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Get to know the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge area of New Hampshire.

Fall 2013

Take a Hike! Delightful Four easy and Dahlias

Stories from Beyond the Grave

Get to know the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge area of New Hampshire.

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Delightful Dahlias Kearsarge Magazine bedecks its pages with gorgeous color photos of the loveliest flowers on the planet, all grown right here in Springfield, N.H. By Laura Jean Whitcomb

38 Take a Hike, Fat Man

You may think that hiking over mountains and through the forests sounds a bit daunting — but if you can walk, you can hike. And it’s a great way to lose a few pounds. Text and photography by Kevin Davis

50 The Wonder of Retreat

60 Kearsarge Klassic Dirt Road Randonnee

Last year Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust was celebrating 25 years and had several activities planned. No thought had been given to anything to do with bikes. Then Leslie Ludtke and Dan Morrissey and their bicycling buddies came along. By Allen Lessels


Jim Block

Wonderwell Mountain Refuge invites participants into both their inner landscape and that of the natural world. “We want to encourage an approach to life that can transform the way we relate to all aspects of it, no matter what our spiritual path may be,” says the Springfield, N.H., center’s spiritual director, Lama Willa Miller. By Phyllis Edgerly Ring


Fall at Muster Field Farm, North Sutton Photograph by Jim Block


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Photographer Jim Block captured this image last fall at Muster Field Farm, a historic homestead and working farm. It is one of Jim’s favorite places for fresh vegetables, special events and photographic opportunities.



17 Locally Made: Soft Socks

Newbury, N.H., residents Carol and Ed Rehor know how to treat your feet. By Laura Jean Whitcomb the Grave Two New Hampshire authors have written books that are perfect for tale-telling this Halloween.

24 Business: Serendipity Boutique

Tally Jones and her team at Serendipity Boutique in New London, N.H., have a genuine interest in their clientele and community. By Amy Makechnie

Paul Howe

20 This Season: Stories from Beyond


26 Pets: Behavior in a Bag

29 Let’s Go Calendar

A few fun things to do this fall.

34 NH People: Bill Hoyt

Newport, N.H., resident Bill Hoyt participates in many local organizations: South Congregational Church, Knights of Pythias, and the American Legion. It was the Legion that brought Hoyt to one of his more famous roles in Newport: driver of Leapin’ Lena. By Ann St. Martin Stout

Laura Jean Whitcomb

We humans are pretty particular about what we eat. So why shouldn’t we do the same for our four-legged friends? Suzanne Bohman is an Eat Local fan, and makes 3Biddy’s Pet Treats out of liver from locally raised animals. By Laura Jean Whitcomb


Food Pantry Everyone needs a little help sometime. And for people in the towns around Lake Sunapee who need a little help putting food on the table, there’s the Kearsarge Lake Sunapee (KLS) Community Food Pantry. By Barbra Alan

68 Eat: The Breakfast Club

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and here in New Hampshire, we know how to do a good breakfast. By Barbra Alan

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46 Nonprofit: The Kearsarge Lake Sunapee


72 Pen’s End: Autumn Eve

Jim Block

A poem by Louis Sanborn, a resident of Grantham, N.H. Illustration by J. Moria Stephens. • Fall 2013 • Kearsarge Magazine


editor’s letter Hello friends, I know it’s a cliché, but there really is something for everyone in this issue. Fall foliage photos. Check. (A pumpkin photo on this page for good measure.) Getting to know your neighbors, like Bill Hoyt of Newport and Emily Cleaveland of Springfield. Check. An article for pet lovers? Got that. How about sports? Turn to page 60 for a feature on the Kearsarge Klassic bike ride, or page 38 for a feature on

I have to say I’m pretty pleased with the breadth of this


issue. The next issue, winter, well, that might be a little lopsided. It’s focused on the holiday season with profiles

Shopping? Try Serendipity in New London. Or order

of seasonal events, artisans, nonprofit activities, and then

some socks made in Newbury.

we’ve added a gift guide with only locally made products

What about food? Yes, indeed, this issue profiles a few

for good measure. If you’re feeling Grinch-y, well, maybe

breakfast spots in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area.

you should reread the fall issue?

There’s even spirituality: a profile of Wonderwell

Enjoy the season.

Mountain Refuge in Springfield. You could even consider the article in the health category — it’s a great place to take yoga and meditation classes.

Laura Jean Whitcomb

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Delightful Dahlias by Laura Jean Whitcomb photography by Jim Block

With her gorgeous blooms available at local farmers’ markets and floral shops, grower Emily Cleaveland is happy to be known as the dahlia lady. › › › › ›


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There are a few critical elements to growing dahlias: sandy, well-drained soil; full sun; and deep watering every week. But to grow colorful, hearty dahlias in planting zone 5 (the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge area of New Hampshire), you also need a gardener who loves them. Meet Emily Cleaveland of By Design Dahlias in Springfield, N.H. Get her talking about her beloved blooms and it’s likely you’ll want to start planting some, too.

Emily’s Pride When the Cleavelands — Emily and her husband, Tom — lived in Norwich, Vt., they inherited a perennial garden with the house. Emily would bring flower arrangements into work and one of her co-workers said, “You should grow dahlias.” “I didn’t know anything about them,” Emily recalls, but that didn’t stop her from buying tubers and planting them in her garden. The first try: no dahlias. She had planted them too deep and they didn’t come up. (She also thinks they may have needed more fertilizer.) The second try: a bush the size of a Lazy-Boy recliner. (She thinks she may have used too much fertilizer.)

she says. “I had 30 beautiful plants, and that started my love affair with dahlias. It is such an amazing flower. In May, you put something in the ground that is so innocuous and, in the fall, you get the most gorgeous displays.” But the flower was quite different than the one she purchased, leading her to wonder if it mutated during the Lazy-Boy year. “I decided that this new variety was mine and I named it ‘Emily’s Pride’,” she says. “That tuber has stayed with me for 15 years, and I’ve been growing it ever since. It’s still among the 55 varieties of dahlias I grow.” When she moved to Springfield, she took some tubers with her, including Emily’s Pride, to the family’s new home on Hogg Hill.

“It is such an amazing flower. In May, you put something in the ground that is so innocuous and, in the fall, you get the most gorgeous displays.” “It was spectacular — but not a single flower on the whole thing,” she laughs. You would have thought that would be the end of Emily’s dahlia experiment, but she was determined to figure it out. She read up on what to do with the bush and its tubers, dug it up in the fall, split the tubers, and stored them in her basement. “The next year, I didn’t plant them as deep. I didn’t over fertilize,” 10

Labor of Love Although dahlias might be too high maintenance for some, many

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gardeners adore the late-blooming perennial plant. Dahlias provide a spot of vivid color to gardens in the fall, when the summer flowers are fading to yellow and brown. The flamboyant flowers range in color — white, yellow, orange, purple, pink, red, as well as mixed color combinations — and in shape: cactus, dinner plate, ball, mignon, decorative, anemone and waterlily. Smaller dahlias grow 1 to 3 feet with flowers 2 to 4 inches in diameter, while larger dahlias may grow up to 6 feet with flowers up to 12 inches in diameter. “Some look like the standard full dahlia you would expect, but some can look like daisies,” says Emily. “They come in every color of the rainbow except for blue. Petals may curl back, or look pointed. Dahlias can be formal or informal.” › › › › › Right: Get Emily Cleaveland of By Design Dahlias talking about her blooms, and you’ll want to plant some, too. • Fall 2013 • Kearsarge Magazine


Nongardeners love dahlias, too. The elegant flowers stand on their own — picture four or five in a vase — and add a splash of bright color to arrangements. Since the Victorian era, the dahlia has been a symbol of commitment, and is still used today to celebrate love and marriage. Emily often provides flowers for weddings, including two in the fall of 2011. “We love the variety of colors and sizes that she brings to us every week and have so much fun creating different designs with them. Our customers and all of us at Allioops! love that they are so fresh and grown locally,” says Allison Coy, owner of Allioops! Flowers & Gifts in New London, N.H. “We just love The Dahlia Lady!” Dahlias are truly a “love flower”

History of Dahlias Did you know that the dahlia is the national flower of Mexico? It should not come as a surprise since the mountains of Mexico and Guatemala are considered the home of origin for today’s dahlia ancestors. Sixteenth-century Spanish conquistadors, while busy conquering the Aztec Indian nation, also made some interesting explorations — one of which was the collection of plant life. Botanists accompanying the soldiers discovered what is sometimes referred to as the tree dahlia (D. imperialis). The flowers of this species were open-centered, single blooms with pendant stems. The hollow stems of these plants, some growing to over 20 feet, were often used for hauling water or as an actual source of water to traveling hunters. In fact the Aztec name for “tree dahlias” was acocotli or watercane. About 200 years passed before dahlia seeds, roots and plants found their way to Europe. From 12

Fall leaves and bright, blooming flowers? Yes, it’s dahlia season.

