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Melissa Runde

Melissa Runde

Christmas magic: A little finagling is worth the savoring

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you have little ones who are looking forward to Santa’s arrival, you might want to keep this column under wraps. Ahhh … holiday time. A time for … Full story  


Kathleen Palmer

Kathleen Palmer

I heard her exclaim, as she drove out of sight: Merry Christmas to all …

One week left! Here comes Christmas, ready or not! If you have little ones, there’s a fun event at the Pelham Library at 6 p.m. tonight. Climb aboard “The Polar … Full story  


Alan Greenwood

Alan Greenwood

NHL would never miss that point for losing

Floating down a lonesome stream of consciousness, wondering if the Philadelphia 76ers will strive to win games once they have clinched the worst record in the NBA … Upon learning … Full story  


Scott Flegal

Scott Flegal

Villa Banca’s closing in Nashua a tale of the shrinking middle class

It was very sad to see Villa Banca abruptly close its doors in downtown Nashua a few weeks ago. We can only hope that a new occupant will arrive on … Full story  


George Scione

George Scione

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady shows sense of humor

Tom Brady is all the rage of late. No, really. The New England Patriots quarterback is being adored and admonished from southern California through the fly-over states and into Massachusetts. … Full story  


Don Himsel

Don Himsel

Milford dairy farm is fifth-generation run by Fitch family

EDITOR’S NOTE: Imagine Nashua: Then & Now is a weekly photo column by Don Himsel. Each week, he will feature an old photo within a more recent photo, along with … Full story  


David Brooks

David Brooks

Electric cars remain cheaper per mile, even with cheap gas and pricey electricity

With gasoline prices plummeting and electricity prices soaring, do electric cars still save you money on a per-mile basis? That question was asked of me recently during a panel about … Full story  


Tom King

Tom King

Adjustments lead to T-shirt-and-hat celebration

He stood tall late Sunday  afternoon in the center of the  New England Patriots locker room, one he never got a chance to enjoy as a player. Drew Bledsoe never … Full story  


Joe Marchilena

Joe Marchilena

Granite State is 7th healthiest state in the union

The holiday season is fully upon us, which means it’s that time of year to do the thing we love most of all. Yes, it’s time for us to compile … Full story  


Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Industrial popcorn maker would keep school program a ‘popping’ success

It is believed that popping was the first use of wild and cultivated corn. The Aztecs used popped corn as ceremonial decoration and ornaments on statues of their gods. Since … Full story  


Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Captain Comics’ Holiday Gift Guide for your favorite nerd

Do you need a gift for the nerd or nerdette in your family, but every store clerk tells you these aren’t the droids you’re looking for? Then shop like Captain … Full story  


Dean Shalhoup

Dean Shalhoup

Baer and Brodeur: Nashua’s own genius inventors

You’d have to be well into your 50s to remember this with any clarity, but think back to the summer of ’69 – no, not Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69” … Full story  


Paul Collins

Paul Collins

Pat Benatar is still giving rock ’n’ roll her best shot

Like most people, there are those moments that, on occasion, give me pause to look back on days gone by; those dreamy and introspective moments when I stop and look … Full story  


Eric Stanway

Eric Stanway

Bad to the bone: Marrow is a fatty feat of flavor

I’m sure that, by now, you’ve all heard of this paleo diet thing that’s been going around. As close as I can figure it, this new fad involves the consumption … Full story  


Sandy Philpott

Sandy Philpott

The Christmas my heart rolled over to a new kind of love

Most of us have one or two childhood holiday gifts that stand out in our memories. Mine is from the Christmas right after I turned five. I loved dolls, so … Full story  


Tina Forbes

Tina Forbes

Nashua’s Ledge Street Elementary School ramps up athletic opportunities for kids

About five years ago, Ledge Street Elementary School began a push to encourage students to practice healthy habits beyond the weekly gym class and although Ledge Street gym teacher Ashley … Full story  


Benjamin Garber

Benjamin Garber

Coping with your own concerns will help kids do the same

Bike helmets and fire extinguishers and child-proofed doors are not enough. Car seats and crossing guards and tamper-resistant bottle tops, night lights and first-aid kits and plug covers. Each one … Full story  


Marc Bouchard

Marc Bouchard

Switch up the holidays with the Feast of the Seven Fishes

Tired of the ubiquitous American turkey/ham/pumpkin holiday dinner routine? Then perhaps it’s time to try the Italian- inspired Feast of the Seven Fishes. In southern Italy, Christmas Eve is a time … Full story  


Teresa Santoski

Teresa Santoski

Confused? Only 125 more shopping days until Easter …

Since mid-November, I’ve felt unusually off-kilter. I feel awkwardly situated, as though I’m in the right place but at the wrong time or vice versa. This is, I’m afraid, the … Full story  


Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley

Hybrid annuities: High value or just hype?

In the past two columns in this series, I wrote about two of the most common types of annuities: variable annuities and immediate annuities. Both of these types of contracts … Full story  


J. Daniel Marr

J. Daniel Marr

Holiday parties can be fun, but don’t forget boundaries

After a long year of hard work, holiday parties – whether company sponsored or at a co-worker’s house – can be a great opportunity to get to know your co-workers … Full story  


Gerry Descoteaux

Gerry Descoteaux

Lawnchair puppies for Christmas – or are you Sirius

Sugarplum fairies notwithstanding, the month leading up to the biggest holiday of the year delivers a giant bag full of yuletide, albeit celestial, treats. As high in the sky as … Full story  


June Lemen

June Lemen

My winter is running hot and cold

This year, the Lemen/Broyles household has had no problem reaching our goal of not turning the furnace on before Nov. 1. Sure, we had a couple of cold nights, and … Full story