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Boscawen, N.H., teen wows judges with tap routine on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

He danced — er, tapped — right into their hearts.

Eighteen-year-old Eddie Hoyt’s audition for Season 15 of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance aired on Monday night, and the Boscawen, N.H., resident talked with the Concord Monitor this week about the experience.

Hoyt was the last performers to audition, according to the Monitor, and it seemed he saved the best for last. He stunned judges Nigel Lythgoe, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary Murphy and Stephen “tWitch” Boss with his mesmerizing tap routine. He earned a standing ovation from Lythgoe, and then engaged in a little dance battle with tWitch, a popular hip-hop dancer.

“I’m feeling many emotions, really. I’m excited, thrilled, and a little stressed,” Hoyt said in an interview on the show. “It’s definitely the biggest performance I’ve ever done. In New Hampshire, we don’t really have opportunities like this.”

Hoyt will be moving on to the next round of the show. Congrats, Hoyt!

Watch his performance above.

Find a tick? These folks want to know

(CM/Courtesy photograph — BeBop Labs)

New Hampshire researchers are asking residents who find ticks on them to save the tick and submit it ~for science~.

A newly launched project aims to analyze diseases each tick is carrying and use that data to create information that is specific, down to the time and date, about the risk of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. It actually sounds pretty cool, minus the gross ticks.

According to the Concord Monitor, BeBop Labs, run by Plymouth State University biology lecturer Dr. Kaitlyn Morse, is seeking to track ticks by using crowdsourced data. That’s where you come in, friends. Morse asks that if you find a tick — on yourself or otherwise — you mail the tick to her.


Put your tick in a zip-close bag and send it to:

Dr. Kaitlyn Morse
Tick Collection
P.O. Box 183
Ashland, NH 03217

Be sure to include the date, the street address or coordinates where you found the tick, and specifics about how you found it (like on your dog’s leg).

RELATED: Lyme Disease Symptoms Linger

Hooray for this snowy owl who was just released back into the wild

Here’s a feel-good story.

WMUR-TV reports that Hampton, a snowy owl, was released back into the wild this week after spending months recuperating and rehabilitating. Hampton was found injured on the side of Route 101 early last month. Hampton had lead poisoning, a hairline fracture in her wing and trauma to her head and thoracic spine, according to WMUR.

A crowd of people turned out to give her a proper send-off and to celebrate her release.

Fly, Hampton, fly!

R.I.P. to the Wolfman, who was beloved by many a Clark’s Trading Post visitor

Bill Farrand, who played the role of the infamous Wolfman at Clark’s Trading Post in Lincoln, died this week, according to the Clark family. He became known throughout New England for his portrayal of the Wolfman, a recluse who chases the train at Clark’s Trading Post, trying to scare tourists away from his land.

“We loved all the Wolfmen,” Maureen Clark noted, “but he was our favorite. He was outstanding. He was Wolfman 24/7, 365 days a year.”