This Week 24/05/23

Thursday, May 23

The Nashua Public Library will conduct an Adult Field Trip to Mine Falls Gatehouse and Hydroelectric Dam at Mine Falls Park in Nashua today from 10 to 11 a.m. Participants will learn how the hydroelectric dam supplies clean, renewable energy to Nashua, and might see migrating river herring using the fish elevator. Deb Chisholm, Sustainability Manager for the City of Nashua, and Paula Lochhead, Vice Chair of the Mine Falls Advisory Committee, will lead this program. Participants should meet at the Mine Falls Gatehouse. There is limited parking at the dam and gatehouse, so parking and walking in at the Mine Falls Gatehouse Entrance across from the David W. Deane Skateboard Park on Stadium Drive is recommended.

Thursday, May 23

Catch the NBA Eastern Conference Finals on the big screen at Chunky’s in Manchester (chunkys.com). Reserve a seat for tonight’s Celtics game at 8 p.m. with a $5 food voucher. “Chunky’s will be showing all games as long as they continue on during the 2024 NBA Playoffs,” according to the website.

Friday, May 24

Senior performing troupe Silver Stars will perform a cabaret-style show at The Rex Theatre (823 Amherst St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org) today at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 25, at 2 p.m. They will share stories and memories paired with songs. The Silver Stars are a 55+ performance group based at The Palace Theatres. Tickets start at $12.

Saturday, May 24

The New Hampshire Arms Collectors will hold their annual Gun Show at Everett Arena (15 Loudon Road, Concord, 228-2784, concordnh.gov/496/Everett-Arena) today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Admission is $10; children 12 and under are free, with an adult.

Friday, May 24

The Nashua Silver Knights will play their season opener at Holman Stadium (67 Amherst St., Nashua, 718-8883, nashuasilverknights.com) tonight at 6 p.m. against the Vermont Lake Monsters, featuring a fireworks show. Tickets start at $12.

Saturday, May 25

The Massachusetts Area Blaster Club will hold its May 2024 Nerf Battle Event at Greeley Park (100 Concord St., Nashua, 589-3370) today from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Club’s facebook page.

Monday, May 27

The Memorial Day Parade in Concord will begin today at 9 a.m. at the Christ the King Church parking lot on Thorndike Street and eventually head to the City Plaza where there will be a brief ceremony, according to concordnh.gov where you can find the full route of the parade.

Save the Date! Sunday, June 2
The Palace Theatres’ Kitchen Tour (Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org) will return for its 17th year on June 2. The event, a self-guided tour, will this year feature beautiful kitchens in Bedford, Goffstown and Hooksett. On the day of the tour, registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at Granite State Cabinetry (384 Route 101, Bedford, 472-4080, gscabinetry.com). Tickets are $55 if purchased in advance or $65 on the day of the event.

Quality of Life 24/05/23

New Hampshire is a good place for military retirees

According to a recent study by WalletHub (Wallethub.com), an online financial services company, New Hampshire is one of the top 10 states for military retirees. The study used data to study 28 key metrics, WalletHub reported on its website, “ranging from veterans per capita to the number of VA health facilities to job opportunities for veterans.” The study, which ranked New Hampshire ninth overall, placed the state 10th in terms of veterans per capita and fifth in the percentage of veteran-owned businesses.

QOL score: +1

Comments: According to the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security, in 2023 there were 88,297 veterans in New Hampshire, 7.7 percent of the population age 18 and over.

Merrimack High School outsmarts the competition

Merrimack High School defeated Plymouth Regional High in the 2024 Granite State Challenge championship game. The academic quiz competition, which airs on New Hampshire Public Television, pits teams of high school students against each other. In this year’s season championship, which aired on March 16, Merrimack had a final score of 540 to Plymouth’s 240. According to Granite State Challenge’s website (nhpbs.org/gsc), this was a high-stakes showdown. “Both teams were three-time GSC champions going into the final game,” the website reported. “Merrimack took the title in 2020, 2021, and 2023.”

QOL score: +1

Comments: According to Granite State Challenge, this was also the seventh time in the final game for both teams.

