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GENERALLY, I would be giving readers an overview of all of the local valley Independence Day activities with my annual Fourth of July preview column, but of course, this is not a year like any others, given our fears about the pandemic, and the resultant cancellation of parades, concerts and…

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HAPPY FIRST DAY of summer and Happy Father’s Day Weekend, a scorcher of one at that to you and that guy who taught you how to throw a baseball, the importance of saving for a rainy day and how to try and be on time.

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HAPPY GRADUATION TO all students, this strange COVID-19 season, as we tip our caps (and face masks) to all, but especially to the students of Kennett High who are celebrating their big day today with an unusual chairlift ride on the Skimobile Express quad to the summit of Cranmore, where cer…

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AFTER A SPRING THAT already has been dauntingly challenging due to COVID-19's health concerns and the resultant economic downturns, the past week exploded into furor over the death of 46-year-old African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis while in custody of four white policemen.

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AND SO BEGINS the strangest Memorial Day Weekend in anyone’s memory. Usually a time of family gatherings, cookouts and the unofficial start of summer, this year, it's a mixed bag of face-masked, social-distancing recommendations where we have to resist the natural urge to congregate.

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THERE HAVE BEEN so many angels who have come to the fore during the pandemic here in the valley, many of whom have volunteered to make protective cloth face masks.

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AFTER ALL THE WORLD is going through, the idea of a little snow to usher in Mother’s Day Weekend just seems to add another proverbial slap in the face of us spring-starved Granite Staters. But it gives us an opportunity to draw on those lessons of never giving up that our moms taught us.

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SO, OTHER THAN GETTING BACK to a more normal way of life (whenever and whatever that will be), what is your hope for how people will be changed by this wrenching experience that all the world is going through?

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THE NEW normal continues in this suddenly quiet spring, with COVID-19 thrust into our valley way of life. Sweatpants (for 9 a.m.-6 p.m. work hours) and pajamas (for dinner and relaxation) have become preferred clothing for stay-at-home workers.