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Quiet Places

You can find a quiet haven just about anywhere in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area. Here are a few to explore. Text and photography by Laura Jean Whitcomb

20 A Taste for the Grape (and Berry)

New Hampshire’s vineyards are earning a place on wine lists — and drawing a growing number of visitors. By Laurie D. Morrissey Photography by Jim Block

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28 Life Comes Full Circle

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A vision of Newport, N.H., resident Steve Cossingham, Full Circle Farm offers a therapeutic horsemanship program to help those with disabilities. By Natasha Osborne-Howe Photography by Paul Howe

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34 Business: What Is It Worth?

38 Read: Painters and Poets


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Rosanna Eubank Long — owner of an art advisory, appraisal and estate services firm in New London, N.H. — explains the importance of appraisals, the different types and what values can be assigned. Photography by Paul Howe A collaboration between the Center for the Arts and The Fells results in Visual Verse, a literary feast for the imagination. By Katie Bushueff

43 Nonprofit: Silent Warriors


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For more than five years, Bev McKinley has been giving the homeless a helping hand — and a voice in the community. Now her nonprofit organization, Silent Warriors, is branching out to the Kearsarge area. By Laura Jean Whitcomb Photography by Jim Block

49 History: Newport’s Untold Stories

Historians and researchers Mary Lou McGuire and Ray Reid have teamed up to write a book about Newport, NH. By Patrick O’Grady Photography by Paul Howe

54 Health: A Journey to Health


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Kristen Branzetti, owner of Nourish Holistic Health & Nutrition in New London, N.H., tells her wellness story to help clients with theirs. Text and photography by Leigh Ann Root

61 Photo Essay: Celestial Lights

With or without a telescope (or camera), be on the lookout for optical phenomena — like sun dogs, or blood moons — in the sky. Text and photography by Jim Block

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editor’s letter Hello friends, Did you know I’ve been a magazine editor for almost 20 years? I can’t remember what I was doing — updating information on LinkedIn or cleaning out a file cabinet — when I realized how long I’ve been shaping the content for local publications. Of course, I’ve done other things, too, like marketing director and public relations consultant, but magazine writing and editing has been my life, and love, for two decades. Of course, when I worked at other magazines, I didn’t own them. I could only do so much to keep content local. If a Woodstock publisher wanted an article written on a business in Lyme, well, I assigned it to a writer. Never mind that a Vermont reader would not be interested in a profile of a

New Hampshire business that didn’t do work in Vermont…I was to make it work. Well, now I don’t have to make it work. I can keep Kearsarge Magazine’s focus local with articles on the businesses and people who live in the 15 or so towns we call home. When you pick up the magazine, you know you’ll be reading about someone you can meet (or have met)! In addition, the writers are local, the photographers are local, and the staff is local. You can go on the Internet to find your travel articles and tips from the American Heart Association. I’m going to keep the magazine page’s hyper local and promote this area to anyone who loves it as much as I do. Please join me (and my team) on this worthy mission in 2018!

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COMING THIS SUMMER 2018 • State parks in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area • Sunapee photos and the town's 250th anniversary • New food, swap shops, art, history and more! Mary-Anne Murdough

Congratulations to Kandy King of Newport, Joseph Downey of Sunapee, and Ted Young of Warner. They each won a $25 gift certificate to Allioops! in New London for guessing the correct location of the New Hampshire gnome: Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, N.H.! The gnome’s on vacation this year, so look for more ways to win gift certificates on Facebook! (We love to give away stuff from local businesses!)

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Quiet Places

You can find a quiet haven just about anywhere in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area. Here are a few to explore. Text and photography and by Laura Jean Whitcomb


eady to escape the hustle and bustle of traffic? The noise of the busy streets and crowded walkways? Well, you’ve already done that just by living in (or visiting) the Kearsarge/ Lake Sunapee region. We live in the perfect area

for escape, relaxation and peace. You can find a quiet haven on your screened-in porch, back deck or on the shores of your local lake. If you’re looking for a bit more, perhaps peace plus inspiration, you won’t be disappointed with these local spots. ››››› • Spring 2018 • Kearsarge Magazine


Muster Field Farm North Sutton, N.H. You’ve probably visited the historic Muster Field Farm for one of their many fun, familyfriendly events, like June Jam or Harvest Days. But have you ever stopped by, just randomly, on a weekday? It’s likely that you’ll have most of the 200-plus acres of the conserved woodland to yourself. Perhaps you’d see a hiker enjoying one of the hiking trails, or the farm manager tending to the open fields of produce. But, after a quick nod of hello, you’d be on your own for whatever peace you might like to enjoy. The grounds and historic farm buildings are open year round, every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Park your car in the small parking area in front of the Ryder School House, or park along Harvey Road. Then decide how you’d like to spend your quiet moments: admiring the barn boards of the historical buildings, perusing the colorful flower beds, or gazing across the fields at the landscape. Bring a lawn chair, a picnic lunch, and watch the clouds pass overhead. Breathe. It’s okay to say hello to the livestock, but don’t pet or feed them. You’ll also want to carry out your trash. But that’s really it for rules. Soak in the history of the farm, and the generations who have enjoyed the land before you.

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New London Historical Society New London, N.H. Sixteen historic buildings (some original, some reproductions) spread out on 10-acres of New London farmland. Doesn’t sound particularly relaxing — unless you visit when the New London Historical Society is closed. Then the grounds are, most likely, yours and yours alone. There’s a shaded parking area behind the 1830s Phillips Barn. Exit your modern-day motor car and stroll through the village at rest. Enjoy the view from a seat on the country store porch, or from one of the many strategically positioned picnic tables throughout the property. (In fact, you should bring some refreshments. Just remember to carry in and carry out your trash.)

I spent my afternoon reading the signs on the buildings to learn about what is inside. (The Phillips Barn stores a collection of horsedrawn vehicles, and the Pleasant Street Schoolhouse is set up and ready for a classroom of students.) I sat at a picnic table and listened to a slight breeze rustle the tree leaves. A few birds chirped their hellos and a butterfly zigzagged through the air. It was just me and my musings until a town of New London employee opened up a fire hydrant to let loose a stream of water — always good for a few photos and a free car wash on the way out. The New London Historical Village is open to visitors from sunrise to sunset year round. If you want to enjoy the historical exhibits inside the walls of the buildings, the village is open Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. It is $5 for adults, free for members. ››››› • Spring 2018 • Kearsarge Magazine


