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Spring 2017

Live Well:

A Guide to Good Health in 2017

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Cindy Best, owner of Little Bear Pottery in North Sutton, N.H., and founder of the nonprofit organization A.R.T.S., had an idea: She wanted to provide job opportunities to teens and adults with special needs. I was ready to offer up what I could for a Kearsarge Magazine internship. The idea resulted in a photography internship for Hillsborough, N.H., resident Mary-Anne Murdough. The idea percolated throughout July, we all met in August, and Mary-Anne (and her gnome) has been visiting towns in the Kearsarge area to scout out locations and take photos. Here’s the first photo (and contest) in our 2017 seasonal series, Find the Gnome. See if you can guess the town the photo was taken (extra points for the name of the local business) and email your answer to info@kearsargemagazine.com. Please include your full name and mailing address. Five winners will receive lunch on us: a gift card to Marzelli Deli in Newbury, which has a value of $10. And look for the Find the Gnome contest periodically on Facebook and again (for sure) in the summer 2017 issue. If your business needs intern help, and you have the time to mentor, contact Cindy at cindy@ littlebearpottery.com Mary-Anne Murdough has loved taking photos since she got her first camera as a freshman in high school. She went on to study graphic arts and graphic design. Her favorite thing to photograph is old historic cemeteries. The New Hampshire Gnome was inspired by Mary-Anne’s love of photography and creating art, especially working with clay.

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Live Well: Lifestyle Lifts

Wellness is created by the foundation of many little efforts. This structure gets progressively stronger with each small choice. By Leigh Ann Root Yoga is a great addition to your self-care health plan. By Janice Vien, The Yoga Connection

14 Heal Well: The Health Benefits of Local

Local pharmacies offer fast, friendly, personalized service — and are thrilled to serve neighbors and friends. By Laura Jean Whitcomb

16 Age Well: An Ounce of Prevention

Most people wish to remain in the home they love as they age. Here are 10 tips for preventing falls at home. By Danielle Krautmann, Lake Sunapee Region VNA


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Live Well:

A Guide to Good Health in 2017

Spring 2017

Find the The Kearsare arge NH Gnome Ma ple Festival Contest! and 30 More

Another magazine recently published what they thought was three local birds on their cover. Turns out, they are birds seen only in Europe and, most likely, a stock photo. This cover photo was taken by Jim Block, who lives in Sunapee and Hanover. It is a black capped chickadee, a bird local to the Upper Valley area. Jim often takes amazing local nature photos, and we'll be featuring quite a few of them in the summer issue of Kearsarge Magazine.

Spring Events!

Festival and 30 more Spring Events!

For over a decade now, Charles “Whitey” Joslin and Laura Joslin King have been competing in national father-anddaughter tennis tournaments all over the country. Text and photography by Leigh Ann Root


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It is important to maintain the strength, flexibility and balance of your muscles. This is how we truly age well and heal well. By Keelin Regan-Reed, Keelin Studio for Strength and Wellness

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Black capped chickadee on Ice By Jim Block

Live Well: A Guide

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Be Well: The "New" Newport Health Center

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New food labels will help consumers manage sugar and serving sizes. By Meagan Phelan, The Nutrition Counseling Center

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18 Eat Well: Big Changes in Your Pantry


Leigh Ann Root

10 Age Well: Yoga for Your Health

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Find the Gnome

Can you guess where the NH gnome is hanging out this spring? Try your luck and win a gift certificate to Marzelli Deli in Newbury, N.H.! Photography by Mary-Anne Murdough

36 Let's Go Calendar

KM’s calendar with 30 or so wonderful local activities and events to check out this spring. Compiled by Laura Jean Whitcomb


42 This Season: A Sweet

Springtime Celebration

The Kearsarge Maple Festival offers two days of maple and merriment. By Barbara Mills Lassonde

46 Business: A Visit with Connolly Law

Dan Connolly’s genuine passion for helping families and small businesses protect and distribute what they built is clearly in evidence. By Patrick O’Grady


Jim Block

55 Local: A Cool New Space at

Wilmot Public Library

Wilmot Public Library goes beyond book lending services to a new level of community involvement. By Brianna Marino New Hampshire has about 100 species of butterflies, and whether you’re hiking up Mount Kearsarge or just relaxing in your backyard, you’ll see a variety of them. By Laurie D. Morrissey


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58 Nature: All Aflutter

71 On the Road Between every issue, Kearsarge Magazine gets out of the office and visits with businesses, individuals and organizations in our communities. Text and photography by Leigh Ann Root

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editor’s letter Hello friends, There’s an inch of ice on my driveway. It’s covered with a half inch of sand and salt, courtesy of the Town of Grantham and my husband’s shoveling skills, but it’s still a treacherous commute from the car door to the front door of the house. I walk, oh so carefully, from sand patch to sand patch, then creep slowly up the stairs (which have their own issues with snow and ice) with one hand on the railing at all times.

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I’m not complaining. Not at all. There’s so much There's always more online! ice because it’s a balmy 40 degree January morning. The weather has been almost spring-like, with a melt/freeze day/night combination, and I feel hopeful. So hopeful that we chose a bird for the cover image. It seemed fitting: the magazine comes out in February (technically still winMcSwiney, Semple, Hankin-Birke & Wood, P.C. ter) and is on stands throughout Serving the Lake Sunapee Region’s Legal Needs Since 1973 March and April (spring, but we usually have a surprise snow or ice storm). Bird makes you think of warmer temperatures, but he’s perched on an ice-covered twig. Two seasons in one! Welcome to New Hampshire! Anthony J. Lenhart, Susan Hankin-Birke, Michael L. Wood, Sarah D. Christie

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Wellness is created by the foundation of many little efforts. This structure gets progressively stronger with each small choice. By Leigh Ann Root


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s a better lifestyle for you? If you were shaking the Magic 8 Ball, it would say, “You may rely on it.” It is decidedly so, if you decide that it is so. Just remember that wellness is created by the foundation of many little efforts. This structure gets progressively stronger with each small choice. We already own the most important piece of machinery that is necessary for a more fit lifestyle. It’s our astonishing human body, which was gifted to us at birth. Think about how well it works. No matter what we throw at this machine, it strives to create homeostasis, working to maintain stability constantly. Our first step toward wellness should be recognizing and appreciating this tremendous machine that gets us through our lives. The better we treat it, the easier many aspects of our lives become. There’s a variety of ways to positively impact our lifestyles without completely overhauling our days and setting ourselves up for failure. As we examine the pieces to put into place, there are a few questions we should ask ourselves.

Mental Wellbeing ~ Our head, it’s the headquarters of our health. This is where it all begins, where the plots of our lives start unfolding. We spend a huge amount time in this space, some necessary and some unnecessary. What anthem are we playing inside the walls of our command center? Is Rocky’s movie theme song, getting us psyched for each new day, or is it Eeyore’s (from Winnie-the-Pooh) voice echoing gloom and doom? How do we turn off our

The commercialized world can have us thinking that fitness is an all or nothing sort of thing. But fit people are conditioned in a multitude of ways. Some measure themselves by their accomplishments, others celebrate functionality. The smallest of changes can ready us for the biggest of living. brain babble and live fully in those “be in the moment” moments of our lives? The Magnificent Machine ~ Our body was designed to move. When it does not move regularly, it becomes a breeding ground for illness and disease. Do you treat your body like the incredible instrument that it is? How much do you move? Feeding and Fueling ~ We’ve heard it before: you are what you eat, an apple a day, and eat to live not live to eat. Nutrition research is constantly changing. New “foods” are created every day, making it difficult to decipher what is good or bad for us. Couple this with the marketing machines driving product sales and this can make eating complicated and just no fun. How do you fuel your vehicle? Rest ~ Sleep does not get the proper accolades that it should. Its contribution to our healthy functioning is enormous. Sleeping allows repair, regeneration and recovery from all the stresses we encounter. Downtime is equally as significant. Enjoyment of hobbies that allow a relaxation response also combats stress. How much uninterrupted sleep do you get each night? Do you regularly do something that relaxes you? Spirit ~ This is what makes you, you. This intangible space with many names: your soul, your purpose or your heart center. It’s that ‘thing’ that

makes you come alive. It’s comprised of our talents, gifts and what we do with them. When we share them, our world gets bigger and brighter. This gives us freedom and a zest for life. How would you describe your spirit? What makes yours soar? Now that we’ve established the pieces, it’s time to put them together. It can start at this very moment. It is a conscious choice and a promise of self-preservation. Lifestyles are as different as the person; we select what fits, and what does not.

