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Tow time Do you like flashing lights, loud sirens and big trucks? Well, New Hampshire Towing Association 46th Annual Tow Show will be at the Hampton Beach State Park May 19 and 20. Larry Marsolais This is an amazing event where hundreds of tow trucks of all sizes come together for a weekend of fun. I have been there, and you will see many demonstrations from lifting a large dump truck off of its side to parking a tractor trailer and much more. The highlight of this event is on Sunday morning when, at 10 a.m., all of the trucks line up for a very long parade. They start at the state park and go along the beach to High Street then up to Route 1 and back, with lights flashing and sirens blowing.

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If you have a chance, take a trip down there. Bring the kids if you have them — this is a family-friendly event. Also on May 20 is Exeter Hospital’s 10th annual Kites Against Cancer event. For more about this event, see the story on p. 17. Looks like an exciting weekend to spend at Hampton Beach and this could also be your last weekend to get down to the beach and enjoy some of the best food around before the tourist population returns… And as always, I would love to hear from our readers on how we are doing. Feel free to call me anytime at 603-935-5096 to discuss local issues or to place an ad.

Larry Marsolais is the general manager of the Seacoast Scene and the former president of the Hampton Rotary Club.

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The Hampton Garden Club’s 59th annual Plant & Bake Sale will be Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hampton Town Hall, 100 Winnacunnet Road. Choose from a wide selection of annuals, perennials and tasty baked goods. There will also be a silent auction of rain barrels designed and painted by HAJH students. For more information visit

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The Newburyport Harbor Light and Plum Island Point will have its first open house of the season Sunday, May 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. (weather permitting). A climb to the top of this historic light offers views of both land and sea, from the Isles of Shoals and Mt. Agamenticus to the Great Salt Marsh. Catch a view of boating at the mouth of the Merrimack River, watch the kayaks and paddleboarders ply the waters of the Basin. Look upriver to the city of Newburyport. Learn about the history of Plum Island lights that have guarded the Merrimack River entrance since 1788. The tours and parking are free; donations are accepted. Note: to climb the tower, children must be at least 5 years old and 42 inches tall. All must ascend a short ladder at the top through a trap door to emerge at the level of the light and viewing platform. Tours are weather dependent and may be cancelled in wet or foggy weather.

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By Rob Levey Spring is the ideal time to hit a trail or road for a run, and there may be no better place than the greater Seacoast area, which can take take you down meandering trails, country roads and city streets all within a few miles. For inspiration on where to go and why you should lace up your sneakers in the first place, we asked local athletes to share their favorite routes and talk about their running lives. LOCAL RUNNERS’ FAVORITE ROUTES One of Greenland resident Jason SEACOAST SCENE | MAY 17 - 23, 2018 | PAGE 6

Lajeunesse’s favorite routes is Ocean Boulevard, which runs through Hampton, North Hampton and Rye. “I love running long flat runs on the coastline,” he said. Lajeunesse cited several favorite outand-back routes. Hampton Bath House to the Wall Bath House and back is 6 miles — all sidewalk. Hampton Bath House to North Beach Bath House round trip is 8 miles. “From North Beach, you can continue up through the Little Boars Head sidewalk for a mile plus and turn back, or continue all the way up to Jenness Beach Bath House,” he added.

Hampton Beach Bath House to Jenness and back is 14 miles. “These all have flat, great views and there are usually people around and other runners,” he said. “There are multiple bathrooms and stores to refuel if more water is needed. It’s fun watching the surfers get waves on a big day,” too.” Another favorite route for him is the Newcastle Loop, which makes it way along Route 1A and is about 6 miles. According to Lajeunesse, there is one thing to keep in mind before venturing out on these routes. “Check the wind direction,” he said. “If it’s coming out of the north, I will start at

Hampton Beach Bath House and start the run into wind heading north. On the way back, you get the tailwind, or vice versa if the wind is out of the south.” Newmarket runner Jennifer Dolloff said her favorite routes are all in Newmarket. “For road running, I really love starting downtown and going out to Dame Road,” she said. “This turns into Bay Road — I think by then it becomes Durham — and back into downtown. I love this route because of all of the hills.” With the side streets on Bay Road, she said she can turn this loop into anywhere from between 8.5 and 12 miles. For trails, she prefers the Sweet 7

6 Trail, which is 5 miles one way and starts in Durham and ends right on the bay in Newmarket.

PERSONAL PICKS FROM A PERSONAL TRAINER A resident of Portsmouth, personal trainer and endurance coach Shawn Crotto has been running throughout the Seacoast area for more than 20 years. “One of my favorites routes is Islington to Strawbery Banke, which leads you through downtown at the end of your run,” he said. “It’s perfect to stay motivated through the busy streets.” He shared some of his favorite Seacoast routes. New Castle Loop from Portsmouth: 6- to 8-mile loop with “rolling hills and beautiful historical houses” along the waterfront. “This is my favorite,” he said. In Town Loop: three to four miles. “This is just a short easy flat run loop that runs through town. The best part about this run is the people.” Little Harbor Trails: 2 to 4 miles. “This is a nice little trail loop with lots of rolling hills and a great view of the ocean.” Long Run Portsmouth Half: 13 to 16 miles. “This route gives you just about everything from rolling hills to beautiful ocean views on the flats to busy lively neighborhoods. It’s a great long run to train on and race on. This is actually the Seacoast Half Marathon course.” You can find the course online at halfmarathons. net/course-map-seacoast-half-marathon. Islington to Strawbery Banke: 6 to 8 miles. Noting this route is the Market Square Day 10K course (see the map at, he said it is a great route upon which to train in preparation for race day. “On race day, everyone in town is out cheering on all the runners. Either racing


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or training on this route is very motivational because of the busy city.” Crotto said he particularly enjoys all the beautiful natural sights, historical buildings and ocean views that you can find during a run on the Seacoast. “I really like the short curving roads and sharp turns the city streets have to offer,” he said. “It breaks up the boredom of long runs.” RUNSPIRATION For Crotto, half the fun of training on the Seacoast is how the sport has grown in recent years. “When I started running, I would only see a handful of runners on the 8

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7 road,” he said. “Nowadays, you see groups of runners even if there is a blizzard outside. The Seacoast has definitely become a running community, which excites me as a coach, trainer and a fellow runner.” As for what she loves the most about running, Dolloff said it’s the people she has met. “Everyone in the running community is so kind and encouraging,” she said. “Two years ago, I could not run half a mile. I probably would have quit after running the 5K I was training for. After connecting with the Exeter Run Club in August of 2016, though, I have gotten into some crazy adventures and hope to do a marathon in the near future. I really appreciate the discipline that running requires — it has helped me grow as a person.”

