"> en-us Local awards to be presented at Merrimack Fall Festival next weekend The first annual Dave Yakuboff Helping Hand Award will also be distributed at the upcoming fall festival set for Sept. 27. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:32:00 EST Nature Talks the invasive plant species strike again JAPANESE KNOTWEED and I have done battle for many years. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:09:00 EST Survey says Manchester ranks fifth among nation's smartest communities MANCHESTER 8212 A new survey maintains Manchester is filled with wicked smaht people, beating out high-tech hubs San Francisco and Boston to rank as the nation's fifth most educated city. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:04:00 EST India gets 1st transgender television news anchor Padmini Prakash, 31, who works at Lotus News in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, told the Times of India that she had faced a lot of discrimination throughout her life, including being disowned by her family. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:12:00 EST Fans love their trucks Pickup truck racing all the rage in Loudon Groups of brightly colored pickup trucks raced around the oval track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in packs Friday, their jacked-up four-speed eight-cylinder engines roaring as they hit the straightaway sections. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:02:00 EST Fellowship a big part of the Loudon experience for race fans Thousands of fans poured down the sidewalks from the RV and camping areas at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Thursday, eager to join the track's FanFest Day. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:38:00 EST UNO Pizzeria in Hudson plans cancer fundraiser Proceeds from a fundraiser in Nashua next week will assist the family of a young Hudson cancer patient as they cope with ongoing medical expenses. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:28:00 EST Farmington firefighters to don pink for fundraiser Firefighters will soon don pink rather than the traditional red or blue to help raise awareness of breast cancer. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:25:00 EST 5K honors city teen who died from cancer Hillside Middle School will host the Luke Capistran Memorial 5-kilometer run on Oct. 4 at Derryfield Park. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:24:00 EST Great North Woods, White Mountains foliage expected to hit peak next week There's still a lot of green around, but the 2014 foliage season is here, and while the rest of the state will follow suit thereafter, the Great North Woods and White Mountains are now displaying flashes of color and expected to reach peak by the end of the month. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:37:00 EST Salem Rams hope to memorialize volunteer with scoreboard naming The Salem Rams youth football program is looking to honor a long-time volunteer with the organization by naming the new scoreboard at Grant Field after him. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:31:00 EST Salem looks ahead to property updates The town's assessing department could see a big increase in its budget for 2015 as it begins its valuation update for the town's commercial and residential properties. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:31:00 EST NH Club Briefs Molly Stark DAR hosts Constitution meeting The Molly Stark Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution's September meeting focused on Constitution Week and the Children of the American Revolution. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:25:00 EST Keene festival's pumpkin giveaway requires online registration this year Free pumpkins distributed to the public as part of the Keene Pumpkin Festival push for the most jack-o-lanterns must be reserved via email this year. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:24:00 EST Currier Museum showcases impossible possibilities by M.C. Escher, who inspired generations of pop culture With a mathematical precision, M.C. Escher played with perspective, making the impossible seem more than plausible. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:43:00 EST Triple-bill comedy in Laconia Saturday Funny guys Mark Scalia, Sean Bedgood and Matt Barry will headline the comedy lineup at 8 p.m. Saturday at Pitman's Freight Room, 94 New Salem St., Laconia. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:39:00 EST Keene gallery explores artistic experiences among American artists of African descent Keene State College's Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery this fall explores the diversity of experience and artistic expression among American artists of African descent. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:39:00 EST Ben Laine to perform at the Rochester Opera House Spaulding High School freshman Ben Laine will play Billy Joel, Bruno Mars and Coldplay tunes, along with his own compositions, in a 7 p.m. concert Saturday at the Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield St. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:38:00 EST Kim Simmons and Savoy Brown rock Tupelo Saturday Kim Simmons and Savoy Brown bring their decades-honed brand of rock and blues to the Tupelo Music Hall, 2 Young Road, Londonderry for an 8 p.m. show Saturday. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:38:00 EST Tomie dePaola to be celebrated at Colby-Sawyer Colby-Sawyer College will celebrate the career, creativity and generosity of former faculty member Tomie dePaola, a prolific and popular children's book author and illustrator, in an exhibition at the Sawyer Fine and Performing Arts Center on the New London campus. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:38:00 EST 10th annual Portsmouth Fairy Tour flits into Seacoast The Seacoast may be known for its historic architecture, but it's some smaller, magical dwellings that will draw attention this weekend. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:38:00 EST Houston Ballet II will perform in Durham Houston Ballet II will perform as part of the University of New Hampshire Celebrity Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Paul Creative Arts Center's Johnson Theatre on the Durham campus. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:38:00 EST Hanover artist Bob Shannahan on display in Meriden Prehistoric animals made of woody plants by artist Bob Shannahan of Hanover, who crafted this giant bird titled 'Diatryma,' are on view in a sculpture exhibition on the grounds of the Airon Duckworth Art Museum, 21 Bean Road, Meriden. