LOCAL NEWS

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CLAREMONT — Like a metaphorical butterfly, the Claremont-based thrift store Changes will close for a six-week renovation next month, beginning on Sunday, Jan. 19, to reopen transformed at the end of February.

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CLAREMONT — Claremont voters will return to Stevens High School Auditorium on Thursday, Dec. 12 to revote on the $650,000 funding appropriation question to alleviate concerns about whether the district satisfied state requirements when posting notice for the original Nov. 21 meeting.

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CLAREMONT — Freshly coated gymnasium floors and the sounds of squeaky sneakers means only one thing as the New Hampshire basketball season gets underway on Friday with… Read more

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WHITE RIVER JCT. — Cold weather will be bringing lots of excitement and fast swimming to the Upper Valley as 600 swimmers and their families will converge at the Upper… Read more

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PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Colby-Sawyer senior Lexie Hamilton of Sunapee became the program’s 16th member of the 1000-point club, and second player this year, as the Chargers de… Read more

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Black-capped chickadees are one of the most frequent visitors to our bird feeders in winter, but do we really know them? This common bird exhibits some remarkable behaviors and winter survival strategies. Read more

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SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — If you attended the Festival of Trees, you may have missed seeing the Nature Tree located outside at the Pearl Street entrance to the Great Hall in Springfield. The tree is intended to provide both food and shelter for the birds throughout the winter and will hence stay up… Read more

REGIONAL NEWS

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is promising to invest $150 billion to bring high-speed internet to “every household in America” while breaking up and better regulating monopolies he says currently limit access to drive up their profits.

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It seemed like a pleasant surprise. A shipment of supplies I had ordered also contained a certificate saying “Congratulations! Your order entitles you to a $50.00 Walmart Gift Card! Call Toll-Free NOW to get complete details.” This was followed by an 800 phone number. Read more

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Two weeks ago, less than two days after concrete falling off an overhead bridge closed the Everett Turnpike in Nashua, the leading contenders for the Democratic nomination for president gathered to debate in Atlanta, Ga. Read more

OUR COLUMNISTS

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Holiday scams are unending. Where to focus – the newest scams, the most effective, the most unique? Here are what I consider to be some of the most damaging scams this holiday season.

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You have got good boots and six bags of animal-safe sidewalk salt, so nobody is gonna slip on any ice. There are fresh spark plugs in the snowblower, logs stored for the fireplace and you are good to go. They say it is going to be a long winter, but with some hot cocoa and “Snow: A Scientifi…

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“Doctor Dogs: How Our Best Friends are Becoming Our Best Medicine” by Maria Goodavage c.2019, Dutton

Lifestyles

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Black-capped chickadees are one of the most frequent visitors to our bird feeders in winter, but do we really know them? This common bird exhibits some remarkable behaviors and winter survival strategies. Read more

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All living creatures have two sets of names: their vernacular or ‘common’ names and their scientific or ‘real’ names. There are strict rules for assigning scientific names, through the binomial nomenclature established by Karl Linné (Carolus Linneaus) in the 18th century, and more rules for … Read more

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I know people who say we shouldn’t be cutting down trees just to brighten our homes for the holidays. Trees are, after all, sequestering carbon and making our environment cleaner, greener, and all that. I disagree and will cut a fresh tree from my neighborhood tree farmer. I say Christmas tr… Read more

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Millions of us are headed to the malls, the box stores and to the internet to do some shopping this week. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, but the shopping frenzy goes on. The shelves at the stores and in the warehouses are stacked with all sorts of technology devices to attract and b… Read more

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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — New England Youth Theatre (NEYT) proudly presents ‘Matilda: The Musical,’ the final show of their celebratory twentieth season. Playing Dec. 12-22 at 100 Flat Street in downtown Brattleboro, ‘Matilda: The Musical’ follows the story of an unlikely heroine who dares to take … Read more