— the more flowers you cut and give away, the more flowers the dahlia produces for you. But the gift of dahlia knowledge also makes people the Royal Botanical Gardens in Madrid, Spain, dahlia seeds and tubers were sent throughout Western Europe. Initial breeders of dahlias were more interested in it as a food source, since the blooms were not particularly noteworthy, but the experiments met with little success. By the early 18th century the first fully double forms began to emerge. From 1810 to 1840 dahlias were popular as nurseries expanded the combinations of colors. In 1872 a box of dahlia roots was sent from Mexico to Holland. The impact of this long journey was devastating — all but one tuber failed to make the crossing. This singular root, however, proved quite astonishing in that it produced a brilliant red bloom with petals that were rolled back and pointed. Plant breeders began to successfully combine this new variety (D. juarezii) with parents of early varieties, and their progenies have served as the parents of today’s hybrids. — courtesy of The American Dahlia Society (

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really, really happy. Judy Nielsen of Newbury, N.H., has toured Emily’s gardens several times, and took the plunge two years ago and bought 17 tubers to plant in her own yard. “After a few weeks, they had not popped through the ground. I sent a message to Emily. After a few emails back and forth, Emily made a home visit; her assessment was I had planted them incorrectly. Then the most wonderful and unbelievable thing happened: she went to work and replanted all of my dahlias, without charge!” says Nielsen. “All 17 of my replanted flowers popped in July.”

By Design Dahlias Emily started selling her flowers at the Norwich Farmers’ Market in 1999. “I used to sell little arrangements of different flowers,” she says. “People gravitated toward the dahlias. I realized that is where the success is.” She named her company By Design Dahlias in 2001. There have been bad years (extended drought and poor storage in 2010) and good years (3,000 tubers looking for happy garden homes in 2012). Emily currently has room for 150 plants on her four-acre farm, and she offers upwards of 30 different varieties. In May 2012, she planted 135 tubers and, by July, she had 128 plants that were 3 to 6 inches high, › › › › › • Fall 2013 • Kearsarge Magazine


looking as healthy as can be. “They look green for a long time,” says Emily. “The next thing you know there are big ole plants covered with flowers. Once I counted 75 flowers and buds on one bush, which is unusual; typically there are about 30 to 40 on the average.”

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Dahlia plants can grow 6 to 8 feet tall, so Emily stakes all the plants, even the short ones, to support the stalk. She cuts blooms on Saturday for the Norwich Farmers’ Market, loading her car with stems arranged by length in deep buckets. She’ll bring one or two showcase flowers with her — imagine a pink dahlia the size of your head — but people are more likely to purchase smaller blooms for bouquets. On Tuesday, she’ll cut the blooms again to bring to Allioops! in New London. “Even if I raze 150 plants of all flowers (10 to 20 on each one) — not a single blooming flower left — I’ll still have another batch ready to go by Tuesday,” she says. “The flowers have to come off the plant. If you don’t cut them right away, the plant will slow production. They just love to grow.”

Careful cultivation After the first frost, Emily cuts the stalk, digs up the tubers, hoses them down, and cleans out the dirt. 14

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Then there’s some delicate surgery to separate the tubers without breaking the neck and keeping an eye with the stem. “That’s all it takes to grow — one tuber and one eye,” she says. Winter storage can be tricky. “Tubers can’t dry out completely, but if they are too damp they can get moldy. I’ve worked out a system using a cardboard box lined with a garbage bag full of holes (almost mesh like) and filled with damp cedar chips. Tubers can breathe, but moisture does remain. Then I turn the box on its side, slide it against a cold basement wall, and throw blankets over it. The cold wall keeps the tubers at a stable temperature,” says Emily. Now, with 3,000 tubers in a successful season, this operation has grown from one to six giant cardboard boxes in the basement. But her customers’ delight at seeing the dahlias is worth the effort. “I love being a local provider of flowers,” says the mother of three children. “I do it because I enjoy it, and because I love to share them.” That may mean selling the tubers at her farm in Springfield or at Spring Ledge Farm in New London, as she did in 2012. “I encourage people to grow them themselves,” she says. “I will give them information on how to do it and, if they have trouble, I will even go to their house and help them. I love to see people have success with this beautiful flower.” Laura Jean Whitcomb, editor of Kearsarge Magazine and Upper Valley Life magazine, does not have a green thumb. Photographer Jim Block lives part time on Great Island in Lake Sunapee. He enjoys photographing almost anything and teaching photography classes. Find out more at

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Carol and Ed Rehor know how to treat your feet. by Laura Jean Whitcomb photography by Paul Howe


here’s a farm on the southern tip of Lake Sunapee making some warm socks. And when we say warm, we mean it: the Alpaca Survival Socks from Secluded Acres Farm are four times warmer than wool socks. “Customers tell me the socks are soft and also very warm; I hear a lot of ‘I wear them to bed on cold nights’ type comments,” says Carol Rehor, a 25-year resident of Newbury. “Most buyers are repeat buyers.” Secluded Acres Farm, with three alpacas producing 4 to 8 pounds of wool each annually, contributes their fiber to a local fiber coop that makes the socks in four colors — light grey, dark grey, brown and fawn. The socks are a lightweight boot sock with a reinforced foot arch band, a ribbed knit ankle support and a soft terry cloth lining. They are machine wash and dry.

Secluded Acres Farm owners Ed and Carol Rehor feed their fiber factories.

Alpaca fleece is a combination of some of the best features of natural fiber: soft as cashmere, warmer than wool, grows faster than camel or vicuna, and comes in more colors than any other natural fiber. And for those with allergies or sensitivities, “the socks are hypoallergenic, with no lanolin or dyes, eliminating the itch factor you get with wool,” says Carol. Alpaca Survival socks are $15 a pair. Check them out at Paul Howe is a professional photographer based in Sunapee. See his work at • Fall 2013 • Kearsarge Magazine


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These two spooky local tales are perfect for Halloween. introduction by Laura Jean Whitcomb illustration by Peter Noonan


was a child that loved ghost stories. At camp, at sleepovers, even on television, there was just some magnetic pull toward a tale that would send shivers down your spine — and haunt your memory for a few days. New Hampshire authors have written books — New Hampshire Book of the Dead, Graveyard Legends and Lore and The New England Grimpendium — that are perfect for tale-telling this Halloween. Try these excerpts at a campfire of your own.

Grave Robbing in Acworth, N.H. A gravestone tells of a time when dead bodies were used for scientific research. The business of obtaining cadavers for research was popular in big cities and small towns alike. As it happened, on Oct. 31, 1824, Bezaleel Beckwith died at the age of 43, and his remains were buried in the Old Acworth Cemetery. Thirteen days after he was buried, his grave was robbed. Immediately, people were suspicious that medical students from Dartmouth College may have committed the crime. However, according to records, a man named James Wilson Jr. of Acworth was arrested in Castleton, Vt., and he was charged with stealing the body for dissection. Wilson was brought back to Acworth to stand trial for the crime, and his bail was set at $700. Strangely, the case never went to trial, and the bail was forfeited. Despite Wilson’s arrest, many of the townsfolk continued to believe the medical students at Dartmouth had a hand in the robbery.


The gravestone that was commissioned by Beckwith’s friends reads: This stone tells of the death of Bezaleel Beckwith, not where his body lies. He died Oct. 31, 1824 age 43. The thirteenth day after his body was stolen from the grave. Now twice bereaved the mourner cries My friend is dead, his body gone, God’s act is just my heart replies, Forgive, oh God, what man has done. According to local legend, Halloween night is an especially frightening night to be wandering the old cemetery. Many people have reported seeing an apparition at the grave of Bezaleel Beckwith on Halloween. The ghost is rumored to be Beckwith, who comes back every Halloween because his spirit cannot rest in peace. Visitors who have gone looking for a ghostly experience on Halloween night say that they have not been disappointed.