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A cross between running and walking, racewalking is very popular on the Seacoast, and local resident Jay Diener one of its more visible proponents. Diener said he used to run, having completed many 5Ks and 10Ks as well as four marathons. He stopped in 2003, though, when he had foot problems that stopped him from running, but could still walk comfortably. “I signed up for a weekend racewalking clinic then and have never looked back,” he said. “I usually train about five to six days a week, most often before dawn, and average about 5 to 7 miles per workout.” For Diener, nothing beats the sights, sounds and smells of the Seacoast in summertime. “I enjoy the cooling ocean breezes when I train and my wife and I enjoy sitting on our front porch and watching the sun go down, or evening strolls along North Beach, Little Boar’s Head, or Jenness Beach. We enjoy sneaking into a beach bar for a quick bite to eat and a refreshing drink on the weekends.” With the weather finally more seasonable, he said, this is the perfect time of year for training. “The winter chill is gone, but the summer heat hasn’t settled in yet, so the temperatures 120956

are about perfect,” he said. “Since I’m out early in the morning, it is nice to see some daylight sneaking in to the second half of my workouts. By the end of May I’ll be able to put my headlamp away for a couple of months.” One of his regular routes is from Woodland Road turning onto North Shore and then Cusack to Ocean Boulevard. He said he turns left onto Ocean Boulevard to Huckleberry Lane and then heads back to Woodland Road. The loop is 3.2 miles. A longer route is to go north along Woodland Road from Hampton through North Hampton and to the end of the road in Rye. He then turns right onto South Road, right onto Ocean Boulevard, past Little Boar’s Head, and right onto Huckleberry to head back to Woodland Road for about a 7-mile loop. “For a long workout, nothing beats just heading north from Huckleberry Lane along Ocean Boulevard,” he said. “If I go Rye Harbor and back, it will give me about a 13- to 14-mile workout.” Some of his best workouts are the ones he makes up as he goes along, which often includes turning down streets down that he has not previously been “just to see where they take [him].”

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Warm-up: This is one step that should not be missed. Warming up before a run is easy and it should be fun and only take 5 to 10 minutes. It helps loosen up the body but also gets your mind ready. Active stretches, walks before runs and breathing are examples of warmups. They allow more blood flow through hips and legs and create mobility. Consider this: Running on the road can create a pattern that is constantly straight with little deviation. Running on trails creates more muscle use and always a change in pattern, which is a more natural way to run. On trails we listen more because we have to focus on every step. Roads can be dangerous because of boredom, which leads to not listening to every step.

Listen to your body: During the run, your body can tell you lots of things — small pain in hips or lower legs that creeps up, for example. Stay calm, slow your pace, step differently or change your gait. This doesn’t mean to change your style or form for the whole run but just for a bit to see what’s wrong. It’s OK to hit your heel sometimes while running if you feel something uncomfortable. Cool-down/Recovery: This is another step runners often neglect. This is a crucial step that takes 5 to 10 minutes. Active stretches, slow walks after runs with lunges or squats — five to 10 reps — and of course static stretches. Focus on large muscle groups. Stretch for 30 seconds to 1 minute. For recovery you can also try foam rolling or manual massage.

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A resident of Stratham, Hubbell said she has been running for 36 years, starting in her sophomore year in high school when she joined the spring track team. “I haven’t stopped running,” she laughed. “My high school career led me to run and high jump for UVM for two years.” Today, she runs three to four days a week with a typical weekly mileage of 20 to 25. For Hubbell, running has literally become a way of life, as she has been executive director of Girls on the Run New Hampshire since August 2007. “Being involved with this non-competitive program has definitely benefited my own running and my approach to it,” she said. “Lacing up my shoes and heading out the door for a quick 4 miles, or carving out the time for 10, puts a smile on my face for the rest of the day. I honestly can say that I love running. … I want and hope that all the girls who participate in our 10-week spring or fall season have that same experience, which is one of accomplishment and joy for the effort they put in.”

Hubbell said she often heads out on Winnicutt Road in Stratham, which has hills in one direction and is flat heading the other way. “A long run will take me by the Sagamore-Hampton golf course, where I expect to inhale the row of budding lilac bushes along one of its fences any day now,” she said. She is currently training for her first half marathon since shoulder surgery two years ago. “May 19 is the Big Lake Half Marathon in Alton Bay — I can’t wait,” she said. Hubbell’s favorite time of the day to run is in the morning. “I am a first-thing-in-themorning runner and cannot run on an empty stomach, even if it’s just 4 miles,” she said. For fuel, she eats toast with almond butter and a handful of blueberries sprinkled on top. She also drinks coffee. For her longer training runs — anything over 8 miles — she tends to bring along a couple small water bottles. “In one of them, I add a tablespoon of maple syrup for a dose of energy,” she said.

Meet Anne Torrez: Cycling, running and triathlon coach A resident of Exeter with her husband, two young daughters and Australian Shepherd, Torrez said she started to run as a way to get herself out of “an unhealthy physical and emotional rut.” “I knew I needed a goal to keep myself on track, so I signed up for a triathlon,” she said. “I got hooked after my first race and went on to do half and full marathons in addition to triathlons. I definitely had to push through the start when running feels so hard all the time.” Running, though, quickly became her favorite way to decompress and rejuvenate. It has also been a great way to meet some awesome people — she has become part of a running community, Exeter Run Club, in which she has made some great friends. She now coaches running through her businesses, Tri It Your Way, which she started in 2013 shortly after moving to New Hampshire. “I’m a certified running, cycling and triathlon coach, and I work with individual athletes as well as doing group clinics and coaching,” she said. “My athletes all vary in their experience levels, distances they are training for and performance goals. The common thread is that they found the sport or sports they love to do and they continue to push themselves to improve each season, which is key to keeping motivated.”

Noting she is constantly inspired by her athletes who work through the hard moments and celebrate their victories, Torrez cited several go-to places for her runs with anywhere near the ocean as her “hands-down favorite.” “There is nothing like that view to calm the mind and spirit,” she said. “On a longer run, I always try to run along the ocean as much as I can.” For shorter runs, she said downtown Exeter and nearby areas, including the campus of Phillips Exeter or around Swasey Parkway, are favorites. “I often take one or both of my daughters with me in the stroller,” she said. “They love to eat snacks and see what’s going on.” To fuel her runs, she tries to eat “a well-balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and a solid amount of ice cream.” “Before and after long training sessions or racing, I’m a bit more intentional and try to make sure I am getting the right amount and balance of carbs and protein to fuel and also to recover afterward,” she said. As for specific products, she uses Skratch Labs Hydration and Honey Stinger Chews. For runs more than a couple of hours, she adds solid food, which include pretzels and goldfish, so as to not upset her stomach. “I typically make my own recovery shake after long and hard efforts with fruit, peanut butter and yogurt,” she said.

