable one, wouldn’t you? I say it all goes back to dumping Tebow. Even as he transformed a team that was 4-12 in 2010 and 1-4 five weeks into 2011 to be 8-4 with him starting Elway turned up his nose because of how he looked, not how he did. Which included a playoff win over the vaunted Steelers in OT on his 80-yard TD pass to ex-Patriot for a day Demaryius Thomas. Manning of course made complete sense. But not one of the other guys since has done what the unorthodox Tebow did. Since I was Tebow’s advocate because he just won, am I a better judge of QBs than the great Elway? Maybe not, but I’m 1-0 on my pick and he’s 0-6. Besides the Steelers and Packers throwbacks, the Day-Glo green specials the league forces Seattle to wear on Thursday nights are the worst uniforms ever. Never did it, but I’m guessing that’s what it looked like in the ’60s when the hippies were tripping on acid and listening to Mag-

ical Mystery Tour. Hearing Niners DB Richard Sherman of all people saying Baker Mayfield not shaking his hand after the coin toss when SF and Cleveland met in Week 4 was “disrespectful to the game” is pretty rich. And it turned out to be a bogus claim to boot. Guess him trash talking nonsense in Brady’s face walking off the field after Seattle’s 2012 upset was “respecting the game” and proper “NFL etiquette” Got it. No one can say Sony Michel is living up to expectations. But his 482 yards (3.3 per carry) are somehow more than Le’Veon Bell (415/3.2), Alvin Kamara (373/4.3) and Todd Gurley (355/3.9). It’s looking like Cleveland’s Freddy Kitchens and the Jets’ Adam Gase could get whacked after just one season. The NYC media now has Gase in the crosshairs after making him out to be an offensive genius when hired last spring. The Giants’ Pat Shurmur is not far off either. Until Lamar Jackson took the Pats apart on Sunday, of all those young QBs faced in the 8-1 start, the best was the Giants’ Daniel Jones. As for the vaunted Sam Darnold, as I said of the NYC media’s early entry nomination to the Hall, I’ll believe he’s got a big future when I see him actually do something. And after Sunday’s loss to winless Miami those dogs are doing a 360 on him. Only took three games since returning from having malaria (or whatever he had). That’s how it works in the Apple. Don’t want to be a downer for those who love that Jackson fella. But history says he’ll be dynamic right up until he gets killed from all the running like every running QB from RGIII to Michael Vick. Finally, people are right when they talk about how great Pat Mahomes is. But Deshaun Watson is in his class and Jackson may also be after what we saw on Sunday. All three are in the AFC, so the NFL’s next great 10-year QB rivalry is in place. Email Dave Long at dlong@hippopress. com.


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Dartmouth’s prayer answered The Big Story – New Hampshire football play of the year: The pass “only” went 43 yards. But with his run right, spin and twist out of trouble, then run left away from a bevy of Harvard pass rushers before pivoting to launch his 43-yard TD pass right-handed as time expired degree of difficulty, Dartmouth’s game winning toss by backup QB Daniel Kyler to all-name teamer Masaki Aerts on Saturday had it all over Doug Flutie’s famed Hail Mary to Gerald Phelan. Especially since the miraculous 9-6 win over archrival Harvard kept Dartmouth undefeated, untied and atop the Ivy League at 7-0. Sports 101: Who is the only baseball manager to be named manager of the year with a losing record? Hot Ticket: It’s archrivals Pinkerton and top-seeded Londonderry in D-I football playoffs at LHS Saturday at 1 p.m. Next Man Up Award: In Patriots-like fashion Nashua North football still got its undefeated regular season despite playing without injured star Curtis Harris by pitching a 7-0 shutout over Portsmouth/ Oyster River when the lone score came on a Jayden Espinal to Sam Nicholls 23-yard TD pass to finish at 9-0.

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3 – clutch field goals of 24, 24 and 27 yards by Brandon Roy to take Pinkerton past Bedford in their loser goes home, winner keeps playing 16-9 win on Friday and prevent the Bulldogs from defending their state title. 4 – touchdowns scored by Payton Strickland to lead Goffstown to a 35-21 win over Timberlane. 5 – combined goals by the

Knick of Tyme Award: Matt Ferland for scoring the game-winning goal a little over a minute into the second overtime to make 5-seed Bow a 1-0 winner over Stevens in the D-II state soccer tourney and send them on to the quarterfinals. Dethroning Goal of the Week: Bishop Guertin freshman Katie Boudreau for the game winner as the Cardinals knocked off two-time defending D-I soccer champion Central 2-1 on Sunday when Brook Paquette gave BG a 1-0 lead to open the scoring before Darby Bailey knotted it at 1-1 for the Green. Sports 101 Answer: The only under .500 manager of the year was the just hired in Philadelphia Joe Girardi when his Florida Marlins went 78-84 in 2006. On This Day in Sports – Nov. 7: 1943 – the Detroit Lions and New York football Giants play to the NFL’s last 0-0 scoreless tie. 1963 – New York Yankees catcher Elston Howard is the first African American to be named American League MVP. 1991 – Magic Johnson stuns the world far beyond just the NBA when he announces at the height of the worldwide AIDS epidemic he has HIV and must retire from basketball.

Stowell sisters when Olivia had three and Mia two as Londonderry bombarded Goffstown 7-0 to reach the semifinal of the D-I soccer playoffs. 10 – TDs scored as Londonderry closed out a 9-0 regular season with a 69-29 win over Central when four came on special teams and defense via a Dylan McEachern punt return, a 30-yard Cole Keegan picksix and kick returns of 76

and 80 yards by Jeff Wiedenfeld and Eric Raza. 18 – Concord High record number of goals scored by Alasdair Ferrier while having the added bonus of number 18 giving Concord a 2-1 playoff win in OT over Exeter. 59 & 66 – yard runs for touchdowns by Manchester West’s Brandon (not the ex-Patriot) Lloyd in a season-closing 42-27 loss to Pelham.

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Elway’s Post-Manning QB Follies: Started with failed first-round pick Paxton Lynch, who never even got to start a game. Then came now Redskins starter Case Keenum followed by sometime Patriots third-stringer Trevor Seiman. The latest desperation move was trading for retread Joe Flacco, who’s now gone for six weeks and whose replacement no one ever heard of before Sunday. Magical Mystery Tour: The 18th of the 23 studio albums recorded by the band originally known as the Silver Beatles, done during their psychedelic period. Spoiler Alert: The name was shortened to simply The Beatles long before this misguided effort. The Beatles: World’s greatest band ever; ignited a cultural, fashion and musical revolution during the swinging ’60s. Best LPs: (1) Rubber Soul. (2) The White Album. Best song: “Back in the U.S.S.R.” Best movie: A Hard Day’s Night. Best moment: The Ed Sullivan show introduction to America on Feb. 9, 1964, which left my sister crying through the whole thing. Best unexpected benefit: gave America its first feeling of joy after the three months of crushing sadness following the assassination of JFK on Nov. 22, 1963. Tim Tebow: Two-time national champ at Florida and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner who had 17 TD passes, nine picks and a (gulp) 47.9 completion rate as an NFL starter. At 32, now toiling in the New York Mets farm system, where in 2019 he hit .163 with four homers and 19 RBI in 77 games for AAA Syracuse.

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Asked how his 107-year-old family-owned store is faring, Phillip Scontsas, co-owner of Scontsas Fine Jewelry & Home Decor in Nashua, didn’t mince words. “I think there are those out there who have been ready to write the obituary for small business for years,” Scontsas said. “I just keep saying, ‘We’re not dead yet.’” Despite the growth of online shopping and big changes for even national chains, small retail businesses across the Granite State are doing their best to stay relevant in the eyes of their customers. A 2016 report from the state’s Employment Security Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau projected the job outlook for 774 careers into 2026. In that report, it was projected that cashiers (+4,100 openings) and retail salespersons (+3,900 openings) were on track to see some of the largest gains in annual job openings into 2026. But New Hampshire’s industry projection data also reveals that those working in clothing and accessories stores (-6.9 percent) and retail and appliance stores (-8.7 percent) will see declines in their numbers of open positions. Sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores combined were projected to see 11.8-percent growth in positions in the same time frame.

Nancy Kyle, president and CEO of the New Hampshire Retail Association, describes the state’s 2019 retail landscape as helped by both the absence of a sales tax and a desire on the part of consumers to shop local. “People want to be part of a community and shop where they know the owner of the store,” Kyle said. “That works out really well for retailers. It’s extremely challenging, it’s hard to compete against an online store, but the retailers that are going to be successful are the ones that are going above and beyond to create a community.” New Hampshire’s brick and mortar retail industry also must contend with a tight labor market driven by the state’s low unemployment rate (2.5 percent, according to the state’s most recent Economic Conditions report), which Kyle said is the top issue facing local retailers. “With a 2.5-percent unemployment rate, people don’t keep interview appointments, [or] they might work for you for a week and then go somewhere else for $1 more an hour,” Kyle said. “There’s no loyalty to employers. Even though minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, retailers have to pay well above that to get help.” Kyle said New Hampshire’s high utility costs, which in 2018 were ranked as the sixth highest in the country by, are also a challenge for store owners.

Celeste Olivia 8 N. Main St. in Concord, 225-3866, Opened: 2014 Specializes in: Premium olive oils and balsamic vinegars What about your business keeps people coming back? “They can actually taste [the products] and see if they like them or not. Online you can’t do that,” said co-owner Charla Mayotte.

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“We are definitely feeling the impact of the internet. Anybody who’s selling gifts in brick and mortar is going to feel it, and boy are we feeling it,” said Jim Clark of Fifty Home in Concord, who helps to run the business alongside his wife, Annie Clark, the owner. Specializing in home wares, decor and other gift-style items, Fifty Home finds itself directly in the crosshairs of online sellers like Amazon, Clark said. This past Mother’s Day, for example, ended up being Fifty Home’s worst Mother’s Day for sales “by a huge margin” since it opened four years ago, he said. But competition from Amazon doesn’t always mean a downturn in in-store foot traffic, with multiple businesses telling stories of patrons who come in to look at, take pictures of and even try on merchandise in order to make a more informed online purchase. Known as “showrooming,” the practice makes use of brick and mortar advantages like proximity to the product and customer service without actually benefiting the business, a habit that Pam Peterson, co-owner of Gondwana & Divine Clothing in Concord, says is being seen by small businesses up and down Main Street. “People will come in and maybe take pictures of products with cellphones and not necessarily buy from us, even though our prices are, generally, a few dollars lower than any online prices,” Peterson said, noting that she thinks it’s a less common practice in Gondwana than in other stores. “That’s happening everywhere. People need to know that if they’re using a brick and mortar to come in and try things on but not purchase from a local business, who knows what the future will hold.” Scontsas says he gets showroomers who come in hoping to use the store’s ring sizer for an online purchase. While he admits the practice bothers him, Scontsas says he welcomes it

as a way to engage with a potential customer. “At the end of the day, if I get them in the store and I’m nice to them, my hopes are that I can say, ‘If you have a second, I have a few pieces I’d love to show you and let you try on,” Scontsas said. “And I see that it really works and gets people to shift their mindsets.” For some, like M&C Clothing and Goods in Amherst, adaptation is the name of the game. “We’ve adapted tremendously over the years,” owner Karen Goddard said. “We used to do a lot more retail than we do now, but now we stick with what we started with, which is consignment products. We do locally made products and otherwise try to focus on things that you can’t necessarily find online.” For others, like Fifty Home, Gondwana and Proctor Ski and Board in Nashua, jumping into the digital space with websites and online sales of their own offers a way to supplement potential downturns in in-store foot traffic. “We do sell on Amazon, and we have our own website that we sell off of,” said Proctor general manager Donna Hemond, who added the store’s status as a pickup location for orders made through Evo, an online ski, snowboard and accessory store, helps to bring in shoppers.

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Small-business owners say their secret weapon can be summed up in two words: customer service. This includes offering shoppers the ability to touch, try on and in some cases even consume the product before they commit to buying it. “Amazon does try, but here you can taste them,” said Charla Mayotte, the co-owner of Concord’s Celeste Olivia, which special-

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134 N. Main St. in Concord, 225-5900, Opened: 2015 Specializes in: Gifts and repurposed goods from all 50 states What about your business keeps people coming back? “The people that come here like the experience of coming in, talking to someone and touching something,” said Jim Clark, co-owner.

675 Elm St. in Manchester, 622-5441, Opened: 1988 Specializes in: Suits, suit separates, tuxedos and shoes What about your business keeps people coming back? “They come in for the service, they’re not gambling and they know what they’re getting when they try a suit on and they know we’re going to fit it properly,” said Jamie Gillingham, assistant store manager.

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Check out the Holiday Arts Market in downtown Concord on Sundays in December, Dec. 1 through Dec. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the atrium of 7 Eagle Square. The Concord Arts Market ( is also holding its annual Winter Giftopolis to coincide with Midnight Merriment on Friday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 11 p.m. Find a list of the scheduled vendors on the website. Intown Manchester’s Holiday Market is a craft fair held at 1000 Elm St. featuring more than 50 local vendors with homemade goods, according to The market is open on Thursdays (Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19) from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays (Dec. 14 and Dec. 21) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Concord’s downtown offers all variety of holiday fun during Midnight Merriment Friday, Dec. 6, from 5 p.m. through midnight. Listen to holiday music and enjoy an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus, a s’mores station at City Hall, Elfie Selfie stations, pop-up raffles and more while downtown shops stay open to offer specials and other shopping enticements. See Peterborough’s downtown holds monthly First Friday events, with events happening from 5 to 7 p.m. (and sometimes beyond). See shoppeterboroughnh. com and for a rundown of the events planned for Friday, Dec. 6. Dover holds an ArtWalk on the first Friday of each month from 4 to 8 p.m. See for the specials (including at area restaurants) and events planned for Friday, Dec. 6. The Picker Collaborative Artists (3 Pine St., Nashua) host their Holiday Open Studio Event on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come enjoy live music and refreshments as you shop for handmade gifts for the holidays and meet the artists. Visit The Manchester Christmas Parade offers another early holiday season excuse to head downtown on Saturday, Dec. 7. The parade, which runs along Elm Street through the core of downtown, starts at 4 p.m. and this year’s theme is “Christmas Around the World.” See for parade information as well as a list of downtown area retail shops.