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This excerpt… is taken from New Hampshire Book of the Dead, Graveyard Legends and Lore, by Roxie Zwicker. Zwicker is known for her unique collection of New England folklore and stories. After attending Greenfield Community College for media production, Zwicker found herself exploring the hidden secrets and forgotten history of New England. In 2002, she started her own business called New England Curiosities, giving tours in New Hampshire and Maine that feature many stories from her repertoire. Zwicker has published six books, many of which are in their second and third printing. Visit or

Ocean-Born Mary in Henniker, N.H. This story starts with a naturally sea-legged infant, gets interesting with a sentimental pirate, and then ends with a grave and a con man. It is the story of Ocean-Born Mary. In 1720, a group of settlers were sailing to the New World from Ireland when, en route, a girl was born to James and Elizabeth Fulton. That’s all that had to happen for the infant to earn the nickname “OceanBorn,” but it took a little more to achieve local legend status in New England. Here’s how that happened. After the child’s birth, the ship was waylaid by pirates. Upon seeing the newborn, the captain of the pirate vessel offered to let everyone live if the Fultons merely named the child after his mother, Mary. Such a good son, that pirate. The plan seemed like a bargain

to all, and when the Fultons agreed, he gave them a bolt of green silk out of which to make the girl’s future wedding dress, and left for other, less compassion-inducing targets. The Fultons kept their promises, including Mary’s name and turning the fabric into a wedding dress, when they finally arrived in New England. The whole thing sounds too fairy tale to be true, of course, and everyone has a different opinion about which parts are and which aren’t. We do know for certain that some aspects of the story have been embellished. For instance, the pirate was this or that famous pirate. Or the pirate eventually came to New Hampshire and married Mary. Most anything that makes any story better is probably false. But Ocean-Born Mary certainly lived, because, well, she died. Her

grave is located in a cemetery behind the town hall at 18 Depot Hill Road in Henniker. She’s buried under her married name, Mary Wallace. The headstone can be found in a straight line from the front gate on the right. You’ll know you’re at the correct one because in front of the grave is a metal plaque staked into the ground upon which can be found the name “Ocean-Born Mary.” According to the tombstone, she was 94 years old when she died in 1814. That is a long time to put up with being called “Ocean-Born.” Graves usually end a story, but this one continues for a bit. In 1917, more than 100 years after Mary’s death, a man named Louis Roy moved with his mother to Henniker, after asking around for a house with some history. Something cozy and exploitable. He was directed › › › › › • Fall 2013 • Kearsarge Magazine



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to what had once been the house of Robert Wallace, one of Mary’s sons. He bought the house, and immediately starting calling it the Ocean-Born Mary House, despite the fact that she had never lived there. Not one much to concern himself with pesky facts, Roy immediately started filling the house with antiques he claimed were Mary’s, offering tours, dressing his mother in period costumes, conjuring ghost stories, and claiming that pirate gold was buried on the property and selling shovels to tourists to go find it. The house stands to this day, and, as a testament to the huckster prowess of Louis Roy, is still known as the Ocean-Born Mary House. Located on Bear Road, just outside of town, the house is brown with a pair of chimneys, and a low rock wall made of large stones surrounds the property. These days, the owners don’t offer tours or shovels, but nicely situated just outside the privacy of their stone fence is a marker with a plaque that reads in a neutral fashion, “Homestead of Robert Wallace, also known as Ocean-Born Mary House, 1784.” And all that centuries-spanning craziness because of an awkwardly timed pregnancy.

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wenty-three years ago Tally Jones signed her name on the dotted line, and became owner of Serendipity Boutique, a staple favorite in the quaint town of New London, N.H. Today, the business is thriving. Jones and her employees know how to sell, but they also have a genuine interest in their clientele and community, continuing to nurture decadelong friendships. For Jones, perhaps the acquisition of such a unique and eclectic boutique is apropos of the shop’s definition of itself: “The faculty of finding Tally Jones, owner of the charming Serendipity Boutique in New London, N.H. interesting or valuable things figurines enchant all ages. down to zero dollars when shopping by chance or when we least online. expect them.” Keeping it community In addition to supporting local Indeed, at Serendipity, there are Jones is deliberate about buying vendors, Jones attends six to eight many unexpected and unusual and selling, and especially mindretail shows per year, traveling to delights, especially for women. ful of supporting her community. Atlanta, Boston and New York City; Casual wear for the lake, wedding The boutique features beautifully the customer always on her mind. accessories and colorful apparel crafted and hand painted signs by “Price point is key,” she says. Jones, for a summer party are Serendipity local artist Megan Cardillo. Locally a resident of Newbury, seeks unique favorites. Colorful scarves and made beaded necklaces, bracelets and and quality pieces, but in today’s leather bags hang from racks. earrings line the shelves and walls. current retail climate, she acknowlBirthday and rainy day gifts and toys A goat farmer from Bradford, N.H., edges, “people have to be careful entice children, and unique greeting sells his all-natural goat milk soaps about spending money.” cards, whimsical signs and glass and lotions. Jones is also drawn to Fair Jones is a member of Destination Trade, an organization geared toNew London, a group that promotes A Local Treasure ward providing workers fair compenlocal businesses, groups and orgaSerendipity is open daily from sation for work, many of whom are nizations. For instance, Jones says, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on women. “They often use interesting pointing to a flyer with statistics: Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. materials that are available and inexFor every $100 spent in a local store, Visit the shop on 257 Newport pensive,” Jones says. $68 will stay in the community. The Road in New London, or online at Serendipity features many gornumber drops considerably when geous and affordable Fair Trade shopping at a large chain store, and


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creations made from rubber tires, tin cans, grasses and beads. Offerings include handmade oil drums from Haiti, sea glass from Ghana and handmade jewelry from Guatemala. “I love stories of people who have a strong social conscience,” Jones says.

Behind the counter Jones always had a fascination with retail. After college, she worked for Jordan Marsh (which later became Macy’s), went through their executive training program, and became a department manager. She retired for motherhood, but later worked part-time for Serendipity’s original owner, Carole Troph, who taught Jones how to buy and display. She watched the business cycle through ownership twice more until “I realized that I was supposed to be the owner!” she says. That was in 1989, around the time of Jones’ 40th birthday and when she was ready to have her “own thing,” she recalls. It was challenging, rewarding and a perfect fit for Jones, allowing her to have a career she could tailor around motherhood. Buying merchandise keeps Jones busy; she’s always a season ahead, anticipating what fabrics and pieces to order, and what sizes will be in greatest demand. “It’s always a challenge,” she says. But she has a knack for it: everything sells. Employee Lizzie Manning says Jones has “developed an art in buying, to know what the customers want. Really — she’s the best!” Almost every day, UPS arrives with new merchandise. Jones says, “It’s like Christmas for us to open the boxes and see what new items have arrived! Then the next challenge: where to display them for our customers to see and buy!”

“Team Serendip” as they all work well together and take on different parts of the business each enjoys most. There is a deep trust and loyalty among the team; they support and cover for each other through sickness, health and vacations. When asked how long Manning has been with Serendipity, there is a collective laugh. “A long, long time,” Manning says, adding, “We’ve become a family.” The key to happy working conditions? “I only work with people I like,” Jones says, adding there has to be trust and an understanding of the business culture. Employees are happy, and from the looks of it, her customers, too. Many out-of-state summer vacationers make an annual Serendipity visit, and there is a faithful local crowd ranging from a 3-year-old shopper to Jones’ 96-year-old mother, Natalie Loomis, “who always has to buy something new when she visits!” and who also knits the soft newborn sweaters on the back

wall. Having such a diverse group of customers allows Jones to have “a myriad of treasures for just about everyone.” She says many customers have become close friends over the years and consider Serendipity a gathering place to share ideas, feelings and support. “That is one of my favorite parts of the business,” Jones says. Local shopper and close friend, Diane Rosewood of Sutton Mills, N.H., has shopped at Serendipity for the last 35 years. “Serendipity continues to be such a delight. I’ve spent a lot of time there,” she says. “I love the merchandise, but it’s the people, the energy, and really being taken care of. I love Serendipity.”

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Behavior in a bag by Laura Jean Whitcomb photography by Pipere Sailer


e humans are pretty particular about what we eat. These days, more often than not, we’re looking for locally grown or locally made products to support local businesses, protect the environment, and treat our taste buds. So why shouldn’t we do the same for our four-legged friends? Warner, N.H., resident, Suzanne Bohman, is an Eat Local fan, and wanted her three pets — Gracie (a black lab), Dottie (a Jack Russell terrier), and Ruth (a yellow lab) — “to jump on the same wagon,” she says. She started by selling 3Biddy’s Pet Treats, which are frozen liver snacks (made of liver from locally raised animals) at the Warner Area Farmers’ Market in the summer of 2011. “I gained quite a few four legged fans and their ‘parents’ were really impressed,” says Bohman. “I would hear about how dogs will stop on a dime for a treat. One dog, Lady, wouldn’t eat her dinner unless a treat was mashed up in it. Other dogs would race to the freezer every time their owners would open the freezer door. They really are a training treat and I have heard some really funny stories about how their human 26

3Biddy’s creators Suzanne and Sean Bohman treat their three dogs: Gracie, Dottie and Ruth.

parents have finally found a leg up on behavior modification by using 3Biddy’s Pet Treats.” After farmers’ market season was over, Bohman continued to get calls. But selling frozen treats wasn’t practical, and they did not get noticed buried in the store’s freezer. Yankee Farmer’s Market, a buffalo farm in Warner and one of Bohman’s sources for liver, suggested dehydrating sliced liver. “Presto, dehydrated liver snaps became 3Biddy’s new product,” she says. Her husband, Sean, helps make, package and market the treats. “The

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response was just as positive and so, for now, we’re selling dehydrated 100 percent pure liver treats.” Pick up a bag at Unleashed in New London or Warner Pharmacy, and flip it over. You’ll see a label for the ingredients, which is a simple list: liver. Bohman also includes the name of the farm it came from: Miles Smith Farm in Loudon, N.H. There may also be buffalo liver from Yankee Farmer’s Market, or beef liver from Arthur Mountain Farm II in Bradford, N.H. “We always identify which farm it came from and what type of animal,” she says.

