Sox are off and running

The Big Story – Baseball’s Opening Day: After an awful off-season and what was the most subdued spring training in decades, the Red Sox kick off the 2024 season today in Seattle vs. the Mariners. As you can guess, it begins without high expectations in light of John Henry’s reversal of his once free spending ways. Especially in a division where everyone is spending but the Orioles, who, along with Atlanta, have the best young talent in baseball. Sorry to kick it all off with such an optimistic note, but that’s how it stands on Day 1.

Sports 101: It has only happened once in baseball history that the batting average of every player on one team stayed exactly what it was before the game started. How did that happen?

News Item – Ohtani’s Interpreter Fired After Gambling Disclosure: We could be at the beginning of a whopper of a story around the gambling-related firing of Shohei Ohtani’s interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, on Friday. Conflicting stories have emerged about the $4.5 million wire transfers to pay off Mizuhara’s gambling debts. Nothing has indicated Ohtani did any betting. There are still many holes to be filled in on what could become baseball’s worst gambling nightmare since Pete Rose was banned for life in 1989 if it’s more than just some guy getting in over his head while gambling.

News Item – NCAA Tourney Delivers Usual Thrills: Award winners from Weekend 1:

Best Comeback: Daytona trailed Nevada by 17 before a 24-4 over the final 7 minutes made them 63-60 opening-round winners.

Biggest Upset – Yale Over Auburn: Who had Ivy League champion Yale taking out a SEC power when the 13-seed Bulldogs shocked everyone with a 78-76 win over the 4-seed Tigers?

Say What? Award: OK, maybe the student section at Oakland University (of Michigan) has a point saying 14-seed OU’s 80-76 win over 3-seed Kentucky was a bigger upset.

Phew … Win of the Weekend: Speaking of major upsets, after being just the second 1-seed to lose a 16 last year, Purdue fans breathed a sigh of relief Friday when they put Grambling away early in a 78-50 romp.

Biggest Blown Call: With all the stupid use of replay these days, why don’t they have one for a crucial play like in the Kansas-Samford nailbiter? The zebras clearly blew the call on a spectacular chase down block by A.J. StatonMcCray on a Nick Timberlake breakaway in a one-point game with 15 seconds left. It robbed Samford of getting the final shot to conclude a 22-point comeback. Instead Timberlake made two gift free throws and KU won 93-89.

Revenge Win: He’ll probably never admit it, but Tennessee’s 62-58 win over Texas had to feel good for Rick Barnes after being fired as Texas HC not long ago.

The Numbers:

7 – magic number over their last 11 games for the Celtics to clinch home court advantage throughout the playoffs.

Of the Week Awards

Bracket Buster Award – Sorry, Charles: That thud you heard was Charles Barkley’s bracket being busted as Creighton ran past Oregon 78-63 on Saturday. Chuck had the 11-seed Ducks somehow making it all the way to the final fame. He also had opening-round 12-seed George Mason loser taking out 5-seed Wisconsin and 4-seed Duke and going to the Sweet 16. Oh, and King Charles went to Auburn, so it wasn’t a good weekend all around for Chuck.

Sports 101 Answer: It happened April 16, 1940, when Cleveland fireballer Bob Feller no-hit the White Sox on opening day, leaving all of Chicago’s hitters with the same .000 batting average every player starts their season at.

Final Thought – How To Enjoy The 2024 Red Sox: First you put a pin in your learned experience from around 1994 to realize they’re not getting within three or four time zones of the World Series. Then focus on watching what happens with their young players to see how good they become by September.

I’m looking forward to seeing if Triston Casas can grow into one of the best hitters, as some believe he can. There’s also the young outfield of Jarren Duran platooning in left, Wilyer Abreu in right and exciting rookie Ceddanne Rafaela, a gifted center fielder who hit .284 with three homers in 64 spring at-bats.

There’s promising second-year hurler Brayan Bello, the first home-grown pitcher since now retired Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester to give any sense of promise. Plus it’ll be interesting seeing if second baseman Atlanta import Vaughn Grissom is the first good team-building move by new GM Craig Breslow or part of the Chris Sale salary dump. And with top prospects Roman Anthony and Marcelo Mayer a step away in AAA this could be the start of a promising young core. Time will tell.

Email Dave Long at dlong@hippopress.com.

News & Notes 24/03/28

Crime stats

Calling 2023 “a year of great progress for this agency,” the Manchester Police Department reported that “we have continued a trend of crime reduction” according to the message from police chief Allen Aldenberg in the department’s 2023 Annual Report, which is available on the police department’s website (manchesternh.gov/Departments/Police). According to the report, “the violent crime rate for 2023 decreased by 8 percent compared to 2022 and was down 32 percent compared to the 10-year average,” with 482 violent offenses reported in 2023.

The report did list 8 murders in 2023 (compared to 5 in 2022), 51 reported rapes (compared to 38 reported rapes in 2022) and 99 robberies (compared to 87 in 2022), with aggravated assault being the number that decreased in the violent crime category — 294 in 2023 to 355 in 2022.

