Treasure Hunt 21/02/11

Dear Donna,

Can you give me an idea what this crock might be worth or how I can find out?


Dear Cathy,

Your crock is an unusual size to have made it this far in time. They were used for pickles, lard, etc., so seeing them in good shape is a plus. The 10 on it means it is a 10-gallon. The crown is the mark of Robinson Ransbottom Co. They were located in Roseville, Ohio. You can do further research on your piece by searching that information.

Now for the pricing, remember that condition and age matter. There are still modern made crocks out there with the same markings. So if yours is an antique one and in good condition with no cracks, the value would be in the $120 range. If it’s a modern made one, the value would be less in the secondary market.

This size crock is great for dog food, or maybe for use as an end table — you can probably get a round wood top for it at a hardware store.

Donna Welch has spent more than 30 years in the antiques and collectibles field, appraising and instructing, and recently closed the physical location of From Out Of The Woods Antique Center ( but is still doing some buying and selling. She is a member of The New Hampshire Antiques Dealer Association. If you have questions about an antique or collectible send a clear photo and information to Donna at, or call her at 391-6550 or 624-8668.

Kiddie Pool 21/02/11

Family fun for the weekend

L.O.V.E. bingo

Have a sweet Valentine’s Day celebration at Chunky’s Cinema Pub. The theater is hosting family-friendly Theater Candy Bingo on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. at its Manchester location (707 Huse Road) and its Pelham location (150 Bridge St.), and on Sunday, Feb. 14, at noon at its Nashua location (151 Coliseum Ave.). It’s traditional bingo with a little more heart — each round will feature Valentine’s Day patterns, like a heart shape and Xs and Os, and there will be Valentine’s Day-themed prizes for the winners, along with traditional boxes of theater candy. Purchase a ticket online to reserve a spot; for $4.99 you get a ticket and a box of Chunky’s theater candy. Turn in your candy to the host to get a bingo card and play a few rounds to try to win back that candy and more. Visit

Skate outside

Local cities and towns have outdoor ice skating rinks that are free and open to residents and non-residents. The rinks may be open on and off, depending on the temperatures, so call or check the city’s or town’s website or social media before you go. Here are a few local rinks to check out:

Bow Town Pond, 3 Bow Center Road, Bow, 223-3920,

• Concord has three public rinks: Beaver Meadow Pond, 1 Beaver Meadow Dr.; Rollins Park, 116 Broadway St.; and White Park Pond & Hockey Rink, 1 White St. Call 225-8690 or visit When open, hours are daily from dawn to dusk.

Dorrs Pond, 56 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 624-6444, When open, hours are daily from dawn to dusk.

Ice Skating Rink at Watson Park, 441 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack, 882-1046, When open, hours are daily from dawn to 9 p.m.

Kimball Lake, 47 Kimball Lake Road, Hopkinton, 746-8263, When open, hours are daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

• Nashua has two public rinks: Jeff Morin Fields at Roby Park, 126 Spit Brook Road (when open, hours are daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for general skating, and from 8 to 10 p.m. for hockey) and Four Corners, behind Holman Stadium, Sargent Avenue (when open, hours are daily from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. for general skating, and before 11 a.m. and between 4:30 and 6 p.m. for hockey). Call 589-3370 or visit

Bird search

NH Audubon needs your help counting backyard birds

By Sadie Burgess

There are rules when it comes to counting birds in your backyard. The first: Only count on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14. The second: Only report the maximum number of birds that can be seen at one time — so say that in the morning you see three blue jays and two cardinals, and in the afternoon, you see four blue jays and three cardinals. Don’t add the numbers together; report four blue jays and three cardinals. The third: Only report the birds you can identify for sure or can photograph.

At least, these are the rules for this year’s New Hampshire Audubon’s Backyard Winter Bird Survey. Biologists at the New Hampshire Audubon are asking the state’s residents and families for help getting a look at the Granite State’s winter bird populations. On Saturday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 14, New Hampshire residents can lend a helping hand simply by counting the birds in their backyard.

Dr. Pamela Hunt, a senior biologist at the New Hampshire Audubon, says a large number of birds native to the north have already been seen visiting southern parts of the state this season. These influxes of visitors are called “irruptions,” which take place when the bird’s native crops are bad. They’re forced to migrate away from their usual homes to find locations with better crops.

