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Happening Saturday: Rural Pride in Claremont (rain date Sunday)

Sage Hutchinson, center, prepares rainbow ribbon pins to give to participants at Rural Pride 2018 while Ariana Menard, left, cuts rainbow ribbons. Both are members of the Gay Straight Transgender Alliance (GSTA) at Stevens High School in Claremont. (Courtesy of TLC Family Resource Center)

“Ever since I was young, this has been a very straight town,” Skylar Ford, 15, said. “Kids and anyone who needs support will know that there is support.”

From noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Claremont’s first-ever Rural Pride 2018 event will take place at the Visitor’s Center Green, 14 North St. The rain date is Sunday. Click here to read more in today’s Out & About column.

Tonight: Chelsea-area residents’ input is needed in the community store discussion

The poster reads, “Setting a direction and taking action: The community store discussion continues @ Chelsea Town Hall, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., May 22. Bring a small dish and your ideas. Input is needed re: type of business/store model; core functions of a store; store site location; funding, financing and resources; organizing a task force.” On Facebook @firstbranchcc; email jenna@vtrural.org.

From the Valley Calendar:

Chelsea community members are invited to work with a resource team of federal, state, business and nonprofit experts to identify next steps and resources to help envision a Chelsea community store. The meeting will be facilitated by the Vermont Council on Rural Development, in partnership with the Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation.


This meeting is a follow up to a community discussion on April 21 during which attendees expressed ideas and vision points on the structure, need and functions a store might serve and how to make sure it aligns with Chelsea’s existing needs and assets.


For more information, contact the Vermont Council on Rural Development at 802-225-6091 or jenna@vtrural.org, or email local representatives at firstbranchcollaborative@gmail.com.


Get all of your municipal road graders, dissolved oxygen monitors and eye-wash stations at the N.H. auction this weekend

A road grader from the city of Laconia is unloaded onto the grounds of state-owned White Farm Facility on Thursday, May 10, 2018 for the upcoming state auction, which will take place on Saturday, May 19.

Via David Brooks at the Concord Monitor:

If the trolley doesn’t grab your attention, maybe the 60 Dodge Chargers will.


Or the pair of medical research devices that look like a cross between chandeliers and a high school chemistry lab.


Or the file cabinets. Lots and lots of file cabinets.


“I guess people are going paperless,” said Jason Wright, manager of the state-owned White Farm facility in Concord, gesturing at the rows of file cabinets that have ended up in a former cow barn that stores surplus government items awaiting auction.


It will all go on sale Saturday at the first of two auctions this year of surplus material at White Farm, on Route 13 in Concord.

Read more here.

‘Stranger Things’ actor David Harbour will be in Hanover this weekend

You can see him in the flesh!

Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center for the Arts will host “An Evening with Stranger Things‘ David Harbour” on Sunday. The event will include a custom reel clip and a live conversation with the actor, who also is a 1997 Dartmouth graduate, according to a news release.

From the release:

On May 13, the Hopkins Center presents an evening with this beloved son of Dartmouth, including a compilation of his work and a conversation about his two-decade journey as an actor—from treading the boards at Dartmouth as a theater major to his work in television and film. He will also share stories about preparing for his starring role in the upcoming reboot of Hellboy, due out in January 2019, and other future projects.

Harbour currently plays the role of Jim Hopper, the chief of police in fictional Hawkins, Ind., on the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. He recently wrapped filming on Hellboy, in which he will play the title character. (He also recently returned from a trip to Antarctica to see penguins.)

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sunday in the Spaulding Auditorium. The community is invited to attend. Tickets are $8 with a Dartmouth ID; otherwise, $15. Click here for more information or to buy tickets.