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Annual state audit shows COVID’s impact on finances

The year 2020 will never be forgotten by the people who were alive and old enough to remember. A worldwide pandemic disrupted the daily activity of everyone and upended the world’s economy, including New Hampshire’s. The financial disruption is evident in the state’s Comprehensive ...

Santa always comes through, and he always will

And finally it’s Christmas. A time for remembrance of happy Christmas past; for enjoying happy Christmas present; for anticipation of happy Christmas future. Many years ago, Francis Church of the New York Sun wrote a famous editorial in reply to a letter from an 8-year-old girl, Virginia ...

This Christmas will be a Christmas like no other

This time of year, we often see musings written about what Christmas means to different people, with a popular approach being that of a list of those thoughts spelling out the word Christmas. I am reminded of the popular Christmas tune that begins; “C is for the Christ child, born upon this ...

Christmas: A nun, a terrorist poodle and a lonely string of garland

Last week I came across a picture from the early ‘70s of my cousins, my grandmother, her dog and her sister, my great aunt. There is a sad looking piece of garland hanging in the living room so I believe it must have been around Christmas. Or, quite possibly it is March or April; as with ...

Distant Dome: More transparency is needed, governor

The storm this week made it look like Christmas blanketing the hills of New Hampshire with anywhere from a foot to 4 feet of white, fluffy powder. Outdoor enthusiasts celebrated the mega storm, public works departments packed in the overtime, and others dug out over days, not hours. As the ...

2020 winds down in our community and at the United Way

Hello, good friends. First and foremost, I would like to wish each of you a wonderful holiday season. As we near the end of 2020, I think it makes sense to reflect for a moment on the year which we are soon to put in our rear-view mirror. I think it is fair to say that this has been a different ...

Dumpster or no dumpster? An antiques quiz

When cleaning out grandma’s attic, are you making decisions based on memories, just guessing an object’s value as you go? When it comes to your valuable objects, would you recognize the treasures from the trash? My quiz game, “Dumpster or No Dumpster” will help you to use your antiques ...

Listen at your own risk

It’s that time of year, when people put aside their petty differences, relax their political posturing and take down their Halloween decorations (finally, I’m talking to you, house on the corner, that still had gauze ghosts hanging from every tree in your yard). Instead, we wrap our ...

Let’s do some ‘virtual’ Christmas shopping in 1960’s Nashua

Being inundated with Black Friday commercials and circulars caused me to have yet another flashback to the “60’s, prompting a “virtual” shopping trip in downtown Nashua. It’s only virtual in the sense that I am referencing an online Telegraph dated December 5, 1963 and imagining what ...

A nation that serves all our kids; all is not well with our kids

My older son can’t get enough of music. At the tender age of four, he’s always singing or playing his tambourine at home and asking me to put on music in the car, the louder the better. When I play a favorite track at home, whether Bach or BB King, he sticks his face in front of the speaker ...

They wish you a creepy Xmas

Between freakishly weird toys, devilish Christmas carols and frigheningly uncomfortable holiday TV specials, someone is out to spook the kids during this most joyful of all joyous seasons. Grandma getting run over by a reindeer is the least of our worries, and yes, some tortured soul at a TV ...

HO! HO! NO!

Everyone from David Hasselhoff to Billy Idol has cashed in on the yuletide market, but for every “Charlie Brown Christmas” by the flawless Vince Guaraldi Trio, there is a “Jingle Bells,” barked by dogs. We can deal with ugly Christmas sweaters to a degree, but nobody wants to hear a ...

May all your Christmases be filled with decorations – plastic or otherwise

The Christmas decorations you recall from your childhood tend to influence how you decorate for the holiday as an adult. Your immediate family usually has the greatest impact, determining, for example, whether you buy a real tree or an artificial one. But sometimes, you develop a fondness for ...

Shopping for plaid: Black Friday beat downs are finally over

Gone are the days of engaging in hand-to-hand combat to score the first 500-inch flat screen TV on Black Friday. No more Oklahoma land rush reenactments at midnight to get the newest video game consoles. Coronavirus has pretty much put the kibosh on heathen retail behavior. No one left ...

Monday marks 79th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

Monday marks an especially meaningful anniversary for me. Early on December 7th, 1941, my future dad, Signalman Scott K. McIntyre, was puttering around just outside of Pearl Harbor on a converted World War I destroyer. He and his shipmates grumbled about having to get up early on a Sunday to ...