Eight Things You Can Find at the Hanover Christmas Market

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If you attempt to Google “Hanover Christmas Market,” be forewarned that you’ll be directed to an impressive number of pages about a Christmas market in Hannover, Germany, which looks a bit more like this, rather than this familiar scene. But don’t be discouraged! There is still a Christmas market in our town.

Each year the Christmas Market with a Difference, an outreach project of the Church of Christ that began in 1987, comes to campus. This year, the festivities kicked off Thursday at 10 a.m. and continue Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market features artisanal pieces from all around the world, and all proceeds go back to the 19 organizations and cooperatives featured.

The market fills two large rooms in the church. With everything from ornaments made of magazine pages to beaded sandals, it’s hard to provide any sampling of objects that could represent the wide variety of gifts available. However, here are eight things that caught my eye at the market this year. And even though it’s only just November, put on your favorite holiday songs and break out the good cheer a little earlier this year to get in the spirit.

Mitten garland from Nepal. I refuse to believe that there’s anything cuter than this garland. Hang it over a fireplace if you’re fancy or just on the wall of your room to remind yourself to stay cozy on grey days.

Hanging cranes from Grenada. These handmade cranes are just the thing to lift your spirits from “Bah, humbug” to Buddy the Elf.

Leather elephant from India. This little friend will hold your spare change and introduce an extra burst of happiness into your life all through the cold wintry days.

Paper boxes from Nepal. These are worthy gifts by themselves, but you can also fill them with other trinkets from the market for a beautiful surprise. Plus, you can avoid strenuously trying to copy any Pinterest-inspired wrapping.

Beaded necklace from India. This necklace says “I’m trendy, but effortless.” Be the zen fashionista that you are (or pretend to be a cool yogi with a killer blog).

Jams from Swaziland. Whether you’re a fan of peach and ginger or more of a mango kind of person, infuse your holiday season with some extra bold flavors!

Paintings from Tanzania. Nuzzle up to a loved one with the gift of these adorable giraffes and you’ll be guaranteed a happy holiday.

Baskets from Zimbabwe. Add some pizzazz to your dorm with extra colorful receptacles for snacks, jewelry and any other little things you have lying around.

All photos by Jessica Zischke, The Dartmouth Senior Staff. 

Howe’s Little Free Libraries Draw Positive Feedback

JESSICA ZISCHKE / THE DARTMOUTH SENIOR STAFF
JESSICA ZISCHKE / THE DARTMOUTH SENIOR STAFF

Those of you who weren’t on campus in the summer may have noticed an extra dose of cute in Hanover – the Howe Library installed two Little Free Libraries over 14X. These structures invite passersby to “Take a book, leave a book,” offering a small break from a hectic day. The first Little Free Library was unveiled in front of Hanover’s Town Hall on Aug, 11 and the second, between the Hanover Inn and the Hop, was installed earlier this month.

Since 2009, the Little Free Library movement has spread worldwide, spearheaded by an organization of the same name. According to the Little Free Library website, these free book exchanges aim to “promote literacy and the love of reading” and to “build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.” As of Jan. 15, 15,000 Little Free Libraries were registered with the organization across at least 56 countries .

The quaint structures in Hanover have been in the works for over a year, when Howe Library staff and trustees decided it would be a worthwhile project. Howe Library director Mary White said she was drawn to the idea by the opportunity for outreach it provided the library.

“A lot of people are very busy and don’t have time to come to us,” White said. “Or sometimes they’re a new student at Dartmouth or new to the area and they might not know about the Howe Library. This was one way for us to reach them without them having to find us.”

White worked with Chuck Gibson of Chuck Gibson Design to create the design for the little libraries and with Scott Thetford of Old School Designs to construct the physical structures.

Courtesy of Mary White

The final design mimicked the architecture of the Howe Library itself, as White had requested. Gibson noted that this style departed from the typical structure he had seen in other Little Free Libraries, which resembled dollhouses and consisted of painted wood. Instead, Gibson envisioned a structure made entirely of metal with a quilted appearance through its use of stainless steel, copper and brass.

“I feel good that I’ve been able to push the frontiers forward a little bit,” Gibson said. “As far as I know, I think the all-metal structure that I designed here is something new.”

These mini libraries have caught the eye of students and community members since their installment, including James Drain ’17. Drain has perused the Little Free Library three times and although he has yet to take a book, he plans to add his own to the collection.

