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This Week in N.H. News: How to Enjoy a Fall Weekend (Mostly) Free From Political Spin

Sick of the campaign coverage? We have three words for you: Ten. More. Days. (Not that anyone's counting.) In the meantime, we've rounded up some headlines and other stuff you might've missed this week, some (though not all) entirely free from politics, to get you through the next few days. Enjoy!

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How To Escape the Campaign News This Weekend

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  Take one last trudge through the fallen leaves before the snow, which will be here before we know it, arrives. (Something Wild

Get your uke on. (NHPR

Go foraging for life-sized flipbooks in the forests of Strafford. (Mental Floss

Tour the newly renovated Baker Bell Tower or take in some other Homecoming festivities at Dartmouth. (The Dartmouth

Show off your dog, cat or otherwise furriest friend's best ensemble at the Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Party in Conway. (Conway Daily Sun

Get a dose of history with your Halloween festivities at Manchester’s Millyard Museum. (Hippo

Or, just get to know the ABC’s (literally) of the Amoskeag millyard. (Manchester Ink Link

Party with pirates and other seafaring characters at Ghosts on the Banke in Portsmouth. (The Sound

Also Worth A Click

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  • “I’m from Boston and Boston is in New England, which means that New Hampshire is just like my kid brother.” In case you missed it, one of New England’s most famous native sons wants to remind you to register to vote. (Boston Magazine

  • Ever wonder what happens to all of the leftover gourds after a pumpkin festival winds down? In Laconia, at least, they’re turned into “fine dining” for pigs, chickens and other livestock at a local farm. (Concord Monitor

  • Not your average shop class assignment: Across the state, teens are teaming up to tinker on tiny houses. (Nashua Telegraph

  • Did you know New Hampshire has its own moose biologist? Get to know the woman who’s been keeping an eye on the state’s flock for more than three decades. (NHPR,

  • “Snap away JT!” — The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire, encouraging one international pop star to stand strong after he came under fire for snapping a ballot selfie. (ACLU NH

  • Speaking of Justin Timberlake: He and Jimmy Fallon took a (fictional) trip to “Camp Winnipesaukee” on the Tonight Show earlier this week. (NH1 News

And Now, The Political Stuff

Growing Up Sununu...

It’s been three decades since the patriarch of the Sununu family held elected office in New Hampshire, but the Sununu name is still arguably the most prominent brand in Granite State Republican politics. Carrying the name brings both benefits and baggage to Chris Sununu in his run for New Hampshire Governor. Get the story.

More Trouble for Guinta...

Down in the polls, low on cash and deeply unpopular, Rep. Frank Guinta could use all the help he can get defending his 1st District Congressional seat. But, adding insult to injury, the Republican National Congressional Committee has pulled more than $700,000 in broadcast TV ads that were scheduled for the last two weeks of the campaign. Brian Wallstin has the story.

Despite this latest setback, Guinta is still making his case for votes. You can hear him do just that in this hour-long conversation on The Exchange, and in this quick elevator pitch

Guinta's opponent, Democrat and former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, also sat down with the Exchange this week. You can listen to that conversation right here.

An Alternative Candidate in CD1...

In addition to the two familiar foes on the ballot in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District, there’s an alternative choice for voters this time around. Shawn O’Connor is a former Democrat who is now running as an independent against Frank Guinta and Carol Shea-Porter, who are running each other for the fourth consecutive time.

O’Connor joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about some of the issues in the race and why he's running. Take a listen.

One New Hampshire City, Two Immigration Stories

Pam Colantuono and Minata Toure have never met. But they have a few things in common.

They both live in Manchester. They’re both moms. And the biggest thing they share — the thing that shapes both their lives and how they see the world — is the classic American immigration story. Natasha Haverty tells it right here

7 Eyebrow-Raising Political Ads

Sometimes political ads go down in history because they strike a nerve in voters, like Lyndon Johnson's 1964 "Daisy", or Ronald Reagan's 1984 "Morning In America." Others are memorable simply because they feel different. Sometimes they're just plain weird. NPR brings us this round-up of 7 standout ads from the 2016 cycle. 

For Your Weekend Listening


You'll definitely want to carve out some time (get it?) for the latest episode from our friends at Outside/In.

Casey McDermott is a senior news editor at New Hampshire Public Radio. Throughout her time as an NHPR reporter and editor, she has worked with colleagues across the newsroom to deepen the station’s accountability coverage, data journalism and audience engagement across platforms.

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