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Many area downtowns and shopping areas offer extra opportunities for shopping local during the holiday season. Studio 550 Art Center (550 Elm St., Manchester) has its Annual Cup Show and Sale Nov. 8 through Feb. 28. Browse mugs by clay artists from around the country to find the perfect Christmas or Valentine’s Day gift. Visit Nashua’s farmers market has moved indoors and added a craft component to become The Winter Market, an indoor farmers market and holiday gift market that runs Sundays through Dec. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 201 Main St. in the downtown (formerly Alec’s Shoe Store). See Bookworms will find a draw in the 20 percent off everything pre-Christmas sale at the three Toadstool Bookshops — Keene, Depot Square in Peterborough and the new location at Somerset Plaza (375 Amherst St., Route 101A) in Nashua. The sale runs Monday, Nov. 11, through Sunday, Nov. 17. See Plaid Friday is a nationwide trend that seeks to, as Nashua’s Great American Downtown website describes it, provide a “relaxing and enjoyable alternative to the big box store ‘Black Friday’ chaos.” In Nashua, those wearing plaid and shopping on Friday, Nov. 29, will be eligible for giveaways and discounts (see The Local Crowd Monadnock has a list of businesses in Peterborough, Keene, Swanzey and Walpole participating in Plaid Friday ( and is setting up Plaid Friday photo booths. Area record stores celebrate Black Friday (Friday, Nov. 29, this year) with a latefall version of Record Store Day, when special limited releases and other music-lover favorites are available through independent record stores. Artists with releases scheduled for Nov. 29 include Lizzo, Cardi B, Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Paul McCartney, The Weeknd and more, according to, where you can find a list of local participating stores. Nashua stores stay open late for the annual Winter Holiday Stroll, which will be Saturday, Nov. 30, and kicks off at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall on Main Street (or even earlier, if you count the Santa’s Village attractions that run from 1 to 4 p.m. at 30 Temple St.). The evening includes a candlelit procession, a tree lighting, live entertainment and more. See

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Double Midnight Comics 245 Maple St. in Manchester, 669-9636, Opened: 2002 Specializes in: Comic books, trading cards and other collectibles What about your business keeps people coming back? “Hopefully it’s our personalities …. We talk about artists, writers and it’s a really fun, underground lifestyle. It’s a weird community where nobody ever judges you if you don’t exactly know what you’re talking about because we love welcoming in new people,” said Jill Stewart, general manager.

13 N. Main St. in Concord, 228-1101, Opened: 1995 Specializes in: Contemporary designer women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories What about your business keeps people coming back? “We have a free personal service where you can book ahead and plan for two hours here where we can get you completely outfitted for the season. ... We’re just very good at styling and I think people really appreciate that we’re very good stylists, so they leave feeling good, looking good and that’s why they return,” said co-owner Pam Peterson. Framers Market

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1301 Elm St. in Manchester, 668-6989, Opened: 1978 Specializes in: Full-service and custom picture framing solutions What about your business keeps people coming back? “I think for our regular customers, they keep coming back because we give good customer service. And new customers I think we get because they might have something special to frame like a shadow box or something else that they can’t go online and order ready-made for them,” said owner Christine King.

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Looking into the future, some local retailers say they see hope in Generation Z shoppers who grew up with online shopping and may have a hunger for a brick and mortar experience. “When you’ve never experienced the joy of going out, shopping with some friends and picking out something special that somebody else will enjoy very much, you don’t know that it’s a great experience that’s far more enjoyable than just hitting the send button on the 23rd of December,” Scontsas said. As generational tastes change, small businesses maintain a distinct advantage, according to Kyle, who said that small busi-

nesses enjoy the ability to “react to market conditions and change how they’re doing business” more nimbly than big box stores. Peterson said she also sees an eventual “pendulum swing” back in the direction of local retail, but unlike Scontsas, she warns it may take a near extinction of brick and mortar stores before shoppers realize what they have lost. “I think if the online sales become bigger and bigger, it will impact brick and mortar and the pendulum will swing the other way because people will say, ‘Oh my gosh! What happened?’” Peterson said. But the New Hampshire Retail Association maintains a brighter view on the future of local retail. Pointing to a 2019 study by the National Retail Federation that found that 5.2 companies are opening new retail stores for every company that’s closing stores, Kyle said businesses will evolve and adapt to an increasingly online world in ways that emphasize both local and global connections. “Online sales aren’t always a negative,” Kyle said. “Now a small to medium-sized retailer can sell to the world. They don’t have to sell in just their storefronts and it opens up a whole new way of selling. “But I think you’ll continue to see more community-focused shop local initiatives, because people want to belong and be a part of something, and the successful retailers will do that.”

M&C Clothing and Goods 135 Route 101A in Amherst, 886-6727, M-c-clothing-and-goods. Opened: 1990 Specializes in: Consignment clothing, shoes and accessories What about your business keeps people coming back? “I have some people who just don’t do shopping online. ... Then I have some people who have made a very conscious decision to try to shop more locally or sustainably — I have [had] a lot more people looking for a more sustainable way to do their shopping over the last couple years,” said owner Karen Goddard. Proctor Ski & Board 195 Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua, 888-1214, proctorski. com Opened: 1985 Specializes in: Skiing and snowboarding equipment, clothing and accessories What about your business keeps people coming back? “I just don’t think their experience is as good [online]. They like to touch and feel the equipment and I think they have a lot more questions than they can get answered,” said Donna Hemond, manager.

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Holiday Craft Fair

Thursday, Nov. 7

It’s SNOB season — the Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival kicks off today with events in Concord and screenings at the Red River Theatres (11 S. Main St. in Concord; Tonight, catch a craft beer tasting and live music at the Bank of New Hampshire Stage in Concord at 6 p.m. Screenings on Friday take place in two theaters, start at 6 p.m. and include the documentary Memory: The Origins of Alien. Saturday will also offer two screens’ worth of films and include a “Young Filmmakers and Storytellers” block of shorts starting at 11:30 a.m. Sunday’s lineup includes a kids fest at 1:30 p.m. and the feature The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (from director Terry Gilliam and starring Adam Driver) at 3:30 p.m. Passes for the whole festival cost $70 and passes are also available for individual days (see Tickets for individual screenings are on sale at Find our story about the festival in the Oct. 31 issue of the Hippo. Go to 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. Or, from our home page, click on “past issues” to find the PDFs. The story is on page 39.

Saturday Nov. 9th 9am - 3pm

Our Annual Holiday Craft Fair Includes Over 90 Tables and Crafters Featuring:

Jewelry, wood crafts, paintings, wrought iron, quilting, floral arrangements, cards and photos, dried flowers, scarves, stained glass, knitted and crochet items, and raffles.


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The murder mystery comedy theatrical production Polter-Heist from Lend Me a Theater will begin a three-weekend run with a show tonight at 8 p.m. at Bedford Town Hall (3 Meetinghouse Road in Bedford). Tickets cost $25 and doors open at 7:30 p.m.; the presentation includes a dessert buffet served at intermission. On Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16, (at the DoubleTree Hotel in Manchester) and Saturday, Nov. 23, (at Tupelo Music Hall in Derry) the productions will include dinner and tickets will cost $40. See

Saturday, Nov. 9

Enjoy samples of competition spanakopita and tiropita at the Third Annual Pitafest at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (111 Island Pond Road in Manchester; assumptionnh. org) tonight at 7 p.m. Pita-competitors will bring in their pitas, which will be judged (including for a People’s Choice award). The night also includes music and raffles. The cost is $10 for adults (which gets you pita samples, desserts and coffee) and mezethakia platters ($10) and other beverages will also be for sale.

EAT: Maple roasted Delicata Squash Or perhaps you would prefer Smoked Duroc Long Bone Pork Chop? Or perhaps you are a traditionalist and your Thanksgiving preference is Misty Knoll Farms turkey with sausage stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed Yukon Gold potatoes, butternut squash and giblet gravy. All of these items are on the Thanksgiving Day dinner menu at the Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way in Bedford;, 472-2001), where dinner is served from noon to 6 p.m., the price-fixed meal costs $75 for adults and reservations are required. Reservations are required or at least advisable for many of the places serving Thanksgiving meals (Thursday, Nov. 28, is the big day this year). Look for a listing of places to tuck in to turkey you don’t have to make in next week’s issue of the Hippo. If you’ll be working to serve up mashed potatoes and pie on Thanksgiving, let us know about your menus at

Tuesday, Nov. 12 Saturday, Nov. 9

Catch the New England reggae rock jam band Slack Tide tonight at 10 p.m. at Fody’s Tavern (9 Clinton St. in Nashua;, 577-9015). Find more live music tonight and every night at area bars and restaurants in our Music This Week listing, which starts on page 46.

DRINK: Something new Find your new favorite spirit at the Distiller’s Showcase of Premium Spirits on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Manchester (700 Elm St.). Tickets cost $60 per person and can be purchased at As with wine week, the days surrounding the Showcase feature tastings, special dinners and other spirits-related events. Find our story about New Hampshire’s Distiller’s Week on page 30 of the Oct. 31 issue of the Hippo. Go to 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. Or, from our home page, click on “past issues” to find the PDFs.

Head to the New Hampshire Audubon Massabesic Center (26 Audubon Way in Auburn;, 668-2045) for the Full Moon Hike tonight at 7 p.m. The cost is $15 for individuals, $40 for families. The evening will include a hike to Battery Point, a campfire, marshmallows, hot cocoa and some moon- and star-gazing before the hike, according to the Audubon website, where you can register for the event (or register by phone; advance registration is required).

BE MERRY: With live (for grownups) entertainment The Portsmouth-based Lady Luck Burlesque troupe (, where it’s described at “showcasing their talented dancers, choreographers and cirque performers”) will present their show “Bad Reputation” at the Hatbox Theatre (270 Loudon Road in Concord; hatboxnh. com, 715-2315) on Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. “Bad Reputation is Lady Luck’s newest burlesque show, with no limits except that the music must rock,” according to a Hatbox press release, which described the group as “incumbasing a positive body image ... [with] a long term goal to inspire others to embrace themselves and to be confident.” Tickets for this 18+ show cost $18 for adults ($15 for seniors and students).


ARTS Working on the wall

Downtown Manchester gets a new mural

Photos by Chayanne Lawrance.

By Angie Sykeny

As someone who enjoyed skateboarding in his youth, James Chase of Hooksett has always had an appreciation for large-scale public art, so when DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown hotel and Stibler Associates Interior Design asked him to create a mural in downtown Manchester, he quickly agreed. “It feels so good to spray large gestures and create large forms across a surface,” Chase said. The mural, “Spotlight,” is located on a side wall in the plaza between Elm Street and the hotel and expo center and runs 109 feet long. Its completion date is Friday, Nov. 8. DoubleTree and Stibler wanted to commission a mural that would “show the vibrancy of downtown,” Chase said, integrating the history of Manchester and the “pulses and vibrations” of present-day Manchester.

“The [objective] with this mural is to include a sense of identity, openness that is welcoming while adding color, vibrancy and increased foot traffic,” Chase said. “I wanted to capture that energy, that bottleneck where everything comes together.” The mural has literal and abstract elements; on one side are images clearly depicting the Millyard, the armory and City Hall, done in a muted, uniform palette of browns and red tones. The mural then merges into a more contemporary style with abstract images in bright colors, which Chase said represent the city skyline and the currents of the Merrimack River. “To me, creating murals is a call and response of sorts,” he said. “A lot of preplanning [and] working with the community goes into the creation of the mockup, but from there, [there is] room for inspiration as the work evolves.” Chase, who teaches printmaking, sculpture and painting at the Institute of Art and Design at New England College, recruited two Insti-

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tute alumni and one current student to help him create the mural. “They helped with the preplanning and design process, and also with the execution, learning how to mask off areas and color coding,” he said. “It gives them a lot of good experience.” Chase, who grew up in Manchester, interned as a high school student at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, now the Institute of Art and Design at New England College, and went on to get his BFA there, focusing on printmaking and sculpture. He then earned his MFA at the School of Art at Texas Tech University, with a focus in studio art, printmaking and sculpture. Prior to teaching at the Institute, which he has done for the last six years, he was the fine arts coordinator at Manchester Community College. As an artist, Chase has been featured in more than 60 exhibitions in the last 10 years. He has created several public art pieces, including a mural for the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, a painted electrical box for

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Includes listings for gallery events, ongoing exhibits and classes. To Includes listings, shows, auditions, workshops and more. get listed, e-mail To get listed, e-mail Art In the Galleries • “DIFFERENT AS DAY AND NIGHT: GLIMPSES OF A COLORFUL COASTAL LIFE” Featuring new works by Ann Trainor Domingue. Sullivan Framing & Fine Art Gallery (15 N. Amherst Road, Bedford). Now through Nov. 9. Visit • “4 THE LOVE OF PASTEL” Featuring pastel landscapes, still lifes and wildlife paintings by four artists. Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center (30 Ash St., Hollis). Oct. 4 through Nov. 4.

Visit • “DEVOLVE” An exhibition featuring the work of visual artist Andy Mauery. 3S Artspace (319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth). Oct. 4 through Nov. 11. Visit • “THE SHAKERS AND THE MODERN WORLD: A COLLABORATION WITH CANTERBURY” Special exhibition. Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St., Manchester). Oct. 12 through Feb. 16. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for students, $5 for youth. Visit or call 669-6144. • “IT’S PASTEL” The Pastel

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Society of New Hampshire’s 11th annual national juried exhibit. More than 80 paintings from artists across the country will be on display. Discover Portsmouth Center Gallery (10 Middle St., Portsmouth). Oct. 25 through Nov. 30. Visit pastelsocietynh. com. • NEW HAMPSHIRE ART ASSOCIATION 20TH ANNUAL JOAN L. DUNFEY EXHIBITION Oct. 30 through Dec. 1 at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth. Visit • FLOOR VAN DE VELDE:

VARIATIONS ON COLORFIELDS Features light sculptures that explore energy in color. McIninch Fine Art Gallery at Southern New Hampshire University (2500 N. River Road, Manchester). Oct. 31 through Dec. 21. Visit • PAM TARBELL Artist exhibits. Durham Public Library (49 Madbury Road, Durham) Nov. 1 through Nov. 30. Visit • FALL EXHIBITION The New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association presents. Furniture Masters’ Gallery (49 S. Main St.,

downtown Manchester’s Think Outside the Box project, and a mural at the Manchester Makerspace. “When I’m working on a mural, I think a lot about the location, how art in general can say a lot about what a community values,” Chase said. “I truly believe art builds community … contributes to a greater quality of life, activates spaces and strengthens communities.” Additionally, Chase was an arts commissioner for the City of Manchester before moving to Hooksett and is currently on the curatorial committee for the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts and is on the arts selection committee for the New Hampshire State Council for the Arts. His next big venture is joining the Intown Manchester board of directors next year, where he said he plans to continue encouraging more public art. “I think it will be cool to take this experience [as an artist] and see what everyone else [at Intown] is doing and continue to build community together,” he said.

