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This Vermont Gubernatorial Candidate’s Platform Includes a TV Show to Decide Fate of Prisoners

OK, if you love Maury and Jerry Springer…make way for Cris Ericson, an Independent candidate running for governor of…


Meet Live Bats With Hands-On Bat Activities at NH’s First Ever Bat Festival…Oh My God Bats!

This Saturday, October 20th is the date for the 1st New Hampshire Bat Festival being held at Franklin Pierce…

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State House in Concord Has Historical Inaccuracy on Display That’s Almost Unforgivable

If you haven’t been to the State House in Concord, you’re missing a historical treat. It is the oldest…


Did You Know the Man Who Invented Tupperware Was Born in This NH Town?

On October 5, 1983, Earl Silas Tupper died at the age of 76 on an island that he had purchased off of Costa Rica. You’re probably saying, "Earl who?" Earl Tupper, as in Tupperware While working at the Dupont chemical company, he discovered how to mold polyethylene slag into lightweight, non-breakable containers, cups, bowls and plates. He founded the Tupperware Plastics Company in 1938 and within a few years he introduced his products to hardware and department stores. But, after a very advanced marketing program, he withdrew all of his products from the stores in the early 1950’s and made them available only through home Tupperware parties. The concept worked well enough that he sold Tupperware Company to Rexall in 1958 for $9 million dollars. Then to avoid taxes, he renounced his US citizenship and moved to Costa Rica. Some of Tupper’s legacy lives on at his alma mater, Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. In 1969, he donated 428 acres to the school, which became the home of their new campus in 1971. Did I forget to mention that he was born in Berlin, New Hampshire? Tupper’s family moved to a farm in Massachusetts when Earl was three. According to an article in the NY Times at the time of his death, "as a boy he found he could make more money buying and selling other people's vegetables than by raising his own." Apparently, his grasp of sales started at an early age. So, when you put your lunch or left-overs in those plastic food containers, just remember that it all started with a man born in New Hampshire.


Wisconsin Company Can Turn Our Cold Dead Squirrels Into Cold Hard Cash

By now, you’ve either heard about or experienced first-hand, the squirrel explosion of 2018 on New Hampshire roadways. How ironic that Mepps of Antigo, Wisconsin is currently promoting their Mepps Squirrel Tail Recycling Program. The message is intended for squirrel hunters around the country, but given circumstances around the Granite State, it may give some cause for pause. The tails are used for the hand-tied, dressed hooks of their world-famous, fish-catching lures. They've been recycling squirrel tails for over half-a-century. Mepps buys fox, black, grey and red squirrel tails and will pay up to 26 cents each for tails, depending on quality and quantity. Plus, the cash value is doubled if the tails are traded for Mepps lures. Just how the hooks on Mepps spinners have come to be dressed with squirrel tails is another Todd Sheldon-Wolf River story. Back in the early 1960's, Todd had experienced a particularly good day trout fishing the Wolf with Mepps spinners. On the way back to his car, he met a young boy who also had limited out fishing with Mepps lures. But, all of the boy's trout were larger than Todd's. This is not something easily accepted by any fisherman. Todd noticed the Mepps spinner attached to the boy's line had a small tuft of squirrel tail attached to the hook. When he returned to the plant, Todd began experimenting with dressed hooks. Bear hair was tried as well as fox, coyote, badger, skunk, deer, even Angus cow. But no other tail provided the pulsating action in the water created by squirrel tail or buck tail. So, in theory, you’re driving by 26 cents every time you see a squirrel on the road. It may not be a big enough draw to actually stop, but at least you know that you’re not “nuts” for thinking about it!