The Garden at Tracy Library New London, N.H. It’s an impressive building. It’s been the home, harness and saddle shop of Capt. John Everett; the Morgan family home in 1854; the original site of New London Hospital; and since 1926, the town library. But to the left of the Tracy Memorial Library entrance on South Pleasant Street, there’s a staircase. Follow it down and you’ll find the Garden at Tracy Library. The Olmsted Brothers, a renowned architectural firm, originally designed the gardens in 1926 for summer resident/homeowner Jane A. Tracy. According to an article by Susan Little of the New London Garden Club, “of particular interest was the small garden park behind the library with four beds of old fashioned flowers around a wading pool for children, a large lawn, a rose garden, a peak-roofed tool house, and, against a perimeter of stonewall, a variety of shrubs, vines and trees.” It was grassed over (and the pool filled with soil) after Tracy’s death in 1944. In 2002, with the help of a local landscape architect and the New London Garden Club, the garden was completely restored using the original Olmsted plan. A few things had to change, like the addition of a stone wall to account for a library addition in 1991, but the park-like appearance has remained. Stepping down the stairs is like stepping back into time. Sure, you might hear a bit of traffic noise from Main Street or the buzz of a neighbor’s lawnmower, but the sight of the garden quickly overtakes your senses and muffles the sounds of modern day. Deep purple lilacs dance in the breeze. Wooden benches drenched in shade send silent invitations to sit and enjoy nature. My favorite view is from the bench by the old well. It is flanked by hydrangea. Straight ahead, you have a lovely view of the yellow library underneath the fringe of a Norway spruce. I could sit there all day with a book, enjoying the perennial beds, rose garden and grass terraces. But you may want to schedule your visit when the volunteers aren’t there working on the gardens, typically Monday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. That way it is more likely that it is just you, and perhaps another reader, enjoying this old-fashioned garden park. The Garden at Tracy Library is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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Brookside Park Grantham, N.H. There’s always been a little park on Route 10 in Grantham, just past Rum Brook Market. A brown sign, a babbling brook and, seasonally, a picnic table. With low waters (usually) and large rocks, I would take the kids on super hot summer days to sit by the brook and get their feet wet. You could hop from rock to rock and make your way down Skinner Brook. During the school year — between drop offs and pick ups and errands in town — I would bring my lunch to the park to enjoy a few quiet moments. In 2014, the town of Grantham expanded the park to its current 20 acres. Volunteers from the Grantham Conservation Commission established ADA-accessible trails and bridges in 2016. Although you might see a few hikers, it is still a quiet, lovely spot with picnic tables, benches, trails marked with blazes, and 18 signs with points of interest. You can even use your smart phone to scan the QR codes on the signs to get information about the geology (glacial formations), horticulture (tree and plant types), or history (house foundations) of the area. Route 10 can be noisy, but the closer you are to Skinner Brook, the less you hear of the traffic. The sounds of rushing waters easily block out the whoosh of passing cars. The 427foot trail, which runs along the brook, brings you deeper into nature’s peace My recommendation? Bring a lawn chair, maybe one low to the ground so you can swish your feet in the brook, or set a beach towel down on one of the rocks. The shaped granite boulders provide a nice place to sit. Don’t forget the bug spray. ››››› • Spring 2018 • Kearsarge Magazine


Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum The Little Nature Museum Warner, N.H. Oh, maybe halfway up Kearsarge Mountain Road, you’ll find the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and The Little Nature Museum. There’s a vast parking lot between the two buildings. I highly suggest going inside both museums, but if you’re looking for solitude, take a wander around the grounds. Well, if you don’t mind bird sounds: chirping, tweeting, twittering. It’s dead silent in this meadowed nook of Warner, except for the eagerly communicating birds and the occasional chitter of a squirrel. Directly in front of The Little Nature Museum, there’s a short downhill incline that parallels a wooden fence. There are a few places to stop and sit — flat rocks on the stone wall and stone

Overall, there’s 2.5 acres to enjoy, thanks to volunteers who reclaimed a dumping ground in 1992 and turned it into a peaceful “tranquility zone.”


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benches. The shade from the trees, the slight breeze on the hillside and the sounds of nature will put your mind at ease. Back up the incline, and now directly in front of the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, you’ll see a sign for the Medicine Woods trail. There’s also a mailbox with guide pamphlets detailing the 100plus species of plants you’ll see on the trail. Borrow one and you’ll learn how Native Americans utilized nature; for example, the plant witch hazel treated colds, sore muscles, fevers, arthritis and skin irritations. Self-guided tours of Medicine Woods are available all day. Museum hours are typically May to October, but check online for specifics. ›››››

PL ACES YOU COULD TRY The Tall Pines in Bradford, N.H.

I visited twice in June. The first time the black flies and mosquitoes and no-see-ums swarmed my head and chased me back to my car. The second time, fully doused with bug spray, my sneakers got stuck in some deep mud after a rainy week. You might be braver than I am and make it to see the centuries-old pine trees. There’s a parking area off Route 103, and the trail is easy and marked with white blazes. I did see the trees years ago, and it is worth the short hike. The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens in Newbury, N.H.

The Fells is one of New England’s finest examples of an early 20th century summer estate. There are rock gardens, a rose terrace and a 100-foot perennial border. But it can be a busy place (and that’s good). I enjoyed a late fall trip, and even though the gardens were not at full bloom, it was lovely to have the grounds and woodland sanctuary all to myself. MainStreet BookEnds in Warner, N.H.

The Jim Mitchell Community Park and Amphitheater is truly lovely. Visit the bookstore, buy a book (or magazine) and sit in the lovely garden, either the shady side or the sunny side. It is on East Main Street, however, so you will hear a bit of New Hampshire-style traffic. Newbury Harbor in Newbury, N.H.

It’s Monday morning and there are a few people enjoying the dock in Newbury Harbor. Some are fishing, some are reading, some are enjoying the view. It’s a lovely spot, with nooks and crannies that provide some sense of solitude. Until the kids — ahem, my kids — start jumping off the dock and screaming their fool heads off. Solitude shattered, but I’m surprised to find I don’t mind because the view of the lake, boats and trees is just so wonderful. • Spring 2018 • Kearsarge Magazine



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A Taste for the Grape (and Berry)

New Hampshire’s vineyards are earning a place on wine lists — and drawing a growing number of visitors. By Laurie D. Morrissey Photography by Jim Block


ne afternoon last summer, a Proctor Academy bus climbed a steep driveway to a secluded vineyard in Salisbury, N.H. A group of 30 Gordon Research Conference scientists trooped off the bus for an off-hours tour of a New Hampshire vineyard and a taste of locally produced wines. It probably wasn’t what these scientists, from places as far away as Israel and Japan, expected to see in the Granite State. Most were surprised to learn that New Hampshire has more than 20 wineries, according to the New Hampshire Winery Association, and three located within a few miles of Mount Kearsarge.


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An estate winery

Black Bear Vineyard sits on 18 rolling acres, in Salisbury, N.H. where Ted and Kelly Jarvis and their children began planting grape vines 10 years ago. New to the industry when they purchased the property, they were mentored by the proprietor of the state’s first winery, Jewell Towne Vineyards, in South Hampton. The way Kelly sees it, the state’s wineries are not in competition: “We all want New Hampshire wines to be good.” The Jarvis family built their business steadily, and has seen impressive results. Their bestselling La Crescent won a bronze at the Eastern States Exposition (the Big E), the largest agricultural

event on the East Coast. Another hit in the tasting room is a custom blend they named Salisbury Red, made from Frontenac Gris grapes. “It’s a white grape, but our wine is blush red. It’s good chilled on a summer night,” says Kelly. Black Bear’s product is grown, crushed, fermented, and aged on the property. Ted bottles all the wines by hand, and their wine is only sold on the premises. “It is the Merrimack Valley Region’s only estate winery,” says Kelly. In the Black Bear tasting room, visitors sample five wines (two red and three white) produced from French hybrid varieties that grow successfully in the northern New England climate. After wine sampling, visitors often stay to enjoy the views or a fire in the stone fireplace on the patio. “It was a learning process,” Kelly says. They had to learn about trellising, sun exposure, soil, vine nutrition, pest management and climate conditions. As their son, Nick, says, “A good wine is made in the vineyard.”

