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This has always been one of my favorite phrases, especially now. I love that talking to you spurs me to look things like this up and find out where they originated, or who might have said them first.

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Nothing finds cracks in a pipe like a surge of water pressure, and nothing exposes the weak spots in a government agency or program like a crisis. It’s a lesson that could cost state unemployment agencies around the country as much as $26 billion, according to one official’s estimate.

Last year saw the lowest number of on-duty firefighter deaths in the U.S. since the National Fire Protection Association started keeping those records in 1977. The toll was 48, a grim statistic but still a sharp drop from the yearly average of 65 deaths.

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 I find as we are growing older together, you and I, that often I want us talk about things after they happen rather than before. More of the how did they turn out, what was it like, how did it touch our hearts and sometimes hurt our hearts. As I looked up the definition of legacy, I realize…

Baseball is back. Sort of. No one is certain just how long it will last, and it’s going to look strange and unfamiliar while it’s here. And it will likely serve as a COVID-era test case for other sports — from the largest professional associations to U-8 youth soccer leagues — looking to hit…

“I honestly feel that it would be best for the country to keep baseball going. ... Baseball provides a recreation which does not last over two hours or two hours and a half, and which can be got for very little cost. And, incidentally, I hope that night games can be extended because it gives…

One of my favorite things or characters in people will always be a willingness to simply volunteer. It worries me that volunteering is slowly going by the wayside, but then maybe it’s not.

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As I’m writing our story this week, I wish I could say I thought of it myself, but first thing this Sunday morning, John announced that June 14 is Flag Day in our great country.

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"The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree" was one of John’s dad’s favorite sayings and he reminded us of it often. Poppa John used it mostly as it pertained to family life. It can definitely fit with other things, too

“I honestly feel that it would be best for the country to keep baseball going. ... Baseball provides a recreation which does not last over two hours or two hours and a half, and which can be got for very little cost. And, incidentally, I hope that night games can be extended because it gives…

We can understand the disappointment of the hundreds of local runners — and the thousands from the United States and across the world — when Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and race organizers announced last week that the 2020 Boston Marathon would be canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Most times all our lives go on pretty much in the same pattern, same routine every day, especially now.

Forty drivers, all wearing masks, engaged in serious, high-speed social distancing recently, blasting around the oval track for NASCAR’s “Real Heroes 400” race – with a huge virtual audience and barely a soul in the grandstands in Darlington, South Carolina.

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Even though Ellie has only been here for a little under four months, and she is still a little under 4 pounds, she has some big thoughts on what our world needs right now.

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Hi everyone!  Ellie here with just a few small reminders about things going on at your local town halls.

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Seldom does this happen but this week, the week of May 3-9 which would have been my mom Pearl Cummings, beloved employee of our Shaws of Londonderry for years, 88th birthday, we have three groups of people to celebrate and thank. Not to mention May 10 is also Mother’s Day.

There’s never been a better time to be a dog — well, most dogs. With their people forced inside the house, either because of social distancing or because work has dried up, dogs are getting a lot more one-on-one time and walks.

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At the start of 2020, I never would have guessed that I’d be writing a story to you about the lost art of home economics.

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I think many of us having been using this never-dreamed-of time self-quarantining to organize and get rid of lots of clutter around our homes.

It is OK to repeat some things, and this week we will keep things short and sweet — but we’ll use it as a gentle reminder to all of us, too.

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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.

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.

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