This year white pine cone crop has brought an irruption of red-breasted nuthatches, winged guests many feeders in southern New Hampshire haven’t seen in years, according to the New Hampshire Audubon. Red-breasted nuthatches feed on cones — pine cones, spruce cones, fir cones. The majority of nuthatches live in northern New Hampshire and Canada, where they will remain over the winter unless the cone crop is bad. When this is the case the birds will come south for the season.

“This year in the southern part of New Hampshire we have a really good pine cone crop,” Rebecca Suomala of the New Hampshire Audubon said.

Survey participants should keep an eye out for these visitors in particular while counting, but Suomala said not to worry — nuthatches don’t pose any threats.

“They’re great birds. They’re really cute [and] really fun,” Suomala said.

Red-breasted nuthatches can often be heard before they’re seen, according to Suomala.

“They have a funny little noise … almost like a little tin horn.”

Look up into the trees if you hear these guys — they’ll probably have their beak inside a pine cone if you spot them.

These nuthatches aren’t the only “winter irruptives” being seen this year. Others include the pine grosbeak, which can be found in fruit trees such as crabapple, and two northern finches: the pine siskin and the common redpoll. All three of these winter visitors are native to northern Canada.

However, the New Hampshire Audubon isn’t just looking at these winter irruptives. They also want to hear about the everyday backyard birds: robins, cardinals, blue jays, even ducks. But they only want to hear about the ones in your backyard. So if you go for a walk and see ducks in a pond half a mile from your house, don’t count them. Also, don’t stress out over flocks; just make your best estimate.

Suomala encourages people to take photographs of anything that they can’t identify and email those photos to the New Hampshire Audubon. Additionally, she suggests the Merlin app for help with bird identification.

“Don’t guess,” she said.

Whether you have a flock of birds in your backyard or none at all, filling out the survey will provide important insight for the Audubon. Suomala said it’s key to report even a small number of birds, which helps track declines in populations.

“Then we can see both the ups and the downs,” she said.

New Hampshire Audubon Backyard Winter Bird Survey
: Saturday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 14
Where: Your backyard
More Info:

Featured Photo: Pine grosbeak eating crabapple. Photo by Rebecca Suomala.

The Art Roundup 21/02/11

The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities

Art by Chris Reid, featured in “The View Through My Eyes” exhibition. Courtesy photo.

NH Phil returns, virtually: The New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra will present a virtual livestreamed concert on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 3 p.m. “A romantic Valentine’s Day concert, featuring our wonderful string section, will transport you to a different world, offering you a break from the stress of pandemics and discord,” executive director Toni DeGennaro said in a press release. “We all need to share the beauty of music again. We miss performing for you.” Tickets are free, and donations are appreciated. Visit or call 647-6476.

Scenes of the seasons: The New Hampshire Art Association has an exhibition, “The View Through My Eyes,” featuring the work of pastel artist Chris Reid, on view at the gallery in the Concord Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center (49 S. Main St.) now through March 18. Reid’s pastels depict nature scenes from the four seasons, like emerging flowers and plants in the spring; gardens, farms and greenery in the summer; harvest landscapes and the changinging colors of leaves in the fall; and the natural shapes formed by ice and snow in the winter. “My work is a conversation with nature,” Reid said in a press release. “My paintings are more than simple depictions of place. Rather, they invite a choreographed dance of the eyes, where the viewer is invited to look deep into the depths of the work and see the subject’s spirit and life-force.” Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit or call 431-4230.

Movie theater intermission: Cinemagicmovie theaters, which has New Hampshire locations in Merrimack, Hooksett and Portsmouth, announced in a press release that it has temporarily closed. “This is just an intermission and we look forward to serving our community again in spring,” the release said. Visit

Virtual variety show: The New Hampshire Theatre Project of Portsmouth will present its quarterly “Tiny Mayhem” event virtually on Friday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. The event will showcase 21 artists in eight acts including three new short plays: Something Gold, a drama by Terry Farish, A Couple Of Lab Rats, a comedy by Bretton Reis, and Key, an excerpt of a sci-fi thriller by Catherine Stewart. Other acts will feature dance, music, visual art and experimental performance. Tickets cost $20 per household. Call 431-6644 or visit


Call for Art

NHAA SPRING JURYING The New Hampshire Art Association accepts new members. Jurying takes place on Mon., March 22. For a prospectus and application form, visit and click on “Become a Member.” Applications and application fee payment are due by Thurs., March 18, and can be submitted online or in person at the NHAA headquarters (136 State St., Portsmouth). Instructions for dropping off and picking up artwork will be emailed after an application and payment is received. Call 431-4230.