But, says his mom, “We’re not scared of anything. I’m from Southie and my husband’s from Scituate [Mass]. The first year, we made a lot of vinegar. But we love a good challenge.” The vineyard is still small, but the vintners have big dreams: more vines, more varieties, more tastings and events, and a Christmas tree plantation. “Our minds are going crazy with all the things we want to do,” says Kelly. “We’d like to showcase young artists, and have Jazz on the Vineyard.” Black Bear’s Salisbury Red has a fan in Kristin Zaleski, who works as a food and beverage manager at Canterbury Woods Country Club. “That was my favorite, but all the wines are just delicious,” she says. “My plan is to make it our ‘house wine.’ I think our guests would love it, especially since it’s produced nearby, and we can support local farmers.” ›››››


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Mad scientists

Eight miles down the road, in Webster, the Austin family produces fruit and berry wines. Coffin Cellars opened in 2010, the first winery in the area. Peter Austin (an eighth generation Websterite), inspired by wild food expert Euell Gibbons, began making dandelion wine in the 1970s. He gradually turned his hobby into a business, using an old family name. His son, Jamie, a chef at a local restaurant, plays a major role. Their crops are grown on their Battle Street (Route 127) property, and in a berry patch four miles away near Knight’s Meadow Marsh. With a wine list including kiwi berry and jalapeno, it’s clear that the Austins have a taste for trying new things. “We’re always experimenting. We’re like mad scientists,” says Peter, pointing out sea buckthorn, cornelian cherry and hops. The best seller in the cellar is cranberry/pomegranate. Peter’s favorite of their 14 wines is blackberry, while Jamie favors dry reds: elderberry and currant. They both praise yellow raspberry: “Nectar of the gods,”


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Tasting fruit and berry wines at Coffin Cellars in Webster, N.H.

Peter says. “It’s smoother and sweeter than blackberry, less seedy. It’s a great berry, and a lot of people haven’t heard of it. We’re pretty happy with it, so we’re planting more.” Coffin Cellars sells to several local restaurants and retailers, and a farmers' market or two. Every year, they are part of a Barrel Tasting Weekend sponsored by the Lakes Region Wine Association. Like their fellow vintners up the road, the Austins enjoy the culinary aspect of their trade. “Whatever’s left over in the tasting room comes into the kitchen,” Jamie says. “Jalapeno wine is awesome in any sort of marinade.” A short distance away, off of Route 4 in Danbury, N.H. is Haunting Whisper Vineyard and Spirits. It’s a small, familyrun vineyard that produces 11 red and five white wines, as well as fruit/dessert wines, and rum and brandy-based spirits. ››››› • Spring 2018 • Kearsarge Magazine


Collaboration, not competition

The family aspect is strong in all three of the area’s wineries. That’s a common feature of New Hampshire vineyards, says Lewis Eaton, president of the New Hampshire Winery Association. He and his wife, Stacey, own Sweet Baby Vineyard in Hampstead. He has seen steady growth in the industry, especially in the last five or six years. Most of the state’s wineries are members of the association. “There’s one in every county in the state, and a lot of them are growing their own fruit now to supplement what they bring in from other farms in the country,” Eaton says. He describes New Hampshire wines as similar to those of upstate New York and parts of Germany. “Our wines are not like California wines. Our growing season is short and the weather is cool, so our wines are fruitier and more acidic. I think we grow better white wines, but we have some pretty good reds as well.” As he says, “People haven’t thought of New Hampshire as a wine-producing state, but 20 years ago, people didn’t think of the Finger Lakes as a wine area.” ›››››

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. He has taught four to six digital photography courses each year to small groups since 2000. Jim lives in Sunapee, N.H., in the summer and Hanover, N.H., in the winter. Explore his website at


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TREE TO BOTTLE Cideries belong to the New Hampshire Winery Association, too. Gould Hill Farm in Hopkinton recently opened Contoocook Cider Company, with hard ciders made from some of its 80-plus varieties of apples. What’s hard cider? It’s apple juice that’s been allowed to ferment. Their alcohol level is much lower than that of wine. Learn more at • Spring 2018 • Kearsarge Magazine



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Life Comes Full Circle A vision of Newport, N.H. resident Steve Cossingham, Full Circle Farm offers a therapeutic horsemanship program to help those with disabilities. By Natasha Osborne-Howe Photography by Paul Howe


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ittle did Steve Cossingham realize how much his dream would enrich so many lives when he established Full Circle Farm with his wife, Deb Cossingham, in 2013 to offer a therapeutic horsemanship program. The farm is located in North Newport, N.H., at 80 Edgell Road on a peaceful, bucolic 160-acre spread, with a panoramic breathtaking mountain vista. It is as if the farm exists in its own world where an idyllic connection with nature transpires. A therapeutic program addresses a wide range of needs and disabilities, both physical and mental. The goal is to help enable people to improve quality of life. Equine-assisted activities and therapy techniques are employed to accomplish these goals. Steve died in April 2017, but Deb is carrying on, passionately dedicated to seeing the dream continue.

“Steve was the horse person, but he happily dragged me,” Deb Cossingham says with a smile. “I knew how happy it would be for him and it became my dream, too, as I got more involved.”

The rider and the horse

The Therapeutic Riding Program is designed and taught by certified and qualified instructors. The farm adheres to the policies, procedures and guidelines of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) by which it is accredited. PATH states the definition of therapeutic riding as “…mounted horseback riding for the purpose of contributing positively to cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of people with disabilities through the teaching of horsemanship skills.” The farm offers state-of-the-art facilities, including a spacious indoor arena, which is heated in the winter; observation areas; an outdoor arena; sensory-motor trails and tacking stalls. The American Disabilities Act accessibility guidelines were followed in the design of the farm. “Horses are sensitive and compassionate, which tends to ground and calm people,” says Lorna Young, advanced PATH International certified instructor and program director. “People can build relationships with them.” Young believes that therapeutic riding can help transform many areas of people’s lives. “We tailor goals to needs and what the individual wants to work on,” she says. “Some work on muscle tone, balance, coordination, confidence, trust and social issues.” ›››››

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A special bond

Cossingham says there are 30 to 40 participants in the program. The youngest age children can start is 4 years old. “I look forward to coming, and I’ve been training to ride,” says 10-year-old Myah Borcuk of Newport. Her mother, Heather Blake, heard about the farm from a friend. “She loves animals and is doing great,” she says. “Her confidence has grown and this has helped her anxiety.” Norma LaFountain of Newport is thrilled to have found the farm so close to home for her 11-year-old son Griffin LaFountain, who has cerebral palsy. “I like riding and jumping the poles,” says Griffin. “I come once a week for an hour.” “This is helping Griffin to develop his core muscles, posture and balance,” LaFountain says. “There is a bond between him and the horse.” “The gait of a horse is important — a big walk builds strength and muscle tone,” Cossingham says. “When Robert is with the horses, he smiles the most genuine smiles,” says Sunapee resident Diane Mallet of her 21-yearold autistic son. “He has learned to clean stalls, groom, saddle up, mount the horse properly, ride in the ring and trails.”

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Griffin LaFountain is happy on his horse.

THE BENEFITS OF HORSEBACK RIDING Anyone can benefit from horseback riding. Here are a few ways: Mental Exercise:

Developing self-confidence, problem solving (making quick decisions from the back of the horse) and the meditative effect of riding are just a few of the benefits. Core Strength:

Riding a horse works the core muscles: abdominal, back and pelvic. Muscle Tone:

In addition to the core muscles, the inner thighs and pelvic muscles get a workout as a rider positions himself. Mental Exercise:

Developing self-confidence, problem solving (making quick decisions from the back of the horse) and the meditative effect of riding are just a few of the benefits. Companionship:


Utilizing her experience and expertise, Young develops a strategy she feels will work for an individual. “It can be just the small things, like standing up in the stirrups for the first time,” she says. “It is so touching to see people blossom and become more independent.” One issue which sometimes crops up is parents interacting with their children during a session. Young will tactfully explain why it is hard for the child to listen to two people and focus. “It can get uncomfortable when parents intervene and children get confused,” Young explains. “We want parents and caregivers to have confidence in us.” Safety is a priority and the staff maintains vigilance, with sessions as controlled as possible. Animals have their moods and personalities and, because horses are prey animals, noise can scare them. Horses are introduced to all activities as well as situations they might be exposed to before a participant rides them. There is a four-week trial period, although some horses may need more time or not be suitable for therapeutic riding at all.

