NORTH HAMPTON — With the region entering the “peak week for EEE (Eastern equine encephalitis) activity,” the town has so far avoided any sign of the disease, as well as West Nile virus, according to a mosquito control expert who briefed selectmen Monday night.
If it’s any comfort as summer vacation ends, Winnacunnet High School students and staff this year will get an additional 25 minutes before the morning bell rings at 7:45 a.m. School began at 7:20 a.m. last year.
That was very nice this morning. No more arising at 5:50 to beautify and catch the 6:50 bus. The senior’s boyfriend picked her up at the civilized hour of 7:25.
I had homework last night. Filled out the usual ton of first-day paperwork for the eighth grader.
Fashion, to me.
I have been to the Newington mall more times in the past few weeks than any crowd-avoiding 44-year-old shopaphobic woman should.
First of all, the eighth grader won’t stop growing and caring what she looks like. Harrumph. Unfortunately she can’t drive yet. She’s still 12, for a few more weeks.
Second, I did a story on back-to-school shopping style trends, in print on Friday. That was sort of fun because I approached the mall scene like an anthropologist.
(Skinny jeans are in, for example, despite those well-reported rising rates of obesity and the crap food shoppers shove into their faces in the mall food court.)
Anthropology (not to be confused with Anthropologie) was my first college major and still a habit of mind. I am by nature a curious outsider looking in. This translates pretty well to writing and reporting.
In this culture, among youth in particular, there is a tendency to wear clothing adorned with words.
This may be a testament to the high rates of literacy in North America, or perhaps a manifestation of the desire to express individuality within the boundaries of accepted convention.
Perhaps it is a wish to identify with popular brands or concepts and adopt the prestige and distinction of that colophon, label or trademark.
When I was younger and more sensitive I had such an aversion to malls I invented a special word for the bad feeling I had there – multipliciphobia, the fear of the multiciplicity of things. Too much and too many of every thing.
With the exception of books. You can never have too many of those.
I was influenced by the culture of my family on that one. My father bought lots of new books (and still gives stacks of them as Christmas presents) and never got rid of old books, just deforested the local building supply store and built more bookshelves.
The two more modern novels, not the Cather, kind of dropped off at the end, deliberately mysteriously fill-in-the-blanks-yourself unresolved.
I think this is a current trend among novelists. Nobody writes a good ending anymore. Bye!
The almanac’s reclusive forecaster, Caleb Weatherbee, predicts frigid weather this winter from the Gulf Coast all the way up the East Coast.
But it’ll be especially nippy in the northern plains states — up to 20 degrees below seasonal norms in much of Montana, the Dakotas and part of Wyoming, he writes.
And, he says, it’ll be especially snowy across the nation’s midsection, much of the Pacific Northwest, the mountains of the Southwest and parts of eastern New England.
Farmer’s Almanac including Winter Weather Forecast Map
TURNER – If the Maine woods are haunted by a creature of unknown species, that beast remains out there alive and running wild.
A dead animal found last week in Turner was stripped of its “mystery creature” title after results of DNA tests Friday revealed that the carcass was that of a dog.
But do not despair:
Coleman, the cryptozoologist, does not believe the animal found in Turner is connected to earlier sightings of Maine’s true mystery beast.
In today’s Concord Monitor: Watching your child learn just got easier: Digital portfolios form snapshot of progress
In that, Hopkinton may be ahead of the curve. Last year, using a small group of teachers, it became one of two school districts in the state, the other being North Hampton, to pilot a digital portfolio program run by David Niguidula, founder of Ideas Consulting, and a pioneer of digital portfolio technology.