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Includes symphony and orchestral performances. To get listed, e-mail Concord). Now through Dec. 9. Visit • BRUCE MCCOLL: NEW PAINTINGS Labelle Winery in Portsmouth (104 Congress St.). Now through Jan. 6, 2020. Visit • MATRYOSHKA NESTED DOLLS PROGRAM Presenter Marina Forbes will talk about the history of traditional Russian nested dolls, one of the country’s most treasured creations. Wed., Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m. Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway, Derry. Free. Visit or call 432-6140.

• ROOM FOR MEMORY Featuring the work of Heather Morgan. 3S Artspace (319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth). Nov. 22 through Jan. 5, 2020. Visit Openings • FLOOR VAN DE VELDE: VARIATIONS ON COLORFIELDS OPENING RECEPTION Features light sculptures that explore energy in color. McIninch Fine Art Gallery at Southern New Hampshire University (2500 N. River Road, Manchester). Thurs., Nov. 7, 5 to 7 p.m. Visit


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• Coastal paintings: Sullivan Framing & Fine Art Gallery (15 N. Amherst Road, Bedford) presents an exhibition, “Different as Day and Night: Glimpses of a Colorful Coastal Life,” featuring new acrylic and watercolor coastal scene paintings by Ann Trainor of Goffstown, now through Nov. 9. “I see things as you do but express them quite differently,” Domingue said in a press release. She paints in an “unexpected manner to develop a fresh way of presenting commonly seen views and situations — interpreting them through her personal filter of color, line, design — to create something new that resonates with viewers.” Visit or call 471-1888. • Multi-artist show: The Hollis Arts Society hosts its 12th Anniversary Art Show on Saturday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the Lawrence Barn (28 Depot Road, Hollis). It will feature oil and acrylic paintings, fiber art, silver jewelry and more. It’s free and open to the public. Event chair Susan E. Hanna, who has been a juried member of the Society since 2014, said in a press release, “I attended this annual show back in 2013 and was knocked off my feet by the quality of the offerings and the atmosphere of the event. This event is the primary

• ROOM FOR MEMORY RECEPTIONS Featuring the work of Heather Morgan. 3S Artspace (319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth). Fri., Nov. 22, 5 to 8 p.m., and Fri., Dec. 6, 5 to 8 p.m. Visit Workshops/classes/ demonstrations • MACRAME WORKSHOP Learn all of the essential macrame knots necessary to make and take home a macrame plant hanger. No prior experience is necessary; all supplies will be provided. Sat., Nov. 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Gallery, 98 Main St., Nashua. Class tuition is $25 due upon registration, with a $18 materials fee payable to the instructor. Visit or call 595-8233. • DUTCH SPIRAL BEADWEAVING WORKSHOP This particular variation of the Dutch spiral combines various sized seed beads to create spirals with depth. No previous experience is required. The class is open to teens and adults ages 14 and up. Sun., Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Gallery, 98 Main St., Nashua. Class tuition is

“Floor Van de Velde: Variations on ColorFields.” Courtesy photo.

reason I joined The Hollis Arts Society.” She added, “I’m working hard and am very excited to bring a new look to this well-established fine art show.” Visit • Former Mill Brook artist exhibits: Pam Tarbell exhibits at the Durham Public Library (49 Madbury Road, Durham) now through Nov. 30. Tarbell directed the Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden for 22 years before closing it last December. Now she has returned full-time as a studio painter and turned the space into a gallery for her own work, PR Tarbell Fine Art (236 Hopkinton Road, Concord). Tarbell has been painting for more than 50 years and has amassed a large collection of paintings. Visit • Unique sculptures: McIninch Fine Art Gallery at Southern New Hampshire University (2500 River Road, Manchester) presents “Floor Van de Velde: Variations on ColorFields,” which features light sculptures that explore energy in color, now through Dec. 21, with an opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. Visit — Angie Sykeny

$68 due upon registration, with a $20 materials fee payable to the instructor. Visit or call 595-8233. • ALCOHOL INK TILES Alcohol inks are dyes with a rubbing alcohol base and can be manipulated in fascinating and unpredictable ways when mixed with other liquid mediums. This workshop is open to attendees ages 12 and up; no prior experience is necessary. Sun., Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Gallery, 98 Main St., Nashua. There is a $25 tuition cost due upon registration, plus a $15 materials fee payable to the instructor. Visit or call 595-8233. • MINDFULNESS MANDALA ART CLASS Taught by Kathryn Costa, Manchester artist and full-time mandala art instructor, and author of The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art. Every Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m., and 6 to 9 p.m. Studio 550. • ONGOING ART CLASSES For adults and kids ages 12 and up, of all levels and 2-dimensional media. Classes run in 4 week sessions on Thursdays and Fridays. Saturdays and Sundays


are drop-in classes, (require a 24-hour notice) and pay-as-yougo. All classes are $20 each, and students bring their own supplies. Diane Crespo Fine Art Gallery, 32 Hanover St., Manchester. Call 493-1677 or visit Theater Productions • FLASHDANCE Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester). Oct. 25 through Nov. 17, with showtimes on Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m., and an additional show on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 to $46. Visit palacetheatre. org. • ASSASSINS Seacoast Repertory Theatre (125 Bow St., Portsmouth) presents. Nov. 7 through Nov. 16, 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. Tickets cost $16 to $44. Visit or call 433-4472. • POLTER-HEIST A murder mystery comedy presented by​ Lend Me a Theater. Fri., Nov. 8, at Bedford Town Hall (3 Meetinghouse Road in Bedford); Fri., Nov. 15, and Sat., Nov. 16, at the


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Notes from the theater scene



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•​ Theater fundraiser: The Majestic Theatre hosts its 14th annual Auction & Performance at the Majestic Theatre Studios (880 Page St., Manchester) on Friday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Disco Fever.” There will be musical theater performances by children, teens and adults, live and silent auctions, raffles and light refreshments. Auction items include overnight get-aways; music, theater and sporting events tickets; gift certificates to local restaurants and stores; sports memorabilia; fine art; jewelry and more. Raffles will include the wine and spirit raffle and the specialty theme baskets. All proceeds will benefit upcoming community theater productions and educational programs. Tickets cost $20 per person or $35 per couple and can be ordered in advance online or by calling or purchased at the door. Call 669-7469 or visit •​ Radiation history: The John Stark Regional High School Stage Company presents Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory Thursday, Nov. 14, through Saturday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Café at the high school (618 N. Stark Hwy., Weare). Inspired by a true story, the play is set in 1926 and follows Grace Fryer, a watch dial painter who fights for her day in court after female factory workers die from radiation poisoning contracted by painting timepieces with self-luminous paint. “It’s important to understand the sacrifices people have made over the years, and we shouldn’t forget the suffering of these women,” JSRHS freshman Rose Kosciuscek, who plays the role of Kathryn

DoubleTree Hotel (700 Elm St., Manchester); and Sat., Nov. 23, at the Tupelo Music Hall (10 A St., Derry). Visit lendmeatheater. com. • “BAD REPUTATION” Lady Luck Burlesque presents. Hatbox Theatre (270 Loudon Road, Concord). Fri., Nov. 8, and Sat., Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Visit or call 715-2315. •​ LITTLE WOMEN THE MUSICAL The Peacock Players will perform. Court Street Theatre (14 Court ​St., Nashua) Nov. 15 through Nov. 24, with showtimes on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Visit • GOBLIN MARKET Not Your Mom’s Musical Theater presents. Hatbox Theatre (270 Loudon Road, Concord). Nov. 15 through Nov. 24, with showtimes on Fri-

John Stark Regional High School Stage Company presents Radium Girls. Courtesy photo.

Schwab, one of the women in the factory, said in a press release. Tickets cost $5 for students and seniors and $7 for adults and may be purchased at the door or reserved by leaving a message at 529-1601. •​ ​Murder mystery theater: Lend Me a Theater presents Polter-heist, a murder mystery comedy, on Friday, Nov. 8, at the Bedford Town Hall (24 N. Amherst Road, Bedford); Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16, at the DoubleTree Hotel (700 Elm St., Manchester); and Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Tupelo Music Hall (10 A St., Derry). Madame Zelda Von Schpookum, president of the Boogeyman Outreach Organization and her crew of wacky characters attempt to make contact with the ghost haunting the Listening Pines Inn while FBI agents Smolder and Skullery from the Hex Files division try to solve the mystery of the haunted inn before another murder is committed. Tickets cost $25 for the Bedford show, $40 for the DoubleTree shows and $40 for a meal and show or $25 for the show only at the Tupelo. Visit — Angie Sykeny

day and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Visit or call 715-2315. • PRIDE & PREJUDICE The New Hampshire Theatre Project and JCM Management Co. present. Nov. 15 through Dec. 1, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $26 to $30. Visit • THE MAIN STREET KIDS’ CLUB: A MATHSTART MUSICAL Rochester Opera House (31 Wakefield St., Rochester). Sat., Nov. 16, and Sun., Nov. 17, at 11 a.m. Tickets cost $12 for kids under age 12 and $16 for adults. Visit • ROMEO AND JULIET A reimagined kids’ version. Capitol Center for the Arts ​(44 S. Main St., Concord) on Wed., Nov. 20, at 10 a.m. Tickets cost $7. Visit

Classical Music Events • BACH & PURCELL Symphony NH presents. Sat., Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. Keefe Center for the Arts, 117 Elm St., Nashua. Tickets cost $10 to $52, free for youth. Visit • NORTH MAIN MUSIC 2019 SEMI-ANNUAL FALL STUDENT CONCERT Nashua High School North, 8 Titan Way, Nashua. Sat., Nov. 9, and Sun., Nov. 10, 9 a.m. $40 per family. • “BIRDS OF A FEATHER” Nashua Chamber Orchestra presents. Nashua Community College (505 Amherst St., Nashua). Sat., Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Nov. 17, 3 p.m. Milford Town Hall (1 Union Square, Milford). Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, military and college students, and free for children. Visit




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INSIDE/OUTSIDE Doing the honors

Where to go to celebrate Veterans Day By Angie Sykeny

Honor service members at these Veterans Day celebrations, parades, breakfasts and other special events. • Join VFW Post 483 Nashua (facebook. com/vfwpost483, 402-2992), for its annual Veterans Day Celebration at Birch Hill Elementary School (17 Birch Hill Drive, Nashua) on Friday, Nov. 8, from 9 to 11 a.m. • The fifth annual Veterans Day Breakfast hosted by the Liberty House (669-0761, takes place at the Grappone Center (70 Constitution Avenue, Concord) on Saturday, Nov. 9. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the program begins at 8:30 a.m. Tickets cost $30 for veterans, $40 for non-veterans and $500 for reserved tables of 10. Tickets can be purchased at the Liberty House (75 W. Baker St., Manchester) or by calling. • The Timberlane Community Band ( will host a Veterans Day Concert and Celebration at the Timberlane Performing Arts Center (40 Greenough Road, Plaistow) on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. • The Woodman Museum (182 Central Ave., Dover, 742-1038, woodmanmuseum. org) will host a Veterans Day Celebration on Sunday, Nov. 10, from noon to 4 p.m.,

25 Kiddie pool Family activities this week. Children & Teens History • KIDS DO FAMILY HISTORY WORKSHOP This workshop will introduce kids to genealogy basics, like creating a family tree, researching family records and preserving family memories. The event is geared for kids ages 5 to 12, but all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sat., Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to noon. New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park St., Concord. Registration is $12 per child. Children or grandchildren of Historical Society members are $10 per child. Visit or call 856-0645. Continuing Education Open houses • UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE GRADUATE PROGRAM OPEN HOUSE This informational meetup will provide participants with an opportunity to meet representatives from UNH’s Graduate School to discuss all of

New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery. Courtesy photo.

featuring a presentation of colors, taps, a bagpiper, “Amazing Grace,” cannon salute, and military reenactors of the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War. • The Veterans Day Ceremony at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery (110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, 796-2026,, co-hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, takes place on Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. Seating is limited, so you should bring a lawn chair. The ceremony normally runs for one hour. Plan to arrive around 10:30 a.m. • The Seacoast Science Center (Odiorne Point State Park, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye,

436-8043, will have a special Veterans Day Showcase on Monday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with squid dissections, STEM activity stations, information about whales and diving and more. Veterans, military and their families get in for free. • The Nashua Veterans Day Parade ( organized by the Mayor’s Veterans Council and Great American Downtown, steps off from Holman Stadium (67 Amherst St., Nashua) on Monday, Nov. 11, at 10:15 a.m., and ends at Elm Street Middle School (117 Elm St., Nashua). • Cathedral of the Pines (10 Hale Hill Road, Rindge, 899-3300, cathedraloft-

25 Treasure Hunt There’s gold in your attic.

26 The Gardening Guy Advice on your outdoors.

the available programs. Complimentary food and beverages will be served. Thurs., Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m. The Foundry Restaurant, 50 Commercial St., Manchester. Free and open to the public. Visit or call 641-4313. Crafts Workshops • MACRAME WORKSHOP Learn all of the essential macrame knots necessary to make and take home a macrame plant hanger. No prior experience is necessary; all supplies will be provided. Sat., Nov. 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Gallery, 98 Main St., Nashua. Class tuition is $25 due upon registration, with a $18 materials fee payable to the instructor. Visit or call 595-8233. • DUTCH SPIRAL BEADWEAVING WORKSHOP This particular variation of the Dutch spiral combines various sized seed beads to create spirals with depth.