Humans and horses are social creatures. A bond can quickly develop between rider and animal, encouraging communication skills. — Information courtesy of the Certified Horsemanship Association (

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Young says that a horse considered for therapy needs to be playful and interested. Wendy Allen is the equine manager and is responsible for care, selection and conditioning of the horses. “This is my dream job, and I take it very seriously,” Allen says. “It has been an honor to work with Steve and Deb in fulfilling their dream.” Allen assesses and rides the horses to see if they are appropriate for therapy. There are 23 horses on the farm, but only six for therapy, with three exclusively in the program and three used on an as-needed basis. Seven are used for traditional riding lessons. The farm also boards horses. There are 20 to 25 volunteers, with free classes and training sessions to educate them about their role. Volunteers assist with lessons, grooming, prepping the horses, leading horses into sessions and walking along for support. “We couldn’t do this without our volunteers,” Cossingham says. “I just love it,” says Mary Davidson, a three-year volunteer from Lebanon. “I rode when I was young, taught for 40 years, so I get to combine the best of both worlds.” Volunteer Paula Torres of Lempster commented that horses make people happy and it makes her happy to be there. “I see what a difference it makes in people,” she says. “This is a special place and Steve’s vision.” After a 40-year absence from horses, Steve Cossingham wanted to be involved again. His parents had owned Rawhide Stables in Claremont when he was younger. He also wanted to give back to others and, for him, this symbolized life coming “full circle.” ›››››


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As for the future, Deb Cossingham wants to see the program grow, but slowly. “I want to maintain the quality,” she says. “I want this to be the kind of place that is welcoming, warm and comfortable.” Natasha Osborne-Howe has previously written for the ArgusChampion and has been a contributing writer for the Eagle Times, and at present a contributing writer/columnist for the Intertown Record. She currently lives in Goshen, N.H., with her husband, Paul, and their two dogs and cats. She enjoys crafts, local culture and nature. Paul Howe is a freelance photographer based in Goshen, N.H. Paul has been photographing for local publications in the area for more than 40 years. His work has also been in many shows, including photographs in juried shows at the Library Arts Center in Newport and New London Hospital art shows. See more of his work at • Spring 2018 • Kearsarge Magazine



What Is It Worth? Need an item appraised? The first question to ask: why? By Rosanna Eubank Long Photography by Paul Howe


Rosanna Eubank Long owns an antique appraisal and estate services firm in New London. 34

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ong after we have outgrown the childhood fantasy of finding hidden treasure, many of us can’t quite give up the notion of discovering something of significant value. That is what makes the television show Antiques Roadshow so popular. We want to know: what is it worth? At first this may seem a simple question. But, in fact, all types of personal property: fine art, antiques, jewelry, collectibles, may have different values in different contexts. So after you move beyond the fantasy of hoping to discover you possess an unknown treasure, the real question to ask is “why.” Why do you need or want to know what it is worth? Do you want to sell it? Do you want to protect yourself in case of damage or loss? Or are you thinking ahead and estate planning and want to ensure equitable distribution to your heirs? According to Black’s Law Dictionary, an appraisal is: “a valuation or an estimation of value of property by disinterested persons of suitable qualifications” and also: “the process of ascertaining a value of an asset or liability that involves expert opinion rather than explicit market transactions.” There are several types of “value” as well. The two most commonly used values in an appraisal are fair market value and replacement cost.


Long evaluates some items for a client.

A fair market value is defined as: the price at which the property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither being under any compulsion to buy or sell and both having reasonable knowledge of the relevant facts. Whereas comparable replacement cost is defined as: the price in terms of cash that would be required to replace a property with another of similar age, quality, origin, appearance, and condition within a reasonable length of time in an appropriate and relevant market. Rarity and unique provenance are also a consideration and can produce a different value for these two types. Take,

for example, a portrait of a well-known person by a wellknown artist; this value would most likely be higher on the open market than a portrait of a relatively unknown subject by the same well-known artist. And yet, if that unknown subject is your great-grandmother, the replacement cost could be considered similar to the value of the well-known portrait subject. Based on how you answer that “why do you want to know the value” question, there are a variety of appraisal types: replacement cost for insurance purposes, fair market value, fair market value for charitable giving, fair market value for estate tax purposes. The type of ap-

praisal needed is dependent on how you plan to use the information you receive.

Donation or “gift” appraisal

Do you want to donate an artwork or antique to a museum or local historical society? You will want an appraisal report for your records. An appraisal is generally recommended for any gift valued over $1,000. And the IRS requires that the donor obtain one from a qualified appraiser for a claim of a tax deduction of $5,000 or greater for an individual item or group of similar items. In this case, the fair market value is the value that would be utilized. ››››› • Spring 2018 • Kearsarge Magazine



Equitable distribution appraisal Do you need to divide up your personal property fairly? Sometimes this is for estateplanning purposes and other times an appraisal is sought for an equitable division of marital assets. Both of these scenarios require a fair market value approach. When undergoing a divorce, a mutually agreed upon personal property appraiser can aide in reducing attorney fees and litigation time as the value of the assets are accepted by both parties and made irrefutable.


Are you possibly interested in selling some of your fine art, jewelry, collectibles or decorative arts? In this case you would want to know the fair market value. Imagine taking your art or object to an appropriate auction in a relevant location, and what would that property bring at auction.

Insurance appraisal

Do you have certain antiques or artworks or pieces of jewelry that are worth more than the limit on your homeowner’s insurance policy? Perhaps one of the most common reasons for seeking an appraisal is for insurance purposes. Many homeowners’ policies have inadequate coverage to fully compensate you in an unanticipated loss or disaster. Quite often an additional personal policy is necessary to substantiate the existence and condition of your fine arts, jewelry, antiques or collectibles. In this case, what you are looking


Of course we all want to know if we have a treasure buried in our collection or personal property. for is the replacement value of an object or artwork within a reasonable time period. In other words, what would it cost if you had to go out in the near future and replace the exact same item? In some cases, an appraisal is needed after the fact. Your insurance company may require an appraisal in order to settle a

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claim for damage or loss. It is recommended that these appraisals be updated every five years, as values can significantly change.

Pre-move or storage appraisal

Are you moving or putting items of value into storage? There are different federal laws governing moving, shipping or storage insurance claims. Often the standard insurance will not adequately cover anything with significant value. So an inventory and appraisal of higher value items is useful in substantiating the existence and value in case of damage caused by moving or while in storage. These appraisals use a replacement cost value.