What do Gracie, Dottie and Ruth think? “The 3Biddy’s think they live in a dog’s version of the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory,” she says. “They love these treats. We Dorr_THB_0707 5/22/07 11:15 AM Page 1 love our girls and it brings us happiness to make these for them.” 3Biddy’s Pet Treats are $7.50 140115 KAH Kearsarge Mag Ad_0713.indd 1 for a 2-ounce bag. Find them at Unleashed in New London, and A NATIONAL CENTER online at FOR RUG HOOKING, QUILTING & BRAIDING WOOLS Pipere Sailer is a New Hampshirebased environmental photographic artist, specializing in fine art and portrait images. Pipere owns PS Photographer ( and is a graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She resides in Warner, N.H., with her husband, Mike, and three wonderful children.

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Summer is coming to a close and what better way to enjoy the changing of the seasons than with family, friends and food! Skyrides will be running 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and there will be food options available al a carte from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Live music, old fashioned games, a pumpkin carving contest, face painting, hay wagon rides, and a chance to win free Mount Sunapee lift tickets and other prizes.

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Did you ever wonder what living in America was like 200 years ago? Come experience it at the 5th Annual Living History Event in Hillsborough. Try your hand at panning for real gold, help throw a pot on the potter’s wheel, treat the kids to one of the Children’s Historical Activities, be a student in a real 1800s schoolhouse, cast your own pewter spoon, press some cider and more. You’ll also meet Abe Lincoln, Mark Twain, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Betsy Ross. >> Hillsborough, N.H. >> Two-day ticket: adults, $10; seniors, $8; children 6 to 18, $5 >>

Antique Flea Market at the Smithy Saturday, Aug. 31 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bradford Historical Society is hosting an antique flea market at the Village Smithy. Table space is available for members and nonmembers ($10 free). Make a day of it: shop, eat (food will be available) and watch the blacksmith (and a woodworker) at work! >> Village Smithy, East Main Street, Bradford, N.H. >> (603) 938-5314

Color Splash 5K Saturday, Sept. 7

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Colorfully splash around town by participating in the most artful 5K run around. Kids and adults have the chance to be doused with color in the “color corridor” during a fun run before the 5K. Run or walk, go by yourself or with a group, and participate in large-scale art installations along the course. Times course for runners. >> Course begins/ends at Meadow Park on Meadow Road, Newport, N.H. >> Those who opt to fundraise for the Library Arts Center and collect donations totally at least $20 may run/walk for free. Registration (for nonfundraising participants) is $20 per individual. Registration increases to $25 on the day of the 5K. >>


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Hopkinton Historical Society’s 23rd Tomorrow’s Masterpieces Annual Art Show & Sale Saturday, Sept. 28

Opening Reception: 5 to 7 p.m. Show and sale, Oct. 3 to Dec. 7 Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Hopkinton Historical Society’s 23rd “Tomorrow’s Masterpieces Annual Art Show & Sale” will open with a gala champagne artists’ reception on Saturday, Sept. 28. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the artists, add to your own collections, and do some early shopping for the holiday season while enjoying light refreshments and sparkling conversation. Featuring more than 40 of the region’s finest artisans, this juried event offers original works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, handmade prints, fiber art, photography, ceramic, pastel and wood. >> Long Memorial Building, 300 Main Street, Hopkinton, N.H. >> Cost of the champagne reception is $10 for Hopkinton Historical Society members and $15 for nonmembers. Tickets are available at the door. There is no admission charge for the show.

The Haunted Pumpkin Festival Saturday, Oct. 26 5 to 6 p.m.

Come in costume for a pumpkin festival at the Grantham Village School. Great fun for the whole family, with a haunted house, games, crafts, costume contest, prizes and food available. >> Grantham Village School, 75 Learning Drive, Grantham, N.H. >> Admission is free, but tickets can be purchased to enjoy the games and haunted house at five tickets for $1.00. >>

Wilmot Halloween Trick or Treat Thursday, Oct. 31 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Once again Rachel and Keith Seamans will decorate the Wilmot Community Association’s Red Barn for Halloween and offer candy, cookies, cider and other goodies to youngsters. Fun for all! >> Wilmot Community Association, 64 Village Road, Wilmot, N.H. >>

Fifth Annual Wilmot Community Association’s Scarecrow Festival Oct. 15 to 31

In the mood to see a scarecrow? Take a drive through Wilmot and see scarecrows — funny, pretty or scary — at every turn. The Scarecrow Festival, sponsored by the Wilmot Community Association and the Wilmot Garden Club, encourages residents to get creative with yard art this fall by building a scarecrow. Tour maps are available at the WCA’s red barn and online.

Schedules may change; please call to verify event information. Like us on Facebook to get notified of local events (and see great photos)!

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Meet Leapin’ Lena Woven through his life are the strong threads of Newport, as well as strong, but nearly hidden strands, of his participation and membership in various organizations: South Congregational Church, Knights of Pythias and the American Legion. 34

It was the Legion that brought Hoyt one of his more famous roles in Newport: driver of Leapin’ Lena. “We picked up Lena in a garage in Claremont in the late 1950s,” says Hoyt. “Guy Benner shortened the wheel base so Lena became a trick car.” The front end rises in the air while the rear of the vehicle, carrying a hefty load of three passengers, lowers to the road. Lena is owned by the American Legion, and in early years her sole appearances were in conjunction with the American Legion conventions and parades. “Lena would lead off the parade,” recalls Hoyt. “At that time there were lots of boys [veterans] marching in the parades behind her.” Through the years, the people of Newport got used to seeing Hoyt driving Lena in parades. Bill and Connie Hoyt’s daughter, Beth Photo courtesy of Beth Hoyt Flewelling

hen Bill Hoyt was a youngster, hard work was a necessity — filling wood boxes, milking the cows, and generally working around his grandparent’s farm. At age 12, when he wanted to leave the Sunapee, N.H., farm and reside with his mother and father in nearby Newport, N.H., he took on five paper routes to help with the household expense, and make the move. These early years laid the foundation for Hoyt’s next 75 years: hard work, and trying to minimize for others the effects of being poor. Hoyt bought his first truck at age 15 — before he even had a license. “Bill Maley was a year older than me,” explains Hoyt. “He’d drive the truck for me.” That truck was the beginning of a successful business, Hoyt Trucking, that he started around 1943. Hoyt could be seen on his garbage truck, driving or throwing trash, whatever needed to be done. His work ethic is evident in a photo he likes to show — a black and white photo snapped on the morning of Hoyt’s wedding day as he squeezed in a few hours of work loading his truck. His marriage to Connie Bennett lasted until he was widowed in 1988.

Hoyt-Flewelling of Sutton, N.H., remembers “riding with dad in Lena and running the fender” as a child, and appearing in the New London Hospital Days parade dressed in vintage costume with her husband, Dana, and her son, Aaron Flewelling. This year, Lena will celebrate her 50th anniversary as a parade car.

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When Hoyt volunteered at the Newport Area Association of Churches (NAAC) Newport Food Pantry two decades ago, he met pantry manager Bernice “Bunny” Perry. She helped him see the need for a permanent home for the outreach program. “The pantry had been in one church basement or business basement after another,” explains Perry. Chilly conditions, leaking and challenging working arrangements plagued the service over its first years. With the assistance of Newport pastors Joseph Mahoney and Jim Gray, the NAAC trusted their bidding power to Hoyt when a piece of land on South Main Street was auctioned in a foreclosure. With the As Bill Hoyt drives Lena, Harry Sanborn (left) and son-in-law Dana Flewelling land paid › › › › › (right) enjoy the ride.

