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EVENTS TO CHECK OUT AUGUST 15 - 21, 2019, AND BEYOND See Shazam! at the beach
As part of the Monday Night Movies series, Shazam! will be shown at Hampton Beach on Monday, Aug. 19. Movies are shown on the large screen next to the playground. It will start at dusk. Then, on Tuesday, Aug. 20, catch Jurassic Park at Salisbury Beach, which will begin shortly after sunset behind the Broadway Mall stage. Bring a blanket or chair and snacks. Admission is free for both movies.
Last chance to make art
It’s the last call for the Hampton Arts Network Summer Enrichment Program for middle school students. The free program will be held Aug. 19 to Aug. 22, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at St. James Lodge in Hampton. Each day a different art medium will be taught: Resin, Watercolor, Pencil Drawing and Acrylics. Contact Program Director Ann Radwan at annradwan@comcast. net.
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Hampton Beach’s annual Children’s Festival continues Thursday, Aug. 15, with performances and attractions on the Seashell Stage: magician Fran Flynn at 10 a.m.; Blue Ocean Society live touch tank at 11 a.m.; Irish dancers at noon; NH Academy of Performing Arts dancers at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and Extreme Air Jump Rope Team at 2 p.m. On Friday, Aug. 16, it’s the grand finale with the children’s costume parade at 11 a.m. (participants meet at 10:15 a.m.) and photos with Santa at 12:30 p.m. See hamptonbeach.org.
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Whether you want to catch some waves RIDING THE LOCAL WAVES on a surfboard or paddleboard through As for surfing the Seacoast, particua peaceful bay, the ocean offers water larly New Hampshire’s coast, Hanlon referred to it as “really unique.” adventures for all ages. “The coastline is so small, but the number and quality of the surf breaks SURFING are excellent,” he said. “Considering the If you want to know about surfing on amount of coastline Massachusetts has, the Seacoast, you would be hard-pressed I would trade Massachusetts’s best surf to find anyone who knows more than Dan break for our worst surf break any day of Hanlon, who makes surfboards at Hanlon the week. If you can deal with the cold Longboards. water and the long flat spells in the sum“I started surfing over 10 years ago, mertime here, the surf here is absolutely and in New Hampshire all the surfboards fantastic.” are coming from California, Florida or Morning is typically when the wind is Asia,” he said. “A lot of them are realthe mildest and when the waves can be ly cheaply made and don’t hold up very glassy, Hanlon said, though the best time well, so I started shaping my own surfto surf really depends on the tide. But boards in the summertime.” morning offers other benefits. Passing these surfboards on to friends, “You also don’t have to worry about Hanlon said they proved popular possiparking restrictions or surfing zones bly in part because he made them using enforced by lifeguards, so you kind of more of “an old-fashioned and traditionhave free run of it,” he said. “Most people al technique” with fiberglass and heavier who really want to get after it will get up blanks. and get there by dawn and will surf in the “I was trying to mimic boards made early morning.” in the late ’60s rather than the current He said afternoons are when the wind boards,” he said. “From there, it just tends to pick up and waves chop up. turned into a word-of-mouth business, “It’s not as ride-able,” he said. and I have been making custom longThe end of the day, though, offers a difboards ever since.” ferent narrative. For Hanlon, surfing is the ultimate “The wind kind of dies down and usustress reliever. ally the waves get a little better as you’re “It is a complete detachment from othgetting toward sundown,” he said. er activities I like to do,” he said. “I don’t There are no secret surfing spots localfeel like I’m in a competition with anyone ly, Hanlon said, because Route 1A is right when I’m out there.” along the ocean. Hanlon said it is very difficult to have “If you can see it from the highway, it a bad day when “you are out at the beach isn’t really a secret anymore,” he laughed. and you have saltwater all over you and There are some spots you can only surf you catch a couple great waves.” at lower tide, however, such as the wall in “It really puts things into perspective,” Hampton, which he said you cannot surf he said. at hide tide because the water is all the way up to it. “There are specific spots that 8
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ANYONE CAN DO IT “Surfing is an activity that you are never really too old to start,” he said. “I think a lot of people think they need to be young and spry to do it.” He cited his own experience as an example. “I didn’t start surfing until I was 30,” he said, “which is late by any standard, but you can still put your time in and fall in love with the sport.” His two daughters love surfing, too. “One just turned 12 and one just turned 10, and they have been surfing most of their lives,” he said. “They all started off on a soft-top, which is basically a big wide and thick surfboard that doesn’t need any wax.” These soft tops, he said, feel almost like a boogie board material. “Even the fins are flexible, so you can get whacked off the head with these things and it won’t hurt,” he added. “They can drag them through the sand and they are borderline indestructible.” He said soft-tops are what you’ll get when you rent a board from a surf shop. “It’s what definitely everyone — child, adult, anyone — should start on,” he said. For surfing enthusiasts who want to invest in a board, Hanlon Longboards customizes everything according to your height, weight, surfing ability and where you surf, Hanlon said. “Generally, I try to make a board that is nine and a half feet long,” he said. “I then
try to make sure it is thick enough, so that way paddling for waves is easy. The more waves you catch, the better experience you get and the easier it becomes.” Hanlon said one of the issues he finds with many boards made in warmer places is that they do not take into account that you need to wear a wetsuit in New Hampshire. “Even in the summertime you [usually] have to wear a wetsuit, [and] especially if you surf in the winter,” he said. “Wetsuits add a lot of weight, so we need our boards to be thicker and wider here to accommodate that extra weight. That’s why it’s nice to have a locally made board — because they take all of that into account.”
“I think one of the most amazing things about paddleboarding is that almost everyone can do it,” said Chris Carragher of Seacoast Paddleboard Club. “The boards are very stable, so learning how to paddle is pretty easy.” Describing paddleboarding as “an awesome family activity,” Ian Troost, general manager of Portsmouth Paddle Co., said SUP is accessible to nearly everyone. “There are boards suitable for varied shapes, sizes and skill levels,” he said. “It makes it fun for groups of people to find an activity they can enjoy together.” The way these boards can be used, said Troost, also makes SUP an activity for all ages. “You can choose to sit, kneel, stand, suntan and have fun doing all of those things,” he said. “You can take your SUP at your own pace, fast or slow, for physical activity or a leisurely scenic tour.” 10
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Noting there are always new per8 spectives and vistas to enjoy from the deck of a paddleboard, Troost said the only caveat is to take into consideration a child’s height, weight and swimming ability. “Typically we recommend kids weigh at least 70 pounds — around 6 to 8 years old — before paddling on their own adultsize SUP,” he said. Weight, said Troost, is probably the most important consideration, as it ensures the paddler is able to maneuver the board and manage the equipment on windier days. “Younger and lighter kids may tag along as a rider on their parents’ board, although we recommend ensuring children are comfortable with the water, wear a secure life vest and know how to swim,” he said. GET PADDLING According to Carragher, safety is the first consideration for a beginner. “Make sure to wear a leash so that you are actually tethered to your board and a PFD, which is a personal flotation device,” he said. “Another thing is to pay attention to the weather, because wind, tide and current are all very big factors.” Troost said his advice for a newcomer to SUP is to take a lesson. “[It is helpful] not only because your instructors will select appropriate equipment for you and ensure a supported first experience, but because you’ll learn a lot of tips that you can apply moving forward,” he said. When it comes to SUP, he said there are small things you can do to improve your balance, stroke, and overall skill.