There were 2,309 property offenses, which is a 21 percent decrease from 2022 and a 27 percent decrease compared to the 10-year average, the report said. “Overall, Manchester’s total crime rate decreased by 19% compared to 2022 and decreased 36% compared to the 10-year average,” according to the report.

Militello nominated for Poet Laureate

According to a Press Release from March 22, New Hampshire’s Executive Council has confirmed Gov. Chris Sununu’s nomination of Jennifer Militello of Goffstown as the next New Hampshire Poet Laureate. Militello will serve a five-year term beginning in April as an ambassador for all poets in the Granite State and will work to heighten the visibility and value of poetry in the state, according to the same release.

The New Hampshire Poet Laureate position includes an honorarium of $1,000 for each year of the five-year term to help the next Poet Laureate achieve their stated mission with contributions from the Walter Butts’ New Hampshire Poet Laureate Fund and coordinated through the Poetry Society of New Hampshire, which also contributes to the honorarium, according to the same release.

Militello is an acclaimed poet, author and teacher and has supported poetry in New Hampshire throughout her life, including as a founding director of the New Hampshire Poetry Festival and Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at New England College, according to the press release. She has written five books of poetry and won the Dzanc Nonfiction Prize, with her third book of poetry, Body Thesaurus (Tupelo Press, 2013), named one of the top books of 2013 by Best American Poetry, according to the release..

In a statement, Militello said, “New Hampshire boasts one of the richest poetry traditions in the nation, and it will be my deepest honor to celebrate and nurture that statewide love of poetry as New Hampshire’s next Poet Laureate.”

Melanie Chicoine, President of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire, said in a statement, “Jennifer’s passion for poetry is evident in all she has accomplished in both writing and teaching. … We are excited for the opportunities we know Jennifer will bring to the poetry community across New Hampshire and in the surrounding communities.” The New Hampshire Poet Laureate is an honorary five-year position and was established by the state legislature in 1967. Visit the NH Poet Laureate page at psnh.org and see nh.gov/nharts/artsandartists/poetlaureate.html.

New Arts Council logo wanted

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2025 and is seeking an artist to design and create a new logo to appear on the Council’s print and electronic materials starting in 2025, according to a press release. The logo development will be a collaborative process with Arts Council staff as they review proposals and select artists to interview, and selected artists are expected to work cooperatively with the Council staff to make necessary adjustments to the proposals.

This opportunity is open to professional artists over 18 years old, and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts will honor the copyright and intellectual property rights of artists submitting proposals, according to the press release. A total budget of $2,500 has been allocated to commission this project, including artist-design fees, any associated travel costs, and insurance. The deadline for submission is April 5. For details and the full request for proposal, see www.nh.gov/nharts/aboutus/newnhscalogo.htm.

Poetry Out Loud

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts announced in a March 18 press release that Morgan Cole from Portsmouth High School is the winner of the 2024 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud High School Championship, and George Fortin from Holderness School was selected as alternate champion.

Cole will represent New Hampshire at the national finals, which are scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., April 30 through May 2. Visit nh.gov/nharts.

The 10th annual “Easing Heartbreak Hill 5K: Don’t Forget Your Wings” will take place on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to noon in Concord (2 Delta Dental Drive). The event website said that this race is featured as part of one runner’s fundraising efforts for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the official charity of the 2024 Boston Marathon (Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge) with all race proceeds going toward Beth’s goal of $13,100 for cancer research at Dana-Farber. Registration is $25. Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/easing-heartbreak-hill-5k-dont-forget-your-wings-tickets-787223776507

Saint Anselm College’s women’s softball team will play two home games on Saturday, March 30, at noon and 2 p.m. against the Assumption Greyhounds at the South Athletic Fields at Saint Anselm College in Manchester (100 Saint Anselm Dr.). Games are free. Visit saintanselmhawks.com.

Tickets are on sale now to see authors Joe Hill and Michael Koryta in conversation on Monday, April 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Nashua Public Library (2 Court St. in Nashua). Tickets are $10, or $39 for admission and a book, plus fees, via nashualibrary.org; admission ticket sales end March 31 and ticket-plus-book sales end March 29.

This Week 24/03/21

Thursday, March 21

The Prombegins its final weekend at Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St. in Manchester; 668-5588, palacetheatre.org) tonight at 7:30 p.m. Other shows this weekend are Friday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 23, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.. Tickets cost $38 to $59.

Friday, March 22

zClub Fitness (100 Factory St., 4th floor, Nashua, zclubnh.com, 521-7625) will hold a “Shamrocks and Shenanigans” 21+ Zumba party and wine tasting tonight from 6 to 8 p.m., with a high-energy Zumba session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. featuring Irish tunes. At 7:30 p.m., there will be a wine-tasting. This event open to members and nonmembers. Admission costs $15.