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for, Hoyt set about doing the site work and rallying volunteers. Months later, The Bill Hoyt Community Care Center, named in his honor, was a reality. Asked if his early years were formative in this effort, Hoyt responds, “I suppose my early years made me Newport Homecoming Parade wouldn‚t be complete without Leapin‚ Lena. The riders in the 2010 Homecoming parade include Judy want to help Wilson (front seat, hidden) and backseat riders, left to right: Harley Wilson and Patti and Donny Lussier. out others. I never thought of myself as poor, playful effect as Lena does her tricks. parades, American Legion Post 25 just broke.” Those in the back — Judy’s husband, of Newport receives a donation of Harley, and Donny and Patti Lussier $100. A little is put back into Lena’s Eleven parades a year — don’t mind the bump. upkeep, and gas and trailer transporAt 85, Hoyt still puts in a full “I love riding in Lena, I laugh tation to parades. day of work a few times a week. In the whole route,” says Patti, a resiHoyt is the only one who knows his business, Hoyt Construction, he dent of Croydon. “Harley is pretty how to drive Leapin’ Lena. “She’s still loads and hauls gravel, pianos entertaining; he keeps us laughing all temperamental. You see how she or whatever needs moving. He’s the time with his comments!” goes sideways across the road somehappy to accept and move donations But her favorite part is seeing the time? She’s not easy to control,” he of furniture to be distributed by the people on the parade route. “People says. Community Care Center. love to see Lena coming,” she says. That leaves the question: Who When it comes to parade weekFor many, including Patti, it is a will drive Lena when Hoyt no longer ends though, Leapin’ Lena comes throwback to her childhood when can? “It’s important that we keep the first. she was watching parades from the tradition going,” remarks Perry. “When he commits to someroadside as Lena went by. It is a sentiment held by thing,” says Hoyt-Flewelling, “he The Lena engine and workmany. does it wholeheartedly, whether it ings are original for a 1917 or 1918 is family, friends, business, philanAnn St. Martin Stout, a native of Model T. The driver’s side floor has thropic work or keeping Lena up Newport, N.H., remembers seeing three pedals: a clutch, an accelerator and running in every parade that has Leapin’ Lena in Newport’s parades pedal that changes the gear and varrequested it.” as a child. Now she shares the exciteies the speed, and a brake. The doors Throughout the year, Lena ment of seeing Lena in parades with are permanently shut with metal appears in about 11 parades from her own children and grandchildren. straps, so riders step in over the sides Woodstock, Vt., to Boscawen, N.H., While interviewing Bill Hoyt for this of the car. As for the scraping on the and two in Newport. She has a team article, Stout had the privilege of road, Hoyt explains, “We have to of regular riders. Judy Wilson of sitting in the driver’s seat of Leapin’ replace the hardwood skid under the Newport is in the front seat. It is Lena. rear end every two years or so.” her job to pull a cable so the front For each use of Lena in fender flaps and waves, adding to the 36

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ou may think that hiking over mountains and through the forests sounds a bit daunting, but if you can walk, you can hike. And hiking is not only a great way to get outdoors and enjoy all the wonders of Mother Nature, it can also be a great way to shape up and lose weight. In fact, I’ve done just that, losing 30 pounds over the course of the last year just by getting up and going for a walk in the woods, hence the title of this article. It is up to you how easy or how difficult your hiking adventure will be. You may decide that a simple stroll along an abandoned rail trail is all the adventure you’re suited for, and, if so, you’ll find no shortage of such trails in the area. Or you may decide that you want to challenge yourself and start bagging peaks of the highest mountains around. Either way there are a few precautions you’ll want to take before heading out. First of all, make sure to tell someone else where you’re going and when you expect to return. Hopefully there won’t be a need to send out a search and rescue party to find you but, just in case, they’ll know where to start looking. It is also a good idea to bring along a water bottle even if it’s just a short hike. For longer hikes you may want to consider a comfortable backpack that can accommodate more water and perhaps a sandwich or a snack. Having a map and compass and knowing how to use them is a must if you’re planning to go traipsing through the deep woods. There are many smart phone apps available that can map your progress, but keep in mind that cell coverage may be weak or even nonexistent depending on how far out in the woods you are. Relying on just your smart phone may not work out the way you hoped. › › › › ›

Writer and photographer Kevin Davis at the top of Mount Kearsarge

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A panoramic view of Cole Pond

Other items that may come in handy on the trail are a flashlight, sunscreen, bug spray, a First Aid kit, and perhaps a sweatshirt or jacket. Keep in mind that Mother Nature’s conditions can change rapidly, even more so as you increase your elevation, so you’ll want to be prepared in case the weather takes a turn for the worse. Now that you’re ready to go, here are four places to try.

#1 Mount Sunapee Hike

Where: Newbury, N.H. Length: Up to 6.5 miles, depending on your course Difficulty: Multiple routes ranging from easy to moderate to difficult The summit of Mount Sunapee, elevation 2,743 feet, can be reached via any of the ski trails or via the Summit Trail, all of which are accessed from the Sunapee Lodge at the base of the mountain. At various times throughout the summer and fall the chairlifts are open for those who want a leisurely ride to the summit. Once you get there you can find several trails that make for short day hikes that offer some great views. For those who want the full experience of hiking up the mountain via the SRKG trail (see sidebar Left: The setting sun makes the colors glow along the trail to the summit of Mount Sunapee.

on page 40), park your car at the Newbury Post Office and retail lot on NH Route 103. From there, walk west on Route 103 for a short distance, turn left at Newbury Heights, then turn right onto Lakeview Avenue and see the trail sign on the right. The Newbury Trail ascends 1.3 miles through a hardwood forest before meeting the Rim Trail. Turning left the SRKG will ascend a stone stairway cut into the hillside and then arrive at a viewpoint at the South Peak that looks out upon Lake Sunapee. On a clear day the views extend all the way to the White Mountains in the north. Continuing on past the South Peak, the Newbury Trail will merge in with the Solitude Trail to take you to the summit. Along the way be sure to stop off at White Ledges cliff, which provides a stunning overlook of Lake Solitude. Once you’ve crested the summit, the Summit Trail will lead all the way down to the lodge. The SRKG actually branches off the left of the Summit Trail before you reach the lodge and comes out onto Old Province Road in Goshen, a total distance of 5.4 miles from where you began. An alternative route to the summit can be found by following the Andrew Brook Trail. This trailhead is found off of Mountain

Road, south of Newbury Harbor off of Route 103.

#2 Cole Pond Hike Where: Enfield, N.H. Length: 1 mile Difficulty: Easy

For those who want a relaxing walk in the woods with a stunning view as an end reward, look no further than the trail to Cole Pond in Enfield, N.H. The trailhead is located off of Bog Road; just look for the N.H. Fish and Game sign that marks the access to the trail. Cole Pond is managed by the N.H. Fish and Game Department as a remote access trout pond, and is a part of the larger Henry Laramie Wildlife Management Area. This 17-acre body of water is stocked every summer with trout via a helicopter, as there is no vehicle-accessible road to the pond. If you want to try your hand at fly fishing there’s no better place to do it than here. If fishing doesn’t interest you, the peaceful serenity this deep woods pond offers is a sheer delight. The trail is just a little over a mile long from Bog Road to the southern edge of the pond. It is a gradual climb and you may experience some muddy spots as it passes through boggy areas, but all in all it is an easy hike that anyone › › › › › • Fall 2013 • Kearsarge Magazine


Hello, Vermont! A view from the summit of Mount Kearsarge

can do. More adventurous souls may want to explore the shoreline of the pond. There is an old stone chimney, the only remnant of an old cabin that has been reclaimed by the forest. You may also find an old canoe or two along the shore, no doubt dragged here by an ardent fisherman

in the not-too-distant past.

#3 Mount Kearsarge Hike

Where: Warner and Wilmot, N.H. Length: 1.1 miles to 5.8 miles, depending on your course Difficulty: Multiple routes ranging from easy to moderate to difficult

At an elevation of 2,937 feet, the views from the peak of Mount Kearsarge are some of the absolute best in our region. The 360-degree views extend all the way to Massachusetts, Vermont, and into the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

75 miles of SRKG Here in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area, we are blessed with an abundance of great hiking trails. There is an interconnected trail system — comprised of 14 different sections that stretches 75 miles and completely encircles the town of New London — known as the Sunapee-RaggedKearsarge Greenway, or SRKG for short. The trails that form the Greenway are a fantastic way to get out and see our beautiful landscapes and scenic vistas. Some of the trails are leisurely strolls down old logging roads that wind through the forest, while others are considerably more strenuous and cross over some of the highest peaks of our region. As the name implies, the SRKG crosses the summits of Sunapee, Ragged and Kearsarge Mountains, and these sections afford magnificent views of the area. 42

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Kevin’s hiking gear, ready to hit the trail

full SRKG experience have two options for beginning their trek. They can opt to park at the northern trailhead, located in the parking area of Winslow State Park, or they can park their car at the southern trailhead on Kearsarge Valley Road, just south of the golf course. The SRKG follows the Barlow Trail up to the summit and then descends along the Lincoln Trail. This section of the SRKG covers a distance of 5.8 miles and will take most hikers at least four hours to complete.

