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From One Townie to Another: Get Political (Part One)

Now, in full disclosure, I pride myself on remaining the consummate apolitical public servant—but that doesn’t mean I sit quietly on the sidelines. As a lifelong resident of Laconia and as the 2017 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year, I am morally obligated and uniquely positioned to affect positive change in my community and my […]

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A Townie Experience: The 2017 Laconia High School Commencement Speech

ˈtounē ˌikˈspirēəns – (compound noun) one’s witnessing locally the humble intersection of age, profession, and political persuasion, which evokes a latent appreciation for one’s hometown As the 2017 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year, I have traveled to school districts across our state—from the districts of our small towns to those of our big cities. […]

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NH Townies Worth Celebrating: Tim Baines

Meet Tim. He’s the owner of Mint Bistro in Manchester—the same city, where Tim grew up! Mint Bistro serves contemporary fusion food in a sleek, sophisticated atmosphere. Tim’s understanding of locals’ collective palate and personality is just one of the reasons his restaurant is so successful. (I guess, it pays to be a “townie”…!) Read […]

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A Townie Experience: The Annual Team Spelling Bee

Don’t forget our definition! ˈtounē ˌikˈspirēəns – (compound noun) one’s witnessing locally the humble intersection of age, profession, and political persuasion, which evokes a latent appreciation for one’s hometown On April 6, 2017, Laconia High School hosted its 2nd Annual Team Spelling Bee. Price of admission was a jar of peanut butter and jelly to benefit the […]

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A Townie Experience: Poetry Out Loud

ˈtounē ˌikˈspirēəns – (compound noun) one’s witnessing locally the humble intersection of age, profession, and political persuasion, which evokes a latent appreciation for one’s hometown Have you had any “townie experiences” lately? Their elusiveness lies in their familiarity. In other words, the most organic townie experiences are the most ordinary: when the camaraderie at the […]

Townies Know Best (Part Two)

Wait—there was a Part One? You betcha’! A month ago, I resolved myself to delineating the unique—and often underappreciated—knowledge of New Hampshire’s best townies, and I worked to explain our townies’ roles as vital historians, consummate networkers, and inestimable contributors in their communities. You can check out the first half of this list here. So, […]

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NH Townies Worth Celebrating: Bethany Clarke

Meet Bethany. She’s a children’s librarian, who serves her hometown of Gilford, New Hampshire. Her story is not unlike many other townies’—a story of a realized appreciation for her roots and of a redirected commitment to serve others. Read on to learn why Bethany loves the Granite State, how she overcame the townie-stigma, and what […]

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How to Become a Good Townie (Part One)

Don’t underestimate us—being a townie takes skills. A townie’s lifestyle demands both a refined social acumen and keen self-awareness. It requires a highly developed sensitivity to age differences, economic disparities, and political affiliations. And the best townies achieve that careful balance between preserving and improving their beloved hometowns. So, here’re a few tips to becoming […]