ART CLASSES In-person art classes for all levels and two-dimensional media. held with small groups of two to five students. Private classes are also available. Diane Crespo Fine Art Gallery (32 Hanover St., Manchester). Students are asked to wear masks in the gallery. Tuition costs $20 per group class and $28 per private class, with payment due at the beginning of the class. Call 493-1677 or visit


• “BRAVE NEW WORLD: RESILIENCE IN THE TIME OF COVID” Outdoor public art display features paintings by 80 students from the Nashua School District that convey a message of hope and resilience amid the challenges of Covid-19. Amherst Elementary School (71 Amherst St., Nashua). On display now through Feb. 14. Visit

• “LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT I LOVE” Love-themed art exhibit by the Seacoast Artist Association. On view now through February in the windows at the gallery (130 Water St., Exeter) and inside by appointment and open to the public on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Valentine’s Day gift-buying. Visit or call 778-8856.

GALLERY ART A new collection of art by more than 20 area artists on display now in-person and online. Creative Ventures Gallery (411 Nashua St., Milford). Call 672-2500 or visit



CAT TAIL CABARET featuring DJ Esthera and performances by The Painted Ladies at the Bank of New Hampshire Stage (16 S. Main St. Concord, Sat., Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. The venue will be transformed into a swanky jazz and cabaret nightclub with live music, a DJ, dancing and a variety of acts throughout the evening, according to the website. Tickets cost $34 general admission and $65 VIP in advance or $50 general admission and $65 VIP at the door (VIP includes two drink tickets and balcony access).

The dream reimagined

Local musician creates new version of “America the Beautiful”

What started as a song for a children’s choir to sing at Hancock’s Martin Luther King Day celebration last year has become an ongoing collaboration of musicians and music groups across the country.

As a member of the planning committee for the event, Hancock singer-songwriter Steve Schuch had taken on the task of organizing a musical performance. At the time, he had been reading about the history of the patriotic anthem “America the Beautiful,” originally written as a poem by American author and poet Katherine Lee Bates in 1892, and studying the life and writings of American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.

“Then, I thought, what would happen if we took the opening lines of ‘America the Beautiful’ that everyone knows and added a chorus and new verses that reflected Martin Luther King’s wider dream for all of America?” Schuch said.

The reimagined version of “America the Beautiful,” titled “America the Dream,” received such a “strong response” at the celebration, Schuch said, that he decided to keep expanding on the project.

He teamed up with another local musician, Mike Bradley, to write more lyrics and reached out to Shelbie Rassler, a senior at Berklee College of Music at the time, who had produced a viral YouTube video of a virtual choir of students singing “What the World Needs Now,” to assist with the musical arrangement and assembling a virtual choir to perform the piece.

Rassler was “all in,” Schuch said, and has produced three virtual performance videos of the song so far, with more on the way, including a contemporary country version out of Nashville.

“I hope that with each passing year, different singing groups around the country will want to do it,” he said. “It would be neat if someday Keith Lockhart wants to do this with the Boston Pops for the Fourth of July, or, hey, in my wildest dreams, maybe Beyonce would sing it at the Super Bowl.”

Late last year, Schuch and his collaborators launched the “American Dream Project” website where people can find the performance videos as well as sheet music for six different arrangements of the song, sound samples of the different choral parts and a piano accompaniment track for singing groups to use for rehearsals or performances if they don’t have access to live musical accompaniment.

“[The arrangements] run from really simple ones that are appropriate for elementary schools or children’s choirs up through ones for accomplished high school and college choirs and adult community choirs,” Schuch said. “There is enough variety that any music director or conductor could find a version that’s right for their group and their setting.”

What makes “America the Dream” especially unique, Schuch said, is that it’s an open source piece; not only can people access the sheet music and sound samples for free, but they also have permission to create and perform their own versions of the song with different musical arrangements and different or additional lyrics for non-commercial use.

“We encourage people to keep adding to it and would love for them to submit their recordings to add to the website,” he said.

The website also includes a list of suggested reading material and resources for groups or individuals who want to use the “American Dream Project” as “a springboard for discussion,” Schuch said.

“It’s more than a song,” he said. “It’s a chance for all Americans to think about what we hold in common for the dream of our country and what our country can become.”

Featured photo: “America The Dream” virtual performance by Berklee College of Music students, Shelbie Rassler Orchestral Arrangement. Courtesy photo.

Small acts of kindness

14 ways to spread a little happiness this Valentine’s season

This Valentine’s Day, spread the love without spreading Covid with these acts of kindness that you can do right from home (or just outside your home). From leaving a small gift in your mailbox for your mail carrier to giving the critters in your backyard a place to escape the cold, here are 14 ways to bring some joy to family and friends, local businesses, and people and animals in need, all from a safe distance.