Estate appraisal

Have you recently had a family death? An appraisal is necessary for a taxable estate. The personal property would be inventoried and then an appraisal report is created in an IRScompliant format. These appraisals are often less detailed than those for insurance purposes. So even if it is the hope of discovering something of precious value that drives you to seek a professional appraisal of your fine art, antique, collectibles or jewelry remember the key question to ask before you get started is not what is it worth, but why do you want to know what it is worth? Rosanna Eubank Long has her own art advisory, appraisal and estate services firm: Rosanna Eubank LLC. She majored in art history at Barnard College, Columbia University and has her master’s degree in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture. She has worked for Christies Auction in Los Angeles and New York City and was a research assistant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the American Decorative Arts Department. She has always been in love with art and antiques — in fact the first word she learned how to read was “antiques” as she traveled cross country with her parents on summer buying trips for her father’s antique shop. She lives in New London, N.H., with her husband, three kids, a giant dog, and two normal sized cats. • Spring 2018 • Kearsarge Magazine



Painters and Poets Visual Verse is a literary feast for the imagination.

Painting by Debbie Campbell

By Katie Bushueff


he Literary Arts Guild, a branch of New London’s Center for the Arts, has been dreaming of creating a book. So when the John Hay Poetry Society in Newbury, N.H., got a call from The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens about writing poems for an art show, a collaborative effort between the three organizations to turn the entire project into a book was just the


right idea. From the effort, Visual Verse was born, an anthology of paintings and prose from artists in the Lake Sunapee region. A visual vestige of landscapes and flora — and a literary feast for the imagination — the book pairs poetry by local poets with plein air paintings of the many magical scenes that can be found at The Fells. Every page

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has a single poem and a painting, easy on the eyes and magnificent for the mind. Dianalee Velie, founder of the poetry society and a member of the Literary Arts Guild, was part of the effort. “It came together naturally,” she says. “The hope for the book is to showcase the talent in this area. The artistry and poetry is just wonderful!”

It started with the annual juried art show held at The Fells. In their search for a new theme, Susan Warren, executive director at The Fells; Patricia Baldissard, former education director; and Debbie Campbell, the show’s curator, came up with an idea to combine art forms and involve the John Hay Poetry Society. From there, the collaboration fell into place. “I called my poets and gave them each a painting to write about, and it just came together,” says Velie. The pairing of poetry and art created a special atmosphere for enjoying each work of art: Viewers were invited to take a little extra time to consider each painting, enjoying the associated poems and finding meaning in each. The paintings in Visual Verse breathe creative perspective into each picturesque scene, and each poem brings a story to the picture. “It’s a wonderful surprise to see how each poet interpreted each painting,” says Brick Moltz, director of education at The Fells. Moltz worked closely with each artist to gather their proofs for the book. The poets were given free

Painting by C Reid


rein to use their creative license when being inspired by each painting, offering viewers unexpected ideas that might not have otherwise come to light at first glance. The book offers a play between viewer, artist and poet, each bringing a perspective, an idea and, ultimately, the joy of seeing many different sides of the same view. Reader Hannah

Tannebring says, “I appreciate the way this book feels like a conversation between painter and poet.” At the heart of Visual Verse is a true spirit of collaboration. “It came to fruition with the work of a lot of people and volunteers,” says Moltz. “It was great fun working on this book! ›››››

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We supported each other and we laughed an awful lot.” Joan Doran, chair of the Literary Arts Guild, echoes his sentiments. “Everybody was so cooperative,” she says. “It was just a delight.” A true team effort, the book is the first publication for the Center for the Arts, but there are high hopes for another. “We are hoping there will be 40

others in the future!” says Doran. “This was a dream for a long time. There were many of us who felt it would be wonderful to have a book that acted as a showcase for some of the artistry that exists here, both visual and literary. The Fells is such a beautiful and beloved place, rich with history and beauty; we always thought it would be wonderful to do a book with them.”

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What’s the real quest behind Visual Verse? “We’re hoping this little book captures the quality of The Fells and the artistry here in such a way that people who live and visit here will want to take it home with them and relive some of the enjoyment that this area has to offer,” says Doran. Visual Verse is available for purchase in several spots around


Painting by L Mullaney

the community, including Gourmet Garden in New London, Morgan Hill Bookstore in New London, MainStreet BookEnds in Warner, and The Fells in Newbury. Katie Bushueff loves all things New Hampshire, and spends as much time as possible exploring this great state. • Spring 2018 • Kearsarge Magazine



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Silent Warriors For more than five years, Bev McKinley has been giving the homeless a helping hand — and a voice in the community. Now her nonprofit organization, Silent Warriors, is branching out to the Kearsarge area. By Laura Jean Whitcomb Photography by Jim Block


t’s a blustery winter day. I sit in my home office, in front of my computer, and watch the wind whip the falling snow across the gray skies. The trees wave back and forth, threatening to down a power line on my street. My dog is curled up at my feet under my desk. I stick my feet, already wearing wool socks, near him for extra warmth. I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a home. It has heat. And I am inside. But there are others in New Hampshire who are not so fortunate. If you look at a point-in-time count for homelessness in the Granite State — I’m looking at last year’s

Jan. 25, 2017 count by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services — there are 1,854 homeless people dealing with this winter weather in different ways. Some may be in a shelter, some may be living with friends or family (“doubled up”), and some may be unsheltered. That’s right: living in a car, a tent or some type of handmade structure. Did you just get a chill? Enfield, N.H., Bev McKinley did, way back in 2012. She was looking to donate two winter sleeping bags, and asked the Upper Valley Haven if they needed them. They did — there were two men who were not going to come inside and use the shelter, even though it was 30 degrees below zero. “I went home and said, ‘Well, maybe I’ll collect a few more’,” McKinley recalls. She wrote a letter to the editor about homelessness and the need for outdoor equipment — and received 75 sleeping bags. She started to collect socks and personal hygiene items to create backpacks of

helpfulness, and came up with the name of her new nonprofit: Silent Warriors. “If you look up the word warriors, the definition is about survival, not war,” she says. “These people fight every day for what they need.” For more than five years, McKinley has been giving this quiet, almost silent, New Hampshire population a voice. She joined the Upper Valley Housing Support Team to find homes for 11 out of 18 homeless people camping across from Hannaford’s in West Lebanon; participated in the Lebanon City ›››››

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Silent Warriors has a storage facility to house some of the necessities for outdoor living.

Task Force when Lebanon considered a no camping ordinance; and, through Silent Warriors, has provided 200-plus sleeping bags, tents and other necessities to homeless citizens. In March 2017, she received the American Red Cross Hero Award. “It was a busy summer. Between June and August [2017] we helped 32 people,” she says. Does she stop for a moment? 44

Nope. McKinley has plans to clone her organization statewide. She wants to meet with Newport and Claremont groups to find ways to help the homeless. (In 2016, Claremont ranked third in New Hampshire for homeless youth behind Manchester and Nashua.) McKinley hopes other towns can mimic the partnership of the Haven and the Hartford

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Police Department and “canvas the community so we can show people what is available. They don’t know there is housing and there is funding for it,” she says. “Is it for everyone? No. There are still those who don’t want a roof over their head; they want their peace and quiet in a tent away from the population.” And they’ll need the support of Silent Warriors. ›››››


How it happens

It’s a fact: a full-time worker earning minimum wage cannot afford a one bedroom apartment, priced at fair market rent, anywhere in the United States, according to Families in Transition in Manchester and Concord. Even here in New Hampshire, rent continues to outpace income, and folks have to make difficult decisions on a day-to-day basis. Then there’s a crisis: car breaks down (financial), child gets sick (medical), death or divorce (social). Making ends meet is no longer possible. “The homeless are not just veterans. The homeless are not lazy, or dirty. There should be no stereotypes — the homeless can be anyone,” says McKinley. “One brick crumbled in their foundation. They are someone’s sister, brother, wife, husband, father, mother. They are an artist, chef or college graduate.” According to 2016 statistics from the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness, approximately 40 percent of people experiencing homelessness are families with children. Among those experiencing homelessness, 21 percent are considered chronically homeless. Veterans comprise roughly

9 percent of the homeless population. And, yes, there are homeless citizens in Newport, Sunapee and New London. They could be camping in a rural area, or staying with friends temporarily. “If they have a car, they could be at a 24/7 factory parking lot,” she says. “Just because you don’t see them, doesn’t mean

that you don’t have them in your community.” McKinley remembers a couple that lost everything — jobs, housing, savings — three years ago. She gave them a tent and a sleeping bag. These folks may have looked just like anyone else camping at Storrs Pond in Hanover, N.H. “After three months of camping, they were able to save up enough money

to get an apartment again,” she recalls. “The tent gave them the footing they needed to survive.” “This isn’t their future. They are not going to be in this situation forever. When the right services reach out and support them, their future can be much brighter,” McKinley says.

