Gift wrap

Dec 22, 2009
12:00 AM

Holiday store hours

In the days leading up to Christmas and the subsequent family gatherings, it’s inevitable that you’ll need to run out to the store at some point, whether it’s because you forgot the cranberry sauce or that coworker you hardly know got you a gift and now you need to reciprocate, fast. Lucky for you, we’ve got a list of holiday hours for grocery stores, drugstores, big box stores and even where you get your…

Dec 22, 2009
12:00 AM

School vacation activities

Keep the kiddos busy with these camps and activities happening over the next two weeks! N.H. Audubon Celebrate the end of 2009 by joining us for Winter Solstice Camp! We’ll keep your child active with educational games, outdoor adventures, live animals, crafts and stories. We’ll explore the winter world, find out who is still out and about, look for evidence of animal activity and share good times. Join in the…

Dec 22, 2009
12:00 AM
Nature 101

Apples on an oak tree

Have you ever seen the golf-ball-sized, apple-like objects growing on oak trees? They are caused by a tiny wasp that enlists the help of the mighty oak tree to shelter and care for its offspring. The female wasp, which is wingless, crawls up the trunk of the tree in the spring and goes out on a limb to implant an egg in a tender oak leaf bud. The result is an oak apple gall. Inside the…

Dec 22, 2009
12:00 AM
The food snob

The eggnog challenge

With the holidays come special food and drink that you only see this time of year. One of my favorites is eggnog. Why do I love eggnog so much? Is it the creaminess? Perhaps the piles of sugar per glass? Or maybe – just maybe – I love the way it goes so nicely with rum. I don’t know – I just know I like it. Still, I’m glad it’s only available once a year. I don’t think…

Dec 22, 2009
11:38 AM

Christmas in Washington

Debbie Butler and her son, Ben Savard, a senior at Concord High School, scored an invitation to a recent White House Christmas party. Other Concord attendees included Jim Demers and Ned and Sally Helms. Ben took photos for his photojournalism class and, at the behest of his mom, shared them with us. Thanks, Debbie and Ben! Click on a photo to read the caption.

Dec 22, 2009
12:00 AM
The Recyclinator

Real green tree

'Twas almost the night before Christmas, and that green sign of the season in your living room is looking a little droopy. You added the packet of tree food, you mixed sugar into the water, but it's shedding more than Fido and Fluffy combined. You've said it before, but this time you really mean it: The day after Christmas, you're making a beeline for the nearest sale on artificial trees. Well, before you swear…