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I can name that tune

Anyone who has read my columns in the past probably knows I’m a music junkie. From Doo Wop to hard rock, my tastes run the gamut. But in addition to that, like most, my mind always associates a specific tune to a specific time in life. Some of those memories are good and some not so good. ...

Is digital addiction changing our brains?

The last decade it has been the opioid epidemic that has been grabbing headlines and forcing public officials to take action. There is a new disease that has affected all age groups and socio-economic scales. And though the outcome of the disease is not as grave as with opioids, it is ...

Overide the veto of HB183

On the forestland owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the timber is growing in age, in volume and value every year. We also conduct harvests annually – last fiscal year we conducted a dozen operations on 620 of our 56,000 acres, producing more than two million ...

August 2019: Warm with near-normal rainfall, no new temp. records

August 2019 goes into the books as a mostly uneventful and generally pleasant summer month for Nashua. Temperatures were a little warmer than normal, while rainfall was a little below normal. Vacationers, farmers and anyone engaged in outdoor activities should have been pleased in August. ...

PAL fall festival calls for pop-up tents, folding tables

“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer”- Helen Hunt Jackson, American writer. The beginning of this third season of the year marks a time of gathering the harvest as well as gatherings for people of all ages to ...

NCC heats up for fall

About 2,000 Nashua Community College students returned Monday to a new selection of programs, schedule variety and streamlined student services. New programs this fall include the computer engineering technology associate degree and data analytics certificate program. Data analytics classes ...

Back by popular demand: Beer

In all the years that Science Cafe New Hampshire has been bringing science to the city, by far the most popular session we’ve hosted was “The Science of Beer” in 2013.  This month, the committee decided to revisit this vital topic just prior to the Gate City Brewfest (happening this ...

Water issue must be addressed

Last month, New Hampshire adopted some of the country’s toughest drinking water standards for a class of chemicals collectively known as PFAS. This decision occurred just two weeks after the New Hampshire Legislature mandated the lowest arsenic water standards in the nation. We are by no ...

July 2019: Warmer and wetter than normal with abundant sunshine

July brought with it spells of hot, humid weather intermingled with more comfortable days. Rainfall was above normal but the number of days with rain was below normal. Three heat waves were noted during July, two three-day spells and one four-day stretch. The definition of a heat wave is ...

Budget veto hurts our state

In order to move New Hampshire forward, we cannot afford to leave anyone behind. On Aug. 1, Granite Staters testified for three hours about the devastating impact of Gov. Chris Sununu’s budget veto and how people are getting left behind. House and Senate members heard startling admissions ...

Big win marks turning point for Fisher Cats

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third in a series of bilingual columns by Art Romero of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The Spanish-language version of the column is below. The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays Double-A affiliate) take pride in creating an unforgettable atmosphere at ...

Nashua sports flashback

I’ve always been a sports fan, from the time when the Patriots were an AFL football team, then often being the laughing stock of the NFL, to following the Celtics during the Bill Russell era and their ten straight NBA Championships, to sitting alongside my Dad, with his quart of Narragansett ...

Feeding the hoarding habit: Bounce Dryer sheets, Tide Pods, and chili

After serious introspection recently, I’ve concluded that I am not the only person who hoards stuff. Two years ago, I bought 480 Bounce dryer sheets for an amazing $12. We just opened the second box and so, when Armageddon strikes, I will be at peace knowing I have nice smelling Tommy Bahama ...

Have you ever wondered about being homeless?

Personal story. About 2 years ago my mother-in-law got really sick and my wife had to go abroad to take care of her. What started out as an anticipated visit of 2 or 3 weeks ended up becoming a 7-month ordeal for our family. My wife left Nashua just before Thanksgiving and couldn’t return ...

Bring them back

My niece recently lent me a book titled “Let’s Bring Back” by Lesley M.M Blume. Alphabetically, it covered everything from Aesop’s Fables to Zinc Bars (traditional early twentieth century Parisian Bistros, I’ve never heard of one either). While reading and thinking about what I’d ...

Memo to Gov. Sununu: Time to declare New Hampshire open for solar business

A few weeks ago, I joined a packed house of Concord civic and business leaders for the official ribbon cutting of the Capitol Center’s new Bank of New Hampshire Stage in downtown Concord. As a thirty-something accustomed to heading south for great gigs in Boston, I was jazzed by what I saw ...

Career training grads back at NCC

As a champion of continuing education, Nashua Community College strives to meet students where they are at and then provide the next logical step. To that end, NCC is facilitating new pathway between the Microelectronics Boot Camp and the Electronic Engineering Technology associate degree ...

Don’t throw cold water on hot economy

In the South you often hear the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” It’s too bad that idiom hasn’t become more popular in New Hampshire, because our state legislature seems intent on breaking our vibrant, robust economy and instead throwing the car that’s going 100 miles ...

Gov. Chris Sununu, support making work pay in New Hampshire

In a market economy, there is an easy way to determine how high a value we put on something - Look at the price tag. No one thinks this paints the total picture, but it does provide a useful basis for comparison. Using this metric to examine New Hampshire’s economy makes one thing perfectly ...