By Matt Ingersoll & Angie Sykeny

Purchase a wish list item for a local charity

For a more personal way to lend a hand than just donating money, most charities in the Granite State will post a “wish list” accessible on their website, kept up to date with items of the greatest need. Some also provide a link to an Amazon Wish List page as well — items can be ordered online and shipped directly to that organization’s address.

Marguerite’s Place, for instance, a transitional living program in Nashua for women and children in crisis, is in need of basic home essentials like laundry detergent, towels, trash cans and storage bins. The full wish list is available to view on the website, according to director of development and public relations Christa Tsechrintzis, with an additional link to Amazon to help you choose the right product brands.

The Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, office administrator Teri Gladstone said, is in the greatest need of boots, ski gloves, jackets and other hand, foot and body warmers.

“Due to Covid restrictions by the CDC, we can only accept brand new clothing items,” she said. Items can be shipped to its temporary location, at the First Congregational Church of Concord.

Pick up litter

Show some love to the environment by picking up litter around your neighborhood. “Picking up litter not only helps make the environment safer and healthier for people, but also for the plants and animals in the community,” said Kimberly McCloy of Litter Crew (, a group of New Hampshire residents who are working to make the state litter-free. “Even if you only spend five minutes a day, it will make a noticeable difference.” All you need is some gloves and a trash bag, she said, and beware of any litter that could be hazardous to you, such as needles or any items that have been in contact with bodily fluids. “You can contact your local authorities to come dispose of these items safely,” McCloy said.

Send a care package overseas

Make the day of an Army, Navy or other military branch member from New Hampshire who is currently serving overseas by assembling and sending your own special care package.

Deborah Luszey of Operation Care for Troops, a nonprofit based in Nashua, has worked to send care packages out to local troops since around 17 years ago, when her son was first deployed to Iraq.

She said the process starts with obtaining a flat rate shipping box — you can order military service kits online for free from the United States Postal Service and have them shipped directly to you. The kits include address labels, custom envelopes and enough tape for six boxes.

Many of the most requested contents you can fill your care package with may also be items you already have in your home.

“It’s usually very dry where they are, so a lot of times you can put some lotions or some hydration products in the box,” Luszey said. “Food is also a great thing, so things like protein bars, beef jerky, peanut butter, coffee [and] tea. We’ve done canned fruit. … Zip-lock bags can be good, because you can roll them up tight and oftentimes they’ll reuse them for other things.”

You could even include a handwritten letter, or puzzles cut out of newspapers or magazines.

“Anything you can do to just give them five minutes where they can be somewhere else from where they are,” she said. “You can get friends or your kids to draw pictures … and put that stuff on top so that it’s the first thing they see when they open it up.”

Although Operation Care for Troops organizes several bulk shipping events, the next of which is scheduled for late March at the Hudson Fire Department’s Burns Hill Road fire station, care packages can be sent at any time. More details can be found at, or you can email Luszey directly at

Foster a pet

If you want to help a pet in need but don’t have the means to give it a forever home, consider fostering, which allows you to care for an animal at your home temporarily until it gets adopted or can return to the shelter. Since kittens cannot be sold or adopted until they are at least eight weeks old, according to New Hampshire law, foster homes are most commonly needed for pregnant and mother cats and their kittens until the kittens are old enough to return to the shelter and be put up for adoption.

“In order to provide for these kittens and nursing feline mothers, we need a strong cadre of foster homes ready and able to take these creatures into their homes,” says the New Hampshire Humane Society website.

Fostering protocol varies from shelter to shelter, but the most standard requirements are that you own your home or have permission from your landlord to foster a pet; any other pets currently living in your home are up to date on their vaccinations; and you have a space where you can secure the foster pets from other pets or young children in your home. Check with your local animal shelter to see if they have any pets in need of foster homes.

Buy Girl Scout cookies for someone

It’s Girl Scout cookie season, and this year for the first time you can also get Girl Scout cookies delivered through GrubHub. Go to, where you can enter in any street address for them to be shipped to.

“[The cookies] are $5 per package, with proceeds staying right in the troop you ordered from,” said Ginger Kozlowski, communications manager of the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains.

She said it normally takes anywhere between two and 15 business days for your shipped order to arrive at its destination.

The Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains also has a Gift of Caring program, which gives you the opportunity to buy cookies to donate to military service members and hometown heroes, like firefighters, police officers and EMTs. Visit for details.