“Once highlighted, it will start to become second nature,” he said. “Furthermore, you can try out the equipment and start to get a feel for what size and type of board would suit you depending on your skill level, interests and intended waterways.” Troost said the equipment also matters, or a newcomer may be “turned off” to the sport. “First impressions are everything, and in order to have a successful first experience it is imperative newcomers be matched with appropriate equipment,” he said. “When a newcomer is paired with a board that is too big, small or unstable for their physical stature or skill level, it can be a very frustrating experience.” Balance and physical fitness, added Natalie Guion of Hampton Beach Parasail and SUP Rental, are also important for beginners. “In my opinion, paddleboarding is not difficult for beginners, but it does require a fair amount of balance and minor physical fitness to get started,” she said. “I always tell people to start on their knees until they gain the confidence to stand up — and if you never stand up, no worries.” SUP, said Carragher, is a full-body workout, as you will work everything from calves to your shoulders in addition to the large and small muscles of your back. “That is really where paddling techniques and body mechanics come into play,” he said. “You can certainly paddle and get going pretty easily, but as you progress and want to go faster or longer distances, that’s where you want to make sure you are using the right mechanics.” 12
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ON THE OCEAN For Troost, it is a common misconception that the ocean is the most challenging place to paddleboard, although there are caveats. “It does, however, depend on what type of ocean environment you paddle in,” he said. “The beach can be choppy and tricky due to wind exposure, rip currents and waves. The beach also has other variables like swimmers, surfers and strong tides.” At the same time, he said lakes present similar challenges. “We often have an image of paddling on a pristine, glassy lake, but in reality there can be a lot of boat traffic, wake, winds, water-skiers and more,” he said. “There are different challenges in every environment.” For those interested in taking a board into a “meandering river,” Troost cited a pragmatic consideration. “Paddlers should remember that rivers run in one direction,” he said. “That means you will either be paddling upstream against the current to return to your starting point, or you need to plan ahead to arrange transportation at your final destination.” Still, because the ocean generally features a lot more current tide elements and waves, Carragher said beginners might do best on a peaceful lake or pond. Troost’s recommendation is to paddle in the back channels of saltwater areas, like creeks, bays and harbors, while remaining aware of boat traffic and marine regulations. “These areas are typically calmer, and
although still tidal they provide magnificent vistas and scenery,” he said. When looking to paddle in the ocean, however, Troost said it is important to be clear about your comfort level with it and honest about your height, weight and experience level. “Paddleboarding centers need this information to match you with appropriate equipment to ensure you have the most enjoyable experience,” he said. He said being on longer, wider and more stable boards will generally ensure you have a successful experience on the ocean. “As you get more comfortable with the waves, chop, and other ocean challenges, you’ll become more confident and can size down to challenge yourself in new ways,” he said. ABOUT THE BOARDS In general, there are two types of paddleboards: those with planing hulls and those with displacement hulls. “The majority of boards out there are have planing hulls, which look like a giant surfboard,” said Troost. Planing hulls are designed to sit on top of the water and glide over chop, making them great for open-water paddling. “They range in size between 10 and 12 feet and are usually designed to be a little wider and more stable,” he said. “This type of SUP is considered an all-around board, great for the ocean, lakes, rivers and ponds.” Typically longer and narrower, paddleboards with displacement hulls are best suited for longer, straighter paddle trips. 14
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“The hull, or nose, sits in the water by displacing it rather than on top of it,” said Troost. “This allows the nose to break through waves and chop, making the boards faster, although slightly more difficult to turn.” Being narrower, these kinds of boards are also a little less stable and more oriented toward experienced paddlers or paddlers interested in long-distance experiences. “Touring boards range between 11.5 and 14 feet,” he said. Smaller boards are more maneuverable, while longer boards “track” better, which Troost said means they move forward in a straight line more easily. “The taller and heavier you are, the longer board you want,” he said “As you gain more experience, develop better balance and become more comfortable, though, it’s easy to work down to smaller board sizes
to further develop your skills and stabilizing muscles.” In addition to these two aforementioned boards, Troost said, there are surf SUP paddleboards that are designed for surfing ocean waves. “These are much shorter than all-around paddleboards, and ours start as small as 8’4,”” he said. “Surf SUPs have special features for wave surfing like a pointed nose to pierce through surf.” He said they are also shorter for more maneuverability. “Sometimes they can be a little wider for stability, too, to make up for the shortness in length,” he said. PICK YOUR PADDLEBOARD If you are looking to buy a paddleboard, Guion said, the price tag is not what matters. 16
Parasailing Guion. “We also offer a shorter 500-foot ride for those not so daring.” Guion said three people can go up in the air at one time, although their most popular option is to go tandem with one other person. “It is an experience like no other,” she said. Regarding age restrictions, there are none. “Our youngest flyer was three years old and our oldest flyer was 86 years young,” she said. The sights you can see while in the air, Interested in getting above the water rath- according to Guion, are “remarkable.” er than in it? Hampton Beach Parasail and “A few landmarks that can be seen from up in the sky are the coast of New HampSUP Rental offers two different rides. shire running into coastal Massachusetts, “Our most popular ride is the highest you can go in the state of New Hampshire, the Isles of Shoals and mountains in the Monadnock region,” she said. which is 1,000 feet of line,” said Natalie