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Raise tuition for a 13-year-old Kenyan girl to go to school by participating in the Race to Educate Triathlon on Sunday, May 27, at Portsmouth High School, 50 Andrew Jarvis Drive, Portsmouth. Participants should be in the pool ready to swim by 12:30 p.m. Registration is $40 for individuals, $75 for a team of three and $120 for a family of up to four. Go to for more info. For questions call Lilia at Education For All Children at 431-7295 or email Join the 21st annual Runner’s Alley/Redhook Memorial 5K road race on Sunday, May 27, at the Redhook Brewery, 35 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth. Organizers boast a fast, flat course with prizes at the end. The race starts at 11 a.m. with a kids’ fun run at 10:15 a.m. The race proceeds will be donated to the Krempels Center. Registration is $35, VIP for first 100 to pay the $100 rate includes preferred parking, VIP toilets, a catered buffet, beer tasting and a goodie bag. The first 1,500 adults to register will get T-shirts. Visit redhook5k for more info. Work up a sweat at the 10th annual Bow Lake Dam 15K/5K Race to Cure Cystic Fibrosis on Saturday, June 2. Same-day registration starts at 8 a.m. The 15K run starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Grange Hall in Strafford, and the 5K run starts at 10 a.m. a little farther down Water Street and headed in the opposite direction. Online registration costs $15 for kids age 12 and under, $25 for adults until June 1; same-day registration is $25 for kids, $35 for adults, and racers get to enjoy live music and food when they finish. Proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Visit for more info. Celebrate World Oceans Day by running in the Run for the Ocean 5K on Saturday, June 2, at 170 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton. The 5K starts at 9 a.m. and registration is $25 for adults, $12 for kids age 12 and under. There are prizes for best costume and most litter picked up after the race. The course is partially on the beach. All proceeds go to the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation. Visit for more info or call 431-0260 for questions. Support the Annie’s Angels charity by running in the 22nd annual Rye by the Sea 5K and Duathlon on Saturday, June 2, at the Rye Learning Skills Academy, 1247 Washington Road, Rye. The race starts at 8 a.m. and registration is $20 for the 5K, $40 for the individual duathlon, which involves a 5K, a 17-mile bike race followed by another 5K. The first 250 entrants get a free T-shirt. Visit anniesangels. org for more info. Run across some iconic covered bridges in the fifth annual Ididarun 10K and 1.5-Mile cross-country run/walk Race for the Huskies starting at the Monadnock Regional Middle School, 580 Old Homestead Highway in Swanzey on Sunday, June 3. The 1.5-mile starts at 9 a.m. and the 10K race starts at 9:30 a.m. Registration for the 10K is $25 to $30 and for the 1.5 mile it’s $15 to $20. Visit or contact Clint Joslyn at 313-8526 or The Market Square Day 10K Road Race on Saturday, June 9, kicks off the Market Square Day festival in Portsmouth at 9 a.m. It is limited to 2,000 runners and competitive walkers from the starting line at Market Square and ending at Strawbery Banke. Registration is $40, and there is no same-day registration. T-shirts will be avail

able for the first 1,100 registered runners/walkers. Visit for more info. Get your heartbeat up at the What Moves You 5K on Sunday, June 10. This race kicks off at 9 a.m. at The Center for Orthopedics & Movement, 7 Alumni Drive, Exeter. The loop course is very similar to the Margaritas course, with a flat start and gradual hills and a different start and finish location. Registration costs $35. Visit Email for questions. Get ready for the fifth annual Hilltop Hustle 5K Road Race and Fitness Walk on Saturday, June 16, at 18 Cemetery Road, Somersworth. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. and registration is $15 to $25 for adults, $5 to $10 for kids 17 and under. Same-day registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Visit for more info. Take part in the 20th annual Newfields 5K Summer Solstice Run on Saturday, June 16. The race starts at 9 a.m. The race starts off Route 85 on Deer Trees Lane and finishes on Hayden Drive. Strollers are welcome. Registration is $20 to $25, $10 for kids age 11 and under. T-shirts are given to the first 125 entries. Visit for more info. Run in the ninth annual Goodwin Community Health Father’s Day 5K on Sunday, June 17, at Margaritas, 23 Members Way, Dover. The race begins at 9 a.m. and registration is $20 for adults, $5 for kids age 12 and under. Same-day registration is $25. Visit or for more info. On Saturday, June 23, join the Exeter Trail Race, touted as the most technical race in New England, at 6 Commerce Way, Exeter. It features a 10-mile and a 4.6-mile race through the Oaklands and Henderson-Swasey Town Forests on trails better known as Fort Rock. Start time is 10 a.m. for the long race, 10:20 a.m. for the short race at 6 Commerce Way, Exeter. Races cost from $25 to $40, and cash rewards will be given to the top finishers. Visit The Smuttynose Will Run for Beer 5K on Sunday, June 24, follows a beautiful course on back roads with a covered bridge and leads to an after-race party with live music and beer. The race starts at 9:30 a.m. at Smuttynose Brewery, 105 Towle Farm Road, Hampton. The race costs $35. Visit or email for more info. Pound the ground at the Pease 7K Road Race on Sunday, July 22. Head out for an 8 a.m. start at Langdon Public Library, 328 Nimble Hill Road, Newington. It also features a half-mile kids’ fun run and a 100-yard dash at 7:45 a.m. The race costs from $20 to $30, and kids run or walk for free. Register before July 20 for a discount. Visit or email for more info. Run in the SIX03 Summerfest 10K and 5K Race on Sunday, July 28, at the Dover Ice Arena, 110 Portland Ave., Dover. The races start at 9 a.m. and registration is $35 for the 10K, $30 for the 5K. There will be fun, music and drinks to follow. Visit for more info. Support a local health center by running in the Lamprey Health Care 5K Road Race on Saturday, Aug. 11. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. at Lamprey Health Care, 207 S. Main St., Newmarket. Same-day registration starts at 7 a.m. and a kids’ fun run will be featured at 9:20 a.m. Registration cost $20 to $30 and the fun run is free. Visit for more info.

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Debra Vasapolli and her team are preparing for the 10th Annual Kites Against Cancer event at Hampton Beach, happening Sunday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., when people will gather to fly kites in honor of loved ones who have been lost to the disease.

What can you tell me about this event’s decade-long run? This event was actually started by a woman from Hampton named AnneMarie Viviano. She was a breast cancer patient here at Exeter Hospital and she had the vision of what’s called the Beyond the Rainbow Fund. It’s a fund that supports people with expenses outside of what would normally be covered by insurance while they are undergoing treatment for cancer. So that might be paying their rent, paying utilities, buying groceries, transportation. ... Kites Against Cancer was originally, when she had the first event, a fundraiser for that Beyond the Rainbow Fund. Anne-Marie unfortunately passed away from her cancer and the hospital, with the help of her sister Carrie Shaw, took over the event 10 years ago, and we’ve been holding the event annually ever since at Hampton Beach.

What is the atmosphere like on the day the kites fly? It’s about celebrating survivors, families and loved ones who have been lost to cancer. It’s really about celebration of life. It’s become a very family-oriented event; we have face painting and raffles and refreshments. We have the kite flying of course and then we have different activities likes Zumba on the beach.

