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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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Mud Season

The thunderstorms on the Connecticut shoreline move with ferocious intensity. During Hurricane Gloria, when I was just a child, my mom took my brother and me to New Jersey. My dad stayed home to keep watch on the house. He had no power for over two weeks. He had to poop in the backyard. When […]

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Recent Environmental Headlines Bring Kuster to Peterborough

Over the last week, proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement have dominated the headlines. On Monday, June 5th, Peterborough welcomed Congresswoman Annie Kuster to Town Hall to lead a conversation about New Hampshire’s energy future. After moving the unexpectedly […]

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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 […]

Laconia High School Spelling Bee with Got Lunch Laconia.  ©2017 Karen Bobotas Photographer

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 Year Of Advice

In the North Country we notice when the bank gets new all-weather mats. We order dessert with our breakfast. We know who is shopping at the Co-op by the cars in the parking lot. We appreciate when the local coffee shop refreshes the Lavender and Linen candle in their unisex restroom. We have around-town camouflage […]