Local Commentary

Iconoclast vintner: Finding the poetry of the vine

“Be kind to the grape, but mean to the vine.” – Virginia Carter, vintner This contrary advice sums up the contradictions and paradoxes of winemaking – the key is to embrace opposites and find the balance between extremes. Such was the counsel and has been the experience of vintners ...

Getting property tax relief

As we move forward to the general election, we must remember that state leaders can provide municipal property tax relief through their work on the next state biennium budget and I am asking that they make municipal property tax relief a priority. Local officials and others are well aware of ...

A food tale of two stadiums: Holman and Fenway Park

If you would have told me 10 years ago that someday I’d be able to buy an empanada at Holman Stadium, I’d have asked you what you’re vaping. Historic Holman Stadium has been better known for its parade of minor league baseball teams, including hosting the first integrated baseball team ...

Food security: Where is my next meal coming from?

Have you ever had to ask the question, “Where is my next meal coming from?” For most of us, fortunately, the answer is “no.” For too many in our community, however, this is a very real question and, unfortunately, for many it is a question which gets asked every day. These people are ...

The Remembrance Mural

News reaches me from Nashua that a new mural taking shape in downtown Nashua is, unlike most if not all of its predecessors, causing a little controversy because of its subject matter. The mural, being painted on a wall facing the parking lot adjacent to the American Legion Hall on Court ...

Celebrating Deaf Awareness Month

Throughout September, Deaf communities all over the world celebrate their rich culture while promoting awareness of sign language and their shared experiences living in a hearing world. The last week of September is International Week of the Deaf. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services at ...

Telluride 2018: From Colorado to New Hampshire

“Film matters because film is us…Film offers us a language to speak to each other across national, class, economic, and racial lines-film is a phenomenon that allows us to understand cultures and people.” – Lincoln Geraghty Unlikely connections often begin with vision. How did a film ...

August 2018 saw milestone warmth; was wet, very humid

If you like summer heat and humidity, then August was your month. Nearly non-stop tropical humidity would keep air conditioners buzzing through the month. A persistent upper level ridge through the eastern U.S. allowed the Bermuda High to flex its’ muscles this summer. While ...

The science of making scientists

As the 8th season of Science Cafe New Hampshire begins, we wanted to tackle a topic that’s critical to New Hampshire’s future and essential to generations to come. For years we’ve wanted to cover ‘The Science of Making Scientists’ and now we will! The Wednesday evening, Science Cafe ...

Air-born: 2018 declared the Year of the Bird

“If you take care of the birds, you take care of most of the big environmental problems in the world.” – Thomas E. Lovejoy, Conservation Biologist Did you know that 2018 was declared the Year of the Bird? As I just learned this fact, I did not want the last quarter of 2018 to begin ...

Setting the record straight on DCYF

When it comes to the situation facing New Hampshire’s Division of Children, Youth, and Families, former State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Molly Kelly is shamefully trying to alter history for political gain. She has spent the past few weeks attacking Gov. Chris Sununu and the ...

Bacon is truly the new bread when hosting an open house

I’ve moved 15 times in my life, and I did not grow up in a military family. I worked in radio, which has a similar transient rate as the U.S. Armed Forces. After five years in my current house, the itch has struck again. Anyone need a condo? What’s wrong with this picture? Lady Baba and I ...

Public awareness

The English Language Learner program in the Nashua School District has seen an increase in students so large within the past few years that the student-teacher ratio seems to be working against the favor of the two dozen or so ELL teachers. With teachers such as Karen Kariger of Elm Street ...

Wanderlust: The rhythm of walking, something more

“In my room, the world is beyond my understanding. But when I walk I see that it consists of three or four hills and a cloud.” – Wallace Stevens Nothing more, nothing less – yet more than it seems. Walking is as close to doing nothing as you can get – yet it is something more. It is ...

Event connects community

At the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce, we strive to help our member businesses grow and build relationships in the community. Successful businesses result in a better community for everyone. We offer our members networking opportunities; education seminars; and much more. But we also ...

Meditation is not what you think

“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice.” – R.D. Laing Meditation is not what you think. Meditation, a path to mindfulness, is not flipping a switch and catapulting yourself to some new “place” in your mind. It is not figuring out how to make your ...

Coming soon to a corner near you: Little Free Libraries

There are very few projects that I get involved with that are as adorable as Nashua’s Little Free Libraries. That’s why I’m so excited about what’s coming to our community this September. What exactly is a “Little Free Library?” Well, if you haven’t seen them around town, you can ...

America’s powerful fabric

Immigrant Heritage Month celebrated diversity and multicultural communities throughout the United States, and was especially meaningful here in Nashua, one of the most diverse cities in the Granite State. The powerful national movement found its way into an address from city Mayor Jim ...

Who is the mayor? What does he do?

Public opinion in politics almost always deals with what citizens feel about national issues. Whether it be gun control, immigration or the Federal Reserve, the issue weighing on minds always seems to be one that has its heart in Washington, D.C. For a city as small as Nashua, it is difficult ...

Music and the brain: How does music play us?

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” – Victor Hugo How does music play us? As science and technology become intertwined with every aspect of our lives, we are learning more each day about the mysteries of our brain. Music is a ...