What was that first event like after Anne-Marie passed? I originally met with Carrie Shaw after her sister’s passing and we talked about transitioning the Beyond the Rainbow Fund to Exeter Hospital. One of the ways we could support that fund was by reinstating Kites Against Cancer, so we stuck with the name and started that 10 years ago. We really built upon what Anne-Marie had done originally. We were fortunate; we still had people

there. They tape who remembered interviews with the first event people about what and we just wantbrings them to ed to enhance it. this event. That’s Even at that time, a really powerful we were trying to opportunity. do things like raffles. It was much Who is out there smaller at that flying these kites? time. It’s grown All ages. There’s into a very large lot of young kids event that is realflying kites but ly well-recognized people of all ages in the communiare out there flying ty so we get a lot kites in rememof student support, brance. It’s usually we get a lot from just a sea of kites people who come every year to hon- Images from Kites Against Cancer. Courtesy photos. in the air so it’s really beautiful. or members of their families. And some people use it as a It’s about celebration, it’s about being memorial service for their loved ones. together as a community and honoring So they join us again every year in May. those that are survivors and those that we have lost. How has cancer affected your life? What kinds of kites are used and what I think most people have been affected one way or another. My family has are some of the different designs you’ve had our own losses as well, through fam- seen? There’s rainbow-colored kits and some ily, friends, loved ones. I’m usually there working the event so my daughter has the solid types that people can decorate. So pleasure of flying kites and being part of there’s white, red, blue, green. But then that. … It’s really powerful to see com- we have a rainbow kite that has all of

If someone hasn’t been affected by cancer, can they still attend the event? Oh my goodness, absolutely. The event is free, [and] it’s right there at Hampton Beach in the pavilion. … There’s a lot for people to participate in beyond just flying the kites. In addition to raising money, how does this event help? It has traditionally been a fundraiser for the Beyond the Rainbow fund but this year it is transitioning slightly in that it’s not necessarily a fundraiser as much as it is about a community event and celebration. Celebrating our survivors and celebrating our families and celebrating our community. So if there are any net proceeds then they certainly would go to the center for cancer care or the Beyond the Rainbow Fund. But we are starting to transition it to much more of a community-based survivorship event. How has it changed in the last 10 years? It’s grown tremendously and it’s become a much more recognized event so we have great turnout and tremendous support from community partners. The kites are sold throughout the community and we have a lot of support from different organizations that sell the kites and schools that send kids that are doing volunteer activities. We have donors that come on board to support the event. What are you most excited about for this year’s Kites Against Cancer? We are excited to have a special recognition of survivors. A special celebration for survivors.

munity members come and they write names of their loved ones on the kite and they fly it. We also have a collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center so they are on site as well and have their Everyday Amazing band

the colors on it so it’s kind of symbolic of the Beyond the Rainbow Fund. Kids draw on it with marker and put the loved one’s name on it and some of the kids decorate the kites, which is fantastic.

Are you from the Seacoast originally? I’m not originally from the Seacoast but I’ve been here for 20 years. I’ve been working with Exeter Health Resources for 12 of those years with community relations and public relations so I’m really excited to be part of such a community-based event. When you are not working what do you like to do for fun? Yoga! — Ethan Hogan SEACOAST SCENE | MAY 17 - 23, 2018 | PAGE 17


By Ethan Hogan Where I went: North Shore Medium, 87 Lafayette Road, Suite 202, Hampton, What it is: A spiritual medium studio with weekly classes in psychic healing and

meditation. My experience: According to North Shore Medium owner Jocelyn BoucherLander, past life regression is the process of accessing memories, emotions or life lessons from your soul’s previous lifetime through hypnosis and meditation. She talked our class of seven through a meditation that was meant to help us search for past lives and try to find a meaningful lesson there. When I entered the studio, I didn’t believe in past life or reincarnation. For Jocelyn, the existence of past lives is a truth of life that can help people understand

themselves and potentially fix problems they are experiencing today, such as people who have phobias that they can’t explain or fears that have no basis in their reality. Those feelings could stem from experiences someone felt in a past life, she said. SEACOAST SCENE | MAY 17 - 23, 2018 | PAGE 18

“Your body may change, but your soul is your soul,” she said. We laid on blankets draped over yoga mats on the floor while Joycelyn purified the energy in the room with sage. She’d been working with clients all day and felt the need to clear the energy in the room. Laying on my back, looking up at the ceiling, I got comfortable as the softness of the fabric cradled and cushioned my head into a comfortable, wakeful state of anticipation. Jocelyn had us focus first on our breathing and how our bodies felt. Then we slowly eased into the guided journey. It starts on a staircase that leads to the subconscious. I saw a staircase that led up to a white door with a round top. I began to walk toward the door before I realized the subconscious was below me, at the bottom of the stairs. Down there it was dark and it led to a hallway. I remember feeling reluctant and scared to walk down the step in my mind. With Jocelyn’s guidance, I slowly descended the stairs and found myself standing at the beginning of a short hallway. She started asking questions like, “What color are the walls? What do the doors in the hallway look like? Do they have door knobs or do they open some other way?” My doors were rounded at the top and painted white. The knobs were wooden and easy to turn. I found my mind wandering very little as I stood in this subconscious place. I understood that behind the door was a past life. I was worried I might not see anything behind the door so I left it closed until she told us to walk through. When I did open the door, I entered a dark space with a subtle light resting in the center. The room was flooded with several inches of jet black liquid. I lifted my shoes and saw how they were covered in the ink or oil that filled the room. As I looked down I realized I was wearing jeans and a jean jacket. I felt rugged. I walked over to the light and found a lamp resting on an end table. The lamp was a pink and green clown. I set it down and reflected on how I felt. Despite my tough exterior and the dark imagery in the room, the life I was in felt calm and contemplative. There was no anger or fear, just a sense of acceptance and casualness. Jocelyn asked many more questions at this point. She wanted us to be taking note

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of everything we were feeling and experiencing. My room felt empty and the light remained dark. There was nothing else there until I noticed another staircase rising out of the black liquid, leading to a second white door. At some point during the meditation I became detached from the class and either fell into a deep sleep or entered a subconscious state. I’m quite sure we were only supposed to see one past life during the meditation but the new staircase was calling me. I climbed the stairs and opened the door, which was also white with a round top and a wooden knob. I entered a sunny apple orchard in full bloom. I was happy, spinning through the rows of trees. Wearing a blue dress I realized I was a young woman. I could sense that the happiness I felt was a reference point. It wasn’t going to last. In the farm house my family waited. I was older now. Standing in the kitchen I felt a sadness and I felt it in the young children around me too. I was handling the sadness, crushing it and morphing it into anger. I was mad and didn’t want to be around my family anymore. Someone must have died unexpectedly or tragically. Whatever family had lived on the farm and however I was related to them was not totally clear. I wanted to run away and leave the problems behind. I saw myself getting into a truck and driving through corn fields. At this point Jocelyn was pulling us out of the experience and having us walk back up the stairs. Slowly climbing the steps, I got to walk through the door I’d seen before. It was a door back into conscious waking experience. We then turned over on our sides and breathed out whatever emotions we had felt during the regression. Many of the other attendees in the class had felt that they were only seeing themselves in the

scenes they witnessed. Jocelyn said that’s because the soul never changes so it is you in the memories. I wondered if the trauma or joy felt during the meditation were feelings from earlier parts of our own lives. But that didn’t match up with what I experienced since it was so different from my own life. And why had I seen two separate lives? Were they connected? It seems like the man in the dark room may have been the person who died in the lives of the farm family. But I couldn’t be two people in the same lifetime. Jocelyn said that astroplaning is when you see someone else’s life or past life. Maybe I was the man in the dark room seeing the life of a daughter or spouse once I had died. My belief or understanding of past lives ultimately was not important to the experience. I feel that I learned things about life in general that I could carry into my own. That sense of sadness and loss, for example, is something that I am fortunate enough to not have experienced yet as a young adult, so maybe now I will be more equipped to process those feelings when they inevitably come. Who should try this: Whether you believe in the idea of past lives or not, you can take away something meaningful from this meditation. Preconceptions, though, can hinder any experience — especially one that asks you to reflect on your own life … or lives. — Ethan Hogan Know about something fun going on? If you have an upcoming event in the Seacoast area that you want people to know about, send the details to editor@seacoastscene. net and we may publish the information in an upcoming edition!


