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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.”

Is Ikea coming to New Hampshire? An investigation

The New Hampshire Union Leader on Thursday published a piece hinting that mecca for poor college kids furniture giant Ikea *might* be looking to build a new store in Salem, N.H. See for yourself:

My co-worker Tim Camerato alerted me to this news, and I was fairly excited. I’m not a huge Ikea patron, but I’d probably be more inclined to shop there if it were much closer to where I grew up, instead of having to haul to Stoughton, Mass. Plus, I do enjoy walking through the store. (On a scale of 1 to freaking pumped, you could say I was a ‘Michael’s is coming to the Upper Valley!!!’ Tim, meanwhile, was less enthused.)

Now, no one — not the developer nor the company itself — has yet confirmed or denied that Ikea is coming to Salem, but judging by the proposed site plans, it sure looks like it is. Here, we explore the reasons why it’s likely Ikea is bound for the Granite State.

Exhibit A: It’s a massive building.

  • Target isn’t that big, y’all. (And Salem already has one anyway.)
  • The proposed store is going to be yuge. Like, 350,000 square feet yuge. Judging by the sheer size of the building, there’s only one retailer that makes sense.

Exhibit B: The colors.

  • Everyone knows that if it’s blue, yellow and ridiculously large, it’s an Ikea. Unless it’s going to be the world’s biggest Best Buy store (and Salem also has one of those, btw), it’s going to be an Ikea. Next.

Exhibit C: The initial sign proposal also was gigantic.

  • According to the article, a “proposal to build a sign 108 feet tall with a total of 1,800 square feet for the proposed store has been withdrawn.” What kind of store needs a sign that large? An Ikea, that’s what.

Exhibit D: Everyone agrees it’s going to be an Ikea. 

  • This one pretty much explains itself. From the Union Leader piece:

    People taking a break at the northbound Hooksett rest area along Interstate 93 Wednesday were asked to eyeball the store’s proposed look filed with Salem last month.

    “It’s pretty similar to that” IKEA store in Stoughton, Mass., said Bow resident Steve Roy, who grew up in Salem.

    “IKEA!” said Littleton resident Meggen Wright.

  • Meggen knows what’s up.

It’s toooootally an IKEA, you guys.

Vermonters apparently will NOT be cheering for the Patriots in Super Bowl 51

New England Patriots fans cheer as the players walk off the field after the AFC championship NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 24-20. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

New England Patriots fans cheer as the players walk off the field after the AFC championship NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 24-20. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The man pictured above is clearly not a Vermonter.

I agree with this guy 👇. What the heck, Vermont? (Also, yaaas North Dakota, you go, North Dakota.)

‘Money’ just named the best places to live in every state, and the Upper Valley didn’t rank


Womp womp.

On Friday, Money magazine unveiled its 2017 list of Best Places to Live. Unfortunately, nowhere in the Upper Valley was picked. (Doesn’t mean it’s not great, though!)

The New Hampshire winner was Nashua which, as someone who grew up in Southern New Hampshire, I dispute, but whatever. In Vermont, meanwhile, Colchester took the top spot.

You can check out the full list of locations here.

What do you think of the picks? Let us know in the comments!