Beating winter doldrums
By Amy Kane

Sleepy? Grumpy? Dopey? Hungry? It’s not a visit from cartoon dwarves — it’s the season for seasonal affective disorder.

You may have the urge around this time of year to flop down on the couch with a bag of Cheez Doodles, followed by a long nap — maybe till spring. Like a bear preparing for hibernation, you may be feeling the effects of seasonal light variation.

Halloweens of yesteryear


Hobo fleeing with a pie, Norman Rockwell

Column: Small Pond
Hampton Union, Oct. 31

What happened to Halloween?

Good morning. As you page through the newspaper sipping a cup of coffee and nibbling on a Heath bar you stole from your kid’s candy bag, it is Halloween.

It is Halloween, and yet there is nothing to do. I’m bored with this holiday already. I can put on my pointy black hat at sunset, but no little Hansels and Gretels will come to my candy doorstep tonight.

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Route 1


Susan Morse writes in yesterday’s Sunday Herald: Pressures from growth prompt traffic woes

North Hampton, for the most part, will stay three lanes, Walker said. Eventually, Route 1 from the Route 111 intersection south to Home Depot will likely need to be five lanes, he said.

North Hampton is looking at zoning and land-use regulations to minimize the number of big-box stores coming in, Walker said.

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Sullivan on scarecrows


The Route 1 pumpkin head scarecrows

File under great local columnist: Mike Sullivan, page 2 Herald Sunday.

Today he gives us the story on the scarecrows and the mad Halloween genius who created them in

Boo! A ‘healthy obsession’ with Halloween

Those creations, for those who somehow missed them while driving by the 34 Lafayette Road location, are 12 scarecrows with carved pumpkin heads, dressed to the nines in Halloween glory. Last year was the first year the dandy dozen were on display, and now they’re back for year two.

The bodies of the scarecrows are made of coat hangers, two-by-fours, duct tape, and yes, copies of the Portsmouth Herald. Hah! And you thought the newspaper was only good for Seacoast news and training puppies!

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Slap and itch

Town’s abuzz about aerial spraying
By Amy Kane

NORTH HAMPTON — Mosquito control commissioners in town want to take the battle of the buzz to a higher level next season.

The group will seek a permit from the state to allow helicopter aerial spraying of larvacide in a section of the Little River salt marsh difficult to access on foot.

Aerial larvaciding is used in northeastern Massachusetts, but this would be the first time in years a New Hampshire town has sought to spray this way, said Pat Moreinis Dodge, chairwoman of the town’s mosquito control commission.

The commission held a public meeting Wednesday to review control efforts, discuss the threat of Eastern equine encephalitis, and recommend next steps in the fight against the bite.

Dodge called aerial spraying in one of North Hampton’s two salt marshes “a test case.”