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“The most important thing is finding the right board for you specifically,” she said. “Find the board that matches your goals for paddleboarding.” Carragher agrees and said the most important thing is to have fun and be safe. “Whatever paddling is to you, just have fun with it,” he said. “You don’t have to have the most expensive board to have fun.” If you are a beginner, Guion said to look for a used one that someone local is selling. If you are a seasoned paddleboarder looking to “up” your skills, she said, you may want to invest in a higher-quality board that will heighten your experience. Noting he does not advise people to buy the most expensive board, Carragher added, “Start slow and if you see yourself start to progress with the sport you can always get better equipment down the line.” If you do go “cheap,” though, Troost said you are likely to feel the difference 14 and “wish you spent slightly more for a higher-quality board.” “Cheap boards are usually mass-produced with little to no thought about actual features and design,” he said. These features include, but are not limited to, the shape of the board, materials used, width and length of the board, size of the rails, deck pad design, handle, and “most importantly weight.” “The cheaper the board, the less thought goes into the manufacturing process and materials used, which often results in extremely heavy paddleboards,” added Troost. While some brands do sell boards aimed at younger paddlers, Troost advises against making that investment. “Kids grow and master the sport so quickly,” he said. “Based on our experience, we recommend setting them up with solid equipment once they reach the appropriate height/weight.” Troost said he would not recommend spending less than $750 on one unless “it’s a good used board.” “I’d say a fair price range to find a great board that’s suitable to many expe-
rience levels would be between $850 and $1,000,” he said. When buying a paddleboard, Troost said, you also want to take note of what is included in the purchase price. “You may think you’re getting a great deal,” he said. “Then you have to buy a paddle that’s not included, an ankle leash and car accessories, and you end with a price tag much higher than anticipated.” Citing the paddle as crucial to the act of paddleboarding, Troost said it is important to find a solid one. “There are many paddles that are heavy, don’t float and [are] hard to adjust to different heights,” he said. “I recommend looking for a paddle that is lightweight, typically carbon fiber, and fully adjustable.” He said the paddle, if purchased separately, should be about 20 percent of the cost of your board or around $200 for “a really great paddle.” For those looking to rent a paddleboard rather than buy one, Troost said you want to ensure that the equipment you are renting will be a good match for your height, weight and skill level. “Good equipment equals a good experience,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to ask how heavy the boards are and what they’re made of to get a sense of whether it will be easy or challenging to carry and transport them and how durable they are.” When it comes to rental boards, most surf shops or paddleboarding centers do not rent premium equipment in anticipation that the boards will get “dinged up and heavily used.” Troost said it is, in fact, very unusual to be able to rent different types of paddleboards. “Often, rental boards are all-around boards, Bic boards, or what we call ‘bomber’ boards that are heavy and indestructible since rentals are high volume and most service providers expect people to bang them up,” he said. “When it comes to the special types of boards, they’re often only available for sale, especially in our neck of the woods.”
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EVAN EPPLER GENERAL MANAGER OF BAD LAB BEER CO. IN SOMERSWORTH What are you doing about it? We are taking significant steps toward going green, which we’ve dubbed our Sustain Initiative, while eliminating unnecessary waste and resources. This process can be expensive and time-consuming, but the long-term positive impact is proving to be worth it. Talking about it is one thing, but putting it [into] action is quite another.
How long have you served as GM? I came on board as GM with Bad Lab on Jan. 1, 2018, and have been managing the company since. Tell us a little about Bad Lab Beer Co. What sets you guys apart? The brewery was established in 2016 at our current location in Somersworth. In the fall of 2017 we expanded the space to include a full-service restaurant. Soon after the addition of the restaurant, we really started to focus on the idea that the healthier we become as a company the healthier our community can be as a whole. We realized our capability for creating significant positive impact within our community by hosting fundraising campaigns for local nonprofits. We approach any and all new projects, big or small, by fully assessing the impact on our employees, community and the environment.
Are you from this area originally? I grew up in a very rural part of Vermont. Just prior to moving here in the fall Do you have a favorite beer there? of 2017, I had been living and working in I am admittedly not a frequent drinker of Boston for just over 14 years. hop-dominated beers, which tend to be the trendsetters. My personal palate is attractAnything exciting or new in the future ed more to the yeast profiles in Saisons and for you or Bad Lab? Belgian beers. Food pairing is crucial and We are currently pursuing B Corp is always top of mind. certification.
What are your biggest business challenges? Well, I like challenges. Encountering problems is not something I shy away from. Identifying something that can be done better is progression toward success. Both the hospitality and brewing industries are largely wasteful and can have seriously negative impacts on the environment.
Anything really excite you about what you have done with your beers? We brewed a Saison with lemongrass, pink peppercorn and a touch of Szechuan pepper earlier this year that was very exciting. To me, it was a perfect mix of sweet and savory while remaining balanced and refreshing, but most importantly it tasted like a beer. That being said, the newly released Upper Narrows New England IPA has captivated my attention and is currently my first pick at the brewery.
What is that? In their own words — and I have it right here in front of me — “Certified B Corporations are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. This is a community of leaders, driving a global movement of people using business as a force for good.” It’s a long road to certification, but we are on the right track. — Rob Levey
That is interesting. Well, so far this summer, how has business been? It has been exhilarating to say the least! This is only our second year in business since bringing on the brewpub and we have been growing by leaps and bounds. The culture of hospitality within the dining room has really become the driving character of the brand. It’s very grassroots and a lot of love is put into it by everybody involved. We’re particularly proud of the fact that our workforce has doubled to over 30 employees in a year and we have had zero turnover in 2019. We have surpassed a number of goals for the year, but are always working toward bigger and better things and have a great crew to get us there.
What is your favorite part about your job or Bad Lab? It all still comes down to hospitality for me. Hospitality is philanthropic in nature. The daily impact that can be made from one guest to another with the pay-it-forward mentality makes everything worth it and remains my driving passion.
When not working, what do you do for fun? I have two incredible young sons and an amazing wife and we never pass over an opportunity to explore the outdoors. The local area has so many beautiful natural resources to offer, which is a major reason why we moved our family here. The New Hampshire Seacoast region is rich in history — and I’m a bit of a nerd, so I have really immersed myself in it. I am very lucky in the sense that Bad Lab has strong community partners such as Woodman Museum in Dover and American Independence Museum in Exeter.
