"> en-us Bucknam-Ritter Mark and Linda Bucknam of Bow and Cheri Coughlin of Bow announce the engagement of their daughter, Jena Marie Bucknam, to David Adam Ritter, son of Phillip Ritter of Nashua and Susan Ritter of Concord. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:05:00 EST Henry Winston Huard Ryan and Lauren Huard of Wellesley, Mass., announce the birth of their son, Henry Winston Huard, on Dec. 6, 2014, at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:05:00 EST 2 from NH complete Air Force training U.S. Air National Guard Airmen 1st Class Jake M. Bumbaca and Benjamin T. Loll graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:05:00 EST Major-Remkus Mr. and Mrs. James Major of Hooksett announce the engagement of their daughter, Morgan Major, to Jonathan Remkus, son of Dennis Remkus of Douglas, Mass., and Rosiland Stahl of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:05:00 EST Haylee Ann-Marie Patten Jeremy and Jennifer Patten of Allenstown announce the birth of a daughter, Haylee Ann-Marie Patten, on Oct. 13, 2014, at Concord Hospital. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:05:00 EST In the longest nights of the year, our birds are living on the edge Happy shortest day of the year! That sounds a lot better than moping about the longest winter night, doesn't it? Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:04:00 EST Inmates give back, making Christmas gifts A group of inmates at the State Prison for Women are making Christmas a little brighter for local families - and for themselves - by donating gifts they've made by hand. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:02:00 EST Human intervention hobbling ice fishermen WE'VE LIVED ON and utilized Great Bay for our outdoor recreation and source of great food for about half a century and have never thought that some of these things we cherished could come to a screeching halt. But we are not happy to pass the word that was then and this is now and things have changed for the worse. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:01:00 EST 50 years later, burgers and french fries still making McMemories In 1964, Arthur Deleault was one of the burger makers at the South Willow Street McDonald's. Back in the day, when the then-Manchester High School West student wasn't manning the grill flipping patties, he was enjoying the fruits or meat, as it were of his labors, which went for 15 cents a burger. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:56:00 EST A new era for Nashua's police force With the start of a new year comes different leadership at the Nashua Police Department when a new police chief begins Jan. 1. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:05:00 EST Stacey Cole's Nature Talks A winter's walk inspires thoughts of 'long ago' Editor's Note This was the last 'Nature Talks'' column written by Stacey Cole, who died on Nov. 30. Stacey wrote 'Nature Talks'' on a weekly basis for more than 50 years before trading off every other week with Cheryl Kimball earlier this year. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:57:00 EST Man loses wallet, but sanitation workers save his identity Three days after losing his wallet earlier this month, Gregory Barnett had resigned himself to the notion that it was gone. He was getting ready to cancel his credit cards and apply for a new driver's license when his brother called to say the wallet had been returned untouched. A Manchester sanitation worker found the wallet among the kitchen... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:47:00 EST Propane now fuels the new Mt. Washington SnowCoach The propane-powered Mt. Washington SnowCoach is blazing a trail for a cleaner environment as passengers enjoy a scenic ride just above treeline to 4,200 feet for breathtaking views. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:05:00 EST Enter to win tickets to see Tom Chapin Enter to win a pair of 2 tickets to see Tom Chapin on March 29, 2015 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:32:00 EST Hooksett Council OKs Lilac Bridge removal The Hooksett Town Council voted to authorize the town administrator to resolve the issue of the Lilac Bridge, which is in danger of collapse. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:47:00 EST Weare middle school wing to become upper elementary The Weare School Board has voted 4-1 to create an Upper Elementary School at the Weare Middle School as a solution to the need for more space at the Center Woods Elementary School. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:47:00 EST Hooksett police get OK to replace old weapons The Hooksett Town Council has given the green light to police to use 7,456 in drug forfeiture money to purchase replacement weapons for the department. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:47:00 EST Salem school lunch program seeing participation increase Since opting out of the federal school lunch program at the beginning of the month, Salem High School has seen more students buying breakfast and lunch at the school. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:47:00 EST Firefighters hope to rebuild family's burned home by Christmas On Thursday morning, exactly a week before Christmas Day, there were Christmas carols playing in the burned-out Batchelder home, and workers wearing shirts and hats with the logo 'LFD' were milling about, singing along. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:47:00 EST Second officer being considered for Windham schools School and town officials are hoping to hire a second school resource officer in the coming year. Voters will have the final say on the matter at the March 2015 polls. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:45:00 EST NH Club Briefs CAR part of ceremony at of Tomb of Unknown Soldier Members of the John Stark Society of Children of the American Revolution placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution, located in the church yard of the Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria, Va. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:03:00 EST Community rallies around Enfield couple who lost home Over the last two days 125 people have raised more than 8,000 for a George Hill Road couple who lost their home to a fire on Monday. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:03:00 EST Temporary signs continue to be an issue on Salem roads The proliferation of temporary signs throughout the town, exactly who is allowed to place the signs, and where they can be placed has been a hot issue in town for years. