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Star-spangled helpers

The Girl Scouts of Troop 51018, along with their Troop Leader Julie Buffum and their mothers, helped American Legion Post 86 pick up the old flags and put out new ones on the veterans’ graves in Chesterfield on Sunday. Afterward, they enjoyed burgers, hot dogs, chips and soda.


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MoCo Arts to present "The SpongeBob Musical" live at Keene State

MoCo Arts in Keene is set to present its first live, in-person performance since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic with its high school musical, “The SpongeBob Musical.”

Based on the hit Nickelodeon TV show, the musical will be performed at the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College on May 30 at 7 p.m. and May 31 at 1 and 4 p.m.

The show follows SpongeBob and his friends Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, Mr. Krabs and Plankton as they embark on a journey to save the city of Bikini Bottom and change the world with their powerful optimism. The musical features original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend and more.

“Playing SpongeBob is a daunting task, being that he is such an iconic character,” said Kobe Hachey, who is playing the title role. “I really had to dive into my own childhood to draw experiences for this character. SpongeBob to me is someone the world needs right now, someone who isn’t afraid to take charge with such optimism and happiness. I am looking forward to having so much fun on stage and bringing Bikini Bottom to life. My biggest hope is that the little kids in the audience have fun watching musical theater like I did when I was a kid.”

Tickets are available at 358-2168 or at keene.universitytickets.com.To best adhere to COVID-19 safety guidelines, tickets will be sold in pairs at $25 per ticket. Seats will be socially distanced per Keene State College guidelines and mask wearing will be required.

For information on MoCo Arts, visit www.moco.org.


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Keene resident to chair 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer's in western NH

Cameron Tease of Keene has been named as event chair of the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in western New Hampshire.

Tease became involved with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s through his work at the Keene Senior Center, where he witnessed firsthand the impact of Alzheimer’s and other dementia.

“I became committed to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s because it empowers us to make a difference locally and globally to find a cure to this devastating disease and to provide hope and support to the millions who are living with it and their families,” Tease said in a news release.

Tease, the retired executive director of the Keene Senior Center, will be joined by Co-Chair Robert Colbert of Swanzey.

“When I see statistics that 1 in 3 Americans will be impacted by Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, and know so many folks that have been either afflicted or directly impacted, I can’t stand by and just watch,” Colbert said in the release.

More than 5.5 million Americans, most of them age 65 or older, may have dementia caused by Alzheimer’s, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The Western NH Walk to End Alzheimer’s is scheduled to be held on Oct. 2.

To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit alzwalkmanh.org.


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Keene Daughters of the American Revolution to celebrate Flag Day

The new Keene chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution invites the public to join the group in celebrating Flag Day.

On Saturday, June 12, two days before Flag Day, the group will give out American flags and American flag lapel pins at two Keene locations: the parking area outside the Keene Recreation Center on Washington Street and outside the front door of the United Church of Christ at the head of Central Square. Chapter members will be at both locations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, call Organizing Regent Nancy Howard at 802-451-0274 or email nancy.nhdar@gmail.com. The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a women’s service organization whose members can trace their lineage to an individual who contributed to securing American independence during the Revolutionary War.


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Public Muse, May 25, 2021

Scream’n Me Meez

I didn’t feel up to it

Everything today is like a Rube Goldberg machine

The advent of the computer was, as we were conned,

“It will make your life easier/simpler!”

Sign this, fill out that, jump here, jump there

No, not there, you idiot!

Can we take your temp?

Have you fallen lately?

In love, sir? That’s a joke!

Funny, really funny!

Any signs of dementia?

What? Who? Where am I, again?

What is your full name? Last, Middle, First?

Sign here, no not there, here!

In order please!

Have you gained any weight lately?

How much?

Tell us..we need to know for your confidential file, sir!

Hah!

Are you seeing things that aren’t there, sir?

Just a few…that’s normal, sir! Next!

Do you have night sweats?

What’s your mother’s maiden name? Quickly now!

Has your wife called the cops on you in the last thirty days?

If so, what were the circumstances?

We need to know this before we can treat you, then bill you!

Have you ever smoked marijuana?

Did you inhale? The state keeps track of this. It’s no big deal!

Do have a primary, a secondary?

We’ve never heard of your insurance company.

Did you get it out of a gumball machine?

We see you’re behind on your mortgage

Would you like to explain?

How is your heart these days?

The last time you were here you said you felt faint

We need your Social Security number in order to activate your treatment plan

It’s secure with us ... don’t worry

HIPAA, DIPAA, DO!

Sign here, initial there, no, here you idiot!

Any questions? No!

You’re through!

STEPHEN SERAICHICK

Keene

Don’t Wish Your Life Away

Don’t let bad memories haunt you or break your heart, Or you’ll drain the cup of misery to the dregs ...

Don’t drown yourself in shame with your brooding and self-pity, Or you may never ever get back on your own legs ...

‘Though you look like you lost your only friend, You’ve got to keep that credence inside your soul, Let not your head be troubled with discontent, Or you won’t ever reach your life’s goal.

Strut and fret your hour upon the stage!

Believe in yourself, and you’ll have countless roles to play!

Your new horizon is out there,

So says every learned sage,

Think about tomorrow,

And don’t wish your life away!

Don’t jar upon your feelings for life’s too short To indulge in idle triviality ...

Stop wailing in the weeds, and quit weeping in the willows, Or wanting to be at the bottom of the Dead Sea ...

One day you’ll have a chance to face the world, There’ll never be an end to what you can do, And all the glory will be at your command, For fortune will be waiting for you.

Strut and fret your hour upon the stage!

Believe in yourself, and you’ll have countless roles to play!

So when your life feels just like a blunder, Recall these simple words fraught with hope and wonder, And don’t wish your life away!

JON RIPLEY O’BRIEN

Keene

The Maine Beaches

Oh I do love the beaches there

Each one along the coast

The ones that I have visited

The ones that I love most

Old Orchard Beach is further north

I love the long wide pier

And walking north and south of it

The magic becomes clear

While further south there is Wells Beach

And on a sunny day

Relaxing, parents resting there

Their children hard at play

Still further south, my favorite beach

Ogunquit by the sea

This is my happy place for sure

My favorite place to be

Marginal Way, I love to walk

With benches there to rest

While watching waves wash to the shore

And knowing I am blessed

All beaches I do love in Maine

So many there to choose

The salty air, the gentle waves

The scenic ocean views

DAN SWETT

Swanzey


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