Overdose deaths down

New Hampshire saw a decrease in overdose deaths last year. As reported in an online story by Manchester Ink Link on May 16, both the New Hampshire State Medical Examiner (doj.nh.gov/medical-examiner) and the National Centers for Disease Control (cdc.gov) reported last Wednesday that fewer people in New Hampshire died from drug overdoses in 2023 than in 2022. According to the Ink Link article, the state medical examiner reported an 11.7-percent decrease, from 487 deaths in 2022 to 230 in 2023.

QOL score: +2

Comments: The CDC reports that the largest share of overdose deaths continues to be from opioids.

Last week’s QOL score: 65

Net change: +4

QOL this week: 69

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The week that was

The Big Story – Celtics Start Round 3: So much for our first real New York–Boston playoff series since 1984. Instead the gallant Knicks fell to the Indiana Pacers after they took the last two games to earn their ticket to Boston for the Eastern Conference Finals.

They’ve met seven times in the playoffs before, with the C’s winning the last four meetings, including the last time in 2019. But this is the first time it’s been outside of Round 1.

Game 1 happened on Tuesday, with Game 2 coming tonight (Thursday) in Boston.

Sports 101: Who was the first person ever to hit a homer off the first pitch thrown on opening day?

News Item – Sox Falling: The Sox surprised almost everyone with a solid April. But, helped by a boatload of injuries, reality has set in as they’ve gone 6-11 in their first 17 games in May, which had them starting the week in fourth place, 9.5 games behind Baltimore.

News Item – The Party’s Over For The Bruins: For the second straight year the Bruins’ season was ended by the Florida Panthers. This time in six games, after the B’s coughed up one-goal third leads in Games 4 and 6. Now come the second-guessing and the finger-pointing, along with all eyes on Jim Montgomery to see if he’ll be the latest coaching scapegoat.

The Numbers:

.354 – unexpected batting average for Sox catcher Connor Wong, who no one thought would be the last player standing among the three guys they got back for Mookie Betts.

21 – record-setting under par score carded on Sunday by Xander Schauffele to win the PGA Championship and his first major title.

Of the Week Awards

Who’s Hot – Raphael Devers: The team may not be, but he is. When the Sox downed the Cardinals 11-4 on Sunday in St. Louis he went deep for the fifth time in five games.

Jailbird of the Week – Scott Scheffler: It’s not everyday that a guy goes from a jail cell to the top of the leaderboard of a major. But that’s what the defending Masters champ did after allegedly assaulting a police officer at a traffic incident on his way into Round 2 of the PGA. After getting his mugshot and fingerprints, he was back on the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, to shoot 65 and grab a piece of the lead during his round.

Random Thoughts:

Imagine how good Luka Doncic would be if he ever got within area codes of actually being in primo shape.

It ain’t like the old days when you look at the Patriots schedule and the toughest decision faced was if you’d give them 12 or 13 wins. Unless the 12 or 13 you’re figuring on is losses for the upcoming season as could be the case as the just released 2024 schedule suggests.

A Little History – 1984 Knicks–Celtics: Believe it or not the last good seven-game series between New York and Boston was 40 years ago. Even with having the great Bernard King at his absolute peak, no one gave NY much hope in the Conference semi-final because he didn’t have much help. Except after going down 0-2 New York won all three games at MSG, including the 106-104 barn burner Game 6, to give most in these parts a scare. But Larry Bird was in the first of his three straight MVP seasons, and he delivered one of the signature games of his Boston career: a 39-point, 12-rebound, 10-assist triple double that sparked the C’s as they cruised to a 121-104 Game 7 win to move on to face Milwaukee — who they ran out in five games.

Sports 101 Answer: It happened in 1986 when Sox lead-off hitter Dwight Evans hit the season’s first into the left field stands at Tiger Stadium off Hall of Famer Jack Morris.

Final Thought – Celtics vs. Pacers: Don’t expect an easy series, because Indiana’s not afraid of them. They split their last four games, including eliminating Boston from the (who cares) in-season tournament.

They have difficulty with Tyrese Haliburton and he looked ready in his solid 26-point Game 7 effort vs New York.