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Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day kicks off summer

Photos from last year’s event. Photo courtesy of Cameron Machell.

Nathaniel Meyer believes that “kids plus bikes equals happiness.” Meyer, a board member of Seacoast VeloKids, a Strathambased organization that aims to get children more involved with cycling, said Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is their best expression of that sentiment all year. The event is in its fifth year and will take place on Sunday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stratham Hill Park in Stratham. “It’s magic,” Meyer said. “The progression that these kids make throughout the day is absolutely astounding. One of the most noticeable changes is an increase in confidence.” Children will have the opportunity to take group trail rides and visit various biking skill stations. “Kids learn that their bike can do a lot more and they can do a lot more on their bike than they thought they could at the beginning of the day,” Meyer, an avid biker himself, said. He said that he’s seen children who aren’t stable on their bikes in the morning, and by the end of the day they can ride their bike over a seesaw. There will be bike races and biking obstacles, as well as pump track riding on a dirt track, which Meyer described as “a mini roller-coaster for bikes made out of dirt.” The event concentrates on bike handling skills, because “biking in the woods is bumpy,” Meyer said. Children are shown various handling skills, like how to progress over a bump, how to stand up on the pedals, how to shift their weight in a certain direction, and how to use their arms as shock absorbers. Not all of the groups are based on age; some are based on skill. Group trail rides are broken up into beginner, intermediate, or advanced and can be made up of as many as

25 children. All participants will have their helmets and bikes inspected by local bike mechanics at the event’s safety check stations. Professional BMX rider and X-Games veteran Matt Ray is making an appearance for the intermission show. “It’s another example of a skill set that people have on bikes that really is something extraordinary and special,” Meyer said. There are usually around 250 children who attend the event, along with parents, family and friends. Meyer said there’s a lot that goes into the event and described it as Seacoast VeloKids’ “big, all-hands-on-deck event” and “a good way to kick off the season.” Aside from cycling, there will be food vendors, face painting and participation from local shops. Biking was a formative part of Meyer’s childhood, he said, and also his son’s childhood. He said it is something that can be done by the whole family, and there are so many kinds to choose from — mountain biking, cross biking and road biking. It gives children the opportunity to find something that lets them be passionate about being outdoors, he said. Plus, he said, introducing children to the sport of cycling instills confidence and promotes a healthy and active lifestyle. In his mind, the earlier they’re introduced to the sport, the better. “It’s an astounding grassroots effort to get kids on bikes,” Meyer said, “and I’m awfully darn proud to be a part of it.” Registration is open for children up to 14 years old. To register, visit seacoastvelokids. com/takmbd.html. — Cameron Machell


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Is there really a difference in wiper blades? Dear Car Talk: Are there any benefits, other than bragging rights, to purchasing premium wiper blades, as opposed to the $5.99 kind? Thanks. — Bill There actually is an By Ray Magliozzi advantage to buying better-quality wiper blades, Bill: they work better. In our experience, there’s nothing better than the original-equipment (OEM) wiper blades that are sold by the dealer -they were designed to work on your specific windshield. The OEM blades tend to fit better. The spring mechanism that keeps the rubber edge pressed against the windshield is of higher quality, and keeps the blades from streaking or hopping. The rubber composition also tends to be better, leading to a clearer windshield and longer life (longer life for the blades, that is. There have been no studies yet that correlate better windshield wipers with human longevity). Our customers who buy the $5.99 blades from some of the discount auto-parts stores find that they can’t see as well in the rain, and the blades don’t last as long. Now, some of the OEM blades seem ridiculously expensive. OK, they are ridic-

ulously expensive. My wife has a Volvo, whose blades cost north of $30 each at the dealership. But they work great and always allow her to see clearly out of the car. And is there anything more important than that? When they get dirty, I wipe them down with some alcohol, and they work great again. If you don’t want to buy the OEM blades, you can try replacement blades from reputable companies, like Bosch or Anco. But keep in mind that a lot of those replacement blades will require you to use an adapter to fit the blade onto the metal wiper arm. It’s certainly doable, but you’ll have to monkey around to make it work. And if you mess it up, and the blade falls off, you could put some nice gouges in your windshield. You never can go wrong buying the OEM stuff. Check online for the genuine parts, and compare pricing to your local dealership’s parts department. So, unless your address includes the words “Mojave” and “desert,” Bill, I recommend that you skip the $5.99 blades. Dear Car Talk: I have a car-related question that’s been bothering me for a while. I was born and raised in a place where heat was far more of an issue than cold, so I grew up learning

that at high temperatures, using the heater for the passenger compartment could be used to cool the engine if it started heating up too much. Now that I’ve moved to a place where it snows, I’m being told that when it’s cold, using the heater actually will warm the car faster, because the thermostat will request more heat from the engine, causing it to come up to temperature faster. True? Thanks! — Patrick False. You’re welcome. The first part is true. The heater is, essentially, a smaller radiator that lives behind your dashboard. And when you turn it on, you draw heat away from the engine and into the passenger compartment. If the engine is starting to overheat, adding even a small extra radiator will help cool the engine — even if it ends up melting your Crocs. But contrary to your wishful thinking, Patrick, drawing heat away from the engine will not make the engine warm up any faster. There’s no “switch” or “thermostat afterburner” setting that commands the engine to warm up faster if you ask for heat. It’s always warming up as quickly as it can. So if your primary goal in life is to get heat as quickly as possible, your best bet would be to start the engine and, with the heat off, drive away immediately (driving warms up

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AT WHITE HERON TEA & COFFEE (601 Islington St., No. 103, Portsmouth, 294-0270), located just a mile outside of Portsmouth’s downtown, is a bright and comfortable cafe with an eclectic menu and coffee worthy of the pickiest connoisseur. Whether you’re looking for a spot to meet a friend for lunch, a place to get some work done with a coffee and a laptop, or just a space to enjoy a hot tea with a good book, White Heron hits the mark. The Scene sat down with head coffee roaster and barista Sajin Murphy to learn more about this Seacoast spot. How long has White Heron been around? We’ve been around for five years. White Heron as a company has been around for 11 [or] 12 years but were just tea wholesalers before; the cafe has been open for five years. Jonathan, the owner, he’s a huge tea buff. He lived in Japan for a while [when] he was stationed there. ... He really wanted to open a tea shop and it’s not really feasible to open a restaurant from scratch so they had the wholesale side [and] they did farmers markets all over for a while. People loved what we had so [White Heron] started doing food on the side at farmers markets as well and [customers] loved that, too. So Jonathan decided to open up the cafe. What makes White Heron unique? White Heron is unique because we have so much local stuff, we have so much crossover work with farms and restaurants where we give them some of our stuff [and] they give us theirs, like Throwback Brewery. We give them chai and coffee for their stouts and porters. … We