New way of thinking Melt that mind and mold it into a new way of thinking. Every single cell of our body is listening to our internal dialogue. We must cue up that mic and motivate a better mindset for our strategy. We look at what’s working and not working in our life, and adjust accordingly. When we subtract out the negatives and the distractions, we can make more room for what fits and functions. There are moments when we get stagnant by living in the past and frozen by what the future will bring. There is no amount of worrying that has ever changed either. When we fully accept the past, the gateway is open for future development. Living presently takes effort and awareness. Slight shifts in thought can have us feeling better immediately. Yoga and meditation classes give us helpful tools to manage our busy minds. There are times where an impartial person can help clear our heads, and many resources are available within our communities. There is no shame in asking for help; it’s healthy.

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best. Start small with exercises around the house. Climb the stairs a few more times. Sit down and get up consecutive times. If you watch television, use the commercial time to extend your legs, do abdominal crunches or modify some push-ups. Joining a fitness class gives us a time to show up and people to meet. You’ll be “in it together.” If you prefer time alone, take a walk — nature brings us peace and fresh air. There are unlimited ways to squeeze fitness in, and these incremental changes will add up into huge gains. Our body and mind respond favorably to the repeated message of exercise. Intensity and duration play a role, too, but consistency creates good habits.

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Discover new ways to prepare food. Healthier preparation doesn’t mean it will lack excitement or taste — it may just be a little bit of work. Enjoy eating without guilt. When you add in a physical movement, eating becomes less difficult. We burn more calories and the desire to eat healthier exists. Combining these two aspects is critical. It’s extremely difficult to be successful if we do only one. Being aware when certain foods agree and disagree with us is important. Food can have big effects on our energy; some fuel us and some will zap us. Don’t let a diet, a gadget or a clock to tell you when it’s time to eat. We must tune into our own instincts and sharpen them, eating when we’re hungry and paying attention to when we’re full. Drinking plenty of water — half our body weight in ounces and more when we’re exercising — is key, too. Remember that all calories are created differently. When we make our calories count and make them work for us by choosing less empty calorie foods (solid fats and or sugary foods that supply energy but have no other nutritional value), we see phenomenal results.

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Get some sleep When we become run down or overworked our bodies send us signals. They begin as little nudges that can turn into bigger problems if we ignore the signs. Recognizing when we need rest before we deplete ourselves entirely is crucial to wellness. Occasionally pressing the pause button on our lives can reveal a great deal. There’s power and information in the pause. Never underestimate the power of carving out time to be alone; this can give us a chance to “fill up our own tank.”

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Do what makes you happy Many people are born knowing what makes them the happiest. Others can be confused by the many messages we receive, on how or who we should be. When we try to be something that we’re not, it can be highly unsatisfying. Our most genuine and authentic lives are obvious when we pare our lives down to what is the most important and real. This is the best place to start. As we begin to lift our lifestyles to a higher ground, life takes a peaceful and easy feeling. Baby steps turn into skips and hops and jumps. Before we know it, we’ve built our personalized Lego version of a lifestyle. Soon we’re looking fully into the windshield and not even glancing to the rear view that we once knew. This will be a lifestyle that is uplifted and living out loud. Leigh Ann Root is a freelance writer, photographer and yoga instructor. She lives in Newbury, N.H. with her husband, Jonathan, and two children, Parker and Joleigh.


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Yoga for Your Health

Yoga is a great addition to your self-care health plan. By Janice Vien, The Yoga Connection


hat is health? According to a quick Google search, it’s the state of being free from illness or injury. The World Health Organization’s definition is more comprehensive: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” What is yoga? Yoga is more than the asanas (yoga poses) that many people are familiar with today. Yoga is a comprehensive practice that can help harmonize one’s physical, mental and social well-being. Interestingly, this wasn’t yoga’s original goal. The practice and its goals — based on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (first or second century CE) — were essentially spiritual in nature. The yoga practitioner 2,000 years ago learned to still the mind to experience deeper states of being, beyond the body and mind. These deep and tranquil states — like the space between two thoughts — is where the practitioner experienced peace. Nonetheless, when practiced regularly, Patanjali’s eight-fold path as described in the Sutras does help us achieve better health, less stress and richer connections to one another. The Yamas and Niyamas are the first two parts of the eight-fold path. The Yamas help us get along with others (social well-being) by teaching nonviolence or compassion, truthfulness, non-stealing, moderation and non-greediness. The Niyamas help us develop inner strength (mental well-being) through the practices of cleanliness, contentment, self-discipline, self-study and surrender to a higher power.


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Feeling connected to others is an important part of personal and social well-being. As part of a yoga community, you become part of and benefit from an invaluable support group.

Asanas (yoga postures) constitute the third part of the eight-fold path. Numerous research studies have emphasized the benefits of the physical practice of yoga. Studies based on the teachings of the late B.K.S. Iyengar have showed the Iyengar method to relieve back pain and improve general health and well-being. Iyengar Yoga asanas help strengthen muscles that need to be strengthened and stretches muscles that need to be stretched. Iyengar Yoga uses props to assist all bodies in doing the poses, even those that are very inflexible. Pranayama, or regulation of the breath, is the fourth part of the eight-fold path of yoga. Focusing on your breath can be deeply relaxing and helps clear your mind. Pranayama techniques help reduce stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system. This part of the nervous system helps lower blood pressure, digest food, and rest. Pratyahara — which asks us to draw attention from our external environment and take it inside ourselves so we can be with our inner experience — is the fifth part of the eight-fold path. This practice increases our awareness of ourselves, and teaches us to notice habitual thoughts that impede inner peace. When we focus inward during the practice of pratyahara, we can experience uncomfortable, even suffering, states. Sitting with these experiences can help us transcend them to a quieter place, and make us more compassionate when we see others who suffer. This fosters a richer connection between individuals and enhances our connection to others.

Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (a deep state of meditation) are the last three parts of the eight-fold path. Quieting the mind in mediation helps reduce the tension of always planning ahead or reviewing the past. Our minds can create a lot of stress when we are not in the present moment. In sitting quietly in meditation, we learn about these habit patterns of the mind. We can practice staying present by giving the mind a focal point. This focal point can be the breath or a part of the body or sensing the whole body. Sitting in meditation has been shown to increase mental equanimity. We sometimes forget that feeling connected to others is an important part of personal and social well-being. Attending a yoga class regularly gives you an opportunity to make friends. As part of a yoga community that studies and practices together, you become part of and benefit from an invaluable support group. I have practiced yoga for 34 years and I have certainly experienced all the benefits written about in this article. If you haven’t tried yoga yet, give it a go. You may, too, find a way to cultivate physical, mental and social well-being! Janice Vien, RN, CIYT (Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher), is the owner of The Yoga Connection in Grantham, N.H. She has been practicing yoga since 1982 and teaching since 1989. She brings years of dedicated practice to her teaching along with knowledge of the body gained from her background in nursing and massage therapy. She enjoys sharing yoga with beginners, as well as with seasoned practitioners and teachers. Learn more at yogaconnection.us kearsargemagazine.com • Spring 2017 • Kearsarge Magazine


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The Health Benefits of Local

Local pharmacies offer fast, friendly, personalized service — and are thrilled to serve those in the community. By Laura Jean Whitcomb Photography by Leigh Ann Root


ore throat? Seasonal allergies? Sure, you can get over-the-counter medicine anywhere these days. But there are some really good reasons to stop in to your independent community pharmacy.

ONE: Personalized service You are more likely to develop a relationship with a local pharmacy than with a chain. Kevin Scarlett, RPh, and Heidi Roberts, RN, owners of Roberts Scarlett Pharmacy in New London, N.H., see it every day. “At an independent pharmacy like Roberts Scarlett, you can get your blood pressure taken, receive your flu shot, special order your favorite supplement, have free delivery when you are too ill to get out, and receive your dog’s prescription all at the same place,” says Scarlett. “Personal relationships are formed and customers, in turn, receive the individualized service that they deserve and that is so important to their wellness.”

TWO: Shorter wait times Not only is the service more personal, you usually don’t have to wait long for help with a health

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care issue. “We are the most accessible part of their health care team. It is rare that any of us can call or walk into any professional’s office and speak directly to that person right away or in a matter of minutes. Our special accessibility allows us to build Kevin Scarlett and Heidi Roberts personal relationships with our customers, which we think is key to providing the best possible health care,” says Cindy Snay, owner of Warner Pharmacy in Warner, N.H.