Indy, not Boston, led the NBA in scoring, and has the same bombs-away from deep center in Myles Turner the C’s have in Kristaps Porzingis. So they can go toe to toe on offense.

Aaron Nesmith may be a bull in a china shop who fouls on every play, but he’s the kind of physical defender that gives Jayson Tatum trouble where if he’s not aggressive against that from the jump he can disappear into one of his infuriating and hurtful to the team passive starts.

They have a better bench coach in Rick Carlisle, who won January’s 133-131 victory by saving his challenges until the final minute to overturn two calls that decided the game, rather than Joe Mazzulla regularly using his to challenge on meaningless calls early in games.

Prediction: Celtics in a scary seven games over Indy.

Email Dave Long at dlong@hippopress.com.

News & Notes 24/05/23

And I would walk 0.68 miles

According to a press release, the City of Manchester has updated its plans to build 0.68 miles of newly paved rail trail running northerly along the abandoned rail bed from where the South Manchester Rail Trail terminates at Queen City Avenue and this will be named the Central Manchester Rail Trail. The trail will offer easier access for pedestrians and bicyclists from Elm Street and Willow Street, with a raised bed and a more gradual slope from the streets components of the federally funded RAISE Manchester: Connecting Communities transportation infrastructure improvement project, according to the press release.

The Central Manchester Rail Trail will also serve as a central intersection of some of New Hampshire’s longest rail trails, such as the southern half of the Granite State Rail Trail, the east-west Rockingham Recreational Trail and Piscataquog Rail Trail, with construction projects to extend some of these trails already underway, according to the same release.

In a statement, RAISE Manchester Project Manager Kristen Clarke, PE, PTOE, traffic engineer for the Manchester Department of Public Works, said that “the Central Manchester Rail Trail along with other components of the RAISE Manchester project align with the city’s commitment to foster multi-modal transportation options and pedestrian-friendly connectivity, particularly for the neighborhoods where residents have the fewest vehicles and transportation options. This project not only creates a vital link between disconnected areas of the city, it also contributes to the broader network of rail trails across New Hampshire, offering residents and visitors alike an opportunity to explore our beautiful state while promoting active lifestyles.”

The Central Manchester Rail Trail project also involves the cleanup of an abandoned section of rail, and improves traffic flow at five traffic signals on Elm Street, according to the same release. For more information, visit raisemanchester.org.

$1M for Center

According to a press release, the Executive Council voted to approve $1 million in funding to assist in the building of the Mark Stebbins Community Center in Manchester, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. In a statement, Gov. Chris Sununu said that “by breaking down silos and bringing nonprofits together under one roof, the Mark Stebbins Community Center carries on the philanthropic legacy of Mark Stebbins and represents the very best of New Hampshire. I applaud the nonprofit partners making this innovative vision a reality to better serve Manchester’s West Side. It’s all about the kids!”

The Mark Stebbins Community Center will be a multiservice nonprofit center that will bring critical services to children and families in the West Side of Manchester, which is home to 25 percent of the city’s population and will bring a myriad of nonprofit services into one location to serve the community, according to the same release.

The Center will work to provide affordable, walkable child care, after-school care, access to affordable health care, food access, community meeting space, and additional support and include the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester, Amoskeag Health, Waypoint, Easterseals NH, Mental Health Care of Greater Manchester, Granite YMCA, Manchester Housing & Redevelopment Authority, Southern NH Services, Granite United Way and Catholic Charities of New Hampshire, according to the same release.

Mark Stebbins, a Manchester native, served as Chairman and CEO of PROCON, a New Hampshire-based design and construction firm, and was devoted to giving back to the Manchester community through his philanthropic work, according to the same release. The approved funds are for construction, which is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2025, the release said.

New Currier director

A recent press releaseannounced the appointment of Dr. Jordana Pomeroy as The Currier Museum’s new Director and CEO. She will officially begin her new role at the Currier on Sept. 1.

Pomeroy brings more than 30 years of museum experience to the Currier and has been committed to making art museums exciting destinations, with accessible art and education programs, according to the same release.Most recently, Pomeroy served as the Director of the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami, where she prioritized engagement across the city, including with hospitals and schools, the release said.

