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Another free movie screening is happening in Hanover tonight: Blockers

In case you missed the free screening of Isle of Dogs on Tuesday (or even if you went!) there is another free advance screening of a movie at Loew Auditorium this evening.

This time, it’s Blockers, which is described on the Hopkins Center for the Arts event page as …

Like a female-driven Superbad, this long-overdue feminist twist on the teen sex comedy follows three girls out to lose their virginity on prom night—and the parents (Leslie Mann, John Cena) who are desperate to stop them. Following in the footsteps of hard R comedies like Trainwreck and Girls Trip, this hilarious fresh take on young female sexuality introduces us to cool, whip-smart and utterly relatable heroines navigating their overprotective (and seemingly regressive) parents.

And here’s the trailer:


Sunapee woman secures international martial arts victory

Instructor Brent Baker watches Amelia Gallup, of Sunapee, N.H., practice at Rising Sun Martial Arts in Newport, N.H., on March 28, 2018. Baker has been coaching Gallup since she was six-years-old. (Valley News – Carly Geraci) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

How awesome is this?

Amelia Gallup went to the United States Association of Martial Arts Grand Internationals tournament in Albuquerque, N.M., earlier this month and returned a champion.

The Sunapee resident and Keene State College graduate is the first woman in 20 years to win the tournament’s grand championship in empty hands forms, a discipline that emphasizes etiquette and fluidity of motion. (She also was the highest scorer among all age groups and both genders.) She defeated fighter Callen Kittell to take the title.

Valley News reporter Jared Pendak has the full story, which you can read here.

‘The Godfather’ author’s papers, typewriter gifted to Dartmouth College — and the collection’s on display starting next week

Mario Puzo at work in his office on the Paramount Lot, 1969. (Photo by Bob Peterson. Courtesy of Dartmouth Library.)

I’m gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse: You can go see a collection of The Godfather author Mario Puzo’s draft manuscripts, correspondence and other records — including a typewriter that he probably wrote The Godfather on — at Dartmouth from April 5 to June 30.

Via Julie Bonette, a Dartmouth College media relations officer:

A selection of The Godfather author Mario Puzo’s papers that were recently gifted to Dartmouth College will be on display from April 5 to June 30 in the Berry Main Street lobby of Baker-Berry Library. Diana and Bruce Rauner ’78 donated the papers to Dartmouth Library, where they will be permanently housed after the exhibit.


The collection is comprised of about 50 Bankers Boxes and includes draft manuscripts, correspondence and other records from Puzo’s long career as a novelist and screenwriter—even the 1965 Olympia typewriter on which he likely wrote The Godfather. The protagonist of the book is portrayed as a Dartmouth graduate, and both Hanover and Dartmouth appear in many of Puzo’s writings; Puzo spent summers in New Hampshire as a child. More information can be found in the following Dartmouth News article.

Op-Ed: Canadian newsprint is not the enemy — tariffs are

Image courtesy News Media Alliance.

The following op-ed (which stands for “opposite the editorial page,” y’all!) is written by David Chavern, president & CEO of the News Media Alliance.

Every day at the News Media Alliance headquarters, a stack of newspapers arrives for myself and the staff. But with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission currently considering tariffs on Canadian newsprint, those days of screen-free reading could be coming to an end.

The fact that newsprint is being threatened is the work of one newsprint mill in the Pacific Northwest, NORPAC. In August 2017, NORPAC petitioned the United States Department of Commerce to begin applying tariffs to newsprint imported from Canada, claiming the imported paper was harming the U.S. newsprint industry. But NORPAC is not acting in the best interests of newsprint consumers or the U.S. paper industry at large — they are acting in their own interest and no one else’s.

The buying and selling of newsprint has always been regional without regard for the border. Consumers of newsprint — from newspaper and book publishers to telephone directory manufacturers — tend to buy newsprint in their region, close to their printing operations. The printers who typically utilize Canadian newsprint are those in the northeast and Midwest, where there are currently no U.S. mills operating.