What can you do to help?

You may not be one paycheck away from being homeless, but many of your community members are. Fortunately, there are many small ways to help. “If you are a camper, downsizing or changing camping style, I would love your equipment,” says McKinley. Silent Warriors accepts tents with fiberglass poles, and McKinley has a volunteer who goes through the camping equipment to make sure everything is in working order. “If you are cleaning out attics and barns, save your cast iron cookware,” says McKinley. “We also need long-handled spatulas, forks and cooking utensils. Propane canisters, headlamps, yoga mats, sleeping bags, wool blankets.” Silent Warriors provides equipment to individuals and families who are working with a caseworker, such as a homeless outreach worker from

“There should be no stereotypes — the homeless can be anyone. One brick crumbled in their foundation. They are someone’s sister, brother, wife, husband, father, mother. They are an artist, chef or college graduate.” — Beverly McKinley, founder of Silent Warriors • Spring 2018 • Kearsarge Magazine



Tri-County CAP in Lebanon. This ensures donations are going to folks who really need it. “I try to give them something that would make their life a little easier,” she says. “If they need to hang a tarp to keep the rain from dripping, I make sure it comes with duct tape and rope. Now they have the necessary equipment.” She also collects socks, hand cream, sunscreen, chapstick, sewing kits and first aid kits. Expanding to other towns is only part of her mission. “I would like to develop educational material, perhaps a pamphlet of poisonous plants and snakes, or how to pitch a tarp over your tent,” she says. “I’d also like to find a building in West Lebanon and outfit it with lockers, washers/dryers, showers [there are only two public showers in the Upper Valley]. Maybe include a skill area — learn a skill, teach a skill.” This is where communities can find a big way to help: financial donations. Checks can be mailed to Silent Warriors, 3 Margery Road, Enfield NH 03748, or donations can be made on via PayPal. “I am still shocked that I came up with this little idea and the Upper Valley took it and believed in it from the beginning. If I post on Facebook, people just come through with it; I said I needed tents, and a softball league in Canaan just donated 10 tents,” McKinley says. “Seeing how far we have come, I know more is possible.”


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Newport’s Untold Stories Historians and researchers Mary Lou McGuire and Ray Reid have teamed up to write a book about Newport, N.H. By Patrick O’Grady Photography by Paul Howe


ary Lou McGuire loves to hunt for history. Whether researching property deeds, verifying genealogy records, or scrutinizing a weathered gravestone, McGuire remains resolute in her quest. Ray Reid is also passionate about discovering and documenting his adopted hometown’s past. “I guess wherever I lived I have been tuned into what the town is about,” Reid says. “I try to spend time with people who have knowledge about where they grew up.” Reid, 88, helped with the restoration of the Newport Opera House in 1976, played a major role in getting the Corbin Covered Bridge rebuilt in 1994 and restored and repaired gravestones in the Pine Street West Cemetery in 2015. Always on the lookout for historical material, Reid estimates his collection of old photographs fills about 40 or 50 loose leaf binders. “I have worked in homes of older families and tell them I am interested in what they may have,” Reid says. “Some of those have come back to me. I have a lot of one-of-a-kind things from old families here.” McGuire’s and Reid’s interest in documenting Newport’s past has resulted in three books. In 2007, with Larry Cote, presi-


dent of the Newport Historical Society, and the late Andy Andrews, they researched and wrote Mansions and Prominent Landmarks of Newport and in 2015, McGuire transcribed Baldwin and Church Families, a rare 1857 family history which Reid purchased along with other papers and photographs on Newport history. “That was a jewel; so historically important to the town,” Reid says. Their third collaboration — and most ambitious one — Newport, New Hampshire In Time and Place was published in 2017. “Mary Lou did all the research and writing and I brought in supporting material,” says Reid, who moved to Newport in the 1950s. “I think what we wanted was a good, accurate account of the beginning of the

settlement here. This book compiled a lot of that information. It will be a resource for history students from now on.” For McGuire, it was time consuming and often painstaking but ultimately a rewarding project. “I really enjoyed it and got a lot of personal satisfaction out of it,” she says.

Early days

Thoroughly researched with more than 100 sources and full of photos, sketches, notices and old advertisements, the book chronicles Newport from its founding in 1761 with a focus on Unity Road, Claremont Hill and Pine and Oak Streets, where the town’s first settlement sprung up. “I wanted to trace Newport’s first main street because that is where the original settlers were, ››››› • Spring 2018 • Kearsarge Magazine



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between Pollards Mill Road and Oak Street,” McGuire says. Mary Lou McGuire loves to hunt for history. McGuire, 67, began researching and writing on local history in the late 1980s while living in Massachusetts. She moved to Newport with her husband in 2005 and today is the archivist for the Richards Free Library. Among her other published works is a history of the Brewster-Gould-Lee-Rollins American Legion Post 25 in Newport (2014) and in 2016, McGuire and Brenda Lee Curtis wrote a history of town’s earliest burial ground, the Pine Street West Cemetery, which is excerpted in Time and Place. “This book has a slightly different focus because I wanted to tell the history of Newport through the people that lived there,” McGuire says. “To me, it is important to know where people came from, what they did before they got here and what they did when they were here.” Tracking down property owners frequently took McGuire to the registry of deeds in Keene because Newport was part of Cheshire County until Sullivan County was established in 1827. McGuire also traveled to the southern Connecticut town of Killingworth, where Newport’s original settlers came from. “It took forever to find the owner of some of these properties,” McGuire says. “You start from what you know and work backwards. Once I found a property, I traced the owners and what happened to them and did anything happen there. So it was really a big jigsaw puzzle I was putting together.”

The book lists property owners, the year of ownership, and tells the stories of their lives. It is those stories that McGuire says is at the heart of the book. “To me, history is people,” she says. “I know all these events take place but to me the heart of it is the people involved. I think that is just as important as the facts.”

Places and faces

The first part of the 180page book explains the area’s early history and Newport’s charter in 1761. Chapters include early roads and bridges, transportation, taverns, inns and hotels and the Newport village, all accompanied by an abundance of photographs. Some connect a subject from the 1800s to modern times. The history of the 1825 Eagle Hotel, today a popular restaurant, and the rebuilding of the Corbin Covered Bridge, originally built in the mid-1800s and rebuilt after a fire in the 1990s, have several photos from 19th and 20th centuries. On page 13 is an interesting pair of photographs

— one from 1916 and the other 1980. Both look down from the long hill entering Newport from the west with the first photo of farmland and the Elm Street covered bridge in the background, the second shortly, after the Sugar River Plaza opened with the paved Route 11-103 on the left. Billy B. Van, perhaps Newport’s most famous citizen, the Newport House and the McElwain Shoe Factory are among several subjects covered in detail. The book’s cover, a sketch with two men standing on a hill in the foreground looking over their town from the west, perfectly sums up the essence of the book McGuire says. “It is Newport in 1850. What I love most about it are the (two) people, because history is really about people, everyday people,” McGuire says. “They are looking over their town and I want people, today, to look back over Newport.” Reid sums up the book this way: “It is a good reflection of the town through research, text and pictures. Everything in here belongs in here and there is a reason it is in here.”