Friday, March 22

The 13th annual Black Ice Pond Hockey Championships and Winter Festival starts today and continues through the weekend at Tri-Town Ice Arena in Hooksett (311 W. River Road, tri-townicearena.com, 485-1100). Admission is free for spectators. For a schedule of events, see blackicepondhockey.com.

Saturday, March 23

The Great New England Fine Craft and Artisan Show takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Capital City Sports & Fitness Complex (10 Garvin Falls Road in Concord, just off Exit 13 of Interstate 93). There will be 100 exhibitors, live music, free parking, food trucks and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Tickets are $5; see gnecraftartisanshows.com.

Saturday, March 23

Spyro Gyra brings their 50th Anniversary Tour to the Tupelo Music Hall in Derry (10 A St. in Derry, tupelomusichall.com, 437-5100) tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $57.

Saturday, March 23

The Currier Museum’s (150 Ash St. in Manchester, 669-6144, currier.org) “Looking Together” series takes close looks at particular work of arts, guided by a docent. Today the painting will be “Fishwives”(1883) by Winslow Homer. Tomorrow’s session (March 2)4, will examine “The Family” (1963) by Marisol. Looking Together takes place at 11 a.m. and noon. These sessions are included with the purchase of a museum general admission ticket. Participants should meet in the lobby.

Sunday, March 24

Manchester’s annual St. Patrick’s Parade steps off today at noon and runs down Elm street from Salmon to Center streets. The parade will include fire trucks, pipe and drum bands, mounted police officers, marching bands, Irish dancers, therapy dogs and more according to saintpatsnh.com.

Wednesday, March 27

The Walker Lecture Series presents “An Evening of A Capella with Tonehenge and the Afternotes” tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince St. in Concord, theaudi.org, 228-2793). Tonehenge is a seven-man a cappella group and the Afternotes is a women’s a cappella group based in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire and southern Maine. Admission is free. See walkerlecture.org.

Save the Date! Thursday, April 4
New Hampshire Craft Beer Week is a 10-day celebration of the craft beer scene across New Hampshire. The highlight of the week will be New Hampshire Pint Days, from Sunday April 7, through Saturday, April 13, when breweries across the state feature special events and promotions. Visit nhbrewers.org.

Featured Photo: . Courtesy Photo.

Quality of Life 24/03/21

Warmest winter

This has been New Hampshire’s warmest winter on record. As reported by New Hampshire Public Radio on March 12, the winter season was 9 degrees warmer than usual on average. According to NHPR’s report, at the National Weather Service’s climate site in Concord the temperature never dropped below 0 degrees, something that has only happened twice since 1868, when weather records started being kept in the state.

QOL score: -1 for the general weirdness of it all

Comments: According to a March 17 story by WMUR, as of Sunday afternoon, March 18, Lake Winnipesaukee is completely ice-free, again setting a new record.

Household bills above average here

According to a recent report, Manchester residents pay $5,547 more per year on their household bills — about 22 percent more — than the national average. According to the 2024 U.S. Household Bill Pay report by Doxo, a bill-paying smartphone app, the average American household spends around $2,126 each month on its most essential household bills, and the average Manchester household pays $2,588, or approximately 42 percent of its household income. These bills run the range from rent or mortgage to cable bills to life insurance. According to the same report, things look better for New Hampshire as a whole.

QOL score: -1

Comments: The average monthly cost of bills statewide was $2,052, about 4 percent lower than the national average, the report said.

Missing something?

According to a March 15 Facebook post, a brewer at To Share Brewing Co. in Manchester found something unexpected as he was processing the grain for a batch of smoked IPA last Wednesday: a wedding ring. Brewery co-owner Aaron Share reports that he found the ring as he was straining out the grain from the beer he was brewing, and was briefly afraid that the ring was his, but his own ring was still on his finger.

QOL score: -1 for some anonymous grain malter

Comments: According to the Brewery’s Facebook post, To Share has reached out to its suppliers to try to track down the ring’s owner, but at this point it is still a mystery.

A dramatic rescue

A worker at a construction site on Canal Street in Manchester was rescued after he became trapped under an excavator last Tuesday, March 12. As reported on March 12 by Manchester Ink Link, Manchester fire companies responded to an accident on the worksite and found an excavator upside down in a trench, with its operator pinned on the underside. According to a March 12 from the Fire Department, Manchester crews performed a technical rescue that involved “stabilizing, lifting, cribbing and shoring up the machine.” The fire companies used hydraulic rams, high-pressure airbags and hand tools to free the worker, who was transported to Elliot Hospital with what the Union Leader’s story about the event described as serious injuries.

QOL score: +1 for the rescue, and hopefully a speedy recovery for the worker

Comments: The department’s press release described the rescue as a “high-risk, low-frequency event” and noted, “A successful extrication under the circumstances requires a well-trained, highly focused, and professional team working in a complex and dynamic environment.”

