The next time your son or daughter complains that soccer practice was too hard or homework was a heavy lift or life is just so unfair, tell them about Lauren Gaudette of Nashua.

Gaudette is severely hard of hearing. She has not one but two hip disorders. She has stomach and bladder issues and when she wakes up most days she is sore. She was born with spina bifida, a rare and severe birth defect.

You could also tell the kids that she is the freshman and junior varsity football coach for Windham High School.

She was profiled by reporter Alex Hall in last week’s Sunday News. She has worked her way up the coaching ranks from being student manager for Nashua South’s team, to being an assistant coach there and at Londonderry High before getting the assistant head coaching post at Windham. When the head coach was unavailable for one game this year, Gaudette may have become the first woman to serve as a varsity head coach in New Hampshire football history.

Football seems to be her first love but Gaudette also coaches JV boys basketball at Nashua South and is the javelin specialist coach at Manchester Memorial.

Of her, Windham football head coach Jack Byrne put it this way.

“Talking about fighting through adversity and all the lessons you want to teach kids, she’s maybe the number one person to learn from for that kind of stuff because she’s done it. She’s walked the talk, for sure.”

Well said, coach.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Have WMUR-TV and NH Public Radio caved to the wishes/demands/broadsides of Democratic shills and others who complain that New Hampshire’s governor shouldn’t be getting air time to impart COVID-19 information to the public?

The day after last week’s anniversary of the JFK assassination came an even lesser acknowledged calendar item. Nov. 23, 1804, was the birthday of Franklin Pierce, New Hampshire’s only U.S. President (to date, Gov. Sununu, to date).

Ahh, the glorious sights and sounds of late autumn in New Hampshire. The sights include the lawn signs demanding climate action NOW. The sounds, from dawn to dusk, include those coming from the leaf-blowing machines that attempt to defeat Mother Nature at her own game. Often, the same lawns …

Friday, November 26, 2021

If you are of a certain age, Thanksgiving is a reminder of a sad and solemn anniversary. On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

It was terrific welcoming the return of championship boxing to New Hampshire a week ago. Topping the card was the undefeated Rhode Island WBO middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade, who scored a second round stoppage against game Irishman Jason Quigley.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig says she appreciates the work of InTown Manchester over the years. But she just doesn’t seem to know what that work might be or how it was paid for.

Friday, November 19, 2021

In the matter of vaccine mandates, some New Hampshire lawmakers who bridle at Joe Biden’s attempts to dictate to businesses have no problem in themselves telling business what they cannot do.