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Are you hip enough to attend a smoker?

So this batch of distinguished alums and friends of the old St. John’s High School got together at the school activity center recently to smoke some old sports stories. Not literally, mind you, but that’s what John Cassidy, who was there, told us to call it – a St. John’s smoker. (A smoker, he says, is a get-together; to smoke means to talk over. We’re going to trust him on this one.)
Anyway, now you’re wondering who’s who.

Pleasant View gets award and high-profile visitors

Pictured: Left: Mark Latham, Mike Rice, Sharon Wareing and John Webb

Pleasant View Center was honored for its support of the National Guard and Army Reserve earlier this month.
Pleasant View Center’s director of nursing, Sharon Wareing, has been part of the Reserve for seven years. She nominated Administrator Mark Latham and Pleasant View Center as an employer that goes above and beyond in support of the Guard and Reserve.

Lilac photo contest winner gets to ride the Turkish Twist

Ever heard of the Governor’s Lilac and Wildflower Commission? Well, neither had we until we read that Concord’s own Arielle Berger won fourth place in a photo contest put on the by the commission. Contestants submit photos of the state’s official flower taken during the current season for a chance to win prizes like hotel lodging, gift certificates and, naturally, lilac bushes. For her prize-winning entry, Berger took home five tickets to Canobie Lake Park. Grow some pretty flowers, get a week’s worth of rides on the Turkish Twist. Sounds like a fair deal to us.

Everyone’s a winner in this league

The Beaver Meadow Ladies Twilight League recently held a Rally for the Cure golf outing. This year marks the second year that the league has hosted the event.
The purpose is to emphasize the importance of early detection in the successful treatment of breast cancer and to support the mission of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.

Froggle Rock

We received this photo from Penacook resident Alice Colby.
On the back was the date Aug., 22, 1991. Alice attached a sticky note that read, “These prices are gone forever and so is my friend (Ginny Alexander). I’m in the booth (Alice Colby). Can you hear me now?”
Alice, we’re pretty sure she can.
Now, about the frog. It’s a painted rock, right? What visionary crafted such a fine amphibious specimen? And how funny would it be to put the frog rock in a stream or river? Okay, maybe that’s more on the creepy side. But still.

Blast from the past at the Audi this weekend

Picture: Show choreographer Hector Emond of Allenstown will sing and dance his way through “Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning.”

Leaf peeping pays off

In an attempt to rope in out-of-state tourists, the New Hampshire Historical Society is offering free admission to the society's Museum of New Hampshire History for all those who visit the White Mountains this fall. All you need is a receipt from any area hotel, attraction, restaurant, gift shop or gas station.

What to do when being chased by wild animals

Remember the photo of the two bears from last week? That was from photographer Dirk van der Merwe, whose work is on display at N.H. Audubon's McLane Center, 3 Silk Farm Road.
We wanted to find out more about the man behind the camera, so we sent him some deep questions to ponder.

Do you have a favorite place to visit? Ihaha on the Chobe River in Botswana, Ibo Island in Mozambique, the Kuiseb River in the Namib Desert. (It might be time to brush up on our world geography. Was that answer in English?)

Smarty-pants dogs graduate with honors

The New Hampshire Department of Corrections recently held a graduation ceremony for two service dogs.
The dogs were trained by inmates at the New Hampshire State Prison as part of a partnership with Pathways to Hope of Casco, Maine.
A third dog participated in the 18-month program, but did not complete training. It was given an honorable discharge and permitted to attend the ceremony. That dog will be placed in a home in the Concord area.
The Insiders gave the graduates and almost-graduate caps to mark the occasion. So yes, the photo was tampered with. But only a little.
Katie Henry

We never forget our interview subjects

Remember Don Eckhardt? A few months ago, we forgot to credit him for a photo of Chance Anderson that we printed in the Insider. We were going to run a correction, but when we discovered that he had a PhD in geophysics and worked for NASA, we decided to interview him instead.
Last week, Don got in touch with us about a statue recently installed at the Elkins Public Library in Canterbury.

Artist dabbles in landscapes, guides tours

N. Rose LaMontagne was educated at the New England School of Art and Design in Boston and at Montserrat School of Visual Arts in Beverly, Mass., with enrichment classes at Massachusetts College of Art. Her oil paintings have been on exhibit throughout New England and Virginia.
Raised in Chicago and Massachusetts, she has lived in southern N.H. since 1976. Rose recently moved to Newmarket, but her PigsFly Studio has been in Exeter since 1994.

The Friendly Kitchen receives $500 donation

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Pool League presents a donation of $500 to The Friendly Kitchen. From left: Terri Jansky, Hope Butterworth and Mike Bourie.