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Lezlie Webster, director of Scottish Arts, warms up with the New Hampshire Pipes and Drums band at Saturday's Scottish Arts Indoor Festival at Nashua High South.

Big crowd turns out for Scottish Arts Indoor Festival in Nashua

Roughly 100 individual performers and bands turn out to compete in the 14th annual Scottish Arts Indoor Festival at Nashua High South.

The Pepperpass, the world's first cog locomotive, sits on display at the Mount Washington Cog Railway's Marshfield Station.

Cog Railway eyes making, selling locomotives

Coming off two consecutive record-breaking seasons, the Mount Washington Cog Railway this month is poised to begin seeking a third milestone, with its owners hoping to attract 90,000 passengers in 2014 while also basking in the prospect - for the first time in the line's history - of building locomotives for anyone but itself.

Extreme Mount Washington, which will replace the Mount Washington Museum, will open atop the Northeast's biggest mountain in May.

Big doings at the Northeast's biggest mountain, events-wise and weather-wise

It already boasts the most-visited museum and one of the most-popular websites in New Hampshire and soon the Mount Washington Observatory will significantly revamp and improve both to better share the experience of the “world's worst weather” atop the Rock Pile.

Wildcat Trail celebrates 80 years this weekend

Born of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt started the Civilian Conservation Corps as one of the many projects to put Americans back to work and here in the Granite State, trail cutting and state park improvements benefitted.

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ALEX PRESTON

Preston's 'Idol' adventure goes on

New Hampshire's Alex Preston has made it to the final six of this season's "American Idol."

Unknown artist, Songe peoples, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa, ceremonial axe, insignia of rank, wood, iron, and copper. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Claire E. and Dr. Frederick R. Mebel, Class of 1935; 991.48.29012.

Hood Museum of Art wields views of power, strength, artistry and ceremony with exhibition of African objects

An executioner's sword, a ceremonial axe and shields of all shapes and sizes, including one constructed from a hippopotamus hide, collectively conjure both a sense of artistry and the art of war, and craft a picture of painstaking work to create, wield and then protect the priceless pieces of history.

Works by painters Emilie Lee  and Jonathan Sherman are on view at the Edwards Art Gallery at the Holderness School in Plymouth through Sunday,

Painters' works on view in Holderness

MARKING THE PAST: An exhibit that chroncles the New Hampshire Veterans Association's history opens Tuesday, April 22, at a reception at 6 p.m. in the exhibit hall of the Laconia Public Library,

Exhibit chronicles New Hampshire Veteran's Association's history

Apple Hill String Quartet to perform Monadnock Region concert

Marc Lussier, a senior at Londonderry High School, will present his original play, “So I Thought,” in Derry tonight.

'So I Thought' is a smart comedy and a tragedy, and an original play

Project Shakespeare students performing at a celebration of the Bard’s 450th birthday next week include Christopher Commander, center, as Hamlet; from left, center and around, Jennifer Migotsky, Ryan Hoiriis (with hand on chin), Yasmine Seghir, Genna Weidner, Cailin Ennis, Alexa Murray, Patrick Sherlock and Kaitlynn Shea.

Monadnock region thespians to celebrate Bard's birth

Top New Hampshire News

Court to feds: Identify aliens arrested in NH

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A federal appeals court has ruled that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) must release the names of six individuals arrested in New Hampshire during a 2011 federal crackdown on criminal activity involving illegal immigrants.

Outdoors

John Harrigan -- Deer, coyotes, ravens: Emerging signs of spring

There are coyotes all around me, and I've never considered them a problem or a threat, just a fact of life - part of the scene and at times pretty good company.

Officer says video of snowmobilers' moose meeting shows what not to do

A New Hampshire couple's close encounter with a charging moose in Maine, captured on video and posted online, could have quickly turned deadly, a Fish and Game conservation officer said Saturday. Janis and Bob Powell of Belmont on Friday posted a two-minute YouTube video of the scary incident, which happened while they were riding snowmobiles in Jackman, Maine. By early Saturday evening, the video had gotten more than 5,200 views.

Dick Pinney's Guidelines: Heading to fish Lake Ontario with an old friend

We'll be heading to Lake Ontario sometime within a week or so and this is more than just a fishing trip.

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Still a sweet spot in downtown Nashua

Martha's Exchange is still a sweet spot in downtown Nashua.

A Riesling from the South Coast of Mass.

Sampling a Riesling from Westport, Mass.

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Life & Culture

Several years ago, Mike and Kim Botan of Hudson began blogging about their latest adventures on their website, www.Ride2Adv.com, and earlier this month, Mike Botan released his first book,

Motorcycling Hudson couple sees the world with only the vaguest of itineraries

In their mission to make the world a smaller place, a Hudson couple shifted their motorcycle travels into full gear and proceeded to make lots of new friends along the way.

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Alex Preston performs earlier this year at Souhegan High School in Amherst.

‘Idol’ talk in NH as Mont Vernon's Alex Preston in final 6

Alex Preston Philbrick of Mont Vernon is now in the top six on "American Idol," continuing his quest on the hit television show.

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