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Black 47's lastest album signals the final bow of the Irish rock band.

It's 'Last Call' for Irish rock band Black 47

It's a self-imposed last call for Black 47, an Irish rock band whose upcoming Londonderry show at the Tupelo Music Hall is part of its final tour dates.

PSU Symphonic Band gets a new start with contemporary wind, band works

The Plymouth State University Symphonic Band visits some “New Beginnings” with a concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at the Silver Center for the Arts on campus.

Sean Chen plays with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra during final rounds of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, in June 2013.

Pianist Sean Chen to lead concert, master class at Philips Exeter Academy

New connections made when 'Dead Man's Cell Phone' rings

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: Frank Capra's tale of George Bailey and his Christmas Eve visit with a guardian angel takes the stage at the Leddy Center's Epping production of “It's a Wonderful Life” this fall.

'It's a Wonderful Life' to be performed at Leddy Center this fall

Oil paintings, mixed-media featured in new exhibit

Jonee Earthquake band's Queen City show marks lineup changes.

Jonee Earthquake band shakes Shaskeen

Travel & Leisure

Chloe Kroner, 11, of Hudson, made a friend in the petting zoo at the Kiwanis PumpkinFest Saturday afternoon.

Not-so-scary fun at Hudson's Kiwanis PumpkinFest

The three-day event is a top fundraiser for Kiwanis college scholarships.

Branches around the Sugar Hill Meeting House are losing their leaves as the foliage season wanes. Although the state's finally tally won't be available immediately, anecdotal reports from businesses, industry groups, and chambers of commerce point to the possibility that 2014 will go down in history, at least recent history, for number of visitors and the amount of money they spent while here.

Foliage season was a big hit for North Country businesses

Although the final numbers are still being tabulated, it appears that the bright yellows, oranges and reds of the just-peaked 2014 foliage season had many businesses in the northern part of New Hampshire seeing green which helped put or kept them in the black.

Team American Chunker, the 2013 World Punkin Chunker Champions, will be on hand at the Gate City Fall Festival Saturday in Nashua.

Nashua preparing for Gate City Fall Festival

The Gate City Fall Festival includes a Halloween parade, costume contest, hay rides and other kid-friendly activities.

The Southern New Hampshire Expo has a big lineup of entertainment including Rhythmic Revolutions, seen here, Square One, The Mad Scientist, West Street Beat, the Dance Company and also a sneak peek at upcoming peformances of “The Nut Cracker” and “Scrooge” on Oct. 18 at the Hampshire Dome.

Entertainment, food and exhibits at Southern New Hampshire Expo in Milford

The Southern New Hampshire Expo will feature local businesses, samples of terrific food, a food court and a variety of entertainment on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hampshire Dome.

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Top New Hampshire News

Manchester firefighters and police investigate a fatal fire at 305-307 Amherst Street on Wednesday afternoon.

Man dies, toddler rescued in Manchester apartment fire

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A small fire — limited to a single room in a small apartment — proved deadly Wednesday afternoon, when smoke caught up to the resident in the other end of the apartment. Firefighters rescued a 22-month-old girl who was alone in the apartment across the hall from the apartment that burned, District Fire Chief Mike Gamache said.

Outdoors

Enchanted forest grows in Concord

The McLane Audubon Center on Silk Farm Road in Concord will host its annual Enchanted Forest from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

With a dog working ahead of them to scare up a pheasant, a trio of hunters work their way through a field off Coolidge Woods Road in New Hampton on Saturday morning. New Hampshire's pheasant hunting season runs from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. This year, 12,260 adult ring-necked pheasants have been released throughout the state's 10 counties.

Despite accidental shooting, officials say mandatory education has made hunting safer

Despite a hunter-related shooting this past weekend, hunting is a safe sport, said a Fish and Game official who credited mandatory hunter education for reducing the number of incidents from a high of 20 per year in the 1970's to the current annual average of three.

Hunters report 33 percent success rate in opening weekend of 2014 moose season

Despite a declining moose population and a commensurate decrease in the number of hunting permits, the start of the 2014 moose season this past weekend saw hunters statewide achieve a 33 percent success rate.


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Dining & Food

A taste of Bermuda just west of Exit 20

Onions at the Tilton Inn: Turn right at Exit 20 for some great food

A good everyday drinking wine revisited

If you were to go by the flagship wine magazines like Wine Spectator, you might think that nobody ever drinks a bottle of wine under $95 and that most people in the world have in their cellars case after case of Bordeaux first growths and a flagship Pinot Noirs.

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Life & Culture

Halloween Howl serves up early treats

This year's Halloween Howl , with early trick-or-treating, is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at downtown businesses.

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NH People

Leading Manchester mental health advocate set to retire

The man who quietly led efforts to treat mental illness in Manchester, including the integration of mentally ill people into the community, will retire in February. Peter Janelle has been president and chief executive of The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester for 15 years.

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