This is the passage that a Gilford father went all nuts about at a school board meeting

This is the passage that a Gilford father went all nuts about at a school board meeting

So this is the passage from “Nineteen Minutes” that is getting all this media attention in New Hampshire lately. A man was arrested during the school board meeting on Monday, May 5, after he refused to stop interrupting the meeting and actually said, “what are you going to do, arrest me?”

The passage is sexual in nature yes, but I have heard from a couple of friends that is a very good book and the book has been part of the curriculum for many years, at least that is my understanding. I haven’t heard if the book will continue to be part of the curriculum, but I am curious about any decision to alter curriculum based on all this media attention.

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The Best April of My life (no joke)

It was a rough winter, let’s get that out of the way. I’m a snowboarder, and I was sick of winter. In the heat of local election season I usually try to plan a trip event if it’s for just a day.

I usually try to go somewhere in early April for two reasons. One I want to get out the ‘Shire because I’m sick of looking at the same mountains and the snow is starting to melt and turn into water, mud, and dirty water. It’s not very pleasant.

Well this year, I decided to make the trek down to New York City to go see a taping of Late Night With Seth Meyers. I think Mr. Meyers is great at his job, and him being a New Hampshire Native (Nashua) he is someone to be proud of.

His years on SNL as the head writer and Weekend Update host were great. Getting tickets to his show were rather easy. I actually called the same number that I had in my phone from obtaining tickets to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

Anyone who knows me will remember this screen shot that I posted to Facebook.

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That’s me on the right making a foot of myself as Jimmy awards some ugly sweater to a studio audience member in December of 2012.

Well, back to my rambling. I attended Seth Myers on Wednesday, April 2 and I figured that would be all the traveling I did for the month.

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Well guess what? I ended up getting on the U.S. FIRST Robotics train and I rode that thing all the way to the World Championship in St. Louis.

I have always been interested in robotics, and this year I made the decision to go to the district tournament in beautiful Lewiston, Maine. The team from Prospect Mountain High School competed well at this event and made it to the sem-finals. The team from Kingswood also competed and were awarded a rookie all-star award.

You can read about that adventure by reading the April 10 edition of The Baysider.

Then I went to Boston and covered the New England District Championship. Kingswood and PMHS again did battle. Kingswood was again awarded a Rookie All-Star Award and sealed themselves ticket to the World Championship in St. Louis. PMHS also qualified after several teams backed out.

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It was great to be able to travel for work, and I even managed to catch up with some of my friends in Boston on Thursday night.

You can read about the Boston Championship in the April 17 edition of The Baysider

Prior to the team’s departure to the World Championship they had a great send-off rally at PMHS and United States Senator (Jeanne Shaheen) and a want-to-be Senator (Scott Brown) and want-to-be Governor (Walt Havenstein) attended. It was great to see the students get the kind of send off that is usually reserved for a sports team. You can read about the send-off in the April 24 edition of The Baysider

Then I went to St. Louis, Missouri. That was 2,400 miles in 6 days in a Dodge Ram. And it was an amazing experience. I ate like a king in the media lounge during the four days I was in St. Louis, and I met some really cool journalist who I am sure I will be seeing down the line.

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You can read about the teams battling in St. Louis by reading the May 1 edition of The Baysider

St. Louis was a great city to experience for the first time. I even managed to catch a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium and what a beautiful park: 

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So in between all that work for the paper, I am also coaching JV Baseball at Brewster Academy, and our JV squad is an impressive 3-0. We have had several games cancelled because of weather, but there isn’t much you can do there.

I am really looking forward to this summer and attending a massive amount of concerts. This includes Boston Calling:

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and Fire-Fly:

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So that was my April in a nut shell, and It was a great experience to be able to travel for work. I would love to do it more in the future, but I don’t see many opportunities in the near future. But this month really made me realize that I am doing what I was meant to do. 

I had regrets about switching from mechanical engineering to journalism when I was in my third year in college and God knows my parents were worried that switching into a field as competitive as journalism wouldn’t be as easy. But what’s the fun in that?