#4 Little Mount Washington Hike Where: Grantham, N.H. Length: 3.65 miles round trip Difficulty: Moderate

The Link Trail on the way to the summit of Mount Kearsarge

There are a few different options for getting up to the summit. The easiest option is to drive up the auto road to the picnic area in Rollins State Park. From here is a half-mile walk up the Rollins Trail to the summit, climbing 300 vertical feet along the way. For those feeling a little more adventurous, park your car in the Winslow State Park and begin your ascent on the Winslow Trail, which will be marked with red blazes. This route climbs 1,100 vertical feet over the course of its 1.1 mile length. Once you’ve reached the summit you can descend via the same trail, or you can opt to follow the Barlow Trail back down to the parking lot in Winslow Park. The Barlow Trail, marked with yellow blazes, is a more gradual trail, covering the distance in 1.7 miles while offering vistas of Andover, Ragged Mountain and Cardigan Mountain along the way. Hikers who are looking for the

Hikers looking for a secret, hidden spot in the woods should seek out Grantham’s own Little Mount Washington. Though not nearly as big or as famous as its giant namesake to the north, this little gem of a cliff offers some stunning views in a 180-degree arc from Mount Kearsarge in the south to Mount Moosilauke in the north. The trailhead can be accessed at the end of Miller Pond Road in Grantham. The trail starts out as a Class VI logging road that climbs a steep hill about a › › › › ›

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veryone needs a little help sometime. And for people in the towns around Lake Sunapee who need a little help putting food on the table, there’s the Kearsarge Lake Sunapee (KLS) Community Food Pantry. The food pantry, housed at the First Baptist Church on 461 Main Street in New London, N.H., is a collaborative effort among area churches, organizations and community volunteers. Its mission is to help meet the emergency and ongoing food and household needs of people in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region who are experiencThe KLS Community Food Pantry has two refrigerators and a freezer to offer dairy, eggs, meat and vegetables. ing financial hardship. “We really want to help for newer foods. “Fresh produce and people,” says Ginny Register, chair of to New London, the Registers joined meats are so important, especially for the food pantry. the First Baptist Church, and have children,” says Register. “So we try Unlike typical food pantries, been deeply involved with the church to have everything, and enough of which only offer canned, boxed and and their community since. everything.” paper goods, the KLS Community Back in 2007, Register recalls, The food pantry even looks out Food Pantry has two refrigerators “We had renovated our church, and for canine and feline residents in need and a freezer so they can also offer thought it would be nice to have our by keeping a small supply of dog and a variety of breads and dairy items, own food pantry in the church — we cat food on hand. including milk and fresh eggs from had been collecting food for the food area farms; locally grown vegetables; Volunteer power and fresh “rescue” meats, vegetables, Register moved to New London Where and When and fruits donated by the Hannaford from Ohio in October 2006. “We The Kearsarge Lake Sunapee supermarket in New London. Rescue always knew we’d retire here,” Community Food Pantry is open foods are those foods that are still she says. Register grew up in Wednesday evenings from 5:30 good but getting close enough to Connecticut, and her husband, Russ, to 7 p.m. and Saturday mornings their expiration date that the store grew up spending summers in the from 10 to 11:30 a.m. needs to donate them to make room Sunapee area. Shortly after moving


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pantry in Warner, N.H., for years.” Register and her fellow parishioners did their homework: they visited other churches’ food banks, conducted a survey of their congregation, and held a community meeting with other churches, welfare officers from other towns, the local Visiting Nurse Association, food pantry board members and residents. “Everyone agreed there was a need for another food pantry,” Register says. It takes a lot of volunteers to keep this pantry well stocked and, fortunately, the KLS Community Food Pantry has them in abundance. Back in January 2009, when the pantry was preparing to open, Register recalls, “We had a training session with people from the New Hampshire Food Bank and expected 12 or so people to show up — 57 people ended up showing up!” Today, the KLS Community Food Pantry has 75 volunteers, “all with different talents, all committed to helping others — to helping their neighbors,” says Register. Six or seven area families take turns each week going to the New Hampshire Food Bank in Manchester, N.H., which distributes more than 8.5 million pounds of donated, surplus food to more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care centers and senior citizen homes each year. Other people volunteer to be shoppers, taking turns running to the grocery store as necessary to fill in any gaps in the food pantry’s stock. Nine families take turns picking up the fresh rescue foods at the New London Hannaford on Tuesday and Friday mornings, and about a dozen volunteers comprise the food management crew, stocking shelves and checking expiration dates. It’s not just individuals and families who are supporting the pantry; community organizations play an important role, too, Register notes. “All of the area churches collect food

for us, the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, the local schools,” she says. The local Weight Watchers group collected pounds of food, based on how many pounds its participants lost, and the New London KLS Community Food Pantry volunteers (left to right) Gail Goddard, Karen Zurheide, Ginny and Russ Register branch of Wells Fargo held a free paper shredding event where they encouraged the community to bring their unneeded confidential papers for shredding, along with a canned good. “It’s a tangible way to help others,” Register says of the food pantry’s success with volunteers and donations. Each quarter, community groups and organizations are recognized through an ad in the local paper and a certificate of appreciation. “It lets our donors know we appreciate them, and raises awareness in the community that this is who we are and what we do.”

A helping hand It’s not easy for most people to ask for help, so the KLS Community Food Pantry makes sure everyone who visits the pantry is treated with kindness and respect. “They’re neighbors who simply need a helping hand,” says Register. When people enter the pantry, the first person they encounter is a greeter, who checks IDs to ensure they live in one of the 11 New Hampshire towns the food pantry serves (Andover, Bradford, Danbury, New London, Newbury, Salisbury, Springfield, Sunapee, Sutton, Warner and Wilmot) and asks them to complete a simple application that describes their household — how

Volunteers keep the shelves stocked.

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Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, a Buddhist retreat center, hosts a variety of retreats and programs that help people apply ancient practices to their modern lives.


s a “Mindfulness in the Mountains” retreat at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, N.H., comes to a close, participants gaze toward Croydon Mountain and reflect on their experience. One, whose life recently brought difficult news, describes the unexpected oasis of peace she found waiting here as she sat in silence. Another shares a poem about being fluid and flexible, written while floating in a kayak on Grafton Pond. Then a teen points out the importance of

the retreat’s focus — paying attention — when applied to the day’s rock-climbing activity, and adds, ”Staying alive would be good, too!” The resulting laughter feels “as if we’ve become family, though some of us have just met,” says the center’s spiritual director Lama Willa Miller. Over the retreat’s three days, comforting bonds have been forged during intervals of keeping silence, eating meals together, meditating, and going out into the surrounding wilderness. As it invites participants into both their inner landscape and that of the natural world, Wonderwell “wants to encourage an approach to life that can transform the way we relate to all aspects of it, no matter what our spiritual path may be,” she says.

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The fresh air and sunlight pour in the Great Room, now a meditation hall, of the Wonderwell Mountain Refuge during a recent Natural Dharma Fellowship Retreat with Lama Willa Miller.


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to establish the Natural Dharma Fellowship, find it this well-suited home, then open its doors wide in increasingly creative ways. The Fellowship, part of an organization of practitioners of Tibetan Buddhist teachings and traditions, aims to help people explore how ancient practices apply in modern lives, and discover the dynamic possibilities in sustainable, non- Wonderwell's building sits on 25 acres of forested land with sweeping views of sky and mountains. sectarian models of of our lives. “Retreat’s a way to unenhance the peaceful atmosphere of spiritual community. plug, in many ways,” she says. “It’s retreat while maintaining the characWonderwell, a historic home a healthy thing to do every once in a ter of this period house. once part of a summer colony, is said while, and to learn how to do in our “We could immediately see the to have earned the name when its daily lives.” potential for preserving this wonderwell yielded water during a severe The practice of retreat has a ful place that’s so much a part of lodrought. The gallery-like space of its long history in religious traditions of cal history. We were attracted to the former music conservatory is now both East and West. Miller describes possibility, over time, of restoring it a mind-quieting refuge for meditait as “a sacred pause that allows us to something of its beautiful origition with pumpkin-colored cushions, to draw away from the busyness of nal state,” Miller says. “We’d also spectacular views and, on cooler everyday life and discover a possilike to make Wonderwell a model days, a fire in the great hearth. A bility for inner screened-in porch at one end of the stillness. That’s house provides a fresh-air setting where we can for yoga classes, and guest rooms on check in with upper floors have been renovated to ourselves about what we’re doing Learn More and where we’re The Wonderwell Mountain going, and why; Refuge is a Buddhist retreat where we can center in Springfield, N.H. It is ask the kinds of questions needed for of sustainability, in how we operate, affiliated with Natural Dharma living a meaningful life.” what we offer, and how we can make Fellowship and hosts a variety of The unifying thread in the building itself more efficient and retreats and programs oriented Wonderwell’s diverse retreat prosustainable through transitioning to towards teaching the practices of grams is the development of the and incorporating forms of heat and the Buddhist tradition, deepening inner life through the practice of energy that are more environmenmeditation practice, and meditation, assisted by the ways in tally friendly.” integrating meditation into which the world of nature and silence Noticeably absent in these daily life. Visit them online at help us learn to pay attention. Every hushed spaces is evidence of any of retreat has a silent component, › › › › › the technology ever-present in most

The unifying thread in Wonderwell’s diverse retreat programs is the development of the inner life through the practice of meditation, assisted by the ways in which the world of nature and silence help us learn to pay attention.


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as well as a meditative one. “People can sometimes be intimidated by sitting in silence, at first — it can even seem thundering,” says Miller. “But once you find that quiet, you also discover that it gives you space, and with that comes peace and clarity.”