THREE: More services You read that right in reason number one: delivery if you are too sick to leave your home. Other services you can find at a local pharmacy include prescription compounding, travel immunizations, durable medical equipment and medication management. “Our customers know that they can call or stop in and ask us anything at any time and they do,” says Snay. “We are a valuable community resource, and not just the end of the line after you’ve seen a provider and a script has been issued. We often are the first person our customers speak with about a health concern.” Snay notes that pharmacists may verify that current medications

are being taken correctly, chat about diet and other holistic approaches, and let customers know if they should be seen by their provider or head to the ER or urgent care. “Today everything about health care seems so rushed and impersonal. Rarely can you see your provider for more than 15 minutes, if you can see him or her at all, and at a chain pharmacy you are just another prescription. We are the last bastion of old-school personal health care. Good health care is about relationships, resources and accessibility.”

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FOUR: Shop local You want to keep money in the community, right? Buying local supports the local economy. “We are lucky that customers in Warner and the surrounding area understand the importance of keeping local businesses alive. It has been proven over and over again that dollars spent locally stay locally. Help keep us alive....shop local!” says Snay of Warner Pharmacy.

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FIVE: Take back programs If medicine bottles are building up in your cabinets and cupboards, many local pharmacies offer “take back” programs to help you dispose of old and expired prescriptions. Colonial Pharmacy, one of the largest independently owned and operated pharmacies in the United States, provides this great service to the New London area.

SIX: More than a business It’s nice to be greeted by name as you walk in the door. Scarlett and Roberts both live in the New London area, and Roberts says they “are thrilled to serve those in the community who are also neighbors and friends.” You’re not just a number at a local pharmacy. kearsargemagazine.com • Spring 2017 • Kearsarge Magazine


An Ounce of Prevention

Most people wish to remain in the home they love as they age. Here are 10 tips for preventing falls at home. By Danielle Krautmann, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice


alls, with or without injury, carry a heavy quality of life impact. A growing number of older adults fear falling and, as a result, limit their activities and social engagements. This can result in further physical decline, social isolation, depression and feelings of helplessness. Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice is here to help keep people safe and healthy in the homes they love. Here are 10 tips for preventing falls — at home and in your community: Make sure all pathways are clear and well lit. Be aware of electrical cords, stools and other extraneous furniture. Plan ahead. Be aware of outdoor conditions. Ice, wind, rain, gravel and grass can all make it more difficult to stay vertical. Take time to plan a safe route. Be aware of medication side effects. If you are taking a medication that causes dizziness or drowsiness,

FALL FACTS · One-fourth of Americans aged 65+ falls each year. · Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall.

· Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.

· Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.

· In 2013, the total cost of fall injuries was $34 billion. · The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $67.7 billion by 2020. Information courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov)

talk to your doctor to find out if there is something you can take instead. Remove all scatter rugs. For those who are adamant about keeping them for aesthetic purposes, the best thing to do is make sure they are secured to the floor. You can use tape or rug liner. Pets frequently pose a fall risk. Train pets not to walk around your legs. Make sure you clear pathways of all pet toys.  Footwear is important. Choose well-fitting shoes with proper arch and ankle support. 


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Big Changes in Your Pantry

New food labels will help consumers manage sugar and serving sizes. By Meagan Phelan, The Nutrition and Counseling Center Photography by Jim Block


fter more than 23 years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved new regulations and design for food labels. These regulations will reflect the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and an updated design will make label reading easier for consumers. These essential revisions reflect breakthroughs in nutrition science and increases in nutrition-related diseases over the past decade. Government standards play a large role in what consumers view as healthy, and can drastically change the sales of food. The process for changing the nutrition facts panel has taken more than two years, with tens of thousands of stakeholders weighing in on potential changes. The new label will bring greater attention to calories and added sugars, and reflect more realistic serving sizes for consumers. Calories from fat, something nutrition science no longer emphasizes, will no longer appear on the label. New evidence shows that the amount of fat consumed has less of a health effect than the types of fat consumed.

Types of fat will remain on the new label. Added sugars will be featured as a new category, as a result of the obesity epidemic and the link between added sugars and weight gain. Other changes include a visual emphasis on the number of calories, updating the percent daily values to reflect the most recent dietary guidelines, providing specific amounts (as well as daily value percentages) for vitamins and minerals, and replacing vitamins C and A with potassium and vitamin D. Why? We are much less likely to have deficiencies of vitamins C and A, but a vitamin D deficiency is by far the most common deficiency and potassium is also deemed a common deficiency. Per the new dietary guidelines, these nutrients are now “nutrients of public health concern.” Backlash from the food industry caused much of the delay in updating the label. Many of the changes represent losses for the food industry because they essentially put some of the blame for our poor health on added sugars, eating overly large quantities of servings, and consuming too many calories.

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For instance, many beverage companies, specifically soda companies, opposed the inclusion of added sugars on the new label, insisting that added sugars were included within the “Total Carbohydrate” section. Nutrition professionals have long advocated for added sugars to be included on the label because it is impossible for consumers to know how much sugar in an item is naturally occurring, like that in fruit and dairy products, and how much is added by the manufacturer. Many manufacturers also did not agree with adjusting the suggested serving size, since servings per container are listed. However, many consumers are not aware that their bag of chips may have multiple servings — a trick that many manufacturers use to make their products appear healthier. The new FDA regulations insist that consumers should be aware of what they are actually eating, not what is the ideal amount. These changes will take time, as manufacturers will have to retest their products based on adjusted serving sizes and remake labels accordingly. The FDA has given a deadline of July 26, 2018, for the new labels to be completely implemented.

As a registered dietitian-nutritionist, I believe these changes are a positive step toward improving public health. Communicating relevant nutrition information in a format that is easy to digest (pun intended) will allow consumers to make more informed food choices. As a consumer, I am most excited for the adjusted serving sizes, as I have also been duped (many times) into consuming an entire package — only to realize I just ate three servings. I would encourage consumers to reach out and investigate how some ingredients affect health (e.g., saturated fat, added sugars) as these explanations will not be found on the new label. With obesity and its numerous heath complications on the rise, changes across many sectors are needed to fight this epidemic. At the very least, I hope the buzz around these changes raises awareness of considering nutrients within food prior to purchasing. Meagan Phelan is a registered dietitian, avid cook, gardener in-training and dog lover. With experience in nutrition education, research and counseling, Meagan works with people to expand their knowledge of nutrition and motivate them toward their wellness goals at The Nutrition Counseling Center in New London, N.H.

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The “New” Newport Health Center

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ate last year the Newport Health Center, a vital resource for residents of Newport, N.H., and surrounding communities, experienced a transformation. Its old building was replaced by a new $9-million, state-of-the-art health care facility offering a broader range of services to patients. New London Hospital (NLH) opened the original Newport Health Center in 1991 to provide primary care and ancillary services to area residents. It was in a former food store located at 11 John Stark Highway in the Newport Shopping Plaza that was retrofitted as a health center. Since that time, the Newport Health Center has provided more than 21,000 annual primary


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care and women’s health patient visits. In recent years, however, increasing maintenance issues and a cramped patchwork structure were signals that a new building was needed for improved care delivery. As part of its commitment to meeting the health care needs of those in and near Newport, in October 2015 NLH began building a new patient-centered facility right next door to the original building. This new structure was designed to support a team-based approach to health care delivery, where physicians and other health care professionals work together to provide wellness education, well-patient visits and treatment for acute illness and chronic medical conditions. NLH initiated a Building for Health capital campaign that raised $2.2 million to help fund the project. Contributions came from individuals, local businesses, organizations and foundations from Newport, New London and surrounding communities. Newport Health Center staff continued to provide health care services throughout the 12-month construction period. On Oct. 17, 2016, a year after breaking ground, the new Newport Health Center opened its doors to patients. The attractive, triangular-shaped, two-story building has up-to-date equipment, modern furnishings and dedicated spaces for various clinical and support functions. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Nov. 29, following which the public had an opportunity to tour the new facility and meet Newport Health Center staff. Many members of this close-knit team have long tenures at the Newport Health Center and personal ties to the community. They are thrilled to be working in a new facility that will enable them to continue providing compassionate, personalized patient care.