I hope be starting up on the airwaves again soon on UNH radio. I will be sure to send out updates if and when that comes to fruition. Happy Spring everybody. The forecast today is cold, rainy and miserable. Welcome to New England!

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Visiting from out of town . . .

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So my trip to St. Louis has been amazing. Above is a picture I took while walking from the hotel on 14th street prior to work on my first day of work.

The robotics competition has been amazing, and it’s great to see the competition and the students thriving so much.

On Friday night I was able to get tickets to the Cardinal’s game and was able to snag tickets off of StubHub around 5 p.m., with a 7:15 first pitch. The tickets had a face value of $115, but I only paid $35. Not a bad deal.

Below is the panorama that I took with my iPhone.

The view from Box 135 in Busch Stadium

The view from Box 135 in Busch Stadium

On Friday afternoon the robotics team was able to venture into the city for a few hours and check out the arch. At a height of nearly 700 feet it really is one of the coolest manmade structures I have ever seen.

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Here is a selfie with the arch in the background. I don’t like selfies, but I felt this was the right time to do it. It was beautiful spring day and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

 

 

 

 

So I’m headed to the final day of the U.S. FIRST robotics competition and this really has been the best experience of my professional career as a reporter. Many thanks to my boss for making this trip happen.

Here is my credential. It’s pretty awesome, and I really hope that the team from Prospect Mountain High School get’s a shot to show their stuff in the quarterfinals, and if not, it’s still an experience that they will never forget.

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Flogging Molly

I had the chance to hit up Flogging Molly for the second straight year with my friend Kat. It was a great experience. The show was amazing. Here are a couple of pictures.

More to come in the near future:

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Flogging Molly

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Tim and Kat

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Could this summer be the best summer ever?

I know that is a very loaded question, but I think I can accurately say that this Summer has the potential to be the best summer in the history of, well, my life.

There are many contributing factors that are swaying me to answering yes to this question. They include, but aren’t limited to following events that are scheduled to occur this summer:

Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 – Burlington, Vermont 

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This trip includes a two-day excursion to the beautiful countryside of Vermont to do some training for the Tough Mudder, mentioned in the next event and a visit to two of my favorite people in the world, my little cousins Emily and Molly.

Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27 – Acadia National Park

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With my work schedule and working multiple jobs, I don’t get a lot of chances to take vacations or celebrate many Holiday weekends. But I am treating myself to a trip to Acadia and going to be hanging out with 30+ people, camping, hiking, boating, etc. This weekend will be one of the ages, most definitely.

Saturday, June 1 – Tough Mudder at Gunstock Mountain Resort

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This is a biggie. I competed in a pair of adventure races last year, one Warrior Dash at Gunstock at the end of the summer and then a Spartan Race inside Fenway Park in November. I enjoyed it so much, that I decided to kick it up a notch and join a Tough Mudder Team “Your Mudder” that will be competing at the extremely challenging adventure race at Gunstock Mountain Resort. I can’t wait for this. I know it’s going to be hard, but all the hard work is sure to be rewarding.

Wednesday, June 5 – Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers at Fenway Park

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I am a huge Sox Fan, as many of you know and this will be my first game at the park this season. Last year I wasn’t able to attend a game until September when the season was pretty much over. But this year I will be able to take a nice drive to Boston and catch the Red Sox take on the Texas Rangers on beautiful summer night.

Saturday, June 8 – The Avett Brothers – Meadowbrook

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The Avett Brothers – Live, Volume 3

When I was in high school, I worked at Meadowbrook and parked cars. After moving back to New Hampshire, I spent the last three summers parking cars at Meadowbrook. But this year I decided not to go back. I purchased a pair of tickets to this epic display of The Avett Brothers back during the winter sometime and managed to get pit tickets. I can’t wait for this concert. I saw them two years ago, and they were one of the most energetic bands I have ever seen live, and I have been to a lot of concerts in my 32 years on this planet.