But those regions are not newsprint deserts because of unfair trade by Canadian paper mills. Rather, newsprint mills shut down or converted to producing other, more profitable paper products when the demand for newsprint fell, something that has been happening steadily for decades. Since 2000, the demand for newsprint in North America has dropped by 75 percent.

But affordable Canadian paper has helped keep the printed news alive and flourishing well into the 21st century. With new tariffs, many smaller newspapers will feel their belts tightening. The combination of preliminary countervailing and antidumping duties increases the cost of imported newsprint by as much as 32 percent, and a number of newspapers have already experienced price increases and a disruption in supply. If the International Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce make these tariffs permanent in the coming months, it could lead some small local publishers to cut their print product entirely — or even shut their doors.

Some, like NORPAC, may argue that by imposing duties on Canadian imports we’re saving American jobs and boosting our own economy, but while that may sometimes be true for other industries, the opposite is true of newsprint.

What we’re seeing with the newsprint tariffs is not a government acting to try to better the economy for its citizens. Instead, it is “political arbitrage” by one private investment group — where they are effectively looking to use the U.S. government to tax local and community newspapers across the United States in order to bolster their own bottom line.

When considering whether to take NORPAC’s claims seriously, the Department of Commerce excluded input from U.S. newsprint mills owned by Canadian companies — specifically Resolute Forest Products and White Birch. Excluding manufacturers who, during the period of investigation, had three functioning newsprint mills in the U.S. because they have sister mills in Canada shows an unwillingness to understand the borderless newsprint industry and the restructuring that has taken place in recent decades.

If the tariffs on Canadian newsprint are allowed to stand, we’re not only risking a centuries-old relationship with our neighbors to the north, but we’re putting our own U.S. news industry in jeopardy. While the big national and regional papers may have less trouble finding the funds to keep their print editions coming, we could see small publishers lose footing, and those tiny local papers are some of the most vital members of our news community. Under the right conditions, those papers can find a way to maintain their footing, but if the newsprint industry can’t support them, those communities will become news deserts, and that’s a future none of us want.

We may not be able to save the entire industry by keeping tariffs off our paper, but we can keep it thriving while we re-position ourselves for the years to come. Having affordable newsprint will help us do that.

N.H. Fish and Game: Remove bobhouses from ice by this Sunday

Ice fishermen take advantage of the warm, sunny conditions on Lake Fairlee in West Fairlee, Vt., Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. The Upper Valley Fish and Game Club’s 35th Annual Ice Fishing Derby will take place from midnight to 3 p.m. on Feb. 11. Vermont Fish and Wildlife recommends at least four inches of clear, black ice for safe foot traffic and asks fishermen to keep off ice that has melted away from shorelines. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

It’s been a while since the ice has looked like the scene above, shot in January by Valley News photographer James M. Patterson. Check out a release from N.H. Fish and Game below:

Remove Bobhouses from Ice by April 1

CONCORD, N.H. — Attention ice anglers: According to state law, all bobhouses (also known as ice shanties), must be removed from the ice no later than the end of the day on April 1.  Please remember to use all precautions to ensure your safety when taking bobhouses off lakes and ponds.


Once bobhouses are removed to the shoreline, take care to move the structure to your own property.  Do not leave bobhouses on public or private property without permission – that is also a violation of state law.


“The law is designed to ensure that bobhouses and their contents do not fall through the ice and become a hazard to boaters, or get left behind on shore,” says Lt. Heidi Murphy of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Law Enforcement Division.


Failure to remove a bobhouse from public waters, public property or private property by the deadline can result in a fine and a one-year loss of the owner’s fishing license.  In cases where Conservation Officers cannot identify the bobhouse owner, Fish and Game has the authority to seize any bobhouse not removed by the deadline, along with its contents.


One final note, if you’re tired of that bobhouse and are planning to upgrade, you are not allowed to make a bonfire out of it.  Burning a bobhouse on the ice is illegal and will result in a fine and one year loss of your fishing license.


For more information, contact your local Conservation Officer or Fish and Game’s Law Enforcement Division in Concord at (603) 271-3127.