Knit for a cause

Use your knitting or crocheting skills to help someone in need. New Hampshire volunteer groups like Neighbors Helping Newborns, Stitching up the World and the New Hampshire chapters of Project Linus collect donations of handmade knitted and crocheted items like blankets, caps, scarves and shawls and distribute them to patients at local cancer centers, premature babies at local hospitals and children dealing with illness or trauma. “We’ve had people as far away as Arizona donate hats for cancer patients,” Stitching up the World’s website states. “We gladly accept completed items and will make sure they get to the proper destination.” If you need some inspiration, the groups also have a variety of patterns for knitted and crocheted items online.

Donate life

There are more than 5,000 people in New England waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, according to the Donate Life New England website. Registering to be an organ donor means that, in the event of your death, your organs could add years of life or provide a better quality of life to as many as 50 people. If you aren’t yet registered, you don’t have to wait until the next time you renew your driver’s license or go to the DMV in person; you can do it right from home in minutes online at Not only could you be helping people in need of an organ transplant, but you could also, in a different way, be helping your grieving loved ones, said Susan Diggins, RN, Quality Management Coordinator of the Center for Quality & Safety at Southern New Hampshire Health. “We understand [a death] is a difficult time for family members,” Diggins said, “but knowing their loved one’s death may help another person brings some level of comfort to them.”

Leave a gift for your neighborhood mail carrier

Even though ethics guidelines prohibit postal employees from accepting cash from customers, or any gifts with a value greater than $20 per household, there are still all kinds of small gestures you can make to show your gratitude for your local mail carrier.

“We have seen a swell recently in homemade cards and window or lawn signs, sometimes created by children … to show their appreciation,” said Steve Doherty, strategic communications specialist for the United States Postal Service’s Northeast Region. “Around the holidays many people will reward their carrier with a small gift, such as a mug or tie, or a gift card to a local restaurant or coffee shop.”

If you know your neighborhood letter carrier personally, Doherty said, treats like home baked goods or store-bought candy can make good gifts. In the past year homemade masks, small hand sanitizer bottles and even rolls of toilet paper have become common, he said.

Talk on the phone to someone stuck at home

You can help someone who has experienced loneliness from the pandemic just by picking up the phone and talking to them — in fact, that’s exactly one of the tasks you can volunteer to perform through the CareGivers, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire that services clients over the age of 62 in the Greater Manchester and Nashua areas.

They’re known as reassurance calls, according to CareGivers executive director Jim Wilkie, and they’re one of several volunteer opportunities you can sign up for, in addition to sending birthday cards to clients, delivering groceries to their doorstep and driving them to medical appointments.

“With the pandemic, we’ve recognized the need to really reach out to our clients that have been stuck at home and feeling really isolated,” Wilkie said.

He said volunteers may be given a short list of phone numbers of clients who have expressed interest in receiving calls, talking once or a few times a week and building relationships.

“We always hear these little narratives … from people sharing their happy moments and just talking about their lives,” he said.

Have a meal delivered to a family member or essential worker

Give a relative, friend or essential employee the gift of delicious food right on their doorstep. Local Baskit in Concord is offering online options for gift meals to be delivered to local health care workers and first responders, as well as to tip delivery drivers — go to and click the “tipping/donation” tab for details. Owner Beth Richards said she’s arranged for meals to be delivered to employees at Concord Hospital and at Merrimack County Nursing Home in Boscawen, as well as to the local fire department.

“It can be either a meal kit or prepared food option from one of the selections that we have that week,” Richards said of the available meals.

Ding Dong Deliver, a ghost kitchen launched last year by Great New Hampshire Restaurants, provides ready-to-heat meal packages to all addresses in Manchester and Bedford.

“We’ve seen a lot of people with older parents who aren’t going out do dinner use Ding Dong Deliver, and even Realtors who gift the meals to new homeowners,” said Nicole Barreira, director of marketing and menu development for Great New Hampshire Restaurants. Deliveries are made on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, between 1 and 5 p.m.

Make backyard friends

Show some kindness to the critters in your yard by providing them with places to shelter. According to research by the UNH Cooperative Extension provided by Natural Resources Field Specialist Wendy Scribner, there are around 45 species of birds and mammals in New England that use cavities in trees and other wood materials and structures for denning, roosting and nesting. You can lay out some logs or brush piles, or install a birdhouse or bat house.Bats can be a bit picky, so if you’re new to bat houses, be sure to do some research first. (Scribner recommends Bat Conservation International as a resource for building, buying and installing bat houses; visit Making your property more hospitable to wildlife benefits not only the animals, Scribner said, but also yourself if you’re someone who enjoys having nature around. “There is joy in being able to watch wildlife, birds, and, yes, the squirrels too, and feel that you are helping them,” she said. “Most of all, you will enjoy the opportunity to see and appreciate the creatures with whom you share your land.”