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. • Spring 2018 • Kearsarge Magazine


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A Journey to Health Kristen Branzetti, owner of Nourish Holistic Health & Nutrition in New London, N.H., tells her wellness story to help clients with theirs. Text and photography by Leigh Ann Root


hen you meet someone who is passionate and purposeful, you notice that they shine a little brighter than most. Kristen Branzetti is one of these people. Branzetti is the owner of Nourish Holistic Health & Nutrition in New London, a business that provides a natural approach to health along with wholesome products to promote overall wellness. “Each person has the right to feel their best and our bodies have an innate ability to heal themselves when we provide the right tools,” she says.

Early on in her life, Branzetti was first intrigued by the power of nutrition, when she witnessed the beneficial effects it had on her brother. More than 20 years ago, he was diagnosed with autism and her entire Italian family got on board with a gluten- and dairy-free diet. Food options were different back then 54

and this was not a tasty shift for anyone. However, she watched her brother’s behavior, digestion

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and eye contact improve significantly. A seed was planted, a piece to her future’s foundation.



Her wellness story

While in middle school, Branzetti battled with her weight. This developed into a yo-yo diet approach to her health. She was successful in losing 30 pounds, but it resulted in a negative relationship with food. Branzetti’s high school years brought more serious health challenges. What appeared to be a stomach bug left her in a wheelchair for eight months. They determined that it was either Lyme Disease or a virus that attacked her immune system and settled into her spinal cord. This wreaked havoc on her hormones, immune system and overall well being. In her 20s, Branzetti was diagnosed with endometriosis, an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterus. Frustrated, she believed that there has got to be a better way to live. Around this time, a friend began seeing a holistic nutritionist about her digestion. She watched her friend’s digestion improve, and Branzetti started seeing this specialist as well. Not only did she begin feeling better, she had discovered her future passion and profession. In 2015, she officially became a nutritional therapy practitioner.

Nourish offers a large variety of local and organic items.

the running. However, she felt that New London had the “it” factor: town center location (in the old Bayhnam’s building), young college energy and a supportive business community. “I share space with Winslow Rollins Home Outfitters & Robert Jensen Floral Design and Strategic Social Media,” says Branzetti. “Though our businesses are different, we all believe in bringing something special and unique to our clients’ lives.”

Building a business

It was in that same year Branzetti opened NHHN (Nourish Holistic Health & Nutrition) on Cape Cod. In 2017, she began the search for a new location, wanting a quaint town that would be welcoming and open to new ideas. Quite a few communities were in

A client enjoys a detox foot bath.

From a large variety of local and organic retail items, NHHN is chock full of supportive health offerings. One-on-one holistic nutrition consulting is at the center, where Branzetti works with individuals to get them back to a whole food, properly prepared, nutrientdense based diet. “Everything is 100 percent customized to each individual,” Branzetti, now a Sunapee, N.H., resident, explains. “My goal is to get to the root cause of an imbalance. Once discovered, it’s time to heal and thrive.” Customized supplement testing and non-invasive food allergy testing methods are used to determine which systems and organs need support. This biofeedback helps Branzetti tap into the body’s innate intelligence. Branzetti says, “I see everyone from children dealing with allergies and asthma to adults trying to conceive, people struggling with autoimmune disease and digestive imbalances, and individuals battling chronic diseases.” ››››› • Spring 2018 • Kearsarge Magazine



HE A LTH Y OPTIONS Here are a few of the things you’ll find at Nourish:

Happy clients

For the pantry:

For the home:

Bone broth Frozen paleo meals Frozen soups Gluten-free treats Farm-fresh, local eggs Local grass-fed beef Homemade yogurt Real milk

Organic cosmetics Bath soaks Sugar scrubs Organic skin care Aromatherapy soy candles Natural cleaning products

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A 53-year-old client with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) says, “Kristen is a miracle worker. By making subtle dietary changes and adding natural supplements, my gut is repaired and moved me beyond IBS.” A 20-year-old client who was suffering from migraines and unhappy with her college weight gain says, “I have lost weight (30 pounds), I have more energy, and I’m happier. Seeing Kristen has changed my life. I’m on a new track and more aware of my body. From NHHN I have learned that everything I put in my body has a purpose.

Each appointment, I learn something new and feel a renewed sense of drive to love my body and give it what it needs.” Another client with hot flashes explains, “You’ll be amazed at what Kristen can do for your health and well being. My only alternative was to get a prescription for my hot flashes. I wasn’t interested in this and didn’t want to settle for the norm. With a few dietary changes and supplements, I’m hot flash free! I’m proof that it’s achievable.” When a client walks through her door, she understands that they’re opening themselves up and allowing her to be part of their health journey. This can be scary for some. “We’re complex, fascinating individuals and we all have a story. Along with food options, we focus on the whole person and the emotions behind relationships with food,” says Branzetti. Branzetti’s supportive, simple and proactive approach has her clients experiencing doable lifestyle shifts and strong foundations to build upon. “The way I see it, we cannot control what happens to us, but we can control how we deal with those events and how we move beyond them,” says Branzetti. “I’ve made it my life’s mission to empower others to love themselves and to see that they, too, can heal their bodies from the inside out and from the roots up.” Leigh Ann Root is a freelance writer, photographer and yoga instructor. She teaches yoga throughout the Lake Sunapee region. Her traveling yoga business is Sunapee Yoga Company ( Leigh Ann lives in Newbury, N.H., with her husband, Jonathan, and two children, Parker and Joleigh. • Spring 2018 • Kearsarge Magazine



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Celestial Lights With or without a telescope (or camera), be on the lookout for optical phenomena in the sky. Text and photography by Jim Block


ne of the joys of being a photographer is observing and capturing interesting optical phenomena. But even non-photographers can enjoy the many displays of color, pattern and brilliance the earth and sky have to offer.

This is a brief guide of what you might see without a telescope, if you are observant and lucky.

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Double rainbow

Rainbows are relatively common. Rainbows are caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. The primary arc is 42 degrees from the direction opposite the sun. If it is midday and the sun is high in the sky, the rainbow will be below the horizon (not visible). So look for rainbows at the beginning or end of the day after a rain when the sun is low in the sky. In a double rainbow, as shown here, a second arc is seen outside the primary arc and has the order of its colors reversed with red on the inner side of the arc.

Milky Way and Northern Lights

You can certainly see the Milky Way on a clear night with the naked eye, especially if you are in a dark location. But modern digital cameras can capture much more light than the eye. Try it on a tripod with a wide angle lens wide open for 30 seconds at ISO 3200 and focus manually. This photo includes a lucky element. The red glow behind the Burkehaven Lighthouse is not downtown Sunapee but the Northern Lights. This was totally unexpected. Later, after checking online, a few others in the area had also gotten photos of the Aurora Borealis.

This double rainbow is from Lake Sunapee at 7:31 p.m. on Aug. 7, 2014.

This photo of the Milky Way, also from Lake Sunapee, was taken at 2:04 a.m. on June 8, 2014. 62

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Double Sun Dog

Sun Dogs are colored, luminous spots that appear on either or both sides of the sun around 22 degrees away. They are caused by refraction from ice crystals floating downward with their large hexagonal faces almost horizontal. Sun Dogs can be seen during any season, and are best seen when the sun is close to the horizon.