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By Caleb Jagoda Where I went: Tuck Museum of Hampton History, 40 Park Ave., Hampton, hamptonhistoricalsociety.org/tuck.htm, 603-929-0781 What is it: The Tuck Museum of Hampton History is run by the Hampton Historical Society, which has set up several buildings, monuments and artifacts on Park Avenue in Hampton showcasing the town’s history. There is the Tuck Museum, the Leavitt Barn, the Fire Museum, the District Schoolhouse and the Beach Cottage as well as a number of monuments in the museum’s yard. What I did: Being from southeastern Massachusetts, I know very little about New Hampshire local history. I learned my fair share of my area’s local history growing up in elementary school along with some Boston history, as I was only about an hour south of the city, but we never covered much farther north than that. Going into my visit to the Tuck Museum, all I knew was that there was a fire museum, and I wasn’t even really sure what that would hold. I did go in with an open mind, though, as I’m generally interested in history and enjoy passionate people speaking on things they like, so I was hoping for the best. Walking in the door, I was immediately greeted by Lori Cotter, who has volunteered at the museum for decades and told me she’s been able to dedicate a lot of time to it since retiring a few years back from being an English teacher at a local school. Lori introduced me to Deb Knowlton, who was shadowing Lori and would be taking the tour with us and adding in tidbits as we went. As they introduced themselves, I noticed the main building, the Tuck Museum, was small but not too small; it felt amply full of very cool artifacts, and although I wasn’t yet aware of what any of them were, I was excited to find out. Lori walked me around the Tuck Museum building and essentially traveled me through the ages of Hampton. They had a large display case with artifacts, letters and more for each century starting with the 1600s, when Hampton was founded by English settlers. It was previously known as Winnacunnet and was home to Native Americans. This brought to mind the many atrocities of English settlers taking Native American land, and as Lori broke
down Hampton’s history, I became very interested in the Native Americans of Winnacunnet and their relations with the English settlers who came and “founded” the community. It really made me think about how terrible the English settlers’ taking Native American land was, and while Lori only touched on this during the tour, it made me want to learn more about Native American relations in New England when the English settlers first came over. As we moved through the museum, Lori told me about her rich family lineage in Hampton that runs back seven or eight generations. I found this amazing, and even more cool that she took an interest in documenting and sharing this deeply rooted family and town history with anyone who was interested. It soon became apparent how passionate Lori was about Hampton history, and as she shared an immense knowledge dating back to the 1600s, I was both amazed and engaged. She recalled a story that had to do with a set of button artifacts they have in the Tuck Museum that came from her family many generations back and involved a riveting story of a crashed boat full of British goods that nobody wanted to purchase because they came from Britain. As a result, her ancestors kept the buttons as a memento of the incident, and all these years later they have them on display at the museum, which I found truly amazing. Elsewhere in the museum, I was just shocked at the age of some of the artifacts they had. They had high school class rings from the 1800s in great condition, some of the original first souvenirs sold at the Hampton Casino for those who would come up on the trolley, and much more. We then went to the Fire Museum, followed by the Leavitt Barn, the District Schoolhouse, the Beach Cottage and the monuments in the museum’s yard. While I could go into great detail on each one, as Lori told me tons of inter-
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Tuck Museum of Hampton History. Courtesy photos.
esting stuff that I took away from each, I’ll just say that each building housed an array of detailed, intricate and unique facts about Hampton’s history that were far from boring. The Fire Museum had many cool artifacts of old firefighters, showing the evolution of the protective clothing they wore as well as in-depth histories of all the fires they fought through the years. It also held the Winnacunnet No. 1, a hand pumper that was resold as an engine used in firemen’s musters (basically field days for firefighters to show off their skills) in Hampton since 1902. The Leavitt Barn made me really reflect on the difficulty of making simple things back then, and how everything was made to last; Lori showed me a classic shoe made by a cordwainer (a shoemaker) from back in the day
that looked extremely sturdy and seemed like it was still holding up well to this day. Lori said, “They just don’t make them like they used to,” and looking at all the quality, handmade artifacts, I truly understood what she meant. She also showed me the original wheel barrel, which was used to lug around barrels, and was eventually remodeled and renamed the wheelbarrow. Following this, the District Schoolhouse showcased a classic schoolhouse with various types of desks used to display the evolution of the classroom desk through the years. Next came the Beach Cottage, which was a 1960s model from Hampton Beach that was ultra-compact and a unique time capsule back to the ’60s. As we made our way through the monuments in the museum’s yard and then through their “war room,” which had a history of Hampton’s involvement in big wars, I realized it had been an entire two hours; the time had really flown by. I was sucked in by the history, and although the museum grounds didn’t look huge at first glance, there was a lot to uncover around every corner and inside each building. Who should try it: Anyone interested in local history with anywhere from 10 minutes to a whole afternoon to spare. While the museum is only open three days a week (Sunday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m.), it’s attended by a group of dedicated, extremely well-informed and friendly staff who really know and break down Hampton history for visitors. I’m by no means a history buff or someone who’s exceedingly interested in that sort of thing, but I found it really interesting and had a great time learning about the area’s history. It’s easy to drive by things every day and never think about their historical significance, but after my time at the Tuck Museum, I’ll be seeing Hampton completely differently from now on.
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When Bill Pydynkowski founded Hampton Beach Soccer in 2018, he was simply looking to share his love of the sport with others. Now, just over a year later, the Hampton Beach Soccer tournaments have become a summer highlight for dozens of soccer fans of all ages. “I really wanted to put together some kind of training environment where we could promote soccer and [soccer] culture in a little bit more of a relaxed way than a club or school training session,” Pydynkowski said. Pydynkowski, who has loved the game since he was 7, got the idea of bringing soccer games to the sand when his high school coach began taking the team on beach runs during training. “Ever since then I’ve always wondered, ‘Why don’t we just bring a ball to the beach and have our practice here?’ It was kind of a back-burner idea for a long, long time,” he said. Last year Pydynkowski finally made his idea a reality and was thrilled with the positive response. “We started this last year with three teams — this year we’ve had 10 sign up in advance,” he said. “We had 43 players sign up last week, so interest is there. It’s been amazing to see the support from people in the area.” The final tournaments of the summer are coming up on Saturday, Aug. 17, and Sunday, Aug, 18, starting at 10 a.m. Everyone is invited to come watch the games; for those who want to play, online registration is required at hamptonbeachsoccer.com. Registration is $30 for individual youth players (ages 13 to 17) and $300 for a youth team. For Hampton Beach Soccer’s final date, individual adults can enjoy a discounted registration fee of $20, and $350 for an adult team. All teams can roster up to 12 players. Following a mostly pick-up game format, the structure of each tournament is simple. Teams are split by the order in which players arrive, and games are broken into three 10-minute periods. The tournament begins
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Soccer Tournament participants. Courtesy photos.