QOL score: 63

Net change: -2

QOL this week: 61

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Time to dance

The Big Story – The NCAA Basketball Tournament: The overall top seed is defending champion UConn, who begin that defense at the TD Garden in Boston in a regional that oddly has three of last year’s Final Four teams in San Diego State, Florida Atlantic and aforementioned UConn. Overall it’s 68 teams playing at four sites around the country. Let the mayhem begin for what is the best four-day extravaganza American sports has to offer.

Sports 101: From the all-time leader to fifth, who are the top five career scorers in the NCAA Basketball Tournament history?

News Item – Are Pats Preparing to Tank? The new people in charge of Patriots personnel have been underwhelming so far. Which means after re-signing their own free agents from a 4-13 team, they’ll leave free agency with the exact three needs they had when it started: a big play receiver, a left offensive tackle and a real starting QB, not a one-year place filler with a career record as a starter of 18-30.

News Item – Proposed Trade: Given how obvious the Patriots issues are, drawing up the plan doesn’t seem that hard. It’s a two-year rebuild at best, so we’ll let the QB wait till next year and attack it via a trade down from the third overall pick. The following example (not real) illustrates the concept: Pats give up third overall pick to Minnesota and their third-round pick in 2025 for the 11th and 23rd picks this year, Minnesota’s 2025 first-round pick and receiver Jordan Addison. (90 catches for 911 yards and 10 TDs), then use the first-round picks on a O-tackle and big play guy. Then fill the next biggest needs, a guard and run-stopping D-lineman.

News Item – Red Sox Spring Update: You can’t count on spring training records, but the 14-9 start is encouraging. The two most interesting questions so far: (1) Will gifted rookie Ceddanne Rafaela win the CF job or be sent back to AAA? He’s currently tied for the team lead with four homers while hitting .273 with 8 RBI in 43 at-bats; (2) Will they finally put Tanner Houck in a starting role where he belongs? He’s off to a 2-0 start with a 2.40 ERA and 0.87 WHIP in 15 innings.

News Item – Rick Pitino: From his days complaining about no fan support at BU to his excuse-filled stint as Celtics coach to his “it wasn’t my fault” major rule violations that led to his being fired at Louisville, little Ricky is still whining after all these years. This time over 20-13 St. John’s not making the NCAA tournament and then petulantly refusing to play in the hometown NIT.

The Numbers

10 – magic number for the Celtics to clinch home court throughout the NBA playoffs.

Thumbs Up – Celtics: True, the Utah Jazz aren’t very good. But considering the obstacles faced, the Celtics’ 123-107 win over Utah last week earns a shoutout, as (a) it was the final of a five-games-in-eight-nights road trip covering 3,400 miles and (b) it came on Game 2 of a back-to-back, (c) after arriving from Portland, Oregon, at 3 a.m. while also losing an hour due to time zone hopping, and most importantly (d) three of their top six players, Al Horford, Kristaps Porzingis and Jaylen Brown, sat out with injuries. They stayed focused and finished off the road trip with a business-like win.

Sports 101 Answer: With 407 points Duke’s Christian Laettner is the Tournament all-time leading scorer. He’s followed by Elvin Hayes (358), Danny Manning (328), Tyler Hansbrough (325) and Oscar Robertson (324).

Final Thought – A Little History – What a Game! Saturday (March 23) is the 50th anniversary of the most monumental college basketball game in history.

No, not Bird vs. Magic in 1979. That had big TV ratings but the game was boring as Indiana St. was barely in it, Bird played terribly and Gregory Kelser was MVP, not Magic.

This was five years earlier, where UCLA’s never-to-be-matched streak of winning seven straight NCAA titles was ended by NC State in an epic double-OT battle.

With all due respect to Magic and Larry, this game’s stars were better college players, and both played big as UCLA’s Bill Walton went for 29 points and 18 rebounds while David Thompson scored 28 points for NC State. The Bruins let big leads slip away in the final minutes of regulation and the second OT. But after UCLA’s frantic four-shot last gasp, NC State hung in to win 80-77 as the streak finally was ended.

Email Dave Long at dlong@hippopress.com.

News & Notes 24/03/21

Bears are back

The Granite State’s black bears are appearing from their winter dens and starting to search for any available food sources, according to a press release from New Hampshire Fish and Game on March 14. Bears will be attracted to a wide array of human food sources, such as bird feeders

Dan Bailey, Bear Project Leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game, explained in a statement that “bears denned rather late last fall due to a plentiful amount of natural foods and they then remained inactive almost all winter despite fairly mild temperatures. However, spring has arrived a few weeks early, and bears are becoming active in various areas of the state. This is a common sign of spring in New Hampshire and should not be a cause for concern to residents. It simply means that it is time to prepare for foraging bears and remove or secure all backyard food sources.”

In the same press release, state officials asked the New Hampshire public to take down bird feeders no later than April 1 in all areas of the state, or earlier if bears are already present. They mentioned that backyard farmers should protect poultry, livestock and bees with electric fencing, and to remember this when acquiring new chicks this spring. Additionally, the release said residents can help prevent attracting bears by securing dumpsters and garbage cans as well as storing grills, pet food and animal feed indoors.