This photograph was taken shortly after sunrise on May 26, 2009, after a mountain bike ride in Jefferson, N.H.

22 Degree Halo Sun Pillar over Vermont

Sun Pillars are caused by hexagonal plates of ice crystals falling like leaves in the sky and reflecting light from the sun vertically above or below the sun. Look for it at sunrise or sunset. It can occur any time of the year.

This Sun Pillar was photographed over the mountains of Vermont (the mountain to the left is Ascutney) from Etna at 4:45 p.m. on New Year’s Day 2015.

While on a hike with the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust on a newly conserved property in Sunapee, this 22 Degree Halo around the sun appeared briefly at 1:30 p.m. on March 5, 2016. The folks on the Wendall Marsharea walk called it a Sun Dog, which is a common error. Sun Dogs are the two bright and often colorful spots that sometime appear along or near the halo on each side of the sun. Sun Dogs can appear without a visible halo. In this case there was a halo without visible Sun Dogs. Both are caused by the refraction of light from plate-shaped hexagonal ice crystals falling through the atmosphere.

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This Blood Moon photo was taken at 11:12 p.m. on Sept. 27, 2015 from my yard in Etna, N.H. When the moon is full, one cannot normally see the Milky Way. But since the moon was quite dark when totality was reached, the Milky Way became visible.

Blood Moon

A Total Lunar Eclipse is rare. On average, one can be seen from any given location every 2.5 years. The next one in our area will be Jan. 21, 2019. During a Total Lunar Eclipse the moon becomes dark and turns a blood red, so this event is sometimes called a “blood moon.” While the moon remains completely within Earth’s umbral shadow, indirect sunlight still manages to illuminate it. However, this sunlight must first pass through Earth’s atmosphere, which filters out most of the blue-colored light. The remaining light is deep red or orange in color. This photo was taken at 11:12 p.m. on Sept. 27, 2015 from my yard in Etna, N.H. When the moon is full, one cannot normally see the Milky Way. But since the moon was quite dark when totality was reached, the Milky Way became visible. This image is a composite of two images taken at nearly the same time. The moon photographed with a telephoto lens is superimposed on the scene with the Milky Way photographed with a wide angle lens. The tiny bright dot to the left of the blood moon is actually the moon in total eclipse. It is bright because of the long exposure needed to capture the Milky Way. 64

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Sun Dogs on I-89

Sun Dogs, a 22 Degree Halo and a Sun Pillar appeared together at 8:45 a.m. on Jan. 15, 2012, along I-89 in Grantham, N.H. This amazing light show appeared, faded, and then reappeared in greater glory. It was below zero degrees Fahrenheit that morning, but you can see these almost any time of the year.

Sun Star

A Sun Star is a fun element you can add to your photos. It is caused by the diffraction (bending) of light around the diaphram in your camera. It is strongest when the physical size of the aperture is smallest, which means you should use a wide angle lens and a large f/number. It can be created by having the sun just peek around the edge of an object, or by simply including the full sun in your photo. These photos were taken in Etna and North Sutton at Muster Field Farm.

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Crepuscular Rays

Crepuscular Rays — sometimes called “god beams” — are alternating light and dark bands of rays and shadows caused by clouds intercepting sunlight. They appear to diverge in a fan-like array from the sun’s position even though they are actually parallel beams of light. This illusion of divergence is caused by perspective, like railroad tracks appearing to converge in the distance. They can be seen almost any time the sun is behind clouds.

Transit of Venus

Photographers who planned for this event had a dark filter to cover their lenses to protect their eyes. Lacking this preparation, good fortune shined when clouds moved across the sun at just the right time to get some shots without damage to this illprepared photographer’s eyes. Venus is the tiny dot in front of the sun near the top. The other smaller spots are sun spots.

A Transit of Venus occurred on June 5, 2012. This was a rare event and the last Venus transit of the 21st century. It is basically the planet Venus passing in front of the sun.


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CELESTI A L LIGHTS QUIZ This photo was taken of Loon Island Lighthouse on Lake Sunapee early on a foggy morning. The sun is behind the lighthouse. How then can the lighthouse cast a shadow on the clouds?


The shadow is on the fog/clouds in front of the lighthouse.

Real Estate Why We Love It Here Real Estate Section Welcome to Kearsarge Magazine's new advertising section: Real Estate. Here you'll find ads for realtors who can help you with whatever you need, beautiful photos of homes that are available for purchase, and home improvement experts in the area. There will also be one or two articles; this spring, we featured Leigh Ann Root's On the Road article because of the lovely landscapes she captured during her travels. Who wouldn't want to live here?? Special thanks to our advertisers in our premier launch: Deck Dock, page 67 Better Homes and Gardens, page 67 Sugar River Flooring, page 68 Century 21 Highview Realty, page 68 Tall Pines Realty, page 68 Watermark, page 68 Coldwell Banker Lifestyles, page 69 Karen Hoglund Four Seasons Sotheby's International, page 72

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Real Estate On the Road A Virtual Road Trip with Kearsarge Magazine Text and photography by Leigh Ann Root

I have the utter pleasure of writing and photographing the many communities that make up our remarkable region. This On the Road article is a particularly fun part of my job. It has me taking pictures of people, places, businesses, events and sharing them with our Facebook and Instagram friends. My eyes are constantly seeking the exquisiteness, the uniqueness and the unusual that presents itself each day. Our New England background changes continuously and beautifully, leaving us feeling both blissful and blistering. Mostly, it’s the lens that we look through that decides whether we


Photos, top to bottom: Blodgett Landing in Newbury, Herrick Cove in New London

embrace it or battle it. Each time I get behind the wheel my eyes are peeled and my camera is ready. My family would attest to my frequent stops and shutter snapping. Much to their dismay, I regularly veer off our patterned path to find something new to view. My passion is rubbing off on my children as they both want “good” cameras as future gifts. The bigger gift is that they’re becoming conditioned to looking away from electronics and out the window to experience the mountains, lakes and everything in between. My family is relatively new to the area; we’re in our fourth year of living, working and playing around the region. It’s pleasantly wholesome, gorgeously scenic and community

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spirited. Imagine my joy when I found myself working at a company whose purpose is to bring the feeling of the area to the pages of a magazine and online avenues. I’m constantly finding new roads, visiting bustling businesses, and meeting fantastic folks. #LoveWhereYouLive #WorkWhereYouWander This past quarter there were many roads that we delighted in as we visited our appreciated advertisers, delivered to our retail locations, and participated in community events. One of our favorite gatherings was Warner’s Art Walk, where we launched our winter issue at MainStreet BookEnds of Warner. Together we featured the local artists that were written about in this specific edition. From this outstanding evening, our Magazine


Photos, top to bottom: Ice skating in Newport, Sugar River Covered Bridge in Sunapee, a Sutton sugar house, Warner sunlight

Launch Parties were born. We’ll be throwing parties each quarter in 2018, celebrating different towns and showcasing the magazine’s current content. Stay tuned, we’ll be celebrating our 13th year anniversary, as we launch at Deck Dock in Sunapee in May. Climb into our Kearsarge car, through Facebook and Instagram, and relish in the ride from your virtual passenger seat. Together, we’ll experience our community’s highlights and happenings. I just can’t wait to get on the road again.

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The spring 2018 issue of Kearsarge Magazine has articles on new businesses, new books and new people in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee/Concord a...