Pomeroy was also the Chief Curator at the National Museum of Women in the Arts for many years, where she focused on gender equity in arts and museums and her exhibitions and publications received critical acclaim for their groundbreaking approaches to scholarship and exhibition themes, according to the same release.

Paradise Point Nature Center in Hebron (290 North Shore Road) will open for the season on Friday, May 24, at 9 a.m. Visitors can rent a boat, check out exhibits, or hike the trail on opening day, according to the Center’s website. On Tuesday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to noon, NH Audubon will host a guided paddle (choose canoe, kayak, or paddleboard) along the Newfound Lake Water Trail, free but with a fee for boat rental. Visit nhaudubon.org.

Tesla has broken ground on a new service center and dealership in Londonderry, according to a story on WMUR.com; the 50,000-square-foot facility will be the first Tesla service center in New Hampshire and will include eight charging stations, the story said.

Nashua Public Library (2 Court St.) will hold a showing of the recent Jason Statham movie The Beekeepers on Tuesday, May 28, at 1 p.m. The film is about his involvement with a clandestine organization, and not the fuzzy critters that make honey.

This Week 24/05/16

Thursday, May 16

The Riverwalk Trail connecting Hooksett and Allenstown is finally complete. There will be a grand opening ceremony today from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the trailhead (100 Merrimack St. in Hooksett), just past the Hooksett District Courthouse and the Hooksett Dog Park. There will be speakers and a chance to walk the new 1½ miles of trail. A golf cart will be available to transport anyone needing assistance to the end of the trail and back. For more information, contact Community Development at 485-4117.

Saturday, May 18

Canobie Lake Park (85 N. Policy St. in Salem, 893-3506, canobie.com) opens for the 2024 season today at 10:30 a.m. The Park features 85 rides and attractions, food, games and more.

Saturday, May 18

The Indian Association of New Hampshire will hold a Vasant Indian Cultural Festival starting at noon at Nashua High School South (36 Riverside St. in Nashua). There will be competitive and noncompetitive presentations of Indian dance, music and art. Tickets cost $10; children 5 and younger get in free. See ianh.org

Saturday, May 18

Plant sales continue: Get flowers, veggie starters and more (including a bake sale) today from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the plant sale at the corner of Clontin and Norwich St. in Concord (79 Clinton St.) from the Wesley Church (concordwumc.org). The Bedford Garden Club (bedfordgardenclubnh.org) will hold its annual plant sale today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Bedford Village Common (15 Bell Hill Road in Bedford). Find more plant sales this weekend in the April 25 issue of the Hippo in the story that starts on page 10; go to hippopress.com to find the e-edition.

Sunday, May 19

The latest Granite State Antique Show (Granite Town Plaza, 185 Elm St. in Milford, gsashows.com, 506-9848) is today beginning at 7 a.m. The event will showcase more than 40 vendors from around New England and feature a large range of antiques and vintage collectibles.

Sunday, May 19

The Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S Main St. in Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com) hosts this year’s Granite State Blues Challenge today beginning at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $15.

Tuesday, May 21

Rock artist and international singer-songwriter Debby Holiday will perform with her full 10-piece live band in a Tina Turner tribute at 7 p.m. at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St. in Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org). Tickets start at $49.

Save the Date! Sunday, May 31
Piff the Magic Dragon will perform at the Nashua Center for Performing Arts on Friday, May 31, at 8 p.m. Since breaking out on America’s Got Talent in 2015, Piff the Magic Dragon has won the heart of America through his Vegas residency, network television appearances and non-stop touring. For the past five years Piff has headlined the iconic Flamingo Hotel and Casino in the heart of the Las Vegas strip, with more than 250 shows a year in the Piff the Magic Dragon Theatre. Tickets begin at $39 and are available through the Nashua Center’s website.

Quality of Life 24/05/16

Hooray for Henry!

