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New Hampshire

September 27, 2013

Conversation and cuts go together at barbershop

Barbershops, where conversation is as important as hair


“There are a lot of beards with the Red Sox,” he said. “People are growing beards.”

Santagate is in a reflective mood as he approaches age 75 amid some health challenges.

“People are so nice and supportive,” he said. “The power of prayer does work.”

He has one wish for his customers.

“Live for today,” he said.

Santagate is still disappointed someone stole his barber pole a few years ago. It never was recovered, but it was replaced.

But he has few other regrets from a life lived inside the gossip and conversations of the barbershop.

“It’s been an enjoyable run for 51 years,” Santagate said.

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