Health care services offered at the new Newport Health Center include: Primary Care, Pediatric Care, Women’s Health, Radiology, Laboratory, Rehabilitation, Sports Physicals and Orthopaedic Care, Behavioral Health and Psychiatry, Cardiology, Podiatry, Occupational Health Screenings, EKG and Hearing Screening, Coumadin Therapy, Diabetic Education, Nutrition Education, and DOT Physicals. Access to quality health care is critical in rural areas such as Newport. Sullivan County, which includes Newport, has been designated as “medically underserved” by the US Department of Health and Human Services for having “…too few primary care providers, high infant mortality, high poverty and/or high elderly population.” The new Newport Health Center will have an increased impact on the health and well-being of the rural community, providing needed, expanded health care services in a convenient location and modern setting. With a 75 percent larger facility than before (28,000-square-feet facility compared to 16,000 square feet), the new Newport Health Center has capacity for more services, such as psychiatry, 3D mammography, diagnostic ultrasound, stress testing and added health care specialists as needed from NLH and from Dartmouth-Hitchcock, of which NLH is an affiliate. The Newport Health Center will also offer free educational sessions promoting wellness in the community. “It is a dream come true to provide this vastly improved and expanded modern medical space for our Newport Health Center patients and families. This new building will serve Newport and surrounding communities well for decades to come,” says NLH President and CEO Bruce King. kearsargemagazine.com • Spring 2017 • Kearsarge Magazine


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630 Muscles

It is important to maintain the strength, flexibility and balance of your muscles. This is how we truly age well and heal well. By Keelin Regan-Reed, Keelin Studio for Strength and Wellness Photography by Leigh Ann Root You have more than 630 skeletal muscles in your body. A percentage of those 630 muscles are working to stabilize and control your every move, enabling you in nearly unlimited ways to move your 206 bones. Your musculoskeletal system is the only system in your body you control, you gauge, and you tell what to do. The other systems that make up your body are on autopilot and they are controlled by your autonomic nervous system. When working with the body in prevention of injury or to promote healing and aging well, it is important to look at the body as a whole. Every one of those 630 muscles works independently providing a unique movement and works as a group or team to create movement, like walking or holding a yoga pose. If an injury occurs, it is important to look at

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the entire body — the whole structure — in order to successfully and quickly treat the dysfunction or injury. Your individual movement pattern is unique to only you. Just like your fingerprint, your style of walking or throwing a baseball is a one of a kind pattern that is special just to you. As a doctor of physical therapy and expert of the musculoskeletal system, I believe in studying the body “whole-istically” and then examining each part or facet of the movement to treat the dysfunction. Like a jigsaw puzzle, once the body is put back together successfully and well balanced, rehabilitation is achieved. It is important to maintain the strength, flexibility and balance of your muscles. This is how we truly age well and heal well. A patient of mine was self-referred for a biomechanical evaluation after living with long term hip and back pain. She went through many different isolated forms of therapy to try and address the issue with no success. She needed someone to look at her whole body with no time restraints or insurance regulations. After evaluation and taking a good look into her history, she had experienced multiple injuries from falls and a motorcycle accident. She developed core and leg weakness that affected her spinal movements, as well as layers of scar tissue and fascia mobility loss. Her weakness was addressed through personal training, her spinal alignment and mobility was addressed through physical therapy treatments, and her scar tissue was worked out with therapeutic massage. Now she is able to happily play ball — pain free! — with her son.

Having a professional who is trained in the mechanics of the musculoskeletal system evaluate you can be the first step in promoting optimal health and prevention of injury. Understanding your body type will empower you to keep it healthy. Facilities that can provide patient education, evaluation and treatment of injury, and self-motivation such as group fitness or personal training are key to optimal health and well being. So remember: age well, heal well, be well!

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For the Love of the Game For over a decade now, Charles “Whitey” Joslin and Laura Joslin King have been competing in national father-and-daughter tennis tournaments all over the country. Text and photography by Leigh Ann Root

It’s fun, it keeps them fit and it’s all in the family. For this father-and-daughter team, their love for tennis — and each other — presented a new chapter in their lives. For over a decade now, Charles “Whitey” Joslin and Laura Joslin King have been competing in national father-and-daughter tennis tournaments all over the country. They started out in the senior division, where the fathers must be between the ages of 60 and 70, and now play in the Super Senior Division where fathers must be between 70 and 80 years young. “Laura and I have won two national father/ daughter tournaments together both, surprisingly, on clay courts in Jupiter, Florida, in 2010 and 2011,” says Whitey. “The year we decided to play nationally, we were undefeated in New England tournament play.”

Play smart Their first adventure out on the national circuit as a father/daughter team was in 2005, where they lost to the #1 seed team in the second round. Sharing the competitive spirit, they said to each other, “That was fun; let’s keep doing it.” This proved to be a spring board to many more years of tennis together. They continued in the Senior Division until 2009, where they were ranked between #4 and #6 nationally, and now compete in the Super-Senior Division. kearsargemagazine.com • Spring 2017 • Kearsarge Magazine


“We had a five-year streak in the national Super-Senior circuit where we were ranked #1 in the country,” Whitey says, explaining that rankings are based upon points earned in tournaments, where more points are given as you win in later rounds. “We weren’t the strongest team in the country all those years, but we garnered more points over the four national events to stay #1.” “Laura and I do well when we don’t try to dominate our opponents with power tennis. We win when we play smart, returning as many balls as possible, using the loopers and lobs

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Whitey was in his 60s when they began this particular tennis journey together. This is proof that it’s never too late to start something new and that age makes no difference when it comes to staying fit. to maintain our steadiness, and using our net play to force opponent’s errors or hit winners.” They’re well known for their long matches and sportsmanship. They’ve been awarded the Keith Vens Sportsmanship Award, given to the father-and-daughter team who exemplifies sportsmanship, love of father/ daughter tennis and deep respect for the game of tennis.

Tennis roots run deep Whitey has been a teaching professional since 1972, after leaving a life as a math teacher. He joined his father, who had built and



owned Turnpike Racquet Club in Plainville, Mass. Upon engrossing himself in the studies on becoming a better teaching pro, he inherited the junior program and expanded his father’s United States Tennis Association (USTA) chairmanship and direction of the Girls’16/18 National Indoor Tennis Championship. It’s not surprising that they received the distinction of Tennis Family of the Year. After the family sold their club in Plainville, Whitey worked as a coach and tennis pro in Concord, N.H. Following his retirement from the Air Force Reserves in 1993, he taught tennis on the seacoast at the Great Bay Athletic Club in Newington, N.H., where he joined the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). Later he was hired by King Ridge and the Lake Sunapee Yacht Club. The King Ridge Racquet Club was later purchased at auction by Jay Rosenfield, who then sold it to Whitey and his family. Laura began playing tennis when she was 8 in the club that was owned and managed by her family. It was natural for her to compete in junior tennis throughout high school. She continued competing at Smith College, and later managed clubs in Goffstown and North Conway, N.H. In 1997, Laura received a call from her dad asking her to be his business partner. They would soon find themselves in a familiar setting, but this time working and managing side by side at Mountainside Racquet and Fitness Center in New London. Whitey has since retired from full-time teaching; now Laura and her husband, Richard, are running the business.


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This family business isn’t only an indoor tennis club (three courts) — it’s also a full fitness center. They have two pickle ball courts, strength and cardiovascular machines, free weights, TRX suspension training, personal training, fitness on-demand classes, supervised playroom and a certified hypnotherapy and Reiki master. For 20 years, they’ve continued to offer a variety of fitness options in an ever-changing industry.