Garden writer and longtime Hippo contributor Henry Homeyer was recently awarded the Fred E. Beane award by the directors of the New Hampshire Farm, Forest & Garden Expo in Deerfield. This award, presented jointly with UNH Cooperative Extension and the Department of Agriculture, recognizes effective media coverage of agriculture/forestry and public issues affecting agriculture and forestry in New Hampshire.

QOL score: +1

Comment: Henry Homeyer has been writing about gardening for more than 25 years and is an ardent advocate of organic and sustainable practices.

Making mile markers make sense

If you’ve been confused as you drive between Manchester and Hampton on Route 101, the problem hasn’t been you; the numbers on the mile-markers really haven’t been adding up. As reported by WMUR in a story on May 12, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation is in the process of replacing mile-marker signs to more accurately reflect the driving distance between Manchester and the Seacoast. According to WMUR’s report, when mile markers were introduced in the area, they started measuring Route 101 at 100 miles where the state highway intersects with Interstate 93. “Officials said that this point is only 60 miles from Route 101 in Keene, and must be changed to comply with federal regulations,” WMUR reported. “Mile 100 will now become mile 60, and the other numbers will be adjusted as needed.”

QOL score: +1

Comment: According to NHDOT, the exit numbers on Route 101 will not change.

Chick-en Ten-ders! Chick-en Ten-ders!

In their first game this season as the Manchester Chicken Tenders, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (13-18) defeated the Harrisburg Senators (18-13) Saturday, May 11, at Delta Dental Stadium, 6-1. As a gesture of support with Manchester’s claim as the birthplace of chicken tenders, the AA team temporarily changed their team name and uniforms.

QOL score: +1

Comment: The Manchester Chicken Tenders will make another appearance later this summer in a July 27 home game against the Reading Fightin Phils.

QOL score last week: 65

Net change: +3

QOL this week: 68

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Sale-ling along again

The Big Story – Alumni News: After his one-calamity-after-another ways since 2018, you knew from the day the Sox traded Chris Sale to Atlanta he was going to regain his dominant form. Which he did while shutting the Sox out for six innings last week while striking out 10 in a win that moved him to 5-1 with a 2.95 ERA for the Braves through seven starts.

It should be noted that, given his injury history and track record of eventually wearing down, he’s a long way from making it through the first half, let alone the year, injury-free. It is working so far. But, as Casey Stengel used to say, you never know.

Fingers crossed.

Sports 101: Ty Cobb won the AL Batting title year between 1907 and 1919 except in 1916. Who won it that year?

News Item – Trouble Bruin For B’s: The opening series 5-1 drubbing of Florida now seems long ago. It was all downhill from there after the Bruins got drubbed themselves twice in three straight losses. First by identical 6-1 scores in Games 2 and 3. Then by blowing a 2-0 first period lead in Game 4 to go down 1-3 to the Panthers. The only glimmer of hope to take from this dire spot is that’s where Florida was before rallying to win three straight and take the series 4-3 last year. So the B’s know it can be done.

News Item – White Hot Nova Connection Burns Indy: The best story in the NBA playoffs has to be the way three teammates from Villanova’s 2018 NCAA championship team are driving the Knicks deeper into the playoffs. It’s a first of its kind story, as if the Knicks go/went on to win it all Jalen Brunson, Dominic Divicenzo and Josh Hart would be the first three guys from the same college championship to pull that off together in the NBA.

News Item – C’s Lose Game 2 Badly Again: Celtics fan boy see-no-evil ESPN announcers are repeating the line that fans are “impatient” with the Jayson Tatum-led team for not winning enough after seeing them rack up their latest Game 2 relaxation loss at home after cruising in Game 1 over Cleveland. This claim is insulting to them and delusional by the players and coaches pushing that ridiculous story. It’s just an excuse by a team that can’t stay focused when it counts. With their talent, if Tatum and company had one tenth of the fight in them that Hart, Brunson and the Knicks have shown in these playoffs, the C’s would have won the last two NBA Finals.

The Numbers:

16 – shots on goal total by the Bruins offense to 32 against in the aforementioned Game 4 loss to Florida.

40 – months in prison that rocket scientist Celtics alum GlenBig Baby” Davis was sentenced to last week for his role in scamming the NBA health care program out of pandemic-related funds.