“Building good bear–human relationships is far more successful when people are proactive, and it is easier to avoid a conflict than resolve one,” Bailey said in the statement. “Bears have an extremely acute sense of smell, long memories, and high intelligence. We really need the help of residents to inhibit emerging bears from returning to locations where they have been previously successful in finding backyard food sources. Largely, the public can control bear behavior and activity by controlling food attractants around their homes. Human responsibility and awareness are the most important tools for preventing conflicts with bears.”

Twenty-five percent of annual bear-human encounters are directly caused by bird feeders, the release said. The same release noted that since food is plentiful for birds in the spring and summer, people should consider bird baths or flowering plants to attract birds instead.

Other top bear attractants include unprotected chickens and other poultry, and unsecured garbage cans and dumpsters, the release said.

“If the public would be willing to address these three common attractants, we could quickly reduce annual bear–human encounters by more than 80%, which would be tremendous,” said Bailey.

For more information, call -888-749-2327 (1-888-SHY-BEAR) , which is coordinated jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department or visit nhfishgame.com

Moose hunt lottery

New Hampshire’s 2024 moose hunt lottery is open, according to a March 13 press release from New Hampshire Fish and Game. There is entrance fee of $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for nonresidents, with applications online or available at any Fish and Game license agent, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department headquarters, and Fish and Game regional offices.

The same release said moose hunt lottery applications for 2024 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight on Friday, May 31, and can also be delivered to the Licensing Office at New Hampshire Fish and Game Department headquarters (11 Hazen Dr. in Concord) before 3:45 p.m. that day. Winners of the 33 permits are selected through a computerized random drawing and will be announced on Friday, June 21.

According to New Hampshire Fish and Game, the current moose population in New Hampshire is around 3,000 animals. This year’s hunt will run from Oct. 19 to Oct. 27. Visit wildlife.nh.gov/hunting-nh/moose-hunting-new-hampshire.

Conservation grants

The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation is accepting proposals for the 2024 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant, which is funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior – National Park Service to provide financial assistance to local units of government and is administered by the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and Division of Parks and Recreation, according to a press release. The LWCF program funds projects to develop, renovate and acquire public outdoor recreational spaces. It was recently approved for funding picnic area constructions, development of the new Canal Street Riverfront Park in Concord, and the replacement of playground facilities, among other projects, according to the same release. The application deadline is Friday, June 7. State Parks will determine eligibility. Visit nhstateparks.org/about-us/community-recreation/land-water-conservation-fund-grant.

Wetland restoration

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services will hold a virtual office hour on Friday, March 22, at 10 a.m. for interested applicants to learn about the more than $5.5 million available for wetland and stream restoration through the Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund for five watersheds: the Merrimack River, Pemigewasset-Winnipesaukee River, Saco River, Salmon Falls-Piscataqua River and Lower Connecticut River service areas. Pre-proposals are due May 31. Visit des.nh.gov or email des.arm@des.nh.gov. Register at atdes.nh.gov/news-and-media/more-55-million-available-wetland-and-stream-restoration.

On Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord (45 S. Main St.) will host #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner as she promotes her new thriller Still See You Everywhere. According to Gibson’s website, Gardner will talk about her latest in the Frankie Elkin series with New Hampshire thriller writer Paula Munier, author of the Mercy Carr mystery series. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com.

On Tuesday, March 26, families can come together to play board games or complete puzzles in the children’s room at Manchester City Library (405 Pine St.) from 5 to 7 p.m. for Family Game Night, according to the library website. Visit manchester.lib.nh.us or call 624-6550, ext. 7628.

Salem Winter Market will be held at Labelle Winery in Derry (14 Route 111) on Sunday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. Visit salemnhfarmersmarket.org.

This Week 24/03/14

Thursday, March 14

Jenny Powers, Director of Science at the Springfield Museums in Holyoke, Mass., will present “Women of the Night Sky” at the Aviation Museum in Londonderry 27 Navigator Road in Londonderry, 669-4877, aviationmuseumofnh.org) today at 7 p.m. This is a sneak preview of some of the stories in a show Powers is developing for the Seymour Planetarium in Springfield, Mass., which she hopes will spark curiosity in girls and women about what lies beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Admission costs $10 per person.

Thursday, March 14

The Greater Souhegan Annual Trivia Night starts tonight at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.) at the Souhegan Boys & Girls Club (56 Mont Vernon St. in Milford, 672-1002, ext. 110, svbgc.org) The cost is $45 per person and includes a buffet dinner. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley and SHARE.

Friday, March 15

Catch Harry Borsh at the Tiny Loft Concert at Rambling House Food & Gathering (57 Factory St., Suite A, in Nashua, 318-3200, ramblingtale.com) tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. Borsh will perform an original blend of R&B, soul, funk and pop, according to the restaurant’s website where you can purchase tickets for $5.