with a round-robin stage, where teams are placed into groups based on age and experience level. Each team is guaranteed to play at least three games, and winners of the round-robin advance to the elimination stage, where they compete in a single-elimination playoff that leads up to the Championship Trophy Match. The beach tournaments are meant to be fun, family-friendly events that include not only players of all ability levels but their friends and family on the sidelines as well. Both days involve music, as well as raffles with prizes and gift cards donated from local businesses. Everyone at the beach is encouraged to pitch a tent with their team and get involved. “Really the whole idea is to roll the ball out. We’re inviting teams to bring their tents, their friends, their families, and camp out with us along the beach. … The whole goal is really just to get people out on the beach and having fun,” Pydynkowski said. “It was really cool [at our July 26 tournament] to see all the team
tents set up around. It really helped us crystalize our vision of where this event is headed and what it could be in the future.” Making sure the tournaments provide a welcoming and supportive environment for players is important to Pydynkowski, who says some of the most important friendships in his life were first cultivated on the field. “One person said it was like a social accelerator where they came in by themselves to check it out and ended up making four or five new friends just through our tournament,” Pydynkowski said. He credits a large portion of the tournament’s success to his dedicated team. “The staff team I’ve put together has really been top-notch. I’m so impressed and happy that I’ve found so many friends and individuals that share a passion for the game as much as I do,” he said. “That includes referees, that includes our registration staff, everybody. I’m working with a small team but it’s growing.” — Elyse Carmosino
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Om on the Merrimack Boat shop hosts Yoga By The River Yoga can be calming in a studio, but bring the practice to a waterfront location and you have the potential for next-level relaxation. Yoga By The River will be held at Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury, Mass., on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 9 to 10 a.m. Taught by Emily Chandra, this vinyasa yoga session is for people of all experience levels. “I think it’s a beautiful way to ground yourself and be immersed in nature,” Chandra said. “It’s the most peaceful there.” The idea to have Yoga By The River started in the summer of 2018, when Lowell’s Boat Shop invited Chandra to host the event. “We were looking to collaborate with someone, and she was looking for a new place to do yoga,” said Dorothy Antczak, the education director at Lowell’s Boat Shop. “Early morning is really peaceful [at the shop]. We have a big deck that overlooks the Merrimack River, and the view is picturesque and quite conducive to that meditative state.” Now in its second year, Yoga By The River has two to three events each summer and sees an average of 15 to 20 people. Chandra who grew up in Amesbury, said yoga helped to form her spirituality, and she has been teaching it full-time for five years. “I was introduced to yoga at 17 years old when I took a bikram yoga class,” said Chandra. “I was
originally a dancer and went to school for it, but yoga stuck with me. It was a great way to ground myself and bring together the spiritual, emotional and physical benefits.” For people wanting to get into yoga or who are just starting out, Chandra recommends just showing up and working on it. “Regardless of your limiting beliefs and the stories you tell yourself about not being able to touch your toes or sit and meditate, try it. See what happens,” she said. Plus, the collaboration with Lowell’s Boat Shop has allowed people who enjoy yoga to learn more about the boat shop. “It’s trying to tie different worlds together. Some people didn’t know the history of this place before and now they are being exposed to it,” said Antczak. Established in 1793, it is the oldest continuously operating boat shop in the United States. It is considered a national historic landmark and an important part of both wooden boat building and Amesbury history. “We have a lot of clientele and people who come through for tours [of the museum] who are interested in boats,” said Antczak. “A lot of people who came to yoga came back to go on tours.” “I think it’s important to partner with others locally who do great things in the area,” said Chandra. “It’s local businesses collaborating and
Last year’s Yoga By The River event. Courtesy photo.
helping each other out.” When Chandra isn’t doing Yoga By The River, she works out of the Cure Studio in Salisbury. She teaches multiple yoga classes and also teaches dance. One dance class that’s pretty popular is called Heels. “I have a small business called Seacoast Stilettos, which is all about empowering people through movement,” Chandra said. The Heels class is described on her website as a “fun, sexy, judgment-free dance workout.” Heels are not required, and neither is dance experience, as the class aims to build confidence and comfort. Chandra isn’t quite sure what’s in store for her future as a yogi, but she wants to see her-
self evolve. “I see myself definitely continuing to lead retreats all across the world, and connecting with the community and giving back through yoga,” she said. Currently, she has yoga retreats lined up to Iceland in November and to Mexico in January. Tickets for Yoga By The River are $20 and walk-ins are welcome. Bring a mat and water. Lowell’s Boat Shop is at 459 Main St. in Amesbury and open for business Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you’d like to tour the museum, it is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guided tour tickets are $8 and self-guided tours are $5. Kids under 12 are free. — Danielle Roberts
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This BMW’s fan may be in the final stages Dear Car Talk: I have a 2013 BMW X3 with a fan-speed issue. As I am driving along, the fan speed will jump around randomly, going from a high setting to a low setting, shutting off By Ray Magliozzi entirely, then turning back on. The fan will usually function normally for about 20 minutes of driving before going haywire. At first I thought it may be due to a faulty blower motor regulator. When I took the car to a local shop, they said it was a software issue, which they said they corrected. But soon enough, it was misbehaving again. Any suggestions? — Jyoti I suggest you think of it as an optional variable speed fan, and try to enjoy it, Jyoti. It could be the blower motor itself, but before you go there, I’d try replacing something called the final stage resistor. That sounds like the lead role in an end-of-theworld movie, but it’s actually an electrical part that regulates the fan speed. Almost all heating and cooling fans operate by using resistors, which vary the amount of electricity that gets through to the motor.