76 – video clips sent to the NBA office by the Pacers supposedly showing referee mistakes from just the first two games of the Pacers-Knicks.

Of the Week

Crybaby of the Week – Pacers Coach RickCarlisle. Come on, Rick, not even I think NBA refs can miss 76 calls in just two stinking games.

Stat of the Week – Plus/Minus: For those who think points scored mean everything. When Minnesota thumped Denver 106-80 in Game 2 vs. the T-Wolves, their plus/minus leader was Jaden McDaniels at +26 despite scoring just 5 points. On the other side Denver’s high scorer was Aaron Gordon with 20, who also was their +/- leader at -33.

Random Thoughts

Hate to put pressure on the kid, but am I the only one who thinks that from certain angles Drake Maye looks like Tom Brady?

The T-Wolves’ Anthony Edwards is showing he’s on the doorstep of joining the NBA’s elite players. He has a lot of Michael/Kobe grit in him.

Sports 101 Answer: Ex-Red Sox star Tris Speaker hit .386 for Cleveland to stop Cobb’s streak. But Cobb wasn’t far off as he finished second at .370.

Final Thought – Minutes Debate: As someone who thinks players are babied down to 32 minutes a game nowadays by sissified coaches like Joe Muzzulla, I’ll be interested to see if the Knicks’ Tom Thibodeau’s pedal-to-the-middle style will hold up as the playoffs go on. Both Hart and Brunson have averaged over 43 minutes per so far, where Hart played all 48 in three straight games, while it was 42 for OG Anunoby, 44 for Brunson and Divincenzo and all 48 minutes for Hart in Game 1 was Indiana.

I’m a maniac, but even I think that has to catch up to them at some point. And maybe it did in Game 4 as the Villanova trio shot a combined 9 for 36 overall and 1-16 from downtown in a 32-point loss.

However, we’ll need a little more evidence before we know if Game 4 was just one of those bad game blowouts or if New York is getting tired.

Email Dave Long at dlong@hippopress.com.

News & Notes 24/05/16

Property tax relief

According to a press release, New Hampshire homeowners may have the opportunity to receive property tax relief through the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration’s (NHDRA) Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief program, which distributed over $900,000 in tax relief to New Hampshire homeowners last year through the Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief program and has distributed more than $48 million since the program was established in 2002.

Those eligible are single homeowners making up to $37,000 per year and married homeowners making up to $47,000 per year. The maximum homestead value qualifying for an award is $220,000 and the deadline to apply for relief from the state is Sunday, June 30, according to the press release.

In a statement, NHDRA Commissioner Lindsey Stepp said, “The Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief program is a significant resource for qualified New Hampshire taxpayers statewide and we are working to make sure eligible homeowners are aware of this critical tax relief program.”

Other stipulations include owning a homestead subject to the State Education Property Tax and having resided in that homestead since April 1, 2023, according to the press release.

The NHDRA asks applicants to file claims using the NHDRA’s Granite Tax Connect (GTC) online portal at revenue.nh.gov/gtc. Paper applications are available for download at revenue.nh.gov/forms/low-moderate.htm. Older versions of the form will not be accepted, and applicants will be required to submit their individual income tax returns and final property tax bill for 2023 with the application. For specific tax-related questions residents can call Taxpayer Services at 230-5920 and residents who do not have internet access may request forms by calling NHDRA’s Forms Line at 230-5001 or by sending an email to forms@dra.nh.gov, according to the same release.

Leave baby deer alone

According to a press release from New Hampshire Fish and Game, it is important for New Hampshire residents who see young deer by themselves and fear the worst to remember that the doe is usually not too far off and will most likely return to feed her newborn.
The majority of deer fawns are born in May and June. Adult deer are easily detected by predators due to their scent and large size, and for that reason the doe will spend extended periods away from her fawns to disassociate her scent from the fawns to help keep them safe from predators. During the first month of their life, she will only visit the fawn a few times a day to nurse quickly before leaving again, although typically not going too far away, according to the same release.