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No previous experience is required. The class is open to teens and adults ages 14 and up. Sun., Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Gallery, 98 Main St., Nashua. Class tuition is $68 due upon registration, with a $20 materials fee payable to the instructor. Visit or call 595-8233. • ALCOHOL INK TILES Alcohol inks are dyes with a rubbing alcohol base and can be manipulated in fascinating and unpredictable ways when mixed with other liquid mediums. This workshop is open to attendees ages 12 and up; no prior experience is necessary. Sun., Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Gallery, 98 Main St., Nashua. There is a $25 tuition cost due upon registration, plus a $15 materials fee payable to the instructor. Visit or call 595-8233. Health & Wellness Flu clinics • FLU CLINIC The City of Nash-

ua’s Division of Public Health & Community Services will be holding this clinic. Tues., Nov. 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Amherst Town Library, 14 Main St., Amherst. A fee of $15 is requested from adults at the time of service; however, no one will be turned away due to their inability to pay. There is no cost for children and teens under 18. Visit Marketing & Business Job fairs • MCINTYRE SKI AREA JOB FAIR Positions to be filled at McIntyre include skiing instructors and apprentices, snowboard instructors and apprentices, lift attendants, outdoor maintenance and more. Fri., Nov. 15, 4 to 6 p.m., and Sat., Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. McIntyre Ski Area, 50 Chalet Way, Manchester. Free admission. Visit Personal finance workshops • MAXIMIZING SOCIAL SECURITY Andrew Githmark, presents its annual Veterans Day Service on Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 am. • Peterborough (townofpeterborough. com) has its Veterans Day Remembrance Service at All Saints Episcopal Church (51 Concord St., Peterborough) on Monday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. Reverend Jamie Hamilton of All Saints will be giving the homily, and the Cheney-Armstrong Auxiliary will serve coffee and doughnuts following the service. Then, at 10:40 a.m., the Veterans Day Parade will step off from Veterans Way, marching up Main Street and into the Town House, where there will be a guest speaker, USCG Admiral Dale Gabel (ret.) of Dublin. • The Veterans Day Ceremony hosted by the New Hampshire Veterans Home (139 Winter St., Tilton, 527-4400, veterans) takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 12, and will be preceded by a coffee social and meet-and-greet starting at 1:15 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. • Join Presidential Oaks (200 Pleasant St., Concord, 678-1333, for a Veterans Appreciation Breakfast on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Big Oak Cafe. There will be scrambled eggs, pancakes with fruit toppings, French toast, bacon and sausage, baked beans, biscuits, home fries, fruit bowls, assorted breads, coffee, tea, milk and juice. The breakfast is open to all area veterans and their families. It’s free for veterans and $8 for their non-military guests. 28 Car Talk Ray gives you car advice.

vice president and wealth manager of Steward Partners, will talk about collecting social security benefits, and will review the potential effects that working in retirement and having a public employee or government pension can have on your benefits. Wed., Nov. 13, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Amherst Town Library, 14 Main St., Amherst. Free and open to the public; registration is required. Visit or call 673-2288. Holiday events • CHRISTMAS AT THE CASTLE The Lucknow mansion at Castle in the Clouds will be festively prepared for the holidays by creative businesses and designers. Free activities will include an artisan fair, children’s holiday crafts, a visit from Santa Claus, and complimentary cookies and hot cocoa. Sat., Nov. 23, and Sun., Nov. 24, and Fri., Nov. 29 through Sun., Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a preview party will be held on Fri.,

Nov. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. Castle in the Clouds, 455 Old Mountain Road, Moultonborough. Tickets range from $15 to $20 for adults, $8 to $10 for kids and teens ages 5 to 17 and free for kids ages 4 and under, depending on an attendee’s membership status. The cost to attend the preview party is $50. Visit Yard Sales/Penny Sales • 26TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR & PENNY SALE The event will feature more than 300 prizes, a bake sale, a themed basket room, face painting and games for children, photos with Santa Claus and more. Sat., Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun., Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saint Kathryn’s Church, 4 Dracut Road, Hudson. Visit • PENNY SALE FUNDRAISER Organized by the Somersworth Festival Association, the event will feature multiple prizes, like a large flatscreen TV, tickets for sporting

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Monday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day, making this a three-day weekend for many and a good time to head to one of the area museums. McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center (2 Institute Drive in Concord;, 2717827) will be open an extra day this weekend, Friday, Nov. 8, through Monday, Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m. through 4 p.m. each day. Admission costs $11.50 for adults, $10.50 for students (age 13 and up) and seniors and $8.50 for children ages 3 to 12. The SEE Science Center (200 Bedford St. in Manchester;, 6690400) is open seven days a week — weekdays 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 9, check out special hands-on activities exploring water use and conservation including from 1 to 2 p.m., an activity where visitors can make their own artwork from recycled materials, according to a center press release. Admission costs $9 per person ages 3 and up. On Veterans Day (Nov. 11), SEE will offer free admission to veterans and active military families, the release said. Enjoy a sweet reenactment of a piece of history at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire (27 Navigator Road in Londonderry;, 669-4820) on Saturday, Nov. 9, when the museum reenacts the Berlin Airlift at 10:30 a.m., according to a press release. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Airlift, packages of gum and chocolate will be dropped by helicopter and, after the helicop-

ter leaves, children will be allowed onto the field to retrieve the candy, the release said. The event is free and open to the public, which is encouraged to arrive by 10 a.m. After the candy drop, the Aviation Museum will hold a program featuring Ralph G. Dionne, a Nashua native and a Berlin Airlift veteran, the release said. The presentation will begin at 11 a.m. and is included with museum admission, which costs $10 per person and $5 for seniors (65 and over), veterans/active military and students under 13. (Museum members and children under age 5 get in for free.) The museum is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St. in Manchester;, 669-6144) is always open Mondays but this weekend is the second Saturday of November and admission on Nov. 9 is free to New Hampshire residents from 10 a.m. to noon. At all other times, admission costs $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for students and $5 for youth ages 13 to 17; admission is free for children under 13. In the Creative Studio, collaborate on a community art project based on the exhibition “We Are For Freedoms” and at noon check out a story in the galleries, according to the website. Add a craft-making element to your Saturday, Nov. 9, museum visit by signing up for “Day to Play: Poinsettia Bowls” from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Currier Art Center (180 Pearl St. in Manchester;, 669-6144). The cost is $25 and the project is open to ages 5 and up. Register in advance. Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St. in Dover; childrens-museum. org, 742-2002) is also open on Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (as it is daily, except Sundays when it is open from noon to 5 p.m.). Admission costs $11 for everybody over 1 year old ($9 for seniors over 65).





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Dear Donna, I received a baseball as a gift, a few years ago. It was signed by David (Papi) Ortiz, ex-player of the Boston Red Sox. What is it worth in the collectible market? James from Nashua Dear James, Even though I am really not that familiar with baseball or any sports memorabilia, I can share some key things to evaluating them. When you put a value on a signed baseball it depends on its authenticity, who it is, the age, the game it came from (if it did come from one), how often the player signed balls, etc. Your ball looks authentic from the signature but to be safe I would bring it to a sports memorabilia store and get it verified. If it is a real signature they will be able to give you a value. I would think you are safe in thinking it is worth in the $200 to $300 range.



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• Join St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (335 Smyth Road, Manchester) for a craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit • The sixth annual Spirit of Christmas Fair is happening on Friday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church (404 High St., Somersworth). The fair will feature handmade items by local parish artisans, plus a penny sale, raffles, jewelry, baked goods and homemade food options. Food selections will include corn chowder, hamburgers, hot dogs and pork pie. Admission and parking are free. Email Madeleine Jacques at for more details. • Don’t miss the annual Yuletide Fair, happening on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Main Street United Methodist Church (154 Main St., Nashua). The fair will feature hand-crafted Christmas ornaments and decor, arts and crafts, knitted items and other handmade gifts. Email or call the church office at 882-3361. • Churchill’s Garden Center (12 Hampton Road, Exeter) will hold a holiday open house as part of its one-year anniversary celebration on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free. Visit • The annual holiday fair at Holy Trinity Cathedral (166 Pearl St., Manchester) is happening on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit • Join Saint Kathryn’s Church (4 Dracut Road, Hudson) for its 26th annual Christmas bazaar and penny sale, happening on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature more than 300 prizes, a bake sale, a themed basket room, face painting for children, photos with Santa Claus and more. Visit • Concord Hospital (250 Pleasant St.) will hold its annual holiday craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Hayes Conference Room. The event will feature more than 90 tables of local crafters selling everything from jewelry and floral arrangements to paintings, wood crafts and more. Visit • A holiday craft fair is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Manchester Memorial High School (1 Crusader Way), featuring more than 200 booths, plus a raffle table and 50/50 drawings. Admission is $1 per person, with proceeds to benefit the high school’s Booster Club. See “30th MMHS Craft Fair” on Facebook. • The American Legion Post 69 (9 Constitutional Way, Somersworth) is hosting its annual holiday craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to the crafts, there will be raffles and food for sale. Visit • Join the Lane Memorial Library (2 Academy Ave., Hampton) for its annual Winter Wonderland craft and bake sale on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit hampton. or call 926-3368. • There will be a fall craft fair at Villa Crest Nursing and Retirement Center (1276 Hanover St., Manchester) on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit • The YMCA of Greater Nashua (24 Stadium Drive, Nashua) will be holding its annual fall craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring a wide variety of crafts to choose from, plus breakfast and lunch concessions. Contact Tiffany Joslin at tjoslin@ or at 882-2011 for more details. • The annual Epsom Central School PTO craft fair will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the gym of Epsom Central School (282 Black Hall Road, Epsom). The fair will also feature food and raffles. Email

Museums & Tours History & museum events • VANISHED VETERANS: NEW HAMPSHIRE’S CIVIL WAR MONUMENTS AND MEMORIALS Presenter George Morrison will present how he

located, inventoried and photographed New Hampshire’s Civil War memorials. Sat., Nov. 9, 2 p.m. Nashua Historical Society, 5 Abbott St., Nashua. Free and open to the public. Visit or call 883-0015. • MATRYOSHKA NESTED DOLLS PROGRAM Presenter Marina Forbes will talk about the history of traditional Russian nested dolls, one of the country’s most treasured creations. Wed., Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m. Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway, Derry. Free. Visit or call 4326140.

Nature & Gardening Animals • HARNESS HISTORY: ON THE TRAIL OF NEW HAMPSHIRE’S STATE DOG, THE CHINOOK Learn how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the chinook played a major role in this story. Presenter Bob Cottrell will cover the history of Arthur Walden and his chinooks. He’ll be accompanied by his own chinook, Tug. Wed., Nov. 13, 6 p.m. Smyth Public Library, 55 High St., Candia. Free. Visit or call 483-8245.


Fifteen flowers

What bloomed in October in my garden By Henry Homeyer

Despite frost and short days, my garden produced plenty of flowers in October. I look for plants that will perform in the shoulder seasons: March, April, October and even November. Here are some I love that are blooming still, or that bloomed earlier in October. 1. My Knockout roses were still blooming in late October. This trademarked variety has me completely loyal to them. They start blooming in June and continue until Halloween or later. Not every bush blooms every day, but some do. Most are not fragrant, though that has its advantage: They don’t attract Japanese beetles or rose chafers. 2. Seven Sons Flower tree (Heptacodium micinoides). The small white flowers on this tree are delicate, and slightly fragrant. It’s a fast growing, small tree that needs annual pruning; it can grow stems up to 7 feet long in one season, though it shouldn’t get taller than 25 feet or so. Hard frost damages the flowers. 3. Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana). This understory tree has small curly yellow blossoms that really aren’t obvious until late October when the yellow foliage falls off. The branches of mine are loaded with blossoms now, and will look good well into November. Not a showy plant, but a welcome treat at this time of year. 4. Disanthus (Disanthus cercidifolius). This large shrub has spectacular purple foliage, more dramatic than the reds of burning bush (Euonymus alatus). And if you get up close for a look, it has little half-inch red blossoms in October. Quite a worthy shrub, but not well known. Even though I’m in a cold Zone 4, and this shrub is said to be only hard to Zone 5 (minus 20), I’ve had it for several years. 5. Autumn crocus (Colchicum speciosum). This is my one bulb plant for October. It is similar to spring crocus, but many times larger. I was given a dozen bulbs 20 years ago, and now I have just one left; the others seem to have disappeared. It displays its foliage in spring which then disappears. In October large pink (or white or lavender) blossoms appear. Floppy, but wonderful. I shall buy some more next summer. 6. Fall monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelii ‘Arendsii’). You may know the June-blooming monkshood (Aconitum napellus), but this late bloomer is a treat that blooms in late October. It grows to be 4 to 5 feet tall, and has an intense blue-purple hooded flower. Also called wolf’s bane because the sap was used allegedly used to poison wolves in Russia by spreading it on meat that was left out for wolves. 7. Blooming with my monkshood is a pinkmagenta phlox. Unlike the other phlox I have, this one starts late and just keeps on blooming. I wish I knew the cultivar name, as it has little mold or mildew, too. A good cut flower. 8. Rudbeckia. I have two varieties that bloom well into October. Henry Eiler is just finishing up. A 5-foot-tall plant with petals with gaps between them give it a distinctive look. And then there is

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Prairie Sun, which blooms from late June until now. It has a green eye instead of a brown one. 9. Globe flower (Trollius europaeus). The bright yellow flowers are a complete surprise, as it should bloom in early summer. But this year it is in full, glorious bloom in the last week of October. Go figure. 10. New York ironweed (Vernonia noveboracnesis). This is a tall purple flower that looks a lot like a New England aster. It can reach 5 to 6 feet tall in moist rich soil, which it likes best. I now grow it in dry soil, as it got too big in moist soil. It bloomed well though midOctober for me. 11. New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae). Another tall fall bloomer. I have pink and purple varieties that often reach 5 to 6 feet tall. Monarch butterflies love to get some nectar from the flowers before heading south. 12. Canadian burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis). A native plant of the wetlands, this tall flower appears as a dozen thin bottle-brush flowers on each stem, in clusters. I have three or four other species in this genus that bloom earlier in summer. 13. Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale). This flower was named after Helen of Troy, a woman so beautiful that it is said she launched 1,000 ships. I have it in various colors: yellow, yellow and rust, orange and brown. It can be 5 feet tall, or as short as 2 feet, depending on where it is grown and the cultivar. It does fine in ordinary garden soil, but thrives best in moist soils. Sneezeweed does not make you sneeze; it was used as snuff in earlier times. 14. Pink Turtlehead (Chelone lyonii). This tall pink flower blooms for 6 to 8 weeks with multiple hooded pink flowers on tall stems. Bumblebees love this flower, though it is a challenge for them to crawl inside for pollen. It finished blooming in mid to late October. 15. Fountain grass (Miscanthus sinensis Morning Light). Most of us do not think of grasses as having flowers, but they do, of course. This 6- to 8-foot-tall grass has wonderful fluffy panicles a foot long or so. They move well in the breeze, and many stay erect through much of the winter. So if you think that flowers finish blooming in September with the last of your daylilies, think again! Buy some of the plants I mentioned next spring and plant them. October flowers can be spectacular. Henry is available to speak to your garden club or library. Reach him at henry.homeyere@ or P.O. Box 364, Cornish Flat, NH 03746.


