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A hummingbird sits in its nest Monday in Munsonville. Ruby-throated hummingbird nests are made of thistle or dandelion down held together with strands of spider silk and sometimes pine resin, according to The outside of the nest is coated with bits of moss or lichen, which can be seen here. A typical nest measures about 2 inches across and 1 inch deep, according to the website.

Tiny bird, tiny nest

Jaffrey-Rindge students named to fourth quarter honor roll
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The following 93 students in grades 9-12 were named to the honor roll at Conant High School in Jaffrey for the fourth quarter of the 2021-2022 school year.

Twenty-two students achieved high honors:

Grade 12: Alison Asaff, Allyson Hoctor, Chelsea Dupuis, Emma Kelly, Gianna Sangermano, Jamara Niemela, Kendall Chamberlain, Mylie Aho, Noah Mertzic

Grade 11: Ella Weinmann, Emma Tenters, Kimberly Chea, Kylie Aho

Grade 10: Ava Cruz, Isabella Hart, Timothy MacKay

Grade 9: Eden Pressman, Izabelle Rollins, Jasmine Mertzic, Jessica Yap, Josiah Niemela, Olivia O’Malley

Seventy-one students achieved honors:

Grade 12: Austin Poikonen, Ava Moscaritolo, Braden Crisp, Elicia Dupuis, Emily Muilenburg, Garrett Bowser, Hailey O’Neil, Jacob O’Neill, Jennah Harvey, Jessica Roeun, John Mormando, Kaia Colby, Landon Lawn, Lillian Bower, Logan Favart, Morgan Ketola, Tatyana Guevara, Teresa Spingola

Grade 11: Amalia Stenersen, Andrew Sisombath, Anthony Wilson, Brynn Rautiola, Daniel MacIntyre, Emma Fisher, Erik Bailey, Jaykob Hagstrom, Joseph Lovett, Kelly Williams, Lacey Martin, Laurel Bennett, Leyre Molinero Lopez, Lillian Rennie, Richard Egan, Rylee Seppala, Sabria Arsenault, Talia White, Temitayo Giwa

Grade 10: Ava Nordahl, Brinley Seppala, Diego Menjivar, Ellie Cassidy, Emmett Twombly, Grace Lewis, Hayden Rowland, Jonathan Driscoll, Joshua DiPasquale, Katharine Weidner, Kaylee Truong, Madison Bellofatto, Matthew Muilenberg, Megan Newton, Michael Johnson, Riley Goddard, Taniesha Muhonen, William Horne

Grade 9: Alexis Cunningham, Alexis Kulczyk, Camden Muhonen, Denton Montgomery, Elizabeth Crespo, Emryn Vitello, Gretchen Bleau, Jared Dugan, Justin Filz, Kayla Bujnowski, Logan Hocter, Luca Sangermano, Maggie Lennon, Petyon Lawn, Rhianna Aho, Taylor Shea

The following 53 students in grades 6-8 were named to the honor roll at Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School for the fourth quarter of the 2021-2022 school year.

Fourteen students achieved high honors:

Grade 8: Ava Rollins, Chance Derosier, Riley Vitello, Sophia Spingola

Grade 7: Aaron Graham, Abigail Hendren, Aylee Bernier, Brenden Riley, Brianne Dupuis, Lily Mormando, Ryan Lennon

Grade 6: Ella Derosier, Lola Bergeron, Olivia Richard

Thirty-nine students achieved honors:

Grade 8: Addison Ouellette, Aidyn Harris, Alise Sulin, Allies Sisombath, Amelia Hill, Catherine Brown, Drey Seppala, Ella Little, Emma Norris, Grace Clark, Hunter Schultz, Jacob Levesque, Leila Lunsted, Lia Aho, Lynzie Broome, Presleigh Peard, Richard Driscoll, Travis Rennie, Violet Bennett

Grade 7: Aerowyn Schwertz, Antionette Taylor, Cecelia Wolfe, Chase Seppala, David Levesque, Emma O’Malley, Ethan Hale, Hannah Shea, Kentrell Cooke, Liam Parent, Mia Lambert, Nicholas Roberts, Reyna Perez

Grade 6: Adah Vitello, Caitlynne Melodino, Evelyn Bossov, George Montgomery, Jasmine Nagel, Mackenzie McFarland, Roland Dumont

Nelson to celebrate Old Home Week
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The town of Nelson is set to celebrate Old Home Week Aug. 1-6.

First held in 1877, Nelson’s Old Home Week has evolved over the years. It has always been a time where second- or third-generation folks who had moved away were encouraged to visit, but it also is a great time for residents and people from surrounding towns who appreciate Nelson’s unique qualities.