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:59:00 EST Police raising money for trip to honor fallen Brentwood officer An online fundraiser has been set up to help Brentwood police officers raise money to cover their travel expenses when they head to the nation's capital in May to honor their fallen brother, Officer Stephen Arkell. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:59:00 EST Warm temps and rain delaying construction and opening of Lincoln ice castle Warm temperatures and rain are delaying the construction and opening of the ice castle that is being built on the grounds of the Hobo Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:59:00 EST Revels North brings light, levity to year's shortest, darkest day The Christmas Revels show plays the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College in Hanover today through Sunday. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:12:00 EST Todd Oliver will take the stage as part of a Hanukkah show Todd Oliver 8212 with a little help from canine co-stars Irving and Lucy 8212 will take the stage as part of a Hanukkah show at 630 p.m. Sunday at The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:10:00 EST 'Charlie Brown' jazz riffs take center stage The Heather Pierson Quartet will play its 'Charlie Brown Christmas' show at The Press Room, 77 Daniel St., at 6 p.m. Sunday. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:10:00 EST Concord Holiday Variety Show features jazz aces, comedian By PAUL FEELYNew Hampshire Union LeaderCombine traditional Christmas songs with jazz, add a few laughs from a popular national comedian, and you have some idea what to expect when the Capital Jazz Orchestra Small Group takes the stage at the Concord City Auditorium on Sunday. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:10:00 EST Operetta draws on 'Las Posadas' festival, NH illustrator Tomie dePaola's works An operetta based on celebrated Granite State illustrator Tomie dePaola's book 'The Night of Las Posadas' continues its trek across New England. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:09:00 EST 'Messiah Sing' rings out on Seacoast To conjure a classical holiday gem, eight Seacoast choruses, eight conductors, four featured soloists and an 11-piece orchestra will join with the community for the 10th annual 'Messiah Sing' at The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:08:00 EST Beach Boys to play Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom The eternally sunny Beach Boys, who recently wrapped a tour marking the group's 50th anniversary, have announced they will make a warm-weather stop in New Hampshire at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom at 8 p.m. Friday, July 10. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:08:00 EST 'An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker' will take the stage in Portsmouth Presented by Great Bay Academy of Dance, 'An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker' will appear in its 27th year at The Music Hall. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:08:00 EST Dancers reprise roles in NBT 'Nutcracker' Northeastern Ballet Theatre presents 'The Nutcracker' at Brewster Academy's Anderson Hall in Wolfeboro at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:08:00 EST 'Amahl and the Night Visitors' plan a stop in Lebanon Opera North and Lebanon Opera House team up to present 'Amahl and the Night Visitors,' featuring a chamber orchestra and professional guest artists, at 5 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the opera house, 51 N. Park St. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:05:00 EST Avett Brothers headed to NH The Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook has unveiled its first booking of the new year 8212 the Avett Brothers, with special guest John Prine, at 730 p.m. Friday, June 12. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:05:00 EST Scrooge of a Guy A touring production of 'Christmas Carol' makes a stop at Jean's Playhouse, 34 Papermill Drive, Lincoln, at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:04:00 EST Holiday classic in Keene A tradition at MoCo's Arts School of Dance has kept students on their toes in recent weeks. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:04:00 EST Rockin' concert in Dover to feature roots, Americana and gospel fare Rock My Soul, a 25-member secular choir that specializes in roots-based gospel, and its sister group, The RMS Five, a five-member vocal ensemble of soloists from Rock My Soul that specializes in arrangements of roots, Americana and gospel, will perform a Rockin' Gospel Holiday Concert at 5 p.m. Sunday at St. John's Methodist Church. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:04:00 EST Christmas tale gets a modern twist at Rochester Opera House A retelling of 'A Christmas Carol' takes the stage at 730 today and Friday, 2 and 730 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Rochester Opera House in City Hall, 31 Wakefield St. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:04:00 EST Peacock Players present Christmas Spectacular The Peacock Players Christmas Spectacular will take place Friday through Sunday at the Janice B. Streeter Theatre, 14 Court St. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:04:00 EST Youth, adult choruses to perform in Lakes Region concert The Lakes Region Singers will present their annual Christmas Concert at 730 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church, Route 11A. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:04:00 EST Pianist Sergei Novikov talks about heart of performance Using the metaphor of a human heart, pianist Sergei Novikov describes what's at the core of his performance. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:19:00 EST Kimberly Anderson Ritchie, Rock Tripe Lichen, Installation silkscreen and monoprint on maps The Lamson Learning Commons at Plymouth State University will present an exhibition of works by Professor Kimberly Anderson Ritchie through March 6 at the Library and Learning Commons on Highland Street. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:17:00 EST Rockingham Community Action brightening holidays for needy Gifts for local kids and more than 200 holiday baskets with a turkey and all the fixings will be handed out Friday and next Monday to brighten the holidays for families in Rockingham County. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:38:00 EST