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They don’t build cars like this anymore

Dear Car Talk: I have a 1951 Chevy, straight-6, 3-on-the-tree, with 31,000 actual miles. Nice car. If I coast downhill in gear (it doesn’t hapBy Ray Magliozzi pen in neutral or if the clutch is disengaged), when accelerating after the downhill run, it will briefly (for perhaps 100 feet or so), put out a puff of smoke. What gives? — John That’s the worst problem you have with a car that’s old enough to collect Social Security? You should be dancing a jig instead of writing to us, John. On a car of this generation, blowing some blueish smoke after coasting downhill is not unusual. As a matter of fact, even some newer cars do it, but to such a small degree that it’s barely noticeable. Your problem is that your piston rings are wearing out. The piston rings are supposed to fit tightly against the cylinder walls and scrape off all the oil before combustion takes place, so gasoline and air get combusted and your oil doesn’t. Your piston

rings aren’t doing a great job anymore. Not that they were stellar to begin with. There’s a measure of industrial precision called “tolerance.” Tolerance is the space between parts. Back in 1951, manufacturing tolerances just weren’t that good. You could slip a hot air balloon between some of the parts in this car. These days, our manufacturing processes are infinitely better, and tolerances are much smaller, resulting in better performance and much longer engine life. But back when your car was built, nobody expected you to go more than 75,000 miles without an engine rebuild. You’re seeing that smoke because when you coast down a hill, the wheels are turning the engine rather than the engine turning the wheels. During that time, while there’s little combustion taking place, oil is getting pumped past those poorly made and wornout rings, and it is pooling in the cylinders. Then, once you start to accelerate again, that oil is getting burned up along with the gasoline and sent out the tailpipe. Unless it’s really driving you nuts, John, I’d just keep the oil clean and topped up and live with it for now. After all, given your annual mileage (we calculate 455 miles a year), you’re going to be due for an engine rebuild in the year 2115 anyway.

Dear Car Talk: We have a 2013 Avalanche with automatic steps going in and out. The step on the passenger side sometimes stays in when we open the door, whether getting in or out. Getting out, if I’m not watching, I could fall out, being a small person. The warranty outfit will not fix it because when the guy looked at it, the step did come out, so he claims it worked for him. Any way you can help with letting me know what could be the cause, and how to fix it? — JoAnn You’re talking about the motorized running boards, JoAnn. As you say, it pops out between the door sill and the ground when you open a door, making it possible for non-NBA players to get in and out of vehicles like the Avalanche. And when they fail, it’s either the switch or the step’s motor. When you open the door, there’s a switch on the door jamb that signals a computer to turn on the dome lights, among other things. On some cars, opening the door turns on exterior lights, fires up some parts of the dashboard, unfolds the side mirrors or moves your seat back to allow easier access. In your case, it’s also supposed to switch on the running board’s electric motor, so it deploys for you and keeps you

from having to fetch your 6-foot step ladder. It could be the switch. More likely, though, the motor that moves the running board in and out is failing. Electric motors often fail intermittently. And that’s going to be pricey to replace. You definitely want to push harder to get this fixed under what I assume is your extended warranty. The guy you saw is hoping you get discouraged and go away. Don’t. Reporting it to him was a good start. Make sure you save that repair order. Next, start using your smartphone to take a little video every time you get in and out of the truck. Point the camera at the bottom of the door and start recording. Then open the door and film the running board. If the running board operates normally, delete the video. If it fails to deploy, and you capture it on video failing, take that evidence to the repair shop and insist that they fix it. If you have several videos from several different days, all the better. If they still give you the runaround, send that same video evidence, along with the repair orders, to the warranty company, and ask them to either fix the running board or refund the money you spent for a useless warranty. Good luck, JoAnn. And watch your step. Visit


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What do you wish you’d known at the beginning of your career? I wish I would’ve known how supportive the rest of the counseling community is. In the beginning of my career, I took a lot of things to heart but never spoke to anyone about how difficult some of the situations were that I was seeing. Now, I am very lucky to be a part of a community of current and past coworkers that let me What kind of education or training did talk to them whenever I need to [in order you need for this job? to] help me work through difficult cases I have my bachelor’s degree in social I have. How long have you worked there? work and my master’s degree in menI just celebrated my two-year anniversa- tal health counseling. I am working on What is your typical at-work uniform? obtaining my Certified Prevention Spery this month! I usually dress business casual, black cialist certification as well as becoming pants and a nice shirt, or [a] dress. But I How did you get interested in this field? a [Licensed Clinical Mental Health am lucky that I get to dress up for spirI knew I wanted to be a social worker Counselor]. Can you explain what your current job is? I work for the Youth Council in Nashua as a student assistant program counselor. I work in Nashua High School North with students who have been affected by substance misuse, either in their families or themselves. I do individual sessions as well as groups, and advise our Students Against Destructive Decisions club.

since I was 16. I have always loved supporting people and helping the community, so becoming a social worker helped me get there. Becoming a counselor with my master’s has really supported my social work career and has gotten me even more involved in working with the community and helping a larger group of people.


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FOOD Flavors of the world

New Nashua store offering internationally inspired spice blends, sauces By Matt Ingersoll

By Matt Ingersoll

You don’t have to travel overseas to taste international flavors, thanks to a Nashua-based company set to open its first mini retail store. Mola Foods, which features a product line of seasonings, spice blends, chili relishes, sauces, marinades and more, will hold its grand opening in the Gate City on Saturday, Nov. 9. Jeannette Bryant of Nashua founded the company in 2016, but this is the first time that its products will be available in her own retail space. Up until now, you could only get them at select supermarkets, local farmers markets and online. Bryant, who is from Cameroon, said the concept of Mola Foods originated when she began experimenting with a hot sauce recipe made from a Cameroonian ghost pepper at the suggestion of a friend. “It started with that hot sauce, and then I just sort of said to myself, ‘Why do I want just this one hot sauce?’” she said. “I started thinking about how I could create a spice … just out of one simple bottle without worrying about this ingredient or that ingredient.” The feedback she received from people who tried her hot sauces and spice blends was so positive, she said, that it inspired her even further to start a world-inspired “culture in a bottle” theme. Her current offerings include all types of spices and chili relishes she says are meant to embody the culture and taste of each nation inspired by them. Each spice blend is labeled as inspired from a different country around the world, from Africa (like Cameroon, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Somalia) to South Asia (like India and Sri Lanka). There are also mar4.69”wide x 2.6” high inades, sauces, chili relishes, extra virgin olive HIPPO Horizontal 1/8 page oil and other cooking ingredients, all encompassing different world cultures. “The idea is … to bring the smell and the taste of that country’s culture into your house,”

• Return of the winter market: Opening Day at the Downtown Concord Winter Farmers Market is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 7 Eagle Square. The indoor market features all types of local products, from meat, dairy and eggs to fresh produce, baked goods, jams, jellies and more. Singer-songwriter April Cushman will be performing, courtesy of the New Hampshire Music Collective. Visit downtownconcordwinterfarmersmarket. • Pita paradise: Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (111 Island Pond Road, Manchester) will host its third annual Pita Fest on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. A friendly bake-off, Pita Fest features about 30 contestants entering their specialty pitas for a chance to win bragging rights and a prize. New this year will be people’s choice judging for those interested in coming to sample from a variety of locally made pitas. The cost is $10 for adults and includes pita samples, desserts and coffee. Other features of Pita Fest include music, dancing, door prizes and raffles. Visit or call the church office at 623-2045. Calling ahead is recommended, as space is limited. • The soup scoop: Join the Smyth Public Library (55 High St., Candia) for a soup-making workshop on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m., with dietitian Marilyn Mills. She’ll talk about what makes a great soup, plus the difference between stock and broth and when you should add spices or herbs to your soup. Attendees will receive recipes for a variety of soups, from ramen and Moroccan tomato to ginger miso and creamy sweet potato hummus soups. Visit or call 483-8245 to register. • Fresh from the farm: Chefs Keith Sarasin and Chris Viaud of The Farmers Dinner will appear at Barnes & Noble in Nashua 34

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Bryant said. “You don’t have to change the way you cook your food. All you have to do is sprinkle a little of the spice on your food inspired from that country and then you are transported there.” Bryant does her homework to create each flavor profile for her spices, conducting research and speaking with people whose parents and grandparents came here from each country. “I’ll ask them what their mother or their grandmother would traditionally use to cook their food,” she said, “and then I’ll go home and try to create something inspired by that.” Since launching her business, Bryant has hosted tasting events at local stores and farmers markets, some of which have been in collaboration with local businesses, like Caroline’s Fine Food in Bedford. She’s also working on a cookbook of original recipes utilizing her spices, which she hopes to finish sometime in January. At the grand opening event, several tables will be set up for sampling foods with various Mola Foods products. Bryant said she’s thinking of featuring chicken wings, meatballs, assorted vegetables and other hors d’oeuvres for people to try with spices and chili relishes of their choosing. Then if you like what you tried,

you can purchase a bottle of it. Some of the spices will be labeled in small sample baggies for people to take with them, and there will also be free small recipe cards given out. Gift cards and packaged gift baskets will be available for sale too. Throughout the day there will be face-painting for kids. Beyond Nov. 9, Bryant said she hasn’t quite figured out what the store’s exact hours of operation would be, but she said it would likely be in the afternoons and early evenings from Wednesday through Saturday. Her long-term vision is to have a larger dual space for retail and production. “I like the concept of mini store … to kind of see how that concept goes, and then when it grows from there, I can think about bringing it out to a bigger space,” she said. Mola Foods grand opening When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: 15 Tanguay Ave., Suite 123, Nashua Contact: Visit, find them on Facebook @cultureinabottle or call 877-593-8157


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Creative cordials

Make festive treats at Cordials & Chocolates class By Matt Ingersoll

If you’re looking for tasty gift-giving ideas or creative desserts to serve at your next holiday gathering, an upcoming workshop in Canterbury that combines herb- and fruit-infused cordials with chocolate truffles will provide some unique make-it-yourself opportunities. Clinical herbalist Maria Noel Groves of Wintergreen Botanicals in Allenstown will teach this Cordials & Chocolates workshop, to be held at Canterbury Shaker Village on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. According to Groves, the class mixes techniques from two previous workshops she has separately taught — one on how to make cordials and the other on making chocolatey treats such as truffles. “I used to teach just a cordial-making class and we would be done within an hour because they are so easy to make,” Groves said. “So I decided to make it a little more fun and complicated by doing … the cordial-making with the chocolates.” Groves will demonstrate the process of how to make cordials, which involves combining fruits, herbs, sweetener and alcohol into a jar (though due to liquor restrictions, you’ll have to add the alcohol yourself at home). Each participant will

have the opportunity to craft their own fourounce cordials, with fruits like apples, cranberries or pears. Groves will also talk about which herbs combine well with chocolate, such as anise, tarragon, lavender, ginger, vanilla and others. You’ll have several to choose from to infuse into the cream that will go in your truffles. Toward the end, she said, is when everybody gets their hands dirty by rolling the chocolate to make the truffles themselves. “While we’re waiting for the herbs to infuse and the cream to go into the truffles, I’ll give some background on other recipes that you can make with chocolate,” she said. “There are definitely a lot of different things that I interweave that happen throughout the class.” You don’t need any prior experience in cordial- or truffle-making, nor do you have to bring any materials — everything is provided, according to Groves. Cordials & Chocolate workshop When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. to noon Where: Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury Cost: $60 general admission, or $50 for Village members (includes all materials and supplies) Visit:

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“Bringing an apron is not a bad idea, but you can be a complete beginner and bring nothing but yourself,” she said. While some past participants of the workshop have had experience making cordials and truffles at home, according to Groves, most have never done it before and are looking for more creative

approaches during the holidays. “A lot of people who are interested in making their own cordials and herbal remedies may be a little timid about doing it correctly, but once you’re able to do it yourself, you realize how fun and easy it is, and then you can give them as gifts,” she said.

Make your own cranberry cordial Courtesy of Maria Noel Groves of Wintergreen Botanicals in Allenstown 2 cups raw fresh whole cranberries 1½ cups 80-proof quality vodka 2 cups white sugar 1 cup filtered water Make a simple syrup by simmering two cups of sugar in one cup of water until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool. Coarsely chop cranberries in a blender. Loosely fill a two-cup (one pint) jar with chopped berries. Cover the cranberries so the jar is ⅔ full of vodka. Top off the rest with the simple

syrup (any leftover syrup can be refrigerated for several weeks and used to make other cordials or cocktails). Cover the jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake well to combine. Shake two or more times daily. Strain when it tastes good and ready (usually within one to seven days). Do this by using a fine mesh metal strainer, pushing hard with a large clean spoon to get as much cordial as possible from the berries. The finished cordial will keep for at least six months in a glass bottle with a tight lid in a cool, dark, dry spot, such as a liquor cabinet.