Let’s say your switch has four settings: “off,” “one,” “two” and “three.” When you set the fan on “three,” the highest speed, there’s no resistor used. All the current passes through to the fan motor, and it runs at its highest speed. When you turn it down to setting “two,” a resistor engages, limiting the amount of electricity going to the fan. When you set it on setting “one,” an additional resistor cuts the power even more. So, your final stage resistor could be shot. And since electronics are often affected by heat, that could also explain why it works fine for 20 minutes and then misbehaves. Ask a mechanic who is familiar with BMWs to try changing out your final stage resistor. It may cost you $150 or $200 — or, as BMW refers to that amount, the ante. Good luck. Dear Car Talk: I have a 2002 S10 Chevrolet truck that very often won’t start when the weather is damp — summer and winter, in the garage or out. Blowing under the hood with a hair dryer sometimes does the trick, but it’s not convenient. I have had it in to a couple of shops for repair, but they can’t find the problem. I have had the battery and the distributor cap
replaced. Any other suggestions? — Caroline You need to install one of those big, car wash car dryers in your garage, Caroline. Then, you’ll just flip the switch, and the car, the garage, and probably the whole driveway will dry out in no time. To save time in the morning, you can even stand under it and dry your own hair. As long as you’re OK with a severe “down-do.” I’m going to suggest you try a new set of spark plug wires. That’s the most common culprit when it comes to older cars that won’t start in wet weather. The distributor cap was a good guess, but obviously that wasn’t it. In older cars like yours, here’s how the electrical stuff works: When it’s time for a cylinder to fire, your distributor directs a high-powered jolt of electricity through the spark plug wires, to the appropriate spark plug. The spark plug uses that electricity to create what? A spark! A big spark. That spark is hot enough to ignite the fuel and air in your cylinder, and that’s what makes your engine run. What typically happens with older spark plug wires is that the insulation surrounding them breaks down. And since water is
conductive, when there’s moisture in the air (or perhaps even condensation on the wires themselves), electricity leaks out on its way to the spark plug. If enough of it leaks out into the moist air, there’s not enough power left to make a good spark, and your car won’t run. In fact, if you open the hood and get a friend to try to start your car on a damp evening, you can sometimes actually see a blue glow of electricity coming off of old plug wires. That’s your power leaking away. So, try a new set of spark plug wires. And don’t be cheap. Either go to the dealer, or ask your mechanic to get you a set of OEM (original equipment manufacturer) plug wires. They’re worth the investment. If that doesn’t fix it, then a bad coil would be my next guess. But at that point, you’d be guessing, which can get expensive. You’ll want to seek out a mechanic who’s a little more interested in helping you than the last two shops you visited. If you can’t get a good recommendation from a friend or family member, pick a top mechanic from www.mechanicsfiles.com, where our readers and listeners have shared the names of their favorite repair people. Good luck, Caroline. Visit Cartalk.com
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AT AT KOOKS CAFE & BEACH SHOP Just steps away from Pirates Cove beach in Rye, a new combination eatery and surf shop is inviting you to revel in the nostalgia of 1970s surf culture. Kooks Cafe & Beach Shop (1191 Ocean Blvd., Rye, 610-7873, find them on Facebook), which opened in June in the former space of The Beach Hut and The Shack Surf Shop, is named after the word “kook,” a slang term for a surfer, according to owner Giorgia Nagle. Additionally, the text and design of the menu and exterior of the cafe were all meant to have a retro feel. Constructing the menu, Nagle said, was all about offering alternatives to fried dough, pizza slices, hot dogs and other common items you can find along the beach. Kooks offers a variety of creative takes on smoothies and smoothie bowls, plus breakfast sandwiches, street tacos, coffees and espresso drinks, and several flavors of the Portsmouth-based Annabelle’s Ice Cream. The cafe is seasonal with walk-up counter service only, though outdoor seating is available. An adjacent shop offers bathing suits, coolers, paddleboard rentals, beach games and more for sale, and Nagle said she has plans to introduce more boutique-style items in the future, like sundresses or local hand-woven bags. The Scene recently spoke with her about the eatery’s unique menu and overall concept. How long has Kooks Cafe & Beach Shop been around? We just finished our first month in business, so we are brand spanking new. What makes Kooks Cafe & Beach Shop unique? As far as the menu goes, I just felt like something like this had been missing from the area. I’ve traveled to so many beaches, and on a hot day I just love being able to enjoy light, fresh fare rather than a big greasy sandwich or a hot dog. So I feel really strongly about doing fresh ingredients well and so far the response from the community has been great. The other thing, too,
is that I’m really trying to focus on creating an experience for people and to almost make it more of a destination, by going with this ’70s surfer vibe. I’ve had so many customers come up to me and say that it brings them back to when they were young, when they went to the beach with their parents. Anybody can make a smoothie, but I really wanted to tap into that nostalgic focus as well. What is your personal favorite menu item? I like having a smoothie or a bowl with one taco. To me, that combo is the perfect thing to grab quickly and go back to the beach with. The pork taco is awe-
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week from May through October and sells their home-grown vegetables and seedlings as well as products from other local farms. While they focus on greens, their tomatoes and seedlings have also become popular. “At this time of the year we get a lot of people coming to the market reporting back on how their tomato plants are doing,” Donald said. “There are more and more people doing that, and their gardens seem to get bigger every year.” Donald said Stout Oak Farm is entering the biggest harvest weeks of the year for the farm, spanning the months of August through September. During this stretch, summer crops
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flourish alongside their greens, including summer onions, scallions, cucumbers, summer squash and tomatoes. As part of this peak growth season, the farm holds a tomato tasting every August where they invite people of the community to come, taste and rank each tomato variety to help the farm decide what varieties to grow the following year. They typically grow over 30 varieties that Donald said are “all really interesting.” Stout Oak Farm sells their produce through their CSA (community-supported agriculture) program, in which they have around 70 families involved right now, through wholesale to local restaurants via the Three Rivers Farmers Alliance, which they co-own and created to sell and distribute their produce in collaboration with other local farms to make the process easier, and through their farmstand in Brentwood and at the weekly Exeter market. Donald believes that buying local and supporting farms in your community can go a long way in building relationships with your neighbors and helping each other thrive. “We really feel like once people value the quality of the food and the freshness of the food and the relationships with the people growing the food, then the people will change their shopping habits and really get committed to a different routine,” Donald said.” — Caleb Jagoda
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Imperial Brown Ale by Schilling Beer Co. (Littleton) At 8.2-percent ABV, this is a big beer, with big bold flavors. Like the chocolate peanut butter stout I mentioned above, it sort of shocks your taste buds into remembering how much you like the rich flavors of roasted malts. This is huge on flavor and even though it’s a big beer, it didn’t bog me down, even outside on a hot day. Cake by Beara Brewing Co. (Portsmouth) This is an oreo cookie-infused java porter. Full stop. You’re drinking iced coffee with Say yes to a stout this summer. Courtesy photo. regularity this summer, so why not toss in the goodness of oreos? Further, this is dangerously Square Tail Stout by Moat Mountain close to an ice cream cake in a glass—I have a strong suspicion that’s the goal behind this brew. Smoke House and Brewing Co. (North Beara also features Hog Wilde, a bacon chipo- Conway) tle barbecue-infused stout that might also blow This is your classic English dry stout, which your mind as an “alternative” summer brew. is actually far better suited to hot weather than you might think. This is creamy and well-balKing of Scots by Earth Eagle Brewings anced, and while it is rich, it’s not “too much.” (Portsmouth) Jeff Mucciarone is an account manager with Talk about a change of pace, this gruit, which is an ancient style of beer brewed without hops, Montagne Communications, where he provides is brewed with heather and juniper. The lack of communications support to the New Hampshire hops makes for a smooth brew with impressive wine and spirits industry. complexity. Earth Eagle is also currently offering Angelica Rosa, a gruit with angelica root, rose hips and knotweed. What’s in My Fridge Working Man’s Porter by Henniker Brewing Co. (Henniker) This is robust yet incredibly drinkable. Along with big notes of roasted malt, you’ll pick up a subtle fruitiness that works really well in the summer — a perfect slow sipper.