 

Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16 – Family Reunion in West Virginia

I get to see some family members that I haven’t seen in a very long time. This should be a great trip.

Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21 – Spending time with the ‘Rents and my beloved Sister

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Scattered together with a couple of work days, I will be spending time with my beloved parents and my sister Kelsie.

Saturday, June 22 – Brad and Andrea’s Wedding

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The wedding of my cousin Brad and his bride-to-be that will take place only yards away from my residence. I will be surrounded by my parents, my sister and friends and family, as they will be renting the nearby cabins.

Monday, July 8 – Weezer at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

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So glad I found out about this show before it sold out. Blows my mind that a band of this caliber is playing one of my favorite venues on the East Coast!

 

 

Sunday, July 21 – Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees 

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Enough said here. A Sunday night ESPN game against the hated Yankees in the bleachers. Does it get any better than that?

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What a year – 2012

For my job at the paper, I have been doing these “year in review” articles because there isn’t a whole lot going on on the local beat, and I thought maybe I would write the same kind of thing for my Blog, so here it goes.

There were some high-lights, there were low-lights, but overall 2012 was one hell of a year.

It was an awful second half of the winter at Gunstock, as last year the biggest storm of the year came in before Winter actually started at the end of October, 2011.  I think I have already worked almost as many hours teaching groups lessons and private lessons in the couple weeks of this season so far, which is great.

In late February, I made the decision to attend Bonnaroo, a music festival down in Manchester, Tennessee in June. I was supposed to go with a couple other friends, but they ended up bailing on attending and I ended up driving myself down the 1,200 miles to Tennessee.

This kind of sucked, as I had to drive the entire time, but in the long run, having taking in a concert like Bonnaroo by myself allowed me to attend only comics, movies and concerts that I wanted to attend.

I broke up the drive was a visit to my parents in Virginia on the way down and a visit to my sister in Nashville, and then on the way back, I stayed at my parents house again in Virginia.

Highlights from the festival included, but weren’t limited to seeing the following bands: Flogging Molly, The Avett Brothers, Two Door Cinema Club, Foster The People, The Roots, Quest Love and special guests, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dispatch, Radiohead, Skillerex, Feist, The Punch Brothers and Fitz & The Tantrums.

I had to leave early on Sunday to make it back to work on time, plus it was raining on Sunday. I missed seeing: The Beach Boys, Fun., The Shins, Ben Folds Five, Phish and The Civil Wars. But oh well.

In addition to all the music at the festival, I also got to see the following comics: Asiz Ansari, Steven Wright, Marc Maron, Judah Friedlander and Amy Schumer.

And then I saw a bunch of movies, including: Doug Benson and Benson Interruption of Rambo and Crank 2: High Voltage, Chasing Ice, Hit and Run (advanced screening) and American Splendor (including Q&A with Judah Friendlander)

On my way out of Tennessee I went to fuel up with gas, and ended up selling my wristband to some guy for $75, which was pretty nice.

The hardest thing about attending something like Bonnaroo is that you can’t attend every act, movie or comedy act that you want to see because it is so huge. I mean there were 80,000 people in attendance. You have to to pay to shower each day, and you are packed into campsites like sardines. I would do it again in a couple of years by flying down with a group of people and renting an RV.

I spent the Spring building up to Bonnaroo coaching JV baseball and writing for the paper and it was a good spring.

My summer was very busy, as I was working at the Wise Owl for second half of the summer, working at Meadowbrook, parking cars, the entire summer and writing for the paper.

It was my last year working at Meadowbrook. That job is a lot of fun, but they have continued to book concerts which I am no longer interested in seeing. I like some country, but not that much. The same bands come through every year, with the exception of a couple of shows. And at this point, I won’t mind purchasing tickets to sit on the lawn and actually get to tailgate with some friends. It was fun while it lasted and I enjoyed being able to work there when I was 18 and then when I was in my 30’s.

The same thing happened this year with the movie theatre in Gilford. I got a chance to do projection for about nine months before the local theatre got rid of all of their projectors.