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Deb Moore is the owner of The Foothills of Warner (15 E. Main St., 456-2140, find them on Facebook), a restaurant open for breakfast and lunch several days a week that also offers a selection of home-baked items. Several items on its regular menu are made from scratch; The Foothills is known in particular for its breakfast foods like omelets and pancakes, as well as lunch selections like sandwiches. Its cinnamon rolls, which weigh in at close to five pounds, are also a huge hit, according to Moore, who has a hand in baking most of the restaurant’s staples. While the building has operated as a restaurant for nearly 30 years — Moore herself has owned it since 2006 — it was originally a house dating back to the early 1800s. It has also been a bank, a town post office and several other businesses during its lifetime. What is your must-have kitchen item? What is your favorite thing on your menu? I guess I would have to say my handheld I think it would definitely be our cinnamon mixers. I’ve got different sizes. rolls. We’re known for our large portions, and those are huge. You definitely don’t go away hungry when you eat here. What would you have for your last meal? Comfort foods. Maybe meatloaf and mashed potatoes. What is the biggest food trend in New Hampshire right now? I would probably say gluten-free items. We What is your favorite local restaurant? We like to go to The Covered Bridge do offer a few gluten-free items on the menu, Restaurant in Contoocook. Their chicken like gluten-free bread. cordon bleu mac and cheese is really good. What is your favorite thing to cook at home? Tacos or burritos. They are … quick and easy What celebrity would you like to see eating to make when you get home from working all at your restaurant? day and you’re tired. Guy Fieri. — Matt Ingersoll Italian meat sauce Courtesy of Deb Moore of The Foothills of Warner 1½ pounds ground beef, browned 1 cup onions, chopped 2 cloves garlic 1 14½-ounce can tomatoes 2 6-ounce can tomato paste 2 stalks celery (with tops chopped off) 1½ teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons dried oregano (no leaves) ¼ teaspoon dried thyme leaves 1 bay leaf Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir thoroughly. Cover and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours.

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(235 Daniel Webster Highway) on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a signing of their recently released cookbook. The Farmers Dinner Cookbook: A Story in Every Bite contains more than 150 original recipes tailored to the average home cook, as well as stories from the farms Sarasin and Viaud have worked with over the last seven years. Since The Farmers Dinner began in 2012, the farm-to-table dinner series has sold out 80 consecutive pop-up dinners without repeating any menu items. Visit • New local catering option: LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst) has launched a new catering division, LaBelle Winery Cater-

ing, available to individual and business clients, according to a press release. Menu offerings include breakfast platters and sandwiches, salads, hors d’oeuvres, buffet-style dinner entrees and desserts. Cocktail kits featuring many of LaBelle’s wines, as well as non-alcoholic beverages, are available as part of the service’s catering packages. Special seasonal menus for Thanksgiving and Christmas are in the works; all Thanksgiving catering orders must be placed by Nov. 20. You’ll also be able to order LaBelle Winery logo cups, biodegradable plates and cutlery, utensils and beverage dispensers. Visit


TRY THIS AT HOME Cinnamon apple whoopie pies Thanksgiving is all about the food. Yes, we are reminded to be grateful, but when it comes down to it, we focus on when, where and what we will be eating. Whether you’re at a restaurant or at home, there are the expected dishes, which may vary, but the dessert table almost always focuses on pie. That’s where I take issue with this holiday. See, I’m not a big fan of pie. I find it to be a boring dessert, mainly due to the crust. Serve me apple crisp, and I’m quite happy. Serve me apple pie, and there’s a decent chance I’ll politely skip dessert. Thus, I wonder why pie should get to take over the entire dessert table. When I’m hosting or asked to bring a dessert, I try to change that thinking. This year I’ve created a new dessert for Thanksgiving. I’m still keeping the fall theme; there’s no need to go totally out of bounds. Allow me to introduce cinnamon apple whoopie pies. Besides being a nice alternative to a slice of pie, these whoopie pies have some other benefits. First of all, they are handheld desserts, so you don’t need more silverware and plates. Just grab a napkin and you’re ready to eat. Second, all you need are the whoopie pies as is. If you’re serving pie, you

Cinnamon apple whoopie pies. Photo by Michele Pesula Kuegler.

probably need to bring ice cream or make (or buy) whipped cream to top it. See? By serving whoopie pies you’ve reduced your workload on Thanksgiving! Even if you aren’t willing to break holiday tradition, I’d still recommend making a batch. They would be a nice treat on any random day. Michele Pesula Kuegler has been thinking about food her entire life. Since 2007, the Manchester resident has been sharing these food thoughts and recipes at her blog, Think Tasty. To find more of her recipes, please visit

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Cinnamon Apple Whoopie Pies Cakes ½ cup butter, melted & cooled 1 cup light brown sugar, packed 1 egg 1 1/3 cups unsweetened applesauce 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 cups all purpose flour Frosting 1/2 cup butter, softened 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1-2 tablespoons milk

Add applesauce, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, mixing well on speed 2. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl, and mix again. Add flour, mixing on low; scrape sides with spatula and mix until fully blended. Scoop approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons batter, spaced evenly, onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until cakes spring back when touched. Allow to cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet. Transfer to baking rack to cool completely. In a stand mixer cream the softened butter on speed 2 for about 1 minute. Add powdered sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla; mix on low speed until combined, adding milk a teaspoon at a time until Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. desired consistency is reached.. Place melted butter and brown sugar in stand Spread the flat side of 12 cakes with the mixer, and beat with paddle attachment on cinnamon buttercream frosting. Top each with another cake. speed 2 until smooth. Add egg, mixing until fully incorporated on Serve or store in a sealed container. Makes 12 whoopie pies. speed 2.

2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped 1 small yellow onion, chopped 1 1/2 tsp. Nature’s Promise® Minced Garlic 1 (24 oz.) jar Classico Riserva® Roasted Garlic Sauce 1 (32 oz.) container Kitchen Basics® Vegetable Stock 1 (15 oz.) can Hannaford Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed 1/2 cup uncooked Hannaford Tri Color Ruffles Pasta 1/4 tsp. McCormick® Pure Ground Black Pepper 1 cup Fresh Express® Baby Spinach, chopped Optional: Parmesan cheese, grated for garnish

Directions: 1. Warm olive oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, onion and garlic. Sauté, stirring often, until softened (about 2 to 3 minutes). 2. Add the roasted garlic sauce, vegetable stock, beans, uncooked pasta and black pepper. 3. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes before adding baby spinach. Simmer an additional 5 minutes until spinach is wilted. Ladle into bowls and serve.

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Malty, nutty, toasty and complex, but without the sheer heft of a stout or porter, brown ales might actually be the greatest fall beers that aren’t specifically fall beers. You can drink a brown ale any time; even on a hot summer day, a smooth brown ale is a mildly refreshing change of pace from more typical, lighter brews. But it also stands up to a bitter cold evening, presumably spent by the fire. And, then, yeah, it’s a fit in every other situation in between — and that’s sort of fall in New England. I’ve said this before and probably even written it, but I think brown ales are a great gateway style into the world of craft beer. Stouts and porters are intimidating because they are so heavy and robust, and that’s just not for everyone. While brown ales are certainly heavier than a Pilsner, they won’t make you feel like you’re drinking an entire meal and the flavor profile is far less abrasive than the bitterness of a typical IPA — particularly for those new to the world of craft beer. Brewers have plenty of room to play with the complexity of a brown ale. Whether that’s playing up or down the sweetness, incorporating notes of coffee, chocolate, toasted nuts, vanilla or dark fruits, or varying the level of bitterness, the style has a nice range of nuance. I just always find this style welcoming under pretty much every circumstance. So what are you waiting for? Here are six brown ales to help get you through the remainder of the fall season: Brooklyn Brown Ale by Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, N.Y.) Calling this a standard brown ale seems almost like a criticism but that’s not the intention. This is what a brown ale should taste like: rich flavor, mild sweetness, but nothing overpowering. This beer is easy to drink but that doesn’t mean it lacks complexity.

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which is also a little richer and a little darker than your typical brown ale. This is incredibly flavorful. Elvis Calling by Liars Bench Beer Co. (Portsmouth) Candidly, I haven’t tried this but I can pretty much promise you I will be. The brewery describes it as a London brown with coffee. The “with coffee” part got me for sure. Nut Brown Ale by Samuel Smith (Yorkshire, U.K.) I love the nuttiness of this brew, coupled with its dry style — just a classic and readily available. Let us not forget about our friends across the pond. Ellie’s Brown by Avery Brewing Co. (Boulder, Colo.) If I had my way, my youngest child would have been named after this beer. I mean, not really, but maybe? This is just delicious: notes of vanilla, chocolate and rich malts coupled with a tremendously smooth finish.


Jeff Mucciarone is a senior account executive with Montagne CommunicaGranola Brown Ale by Black Hog tions, where he provides communications Brewing Co. (Oxford, Conn.) support to the New Hampshire wine and Actually brewed with granola, this spirits industry. brown ale has a little more bitterness than you might expect, but that’s not a bad thing. I can pick up notes of coffee on this—and What’s in My Fridge I like that.

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Paradigm Brown Ale by Kelsen Brewing Co. (Derry) At 7.0-percent ABV, this beer is a little bigger than the typical brown ales you see but the alcohol just provides some added warmth, rather than dominating this brew,

Tides Voyage 45: New England DIPA by Naukabout Beer Co. (Mashpee, Mass.): This one came at me a little bit with its sharp bitterness. At 8.2-percent ABV, this is a big IPA and the hoppy bitterness stands up well to food, as I enjoyed a pint alongside a pepperoni and mushroom pizza. Cheers!

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MUSIC, BOOKS, GAMES, COMICS, MOVIES, DVDS, TV AND MORE Rob Halford with Family & Friends, Celestial (Sony Records)

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There are so many die-hard Judas Priest fans in New Hampshire, and it’s a festive pleasure to make them aware that JP singer Rob Halford has at last absconded to the last refuge of defunct musical memes and released an album of Christmas tunes. There are Judas Priest-sounding original songs, crazily overproduced metal tunes that would make our good friends at Trans Siberian Orchestra hide their faces, but there are traditionals here as well: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” and “Joy to the World” to name three, and they all get strapped to the metal pillory with varying success. Oh, “The First Noel” is on here too, but I refused to deal with it, being that it’s my second-least-favorite Christmas carol after the thoroughly detestable “O Holy Night.” (It wouldn’t be the holidays without my bringing up my hatred of that song, would it? Merry Christmas in November, everyone!) B — Eric W. Saeger

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Oak Ridge Boys, Down Home Christmas (Lightning Rod Records)

• Rob Halford with Family & Friends, Celestial B • Oak Ridge Boys, Down Home Christmas A+ BOOKS


• Full Throttle A • Book Report Includes listings for lectures, author events, book

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• Terminator: Dark Fate C+ • Harriet B+ • The Lighthouse B

Now you just hold it right there, you dreadful little trolls, I’m not going to dismiss this album out of hand just because the current members of this gospel-country-doo-wop institution have unironic ZZ Top beards and they’re 100 years old, much less that they recently joined forces with AARP. There’s a story behind that, I’ll have you know, specifically that the partnership also involves the U.S. Department of Justice, and it’s all about raising awareness of elder fraud, according to, not selling a few box sets through Time-Life. Moving on, this is actually a pretty neat little album, with a blow-doors barbershop version of “Silent Night,” and the rest of it is cool, too. I’ve heard a lot worse Christmas albums in my time, trust me. What could a few Sha Na Na-style originals hurt when there are so many lousy Christmas songs around? It’s OK that the songs “Don’t Go Pullin’ on Santa’s Beard” and “Reindeer on the Roof” sound exactly the same. Svengoolie would love it, so it gets an A+. Neener. A+ — Eric W. Saeger

PLAYLIST A seriously abridged compendium of recent and future CD releases • Onward to the set of albums and other musical train-wrecks that will hit your Walmarts and bug-riddled Spotify app thingies on Nov. 8! Not a whole ton of stuff to talk about at the moment, like, probably all the Matrix-approved bubblegum stupidity will be out just before ChristmaHannuKwanzaa in a big rush, just to ruin the holidays for you because you can’t afford to eat and buy all the disposable corporate Katy Perry-Minaj-Bieber-K-pop that gets dumped into the record store all at once. Know what, why don’t you just save some time and decide to have a dreadful holiday right now, instead of holding out hope? Right, just enjoy the moment, you know, because YOLO, right? Snap out of it, and go buy this new album from Luke Combs, called What You See Is What You Get, because you should just forget about bubble-pop and just get hip to the country and western music of this “crazily gifted” cowboy-hat man. Not sold yet, because you don’t know whether it’s actually good music? Well, fine, be that way, let’s go listen to the title track, and I’ll prove to you right now that innovative, compelling, superb music is still … ick, it sounds like Jason Aldean, but with more goose-honking when he’s trying to put some oomph into his super innovative and compelling lyrics about driving and drinking. I’m not saying you shouldn’t buy this record, just that I wouldn’t, ever, even if I won the lottery a hundred times. • Ex-Bloc Party dude Kele releases his new album, 2042, on Nov. 8. This fellow abandoned the hobby of trying to sound like Gang of Four when he went out on his own, and for that I don’t blame him, because I’d take the sexy, trippy electronic of his solo stuff any day over another all that crook-leg hipster stuff that destroyed music once and for all back in the — and yes, I’m literally gagging when I mention this decade — Aughts. Naturally, many people will disagree, mostly because their hobby is being wrong about stuff, but we’ll go see what he’s doing on this new single, “Jungle Bunny,” and maybe we can all be miserable together. OK, this isn’t house music or anything like that, it’s like this spazzy, grunge-tinged mess, like Afrika Bambaataa trying to be Skrillex, or vice versa, entrance music for partygoers who are into “ballroom opulence” and maximum fakeness. I have no use for this, nor do you. • The Philistines Jr. is the experimental-pop brainchild of New Yorker Peter Katis, who has produced such diverse acts as Death Cab for Cutie, Tokyo Police Club and whatnot. The project’s new album Help! includes the song “What?” and although the music has a weirdly soaring, Orbital-ish hook, I found the video quite stupid, an obfuscatory pastiche of mixed messages about the various protest movements going on right now around the world, perhaps you’ve heard of them. It’s impossible to tell where Katis stands. Not that rock music was going to play any important role in the zeitgeist, but what a fail. Shut up, Katis. • Finally we have Girl Ray, with an LP called Girl! The title track has some lush, very pretty parts, and some really stupid ones. It’s like relaxing in Costa Rica in a beach tent, but there’s a giant bee that won’t buzz off. — Eric W. Saeger Local (New Hampshire) bands seeking album or EP reviews can message me on Twitter (@esaeger) or Facebook (eric.saeger.9).

