Health and Lifestyle

Four golden rules to living the ultimate life

No 1. Sleep. The best way to set yourself up for a lifetime of success, in any avenue, is to get enough rest. Six to seven hours of sleep per night will get your brain firing on all engines. Mental clarity is the key to everything. When you wake up feeling refreshed, you will be able to make ...

Rest & Revitalization: Road Scholar offers grants for caregivers

Sleeping with one ear open – it’s second nature to caregivers attuned to the whimpers, sighs or moans that call for instant action on behalf of a disabled, ill or injured loved one. Now, there is an opportunity for caregivers to take a deep breath and enjoy a bit of … elsewhere. Road ...

Mr. Clean Jeans versus Mr. Never Clean Your Jeans

Fashion designer and giant weirdo Tommy Hillfiger once told reporters he thinks people should never wash their jeans. He said this in public. Out loud and everything. This was a couple of years ago, but it kinda stuck with me. Now, this is a guy who makes his money selling people expensive-ish ...

Blood Drives

The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcross blood.org. – 8:30 a.m.-1:30 pm. Sept. 26: Nashua Elks Lodge, 12 Murphy Drive, Unit B-1. – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 26: Mont Vernon Fire Department, South Main ...

Counting on a cure: Amherst woman opens up about her battle with breast cancer

When Amherst resident Susan Langlois turned 40, she promised herself she would have annual mammograms, just as a precaution. Breast cancer did not run in her family. Seven years later, during her trip to the mammography center, the radiologist was concerned about her results and it led to ...

Dominoes illustrate how kids move from perception to emotion

Every parent should own a set of dominoes. No, nothing to do with pizza and, yes, I do mean the old fashioned rectangular wooden tiles covered with seemingly random dots. Usually white on black. Dominoes do not plug in. They do not have screens. They do not require Wi-Fi or bluetooth or those ...

Unwritten rule lets dad randomly bring home a kitten

We, who are about to be murdilated, salute you. As you read this on Sunday morning, likely as you think about cleaning out the bird cage, there is a good chance my wife will be finishing up burying my body out in the back yard. (I never should have taught her how to shoot.) Why? Because, if ...

News Digest

Region American Red Cross hosts area blood drives The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org. n Noon-7 p.m. Sept. 19: Hudson Community Center, 12 Lions Ave., Hudson. n 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. ...

Blood Drives

The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org. – 2-7 p.m. Sept. 14: Our Lady of Mercy, 16 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack. – 1:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 14: VFW Post 4368, 1 VFW Way, Milford. – Noon-7 ...

Late night tales of cleaning up after your children

“You know, that was a lot of spaghetti she ate,” I thought to myself, as I cleaned up the 7-year-old’s bed in the middle of the night. Yes, we’re talking, shall we say, throw up. And yes, I might have thought a few more unkind type things as well as I picked the stuffed animals, books ...

When in Montreal, act like you are in Nashua

If I were smarter, I’d hang around Nashua a bit more and practice my French. I just returned from my first trip to Montreal and with the last name of Morin, everyone from the Gate City to the City of Saints thinks I can chat up a snappy conversation en français. Pas vrai. In other ...

Don’t let Google, Siri and Alexa be your kids only teachers

Our children are growing up today with benefits that we couldn’t even imagine just one generation ago. Instant access to information. On-demand entertainment that fits on a screen in your pocket. Smart devices and appliances that recognize their voices, anticipate their needs, and tailor ...

Shotgun beats pliers, at least according to this reporter

A couple of years ago it finally happened. I became the proud owner of a second-hand shotgun. Or, as people who know me would say; my wife finally allowed me to buy a gun. A friend introduced me to trap shooting, and I got hooked. I got a beat up single shot, and eventually upgraded to a pump ...

Blood Drives

The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcross blood.org. n 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 5: St. John Neumann Church, 708 Milford Road, Merrimack. n 2-7 p.m. Sept. 7: Nashua Elks Lodge, 12 Murphy Drive. n 10 ...

Enlighten me on electrolytes

Somewhere along the road we’ve all heard the word electrolytes, but what are they? Electrolytes are present in the body to send signals to our cells and organs. The balance of electrolytes is essential for healthy function. The most common electrolytes – sodium, potassium, calcium, ...

Oh, you had a summer reading assignment?

I don’t like this anymore than the rest of you, but it’s really time to get ready for school Oh boo hoo. We had a good summer. Remember the camping where it rained for three days and didn’t matter because the beach was closed because of contamination? That’s some solid summer fun ...

Hudson hosts candidates forum

HUDSON - Candidates for public office in Hudson had a chance to make their pitch to town voters this week. Twelve candidates appeared Tuesday at the Candidates Night, hosted by the Hudson Junior Woman's Club. Each had three minutes to introduce himself or herself, followed by a ...

Nashua’s superintendent finalists make pitch to public

NASHUA - Nashua's two finalists for superintendent of schools, Connie Brown and Jahmal Mosley, each made their case Thursday evening for the position. Both candidates, in an event hosted by the Board of Education, participated in separate question-and-answer sessions using written questions ...

Merrimack School Board approves use of drug dogs

MERRIMACK - The School Board approved an agreement between Merrimack High School and the Merrimack Police Department to allow drug-sniffing dogs in the facility. The agreement had been in the works since 2015 after a youth risk behavior survey suggested a troubling level of prescription drug ...