Hippo’s best of 2009 readers’ poll
Your favorite stuff about southern New Hampshire

By Hippo Staf news@hippopress.com

You voted, we report.

Actually, a lot of you voted. More than ever before. Thousands more people voted in the readers’ poll this year than last year. And this year, the voting was (for the most part) all online. The result was more restaurants, people, salons and other local establishments duking it out to be the best.

PEOPLE: In the heart of the city
New leader for Main Street Concord

After about a year with Great American Downtown in Nashua, Jessica Eshleman, 31, this month made the switch to Main Street Concord. Taking over for Nan Hagen, the Londonderry resident is the organization’s new executive director. Eshleman formerly worked at Mount Kearsage Indian Museum and worked on weekends at the Barley House in Concord. “When I learned of the opportunity here in Concord, I shot for the stars, they aligned and here I am,” she said. Eshleman said she wants the community to know Main Street Concord will have an open-door policy. She welcomed questions and suggestions: visit www.mainstreetconcord.com or call 226-2150.

THEATER: Palace to produce The Producers
The popular Mel Brooks’ musical opens soon

By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

Regional professional theater The Palace in Manchester opens a three-weekend run of The Producers March 27.

LONGSHOTS: B-Ball, Coach B and Baseball in the mailbag today
by Dave Long

Time to go to the mail bag to see what inquiring minds want to talk about.

Dear Dave: You used the word “panicked” and asked if we should still trust Bill Belichick recently. I have two questions: what more do you want from him and have you completely lost your mind? John Jay, Cutler Avenue, McDaniel, Colo.

FOOD: Five-course trip to Lebanon
Middle East flavors are on the menu for weekend dinners at Washington Street Cafe

By Linda A. Thompson-Odum food@hippopress.com

Fans of the Lebanese dinners once served at the Durgin Lane Deli in Concord can once again enjoy the Mediterranean-style meal at the Washington Street Café. Owners John Hanna and Marie Ishac-Hanna have brought back the special weekend dinner, much to the delight of area foodies.

TECHIE: Control from a distance
Remote PC access for free
By John “jaQ” Andrews  jandrews@hippopress.com

When most of us use a computer, we’re right at a local keyboard, mouse and monitor. Every now and then, we want to reach across a network or the Internet to control a computer in a different location. Sounds complex, but there are actually a bunch of ways to go about doing just that.

WINE: Baby, kiss that frog
Most wine is just OK, but that’s OK
By Tim Protzman food@hippopress.com

The best thing about the new media is that with most online newspapers, the reader can post an instantaneous comment to an article and other people can read it. The posts are chronological so you can even see what people who commented on your post think. I love the little threads.

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