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Hand carved and painted wooden birds are seen for sale at the Bow Craft Fair at Bow High School on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

During the holiday season, craft fairs offer ‘hidden treasures’

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Six years ago, Deb Dumond made cutting boards for her family for Christmas. Her family loved the gifts so much that when the next holiday season rolled around, Dumond had started selling cutting boards at her first craft fair. In the five years since, she has attended craft fairs across New England with her Forever Boards made from reclaimed materials, …

New book examines Nixon White House through Butterfield’s eyes

Sunday, November 29, 2015

For Bob Woodward, former president Richard Nixon and “the president’s men” who surrounded him are the gift that keeps on giving. His latest book is about Alexander Butterfield, the military officer who parlayed his college friendship with H.R. “Bob” Haldeman at UCLA into a job years later as Haldeman’s deputy in the inner …

Baldacci knows how to keep the pages turning in ‘The Guilty’

Sunday, November 29, 2015

David Baldacci proves you can’t go home again in The Guilty, his latest thriller featuring professional assassin Will Robie. Robie takes a typical assignment and shoots someone using a sniper scope. Unfortunately, he not only eliminates the target, but also a young child standing behind the victim. The tragedy rips Robie apart, and …

Job requirements: Bravery with a touch of insanity

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Smokejumping is insane. There really is no other word for it. The job starts with men and women flying in a tin can of a plane over forest fires strong enough to create their own weather patterns and …

An immigrant’s path to success

Sunday, November 29, 2015

What price should a son pay for his mother’s decisions? In 1989, Maria Elena Peralta, a 29-year-old government worker from the Dominican Republic, flew to New York City with her husband and her 4-year-old son, Dan-el, to seek …

‘Thirteen Ways of Looking’ a hauntingly beautiful collection of short stories

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Each chapter of the title novella in Colum McCann’s hauntingly beautiful new collection of short stories, Thirteen Ways of Looking, begins with a stanza from Wallace Stevens’s poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.” But instead of …

PHOTOS: Loon Center in Moultoboro Open House for the Holidays

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Loon Center in Moultonboro celebrated the holiday season with an open house Saturday. Santa visited children, Magical Mr. Phil made baloon animals and kids had their faces painted. The center is open year-round, but only Thursday through …

Big balloons, heavy security for NYC Thanksgiving parade

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Giant balloons took to the clear, sunny sky over midtown Manhattan on Thursday for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, with spectators lining up along the parade route and a heavy police presence keeping a watchful eye. The …

A rockin’ Christmas: Wizards of Winter to bring show to Cap Center

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! As you’re reading this, you’re probably sitting by the fire relaxing with a slice of pumpkin pie and a glass of egg nog. And if your radio is on, it’s probably playing Christmas music. Maybe even …

One Man’s Media: I’m thankful for the end to ‘The Hunger Games’

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

On this Thanksgiving Day, I’m grateful we’re free from our long national nightmare. With the release of the final Hunger Games movie, no longer are we shackled to the threat of future films based on pre-teen page turners …

Ill waterpark owner fails to find investors, descends tower

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The owner of a Candia water park who chained himself to a slide tower more than two weeks ago to try to prevent the park’s auction has ended his quest because of failing health and the lack of …

A helping hand for the holiday: Thanksgiving food baskets distributed

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Robert Brown and Gerry Breault arrived at the Friends Program office Tuesday all jokes and laughs: teasing the staff and poking fun at themselves. “You guys are double-trouble,” said Jennifer Army, program coordinator at the Friends Program. “They’re …

Review: Pixar’s trippy ‘Good Dinosaur’ stumbles

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

‘The Good Dinosa ur is Pixar’s most trippy and tripped-up film: a wayward tale, uncertain of its steps, about a Gumby-green young dinosaur lost in prehistoric forests that are rendered in lushly sensory detail and populated by bug-eyed …