The Court Connection “It can be so many things: fun, challenging, frustrating, exhausting, exhilarating,” says Laura. “We’ve always been close due to our love of tennis and our working together but the traveling, socializing and competition have added a depth to our relationship. We’re not just father/daughter, we’re work partners. I respect my dad so much more deeply.” Whitey agrees. “It’s a wonderful way to stay in touch with my daughter. We’re competitive enough to play fairly even, with most. There are times when we complement each other and days when we have our problems, but we always give our opponents a battle. The hugs and the ‘high fives’ when we play, no matter winning or losing, are special.” A longtime friend Jeffie Goodwin of New London, N.H., describes the two-some: “They bring their warm, friendly demeanor with them whenever

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they step onto the court and you can’t help but want to be a part of their extreme love of the game of tennis.” Peter Spanos of Sunapee, N.H. — friend, a 20year Mountainside Racquet and Fitness Center member, and fellow tennis player — says, “Not only are Laura and Whitey two of the nicest people I know, they’re also two of the sharpest, and it shows in the way they run the club and in how they approach the game of tennis. Laura recalls a time they were playing in Florida in 2007. Her dad was not himself, and they finished

an unusual 4th that day. The next morning, Whitey had a heart attack and his wife, a nurse, performed CPR, bringing him back. Laura explains, “He had a six-way bypass. Immediately, he set a goal: playing in a tournament outside of Chicago. We hung his tennis racquet in his hospital room to remind him of his goal.” The goal was reached and they made it to the quarterfinals, losing to the team that won the tournament. “He hasn’t stopped playing since. I now look at each and every opportunity we play together as an absolute gift.” Whitey, now 77, was in his 60s when they began this particular tennis journey together. This is proof that it’s never too late to start something new and that age makes no difference when it comes to staying fit. This father/daughter team has discovered something that lights up their lives and strengthens their bond. Laura says, “We’ve had to learn to adapt to each other over the years and learn to communicate in a different way from tennis pro/student, father/ daughter to tennis partners.” This is life’s work off the court, too; communication, adapting to change and working together for a common goal. What a great match they make! Get to know

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A seasonal listing of performances, events, outdoor gatherings, fundraisers and other fun activities

Year of the Moose at the Pine Hill Ski Club February and March 12 to 1:30 p.m. Celebrate 40 years of the Pine Hill Ski Area. Record your sitings of the colorful pink moose on the Pine Hill trail system. Send us your viewing of location of a moose on a trail map and leave it at our trail head kiosk marked MOOSE LOTTERY. You may win a lawn moose of your own! >> Pine Hill X-C Ski Area, Mountain Road, New London, N.H. >> pinehillskiclub.com

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A taste of New London and beyond! This outdoor dinner takes place on the town green with area restaurants offering different courses. Tiki torches and campfires will keep everyone warm. Fun for the whole family. >> New London Town Green, New London, N.H. >> $20 individual, $35 couple or $60 family of 4, children 9 years and younger $5 >> nlrec.com

This fun event is part of the New London Winter Carnival, organized by the New London Recreation Department. Enjoy ice skating, an ice hockey tournament, magic show, wagon rides, scavenger hunt, BBQ, kids activities, snowshoeing, then end your day with a s’mores party and fireworks. >> Behind the old middle school on Main Street, New London, N.H. >> nlrec.com

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New London Farmers’ Market Saturday, Feb. 18 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your friends and family and shop local at the Market on the Green’s indoor market. Plan to spend a couple hours visiting with your neighbors, learning new things from the vendors, and having a tasty snack or lunch at the market. There will be produce, preserves, baked goods, craft items and art created by local artisans. Held in conjunction with the New London Winter Carnival! >> Whipple Memorial Hall, corner of Seamans Road and Main Street, New London, N.H. >> Free >> nlrec.com

It’s a myth that orchids are difficult to grow. Norm Selander-Carrier, past president of the NH Orchid Society, will give a talk and answer all your questions on growing and caring for orchids. The program is co-sponsored by the Wilmot Community Association and Wilmot Garden Club. Light refreshments will be served. >> Wilmot Community Association Red Barn, 64 Village Road, Wilmot, N.H. >> Free admission >> wilmotcommunityassociation.org

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Newport Historical Society Museum March to May

Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Newport Historical Society Museum is located in the historic 1837 Nettleton House. Exhibits contain fascinating artifacts, photos and documents. You will be amazed at the people, products and ideas that changed the world connected to this small New Hampshire town. The museum is handicapped accessible.

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In this hands-on workshop, you will create three separate container gardens using living flowering bulb plants. Special attention will be paid to the elements of color, form and line. We will be designing in the vegetative and contemporary styles adding a variety of natural materials to create dynamic line and texture.

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“Bring It and Swing It” as the Walker Fund’s Spring Series opens with a colorful high-energy sextet playing a mix of 1940s jive, 1950s melodrama, and 1960 to 1980 Motown.

>> Craft Studies at the Hanover League of NH Craftsmen, 13 Lebanon Street, Hanover, N.H.

All Walker Lecture Fund events are free and open to all. General Seating. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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Metaphysical and Fine Art Event Saturday, March 11 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Signs of Spring

Tuesdays, March 7, 14 and 21 at LSPA Tuesday, March 28 at The Fells 10 to 11 a.m. Days are growing longer and March breezes may surprise us with snowdrifts or mud puddles! Join the LSPA for four weeks to follow spring’s amazing awakening and progress. >> LSPA, 63 Main Street, Sunapee Harbor and The Fells, 456 Route 103A, Newbury, N.H. >> Free and open to the public >> lakesunapee.org


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The Kimball Jenkins Estate presents the first bi-annual Metaphysical and Fine Art Event! Psychic readers experienced in offering tarot, crystal ball, energetic rebalancing, past life purpose readings and much more. Vendors offering beautiful and unique items. Fine artists presenting pastels, oils, glass, sculpture and watercolors. >> The Kimball Jenkins Estate, 266 North Main Street, Concord, N.H. >> Free admission >> kimballjenkins.com

CHaD Battle of the Badges Hockey Championship

Concord Fire Department Recognition Ceremony

3 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

Police officers and firefighters from across the region gather for the 10th annual Battle of the Badges Hockey Championship to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD). In nine years, this spirited, highly competitive game has raised $1.7 million for the kids and programs at CHaD.

The public is cordially invited to attend this annual special event honoring citizens and department members for outstanding acts of service and bravery.

Sunday, March 19

>> SNHU Arena, 55 Elm Street, Manchester, N.H. >> $10, kids 5 and under free

Friday, March 31

>> Concord Fire Department, 24 Horseshoe Pond Lane, Concord, N.H. >> Free

Pond Skimming! Saturday, April 1

>> CHaDHockey.org

Pond Skimming. The Slush Cup. The Water Ride. No matter the name, pond skimming at ski resorts is a spring tradition that dates back decades. Come watch skiers and snowboarders attempt to cross a slush-filled pond without getting wet. >> Ragged Mountain Resort, 620 Ragged Mountain Resort, Danbury, N.H. >> raggedmountainresort.com

Introduction to Foil Class Courtesy photo by sportsimagez.com

Monday, March 27

Ages 7 to 13, 5:45 p.m. Ages 14+, 7:15 p.m. Learn the Olympic sport of fencing at Concord Fencing Club. Short class periods (75 minutes) and one meeting per week allow the very motivated and the “just curious” to get an introduction that is nonthreatening and comprehensive. Areas of instruction cover the key elements of safety, good sportsmanship, proper use of equipment, rules and the rudiments of offense and defense. >> Concord Fencing Club, 126 Hall Street, Concord, N.H.

>> concordfencing club.org

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>> $160

Fisher Cats Opening Day Thursday, April 6 6:35 p.m. The “Best NH Sports Team” is back in the Granite State. Bring your family down to celebrate the return of baseball and spring! >> Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, 1 Line Drive, Manchester, N.H. >> $12 >> nhfishercats.com kearsargemagazine.com • Spring 2017 • Kearsarge Magazine


Annual Intragalactic Cardboard Sled Race Saturday, April 8

Registration: 9 to 12 p.m. Race: 1:30 p.m. Intricate and professionally designed cardboard sleds vie for bragging rights as winner of this race on Mount Sunapee. All sled riders must be over the age of 18, and all competitors must wear a helmet while the sled is on course. >> Mount Sunapee, 1398 Route 103, Newbury, N.H. >> $30 entry fee >> mountsunapee.com

Flavors of the Valley Sunday, April 9

Mamma Mia! April 19 to May 21 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. The musical sensation Mamma Mia! takes the music of ABBA and weaves it into a sunny tale that has delighted more than 50 million people worldwide. Recommended for ages 10 and up. >> The Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates Street, White River Junction, Vt. >> Students, $15; adults, $30 to $55 >> northernstage.org

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Taste the flavors of the Upper Valley at the region’s premier tasting event with more than 60 local farm and food-related vendors sampling fresh produce, artisan bread, award-winning cheeses, tasty jams and other local goods.

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>> Hartford High School, 37 Highland Avenue, White River Junction, Vt. >> $10 per person, children 6 and under free, $30 family maximum >> VitalCommunities.org

Peeps Diorama Contest

Peeps Party: Friday, April 14, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Display: April 15 to 22

Celebrate Earth Day Discovering Vernal Pools! Saturday, April 22 1 p.m.

Peep-le of all ages are invited to create a diorama featuring Peeps bunnies and chicks as the characters. Peeps may be melted, squished and manipulated to create unique dioramas with scenes inspired by recent news stories, celebrities, books or movies. Then come see all the creativity in the area when the dioramas go on display!