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Just in time for Halloween, New Hampshire Humanities launched a new podcast exploring the strange and unusual chapters of New Hampshire’s history, from witchcraft to UFOs. “The podcast space is exploding right now; everyone has one,” said Tricia Peone, public programs manager and host of the show. “So earlier this year, when we were talking about what kinds of projects we should work on, one idea was starting a podcast.” The first story is a three-part series called The Real Witches of New Hampshire. The first episode, The Rarest of Witches, explores the history of witchcraft in New Hampshire. The second episode will include conversations with local modern-day witches, and the third episode will look at how witchcraft has been portrayed in pop culture over time. “In our reporting, we talked to historians, people in museums and libraries in New Hampshire, and some people who practice witchcraft,” said Peone, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire in early American history with a specialization in the history of science. “It was fun to meet new people and hear about their perspectives on these topics.” Peone is an expert in early modern witchcraft cases and the history of magic and the occult and has taught classes on the Salem witch trials and New England history. “We picked witches for the first [story] because it’s my area of expertise,” she said. The Real Witches is produced in collaboration with New Hampshire Public Radio and stars NHPR’s Justine Paradis as co-host. “Our partnership with NHPR brings us the audio and technical skills, so the different music and atmosphere that makes

[the podcast] more compelling to listen to,” Peone said. “I think we might potentially collaborate on more episodes with [NHPR],” Peone said. The first and second episodes of The Real Witches are available online now at, along with a suggested reading list of books in which people can learn more about the topics. The third episode comes out next week. According to Peone, a future episode or series will explore the history and culture of UFOs in New Hampshire. “New Hampshire is famous in UFO circles,” Peone said. (The “Exeter Incident,” in which a young hitchhiker and two police officers reported seeing a UFO near a farmhouse in the Kensington woods just south of Exeter in 1965, was highly publicized and has drawn many UFO enthusiasts to New Hampshire.) Peone said New Hampshire Humanities has nothing else planned at present for the podcast and that the next story will be “at least another month or two in production.” Future stories may be single episodes or multi-episode series. New Hampshire Humanities “provides wide-ranging, thought-provoking programs that connect people to culture, history, places, ideas and one another,” as stated on its website, and, according to Peone, the addition of a podcast to its programming helps further its mission. “We have so many programs in the state — live and in-person events — so we thought having programming available to people wherever they are and allowing them to access humanities programs online would be a cool way to reach more people.”

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You have to admire Joe Hill, if only for the reason that he goes by Joe Hill. His real name is Joseph Hillström King, but he adopted a pen name so his work could stand apart from that of his famous father. It’s a noble but ineffective strategy because the guy is the spitting image of a young Stephen King. His latest is Full Throttle, a collection of 13 stories prefaced with a moving reflection about what it was like to have the master of terror for a dad. “We had a new monster every night,” he begins, launching into family anecdotes that help to explain why some of Hill’s work is so similar to his father’s, and why it took years of baldfaced rejection before he found success. “You get the life you’re dealt, and if you’re going to write, that’s your ink. It’s the only ink you get. Mine was just very red,” he wrote from his home in Exeter, N.H. He recruited his father’s help on “Throttle” because he had no experience riding motorcycles, and Stephen King did. The opening sentence sticks to you like Velcro: “They rode west from the slaughter, through the painted desert, and did not stop until they were a hundred miles away.” What follows is best described as Breaking Bad meets On Golden Pond. The slaughter, as it turns out, was a sickeningly bloody encounter that ultimately turns into a cat-and-mouse game of revenge over a meth deal gone bad. But there’s also a father-son story thrumming throughout, as a grizzled biker comes to terms with the son he produced, a son who could split a friend’s head open with a shovel over lost money. I care nothing for motorcycles or slaughter, but this tale held me rapt, as did another that I didn’t expect to like: “Twittering from the Circus of the Dead.” Told entirely in tweets, the story follows an obnoxious teen on a family road trip in which she mostly complains about her mother, whom she earnestly wants to strangle with an ethernet cable. On the way home the family stops at an attraction called Circus of the Dead, which is populated by zombies. Again, this turns sickening in short order, but it is a train wreck of a story in the best possible way: You can’t look away. “Late Returns,” my favorite, is about a man who returns to his parents’ home in a fictional town in New Hampshire. A truck driver with an unused English degree from Boston University, he needs a way to earn money while he cleans out his parents’ house, and so he takes a job driving a bookmobile for the public library. The clientele, as it turns out, have sometimes expired themselves, making their books seriously overdue, sometimes by a couple of decades.

“In one sense, you know, it’s perfectly unremarkable,” his boss tells him. “It’s quite common to enter a library and find yourself in conversation with the dead. The best minds of generations long gone crowd every bookshelf. They wait there to be noticed, to be addressed, and to reply in turn.” The story turns poignant when a dead woman comes in to return a book and the bookmobile driver gives her a copy of a book written by her son, the son she believes is still fighting in Vietnam. Things get even more complicated when she mails it to him. My least favorite, “The Devil on the Staircase,” suffered because of its form: all but three pages composed in small triangles, to look like stairs. Clever, yes, but maddening to read. The closing story, “You Are Released,” is a gripping tale of individual reactions when passengers on a plane to Boston learn of a disturbing flash over Guam that ultimately reroutes the flight and portends global doom. For me, Stephen King was a phase, born of a teenage obsession with Pet Sematary. Then I got older and had kids, kids that could conceivably be run down by semis and need planting in a Micmac burying ground, and the tension and darkness lost its appeal. But over the years, I’d forgotten how you shut the door on your own life when you opened one of King’s books. Hill’s writing is hypnotic like that. Stephen King, too, once wrote with a pseudonym, but once it was discovered he stopped using it. Hill says he’s glad to be free of the “mask,” that he breathes better without it. But the mask served a purpose. Behind it, he tended a prodigious talent that New Hampshire can be proud to claim. A — Jennifer Graham

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• Manchester reading program: Manchester has launched its second annual citywide book reading program, One Book One Manchester. The book this year is KooKooland by Manchester native Gloria Norris. The memoir follows Norris as a 9-year-old growing up in the projects of Manchester with her family when one act of violence changes the course of their lives. Upcoming special events include a book signing with Norris at the Bookery (844 Elm St., Manchester) on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m.; a visit with Norris at Elmwood Gardens (83 Trahan St., Manchester), the neighborhood where she grew up; a keynote event on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Manchester Community College (1066 Front St., Manchester), where Norris will read from her memoir, answer audience questions and sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase (free and open to the public); and a brunch and panel discussion with Norris hosted by YWCA New Hampshire (72 Concord St., Manchester) (free, but register at Eventbrite. com). Visit • New authors: Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St., Concord) will host a Discover New Local Authors Night on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. Richard Cass will present the fourth book in his jazz mystery series, Last Call at the Esposito. Joseph Carrabis will present his sci-fi psychological thriller The Augmented Man. S.M. Stevens presents her contemporary novel Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. Visit or call 224-0562. • Poetry series: The Ferguson Reading Series, a monthly poetry feature and open mike, continues at Water Street Bookstore (125 Water St., Exeter) on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m., with Jason Tandon. Tandon is the author of four collections of poetry, including The Actual World (forthcoming 2019), Quality of Life, Wee Hour Martyrdom and Give over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt, which was the winner of the 2006 St. Lawrence Book Award from Black Lawrence Press. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Arts & Sciences Writing Program at Boston University. After Tandon’s reading, the floor will be open to anyone who wants to read. Bring one or two poems to share. Call 778-9731 or visit — Angie Sykeny Books Author Events • LOCAL AUTHOR NIGHT Chat with dozens of local authors, browse and buy their books and get advice about your own book writing and publishing. Authors will include Dennis Anfuso, Nicole Asselin, Joseph Carrabis, JS Carter Gilson, Masheri Chappelle, Monica Colburn, J.F. Dacey, George Daughan, Azaaa Davis, Sharon Daynard, Bill Flynn, Kate Genovese, Scott Goudsward, Lewis Hastings, Frank Hood, Elaine Isaak, Clarice James, Julie Lavender, KD Mason, John McIlveen, Maria McNaught, Mike Morin, Stephen O’Connor, Judy Pancoast, Rebecca Paula, Randy Pierce, Jed Power, Joyce Ray, Valerie Roman, Ana E Ross, Anne Sarkisian, Rob Smales,

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Terminator: Dark Fate (R)

Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron (with “story by” and producer credits) return in Terminator: Dark Fate, another movie in the Terminator franchise.

Remember 2015’s Terminator Genisys? What about Terminator Salvation (you may know it as “Terminator: Christian Bale”)? No? Don’t worry, because none of that matters! For purposes of this movie, nothing involving Claire Danes (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) or the Sarah Connors played by the Mother of Dragons (Emilia Clarke in Genisys) or Queen Cersei (Lena Headey in the Fox TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) matters at all. We kick off with a post-Terminator 2 story, which then jumps into the present day, where Sarah Connor is back to being Linda Hamilton (who is 63 and maybe not giving Meryl Streep a run for her money, acting-wise, but wins the Awesomeness award for being both bad-ass and believably 63). But before we are reintroduced to 2019 Sarah Connor, we meet Grace (Mackenzie Davis), an augmented Terminator-like human, who lightning-time-travel-arrives from 2042 on a bridge in Mexico. She is sent to protect Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), a woman she finds at roughly the same time as the Rev-9 (Gabriel Luna), the latest in Terminator technology, also sent back to find (and kill) Dani. Soon Dani and Grace are on the run from this unstoppable killing machine who can not only turn into liquid metal but also pop out a metal skeleton to produce two unstoppable killing machines when one is, say, temporarily pinned by a metal rod to a truck. And then Linda Hamilton shows up, all explosions and “I’ll be back.” There is a scene where Sarah and Grace, who form an uneasy alliance to protect Dani, are trying to figure out the source of texts that led Sarah to travel to this latest Terminator appearance. Grace grabs Sarah’s phone and starts to fiddle with the innards. What are you doing, Sarah asks. Future stuff, Grace says (well, not “stuff” exactly). I kind of like that this movie lets “future stuff” be the explanation for a lot of things. (Better an open “yada yada and now we’re here” than a lot of gobbledygook of the “let’s explain the nature of Infinity Stones” variety.) Sarah Connor’s original apocalypse never happened, no John Connor-led resistance and no Skynet. Freed of timeline canon, this movie just sticks to the basics — bad robot, good robot (well, robot-ish person), straight-man-ishly stiff Schwarzenegger (which is his appropriate speed; he shows up about halfway through the movie and “future stuff” is about the explanation for this as well) and a bad-ass lady. This movie doesn’t offer more, but then I don’t need more, where I realize some might. (I have no deep and lasting Terminator love, as some “T2 was my Star Wars” fans might; I think I’ve seen all of the movies except Genisys but they kind of mush together for me.)

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Terminator: Dark Fate

Actually, this movie has a lot of bad-ass ladies. This movie has no time for men; even the helpful one is informed that he’s on borrowed time. This, along with whatever this movie is doing by having border control detention centers serve as a plot point, feels like a ham-handed choice made for ill-defined reasons. But I didn’t hate it. Even when it’s goofy, bad-ass lady action heroes are still a rare enough thing that I tend to have fun with it. I didn’t hate this movie either for all that it is occasionally silly and very “future stuff, don’t ask questions” when it comes to its plot. After years of watching Old Schwarzenegger and Old Sylvester Stallone fight the baddies and save the girl, I can forgive a lot for the fun of watching 63-year-old Linda Hamilton do the same and the girls fight to save themselves. C+ Rated R for violence, language throughout, and brief nudity,according to the MPAA. Directed by Tim Miller with a screenplay by David S. Goyer & Justin Rhodes and Billy Ray, Terminator: Dark Fate is two hours and eight minutes long and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

Harriet (PG-13)

Harriet Tubman escapes slavery in Maryland and then works to help others reach freedom in Harriet, a flat but still effective biopic of the woman who is supposed to be on the new $20 bill.

