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To open or not to open (and how)? That is the questions for schools

At a recent indoor Presidential campaign rally in Arizona, the Trump team made all attendees sign disclaimers saying they would not sue the campaign if they came down with the Coronavirus. In weeks, our superintendents and school boards in New Hampshire and beyond will be forced, in one way or ...

New Hampshire’s Commission on Emissions meeting; input sought, welcomed

New Hampshire’s businesses, municipalities, public health and health care professionals are increasingly aware of and concerned with the public health effects of our changing climate. An overwhelming body of evidence points to human activities such as using fossil fuels for transportation, ...

Living the life of Riley

We have a new addition to our family, Riley, a one-year-old lab mix pup from Mississippi. Being southern, he demands a Mint Julep every day at 3. Currently, we’re training him to be obedient. To be clear, we are being trained by the trainer to train the dog. Riley must be trained. Taxidermy ...

Dan Feltes will build a clean energy future for New Hampshire

During both a pandemic and a climate crisis, we need thoughtful, decisive leaders in office. We firmly believe Senator Dan Feltes is the right leader for this moment and the right person to launch our clean energy economy into the next decade. We cannot wait any longer to act. In the state ...

Top ACT racers continue to sign up for Midsummer Classic 250

Waterbury, VT - The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Midsummer Classic at N. Woodstock, NH's White Mountain Motorsports Park continues to get bigger as the day approaches. A flurry of new entries have arrived in recent days for the $10,000-to-win Midsummer 250 on Saturday, August 8 that will make ...

CARES Act can’t permanently soften COVID-19 blow

One of the big shortcomings of the CARES Act, and there were a few like the initial Payroll Protection Program, was the money could not be used by states or municipalities to help make up revenue shortfalls due to the coronavirus pandemic. The first rules also did not allow the money to be ...

Free blueberries make sweet reward to hikes around N.H.

‘Tis the season for wild blueberry pickin’ in New England. The smaller, sweeter, snappier cousins of the farm-raised summer staple are great for muffins and jams because of their lower water content. Unlike those you might find in a local grocery store, wild blueberries are free, if you ...

There’s no one to replace Rep. John Lewis, C.T. Vivian except us

We’re especially proud right now to be parents and grandparents. The Trump administration has finally gotten so out of hand, a Wall of Moms had to “stop this car” to intervene in Portland, Oregon. When they got tear gassed, PDX Dad Pod got busy and organized its members to show up with ...

Protecting jurors and the jury system in N.H.

When the COVOID-19 pandemic first struck the state this spring, the Judicial Branch acted to protect the safety of our citizens by suspending all jury trials. Following several weeks of careful planning and preparation, as well as instituting significant measures to protect the health of ...

Zoom fails: ‘Don’ts’ for your next virtual meeting

Zoom meetings are a relatively new concept to people who are now living and working in a virtual world. Some people have easily gotten the hang of it, and they understand how etiquette works and what to have or not have sitting in the background. Others aren’t so technologically advanced. I ...

Farming with varmints: Raising veggies in condos

It’s a jungle out there. I should clarify. My back yard, which is mostly occupied by a pool and too many arborvitae shrubs, now has to share any remaining space with Lady Baba’s veggie garden this summer. Since there is no room to turn the soil due to an overpopulated collection of ...

Collecting porcelain brings joy during trying times

It often doesn’t take much to make yourself happy. Spending time with people you care about, eating delicious food or buying something for yourself “just because” can all go a long way toward lifting your spirits and improving your mood. But sometimes, it’s all too easy for that ...

The next great cure might be hiding in your medicine cabinet

In the race against COVID-19, biopharmaceutical firms Regeneron and Sanofi have launched clinical trials to evaluate the efficacy of their drug, Kevzara, in treating the virus' life-threatening immune complications. Interestingly, Kevzara isn't new; it was initially approved by the FDA in ...

In the summertime when the weather is hot

The quirky 1970 Mungo Jerry classic, “In the Summertime” says it best: “We’re always happy, Life’s for livin’ yeah, that’s our philosophy…” That song puts us back into a simpler time when summer was indeed for living and having fun. Any one of us who hails from this era may ...

President Donald Trump has left New Hampshire’s caregivers far behind

I have always been in awe of how New Hampshire’s caregivers work tirelessly to care for our seniors, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to devastate our communities and our economy. Truly, they are heroes. Despite the many challenges of the pandemic health crisis, our ...

Weird science: Things people are doing during COVID

Cabin fever is running rampant. Claustrophobia, panic attacks and manic behavior abounds. And that’s just when I’m taking a shower. People are waving their feral freak flags as we continue to cope with COVID-19. I cope by wearing a mask when I’m out. That way I can mutter dirty things ...

‘Local control’ to reopen schools really means you are on your own

Local control was a phrase heard frequently last week regarding the opening of public schools this fall while the coronavirus continues to ravage much of the country. Local control is a bit of a misnomer in New Hampshire because we are not a “home rule” state. What does that ...