The best chance a young wild animal has to survive is in its natural environment under the care of its mother, so if you do encounter baby animals out in the wild, leave them there. If you suspect a fawn or other young wildlife has been abandoned or orphaned, contact the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department by emailing wildlife@wildlife.nh.gov or calling 271-2461 to initiate a report. Professionals can evaluate the situation.

If you do encounter animals on the trail, do not approach, pet or feed wildlife, and never remove any animal from its habitat, the release said. Only qualified people with special rehabilitator permits issued through the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department may take in and care for injured or orphaned wildlife. Improper care of injured or orphaned wildlife frequently leads to sickness or death and often the animals cannot be returned to the wild, according to the press release. A complete list of licensed wildlife rehabilitators can be found at wildlife.nh.gov/wildlife-and-habitat/rehabilitators.

Summer school

According to a press release, the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) will be offering two free classes this summer at any of New Hampshire’s seven community colleges with their new “Summer’s on Us” program, which covers tuition and academic fees for students who meet financial eligibility requirements and are registered for fall classes.

In a statement, Charles Lloyd, Vice Chancellor of CCSNH, said that “college is a personal investment of time and resources that can be very rewarding both personally and professionally … [and] through ‘Summer’s on Us’, we are making our own investment in New Hampshire students. Students juggle a lot these days between work, family and other commitments and a program like this helps to make college more affordable and attainable.”

To receive free classes, students must enroll for the fall at any of the seven community colleges for at least nine credits, which is about three classes, or use the two classes to complete an academic degree or certificate program in which they are currently enrolled, according to the same release.

Students will need to complete the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and demonstrate financial need. Specific requirements of financial need will be determined by the colleges, and students are encouraged to reach out directly to the community college they plan to attend, according to the release.

Summer classes have multiple start dates between mid-May and August. Classes are available on site and online as well as hybrid, according to the release. More information can be found at CCSNH.edu/SummerOnUs.

The Concord Farmers Market held at the New Hampshire Statehouse (107 N. Main St.) on Saturday, May 18, starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at noon with more than 40 vendors selling an array of fresh and local goods, according to the website. Visit concordfarmersmarket.com.

Manchester City Library (405 Pine St., 624-6550, manchester.lib.nh.us) will hold a book sale on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. An average-sized grocery bag filled with materials will be $10, according to their website. They ask that participants bring their own bag, or they can provide a paper grocery bag if needed. Hardcover books are also available for $1.50 each, and most other materials are $1.

The Merrimack Valley Flute Choir will perform at Nashua Public Library (2 Court St.) on Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. The concert is “Fantastic Journey,” featuring original works with instruments that span the range of the flute family, from piccolos to bass flutes, according to the website. Visit nashualibrary.libcal.com/event/10830672.

This Week 24/05/09

Thursday, May 9

The 2024 Nashua International Sculpture Symposium at The Picker Artists’ studios (3 Pine St. in Nashua, 930-5080, pickerartists.com) starts today with an opening reception at 5:30 p.m. Four sculptors will work on new pieces of public art: Anna Korver from New Zealand/Benin, Hoyoung Im from South Korea, Evan Morse from the U.S. and KōV (aka Kevin Percevault) from France, according to nashuasculpturesymposium.org, where you can find the map of sculptures from previous years as well as a schedule for this year. See the artists work Monday through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 13 through May 30, the website said.

Thursday, May 9

The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire (27 Navigator Road in Londonderry, 669-4820, aviationmuseumofnh.org) presents Ask the Airport Director, a presentation and Q&A session with Ted Kitchens, Director of the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, at 7 p.m. at the Aviation Museum. This event is free.

Saturday, May 11

The New Hampshire Audubon Society (nhaudubon.org) will host a birding outing at its Massabesic Center in Auburn (26 Audubon Way in Auburn, 668-2045) from 8:30 to 10 a.m. This is an informal outing to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day that begins at the Massabesic Center and explores the trails with local birder and Massabesic Center Advisory Committee member Joe Mahoney. The cost is $10; registration is required.