Bring the whole family for a learning adventure at one of The Fells vernal pools and discover who lives there and why they these temporary habitats are so important. Lake Sunapee Protective Association education staff will lead this adventure. Waterproof footwear is recommended.

>> Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport, N.H.

>> The Fells Gatehouse, 456 Route 103A, Newbury, N.H.

>> $5 fee to enter

>> Free

>> libraryartscenter.org

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Five Colleges Book Sale Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Looking for something to read? Take a look through 40,000 or so books in all fields, in good condition, and carefully sorted. There are also maps, prints, CDs, videos, DVDs, books-on-tape and ephemera. Better yet: everything is half price on day two. >> Lebanon High School Gym, 195 Hanover Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> five-collegesbooksale.org

11th Annual Chefs of the Valley Sunday, April 30 4 to 6:30p.m. Each spring, chefs from the Upper Valley’s best restaurants join together in a fundraiser to support the Haven. The event is a late afternoon gala where more than 300 guests will be able to sample cuisine prepared by these artists, listen to live music, and bid on silent auction items. >> Hanover Inn, 2 East Wheelock Street, Hanover, N.H. >> $15 per person

Black Fly Open Golf Tournament Thursday, May 18 Registration: 9 a.m. Shotgun Start: 10 a.m. Enjoy a beautiful day of golf, food, fun, prizes and plenty of black flies. This annual fundraiser for the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce welcomes teams of up to four people, and singles who will be matched to a team upon arrival. >> Country Club of New Hampshire, 187 Kearsarge Mountain Valley Road, North Sutton, N.H. >> lakesunapeenh.org/black-fly-open-golf-tournament

Wilmot Garden Club’s 21st Annual Plant Sale Saturday, May 20 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wilmot’s garden club members dig, pot, and nurture perennials from gardens of generous local donors. Then a wide selection of picture-perfect fresh annuals and vegetable plants is trucked direct from Jolly Farmer Nurseries. This year: private tours of the converted firehouse featured on HGTV. >> The Old Firehouse, 5 Campground Road, Wilmot Flat, N.H.

>> uppervalleyhaven.org

Newport Sunshine 5K Run/Walk

Dancing with the Lake Sunapee Stars!

Registration: 8:30 a.m.

Opening Reception and Silent Auction: 5:30 p.m.

Kids Run: 9:30 a.m.

Show: 7 p.m.

5K Race: 10 a.m.

Join Center for the Arts for its second annual fundraiser (based on the popular television show) where six local “celebrities” dance with the pros to compete for the People’s Choice Award! Tickets available at Morgan Hill Bookstore and Tatewell Gallery.

Saturday, May 6

In the early 1980s, Larry Flint and the Newport Parks & Rec Department started a 5K race called the Newport Road Race. The race grew and became known as the Sunshine 5K. After a hiatus, the Newport Rec and Lori Richer at the Newport Montessori School brought the popular annual race back, with the addition of a 1K Kids Run.

Saturday, May 20

>> Colby-Sawyer College, Sawyer Theater, New London, N.H.

>> Corbin Bridge Park, Newport, N.H.

>> $25 ticket in advance; $30 at the door

>> Kids Run, free; 5K Race, $5 ($10 on race day); under 14 run for free

>> centerfortheartsnh.org

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A Sweet Springtime Celebration The Kearsarge Maple Festival offers two days of maple and merriment. By Barbara Mills Lassonde


he bitter wind hurls sheets of snow and ice crystals from the rocky summit of Mount Kearsarge to the surrounding towns below. Bushes and stunted trees, bare of leaves, bow to the power of Mother Nature. It’s March, and winter’s grip is still firm at this elevation. But in the tiny town of Warner, N.H., folks are celebrating the earliest signs of spring. With the sun slightly higher and warmer, thin rivulets of melt water rush downhill. Muddy patches of ground nibble away at the snowy edges of winter, slowly spreading. Snow pulls away from tree trunks. It’s maple sugaring season, and a time to rejoice.

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Below freezing nights and calm, sunny days in the 40s are ideal conditions for a good maple sap flow. When temperatures approach that range, the maple producer drills a shallow tap hole into the trunk of the maple tree, inserts a spout, then collects the clear, watery sap that flows from the spout. Clouds of steam billow from the cupola atop the sugar house as more than 40 gallons of sap are concentrated into one gallon of maple syrup. Native Americans harvested maple sap and made it into syrup and sugar long before the first European settlers arrived, and the tradition continues.

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offers visitors something different. Pick up a Plan Your Maple Intake brochure map at any of Saturday the participating venues · Pancake breakfast, 7:30 to 11 a.m., United Church of Warner and someone from each · Children’s craft, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Pillsbury Free Library (downstairs) sugar house will stamp · Tour sugar houses, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the map. · Children’s story time, 12, 2 and 4 p.m., MainStreet BookEnds A pancake, sausage · Spaghetti dinner, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Warner Town Hall and egg breakfast held Sunday at the United Church of · Pancake breakfast, 7:30 to 11 a.m., United Church of Warner Warner both mornings is · Tour sugar houses, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. hosted by the church and · Children’s story time, 12, 2 and 4 p.m., MainStreet BookEnds the Warner Historical · Native American maple sugar and dugout canoe demonstration, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Society. You may even Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum · Children’s nature activities with prizes, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Little Nature Museum want to take a chance on a maple-themed raffle Both days basket. · Regular fare plus maple beverages and other maple treats: Schoodacs, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bring the kids to the · Regular fare plus maple cream pie for dessert: Foothills Restaurant, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. · Regular fare plus French toast special and omelets with maple Dijon: Pillsbury Free Library on Schoolhouse Café, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday morning where · Regular fare plus sweet and spicy bacon made with pure maple syrup: they can make a craft. The Local, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (closed Sunday) Warm up by the fire at MainStreet BookEnds either afternoon and To celebrate the 2017 maple Visit any of the several sugar listen to a children’s maple sugarseason, the town of Warner is houses in the area. Walk inside, ing story. holding its third annual Kearsarge and if the sap is boiling, you’re Some of the town’s restauMaple Festival on March 25 first struck by the maple-scented rants are offering maple-infused and 26, which is also New steam rising from the evaporator. beverages and maple-flavored Hampshire’s Maple Weekend. In some houses, it’s like entering pastries in addition to their reguThis festival grew from a list of a maple sauna. Tour the sugar lar fare. On Saturday, a spaghetti Warner sugar houses to a town houses and maple orchards, and supper at the Warner Town Hall affair, offering two full days of learn about the fascinating hiswill be hosted by the 4-H group family fun at little or no cost. tory of maple sugaring. Watch Merrimack County Ox Bows. The locals love this event because maple syrup being made and chat On Sunday, in the Mt. it gives them the opportunity to with the producers, who delight Kearsarge Indian Museum parkcelebrate the beginning of spring in talking about the process. ing lot, you’ll see steaming kettles and showcase much of what the Offers of free samples of fresh of sap hanging over an open fire. charming town of Warner has to maple syrup are seldom passed Nearby, a long, smoldering log offer. up, and many producers serve shows how the earliest inhabit“This festival promotes the tasty treats like coffee made with ants made dugout canoes. Visitors town and the sugar houses,” says sap, maple almond bars, doughmay help make maple sugar, Rebecca Courser, director of the nuts or cookies. If the sap is sample native foods, snowshoe Warner Historical Society. “We flowing, children may help empty around the property (if enough offer a bigger package than other the buckets, trying not to spill the snow is on the ground), and enjoy towns on Maple Weekend, so precious liquid. Each sugar house a self-guided tour of the museum. Warner is a good destination.” 46

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“This event gives us the opportunity to teach people how Native Americans made maple sugar. It’s an indigenous food,” says Emmons Cobb, deputy director of the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum. On the same campus, The Little Nature Museum is offering free, hands-on nature activities for kids. Everyone who tries the activities wins a prize. Excitement is already in the air as folks in the Warner area gear up for another successful Kearsarge Maple Festival. Everyone is welcome to come and join the celebration. Barbara Lassonde is a freelance writer, public relations specialist and author. Her book, Maple Sugaring in New Hampshire, is available in many area book stores and online. She and her husband, Don, live at Beaver Meadowbrook Farm in Warner, where they make maple syrup. She can be reached at granitepublicity@aol.com

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Maple syrup samples catch the light

Don Lassonde of Beaver Meadowbrook Farm checks the sap’s progress

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A Visit with Connolly Law Dan Connolly’s genuine passion for helping families and small businesses protect and distribute what they built is clearly in evidence. By Patrick O’Grady Photography by Jim Block


y age 70, most have slid into retirement or at least marked their calendar and are counting the days. Not New London, N.H., attorney Dan Connolly. “Every morning it is still fun,” says Connolly, greeting visitors with a broad smile and hearty handshake. Nearby, his cocker spaniel Molly looks on approvingly. “I am blessed with this.” In an hour-long interview, Connolly’s genuine passion for helping families and small businesses protect and distribute what they have labored for years to build is clearly in evidence. He has the enthusiasm befitting an intern hoping to impress the partners — not someone who has practiced law for nearly 37 years. Though he had worked in different areas of law, and was with a manufacturing company in Laconia for eight years, Connolly has been an estate and trust planning attorney for most of the last 45 years. He opened his New London practice in 2001. “I have enjoyed doing estate planning for the grandchildren,

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where I have done the grandparents, the parents, all the aunts and uncles. That is a great privilege and there are a lot of rewards to see those things come to fruition,” Connolly says.