Friday, March 15

The Peacock Players (14 Court St. in Nashua; peacockplayers.org) present Into the Woods Jr. starting tonight at 7 p.m. with shows running Friday through Sunday through March 24. Tickets cost $15 to $18 for adults and $12 to $15 for students.

Saturday, March 16

The Millyard Museum (200 Bedford St. in Manchester) will present a talk today at 11 a.m. on the Old Man of the Mountain, an enduring symbol of the Granite State, now 20 years since the landmark fell, according to their website. Free to attend.

Saturday, March 16

High energy punk/rock/reggae/hip-hop/pop band Crooked Coast will play at Angel City Music Hall (179 Elm St. in Manchester, 931-3654, angelcitymusichall.com) tonight at 10 p.m.. Tickets cost $15 and are available only at Angel City’s website. The show is 21+. Find more ticketed shows in our Concert listings on page 38.

Sunday, March 17

Strange Brew Tavern (88 Market St., Manchester; 666-4292, strangebrewtavern.net) is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a line-up of music that starts at 9 a.m. with Andy Happel and a line-up of eats that includes corned beef, Reubens, Guinness Meatballs, Guinness Stew and more. Find more St. Patrick’s Day fun in the story on page 33.

Sunday, March 17

The Free Range Revue, an LGBTQIA+-positive interactive stage show, will hit the BNH Stage (16 S. Main St. in Concord; ccanh.com) tonight at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). The theme this week will be “It’s Reigning Marvels.” Tickets cost $13.75 in advance, $18.75 at the door.

Save the Date! Monday, April 8
The SEE Science Center in Manchester (200 Bedford St. in Manchester, 669-0400, see-sciencecenter.org) will host a local community viewing for the Monday, April 8, partial solar eclipse at Arms Park (10 Arms St. in Manchester) from 2 to 4:30 p.m., weather permitting. SEE will have safe ways to view the eclipse, activities to explain eclipse science and music with WZID.

Featured Photo: Jenny Powers presents “Woman of the Night Sky”. Courtesy Photo.

Quality of Life 24/03/14

Slow down!

Data from the New Hampshire Department of Safety and Division of Motor Vehicles showed more than 100 drivers were ticketed in the last year for driving 100 miles per hour or more in the state, according to a WMUR online news story on March 8. According to WMUR, State police ticketed 56 drivers in a three-hour span during the traffic operation on Friday, March 1; seven of those drivers were clocked going more than 100 miles per hour. One Massachusetts man was pulled over on Interstate 93 after allegedly being clocked at 128 miles per hour.

QOL score: -1

Comments: WMUR reports that according to state data 116 drivers were ticketed over the past year for driving between 100 and 109 miles per hour, and 10 for driving between 110 and 120 miles per hour.

It’s electric

The Concord Monitor reports that Manchester-Boston Regional Airport has installed a charging station for electric vehicles — both cars and airplanes. In a March 11 story, the Monitor reported that the new 320 kW DC Fast Charging station with two connections is located on the ramp at Signature Aviation, a fixed base operator that services private airplanes, so the general public will not have access to it. The airport already has electric chargers in its short-term parking lot, however, so electric car drivers will be able to top off their batteries.

QOL score: +1

Comments: Electric airplanes are expected by 2026, the story said.

Math is delicious

QOL was on the hunt to find local eateries celebrating Pi Day (March 14, celebrating the first three digits of the number pi, 3.14), which led QOL to Presto Craft Kitchen (168 Amory St. in Manchester, 606-1252, prestopastanh.com) which is offering a Pi Day Pie Flight of five mini cream pies from Mount Washington Pie Co. Presto challenges pie (and pi) enthusiasts to see how many digits of the number pi they can write out before finishing the Pi Flight. The Pi Flight is available to order online from Presto’s Facebook page at facebook.com/prestocraftkitchennh.

QOL score: +1

Comments: Now what date and tasty food items can we pair with the Pythagorean theorem?

Young poets

The top 10 participants in the 2024 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud competition will be at Representatives Hall in the Statehouse in Concord on Friday, March 15, where competing high school students will square off to represent New Hampshire at the national Poetry Out Loud championship in Washington, D.C., later this spring. The competition will begin at 5 p.m. and is open to the public. For more information, see see nh.gov/nharts, or call 271-2789.

QOL score: +1

Comments: It will be livestreamed on the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts’ Facebook page.

QOL score: 61

Net change: +2

QOL this week: 63

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Pats re-build underway

The Big Story – NFL Free Agency: While many deals had been agreed upon during the “legal tampering” period that began Monday, today is the first day agreements can be signed.

The Patriots have done a decent job in re-signing needed vets like TE Hunter Henry, though $11 million per for a third receiver like Kendrick Bourne sounds a little pricey to me. They also likely have retained Kyle Dugger by putting the transition tag on him.

And then late Monday they signed their most important free agent, Michael Onwenu, for three years. Keep Anfernee Jennings, and it’s a very successful first week. And now with Mac Jones traded and some logical bridge solutions going off the board (like Russell Wilson to Pittsburgh), signs are pointing to using the third overall pick.