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get a lot of our produce from Three Rivers Farm Alliance, so we’re able to have a lot of local stuff. And we’re friends with all the farmers and restaurants around here — they get our coffee and then they come here. It’s just a nice culture. What is your personal favorite dish? My personal favorite for food is our rice bowl. We do have a lot of vegan and vegetarian options, but the rice bowl is one of the things you can readily get meat on, which I like! I get the chicken rice bowl. We have a lot of really delicious sauces. I like the coconut green curry. We make all our sauces in house [using] our own recipes and the coconut green curry is a really fun one — it’s just spicy enough and fun enough that people like to try it and it’s well-liked by a lot of people. My favorite coffee drink is not actually on the menu. It’s called a cortado; it’s equal parts espresso and milk with a little foam on top — it’s just super rich and creamy and delicious. What is a dish everyone should get? The supreme egg and cheese. It’s the

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most bang for your buck. It comes with our house-made, toasted English muffin — we make it first thing every morning. We have eggs that we get locally, we have your choice of meat, we have Fakin’ Bacon, then our bacon and sausage are North Country and [you can have] any veggie you want and it comes with basil pesto, which is really delicious. All of our iced teas are really back in swing with the weather heating up. The cranberry apple ginger is amazing. We have a lemon turmeric elixir right now that you can get iced, which is bright orange and really good for you — full of honey and our ginger tea is the base. What is an essential skill to running a restaurant? People skills. I think one of the reasons we’re so successful here, even though we’re a little out of the way and

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About five minutes into making this dish, I knew it was not what I wanted it to be: a timesaver. I normally turn to slow cooker meals when I only have time to throw a handful of ingredients into a single dish, plug the dish in, turn it on and walk away. This was not that recipe. I tricked myself into thinking that slow cooker lasagna would somehow take the prep time out of making lasagna from scratch. Maybe I could just throw in some noodles, some uncooked meat and some ricotta cheese and miraculously it would turn into a beautiful and tasty dish. Now, while this dish did turn out to be tasty, it still required a decent amount of time in the kitchen. The one step that was cut out from the traditional preparation was boiling the noodles, and there are no-boil noodles available in the store that make it an unnecessary step to begin with. So, while I did not get my miracle lasagna, I did get a hearty and scrumptious homemade meal. Ultimately, a slow cooker lasagna would be perfect in a few situations, primarily those involving the holidays and dinner parties. For example, if you needed all the oven space you had, this lasagna could be made ahead of time in a slow cooker, freeing up the oven and an hour or so before dinner for making other things. Similarly, this recipe would work well for a Slow cooker lasagna 1 pound ground meat (turkey or beef) ½ pound Italian sausage (turkey or pork) 3 cups marinara sauce 16 ounces ricotta cheese 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese 4 ounces grated Parmesan 1 package lasagna noodles, uncooked Garlic salt, pepper, Italian seasonings and parsley to taste. In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground meat and sausage until no longer


potluck since you would not have to worry about the lasagna getting cold before everyone went back for seconds. Prepared in much the same way you would make a no-boil lasagna, this slow cooker lasagna recipe is not that far removed from the traditional preparation of the dish. I still cooked the ground meat first, mixed the cheese separately and layered the ingredients before topping with an extra sprinkle of cheese and serving with a smooth spoonful of sauce. If I had approached this recipe with a more open mind, I might not have been as disappointed in the time I spent preparing the dish. I should have known better than to hope for a five-minute prep time, and if I had thought it through before diving into the recipe, I would have been pleasantly surprised by the finished product. I anticipated that the noodles would be undercooked, the meat overcooked and the cheese burnt to the sides of the dish, but in fact I ended up with perfect al dente pasta layers, gooey servings of cheese and meat that was cooked just right. Overall, while this recipe did not save me time in the kitchen, it certainly has its perks, and I know it’s a recipe I’ll likely be saving to use again when the next office potluck rolls around. — Lauren Mifsud pink, seasoning with garlic salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, combine ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, season with garlic salt, Italian seasonings, pepper and parsley. Add all but ½ cup marinara sauce to the cooked meat mixture and stir to combine. Coat the bottom of the slow cooker with a light layer of the remaining marinara sauce. Layer the noodles, meat and cheese and repeat until all ingredients are used. Top with a final layer of noodles and the remaining marinara sauce. Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or until noodles are tender.


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Souvenir china exhibit opens Long-time resident Steve Brigandi is a collector of all things Hampton, from old police and fire badges, to old postcards and photographs, to turn-of- the-century souvenir china. Part of Brigandi’s 100-piece Hampton souvenir china collection will be on display at the Tuck Museum of Hampton History starting May 22, along with pieces from the museum’s collection, in celebration of Hampton’s 380th birthday this year. “Souvenir china is a window into Hampton’s past at the turn of the 20th century, showing what people kept close to their hearts – their churches, schools, local business and, of course, Hampton Beach,” said Betty Moore, executive director of the Tuck Museum. “We are honored to have Steve join us for this special exhibit with pieces from his collection that are unique and beautiful.” “Souvenir china helps tell the story of Hampton,” said Brigandi. “For example, many of the hotels and businesses are no longer here or have significantly changed, so it’s nice to be able to look back and see how Hampton once was.” The turn of the century was an exciting time in America. There were advances in transportation and photography, which were underpinnings for the new souvenir china industry. Also called view china, it displayed pictures of what people wanted to remember. Souvenir china was inexpensive, and utilitarian. Collecting plates, bowls, cups and saucers, creamers and pitchers, salt and pepper shakers, vases, ashtrays and other items was the rage. Brigandi’s collection also includes hair receivers. But it is the plates in particular that Brigandi considers pieces of art. “I hope the exhibit will show people how

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beautiful souvenir china is,” he said. “Today there are no souvenirs like the ones that were made by European craftsmen who had such pride in their products. You can certainly see that when you look at the china.” Brigandi started visiting Hampton in the summer when he was a boy, staying with his grandparents who had a cottage here. He moved to Hampton in 1976, and has been collecting souvenir china for 35 years. Asked if he has a favorite piece of Hampton souvenir china Brigandi said, “I love them all!” Please join Brigandi and members of the Hampton Historical Society for the Hampton Souvenir China exhibit opening Tuesday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m. The Tuck Museum is at 40 Park Avenue in Hampton. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served. The Tuck Museum is open to the public Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

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The Exeter Arts & Music Fest is back for its second year with live music, artist vendors, local food and cultural exhibits. Festivities kick off Friday, May 18, with a Bandstand Blues Jam featuring the Max Sullivan Group on the downtown gazebo from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by The Midnight Wrens performing at the Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, there will be live music at two locations. The Independence Stage on the lawn of the American Independence Museum will feature David Corson at 10 a.m., Kenny Brothers at 11 a.m., Red Tail Hawk at 12:15 p.m., Qwill at 1:30 p.m. and Cold Engines at 2:45 p.m. The Singer/Songwriter Tent in Swasey Parkway will feature a different singer-songwriter on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,