Saturday, May 11

Corey’s Closet (1329 Hooksett Road in Hooksett, 722-2712, coreyscloset.org) will host an ’80s Prom for special needs teens and adults from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Puritan Event Center (245 Hooksett Road in Manchester, 666-9893, puritanbackroom.com/events). Prom tickets are $50 and include a buffet. Tickets are available through Corey’s Closet’s website or at the store.

Saturday, May 11

Great New England Craft and Artisan Shows will host a Fine Craft and Artisan Show at the Merrimack Outlets from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., presented by NH Made (shop.nhmade.com). See gnecraftartisanshows.com.

Saturday, May 11

Canterbury Shaker Village (288 Shaker Road in Canterbury, 783-9511, shakers.org) opens for the 2024 season today, beginning at 10 a.m., with indoor guided tours, specialty lectures and a 5K race.

Saturday, May 11

The Amherst Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale today from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wilkins School (80 Boston Post Road in Amherst). This year’s sale will highlight native plants. See amherstgardenclub.org.

Tuesday, May 14

“How Smart Is Our Electrical Grid” is the theme for Science on Tap presented by SEE Science Center. It starts at 6 p.m. at Stark Brewing Co., (500 Commercial St. in Manchester). This event is free and open to the public; sign up at see-sciencecenter.org.

Save the Date! Sunday, May 19
The Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S Main St. in Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com) will host this year’s Granite State Blues Challenge on Sunday, May 19, beginning at 1 p.m. Local blues musicians will perform to secure a slot at the 2025 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Tickets cost $15.

Quality of Life 24/05/09

New Hampshire is nurse-friendly

In recognition of National Nurses Week, WalletHub (wallethub.com), an online finance management company has released the results of a study comparing the 50 states across 20 metrics including job openings for nurses per capita, average salaries, mandatory overtime restrictions and the quality of nursing homes. This study ranked New Hampshire as the third-best state overall for nurses, just behind Washington State and Maine. New Hampshire ranked first in the nation in nursing jobs per capita, and 19th in health care facilities per capita. The study also cited the excellence of New Hampshire’s nursing schools.

QOL score: +1

Comment: See a full breakdown of the study’s data at wallethub.com/edu/best-states-for-nurses/4041.

A new historic home in Manchester

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources has announced that the State Historical Resources Council has added eight properties to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places. One of them is the Samantha Plantin House in Manchester, according to a press release: “A fairly typical late Victorian side-hall single family dwelling, it is reportedly the home of the first Black landowner in Manchester. The daughter of a formerly enslaved mother, Plantin (circa 1827-1899) moved from New Boston in 1844 to work for the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. She purchased land from the company in 1870, later selling it for a profit and using those funds to construct this home circa 1890. The house’s exterior as well as a barn added soon after Plantin’s death have been largely unaltered since the early twentieth century.”

QOL score: +1

Comment: See nhdhr.dncr.nh.gov for more on the State Register of Historic Places.

Peregrine update

As of Monday, May 6, the eyas (downy peregrine falcon chick) count remains at two at the nest at the Brady Sullivan Building in downtown Manchester. Whit and Thor, as the chicks are named, were hatched last week and can be seen on the New Hampshire Audubon’s livestreaming Peregrine Cams. Two other eggs didn’t, as of May 6, show signs of hatching. Find links to the cams, which are provided with support of the Peregrine Networks and Brady Sullivan Properties, at nhaudubon.org. Find updates on the falcons and their daily activities in a log linked in the chat of Feed 1.

QOL score: +1

Comments: According to a story in the New Hampshire Bulletin last September, 74 chicks have hatched at the Brady Sullivan nesting site since 2001; Whit and Thor bring that total to 76.

Rain didn’t stop the taco fans

Last week’s Taco Tour in Manchester hit some big numbers. According to Cole Riel of the Greater Manchester Chamber, the director of this year’s Tour, more than 20,000 people attended, despite heavy rain. More than 90 area restaurants and organizations served more than 100,000 tacos.

QOL score: +1

Comment: Riel quotes Manchester’s Police Chief as saying that this was the third year in a row without incidents or arrests at the event.

Last week’s QOL score: 61

Net change: +4

QOL this week: 65

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