After re-signing those players, they go into the week with roughly $55 million. How well they can fill glaring needs at offensive tackle and high end receiver will give a better focus on what they can do in the draft.

Sports 101: In the Belichick era the Pats used the franchise tag 10 times on nine players. How many can you name?

News Item – Mac Jones Traded: That’s all she wrote for Mac Jones in New England as he will be traded to Jacksonville for a sixth-round pick by the time you read this. His tenure started with his making the playoffs and Pro Bowl as a rookie and ended after he was benched four times in 2023 when he threw just 10 TD passes and 12 picks while going 2-9 as a starter. The only question left is how much of his downward spiral is on him and how much on the chaos Coach B created by making unqualified Matt Patricia OC after Josh McDaniels left for Vegas.

News Item – Top 5 Red Sox Spring Training Stories:

After winning twice over Tampa Bay in the Dominican, the Sox were off to a nice start after their first 17 spring games at 10-6-1.

Promising second-year hurler Brayan Bello was signed to a $55 million, six-year contract extension.

The only pitcher of note added to their weak pitching staff, Lucas Giolito, could already be lost for the season with an injury to his pitching elbow.

No one had more than two homers in those first 17 games.

Believe it or not Mookie Betts will be the Dodgers’ starting shortstop on opening day.

The Numbers:

16 –if you had the under on how many games Ben Simmons would play for Brooklyn you win, as his season is over early (again) after just 15 due to back woes.

100,000 –dollars Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert was fined by the NBA for gesturing that the officials were on the take.

Of the Week Award

Stats of Week: From Boston Globe Celtics beat writer Adam Himmelsbach, who reported that despite having the league’s best record the C’s are just 11-9 in games within 3 points in the final two minutes. Also they’re 1-6 vs. teams with a .600 or better winning percentage since Jan. 1.

Random Thoughts

How much do you want to get rid of a player if you’re willing to swallow $85 million in dead money? Answer: for the Denver Broncos it was about a 14 on a scale of 1 to 10. As that’s their cost to release Wilson just two years after paying a king’s ransom to get him from Seattle.

If tampering is bad, how can you have a “legal” tampering period?

A Little History: Stumbled-On Fact of the Week: From Bob Costas in a YouTube replay interview with Ted Williams: the sacrifice fly rule had not been adopted in 1941 when Williams hit .406. He had six that year, which means he’d have hit .412 if it had been a rule then.

Sports 101 Answer: The franchised players in the Belichick era were Adam Vinatieri (twice, 2001 and 2005), Tebucky Jones (2003), Asante Samuel (2007), Matt Cassel (2009), Vince Wilfork (2010), Logan Mankins (2011), Wes Welker (2012), Steven Gostkowski (2015) and Joe Thuney (2020).

Final Thought – Politics Not As Usual: Not too long ago Fox News know-it-all Laura Ingraham told LeBron James to “shut up and dribble.”So it will be interesting to see what she has to say about Dodgers all-timer Steve Garvey’s right to be in politics now that he just won a spot to run for the Senate from California on the GOP side. Guessing since Garvey is a conservative he’ll likely be having his tires pumped on her show at some point.

But Garvey wasn’t the only sports-in-politics story last week. Texas congressman and one-time Dallas Cowboys linebacker Colin Allred won the Democratic primary and now will challenge Ted Cruz for his Senate seat in Texas. Wonder if for him it’ll be just “shut up and tackle.”

Email Dave Long at dlong@hippopress.com.

News & Notes 24/03/14

Francophonie NH

On Wednesday, March 13, at 9:30 a.m. Gov. Chris Sununu was scheduled to issue a proclamation on the historical and continuing importance of French in New Hampshire’s culture, according to a press release, at the New Hampshire Statehouse (107 N. Main St. in Concord). Special guests were slated to include Mustafa Soykurt, Consul General of France in Boston, and Marie-Claude Francoeur, Delegate of Quebec in Boston. The event was scheduled as part of the Executive Council meeting.

Nominate nurses

The Foundation for Healthy Communities (FHC) announced in a press release that nominations are now being accepted for the 2024 Clint Jones Nursing Award. According to the release, this annual award recognizes a registered nurse practicing in New Hampshire who exemplifies the practice of compassionate, quality nursing care and demonstrates a commitment to excellence in the nursing profession.

The Clint Jones Nursing Award was developed in honor of Clint Jones, who worked with extraordinary enthusiasm and commitment at the Foundation and several other New Hampshire organizations, to encourage people to pursue nursing careers in hospitals, schools, long-term care facilities and community practices, according to the press release. Selection criteria include demonstration of excellence and enthusiasm in the delivery of patient care; communication with patients, their families and health care colleagues; commitment to nursing as a career, and inspiration to other nurses and health care professionals as a role model, according to the same release. Registered nurses who have practiced for at least one year but not more than six years are eligible to be nominated.