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including Lizzie & Peter, Artty Francoeur, Elijah Clark, Kate McDougal, Dan Searl and Maurice Wynn, respectively. “Some of these musicians don’t necessarily get to play too often at events like this,” said Scott Ruffner, executive director of Town Exeter Arts and Music, which hosts the event. “They like it because the focus is on arts and music. They aren’t just an add-on or a footnote to what’s happening; they’re the focal point.” Also in Swasey Parkway, there will be local food vendors and about 30 artists and craftspeople selling handmade items like fine art, pottery, blown glass, jewelry, woodwork and more. Exeter-based historical reenactment and living history group Drauger Vindlands will portray the combat and culture of the Viking age, a sculptor will have some of his work on display and two artists will be doing live graffiti-style art. Attendees can contribute to a large freestyle mural or try painting rocks for Exeter’s painted rock initiative, which invites people to hide and find painted rocks around town. There will also be face painting, henna tattoos, a free outdoor yoga session and interactive art activities for kids. “We want this to be a celebration of New Hampshire’s arts and talent,” Ruffner said. “That’s our initiative, and we hope that people will go and support the creatives in their own communities.” — Angie Sykeny Exeter Arts & Music Fest When: Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Suggested $10 donation More info:



Force of Nature, by Jane Harper; audiobook read by Stephen Shanahan (Flatiron Books, running time 9 hours)

On the front cover of Force of Nature by Jane Harper, The New York Times calls the novel a “breathless page-turner.” It’s a page-turner, alright, but I’m going to call it a thoughtful page-turner that makes you consider how you interact with others, in the best and worst of times. Five women walk into the woods but only four come out. While the foundation of the narrative might not be the most original, Harper’s tantalizing, layered mystery more than makes up for it with engaging storytelling, a deliberate plot and complex, if not outwardly likeable, characters. Five women from the accounting firm BaileyTennants are essentially forced by the company to take part in a teambuilding exercise that takes them on a multi-day backpacking trek through Australia’s Giralang Ranges — but, as noted,

only four come back. That’s a problem for Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk, who is depending on the missing woman, Alice Russell, to produce critical evidence against BaileyTennants. Falk and his partner hear the drumbeat from superiors: “Get the contracts. Get the contracts.” Falk needs Alice to get the contracts. Therefore, Alice is of the utmost importance, and so it’s off to the Giralang Ranges to look for her and to investigate. There is so much that hangs over Force of Nature and that’s what made it so difficult to pin down, and so engaging. About half the novel is told from Falk’s perspective, and the rest jumps around from the women participating on the hike. Given the novel takes place in Australia, it was only fitting that the narrator, Stephen Shanahan, delivered the story in a wonderful Australian accent. The narrator is crucial, obviously, in an audiobook, and Shanahan’s pleasing voice draws in the reader. The women are hardly friends, and none are particularly sympathetic, at least at first. Alice is the least likable, quick with a condescending, know-it-all remark. Throughout the trip, she’s grating on the other women. And while it’s difficult to like her — at one point she tells one of the other women to “fetch” an item in a way very similar to what you might say to the family dog — she’s clearly the strongest member of the group, both physically and mentally. Harper also carefully hangs multiple questions over the narrative. First, along with the women, a group of five men from BaileyTennants are also taking part in a separate team-building trip. While the two groups aren’t supposed to make contact, the men do visit the women on the first night and Daniel Bailey, the firm’s principal, speaks with Alice privately. What was that conversation about? Could anyone know Alice was

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cooperating with Falk’s investigation? Perhaps an animal got Alice? Or perhaps whatever happened to Alice was connected to a serial killer who once stalked the Giralang Ranges? There are rumors the killer’s son is still alive and that he has a place deep in the Giralang Ranges where he had escaped to. Harper does a beautiful job creating these seemingly endless possibilities, without giving any one avenue too much credence. When I read a mystery, my head typically jumps from one possibility to the next, and while the possibilities seem to expand as the novel goes on, the narrative is more grounded. Falk, who is starring in his second novel by Harper, is a wonderful lead and I particularly enjoyed how Harper explored Falk’s relationship with his late estranged father. The reader discovers Falk holds his father’s backpack, which contains a series of trail maps, includ-

ing from the Giralang Ranges, with his father’s personal notes. The notes provide a connection for Falk and a window into a deeper understanding of his relationship with his father. “But as he looked at the page, he still felt a jolt. When had his dad made that particular pencil mark? At their home sitting at the kitchen table, or perhaps standing at the trailhead 200 meters and 10 years from where Falk stood now?” Despite the layers, I call this a thoughtful page-turner because Harper organizes everything so well. At no time was the narrative overwhelming. The pacing is tremendous, as is the descriptive language that creates a vivid scene and mood. Force of Nature will take you through a series of twists and turns, but it will also make you think — hard — about the relationships you have with others. B+ — Jeff Mucciarone

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sober and revealing his secret, McCann for the first time began writing songs that spoke to his truth. In “Take Off My Armour,” he casts away the rock star life, saying “one second of the future is worth a lifetime in the past.” It’s a long way from selling out hockey arenas and making gold records, but that’s fine. “I have no regrets about changing my tune, so to speak,” McCann said. “I know while I’m not playing to as big of a crowd — I certainly don’t make near as much money — I know I am affecting people on a far deeper level and changing lives in a real way.” His shows are intimate solo affairs, filled with stories and testimony. A few Great Big Sea songs are included, but that’s not where McCann’s head is at. “It’s not rejecting it, because I can’t change the past,” he said. “I can accept it and make peace with it, but then move on. I feel like the future is where we need to keep our eyes, and that’s the big difference with the way I was living my life.” Writing confessional songs after gaining fame for rabble-rousing Celticflavored rock is a necessity for McCann. “I think that I just have no choice in the matter,” he said. “Music is my therapy; it’s also my art form, and I’m lucky that I am able to use it. Not everybody has a guitar or is a songwriter, and they have to find their own way to choose to help themselves and find whatever works, but in my case….” McCann evokes Johnny Rotten’s final words at the last Sex Pistols show. “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” he said with a laugh. “To sell tickets, the easiest way is to say very little. I have learned that from watching


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politicians and pop stars; they dumb it down. Those formulas work financially, but they literally leave you feeling wanting. ... We didn’t change our set list for about 15 years. At the end of the last tour, I was sober on the bus, but before that, I couldn’t drink enough to continue on. I think that happens to a lot of people, especially in the digital age where we literally have the ability to put forth a manipulated version of ourselves online … whether it’s true or not is irrelevant.” What’s most important to McCann is moving forward. “It starts with getting to the real truth, not the truth you want to present, or the angle you want to submit, but the

actual truth,” he said. “None of this is particularly easy, but it is achievable. I’m living proof of that. The songs keep coming. My shows are not a downer or a heavy thing. I still write anthems; I still write songs for people to sing, because that is what songs are for. There’s great power in that when people gather and do it together.” — Michael Witthaus Séan McCann When: Saturday, May 19, 8 p.m. Where: The Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress St., Portsmouth Tickets: $20 at