Path Born and raised in Nebraska, Connolly was a Russian language major at Boston College where he also worked as the assistant sports information director (ASID). After graduation in 1968, Connolly was hired as the ASID at Dartmouth College which led to a series of encounters and decisions that put him on the path to a career in law. At Dartmouth, Connolly recognized the job had limitations as a career and began thinking about other options. A former New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice, Amos Blandin, persuaded him to attend law school. After graduation from Cornell University School of Law, he landed a job as a law clerk with the Hanover, N.H., firm of Stebbins Bradley and was hired full time in 1972. “The first four years I did the run of the mill everything,” Connolly says, including successfully defending two homicide suspects. The turning point came in 1976 when his mentor, Jack Stebbins, gave him some sage

After nearly 40 years, it is not a stretch to say Dan Connolly has probably seen it all. He has successfully worked with business owners who are selling and ready to retire and helped large families distribute assets so everyone comes away satisfied. advice about estate and trust planning. Connolly found helping people deal with the “core of their life; their hopes and fears for their children and grandchildren; and their concerns with declining health and who will take care of them” appealing. “Jack’s comments to me were ‘When you think about it, this is an area where you have a chance to be creative with your client,’” Connolly says. “He said, ‘You can help them plan for the future and help them deal with wealth they have inherited or wealth they’ve created; or maybe they are faced with less resources than they thought because of business reverses.’”


That pitch from Stebbins set Connolly on the career that he still relishes today. Preserving assets from the federal estate tax, positioning resources so they work for family situations or sorting out the succession of a business a couple has spent decades building — all of these and more are the essence of estate and trust planning. “There is a lot of creativity required,” he says.

Educating and empowering Drafting documents requires a keen understanding of the complexities of law but simplifying that legalese is just as important to Connolly. Again, his mentor, Jack Stebbins, showed him the wisdom of that approach. “Many people view their lawyers as being a legal fee for some experts, and they will give us documents they tell us will work and we hope they will work,” Connolly says. “But if you take time to help your client learn what is involved, they are empowered and they are able to understand the language.” The instruments, for example, we have, start out, ‘I want you to do this with the property for my children.’ People can understand that. And so that is one of our important principles: You are going to see things you haven’t seen


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before and there is no reason you can’t understand it yourself.” It is not a stretch to say Connolly, a resident of Concord, N.H., has probably seen it all. He has successfully worked with business owners who are selling and ready to retire and helped large families distribute assets so everyone comes away satisfied. “A lot of the planning that we do is for the business, helping them to exit when they are ready to exit or retire. If death has occurred, we help them sort the pieces out and if they came to us earlier we’d help them set up entities that make it easier,” he says. For example, “We have had after three or four months, everything has been distributed, primarily because the planning has been there.” On the other end of the spectrum, he has seen acrimonious family dynamics lead to court cases. “Yes, it does happen, but if the older generation had good advisers they can set up an arrangement that minimizes those things,” Connolly says.

Keeping it local There is no doubt that hiring a lawyer can be expensive but not hiring one can often be more costly. Connolly recalled a sole proprietorship in which the owner died suddenly. He sold life insurance broker and mutual funds and his wife tried, unsuccessfully, to carry on the business. Consequently she lost the residual value — the portion of the


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premiums on the life insurance accounts that would have been paid out for the life of each policy. “She never got the economic benefit,” Connolly says. “If that is the situation, we help them to set up an entity like an LLC that keeps the assets alive for the family.” Connolly also enjoys helping other local attorneys who may not have his breadth of knowledge and have asked, ‘Can you help me?’” This approach keeps clients local, rather than forcing them to larger cities, he says.

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With attorney Lucy Rooney and law clerk Heather Ogmundson joining the practice, Connolly could scale back his workload. But as for retirement, that seems unlikely anytime soon. He is having too much fun. Patrick O’Grady is an editor and reporter for the Valley News. Previously he was managing editor for the Eagle Times. He is the author of Replicate: The Rebuilding of the Corbin Covered Bridge in Newport, N.H.

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A Cool New Space at Wilmot Public Library Wilmot Public Library goes beyond traditional book and film lending services to a whole new level of community involvement. By Brianna Marino Photography by Paul Howe


ince the mid-1700s, New England’s public libraries have been centers of literacy and resources for the towns they serve. Some might argue that not much has changed in the library business, while others contend that tablets or e-readers make libraries obsolete. Well, there’s a new space at the Wilmot Public Library that the Internet couldn’t begin to replicate: the Joyce Tawney Creativity Lab.

Rosanna Eubank-Long and Carol MacDonald in the new Creativity Lab

What is a creativity lab you may ask? According to Rosanna Eubank-Long, the library director at Wilmot Public Library, the creativity lab is “a place for nontraditional library activities.” However, the Creativity Lab is more than just a space for community meetings and projects. The lab offers the equipment and much of the inspiration to complete a wide variety of creative endeavors. A pottery wheel, 3-D doodle pen, sewing machine, fabric, telescope, microscope, binoculars and an adjacent, newly renovated kitchen are some of the items available to library patrons who are free to use the lab during library hours. Equipped with tools ranging from arts to STEM (Science, Technology, Math and Engineering) topics, the Creativity Lab provides what Eubank-Long calls “a maker space.” Although the lab would be an asset to any library, it’s especially impressive for what, at first, seems to be a small and unassuming library. ›››››

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A pottery wheel, 3-D doodle pen, sewing machine, fabric, telescope, microscope, binoculars and an adjacent, newly renovated kitchen are some of the items available to library patrons who are free to use the lab during library hours. In fact, the size of Wilmot Public Library was one of the driving reasons for recent renovations to the formerly vacant room between the Wilmot Town Hall and the library that ultimately became the Creativity Lab. “It was an old, unused space,” says Eubank-Long, who admits to having had her eye on the room. “The kitchen had no attention for years. It was not really usable,” says Carol MacDonald, president of the Friends of the Wilmot Public Library. Renovations to update the space and kitchen started in April 2016 and finished in June of the same year. “The hardest part was coming up with the original concept,” says Eubank-Long. She had an idea of the direction she wanted the room to take, and that direction became


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a reality with the help of a library planning professional. Tasks included lightening the floors, updating the windows, replacing appliances, and refreshing the paint to compliment the original bead board work. “It really opened up the space,” says MacDonald. A few clever decorations add a funky, modern appeal to the traditional New England feel. Funded entirely by an anonymous donation, the lab is named after Joyce Tawney. Known as Mrs. Tawney to many, Joyce was a first grade teacher, longtime Wilmot resident, outdoor

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enthusiast and avid library supporter. Although she didn’t live to see the finished product of the work, MacDonald and EubankLong agree it was fitting to name the Creativity Lab in her memory. Now, the Creativity Lab provides a room away from the main area of the library offering a venue for children, homeschooling groups and community members looking to meet or just do something creative. This keeps it quieter in the main library. “Before the lab, there was no place to talk,” says MacDonald. In addition to the Creativity Lab, the Wilmot Public Library offers a few “nontraditional” services: they lend out unique cake pans for baking and Lego kits. All the extras support the library’s mission. “What is special

about libraries now is they’re so much more than books,” says Eubank-Long. “Instead of being the bookshelf of the town, it’s the living room.” That living room feel is continued as the library hosts an active crafting group and the Fiber Divas knitting group. Although the face of public libraries may have changed over the past hundred years, their purpose remains much the same: pooling resources for public use. Recently named the New Hampshire Library Trustee Association’s Library of the Year for 2016, Wilmot Public Library has taken the idea beyond traditional book and film lending services to a whole new level of community involvement where pottery spinning, microscopes, Legos and cake pans make it more than just a library — it’s a destination. A lover of libraries and daughter of a librarian, Brianna Marino can usually be found in the dust of her three-year-old whirlwind of a girl. Along with her patient husband, they live on a budding farm with a dog, cat, four pigs, 30+ chickens and a growing turkey flock. In her spare time, she enjoys writing about homesteading adventures, local amusements and whatever else stirs the imagination. Paul Howe, a freelance photographer based in Sunapee, has been photographing for local publications in the area for more than 40 years. See more on his website: paulhowephotography.com

