Aurore Eaton discusses Jordan’s book

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History Lady & author Aurore Eaton


Aurore Eaton, Manchester’s own History Lady and author, went on a local radio station to discuss John Patrick Jordan‘s book, “Saints & Sinners, the Pioneer Irish of Manchester, NH 1835 – 1900“.

Here’s the audio of the show.

Check out Aurore Eaton’s new book, “The Amoskeag Manufacturing Company: A History of Enterprise on the Merrimack River being sold today at the Manchester Millyard Museum.

Love history? Here’s list of books for sale at the Millyard Museum.

Audio captured from the January 22, 2016 segment of the History Lady with Aurore Eaton on the Girard at Large radio show.


Goffstown NH Business listing


Goffstown Business List 2017

To get your Goffstown business listed on the Goffstown, NH facebook, contact: with “Goffstown business” in the subject – please include business contact info including social media pages. Also, feel free to post a one-time introduction about your business on the Goffstown, NH facebook page.

This list will also be cross-published on my Facebook page, Goffstown, NH.

The list will be meta-tagged for web search purposes.

PLEASE NOTE:  This page is not affiliated with the town of Goffstown, NH.

The official town listing can be found at

Please Note: This is a free service.


John Patrick Jordan books on sale at Millyard Museum

mill1Enjoy Manchester history or know someone on your gift list that does? Then stop by the Manchester NH Millyard Museum, located at 200 Bedford Street, Manchester NH.

There you will find John Patrick Jordan’s two books, “Saints & Sinners – The Pioneer Irish of Manchester NH – 1835 to 1900″ SaintsandSinnerscover2and “Check Your Hat – The Vaudeville Years Cover 5 with borderof the Palace Theater, Manchester NH – 1900 to 1955″.

The Millyard Museum also offers an extensive array of other books, unique gifts, and children games from days gone including books by John Clayton, Aurore Eaton, Ed Brouder, Robert Perreault and more.

Click here to see the complete list of books offered for sale at the Millyard Museum.

Millyard Museum is located at 200 Bedford Street, Manchester NH.

…..rooting out the gnats.

Stefanik_facebook_profileI think one of the best by-products in politics are the people you meet along the way and I’ve met some great ones. Unfortunately the counter by-product are the not-so-nice ones you meet such as Manchester resident and Ted Cruz supporter, Steven Stefanik (not to be confused with Amherst NH Rep, Stephen Stepanek). For some reason, Mr. Stefanik felt compelled to throw out baseless accusations and outright lies against Presidential candidate, Rand Paul, the winner of the Republican Liberty Caucus straw poll.



Okay, I get it. Your guy lost, you’re angry over that, but seriously buddy? So, I challenged him to cite sources for his comment. What does he provide? Wikipedia links to definitions of Libertarian views but NOT ONE source to back up his claim against Rand Paul, who is not a Libertarian.


So, I question him on that. Pointing out that supporting gay rights doesn’t make you gay. Supporting medical marijuana and lessening penalties for said, doesn’t make you a pot-smoker and taking steps to protect our country against outside attacks doesn’t make you a warmonger. Irony is, Rand Paul is considered the opposite, but let’s not let the facts get in the way. So, of course, Stefanik goes on the attack. Basically, calls me a permission liberal moron. Classic “losing an argument” response. 

I bring this up is because people like him are the problem with politics today. We have some great candidates out there. Some I agree with, some I don’t, but they’re all good people.

Rand Paul wins RLCNH Straw pollI’ve endorsed Rand Paul. I believe Rand Paul is what this country needs. But, do I bash other people because they support someone else? Of course not. That would be disrespectful, arrogant and grossly unprofessional and honestly, not good reflection on the candidate I do support.

Folks, let’s stop the attacks, the bullying, the vilification of those that may not share our particular view. People like Stefanik are hurting the Republican cause and reflect badly on all we are trying to accomplish. It needs to stop and bullies and haters should be called out, marginalized and made clear they DO NOT represent who we are, which are hard working, grassrooting, volunteering folks doing all they can for their candidate.

Let’s get back to the issues. Let’s get back to promoting the good our candidate will do for America going forward and not allow the gnats on the fringe to compromise our true identity and our plans for America going forward.

Pam Manney
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Train accidents – tragedy and deaths, Manchester NH


The newspapers of yesteryear were full of horrific stories of unfortunate, accidential deaths of folks being killed by trains. These stories did not spare the gory details of dismemberment and ghastly wounds and, often times, didn’t hesitate to cast fault on the victim themselves.



I’ve included a lot of these tragic stories in my first book, Saints & Sinners – The Pioneer Irish of Manchester, NH -1835 to 1900.

Here’s a glimpse of two of those stories – SS152TrainDeaths

Events – Appearances; Cemetery tours; book sales

We don’t have any events scheduled for now, but check back here for new postings. In the meantime, check out Mr. Jordan’s books and links to other pages. Enjoy!

            Books by John Patrick Jordan


“Saints and Sinners The Pioneer Irish of Manchester, NH 1835 to 1900″.

Mr. Jordan’s first book is a wonderful snapshot of the Irish immigrants that came to Manchester, NH 1835 to 1900.

Table of contents include: Immigrants and Their Decendants; Humorous Court Cases Some with Irish Brogue; Amoskeag Mills Accidents and Deaths; Suicides & Attempted Suicides in Amoskeag Canal; Killed and Dismembered by Trains; Scandal’s, Schools and Naughty Women.

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Check your Hat, the Vaudeville Years of the Palace Theater, 1915 – 1955″.

