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I wanted this week’s story to be about remembering that even though we must keep physical space between us now, we can still share heartfelt hellos, smiles and waves. I think we need it now more than ever.

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I was just talking to my dear friend Flo Silva, who is 93 years old. I remember her 90th birthday. Flo is sharp as a tack and always has been. She served on our Senior Resource Committee for many years and that’s where we met.

During this time of pandemic, when everyone is cloistered in their respective homes and trying not to catch or spread the coronavirus, it’s small things that will get us through. Take, for example, the convenience of allowing those of us who order take-out to get a bottle of wine or a couple…

A scarcity of personal protective equipment used by medical personnel, such as masks and gowns, is a real shortage that should concern all of us. If our doctors and nurses get sick, who will care for the influx of COVID-19 patients that health officials predict?

How are you weathering this time at home? Tell us some good news!

In less than a week, I went from being able to hug everyone to being warned not to hug at all. I know it’s for everyone’s own good, our community’s health and country, but I have to tell you it’s pretty hard to go cold turkey.

Here it is Sunday evening and instead of being 7 p.m. it is after 8, thanks to daylight savings time. I always write on Sunday mornings, usually starting at around 7 a.m., but this weekend was different.

More than one contagion has swept over us these past couple of weeks. We don’t just have the new coronavirus to worry about, there’s also the spread of bad information and the anxiety it creates. On both levels, we can protect ourselves.

In early February, two days before the New Hampshire primary, Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, held forth in the gymnasium at Salem High School. Most of the 1,250 people there to hear him talk probably knew how they would vote — even though voters here notoriously wait un…

Have you or would you ever consider running for town or school district office?

Large-scale white supremacist rallies, like the deadly 2017 gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, have become less frequent, but that that doesn’t mean the racism and anti-Semitism that fueled those gatherings has abated.

For the second time in as many years, members of the band Godsmack turned up in schools in Derry for a little help with their music. And, for the second time, it appears they made lasting, positive impressions on the kids.

Somehow, we all survived the exciting, worrisome, busy, never boring election day and night here in the great state of New Hampshire.

You’ve heard the call before and you’ll hear it again because the need for blood donors doesn’t end. But certain times of year push the blood supply to the limit, and shrivel the pool of potential donors of blood or platelets. 

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It is hard to believe but by the time you're reading our story this week, the first-in-the-nation, 100th New Hampshire primary will be over. We should know which candidate for each party won. Will it be Bernie Sanders and President Donald Trump, or will other front runners emerge? Today, Sun…

The week started with a wonderful man, Ralph Langone, stopping by my office because he wants us to spread the word that Home Depot offers military members and veterans 10% off their purchases. As Ralph said, even on things like paper towels — which can really make a difference.

If you could, what's one question you would ask a candidate running for president?

Americans dropped by the library more often last year than they went out for a movie, to a sporting event or a casino, judging from Gallup Poll results from a survey in December.

Partisan divisiveness doesn’t get much thicker than it is now in the chamber of the U.S. Senate, where President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is taking place. But look about 10 blocks north of the Capitol and you’ll find another example of the political gridlock that has hamstrung Washin…

This week, I want to tell you about many great things that have been going on for our seniors in our towns but also in our great state.

Well, how strange is this, my week started with the WZID Bridal Expo, with Neal and Marga on Sunday and it ended with John and I in New Jersey for the funeral of John’s Aunt Kay, age 97. I bet you’ve heard the saying, too, that weddings and funerals bring out the best and worst in people.

The police blotter wasn’t a good place to see your name in the newspaper even in the days before it ended up on the internet. Now, in this modern era, its digital twin is especially troubling for those among us who wish they could wipe away traces of their arrests. Online news is a tricky th…

Here it is Sunday morning and I just ask Alexa what the temperature was outside. It feels much warmer in our house than it has been in months.

No one wants to dump cold water on so many well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions to go to the gym or cut out the midnight snacks, but in case you missed the news in the New England Journal of Medicine last month, despite all efforts to the contrary,  our collective weight problem is gettin…

How much are you following all the presidential candidates visiting this area?

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell…

I have so much to tell you this week. I still can’t believe it myself.

As of Monday, anyone over the age of 21 who is in the Granite State could legally place an online bet on a professional sporting event, if the technology was in place for that to happen.

In December 1944, Nazi Germany launched what would be its last major offensive campaign during World War II. This attack caught the Allied forces in the Ardennes Forest by surprise, and in the ensuing battle – the Battle of the Bulge – our troops faced record low temperatures, dwindling supp…

Getting your flu shot is a smart thing to do. It assures nothing, but you do it anyway. It’s like throwing the deadbolt on your front door, putting air in the car’s tires or seeing your doctor for a checkup. None of these guarantees you won’t be robbed, get a flat tire or contract some horri…

Normally I love to start talking to you on Sunday morning about all the things that have happened in the week. Here it is now 2:56 a.m. and John and I have been up since 2:05. Well, we woke up to that horrible dreadful sound of fire alarms going off all throughout our house! We all jumped up…

The following appeared in The Sun, of New York City, on Sept. 21, 1897, and remains among the most famous newspaper editorials ever published. Its authorship is attributed to Francis Pharcellus Church, who wrote editorials for the newspaper.

No matter what you believe or who you believe, this beautiful season sparks something in all of us to want to “make a little dent” in the places and people around us. Do a little good, spread a little cheer, be a little more patient, share a couple hugs or reach a little deeper into our own …

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