Connecting to the community As it enters its third year, the center’s extensive schedule includes the annual Mindfulness in the Mountains retreat Sept. 12 to 15, cosponsored with the nearby holistic wilderness school Mountain Spirit Institute; a writing retreat planned for Oct. 4 to 6; and “Living with Dying,” a Nov. 8 to 10 retreat for healthcare professionals who face death in the workplace. The center also hosts more traditional Buddhist retreats and programs with visiting teachers throughout the year on a range of spiritual-life themes. “Our biggest wish, from the very beginning, was that Wonderwell could grow its relationship with the local community and become an integral part of it as we grow our program offerings,” Miller says. This wish seems to have come true as neighbors and other local residents quickly found their way here, some to work and serve at the center, and many to participate in its programs. Locally focused offerings include weekly meditation every Monday evening, which is preceded by the option of a yoga class. What has probably done the most to forge a local connection is Wonderwell’s monthly Dharma Sunday, a community gathering for meditation, Buddhist study and social fellowship. It draws 45 to 60 attendees, many of them local residents, and begins with 40 minutes of meditation and time for quiet reflection. For those unfamiliar with meditation, an introductory group is also provided during that time. Study in Buddhist teaching is offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a potluck lunch.

Most Dharma Sundays also include activities for children. “Historically, organized retreats tend to exclude children, whether intentionally or not,” Miller notes. Among upcoming Wonderwell programs that are offered with kids in mind are a retreat planned for teens and a family retreat.

A Buddhist minister “We all share the gift of an inner life, whatever our age,” she says. Her own connections with meditation and Buddhism came early when “my mother was very open to learning about all religions.” She remembers meditating alongside her at age 8 and “wanting to understand what religion and God were.” By the time she got to Vassar College, she realized that her inner leanings were toward Buddhism. Her study and practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition over the last 20 years included living and working in a refugee camp in Nepal. “You could feel there how, no matter their circumstances, people were living their belief in and commitment to nonviolence and compassion,” she says. She was authorized as a lama (Buddhist minister) in 1999 and in addition to her teaching of Tibetan Buddhist practice and meditation, she is completing a PhD in religion at Harvard University. She is also the author of Everyday Dharma: Seven Weeks to Finding the Buddha in You, a practical guide for getting started on the spiritual path. Fostering positive interfaith relationships is always a part of her work, and that of the National Dharma Fellowship. “Some of our greatest hope is the many tools of sacred practice we all have to share.” Those who come to retreats at the center include those of Christian, Jewish, Unitarian, Buddhist and Hindu faiths, and those with no particular religious path. One popular retreat offering, scheduled again this year ››››› 1

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A Challenge for Two Wheels: The Kearsarge Klassic by Allen Lessels

After registering at the New London Historical Society barn, bikers get ready to ride in the Kearsarge Klassic.


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photo by Sandy DeLaat, courtesy ASLPT


He got home and mapped things Klassic. Last year Ausbon Sargent he pavement becomes dirt just out further with the help of Google was celebrating 25 years of putting past Fenway Park. Shortly after Earth. deals in place to protect land and Meadow Pond, the road turns Come to find out, Ludtke had had several activities planned. No slightly to the left and starts to climb been thinking along the same lines. thought had been given to anything up and up and up and then up some to do with bikes. Then Ludtke of more to the top of Burnt Hill in They teamed up and approached Concord, N.H., and Dan Morrissey Warner, N.H., and a straight-on view Debbie Stanley, the executive director of Hopkinton, N.H., and their bicyof Mount Kearsarge and a magnifiof Ausbon Sargent, with their idea. cling buddies came along. cent look at the hills in most every “A bike event wasn’t on our The Kearsarge Klassic was direction possible. mind, but we said, ‘What the heck? born in part from a well-known The hill climb is a bit of chalLet’s do it,’” Stanley says. “We had Randonnee in Western Massachusetts lenge in four-wheel drive. an anniversary coordinator as a and in part from a cross country ski temporary position and we had the You ought to try it on two wheels. trip to Waterville Valley. extra help. We decided to try it. But No, really, you should. Morrissey, also a member of the we didn’t expect it to be an annual Leslie Ludtke pretty much insists New Hampshire Cycling Club, and event.” on it. his friends, as well as Ludtke, had all Ludtke, vice president of the For now, at least, it is. New Hampshire Cycling Ausbon Sargent provided Club, helped come up “The Kearsarge Klassic attracts a lot of hard dozens of volunteers to help with the idea of the core riders, but partly because of the different at the start, break stops and Kearsarge Klassic Dirt Road finish line, and to bake and length courses it can be suitable for people Randonnee and helped prepare food for the lunch launch the event as a fundbreak and a post event feed. of different skill levels,” says Dan Morrissey raiser for the Ausbon Sargent The group will probably of Hopkinton, N.H. “The purpose is to benefit need more volunteers with Land Preservation Trust in Ausbon Sargent and the idea is to get people more participants this year, September 2012. Stanley says. An instant hit with on those roads to see the beauty of those The organization rethe 111 riders who particiceived the entry fees for the pated last year, the Kearsarge lands that Ausbon is trying to protect.” event, about $5,000 overall, Klassic returns for its second taken part in the Deerfield Dirt Road and the Cycling Club folks expect go-round on Saturday, Sept. 7, startRandonnee — D2R2 to bikers — and that number to grow this year. ing and ending at the New London had a blast. Conceived in the 1990s, The inaugural was a huge sucHistorical Society. it has been run as an official event cess, Stanley says. She was especially Ludtke and others involved count since 2005 and the 2013 version is set pleased that the grandson of Yah on the Klassic — it includes plenty for Saturday, Aug. 24. It routinely fills Maguire, a longtime Ausbon Sargent of hills over three pick-your-poison its 1,000 slots. volunteer who died in January of routes of 30, 59 or 86 miles — hit“We’d done it several times and 2012, came up from Massachusetts ting its limit of 200 riders this year. it’s beautiful and a wonderful ride with some biking friends to honor “It was just one of those great and well organized,” Morrissey says. his grandmother’s memory. “It was events,” Ludtke says. “I talked to a “We do a lot of riding on dirt roads so great to have that connection to woman who had just finished in a in Enfield and Danbury and Grafton someone who had been involved in rainstorm last year. It was pouring and Alexandria and all around and our office for 20 years,” Stanley says. and she was standing out there and there are a lot of beautiful areas. We “It was really special to me.” she had just finished the middle started thinking, ‘Let’s do our own.’” Much went right about the day distance and I went up and asked if A couple of them started to get and the event. she had fun. She looked at me and more serious about it on the way Riders got a kick out of passing said, ‘That was the most fun I’ve had home from that ski trip. Morrissey, in Fenway Park — it’s a made-foron any day in my entire life.’ I said to the passenger seat with Steve Lavoie Wiffle Ball replica of the real thing myself: ‘We can’t do much better driving, grabbed a piece of scrap paat the bottom of Burnt Hill Road in than that.’” per. They brainstormed and he jotted Warner — and the views from break Timing came together nicely for down possible routes. stops at Burnt Hill and later › › › › › Ausbon Sargent and the Kearsarge • Fall 2013 • Kearsarge Magazine


photo by Anton Tutter

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A view from the top Burnt Hill Road, the steepest climb of the ride. See Mink Hills in the background.

Downhill, then over a bridge

Learn More More information on the Kearsarge Klassic is available at and registration is through This year’s race is on Saturday, Sept. 7.


on Washburn Road in Grafton, N.H. They rode a segment of the Northern Rail Trail near Proctor Academy and some lucky ones got to watch a moose cavort with her calf during the lunch break on the Gross property on Route 11 above Andover, N.H. They worked their way up and down hills, up and down New Canada Road near Ragged Mountain in Danbury, N.H., and along the Smith River Road and up the very steep and rugged Sargent Hill in Grafton. “It was a pleasure having this partnership with the Cycling Club,” Stanley says. “It was just such a win-win. They were so generous and everyone appreciated the scenery and what had been protected. It’s nice when you do all this work and somebody really appreciates it.” Two hundred riders is enough, though, she thinks and doesn’t want to see the Klassic get any larger. That’s fine with Ludtke. She likes the event this size, too, and she and Morrissey like the fact it appeals to a range of riders. “It attracts a lot of hardcore riders, but partly because of the different length courses it can be suitable for people of different skill levels,” Morrissey says. “The purpose is to benefit Ausbon Sargent and the idea is to get people on those roads to see the beauty of those lands that Ausbon is trying to protect.” Some do it fast. Some take most of the day. Riders follow cue cards, which give them precise directions on when to make their turns (the course is not marked). There are no time limits, either, which means it is not by strict definition a randonnee. Bicyclists are getting away from races and more into

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Two participants start the ride. The courses are not marked, so directions taped to handlebars are helpful.

events like the K2DR2 — organizers know it doesn’t have the same easy ring as D2R2 but they’re trying — and an added plus is this is a chance to see an area of the state underappreciated, Ludtke feels, by those who gravitate to the North and the White Mountains and the Lake Winnipesaukee area.

