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A white-tailed deer, captured on a trail camera, tends a scrape in Marlborough earlier this month. Scrapes are areas where a buck has exposed bare earth with its hooves to warn off other bucks and attracts does.

White-tail territory

City Express bus service to offer free rides on Plaid Friday

The City Express bus service in Keene will offer free rides on Plaid Friday, Nov. 26.

The City Express Black Route will operate on an adjusted holiday schedule from 8:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Stops will be hourly at 16 locations including the Transportation Center downtown, West Street Plaza, Market Basket, Monadnock Marketplace and Riverside Plaza. Masks are required to ride on the bus.

Holiday passes will be available for purchase on all City Express buses and at the Transportation Office at Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services, 312 Marlboro St., Keene on Dec. 3. The special 10-ride pass will be available for $5.

The City Express normal hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with stops at many residential and retail locations throughout the City. The buses can also be flagged along the route as long as they can safely stop. All vehicles are accessible for wheelchairs and other assistive devices.

Schedule information for Plaid Friday, and the regular service is available at www.cityexpress.org or by calling 603-352-8494. The City Express, Friendly Bus and Medical Express are transportation programs of Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services.

Horatio Colony Museum to host Christmas carol singalong

The Horatio Colony House Museum in Keene is set to kick off the Christmas season with an afternoon of carols in the garden on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The community is invited to sing along to some familiar holiday favorites from the Victorian era. The free event will be led by a group of local singers. Lyrics and a brief history of each carol will be provided.

Visitors are encouraged to dress warmly for the outdoor event; masks are strongly recommended.

The Horatio Colony Museum is at 199 Main St., Keene. Information: 603-352-0460, horatio.colony@gmail.com or www.horatiocolonymuseum.org.

United Church of Christ in Keene to hold Christmas fair

The United Church of Christ on Central Square in Keene will hold a gingerbread Christmas fair on Friday, Dec. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The fair will feature two floors of tables loaded with homemade baked goods, berry bowls, handmade items, stationery, jewelry and more gifts for the holidays.

Entrances are on Central Square as well as at the rear of the church, where handicapped access is available. Masks are required.

Information: 603-352-4136.

MAXT Makerspace’s to hold first online auction

MAXT Makerspace in Peterborough will hold its first online auction from Nov. 26 through 28 to benefit its programing and fund the purchase of new shared equipment.

The auction will feature items from more than 80 contributors, including art, gift certificates, travel and unique experiences. The auction will be held online with all items viewable in advance at: https://www.32auctions.com/MAXT.

Live bidding will begin Friday at 6 p.m. and run until midnight on Sunday.

All proceeds from the auction will be put to work to expand the Makerspace’s programs, including its facility, arts classes and other events.

Information: http://www.maxtmakerspace.org.

Monadnock Food Co-op to host body image building workshop

The Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene will host a free in-person event called “Body (Image) Building Workshop” on Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the co-op’s cafe area.

Tiffany Calcutt will discuss body image and how it is perceived in society. She will also teach ways for people to build body image resilience and create healthier mindsets.

Calcutt is a non-diet dietitian and a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. She founded Harvest Nutrition and Wellness, a nutrition counseling business, in 2016.

To RSVP, visit monadnockfood.coop/event/body-image-building-workshop. For questions, contact Megan Lafaso Hercher at outreach@monadnockfood.coop or 603-283-5401.

Monadnock Food Co-op is at 34 Cypress St., Keene, off Main Street via Eagle Court: monadnockfood.coop.

NHPR's Thanksgiving programming to include segment on Monadnock Region farmers and chef

N.H. Public Radio’s Thanksgiving special programming, “Your Soundtrack For A Day Of Gratitude,” will feature Monadnock Region farmers and a chef.

The programming, on Nov. 24 through 25, will include a one-hour recording of the online virtual event “Stories From the Field: Celebrating Our Local Food System in Words,” which was staged by the Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition in December 2020. In a similar style to The Moth storytelling hour, the program highlights local people in the Monadnock Region who grow, educate about, prepare, advocate for, or eat locally grown food. The program features speakers Martin Castriotta of Village Roots Permaculture in East Alstead, Holly Gowdy of Brookfield Organic Farm in Walpole, Chef Jordan Scott of Machina Kitchen & ArtBar in Keene and Beth Hodge of Echo Farm Puddings in Hinsdale.

“Stories From the Field: Celebrating Our Local Food System in Words” is set to be broadcast Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m.

“We are thrilled to join NHPR for an encore presentation of our Stories from the Field... event,” Roe-Ann Tasoulas, MFCC director, said in a news release. “Marty Castriotta is a farmer, an educator, and master storyteller. Jordan Scott’s story about how Keene High School’s culinary arts class saved his life, Beth Hodge’s palpable love for her cows, and Holly Gowdy’s ascension into farming takes listeners on journeys they won’t soon forget.”

Public Muse, Nov. 23, 2021

Childhood, Adolescence


childhood is like a smile

ringing love and ringing songs

life is not a living hell

God has ears to hear those songs


Adolescence is like a bell

ringing soft and ringing low

life is not a living hell

God has ears to hear that bell



Young Eyes

Here’s a concept I’m struggling to understand:

Though my body’s old, I still feel like a young man.

“That’s easy” you say—“You’re only as old as you feel.”

But it seems to me that there’s more to the deal.

It seems to involve the connection between the eyes and the brain,

And I’m not sure which one of them’s to blame

For the ongoing misconception

Or the failure of perception.

It’s like I’m looking at things with young eyes

And when I can’t do something anymore it FEELS like a surprise.

I feel like I can still stretch a single into a double on a liner down the line,

Or, if I want to, I can climb Monadnock at any time,

Or Ascutney, or, heck, even Moosilauke.

But sometimes a glance at my reflection gives my brain a shock.

That can’t be ME walking all hunched over, and wait!—

It looks like I’ve developed a slight hitch in my gait.

That must be why my brain is telling me to accept my limitations—something I hate!

Oh well, I can still play golf—“Yeah, and you still can’t hit it straight!”

As for climbing mountains, I guess I’d better not tempt fate—

Before my next climb I’ll buy hiker’s rescue insurance from the state!