This year’s events will include Carnivaltopia, led by Nelson School’s Cindy Benner, featuring games and prizes. This event is geared toward children ages 4-10, but all are welcome to participate on on the Nelson Common (rain location the Town Hall) on Monday, Aug. 1, 4-5:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Aug. 4, there will be a game of capture the flag on the Nelson Town Common at 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 5, will feature a song circle in the town hall at 7 p.m., led by Owen Hale, Lucius Parshall and others from the Marlborough Pub Sing. People are invited to come and listen, or bring a song to share.

Old Home Day itself kicks off at Saturday, Aug. 6, at 8:30 a.m. with the historic Nelson Marathon, which is a run up Hardy Hill Road and back along the Harrisville Road, approximately 2 miles. Most participants run, some use bicycles, and in years past there was even a unicycle contender.

Morning activities include a book sale, family crafts in the library, flower pounding (the art of transferring a flower image onto paper) in the old library and live music behind the town hall.

At noon, a chicken barbecue will be held on the church lawn with music by the Nelson Town Band, followed by an official welcome and awarding of prizes for the games. Additional activities in the afternoon include a sheep dog demonstration, a waterball fight, a softball game at the newly restored baseball field behind the town barn, for a game of softball that will be especially tailored for the occasion.

The Old Home Day Contra Dance begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be called by Sandy LaFleur with music from Laurie Indenbaum and Gordon Peery. The dance is free, but donations will be welcome.

For more information, go to

Powerpoint improv comedy show to be held at Colonial Showroom

MC2 Charter School and the Keene Young Professionals Network are teaming up to present a Powerpoint improv comedy show called “Let It Slide” at the Colonial Showroom on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Eight local “celebrities” will take the stage to improvise a wedding toast, a stump speech, a college lecture or an infomercial, on a topic they have never seen before. The winner is chosen by the crowd, with the money raised by these votes to be given to a non-profit organization of each competitor’s choosing. Proceeds from ticket sales will support the students of Making Community Connections (MC2) Charter School in Keene.

The event is for ages 21 and up.

Presentations start at 7 p.m., with a social hour preceding the show at 6 p.m. Appetizers will be provided and there will be a cash bar.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the show.


First Church in Jaffrey's 105th summer fair to feature food, vendors and activities

The First Church in Jaffrey is set to hold its 105th summer fair on Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 1-4 p.m.

The event will feature food, activities for children and an opportunity for families and visitors to walk and talk while browsing for items at low prices. Antiques and collectibles will be offered in the meetinghouse, a garden center will be located on the common and fine art will be available in the church sanctuary. Vintage and decorative linens, as well as tools and small electronics, will also be offered in the meetinghouse. Tickets will also be sold for a ride in a Model T. Funds raised will help support more than a dozen local social service organizations and scholarships for Conant High School graduates.

Bag lunches will be available at 12:30 p.m. in the church parish house. A snack bar on the corner of the meetinghouse will offer hot dogs and sodas also opens at 12:30. Admission is free.

Masking and social distancing are recommended, especially in indoor areas.

For information, go to or call 603-532-7979.

Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene to host community book club

The Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene will host a community book club on Monday, Aug. 1, from 6-7:30 p.m. The group will meet in-person on the co-op’s patio.

The Monadnock Food Co-op Community Book Club aims to create a space for community engagement among co-op member-owners and the larger community through thoughtful connections, engaging and civil dialogue through reading and discussion.

August’s book title is “Night of the Living Rez,” by Morgan Talty. The book, which is set in a Native community in Maine, features 12 stories filled with insights into family and community and what it means to be Penobscot in the 21st century. Talty is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation where he grew up; he lives in Levant, Maine.

To RSVP, visit For questions, contact Megan Lafaso Hercher, Events & Education Coordinator, at or 603-283-5401.

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

Your Words: Community came together to make Harrisville's 150th celebration a success
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Thank you to the Town of Harrisville for a great 150th Celebration! We have been building up to this date for the past 152 years! Walter Peterson, former New Hampshire governor, was in Harrisville in 1970 helping Harrisville to celebrate 100 years and to remember. He often liked to quote President Harry S. Truman: “‘It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

Thank you to our Committee of Arrangements and all volunteers and Town Employees who have worked over the past four years and a pandemic later, to make our celebration such a success! A special thanks to our police and fire crews: Great job in getting the Fireworks Show in just in time Sunday night!

Harrisville has been fortunate to be filled with people working towards the best for all: volunteers, employees, neighbors and friends. As we honor our past, let us look forward, brimming with hope and good things for future generations to record and remember! We can do this with the same strength, vision and fortitude we have mustered in our collective past. Perhaps with new voices and new ideas!

We enjoyed a special weekend to celebrate our diversity, our sameness, our triumphs and our sadness: together. Happy birthday and thank you!