“This is an opportunity for people to appreciate the land and the area and to have a good time for a day on a bike,” Ludtke says. “That’s about as complicated as it gets. We’ve got the longer circuits, but you’ve got all day. How hard can that be? We feed you breakfast, you get rest stops and we feed you lunch and then feed

you afterwards. You should do it.” We told you she’s insistent. Allen Lessels is a sportswriter for the New Hampshire Union Leader and also does freelance writing out of his home in Contoocook, N.H. • Fall 2013 • Kearsarge Magazine


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Graze Sustainable Table New London, N.H. Want a farm fresh breakfast? It doesn’t get any fresher than Graze Sustainable Table on Main Street in New London. Formerly known as Ellie’s, the restaurant was acquired by Jeff Deuink of Three J Farms in Danbury, which had previously supplied Ellie’s with its grass-fed beef. Deuink reopened the restaurant under its new name in the spring, and, in addition to his grass-fed beef Ellie’s customers have come to know and love, proudly offers his own farm-raised pork and ham, which are smoked and cured at the restaurant. All of the meats are free of growth hormones and antibiotics. “You’ve heard of the farm-totable movement? We are truly a step beyond that. This is the farm table,” says Deuink. But at Graze Sustainable Table, you’ll get more than fresh, local foods — you’ll get amazing variety to fit everyone’s tastes and appetites. Craving something savory and adventurous? How about a three-egg omelet with smoked salmon and portabella? Or applewood-smoked bacon and New Hampshire-made 68

Swiss cheese? At Graze Sustainable Table, the combinations are endless. And then there’s the selection of eggs benedicts. Moving beyond the classic combination of poached eggs and Canadian bacon on an English muffin and drizzled with Hollandaise sauce, Graze Sustainable Table serves a roasted fresh veggie, smoked salmon or crab cake benedicts. All of the benedict selections are set atop a grilled croissant and drizzled with a savory homemade Hollandaise. Graze Sustainable Table also offers a wide selection of French toast options, a customer favorite being the strawberry cheesecake French toast. For the adventurous, try the King’s French toast, so named because it is stuffed (and we do mean stuffed) with a combination of foods Elvis was known for — peanut butter and sliced banana — and bacon, topped with whipped cream or real New Hampshire maple syrup. Graze Sustainable Table also offers lighter fare including Vermont Greek-style yogurt, a house honeyalmond granola (heaven in a bowl), and steel-cut Irish oatmeal that can be dressed with fresh fruit, a berry compote, local honey or maple syrup, raisins, cranberries or brown sugar.

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Simple egg breakfasts (featuring local eggs from free-range chickens), grass-fed steak and eggs, breakfast sandwiches, and pancakes are also available. If breakfast for you is all about the coffee, you’re in luck. At Graze Sustainable Table, even the coffee is local — from Manchester, N.H.based Java Tree. Order a good oldfashioned cup of Joe, or kick it up a notch with a cappuccino, latte or mocha, all made-to-order by trained baristas.

The Farmer’s Table Café Grantham, N.H. If you’re looking for a hearty breakfast in a warm and low-key atmosphere, look no further than the Farmer’s Table Café in Grantham. Located just a half mile from exit 13 off I-89 in the Rum Brook Plaza, the Farmer’s Table Café offers eggs, meats, fruits, vegetables, and jams and jellies from local farms. “We want to support our local community and our local farmers,” says owner Sara Carr, “and not place such an impact on our environment.” The Farmer’s Table Café, which opened June 2012, offers breakfast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The menu changes with the seasons to reflect the cafe’s commitment to providing the freshest ingredients. Omelets are a popular choice, with add-in options that include fresh vegetables, savory bacon, ››››› Right: Eggs benedict at Graze Sustainable Table in New London • Fall 2013 • Kearsarge Magazine


and your choice of cheese. If you’re a die-hard omelet fan, you have to try the decadent Meadow’s Edge omelet, with the delicious combination of Portabella mushroom, caramelized onions and Brie.

The Meadow’s Edge omelet with portabella mushrooms, caramelized onions and Brie at The Farmer’s Table Café in Grantham

For more traditional fare, look to the “Ol’ Reliable” section of the Farmer’s Table Café’s breakfast menu. There you’ll find twoegg breakfast combinations, Eggs Benedict and breakfast sandwiches. If you’re looking for something more along the lines of down-home country cooking, try Wilbur’s Special, sausage gravy smothered on homemade biscuits with eggs any style you choose. From the griddle, you can order pancakes with wild berries, thick-cut French toast, or the delectable Farm House Monte — French toast topped with ham, turkey and cheddar. Fresh fruit, organic steel-cut oatmeal with a wide selection of mix-ins, and homemade granola are also available, as well as homemade scones, muffins and other baked goods. Along with offering milk from local farms as well as juices and teas, the Farmer’s Table proudly brews White Mountain Gourmet Coffee.

Blackwater Junction Restaurant on Main Street in Andover. For the past 15 years, this friendly, family-run eatery has been the go-to place for locals and tourists to get a hearty, traditional breakfast with no fuss. Blackwater Junction Restaurant’s breakfast menu includes timeless diner favorites like pancakes (with fresh fruit), French toast and egg breakfasts, plus a few delightful surprises: a savory, homemade corned beef hash; omelets filled with delicious, homemade chili; lobster omelets; sweet and spicy Boston baked beans; and a creative take on pancakes, which are filled (make that stuffed) with bacon or sausage. “People come here for the great service from our exceptional wait staff, and the consistently high-quality food,” says owner Greg Hamel, whose daughter, son and father help out in the restaurant. Between the portions, which are generous, and the prices, which are reasonable and family friendly, Blackwater Junction Restaurant is the place to go to get fueled up for a fun day in the Lake Sunapee area. But be warned, if you plan on a weekend breakfast, get an early start — the place is packed on Saturday and Sunday mornings for very good reason.

The Old Courthouse Restaurant Newport, N.H. Situated in the heart of Newport’s historic district behind the Newport Opera House, the Old Courthouse Restaurant inhabits a circa 1826 building that served as the town’s district court for 25 years. While the restaurant widely known for its fine dining and for its special events such as book signings and meet-and-greets with New Hampshire notables like Bishop Gene Robinson and Fritz Wetherbee, if you’re looking for brunch with a creative flair in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere, the Old Courthouse is not to be missed. The sounds of soft piano music — “We always have live music,” says owner Jane Rastallis — fill a bright and cozy dining area. The buffetstyle Sunday brunch features delights, all of which are made fresh on the premises. Place your order for Eggs Benedict, Belgian waffles with fresh fruit and whipped cream, or pancakes — or take advantage of the Old Courthouse’s made-to-order omelet station where creativity is encouraged. For those who enjoy a heartier brunch, make sure you sample the selection of carved meats, including

Blackwater Junction Restaurant Andover, N.H. The spirit of the great American diner is alive and well at the 70

Pancakes filled with sausage (or bacon) are a specialty of Blackwater Junction Restaurant in Andover.

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the applewood smoked ham. Looking for something a little different? Each Sunday, the Old Courthouse Restaurant features a different take on a Sunday brunch favorite, the quiche, and gets creative with another brunch staple, French toast. Don’t miss out on the peach Crème Brûlée French toast, popular during the summer. “When people ask us for the recipe, we always give it to them,” says Rastallis. Then there are the freshly baked scones, cakes and pastries that truly melt in your mouth. Round out your meal with some lighter fare, including fresh fruit, homemade granola and Greek-style yogurt. If you’re in a celebratory mood, go ahead and indulge in a Bloody Mary or a Mimosa, both popular brunch drinks at the Old Courthouse Restaurant. Barbra Alan is a freelance writer in Alexandria, N.H., who can’t start her day without a cup of coffee, and never met an Eggs Benedict she didn’t like.

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Autumn Eve by Louis Sanborn illustration by J. Moria Stephens


isten! The wind is full of leaves tonight That fly against our ancient house, And dance upon the windowpanes, Then scour the clapboards, bare. Exchanging nods like two old friends, Who gossip on an autumn eve, They whisper down our country lane Of picket fence and maple trees, Between the homes of Grantham Town, By fieldstone walls and maple trees, Past endless fields of withered corn, Then sweep beyond the Village Green. Listen! The wind is full of leaves tonight, That tint the night with care. And children know, who stay up late, The past is very near! And sitting by a chimney seat, The wind is heard to sigh, A moaning sound, a haunting sound, A half-remembered tale. Listen!


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Having somewhat exceeded his, “threescore years and ten,” Louis Sanborn enjoys the thought of leaving something of himself and his times, to his grandkids. Like all of us, he has watched the inexorable growth, as well as the increasing sophistication of our small, idyllic, New Hampshire towns. But he feels that, with the passage of time, perhaps, something has been lost. And that, something, is what he would like to convey: the mystery with which nature once, surrounded and enchanted us, as we were growing up, so long ago, here in these uniquely, elegant towns and villages. Louis has lived in Grantham, N.H., with his wonderful wife, Mary, for whom the poem was written, for nearly 40 years.

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