Order a personalized gift basket

You don’t need a special reason to show a friend, family member or even your local mail carrier that you appreciate them. Caring Gifts in Concord takes orders for its own specialty or customized gift baskets and packages for all occasions, including “just because.”

“People can call or email us … and we ask them how much they want to spend, or maybe they give us a dollar amount, and then we go from there,” shop co-owner Donna Mark said. “We can ship nationwide and we deliver within the greater Concord and Manchester area.”

The shop has several of its own themed baskets and packages to choose from that will often feature foods or personal care items — a movie lover’s package, for instance, features a jumbo popcorn box filled with caramel corn, chips, candy and cookies, while others can include wine bottles, crackers, bath gels, soaps and more.

“We recently did one for a corporate gathering where we shipped small bottles of sparkling cider or Champagne and different snacks … and they enjoyed them during a cocktail party they had over Zoom,” Mark said, “so they really can be for any occasion.”

The Manchester Craft Market, a store located inside the Mall of New Hampshire, features all kinds of locally made items that can also be shipped as gifts, according to owner Jessica Moores, including cookie mixes, jams and jellies, teas and coffees, maple products and more. Sellers post details on their items to a public Facebook group, which can be accessed through the shop’s website. Pop-up Facebook live sales are often featured too.

Make a mask

What better way to show someone you care during a pandemic than with a homemade mask? Seacoast Mask Makers, a group of New Hampshire volunteers who made masks for medical facilities and essential businesses when masks were in short supply, has written instructions and photo and video tutorials on its website for simple, pleated, and nose-fitting cloth masks. With some super basic sewing skills, you can make a simple mask with just a nine-inch by 12-inch piece of cotton fabric in a color or design you think your recipient would like, and a seven-inch-long piece of rope elastic or flat elastic. (For a pleated mask, you’ll need an eight-inch by 14-inch piece of fabric, and for a nose-fitting mask you’ll also need some flat plastic twist ties.) Visit for the full instructions and tutorials and other mask-making information and resources.

Cherish memories

Send someone you’re missing this Valentine’s Day a personalized photo card or gift. “We are oftentimes reminding our customers that many photos they have on their phones … of friends, children, and events are memory makers that can make wonderful gifts for family and friends,” said Michael St. Germain, owner of Concord Photo Service. Through Concord Photo Service and other local shops that offer photo services, you can place an order online to turn your digital photos into a print, collage, canvas wall art or photo book, or have them printed on mugs, jewelry, T-shirts, calendars, ornaments and even face masks. “Items as simple as a custom card with a photo on the front can tell a story that we have forgotten,” Germain said.

Local animal shelters with foster programs
New Hampshire Humane Society (Laconia, 524-3252,
• Salem Animal Rescue League (893-3210,
• Pope Memorial SPCA (Concord, 856-8756,
• Humane Society for Greater Nashua (889-2275,
• Manchester Animal Shelter (628-3544,
• Greater Derry Humane Society (434-1512,

And for your sweetheart…
There may still be time for you to get your Valentine’s Day reservations or takeout orders in – visit for our annual dine-in and takeout listings at local restaurants, candy shops, bakeries and more. Be sure to call or visit a participating eatery’s website directly for the most up-to-date availability.

Knitting and crocheting charity groups
• Neighbors Helping Newborns
(serves southern New Hampshire, 382-8504,, donations will be held until March due to pandemic)
• Project Linus (;;; drop-off locations in Candia, Derry, Raymond, Concord, Goffstown, Henniker, Hooksett, Manchester, Milford, Nashua, the Seacoast and other parts of the state.
• Stitching Up the World (based in Candia, 587-0603,

Photo prints and gifts
• Concord Photo Service
(31 N. Main St., Concord, 225-5891,
• Hunt’s Photo & Video (4 Vinton St., Manchester, 606-3322,
• Chris Digital Photo Print (346 Merrimack St., Manchester, 264-6205,
• EverPresent (99 Rockingham Park Blvd., Salem, 435-2202; 1301 Elm St., Manchester, 819-5182; 800 Islington St., Portsmouth, 967-4385;

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