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Alan Greenwood

Alan Greenwood

Cleveland Browns Johnny Manziel is no villain, just a dumb rookie

Good thing His Highness, King James, didn’t get nabbed flipping someone the bird. ESPN would’ve cancelled all non-Lebron programming for the rest of the week. Cleveland’s newest sports obsession, Johnny … Full story  


Scott Flegal

Scott Flegal

Market Basket’s competing philosophies a hot topic in business circles

Is there any business more interesting than a family business? The relationships between family business owners make the relationships between owners of other privately owned companies look like child’s play. … Full story  


Don Himsel

Don Himsel

Past and present from the Millyard stack

The original image was made by Frank Ingalls, who I can see was braver than I am. This is the second of two photographs I’ve been able to secure from … Full story  


David Brooks

David Brooks

3D printer comes to Milford library - what would Gutenberg say?

Libraries are quiet and clean, workshops are loud and dirty – never the twain shall meet, right? Wrong, at least to an extent. Consider the newest addition to Wadleigh Memorial … Full story  


Tony Paradiso

Tony Paradiso

Europe at economic crossroad

What’s the old saying about blind squirrels? Even they can find a nut on occasion. Well, this blind squirrel found a nut last week when I mentioned my concern over … Full story  


Kevin Landrigan

Kevin Landrigan

Republican primary for governor likely to get tougher

The first forum of Republican candidates for governor is history, and while no knockout blows were thrown, it surely revealed this race is bound to get rougher heading into the … Full story  


Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Life skills program needs microwavable dishes to serve student needs

Some students learn best by listening and reading, independently or in groups, while others require one-on-one mentoring and individual attention, especially students who meet the statutory definition of being at … Full story  


Benjamin Garber

Benjamin Garber

Time is on your side before school starts

Let’s not talk about back-to-school. After all, why shatter a perfectly good delusion? Why rain on the summer parade or confront the denial? Maybe if we ignore it, it will … Full story  


Jessie Salisbury

Jessie Salisbury

Silk industry once thrived in NH

Our part of New Hampshire has long been associated with textile manufacturing, cotton and wool – but silk? I associate silk with China, or at least warmer places than this … Full story  


Henry Homeyer

Henry Homeyer

Plants can thrive while you’re on vacation

Sometimes life interferes with being a gardener. At midsummer, most of my vegetables were nearly ready to be eaten or to be put up for the winter. But I was … Full story  


Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Gaiman, Russell bring ‘Graveyard’ to life

We all know from reading “Coraline,” “Murder Mysteries” and “Dream Hunters” how good a writer Neil Gaiman is. We also know from the “Coraline,” “Murder Mysteries” and “Dream Hunters” graphic … Full story  


Tom King

Tom King

Tom Brady makes an appearance; all is well with Patriots

Finally. When No. 12 trotted out into the huddle at Gillette Stadium on Friday night against Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles, a smattering of cheers could be heard. New England Patriot … Full story  


Dean Shalhoup

Dean Shalhoup

Nashua golfers happy to support Folds of Honor

There are two reasons the color green so often comes to mind when the topic is “country clubs”: the handsomely manicured grass of their golf courses and the formidable number … Full story  


George Scione

George Scione

Pittsburgh Pirates Jeff Locke suffered from envy of childhood friend from Conway

Wednesday morning a colleague mentioned the 1919 Black Sox scandal in a column dealing with the darkest days in Major League Baseball history. Perhaps Alan Greenwood is the second-coming of … Full story  


Eric Stanway

Eric Stanway

All we know is, it was definitely not Benedict Arnold …

As I believe I’ve pointed out in the past, food history is a pretty inexact science. After all, when I began to research the history of the humble Sloppy Joe, … Full story  


Gary Trahan

Gary Trahan

Embracing the unexpected paradoxes we meet in life

A tanker was recently traveling in front of me on Interstate 293 at 60 miles an hour while chains hung off the back end, violently sending off small streams of … Full story  


Kathleen Palmer

Kathleen Palmer

Greeley Park is the place to be this weekend in Nashua

Another full-color Encore awaits you today in print form. The reason for this edition’s colorful press run is the special pull-out section on Hudson Old Home Days, this Thursday-Sunday at … Full story  


Tina Forbes

Tina Forbes

Nashua school district busy preparing for students’ return

It’s still the lazy days of summer for Nashua’s students, but school officials are busy getting ready for the first day of school on Aug. 26. The school district is … Full story  


June Lemen

June Lemen

Enduring the stench  weasels of Summer

We have a skunk visiting next door. I am not a big fan of skunks, although I adopt a “live and let live” policy where most critters are concerned. (Moths … Full story  


Joe Marchilena

Joe Marchilena

Try eating off a smaller plate

If the inside of your kitchen cupboards looks anything like mine, you’ve got several options when choosing a plate to eat off. I look at the plates as perfect for … Full story  


Doug Webster

Doug Webster

July 2014: Warm and sunny with a rainfall rebound

Summer 2014 has certainly been admirable so far with a higher than average number of sunny, pleasing days and a noted lack of steamy, sultry conditions. July has followed the … Full story  


Marc Bouchard

Marc Bouchard

Grilling up some fresh summertime ingredients

I’m always looking for unusual dishes that take advantage of freshest seasonal produce and my desire to use my grill as much as possible. The following are examples, par excellence. … Full story  


Teresa Santoski

Teresa Santoski

Sometimes skipping class is the best education of all

Though it seems impossible that this much time has passed this quickly, it has now been 10 years since I graduated from college. I attended my reunion and they had … Full story  


J. Daniel Marr

J. Daniel Marr

Judge rules UNH contract termination isn’t racial, gender discrimination

Employment discrimination laws do not protect an employee who is part of a racial minority from adverse employment action. The law protects her from action against her because of a … Full story  


Mike Morin

Mike Morin

Mr. G will see rise in popularity

I can tell you the most famous person visiting Martha’s Vineyard for two weeks starting Saturday will be President Barack Obama. I also can say with firsthand certainty that one … Full story  


Gerry Descoteaux

Gerry Descoteaux

Perseids face distraction of August ‘super moon’

No undeserved hype this year – that’s my motto, and I’m sticking to it. Not because I want to, though. Let me explain. Next month is August, and that means … Full story  


Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley

It’s time to stop the bleeding

Not long ago, I was watching a movie about a time not so long past. In it, a man had become ill with some kind of dread disease, and as … Full story  


Paul Collins

Paul Collins

Gordon Lightfoot – still traveling that ‘carefree highway’

In a storied career that has spanned more than 50 years, Canadian troubadour and living legend Gordon Lightfoot has given us music so powerful in its simplicity. His emotions come … Full story  


Full Plate

Full Plate

Classic iced tea just like you didn’t make as a child …

Each summer vacation, my brother and I found all number of messes to assuage our inevitable boredom, which took all of three days. We’d complain, “Mom, we’re bored.” She’d fire … Full story  


Melissa Runde

Melissa Runde

The special magic of summer: Being able to keep it real

EDITOR’S NOTE: Parents of young kids: If your reading-age kids still enjoy visits from magical holiday visitors, you might not want to leave this column laying around. :) Ahhh … … Full story