For 20 years, Séan McCann was a member of Canada’s biggest party band, and also one of the country’s most popular: Great Big Sea. In the end, a lifestyle of constant drinking nearly killed him. The road to recovery began with an ultimatum from his wife — McCann calls her his “higher power” — and he’s been sober since 2011. “I hit the wall and I had only one chance left,” McCann said in a recent phone interview. “I knew it, and it wasn’t easy, but I’m really grateful that she loved me enough to give me that.” Great Big Sea continued after his decision, but only long enough for McCann to grow weary of being the only non-drinker on a hard-partying tour bus. He eventually moved from the band’s St. John’s, Nova Scotia, home base to Ottawa. “You have your New Orleans in America ... Canada has St. John’s,” he said. “When I sobered up, I lost all my friends.” McCann’s healing journey remained stuck, however, until he acknowledged a secret he’d carried in shame for 35 years: sexual abuse by a Catholic priest at age 15. “People drink and use drugs for a reason, and it set me on a path because I had no means to function or deal with it,” he said. “What I eventually learned was there is a way to deal with a secret, and that is to tell it and be open and honest about it.” Since then, he’s become a tireless advocate for others with similar experiences, bringing a constant message. “A secret can really kill you,” he frequently testifies. “I’m not a victim. I’m a survivor.” Music got him there. After becoming



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A janitor at Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea, may have hit the jackpot on April 26 when he discovered $325,000 worth of gold bars in a garbage bin. Investigators told The Korea Times they believe two men were transporting the gold, wrapped in newspapers, from Hong Kong to Japan, and threw away the stash for fear of being searched by customs agents. If the owner doesn’t make a claim in six months, the janitor will get the gold, thanks to South Korea’s “finders-keepers” law. However, if the treasure is found to be linked to criminal activity, the janitor will not be entitled to any of it.

High times

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper arrived at the scene of a crash in Orlando on April 29 to find Scott Ecklund, 32, uninjured but highly agitated. Trooper Glaudson Curado arrested Ecklund after Ecklund helpfully told the trooper he could get more meth than had been found in the search of Ecklund’s wrecked Chevy Impala if the trooper would allow him to leave the scene. “Mr. Ecklund was making no sense during our conversation,” Curado wrote in his report, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Ecklund, who was arrested earlier in April for crashing a truck into a house and claiming to be an FBI agent as he brandished an assault rifle, was charged with meth possession and driving with a suspended license and taken to the Orange County Jail.

Indecent exposure

Neighbors of the “Pooperintendent,” a New Jersey school superintendent nabbed for repeatedly defecating on a high school running track, were nonplussed by the news. Thomas Tramaglini, 42, superintendent of schools in nearby Kenilworth, was charged April 30 in Holmdel, New Jersey, Municipal Court for defecating in public, lewdness and littering after being caught on surveillance video relieving himself on a daily basis during his run at the Holmdel High School track. The track is about 3 miles from Tramaglini’s home in Aberdeen. But neighbors told that Tramaglini always struck them as a nice guy — “Except for pooping on the field,” one added. Another dismissed all the attention: “If he wasn’t a super, this wouldn’t even be news.”


The Palais de Tokyo, a contemporary art museum in Paris, has made a name for itself by granting special visiting hours to nudists. On May 5, Reuters reported, naturists were invited to tour an exhibit, with about 160 attendees taking advantage of the sans-clothing event. Paris is seeing an increase in naturist events, according to Julien Claude-Penegry, communications director of the Paris Naturists Association. “The naturists’ way of life is to

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be naked. Naturists are pushing past barriers, taboos or mentalities that were obstructive,” he said. Next up for French nudists: a clubbing night later this year.

Questionable judgment

Angelique Sanchez, 26, of Denver was asked to provide a urine sample for a prospective employer on May 3, so, of course, she stopped off at a 7-Eleven store in Aurora to apply the final touch: She put the urinefilled bottle in a microwave and turned it on, whereupon the sample blew up. A 7-Eleven clerk, who observed a “yellow liquid ... and the smell was unquestionably urine” dripping from the microwave, confronted Sanchez, who wiped the liquid out of the microwave and onto the floor, then walked out. KUSA TV reported that police caught up with her at a nearby clinic and issued a summons for damaged property. Medical expert Comilla Sasson guessed that Sanchez was trying to restore the sample to body temperature.


Visitors to New York’s Fort Ticonderoga were in for a treat as locks of hair from Revolutionary War general turned traitor Benedict Arnold and his first wife, Margaret, were put on display during the season’s opening weekend of May 5-6. Curator Matthew Keagle told The Associated Press Arnold’s hair was recently rediscovered in the museum’s collections and had been preserved by the family. The private historical site obtained the hair in the 1950s. Saving a lock of a deceased family member’s hair was a common practice during the 1700s. Arnold helped capture Fort Ticonderoga from the British during the opening weeks of the Revolutionary War.

to the scene had been before, according to a Vermont State Police news release quoted by Boston25 News, as “Mr. Mason has complained in the past about frequent false alarms ... and was upset that fire crews would not relocate the detector. Mr. Mason took it upon himself to relocate the smoke detector ...” When first responders relieved him of his shotgun, Mason rearmed himself with a Colt .45 handgun and demanded his shotgun back. Mason was finally subdued and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon and reckless endangerment.

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April 11 was a great day for Markiko Sonnie Lewis of Maple Heights, Ohio -- he got out of jail! Lewis, 40, served time in state prison for robbing a Cleveland Key Bank branch in November 2015. To celebrate, he returned to the same bank on April 12 and robbed it again, according to WIOI, taking about $1,000. Lewis was indicted on May 1 with one count of bank robbery.

Mentos, which retails for $1.19. A security camera at an Orange County service station captured the incident, showing Arreola placing the Mentos on the counter along with a $20 bill. As he waited for his change, Arreola put the mints in his pocket, which is when an off-duty officer behind him pulled a gun out of the pocket of his hoodie and ordered him to put the mints back on the counter. When the clerk confirmed Arreola had paid, the officer said, “My apologies.” “It was traumatic, the whole incident,” Arreola told the Orange County Register. “Are you seriously pulling a gun out over a pack of Mentos?”


Toronto police determined pranksters might have been behind their discovery on May 2 of a blue Honda Civic hanging from a rope under the Millwood Overpass Bridge, missing its windows, windshield and engine. Originally officials thought the burned-out car might be part of a movie shoot, but further research didn’t turn up any authorized filming in Toronto. “I’ve never seen anything like that before,” a passing cyclist told CTV News. Smooth reactions Jose Arreola, 49, of Bellflower, California, “This is hilarious.” However, officers warned was more angry than scared when a police that if caught, the culprits could face charges. officer drew a gun on him March 16, misVisit takenly thinking Arreola had stolen a roll of

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Drivers along I-70 outside of Indianapolis thought it was raining money for them May 2 as $600,000 in cash tumbled out the back doors of a Brinks truck and onto the highway, the Indianapolis Star reported. State police spokesman Sgt. John Perrine said an undetermined amount of cash has not been accounted for, as “people were jumping over fences and crawling on the ground” to pick up loose bills flying around. In a tweet, he warned: “Finding a large sum of money is no different than other property. If a brand-new car fell off a semi, would the 1st person to find it get to keep it? It belongs to someone else.”

That’s one way to do it

When Leroy Mason, 68, of Barton, Vermont, takes care of a problem, he doesn’t do things halfway. On April 30, as his smoke detector blared yet again, Mason aimed his 20-gauge shotgun at the cursed piece of electronics and fired twice. Unfortunately, the shots also hit the adjoining wall of an occupied apartment. Fire and EMS crews called

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