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I think the biggest draw will be the pool. Auciello said the hotel’s existing indoor pool area will be completely renovated for Envy to offer swim lessons for kids and adults and classes like Aqua Zumba. He showed me where he plans to place indoor cabanas around the perimeter.
I can already envision myself lounging by the pool in the middle of January while my kids have swim lessons.
Membership rates have not been finalized, but because he is a veteran, Auciello promises his club will offer discounts to any serviceman or veteran. Any city employee will also receive discounts, he said, and guests of the Comfort Inn will be able to use the facility for free during their stay.
So long, O’Sullivan’s
I was sad to learn through Facebook last week that PJ O’Sullivan’s had closed. Since you can not believe everything you read on the Internet (unless it’s on UnionLeader.com, of course), I stopped by the South Willow Street establishment around noon on Saturday to see if the rumors were true. I found a handwritten note taped to the door that read, “PJ’s is closed....thank you for a great 19 years.”
Summer reading list
So, what are you reading this summer? May I suggest something local? Several local authors have recently released fiction for all interests – romance, zombies, and even giant, carnivorous insects.
Dr. Kurt D. Springs, a Trinity High graduate who now teaches archeology and anthropology at Manchester Community College, has recently published his first book, “Price of Vengeance,” which features the giant bugs I referred to earlier. The description at www.kurtsprings.com, said the story takes place 1,000 years in the future during an interstellar war between the Galactic Alliance and the Rebellion. “Price of Vengeance” sounds perfect for “Star Wars” fans, and is the first in Springs’ Dreamscape Warrior series. You can find links to buy a paperback or e-book edition at the author’s website or you can pick up a copy and meet Springs yourself at his upcoming book signing at Barnes & Noble on South Willow Street, Saturday, July 26, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Tara Marie Bilodeau’s first book imagines what would happen if zombies invaded Manchester one sunny Fourth of July.
The e-book is self-published through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program, and I was able to read the first couple chapters for free online.
20 stories, one night
An evening outdoor marionette show is planned at the Manchester City Library on Thursday. Dan Grady and his Marvelous Marionettes will appear in a fast-paced, stringed puppet production beginning at 6:15 p.m. In the event of rain, the show will be held in the library’s auditorium.
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