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Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects, by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson (Simon & Schuster, 202 pages) Stomped on any puppies lately? Probably not, but odds are you’re trampled an ant, swatted a fly and smashed a mosquito. Only the most hard-core of animal people are as passionate about preserving the lives of insects as they are other creatures. But Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson, a university professor and biologist in Norway, argues in Buzz, Sting, Bite that human life depends on the ecosystem of things we call pests and that we have a moral duty to take care of them. Convincing Americans to put down their fly swatters long enough to read a book about insects has to involve sex. So there is the obligatory chapter on “Six-Legged Sex,” in which, it turns out, males are often dispensable, and frequently edible. But the rest of the book is G-rated and generally enthralling, surprisingly so, since the subject is, to most people, icky. Sverdrup-Thygeson is not out to humanize her subject. (And by the way, she says DreamWorks got the science in Bee Movie all wrong, just like scientists did until the microscope was invented and they were shocked, shocked, to discover that the workers in a honeybee colony are all female.) Instead, she wants to coax us into liking insects by explaining how strange and fascinating they are. It’s much harder to kill a pair of sugar ants marching across your kitchen counter once you know that ants have the ability to teach each other, and what you’re witnessing is a probably a veteran forager taking a young ant hunting for the first time. Researchers have also found that bumblebees can learn to pull a string to obtain nectar and teach others to do so, too. And honeybees can apparently count up to four. This isn’t to say that all insects are intelligent. “You don’t need the wisdom of Solomon if you’re going to spend most of your life snugly tucked up in an animal hide with your sucking snout stuck in a vein,” Sverdrup-Thygeson writes. But social insects and hunting insects are generally more clever than the average person thinks, and Charles Darwin believed “The brain of an ant is one of the most marvelous atoms of matter in the world, perhaps more so than the brain of a man.” Buzz, Sting, Bite first explains the anatomy of insects that we learned in high school and promptly forgot (six legs, four wings, two antennae), and why “insect” isn’t synonymous with “bug” — a bug is a type of insect. (Spiders aren’t.) Then she explores the role insects play in the food chain, and how they serve as janitors in the circle of life, consuming excrement and dead things. There are, she writes, more living cells in a fallen dead tree than
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Your idea for [the song] “This Human Chain” came from real events, right? Yeah. The last couple of years I was kind of taking the temperature of America, and we have a fever. I was looking for something good and [found] this story of this guy who was drowning and people on the beach formed a human chain and pulled him in. I thought, human chain, I like that. … I was thinking at the time they came together, I’m sure no one asked about their sexual preference or who they voted for, they all just grabbed hands and saved someone, because that’s what we do. We’re humans. Later, because I wanted to talk about it in concert, I said maybe I should find out what beach that was, so I Googled [and] found about 10 stories of different times that people were drowning and people formed a human chain, and thought oh my God, this happened more than once.
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“Faded by Design” sounds like you’re telling the hounds of hell they’re barking up the wrong tree, and it’s also a way of saying every day is a treasure. Is that a good read of what you were trying to get across? Absolutely! It’s like … I know you might not understand plant medicine is medicine, you might not understand these choices I’m making, might not understand why, it might be scary to you, but don’t worry. This is something that’s been around for thousands of years, and it’s a On a lighter note, you put out The Medicine Show on vinyl. Did you pay a choice. This is by design. lot of attention to track sequencing? When you got the cancer diagnosis Sequencing took a long time. The and began self-medicating, was it new to heavier songs, certainly the last song, you? ‘Last Hello’ — I just couldn’t follow it up, I was just a social sort of smoker. If couldn’t put another song after it. someone else had it, maybe I’d take a
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Well, you’re famous for heavy last songs on your records… Thank you! You’re just gonna be sitting there going along, and then, oh, man [laughs]. I wanted to greet you with The Medicine Show. Wake up, stand up, this is serious, I mean this, wow this is huge … I didn’t want it to be too choppy or too heavy at one point or too light, so I really worked on sequencing it. I can’t help but think that people, at least once, are going to sit down and listen to it all the way through. Final question; you went to Berklee College of Music early on. What are your memories? I loved my time at Berklee. It was 1979, there [weren’t] a whole lot of women there, so it was a little difficult; that [has] certainly changed. But the best part was this girl from the Midwest coming into New England and just feeling at home. It was a great experience for a small-town girl to get to know the New England way of life. I really appreciated it. — Michael Witthaus Melissa Etheridge When: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 8 p.m. Where: Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach Tickets: $29-$69 at casinoballroom.com
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27. ‘’94 Sponge debut ‘Rotting __’ 29. ‘99 Red Hot Chili Peppers smash ‘Scar __’ 33. ‘Zip-Lock’ rockers that just got a spark? 34. ‘Room On The 3rd Floor’ UK band inspired by Marty in Back To The Future 37. ‘Walkin’ After Midnight’ country crooner Cline 38. Guttermouth song about feedbag fill? 40. ‘Bright Idea’ #1ers inspired by actor Welles? 42. AC/DC ‘Dirty Deeds __ Dirt Cheap’ 43. Pink Floyd ‘__ __ These Days’ (3,2) 45. Jewel breakthrough ‘Pieces __ __’ (2,3) 47. Ween album ‘The __’ 48. Brian Setzer “Loves Marilyn __, a coca cola Joe” 50. Bad boy rocker, perhaps 52. Christian group __ Revival 55. Indigo Girls construct with a ‘Hammer
And A __’ 56. Wilco ‘Box Full __ __’ (2,7) 60. ‘02 No Doubt single ‘__ Good’ 63. Bob of Grateful Dead-spinoff Furthur 64. Like A-list backstage pass holders 66. Dickies guitarist Lee 67. Plant/Krauss “Called my baby __ last night” 68. Donnas ran the fastest and won a ‘Gold ___’ 69. Imogen Heap ‘__ __, Oh My’ (2,2) 70. Alex Chilton band ‘Big __’ 71. Aretha Franklin ‘Here __ __ Again’ (2,2) 72. No Doubt got buried ‘Six __ Under’ Down 1. Foo Fighters song about an angel’s headdress? 2. Primal Scream’s possible Jefferson’s Theme take-off ‘Movin’ __ __’ (2,2) 3. Great White ‘Lady Red Light’ album (4,6) 4. Tool’s Maynard James 5. Band hits it for post-show drinks 6. Placed on Ebay for rare concert t-shirt (1,3) 7. Christy Moore “The fishermen dream of the sun in the west and __” (2,2,1) 8. Media attraction at a location 9. ‘69 Tim Buckley album where he felt great, then terrible? (5,3) 10. Eurythmics “I’m asking you sugar would __ __ to you?” (1,3) 11. German singer Hagen 12. Berklee education station for homework
15. ‘00 Everlast album ‘__ __ Whitey’s’ (3,2) 21. Michael Jackson exclamation “__ On!” 23. ‘08 Nine Inch Nails album ‘The __’ 25. Record label founded in ‘55 27. Billy Joel main instrument 28. Hairdoo of LMFAO’s Redfoo 30. ‘03 Howie Day album ‘__ World Now’ (4,3,3) 31. Starship ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop __ __’ (2,3) 32. What Brian Epstein did to Beatles when they were a bar band, slang 33. Bob Dylan ‘Golden __’ 35. Kasabian’s 1st top 10 36. Cellist ___ Ma (hyph) 39. Stevie Nicks song about a crystal ball user 41. What Andrew Jackson Jihad is ‘Brave As’ 44. George Strait ‘Does __ Worth Ever Cross Your Mind’ 46. Leeds band __ Saints 49. ‘86 David Lee Roth album ‘__ __ And Smile’ (3,2) 51. Sixx AM ‘__ __ The Beautiful People’ (4,2) 53. Adrian of King Crimson 54. Gwen Stefani was Gavin Rossdale’s this 56. Rockers are usually night __ 57. Musical achievement is considered a great one, at times 58. Ford of The Runaways 59. Dateless Grammy attendee 61. Like boring song 62. James “Can’t catch love with __ __ or a gun” (1,3) 65. Jeff Lynne ‘Hold On Tight’ band (abbr) © 2019 Todd Santos
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NEWS OF THE WEIRD BY ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION
Lake Worth, Florida, homeowner Phil Fraumeni emerged from his house on July 19 to find a white Tesla not only parked on his lawn, but tethered to an outlet on his house, charging the car’s battery. Fraumeni told WPBF he waited a couple of hours, then called police. The car was not stolen, and police were able to contact the owner, who showed up around noon and told Fraumeni he had been visiting friends in the neighborhood when the battery died around midnight. Fraumeni declined to press charges (pun intended) and did not ask for reimbursement for the 12 hours of electricity the car used.
