Scene in Manchester: What’s up at the Falls?

Finally, the makeover of the hotel property at the Amoskeag Traffic Circle is set to begin. We still can’t shake the memories of when it housed a Hooters.

David Roedel, a Queen City resident and one of the project’s developers, tells The Scene that in addition to a LaQuinta Inn, The Falls Center will also feature a well-established restaurant and an upscale meeting and banquet center. As people who produce a lot of events, we’re really excited about the new banquet space, which the Greater Manchester area has really lacked since the closing of CR Sparks and the Wayfarer in Bedford.

The ceremonial groundbreaking is taking place later this month and the renovation, including major interior and exterior improvements, should be complete early next year. We appreciate the Roedel Companies are investing in this well-traveled area and giving it some much needed curb appeal.

You can stay up-to-date with the renovations by visiting

Speaking of nice places

With the surge of bed bugs in our region we’re all a little wary of sleeping in strange beds. At the recent Leadership Summit of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation we learned the dormitories at New Horizons’ shelter now feature bed bug-proof beds thanks to a grant from the foundation’s Manchester Region. Foundation President Dick Ober said when people are in a position to need the shelter, the last thing they need is a bedbug infestation too. We agree, and wish hotels were using these beds!

To learn more about the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the great things it is accomplishing in Manchester and the rest of the state, visit

Wife carrying results are in

Sadly, Jarrod and Pubali Campbell did not win Pubali’s weight in beer at the North American Wife Carrying Championships, but they did have fun and learn many lessons about marriage.

“Just like marriage, you have to get over the giant obstacles without knocking your spouse out,” said Pubali, who was carried upside down on her husband’s back for the one minute and 25 seconds it took them to finish the obstacle course.

The Manchester couple finished 25th out of 52 registered teams in the Sunday River event on Saturday, Oct. 8. The winning couple, from Farmington, Maine, were repeat winners with a time of 49.64 seconds.

Paintings and palm readings

If you’re like us, you’re always saying, ‘Where can I go to buy some art and get my tarot cards read at the same time?’ Sage Gallery recently opened at 70 Lowell St. and offers, “interesting, exciting art for your home, office, and gift-giving needs,” as well as metaphysical readings in a variety of specialties. Find out more at

Speaking of paintings

Some of you may have noticed a new mural being painted on the side of the Kindertree Learning Center. The dancer paintings that lived on the side of the pink building for years when it was Sally Zyla Dance Studio were beginning to fade and peel, so Sheryl Chatterton of A Brush with Life was hired to give the building a fresh look that better reflects the building’s current use as a school. Check out the vibrant and beautiful new images at the corner of Manchester and Pine streets.

We missed a $10 pedicure!

Families in Transition – New Horizons’s Lowell Street Housing Program got a boost from Arcadya Salon & Spa, which raised $3,400 during its 2nd annual Cut-a-thon fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 9. The staff raised money by asking for $10 donations for services such as haircuts, chair massages, brow waxes, manicures and pedicures.

“The Arcadya staff went above and beyond by volunteering their time, and the public really came through in a big way with their generosity,” said Joni Stamoulis, owner of the Cilley Road salon.

We’re disappointed that we missed this opportunity for a very inexpensive spa day, but we hear Mayor Gatsas was there. We’re not sure if he got any treatments, but we imagine his feet could use a nice pedicure to recover from all that campaign walking.

A pageant makeover

Looks like Donald Trump and the Miss Universe Organization are bringing in the big guns to give New Hampshire a big boost of Pageantry 101.

The Miss New Hampshire USA Pageant (not to be confused with the Miss NH Scholarship Program) is being taken over by K2 Productions, which directs the California and New York pageants and is known for grooming state winners into Miss USA pageant finalists. In addition to eliminating those pesky pageant sashes and revamping the swimsuit competition, K2 is moving the NH pageant from the Best Western Executive Court Conference center to the city’s downtown area, where it will be held Nov. 25 and 27 at the Radisson.

Although her bio on the website says she’s the, “youngest of three boys,” we’re pretty sure the current Miss New Hampshire USA LacyJane Folger is not a dude. If she is, the changes to this pageant could be even more interesting than expected.

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