“I’m planning to put in this book I read about willpower recently,” Drain said. “Someone will take those books and read it, which is nice. But it’s small; it’s not very large-scale.”

White and the rest of the Howe staff work hard to make sure that the Little Free Libraries are stocked throughout the week and keep an eye out for worn books.

“The thing that was very important to me, and this was how some of the Little Free Libraries die, is that they don’t put in interesting books,” White said. “We have books for children, teens and adults, fiction and nonfiction.”

Hanover Ranked Fourth Safest Town in New Hampshire

Hanover is the fourth safest town in New Hampshire, according to the Movoto Real Estate Blog, which recently ranked the crime rates of towns with populations of 5,000 residents or more. The ranking was created using data from the 2012 Uniform Crime Report from the FBI, and was calculated by the number of crimes committed per 100,000 residents.

The report shows that in 2012, Hanover had 98 violent crimes per 100,000 people, which included 71 incidences of rape, 27 assaults and 2,042 property crimes.

Exeter was ranked first on the list, followed by Londonderry and Durham, respectively.

Jesus Moreno ’16 said the ranking did not surprise him because he does not believe there is much motivation for crime in Hanover.

Hanover Police has a significant presence in the town, Antonia Hoidal ’16 said, and she believes that would also deter most criminals from committing any crimes.

“I feel like I see four police cars when I’m just walking across the Green” she said. “I can’t imagine why anyone would want to commit a crime while there’s so many police officers and [Safety and Security] officers around.”

Some students expressed that the town’s ranking did not necessarily reflect how safe they feel the College is. Regan Roberts ’16 said the relationship between Hanover and the College makes the ranking difficult to use for gauging crime at Dartmouth specifically.

“I feel like Dartmouth and Hanover are almost completely mutually exclusive in terms of crime,” she said. “If Hanover is safe that doesn’t necessarily reflect on Dartmouth, and if Dartmouth’s safe that doesn’t necessarily mean Hanover is.”

The disconnect between Hanover crime and Dartmouth crime was also brought up by Hoidal, who said she is more concerned about crimes taking place on campus than in Hanover.

“Hanover has always seemed like a safe town and I don’t ever feel worried about that,” she said. “What I’m more concerned about are the things that are happening inside the buildings here [on campus].”

While the ranking is meant to include statistics from the College as well, some students expressed lingering apprehension in light of Hanover being ranked as the fourth safest town in the state.

Kara Farnes ’15 cited the July 2 assault and robbery of Hubert Clark ’13 as he crossed the Green and the July 27 assault of Mark Cookson outside of Robert’s flowers as unnerving, but not necessarily enough to change her routine.

“Hanover is definitely the safest place I’ve ever lived, but in light of the recent crimes, it’s definitely worrying,” she said.

Hanover named 13th best small town to visit in 2013

Courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine
Courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine

In their latest issue of Smithsonian magazine, the Smithsonian Institution named Hanover number 13 in its list of the “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013.” The rankings, compiled for the second year in a row, were based on the “concentrations of museums, art galleries, orchestras, theaters, historical sites and other cultural blessings,” information attained from the geographic information company Ersi. Continue reading

Students on crutches face accessibility challenges

WINNIE YOE/The Dartmouth Staff
WINNIE YOE/The Dartmouth Staff

Dartmouth can be a difficult place for students on crutches to navigate, especially for those who have not been on crutches before, according to students interviewed by The Dartmouth. Not all buildings are accessible, and the ones that are have accessible entrances that are far away from the main entrances.

“I have been on crutches in many different places, but being on crutches at Dartmouth is definitely the worst,” Marina Moschitto ’14 said.

The hardest buildings to navigate are older buildings such as Dartmouth Hall, Thorton Hall, Reed Hall and Robinson Hall. However, if building access becomes a problem for students to attend classes, student could request for classroom change through the Student Accessibility Services. Students are also able to arrange for note-taking services or reschedule exam times for medical reasons. Continue reading

Get Ready for the Election – Hanover Style

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With the year’s contest heating up as the November date nears, political groups are doing all they can to get people involved in the election season.

But what motivates our young political activists to advocate certain issues or candidates over the others?  For J.P. Harrington ‘14, President of the College Republicans, the answer lies in the incumbent’s inability to rectify the mistakes created by the previous administration.  On the other hand, Mason Cole ’13, President of the College Democrats, believes that reducing the burden on the middle class was one reason why potential voters should support Obama. Continue reading