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December 23. 2012 8:17PM

Ski areas will be open for Christmas day, but little else

There may not be much, or any, snow on the ground at your house Christmas day, but if you are a skier or snowboarder, you can head to Mt. Sunapee, Loon, Waterville, Cranmore, Bretton Woods or Ragged Mountain for a day on the slopes after opening presents. But state-owned Cannon Mountain is closed Christmas day, reopening Wednesday.

Also closed Tuesday are federal, state and local offices and banks. But they will be open today, although some may close early, as does the New York Stock Exchange, which calls it a day at 1 p.m. and is closed Tuesday.

The state courts will be closed today and Christmas, except for arraignment of detainees.

It's business as usual today for the U.S. Postal Service Monday, but there is no mail delivery or counter service Christmas.

FedEx says its next-day service is available for Christmas, but everything else is closed. There are modified service hours today for express and office, while home delivery and freight is closed.

UPS will be operating normally today, but on Christmas everything is shut down except for holiday and express critical service.

Trash will be picked up as usual on Monday, but not on Tuesday and the pattern for the rest of the week varies.

In Manchester and Portsmouth, both Tuesday and Wednesday pickups will be made Wednesday and the rest of the week will be normal for collections.

But in Concord, Nashua and Hudson, Tuesday pickups will be done Wednesday and the rest of the week slides a day, with Friday being collected Saturday.

All public schools are on vacation, but while most students will return to class Jan. 2 or 3, the kids in Unity, Monroe and Hopkinton get a full two weeks of vacation, returning Monday, Jan. 7.

Manchester residents will get a break on odd/even parking regulations. The city is suspending the rules through Wednesday.

Manchester Transit Authority buses will not operate on Christmas, nor will there be public transit in Nashua on Christmas. On Christmas Eve, there is no night service, with the last bus leaving the Nashua Transit Center at 4:45 p.m.

The Memorial Bridge Shuttle Service between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine, will be operating on Christmas, but on a shortened schedule. The shuttle stops will be the same, but the service will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the normal 20-hour schedule resuming at 5 a.m. Wednesday with the shuttle leaving from Kittery.

If your Christmas includes bus travel between cities and towns via Concord Coach Lines, there will be a limited schedule Christmas Day, so check the company website: www.concordcoachlines.com.


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