This book contains almost 400 advertisements, newspaper stories and photos of acts and performers that appeared at the Palace Theater during the Vaudeville Years 1915 to 1955. Not only the headliners of the time, but also the numerous local acts that delighted the Palace goers for years. Among them: Faye Gelinas and “Bucky” Searles both three time winners of the Original Amateur Hour; Vincent Ferdinando and his orchestra; “Zaza” Ludwig and his band; Patty Allen, who ran a successful dance studio; Esther Foye Moran, the talented singer; Alberta Sullivan, singer and Mother of Allen Heidenereich, a popular Palace Theater volunteer; Johnny Conlon, the Master of Dialect and numerous others.

A great gift for that special person on your Christmas list or any other occasion for the history-minded person.

Voting information – Goffstown Voting Day is Tuesday, March 10th


Tuesday, March 10th is voting day in Goffstown NH.

Please remember to get out and vote!

Here are some links pertaining to issues, voting locations, sample ballots and more.

Town of Goffstown 2015 Voting information

Vote Yes #5 – facebook page in support of Goffstown Petition Article #5

Write-in Kimberly Peace for Planning Board – facebook page supporting Kimberly Peace for Planning Board.

Letters supporting:

Mark T. Lemay – Selectman incumbent running for reelection                                    1. by Mark T. Lemay

Guy Caron – write in candidate for Budget Committee                                                1. by Pam Manney  2. by David French

Kimberly Peace – write in candidate for Planning board                                                1. by Gail Glines Labrecque

Petition Town Article #5 (zoning)                                                                                    1.  by Jeffrey Tate

Town Article #9 (Transportation Introductory Program)                                           1. by Barbara Carbonneau & friends

Petition Town Article #15 (Town manager)                                                                  1. by Scott Gross


Goffstown 2015 School Deliberative Session

The 2015 Goffstown School Deliberative Session is in the books. I would estimate there were about 36, to not more than 50, residents in attendance. Of that, maybe about 20 were not related to School personal, School Board or Budget Committee. Kind of sad, and a big difference from days gone by when you’d have 100’s in attendance.

For those attending, it was wonderful to touch base with old friends and watch the awards being passed out. A great video by GTV was shown commemorating the award recepiants.  Log onto the link above to watch the video. Presentation of awards starts at 14:15.

The School Board presentation on the School Operating Budget starts at around 27:13. More details can be found on the Goffstown School District website.

Bottom line: Tax impact of the School Operating Budget is $1.51.                               Tax impact of the School district default budget is $1.48.

Elected Officials attending were Senator Lou D’Allesandro and NH House Representatives Pierce, Griffin and Rouillard. Budget Committee members, Dubrulle (chair), Manney, French, Spoerl, Pierce, Mitchell, McCarthy and Lemay. Also Selectman, Adams and Lemay.




Understanding the Goffstown Budget Process

As a reader of my local paper, all I ask of folks writing letters to the editor is to fact check what they’re writing, I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

Well, apparantly, one writer to the paper thinks it is.

They start off by railing against a statement I made during the Budget Committee’s vote on the Town Budget pointing out the fact not one resident attending the Budget Committee’s Public Hearing held on January 14, 2015 stood up to suggest the Budget Committee lower either the School or Town moneyed warrant articles, not one.  As a matter of fact, most rose to ask the Budget Committee (BC) maintain funding for specific programs such as milfoil erradication and the Introductary Transportaion Program. The writer continued on to state what their idea of what the charge of a Budget Committee member is (some may differ in that view ) and ended by name-calling one member in particular (apparently, I’m ignorant), and encouraging folks to attend the next public hearing (there isn’t one), and suggested folks attend the next meeting (which is the School Deliberative Session) in droves (I would like that) to advise me loud and clear how they feel (again, I would love to hear from the public about a range of issue pertaining to my membership on the BC). But, before they do I would list the following points:

First, the meeting set for January 31st is the School Deliberative Session that has one article on it, the School Budget (which was +$48,030 from the default budget) and voted on unanimously by the BC 12-0-0. Motion by Pam Manney to accept, seconded by Guy Caron. Motion passed.

Second, the purpose of the Public Hearing is to accept input from the public. That there is a strict legal process to said public hearings listed in NH RSA’s in particular RSA32:15, 16 & 17. Part of that law is that we post Legal Notices of Public Hearings via the local newspaper. The fact is, we want to hear from you. You, the public, are an important component of the process. We hear and listen to those that attend. It makes a difference and we, the members of the BC, take what you say seriously and use your statements as a basis to reopen the budget for further discussion. The fact that ones chooses not to engage is not our fault and actually hinders our ability to represent you and your wishes. So, attending does matter.

Third, that the Goffstown Budget committee is governed by strict laws found in RSA32, the Municipal Budget Law, which outlines the duties of a municipal budget committee.

Fourth, that all BC meetings are posted, recorded and minutes written. That all meetings held are public and recorded live as well as live-streamed on GTV.

Fifth, that the town of Goffstown has a website which posts notices of meetings and has a calendar that informs the public of important dates and provides information on items of public interest. For example: 2015 Election Information, a webpage that includes a link to the 2015 Town Warrant and other information a voter can go to to acquire information.

In the end, the fact a person doesn’t avail themselves of the opportunities to be informed, included and engaged in forming public policy is not the fault of the governing body and no amount of name-calling and bashing the ones that did engage will change the fact you didn’t.

Update: Not only didn’t people show up in droves to today’s session, they barely showed up at all, in particular, the letter writer, themself.