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Nearly 30,000 people participated in the Winter Holiday Stroll in 2013, and organizers are hoping for an even larger crowd for Saturday’s festivities in downtown Nashua.

Ready for a holiday stroll in downtown Nashua

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NASHUA — This weekend, the downtown area will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with ice carvings, a visit from Santa Claus and an estimated 30,000 visitors.

Hundred Nights Shelter is holding its first annual Holiday Auction this Dec.

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The new event combined with a spring masquerade ball and continued funding from the Monadnock United Way and the city of Keene should keep the cold weather shelter on solid footing financially, said Hundred Night executive director Mindy Cambiar on Wednesday.

Hoping to make the holiday season brighter for the area's needy, the Town of Derry has set up a

Derry places 'Giving Tree' in Municipal Center

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DERRY — Hoping to make the holiday season brighter for the area's needy, the Town of Derry has set up a "Giving Tree" in the lobby of the Municipal Center.

Gardening

Some gardeners won't be welcome at Salem community farm

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Overseeing Salem's community gardens at Hawkins Farm has come with its share of challenges over the past several years.

NH People

Though her naval career began relatively late, U.S. Naval Petty Officer 2nd Class Kathryn Teague, a 2006 graduate of Londonderry High School, said she's adapted well to life at sea.

Former Londonderry student sails into Navy career aboard the USS Lincoln

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Formerly an education major, Naval Petty Officer 2nd Class Kathryn Teague left Keene State College after a year due to financial reasons, working a variety of jobs before discovering her Navy niche.

Aubrey Armstrong-Trembley, 6, and dressed as a Pilgrim, is served corn by a volunteering parent during the annual first grade Thanksgiving feast Tuesday.

0 First graders enjoy early Thanksgiving feast

0 Farm movement founders honored at community agricultural day ceremony

Avenues

Shopping

Customers wait in line to purchase tablets at the Best Buy store at the Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester on Thursday night.

Camping out didn't pay for shoppers

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Many began lining up at the Best Buy store at the Mall of New Hampshire on Wednesday, hoping to get a cheap large-screen television or a low price on a tablet or camera. But they were only marginally...

A holiday window display is seen at the Bregdorf Goodman Fifth Avenue store in New York on Monday.

0 Black Friday specials expected to lure 140 million shoppers

0 SBA encourages consumers to shop local this holiday season

Granite State Legends

Ocean Born Mary - Londonderry

Legend has it that "Ocean Born Mary" was born at sea on July 28, 1720, to James and Elizabeth Wilson.

Chief Chocorua - Albany

Chocorua's legend states that the proud Indian Chief refused to flee from conflict with the white man.

America's Stonehenge - Salem

The ruins of "America's Stonehenge," a 4,000-year-old man-made structure, is comprised of rock walls, chambers and monoliths that create an accurate astronomical calendar.

Willey Family Tragedy - Crawford Notch

The Willey family was killed by a landslide on August 28, 1826, after one of the most violent rain storms to hit the region.

Ruth Colbath's Love - Carroll County

Ruth Colbath's husband left the family farm one day in 1891, never to return during his wife's lifetime.

The Bear that Heard Sarah - Warren

In 1783, Sarah Witcher was lost in the woods near Warren, NH. Legend has it that the little girl was protected by a bear until she was rescued a few days later.

Smuttynose Murders - Isles of Shoals

In 1873, a double murder took place at Smuttynose, the largest of the Islands of the Isles of Shoals.

Legend of Lake Winnipesaukee - Lakes Region

Many moons ago on the northern shore of this beautiful lake there lived a great chief, Wonaton, renowned for his great courage in war, and for the beauty of his fair daughter, Mineola. She had many...

Owaissa, Owaissa - Hampton

An old Indian legend of Hampton Beach tells of the gentle Owaissa (Bluebird) and her cruel father Kenu. Owaissa had become very friendly with the white settlers and especially their children in a...

Passaconaway the Indian Chief - Merrimack

Passaconaway was chief of a Pennacook Tribe who was born somewhere between 1550 and 1570. Legend has it that he could make water burn, turn dried leaves green and make dead snake skin turn into...

New Hampshire's Doctor Granny - Jefferson

"Granny" Stalbird, also known as Deborah Vicker, was only the second woman to settle in the town of Jefferson.

The Witch of Hampton - Hampton

Eunice "Goody" Cole was New Hampshire's only convicted witch. She was tried and convicted in 1656 during the frenzy of the witch trials.

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