Keep up with us here: On Aug. 1, identical twin brothers Andy and Chad Baker of Nashville, Tennessee, were on their way to the annual Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, in their identical blue Tesla Model 3s, when an Ohio state trooper pulled them both over for having identical license plates, reading “SUBJ TO.” The brothers patiently explained to the officer that the plates are, in fact, different: In one, “TO” is spelled with a zero, and in the other, it’s spelled with a capital O. “Nobody likes getting pulled over by police, we were both nervous, but it’s a great story and we will tell it all weekend,” Andy told Fox8.
Can’t stand the heat
Two men in Antwerp, Belgium, felt the heat on July 24 when they accidentally got locked in a shipping container full of cocaine in the huge port there, reported AFP. That day, temperatures reached a record high of 104 degrees Fahrenheit, stifling the 24- and 25-year-old, who had entered the container “to remove drugs,” according to prosecutors. As the mercury rose, they desperately called a police emergency number and when police finally found them two hours later, they gratefully gave themselves up. Port workers were videoed pouring water over the pair to try to lower their body temperatures.
Going to extremes
Kim Gordon, 55, vanished on Feb. 25, according to his 17-year-old son, after going for a nighttime swim at Monastery Beach in Monterey, California, an area with a deadly reputation sometimes called “Mortuary Beach.” The Associated Press reported that police searched for three days before learning the Scotsman from Edinburgh, also known as Kim Vincent Avis, faced 24 charges of rape in Scotland, which made them suspi-
cious about the story. “When that came up, we start to wonder if this is a hoax,” said Monterey County sheriff’s Capt. John Thornburg. Finally, on July 26, the U.S. Marshals Service announced it had caught up with Gordon in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he is now being held; the son had been returned to Scotland and will not be charged with filing a false report.
Local reported. He could also be seen in a different video throwing a washing machine into the ravine in the same area. The truck was registered to a houseclearing company in Almeria, from which the man was promptly fired. In a tit for tat, officers later posted video of the man struggling to bring the refrigerator back up the hill.
As a storm rolled through Port Charlotte, Florida, on Aug. 4, Marylou Ward and her husband got an explosive surprise. Ward said she heard a “boom” that was the loudest noise she’d ever heard. “We smelled smoke and I looked outside,” she told WINK News. Smoke was coming from her septic tank, but it was the indoor effect that really shocked them: Her master bedroom toilet was in hundreds of pieces. A plumber explained that a nearby lightning strike ignited methane gas that had built up in the pipes and septic tank, destroying not only the tank and the toilet, but the indoor plumbing as well. Fortunately, no one was
In a product expansion move that inspires one to shout, “Stay in your lane!” Oscar Meyer announced on Aug. 1 that it is entering the dessert category with the Ice Dog Sandwich — an ice cream sandwich with cookie “buns” surrounding bits of candied hot dog meat and spicy mustard ice cream. United Press International reported that the company partnered with a New York ice cream company to create the confectionary treat. Bonus: French’s announced the day before the creation of its own mustard-flavored ice cream together with Coolhaus.
Force of nature
hurt: “I’m just glad none of us were on the toilet,” Ward said.
Alice Coleman, 61, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hopped out of bed early on Aug. 5 to check on a fire alarm that was blaring outside her apartment. When she opened her door, 34-year-old Fitzroy Morton confronted her, brandishing a “big butcher knife,” Coleman told WSVN. Morton told her, “No, mama. Everything gon’ be all right,” but Coleman set him straight: “Everything’s not going to be all right. I’m not your mama. I don’t know who you are. Get out of my house.” Then she bit him, “... and I didn’t even have my teeth in my mouth like now,” she explained. Coleman ran out of the apartment, where Morton locked himself in, and called police from a neighbor’s apartment. Morton was charged with three felonies, and Coleman is vowing to be more cautious: “I’ll open my door with my Taser because I have one.” Visit newsoftheweird.com.
Least competent criminals
• Police in Sydney, Australia, had a drug bust land in their laps on July 22, when an unnamed man slammed a van loaded with 600 pounds of methamphetamines into a patrol car parked outside a suburban police station. The car was empty at the time of the collision, Reuters reported. The van sped away from the scene, but police caught up with the 28-year-old driver an hour later and charged him with drug supply and negligent driving. The drugs had an estimated street value of about $140 million. • Michael Harrell, 54, strolled into a U.S. Bank in Cleveland on July 29 with a note demanding cash from a teller: “This is a robbery. Don’t get nobody hurt.” Unfortunately, according to WJW, he wrote the note on a document he had apparently received from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, which included his full name and address. The teller, who called Harrell by his first name after seeing it on the letter, gave him $206 and summoned police, who later arrested him.
Sticking it to the man
A man in southern Spain who is a serial mocker of recycling efforts was fined 45,000 euros ($50,000) and ordered to retrieve a refrigerator he tossed down a hillside in July. Spain’s Guardia Civil identified the man from a Twitter video he posted of the refrigerator incident with the truck he used, and its license plate, clearly visible behind him, The
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