The Foundation will work with the recipient’s nominator to schedule a celebration at their health care facility during National Nurses Week, May 6 through May 12. The recipient will be recognized at the NHHA & FHC annual meeting, Oct. 20 through Oct. 22.

The nomination form can be found at bit.ly/3Tn75Nd. The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 8. Questions can be addressed to info@healthynh.org.

Second term

Lori Harnois was confirmed by the Governor and Executive Council for a second term as the director of the Division of Travel and Tourism Development (DTTD) at the Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA), according to a March 7 press release. In a statement, BEA Commissioner Taylor Caswell stated that “under Lori’s leadership, New Hampshire’s tourism industry has set records nearly every season for visitation and visitor’s spending.” The statement continued that “her collaborative nature has helped strengthen relationships with key tourism leaders from around the state. Her work in the state has elevated New Hampshire on a national level by being elected to serve on the U.S. Travel Association Board of Directors.”

The same press release stated that Harnois developed and administered programs aimed at growing the tourism industry within the state, specifically increasing visitor spending and jobs, advanced strategies to support business and workforce recruitment, and that her overall responsibility of the strategic direction of DTTD, including all campaigns, led to her confirmation. See visitnh.gov for information on New Hampshire tourism.

Law protects your data

According to a March 6 press release, Gov. Chris Sununu signed SB 255 into law to protect consumer data. Under the new law, according to the same release, New Hampshire is now the 14th state to pass comprehensive consumer privacy protections to ensure that Granite State consumers can view personal data collected by companies, see how it is held, and have that information deleted upon request. Sununu said in a statement that “this law provides transparency about what information is collected, why, and confidence that in the age of AI, steps are taken to protect that data.”

Moms and infants

Dartmouth Health and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are taking a significant step toward addressing maternal mortality and morbidity with the launch of the New Hampshire Perinatal Quality Collaborative (NHPQC), according to a press release. The NHPQC aims to improve access to high-quality perinatal care and significantly reduce disparities for pregnant individuals and infants in the state, according to the same release.

Patricia Tilley, the DHHS associate commissioner, said in a statement that “every New Hampshire resident should have access to the best prenatal care, postpartum care and birthing services they need to stay healthy. The Collaborative’s work will help make that a reality.” Sally A. Kraft, MD, MPH, Population Health Officer at Dartmouth Health, said in a statement, “The NHPQC will support New Hampshire hospitals and our communities in an effort to improve conditions inside and outside of hospitals and clinics, so everyone has a fair chance to be as healthy as possible.”

The NHPQC’s first meeting was held March 4. This collaborative effort has been made possible through funding from DHHS and the support of an anonymous organization, which has donated funds to support until June 30.

The Library Arts Center in Newport (libraryartscenter.org) is holding its 2024 Peeps Diorama Contest, featuring shoebox-sized dioramas with the marshmallow chicks (and bunnies and more), according to the website. The entry deadline is Thursday, March 21 (with drop offs starting March 15). The Peep dioramas will be on display March 23 through April 4. See the website for hours, entry rules and more.

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire (NOFA-NH) (84 Silk Farm in Concord) has opened applications for its 2024 farm share program, according to a press release. This program provides funds for community members in New Hampshire with limited incomes to purchase certified organic CSA shares at discounted prices where NOFA-NH contributes 50 percent of funds toward each farm share and recipients contribute 25 percent while farm partners donate 25 percent, according to the release Eligible New Hampshire community members can apply for the program through Sunday, March 17 at nofanh.org/farm-share-program.

The Old House & Barn Expo runs Saturday, March 16, and Sunday March 17, at Saint Anselm College in Manchester featuring lectures, exhibitors, demonstrations, a scavenger hunt for kids and more, according to nhpreservation.org, where you can purchase tickets for $12, $7 for seniors and students (tickets cost $15 and $10 at the door); kids 12 and under get in for free.

The Library Arts Center in Newport (libraryartscenter.org) is holding its 2024 Peeps Diorama Contest, featuring shoebox-sized dioramas with the marshmallow chicks (and bunnies and more), according to the website. The entry deadline is Thursday, March 21 (with drop offs starting March 15). The Peep dioramas will be on display March 23 through April 4. See the website for hours, entry rules and more.

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire (NOFA-NH) (84 Silk Farm in Concord) has opened applications for its 2024 farm share program, according to a press release. This program provides funds for community members in New Hampshire with limited incomes to purchase certified organic CSA shares at discounted prices where NOFA-NH contributes 50 percent of funds toward each farm share and recipients contribute 25 percent while farm partners donate 25 percent, according to the release Eligible New Hampshire community members can apply for the program through Sunday, March 17 at nofanh.org/farm-share-program.

The Old House & Barn Expo runs Saturday, March 16, and Sunday March 17, at Saint Anselm College in Manchester featuring lectures, exhibitors, demonstrations, a scavenger hunt for kids and more, according to nhpreservation.org, where you can purchase tickets for $12, $7 for seniors and students (tickets cost $15 and $10 at the door); kids 12 and under get in for free.

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