If nothing else, this movie makes a solid case for Tubman being on U.S. currency. Harriet Tubman (Cynthia Erivo), called Minty when we first meet her, lives on a plantation in Maryland. Though her father, Ben Ross (Clarke Peters), and her husband, John Tubman (Zackary Momoh), are free, Harriet and her mother and her siblings are enslaved. Even under the laws propping up slavery, their enslavement is illegal, with a previous owner having freed Harriet’s mother, Rit (Vanessa Bell Calloway), and all of her children in his will. But the thoroughly villainous Brodess family (who get an unnecessary amount of screentime in this movie) — old man Edward

(Mike Marunde), his wife Eliza (Jennifer Nettles) and their adult son Gideon (Joe Alwyn) — have ignored this stipulation and, after Edward dies, Gideon seeks to sell Harriet and later other family members to pay off debts. Harriet, not wanting to risk John’s free status, escapes on her own, making it to Philadelphia, where she is told to contact William Still (Leslie Odom Jr.), a man we later learn is instrumental in helping people escape enslavement and resettle (in the northern U.S. and later, as the situation grows more dire, in Canada). Harriet finds lodging with and a friend in Marie Buchanon (Janelle Monae, doing the best she can with an exposition-heavy character), the owner of a boarding house who also helps Harriet, as she has others, find a job. But Harriet wants her husband and family to join her in this new life. Against Still’s advice she travels back to Maryland using false papers and goes to see her husband — who unfortunately thought she was dead for long enough that he has remarried and his new wife, who is also a free person, is expecting a child. Despondent, Harriet decides to help her brothers and others escape instead. Her success in helping people escape their places of enslavement and travel north to Pennsylvania earns her much respect from members of the Underground Railroad and other abolitionist groups but also earns her the nickname “Moses” and a bounty for her capture in the South. This is not a perfect movie. There is a kind of middle school report approach to laying out the facts of Tubman’s life, giving us an Important Woman in American History more often than it allows us to see a human person. The times when we do get to see a person and know something of her inner life I feel are due to the skill of Erivo, who brings a lot more to the material (which has a bit of a 1980s TV movie feel to it at times) than I feel like is there on the page. The movie occasionally wanders into superhero territory; the Spidey sense it gives Tubman, who has seizures as the result of a childhood injury and has a deep faith that the movie doesn’t always seem to know what to do with, is awkwardly conveyed. But Erivo is able to pull it back and

deliver moments of her character channeling recognizable reactions and deliberations of a real (if superlatively smart and brave) person. The movie also skips A Lot of interesting life experiences — and I say this based just on a skimming of Tubman’s Wikipedia page. The score has its moments — the use of Nina Simone feels both nice and a bit on the nose — and its use of music as part of Harriet’s life (maybe, specifically, part of her faith) is an interesting detail. But it also has a refrain that made me think of the James Bond theme music every time I heard it, which is a weird place to go in the middle of your Harriet Tubman movie. Despite this, despite an overall sense that a person this momentous deserves a much better movie, Harriet still manages to perform some solid biopic work. It gives us at least an element of who Tubman was, conveys to some degree how great her efforts were and how big and horrible the evil she was fighting against was. The movie is not seamless, but it can still make you feel justifiable anger. B+ Rated PG-13 for thematic content throughout, violent material and language including racial epithets, according to the MPAA. Directed by Kasi Lemmons with a screenplay by Gregory Allen Howard and Kasi Lemons, Harriet is two hours and five minutes long and distributed by Focus Features.

The Lighthouse (R)

Two men tend a lighthouse and weirdness ensues in The Lighthouse.

And that basic description is probably all I can say for certain actually happens in The Lighthouse. Two men, one who is probably named Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe) and a man who calls himself Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson), are left for what we’re told is going to be four weeks of duty at a lighthouse on an island where they are the only two people. (Or are they just the only two human people? Or the only two living people?) The light is probably accompanied by a foghorn; I’m mostly certain that foghorn we hear throughout is not just part of the score, at least not all the time. The men definitely have to share one bedroom (outfitted with chamber pots, because this is Olden Times), which is not an ideal living situation for the junior Winslow. Also not ideal for Winslow is his position on this mission — Wake won’t let him near the actual light, which Winslow itches to tend and Wake is extremely possessive of. At some point, possibly very quickly after the men arrive, one or both of them start to go mad. Or maybe one or both of them was mad already. (Or maybe one of them is purposefully driving the other mad. Or maybe solitude is doing a number on both.) Equally quickly, everything that happens becomes just off kilter enough that we in the audience (and possibly the characters themselves) aren’t entirely certain what is actually happening, what is a hallucination and what is a dream. Everybody is an unreliable narrator of everything, including the passage of time.

I didn’t see The Witch, the first feature movie from this movie’s director/co-writer Robert Eggers, so I didn’t know what to expect going in to The Lighthouse — I don’t think I even understood it to be a horror movie, which it is and in a classic sense (also “classic” in the sense that this movie’s black-and-white film makes everything seem gloomier and more nightmare-ish and that the framing and the facial expressions often seem to purposefully call to mind the earliest horror films). I don’t even have a central coherent impression of my feelings about this movie; I found myself occasionally, surprisingly laughing out loud, genuinely creeped out and occasionally lulled into sleepiness (though never bored, really). “Wait, what is happening” is probably the thought I had most frequently, along with the follow-up thought that while there were maybe at least two ways to read a situation, it remained interesting enough that I could just sort of go with it. Part of this is due to the standout performances offered by both Pattinson and Dafoe, who make all the uncertainty, stag-

iness and creepiness work and make sense at least within the context of this movie’s universe. If you want to totally break free from the vampire franchise of your 20s and establish yourself as a character actor in your 30s, going full unabashed nutball as Pattinson does here is a great way to do it. Even through indies like Damsel I was still seeing “that Twilight guy.” I did not feel that way here. Likewise, Dafoe really leans in to how thoroughly he can convey crazy, letting his face and his eyes do enough work that each could qualify for its own credit. The Lighthouse is thoroughly odd, unexpectedly strangely funny, occasionally unpleasant and overall so weird that I feel like you maybe have to see it to even believe it exists. B Rated R for sexual content, nudity, violence, disturbing images and some language, according to the MPAA. Directed by Robert Eggers and written by Max Eggers and Robert Eggers, The Lighthouse is an hour and 50 minutes long and distributed by A24.

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• Maine attraction: With an ever-changing act, comedian Bob Marley generates a lot of return business, which is why he’s booked for four shows over three days. To put a finer point on it, Marley made the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest standup comedy show by an individual — without telling the same joke twice. He riffs on his home state of Maine, marriage and family foibles. Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 9, at 6 and 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord. Tickets $34.50 at • Heroic jamming: The week’s gathering of blues players is a Jammin’ for Vets benefit on the day before Veterans Day. Hosted by WanTu Blues and benefiting Veterans Count, the all-day event includes morning yoga and a boot camp, a raffle, and a jam that’s now in its 10th year; 10 percent of all food and drink sales go to the cause. Sunday, Nov. 10, 3 p.m., Village Trestle, 24 Main St., Goffstown, 497-8230. • Blues power: Legendary guitarist Buddy Guy performs an area show. The Torch, a documentary on his career, recently premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival, with the city declaring a day in his honor. In September, Guy played at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, and he just finished a brief Experience Hendrix tour with Joe Satriani, Jonny Lang, Billy Cox and Dweezil Zappa. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 8 p.m., Tupelo Music Hall, 10 A St., Derry. Tickets $95-$125 at • Remember when: Curated by Robbie Robertson, the Last Waltz Tour is a look back at The Band’s farewell concert, with an allstar lineup including Warren Haynes, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson, John Medeski, Don Was, Dave Malone, Terence Higgins, Cyril Neville, Bob Margolin, Mark Mullins and the Levee Horns. It promises new arrangements of the classic songs performed that Thanksgiving night in 1976. Thursday, Nov. 7, 1, 8 p.m., Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton. Tickets $89 and up at

The first person to utter, “You can take the boy out of New York City, but you can’t take New York City out of the boy” was probably thinking of someone like Eddie Pepitone. Born and raised in Staten Island, he moved to southern California nearly two decades ago for a part in Will Ferrell’s breakout movie Old School, and he never left. He became a mainstay at The Comedy Store and other L.A. clubs while finding steady work in television and films. The tug of his old home remains, though. “It’s a great comedy scene, but I do miss the East coast; there’s no question about it,” Pepitone said in a recent phone interview. “I feel like L.A. is a blank white canvas. … I say in my act that the sun comes out every day like an alcoholic parent, just berating you to do your best.” Pepitone’s standup is a blend of borough attitude, leathery intellect and rumpled angst. It’s a talent that’s roundly beloved by his brethren. In Bitter Buddha, the 2013 documentary titled after his nickname, fellow comic Dana Gould likened him to “the guitarist that all the other guitar players go to see.” On stage, he moves seamlessly from self-deprecation to what he terms “whaling on the crowd” — for not reading enough, or wasting time watching YouTube videos of people opening presents. “I find that kind of fascinating, and horrifying at the same time,” he says of a culture that rewards things like bare handed chalk crushing with thousands of views, while others go hungry working multiple jobs. “We live in a combination of a Charles Dickens and a Philip K. Dick novel; there’s all this technology, all our data is mined, and everything you do is record-

ed, but the homeless population … is insane.” He cites cantankerous comics like Jackie Gleason and Don Rickles as influences, along with acerbic thinkers like Bill Hicks and George Carlin. One great bit of Pepitone’s, featured recently on Comedy Central’s This Is Not Happening, centered on losing his virginity to a college professor who seduced him with a study session of Marx’s Das Kapital. Pepitone claims he found his calling at age 14. “I spent my days and nights entertaining my friends. I’ve always had that knack,” he said. His father, an educator, pressured him to be a doctor; instead he dropped out of college just credits short of a degree. “I started studying acting in New York City,” he said. “I would do scenes from serious plays like Death of a Salesman. People would just be cracking up, so I knew I was going to be a comedian.” His upbringing is a big part of Pepitone’s mojo. “My dad is Sicilian and my mom is Jewish, which is a combination of people who read a lot and people who yell a lot,” he said. “I’m blue collar; I love hockey and baseball and football, but then I’m studying Buddhism and reading political stuff.” He’s a natural at crowd work. “Audiences love when you talk about the actual room they are in,” he said. “When I bring up a guy that they can see, and say he has a face like I owe him money, they know this is a moment just for them. Everything is on TV, but there’s still something to live performances.” Though he’s done standup for over three decades, an upcoming date at Shaskeen Pub will be his first appearance in New Hampshire.

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“I’m looking forward to it; I may have passed through there before on my way to Maine, but I don’t think I’ve hung out,” he said. He’s heard good things about audiences at the Shaskeen’s weekly comedy night. “Sounds like my thing. … I can go anywhere without them getting offended or upset,” he said. “I love going off the top of my head and whizzing into absurdity, that’s one of my favorite things. With some of the audiences, they’re not into it; they just want to hear the jokes. But this sounds like a very savvy comedy crowd.” Eddie Pepitone w/ JT Habersaat When: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 8 p.m. Where: Shaskeen Pub, 909 Elm St., Manchester Tickets: $15 at

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Mothers Lounge, a company catering to new mothers, has conceived some awkward conversations for women on the receiving end of a recent marketing campaign. The company sent out maternity congratulations cards signed by “Jenny B” that included gift cards and coupons for products attractive to pregnant women. The problem is, as the BBC reported, many of the recipients aren’t pregnant. A woman in Memphis, Tennessee, tweeted: “Who the hell is Jenny B and why did she send me $245 in gift cards to my childhood home congratulating me on my pregnancy?! This is literally how my mother thought she was finding out that I was pregnant. I’m calling the FBI.” Another woman’s mother was “immediately so excited and freaked out ... I had to quickly tell her I am not in fact pregnant.” Mothers Lounge spokesman Scott Anderson explained that a third-party marketing company provided the mailing list. Sounds like a false-positive to us.

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Convicted bank robber and career criminal Michael Jauernik, 71, received a sentence of more than 12 years in prison in Germany on Oct. 7 but managed to stall his incarceration by delivering a five-day-long closing statement that included anecdotes about his career in crime and details about his fitness routine. Twenty hours into the soliloquy, the judge finally cut him off, saying she wished she had done so earlier in light of his “excessive digressions,” The Guardian reported. Jauernik, who wore sunglasses throughout his trial, told the court, “I am more intelligent and clever than any employee of the criminal police agency, that much is sure.”

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After six years of litigation, six men were found guilty of attempted murder in late October in Guangxi, China, for participating in a chain of subcontracted murder-for-hire plots that never resulted in a death. Businessman Tan Youhui started the chain by hiring a hit man to “take out” a rival identified only as Mr. Wei, reported the BBC. That hit man then subcontracted a second hit man to do the dirty deed. Hit man No. 2 subcontracted with hit man No. 3, who then reached out to hit man No. 4. After getting the nod from No. 4, hit man No. 5, Ling Xiansi, decided on a different scheme: He contacted the target, Mr. Wei, and proposed they fake the murder and take the cash, which by this point amounted to 100,000 yen. Wei agreed, then reported the case to the police. Tan and the five hitmen will serve sentences ranging from 31 months to five years.

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Miguel Angel Reyes-Avila, 23, of Half Moon Bay, California, waited patiently until his neighbors took their dog for a walk on Oct. 6, then pounced, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. The San Jose Mer-

cury News reports Reyes-Avila then allegedly entered their home through an open window and lifted about $4,000 worth of jewelry, plus the keys to their 2009 Mitsubishi. When the neighbors returned home and found their car gone, they called police, who asked neighborhood folks to share their security footage. Most helpful was the video from Reyes-Avila’s own home, provided by another resident who was happy to help law enforcement. The camera caught a suspect driving away in the car, and sheriff’s office spokesperson Rosemerry Blankswade said officers recognized Reyes-Avila from earlier incidents and arrested him on Oct. 10 on charges of felony burglary and grand theft auto.

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Archie, a French bulldog/Boston terrier mix who lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his human, Dee Borkowski, is in the doghouse after a fiery event on Oct. 16. As Borkowski watched Archie via her home security camera, he contentedly lounged on the couch, chewing on a cigarette lighter. Suddenly, United Press International reported, the lighter ignited, and her couch burst into flames. Borkowski called the fire department, and the 10-month-old puppy escaped unhurt, although her apartment suffered thousands of dollars of damage. Borkowski has changed Archie’s Instagram handle to “Archie the Arsonist.”

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Housekeepers from The Venetian hotel in Las Vegas took first place in the Las Vegas Housekeeping Olympics on Oct. 23, beating out second- and third-place teams from The Mirage and Circus Circus, United Press International reported. The competition, which took place at the Mandalay Bay resort, included bed-making contests, vacuum races and a toilet paper toss. Mandalay Bay President Chuck Bowling said the Olympics are a way of celebrating overlooked workers in the hospitality industry.

People with issues

Residents of the Oakland neighborhood in Topeka, Kansas, called police just after midnight on Oct. 27 to report that someone was driving construction equipment around the area. The Topeka Capital Journal reported that when officers arrived, they found 46-year-old Shane Dee Funk behind the wheel of a loader, a piece of heavy equipment, driving it through yards and streets and damaging property. Police Capt. Colleen Stuart said Funk refused to stop for officers, and “numerous residences in the loader’s path were evacuated for safety purposes.” When Funk turned the loader toward police, they fired nonlethal bean bag pellets at him to disable him. Funk was treated at a hospital, then booked into the Shawnee County Jail on charges of felony theft, criminal damage to property, aggravated assault to a law enforcement officer and fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement.

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