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All Aflutter New Hampshire has about 100 species of butterflies, and whether you’re hiking up Mount Kearsarge or just relaxing in your backyard, you’ll see a variety of them. By Laurie D. Morrissey Photography by Jim Block

It is one of the prettiest sights of the summer: a colorful butterfly bouncing over the garden or warming its wings on a stone wall. Beautiful, yet fragile, hundreds of thousands of these ephemeral creatures light up the landscape of the Kearsarge region. Fortunately, butterflies don’t hide from us as birds often do, or even fly away when we approach. New

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Hampshire has about 100 species, and whether you’re hiking up Mount Kearsarge or just relaxing in your backyard, you’ll see a variety of them. Even though they are so common, many of us do not know much about butterflies and can identify only one or two species. A bit of knowledge can enhance your enjoyment of these insects


— and, if you become an avid butterfly spotter, you can contribute to the database that allows ecologists to protect them.

Back from the brink Almost everyone in New Hampshire has heard of the Karner Blue, a rare species that became the official state butterfly in 1992. Efforts to restore its habitat and bring the species back from the brink of extinction are part of an ongoing effort that has proven successful. The Karner Blue in New Hampshire can only be found in the Concord Pine Barrens, where they rely exclusively on wild lupine for nectar and breeding sites. In our region, you are likely to see an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, a large, yellow-and-black butterfly with two black tails on its hindwings. It is one of a half dozen Swallowtail species in the state. If you’re hiking up the slopes of Mount Sunapee on a sunny day, you might spot a Yellow or Orange Sulphur, a White or Red Admiral, or one of several species of Skipper. Often, they are seen in groups drinking from a puddle or wet sand, a behavior known as “puddling.” Ski slopes like Mount Sunapee, Ragged Mountain and the former King Ridge, are great places for butterflying, according to Richard

The rare Karner Blue butterfly


· There are around 20,000 species worldwide (700+ in North America). · A group of butterflies is called a kaleidoscope, swarm or rabble. · A group of caterpillars is an army. · They have four wings: two forewings and two hindwings. · They taste with their feet. · The life cycle has four stages: egg, larva (caterpillar), chrysalis and adult. · The “dust” you feel when you touch the wing of a butterfly (not recommended) is actually tiny scales.


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COMMON SPECIES IN NEW HAMPSHIRE Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Clouded Sulphur Cabbage White Common Ringlet American Copper Eastern-tailed Blue Spring Azure White Admiral


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Gray of Enfield, N.H., who refers to himself as an amateur lepidopterist. “There are huge amounts of flowers and huge amounts of butterflies,” he says. “You can see more than 30 species on a warm, sunny day.” (Butterflies can only fly when their temperature is above

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81 degrees Fahrenheit.) In the past 30 years, Gray and David Elberfeld of Dunbarton, N.H., have collected information in e very town in New Hampshire. Two of the state’s butterfly experts, Heidi Holman and Vanessa Jones, live in the Kearsarge area. Holman of

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Warner, N.H., is a wildlife diversity specialist at the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department. “Watching butterflies is exciting because they’re so colorful and so varied,” she says. “Butterflies love sunny, open areas with a diversity of flowers and

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grasses. The edges of wetlands, and agricultural areas that are not mowed regularly, are good spotting sites.” The species that attract the most attention, she says, are large ones like the Mourning Cloak and those that have unique traits, like the Monarch. Monarchs are the only butterflies known to make a two-way migration, traveling 50 to 100 miles a day on their journey. They also are known for their reliance on milkweed plants for food and breeding sites. There has been a population decline of around 90 percent, due to habitat loss and other factors. The Fells Estate in Newbury, N.H., is a designated Monarch Way Station, and has an exhibit and 64

educational program for children. The staff of its Hay Ecology Center has raised Monarchs, tagged them, and released them into fields where milkweed is abundant.

Where are they? Jones of Hopkinton, N.H., is the director of conservation with New Hampshire Audubon. Like Holman, she is involved in efforts to determine exactly what butterfly species live in New Hampshire, and where. “We have been trying to get a statewide butterfly survey up and running for several years, without successfully obtaining a large grant to anchor this work,” she says. “Neighboring states and provinces

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have already conducted multiyear butterfly surveys. New Hampshire is a ‘hole’ in butterfly information in the Northeast region. We need baseline data in order to find out if there are species we should be concerned about.” Butterflies have a critical role in the ecosystem, she says. “Along with bats and birds, butterflies can be important pollinators, and their larvae can be major herbivores. Many are specialists on one or a few host plants and, in this context, can serve as indicators of environmental change.” Anything that affects a butterfly’s host plant, such as pesticide use or changes in land use, affects its population, she points out. Climate change could also be


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WHAT YOU CAN DO Want more butterflies? Here are some tips for homeowners. · Leave part of your lawn unmowed or create a meadow · Reduce or eliminate pesticides · Plant and encourage native flower species and milkweed · Provide food for caterpillars, such as dill and parsley · Place water for hydration and flat stones for butterflies to warm up

Silver-bordered Fritillary Butterfly seen along the shore of Waukeena Lake

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly seen along the shore of Waukeena Lake 66

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causing range shifts. “Species that were not seen in New Hampshire are now present in the southern part of the state, and some that used to be seen in northern New Hampshire are not here at all,” she says. The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) coordinates an annual one-day butterfly count that helps scientists spot trends, both good and bad. New Hampshire’s count started in 2004 in Wentworth, where participants typically count up to 40 species within a 15-mile radius of Lower Baker Pond. The count is always scheduled for the weekend closest to July 10. Another way to add to the knowledge base is to contribute observation data to eButterfly, a public program that trains and coordinates hundreds of volunteers across North America. “When the sun is shining and the wildflowers are blooming, I’m out in the field with my net at the ready,” the Audubon naturalist says. She admits to having favorites. For obvious reasons, she is partial to the Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), and American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis). “It would be hard for me not to like them,” she says.












Laurie D. Morrissey is a writer who lives in Hopkinton, N.H. Jim Block enjoys photographing almost anything: children, adults, families and celebrations; nature and wildlife; sports and action; buildings and businesses. His clients range from publishers to businesses to individuals. Explore his website at jimblockphoto.com

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On the Road Winter Fun with Kearsarge Magazine Text and photography by Leigh Ann Root

On the Road with Kearsarge Magazine had us visiting many people, going to exciting places, and looking at wonderful things during the winter season. Getting on the road and into our advertisers’ businesses has given us an opportunity to gather fantastic information to share with our print and online audiences. In November we strolled through the beloved Gallery of

Gifts at the Library Arts Center in Newport, N.H., where the space was transformed into an exhibit of handmade crafts that created a unique shopping experience. This annual happening gives a variety of local artisans a wonderful backdrop to showcase their one-of-a-kind creations. Later in month, we stopped by Love’s Bedding & Furniture in Claremont, N.H. This store

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delivers so much more than furniture — interior design ideas, unique accents, and lighting, to name a few. The Love’s family also includes another location, just down the road, Cash and Carry Furniture. Both locations are chocked full of lovely furniture and a vast amount of home furnishings. When you visit, make sure you have time to wander through the many, many rooms loaded with everything to make a house a home. In December, while in New London, N.H., we explored the new venture of Go Lightly Consignment. Just down the hall from Go Lightly Women’s Boutique is the Go Lightly Home & Gallery. It didn’t take long to discover distinctive treasures in an eclectic inventory of items for the home, garden and office. The creative displays of their consignments are worthy of a stop. In Newbury, N.H., our taste buds were delighted at Marzelli Deli. They’ve been filling the bellies of the locals and visitors since 2004. One glance at their showcases proves that bigger is better here. From their breakfast items to their


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