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Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess in the dog house, again

It couldn’t get any worse. Or could it? Nashua property owners, already irritated by the over-spending practices of the city’s Democrat mayor and board of aldermen, are now even more frustrated at the convoluted explanation by Donchess (Union Leader, November 22, 2020) for the next ...

The benefits of expressing gratitude now and in the future

During the month of November, many of us are typically more mindful about taking the time to express thanks and gratitude. When we feel grateful, dopamine is released into our brains. This makes us feel uplifted and acts as an anti-depressant. In multiple studies on the link between gratitude ...

Sign language

In the indelible words of Ace of Base, “I saw the sign. It’s opened up my eyes. I saw the sign.” The sign I’m referring to is a billboard, also called a hoarding in the United Kingdom and many other parts of the world. A large outdoor structure (a billing board), they’re usually ...

Holiday gratitude: A Litany of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a particular time, like the bright and shining poetic moments of Camelot, to express gratitude for our own particular circumstances. It has been my custom for several years now to share with you my own personal litany of Thanksgiving. Looking over these pieces for the last ...

Election 2020: Vote fraud, irregularities and recounts

Having conducted recounts in New Hampshire for decades for Republican candidates, I wanted to share my thoughts on the different terms for contesting elections and how they play out in a recount. The current major controversy nationally is the challenge by President Trump to former Vice ...

Black Lives Matter is not a scapegoat or a hitching post

I don’t know of a single Democrat in the entire state of New Hampshire who ran on defunding the police. I can count on one hand the number of national candidates who even entertained the idea. After the initial outpouring of support for BLM post-George Floyd, most Democrats locally and ...

Bad Santa

As we begin the gift-giving season, sometimes it’s hard to find the right gift for that special someone. So much easier is finding the wrong gift for the right person. Here’s a list of some of my favorites. Do yourself a favor, find a stocking and stuff it. Kentucky Fried Idea: Is someone ...

A look back at Thanksgiving traditions

Having just added yet another life milestone worthy of all-out celebration – that notable 18-month benchmark – I was still very much a novice in the time-honored tradition of saying a prayer then loading up a rarely seen platter from the “good china” cabinet with steaming slabs of ...

Making the best of the pandemic holidays at UNITED WAY OF GN

Every so often I feel compelled to throw out a few ideas on how you might want to get involved, and this is especially true during the Pandemic Holidays of 2020. This month I am going to highlight a few things you might not know about, which can make a big difference. These include Santa Fund, ...

We can thank a woman for Thanksgiving Day

While researching an old online copy of a November 1964 Telegraph, I came upon an interesting article relative to the origin of the modern celebration of Thanksgiving Day in America. For many of us, the typical Thanksgiving Day female figure in our lives would probably be our Moms, who back ...

Board silly

After receiving a couple of emails regarding a previous column on board games that I created with poetic license, folks wrote in with some real board games that take the cake - or hot dog, read on - with their denseness and banality. I did some digging, hit a few garage sales and found some ...

Protecting our community – How do you know if a restaurant is safe?

There are few industries that have been as negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic than the restaurant industry. The hits have come hard; even unbearable for many, resulting in an astounding amount of closures...and many that are coming. I never imagined that a global pandemic would affect ...

Nashua’s 54-14 win over Laconia in 1955 was one for the record books

NOV. 7, 1955 – “Rain failed to put a damper on Nashua High’s powerful attack, and it exploded with eight touchdowns and a safety to humiliate the Laconia Sachems 53-14 Saturday afternoon at the Lake City. Less than 100 persons, including a group of Nashua fans, braved the rain and cold to ...

Reinventing fitness in the COVID-19 era

COVID-19 is a terrifying wake-up call for out-of-shape Americans. More than four in 10 U.S. adults are obese, and 60 percent have at least one chronic disease, putting them at high risk of serious COVID-19 complications – or worse. Individuals with chronic illnesses are 12 times more likely ...

I’m just saying

Some idioms have certainly stood the test of time. Others don’t make sense anymore. And for every Ben Franklin metaphor we toss around, there are a few that should be figuratively sent to the glue factory. Neigh. MILKING IT: The saying, “Don’t cry over spilled milk” may be fine if ...

Thrift store shopping can be like treasure hunting

Many people are sticking to their budgets or supplementing their income by shopping at and selling wares from Thrift Stores like Good Will, Care & Share Thrift Stores, The Salvation Army and others. On my Real Bargains videos on www.youtube.com/drloriv channel, I feature real life stories ...

When you have the opportunity to do something with your loved ones, take it

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, chances are you may be reflecting on the things that you are thankful for. I personally am thankful for relatively reliable Wi-Fi, fuzzy socks and last year’s holiday season. Instead of having a more traditional celebration, we took a weekend trip ...

We need to re-elect U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

Nashua is an amazing city with thoughtful, kind and hardworking people. Even in the face of adversity, we pick ourselves and each other up and we rebuild to be stronger than we were before. That is the reason I’m so proud to live in and have served our city, and it is the reason I believe so ...