Forum, May 14: I Detect Collusion

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Thanks to the Utility Workers

Our power went out at 9:30 on a recent Friday night and “miraculously” came back on at 4:30 a.m.

​But it was not miraculous, was it? It was all thanks to the utility workers who got out of bed to cut branches and fix powerlines in the wind and rain.

​I just want them to know that we noticed and appreciate all their hard work — as well as all that they do for us everyday.

​Karen Hoffmeister


Help Advocate for N.H. Kids

Kids don’t vote or give political money, so often they are not prioritized in Washington, D.C., or in our state capital when issues that impact children are debated. Kids rely on advocates to be their voice and to hold lawmakers accountable for investing in early-childhood programs.

With Save the Children Action Network, I’ve been using my voice for kids for nearly two years, and together with my fellow advocates, we’ve accomplished a lot. We succeeded in helping to pass increased funding for full-day kindergarten across the Granite State, and we protected Head Start funding from proposed budget cuts at the federal level. We’ve hosted numerous educational events around the state, and I’m thrilled that we’re now bringing our advocacy training to Claremont.

Please join me at a free Advocate for Kids Training from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 19, at TLC Family Resource Center on Pleasant Street in Claremont. I hope to see activists from my community who believe in our mission to expand access to early-education opportunities come out to join our team. We can truly make a difference for kids in Claremont, Newport, Lebanon and across New Hampshire if we work together to elect champions for kids to public office and hold them accountable.

Matt Mooshian


Don’t Miss Shaker Bridge’s Latest

You have only a few more opportunities to take in the latest production at Shaker Bridge, Sunset. Please don’t miss your chance.

Mike Backman’s words and Bill Coons’ direction of a stellar cast have all come together to bring audiences a gripping performance. I don’t know when I have felt so keenly the emotions of the characters on the stage. At times I laughed out loud; other times I quietly cried. It’s a story worth telling, and I’m glad I was there to see it for myself. Thank you, all.

Janet Miller Haines

New London

Book Sale Continues Its Success

The 56th annual Five Colleges Book Sale has again succeeded in bringing delight and good deals to book-lovers throughout New England, New York and Canada. To the hundreds of people who donated high-quality books and media, the dealers and patrons who shopped at the sale, and the many volunteers who sorted, packed, hauled and priced more than 40,000 books for the sale, we say thank you!

Special thanks to our many public and business partners who helped the sale run smoothly. Our gratitude extends to the Hanover and Lebanon Co-ops, and the Lebanon, Kilton and Howe Libraries, which served as book collection sites. The book sale is truly a collaborative community event.

This year we experienced record sales and the highest percentage of books sold to date. The net proceeds from the sale benefit New Hampshire and Vermont students attending Mt. Holyoke, Simmons, Smith, Vassar and Wellesley colleges.

We are encouraged by both the support of new volunteers and the widespread community response as we continue this thriving Upper Valley institution. This support affirms the value of the book sale to the Upper Valley.

For complete information about all things regarding the Five Colleges Book Sale, please visit our website, www.five-collegesbooksale.org.

We look forward to seeing you in 2019!

Sarah Biggs and Cindy Heath, 2018 Co-Chairs

Five Colleges Book Sale


I Detect Collusion

Donald Trump says that Robert Mueller has revealed no evidence of collusion. Really?

How about the June 2016 meeting attended by Trump’s son, son-in-law and Paul Manafort? That was the meeting arranged with a Russian lawyer who promised to bring “dirt” on Hilary Clinton.

Theoretically the meeting was all about adoptions. Anyone believe that?

Harland Hoisington