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:37:00 EST Comedian Paula Poundstone returns to NH with stop in Concord Comedian Paula Poundstone, a regular panelist on National Public Radio's weekly quiz show 'Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me,' brings her standup show to the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:36:00 EST Eric Church, Dwight Yoakam headed to NH Eric Church, out on the road promoting his 2014 disc, 'The Outsiders,' will play downtown's Verizon Wireless Arena Thursday, Oct. 23. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:36:00 EST Joan Osborne to perform at Tupelo Joan Osborne, the Grammy winner best known for her hit 'One of Us,' will join members of The Band 'The Weight,' 'The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down' in a show at The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 S. Main St, Plymouth, at 730 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:36:00 EST Get lost in Moulton Farms' corn maze 'til the cows come home Moulton's Farm in Meredith is aiming for a moo-ving experience with its 2014 corn maze. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:35:00 EST College life 8212 good and bad 8212 at heart of play The last show of the Peterborough Players 2014 season is a new play developed and performed by Talene Monahon called 'All in Good Fun.' Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:35:00 EST PSU takes drive along celebrated Route 66 corridor in fall exhibit Dubbed the 'road to opportunity,' the celebrated Route 66 linked Chicago to Los Angeles between 1926 and the mid-1950s, and became an iconic cultural conduit in the process. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:35:00 EST My Dogs are Barking 5K Saturday in Manchester Shed a few calories at the My Dogs are Barking 5K on Saturday at Derryfield Park on Bridge Bridge in Manchester. The tale wagging will start at 9 a.m., when a pet fair on site opens, and continue with the 3.1-mile run at 10 a.m., a fun run for kids at 1115 a.m. and the Pet Step Dog Walk at noon. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:35:00 EST Bruce Hornsby to perform at Lebanon Opera House Grammy-winning singer and pianist Bruce Hornsby, best known for the tune 'The Way It Is,' will play the Lebanon Opera House Tuesday, Sept. 23. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:34:00 EST Encounters with critters, games, magic, music in store with Day for Kids The ninth annual Day for Kids, hosted by the Boys Girls Club of Manchester, returns to the Radisson HotelCenter of New Hampshire, 700 Elm St., Manchester, with a host of family fun on Saturday. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:33:00 EST Multi-media artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg's installations on display at Saint-Gaudens Multi-media artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg's installations incorporate the emerging 'forensic phenotyping' scientific process, with sculptural portraits constructed with material unwittingly left behind by people in public spaces. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:32:00 EST 'ShakesBEERience' at the Press Room Raise a toast to a 'ShakesBEERience' night out on the Seacoast with 'King John.' Seven Stages Shakespeare Company returns to The Press Room's upstairs in Portsmouth for its third season of its play-reading series from 630 to 830 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:32:00 EST Cinematic standouts hit the big screen as Telluride tour stops in NH Selections from the prestigious international cinema showcase held annually in Colorado hit the road as Telluride standouts screen at The Music Hall in Portsmouth and the Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover throughout September. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:32:00 EST Weighty competitions draw athletes from across the world to NH This weekend at Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln, the 39th annual New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival will host traditional Scottish food, plenty of kilts, music and dance demonstrations ... and some people tossing 20-foot wooden poles. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:31:00 EST Guys battle back against insecurities in comic tale of unlikely strippers Let's get the question over with. The answer is, 'Yes.' ... I think. Well, definitely maybe. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:31:00 EST Windham's Advanced Placement program growing Of the 251 College Board AP Exams taken by Windham High School students last spring, 208 received passing grades. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:37:00 EST Windham schools may opt out of federal lunch program District officials are weighing their future options as they consider the stricter rules outlined by the federal school lunch program. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:37:00 EST Salem school moves forward with gym floor replacement School officials are moving forward with a plan to replace the gym floor at the Lancaster Elementary School. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:36:00 EST NH Club Notes Goffstown Rotary to host meet-and-greet social The Goffstown Rotary Club is inviting the public to a meet-and-greet social from 530 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the High Street Farmhouse, 9 High St. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:56:00 EST Tiny cookie causes stir in tiniest town in New Hampshire HART'S LOCATION - A tiny cookie caused a stir in this, the smallest of all Granite State municipalities, when some OREO Mini's - recently dispatched to the smallest communities in all 50 states as part of a promotion - failed to reach their intended destinations. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:54:00 EST Claremont 250th includes festival, brewfest The city's 250th celebration heats up Saturday with a huge downtown celebration 'Birthday in the Bricks,' which coincides with the Claremont Brewfest on the Visitors Center Green. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:53:00 EST Peterborough group shares the basics of hearth cookery Cooking at an open hearth was a labor of love. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:34:00 EST Speedway looks to attract more fans as NASCAR stars return to NH Speedway officials have been using promotional tools like 16-driver pools to reach out to more race fans and potential race fans. The sport, and the speedway, saw race attendances drop during the worst years of the recession. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:28:00 EST