I didn’t attend a Red Sox game until the very end of the season, and that really sucked because they sucked. The game I attended Bobby Valentine was handing out the magnetic schedules for the 2012-2013 season, which was hilarious.

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Bobby Valentine’s Last Game

In September, I joined the world of smartphones for good. I triend it once about a year ago, but didn’t see enough value in it when purchasing the iPhone 4, and I sold it to a friend.

I purchased an iPhone 4S after they announced the iPhone 5, and got it at a discounted price and got cheaper accessories. I don’t agree with the size of the charger plug, and I think this is a change that Steve Jobs never would have approved. It pretty much goes against the ideas that Apple was built on, where you can have one plug for every device.

I got to take batting practice at Fenway Park in October, and even got to write a column in the paper about it, which was pretty cool.

I didn’t end up coaching at Brewster in the fall for the second straight year, and that allowed me to attend bunch of concerts down in Boston, which I wouldn’t normally get to see.

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The Gaslight Anthem

I got to see Franker Turner, The Wombats, The Gas Light Anthem, The Silver Sun Pickups and Of Monsters and Men.

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Sound Check Party at The Orpheum

I got to meet each of the bands listed above except for The Silver Sun Pickups, which was pretty awesome. I won tickets to a meet and greet Soundcheck party to see Of Monsters and Men and that was probably one of the coolest musical experiences I have ever had. I was one of about 20 people that got to see their sound check at an empty Orpheum Theatre.

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Of Monsters and Men

I can’t speak about 2012 without talking about the races I took part in. I usually run a couple of 5k races, but this year I kicked it up a notch. In addition to a 5k in Alton in August, a 5k race and 12-mile bike race in Gilford in September and Turkey Trot down in Virginia, I ran a pair of adventure races, and I had the time of my life.

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Warrior Dash at Gunstock

I competed at The Warrior Dash in Gilford at Gunstock (above) at the end of the summer and finished under an hour, and then I made the decision to compete at The Spartan Race inside Fenway Park in late November. (below)

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Spartan Race at Fenway Park

This was a grueling race that tested mental and physical toughness to the max, but I finished in just over 1 hour and 23 minutes, and I am officially addicted.

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I can finally see the finish line!

I already signed up for next year’s race in November and I can’t wait. I may or may not do a couple additional Spartan Races this summer and fall. But I have a family reunion coming up on my mom’s side of the family and then a big family wedding in June in New ire, so we will see.

2012 was also the year where I finally made my knowledge of social media pay off. I got hired to blog for a start-up company down in Boston called www.fundraise.com and I couldn’t be happier.

Feel free to follow them on Twitter or Like them on Facebook

The blog that I maintain is located at blog.fundraise.com

Finally, I couldn’t talk about 2012 without talking about the support that has been given to me by my parents and extended family throughout the  year. I will end 2012 with probably the best family picture I have been a part of in a while. It was taken down in Virginia in November on Thanksgiving.

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It’s a Croes Family Thanksgiving

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Three days in NYC with Jimmy Fallon and The Daily Show

So last week, I traveled to New York City for the first time in a while. I really like NYC for all it it has to offer and on this trip I got to catch up with two cousins, Michael and Josh (and his wife Nicole) and and old friend from college, Gurran.

But I got to attend a taping of Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, Dec. 12 (I already had already acquired tickets for this), and then attend the final taping of The Daily Show of the year: Thursday, Dec. 13 (which I picked up the day of).

I went to Jimmy Fallon with my cousin Brad and we managed to get on TV, shown in these screenshots:

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I’m on the right with my hands in the air. My cousin is to the right of me

The next day I managed to get one ticket for The Daily Show. That was awesome. Kristen Stewart (ugh!) was the guest and it was one of the correspondent’s last shows, Wyatt Cynac. That was sad, but the show was fun.

The highlight of the entire trip for me was taking the Fung-Wa bus from Boston to NYC ($15 each way with free Wi-Fi) and not getting hurt.

Here is a picture of the outside of The Daily Show studio:

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