In a town of fewer than four thousand, tucked in a valley in Western Vermont, the fourth of July means one thing – an outhouse race. Yes, that kind of outhouse. The Bristol Great Outhouse Race is an eccentric village tradition that has been held for the last 34 years… and it draws quite a crowd. Sarah Reynolds has the story.
It’s the hope of most artists that someday their work will be recognized by the masses, admired by historians, and remembered by all. For a select few, two out of three will have to do. Our regular guest Clay Wirestone compiled a list of the most well-known but worst-received artists of all time for Mental Floss Magazine. Clay is also arts editor at the Concord Monitor, and he joined us in our studio to rundown a few of history’s most memorable creative fails.
Remember how people used to joke about online dating? What once was an easy target for digs about desperate singles and social pariahs is now a success story for oodles of couples and dozens of highly profitable dating services. Among the unabashed masses of online daters these days is an unlikely demographic – the animal kingdom. Reyhan Harmancy is a staffer at Buzzfeed, where she wrote about how zoos use online dating methods to profile and pair species together.
Award-winning poet and New Hampshire native Wesley McNair was born in Newport, grew up in the Connecticut River Valley, and has lived for many years in Mercer, Maine, the state for which he has been named Poet Laureate. Drawing from his personal experiences, McNair's poetry is emblematic of both family and economic hardships, and New England living.
Former New Hampshire Governor and current Mitt Romney surrogate John Sununu made national headlines, and began trending on Twitter, Tuesday when he made some controversial comments about President Obama.
Sununu’s comments came during a conference call with reporters.
“The men and women all over America who have worked hard to build these businesses, their businesses from the ground up, is how our economy became the envy of the world. It is the American way and I wish this president would learn how to be an American.”
The New Hampshire Department of Employment security released the latest New Hampshire unemployment figures for today. Unemployment in June ticked up slightly; rising to a seasonally adjusted 5.1%, up from 5.0% in May.It is still down from where it was last June, when it was 5.5 percent.
Employment Security Economist Annette Nielsen says the increase is due to two factors: 5,000 more workers entered the labor force than this time last year, and fewer seasonal jobs were added than expected.
With the high costs of tuition, many students with an associate’s degree can’t afford to go on for their bachelor’s. So in 2011, when one non-profit college in Salem began offering students their third year of college free, some considered the deal a godsend.
Yesterday New Hampshire’s US Senators, Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte, honored the first responders to the massive fire at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard that caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to the USS Miami nuclear submarine.
Back-to-school season isn’t for another month-and-a-half, so there’s still plenty of time to knock another novel or two off your summer reading list. For true bookworms with stored-vacation time and quiet spot to spend it, we’ve got a few belated small-press summer suggestions that might have slipped your radar.
With us is Michele Filgate—freelance writer, critic, and independent bookseller at community bookstore in Brooklyn. Here are her picks:
One New Hampshire rider is sure to be glued to the TV for the crown jewel of Olympic equestrian contests: jumping. That's because she might very well join them...someday. Elise Lesko is just ten years-old, but it seems she's got the patience (and the pony) to see this dream come true.
Watch Elise and Snitch jump 3'6"...a little too close for comfort: