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Why We Love Grantham

It’s not just a sign on I-89. It’s a community with long-standing traditions, neighbors as friends, and locally owned businesses. Compiled by Laura Jean Whitcomb Here Comes the Sun

Homeowner, business, school, town office. The Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region in New Hampshire is increasingly powered by solar energy. By Allison E. Rogers Furbish

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21 Waterfalls One does not think of the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region as a destination to enjoy waterfalls. But they certainly are around, and most can be found fairly easily. Photography and text by Jim Block

Laura Jean Whitcomb

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36 A Community of Wellness If you are looking for some relaxation, time for centering, or ways to promote wellness, visit Evergreen Healing Arts in Bradford, N.H. By Donna Long

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42 Dreams in Trees Scott Bardier, owner of Up-A-Tree in Newbury, N.H., is building the treehouse you daydreamed about. Text and photography by Leigh Ann Root Pick up a Salted Caramel Macchiato cheesecake (and other treats) at Pleasant Lake Cheesecake. By Brianna Marino Photography by Jim Block

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The Andover Community Hub will provide meeting and program space for people of all ages to gather for generations. By Allison E. Rogers Furbish

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Each town has a mission to collect, preserve, study, exhibit and share local history. Compiled by Laura Jean Whitcomb

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editor’s letter Hello friends, There was a big maple tree in my front yard. It had a wide branch, about four feet off the ground, with a fork of branches at the end. I was, oh, maybe 10 or 11 years old, and I would grab on to that branch with both hands, walk my feet up the trunk, swing one leg over the branch, and use the strength of my leg to pull myself up onto the branch in a sitting position.

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After taking the book out of my pocket, I could lie down and read, with my head resting in the fork. I’d spend hours reading and watching the neighborhood activities. No one could really see me, except the next-door neighbor who always got a kick out of watching me climb up. It was peaceful, this little haven in the leaves, and got me thinking about all the havens adults like today: she sheds, man caves, craft rooms, garage-based workshops and, yes, even treehouses (on page 38). No matter how old you are, it’s nice to have a quiet spot that brings you peace and joy. That’s what I’m hoping for more of this year. Days rush by in a flash. I wake up, shower, eat, work, eat, work some more, and all of the sudden it’s dark out and the day is over. I’m not sure where the time went, and I’m not sure if I experienced any peace or joy — or inspired that feeling in others. (You know how energies are contagious? I’d rather not share my flustered hurriedness panic with folks!) This year, I’m going to try to be more mindful about my time and my interactions with others. It might be a quick journal entry of something that made me laugh. It might be making sure I donate to a local organization, either in money, goods or time. I want to re-sign up for my weekly yoga class again. Or it could be just pausing, putting down the phone, turning off the computer, and taking a moment to enjoy the sound of your son talking to himself (a complete running commentary with questions and answers) or listen carefully while your daughter tells you about her day at school. And if it’s reading a book in the tree leaves, now you know who to call. Enjoy the New Year, and enjoy the spring!

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Reasons We Love

Grantham Compiled by Laura Jean Whitcomb

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Grantham is worth a stop to see the

to consignment clothes to kitchen

rolling green hills, the clear blue lake

remodeling to take-out and dine-in

of Eastman, or the old barns and

meals. Eastman — a planned com-

farms on Route 10. There’s also a

munity in Grantham — provides golf,

thriving business community offering

swimming and cross country skiing to

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residents, guests and visitors.

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“I love Grantham because of its strong spirit of volunteerism. An impressive number of our residents donate their time and energy to a broad variety of causes, all of which enrich our town. This abiding desire to give back makes Grantham a healthy and vibrant place, a true community.” — Ken Story, president, Grantham Historical Society, lived in Grantham a total of 32 years full time; attended grade school in Grantham and high school in Lebanon. Family has lived here since 1964.

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I can say why I love Grantham in one word: tranquility. Living in Grantham brings solace to the mind and heart. It provides a peaceful space to think clearly and broadens the capacity to enjoy the gifts of nature, friendship and love. — Beverly Marshall, Grantham resident since 2006

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THREE While working for the Grantham School District: It is all about the people you work with who make you smile and laugh every day and the special feeling you get meeting the new families moving into Grantham who walk through the door and share a story or two of who they are and where they are coming from and you realize that with this first interaction you have just become friends.

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Despite all the people moving into Grantham, tearing away at her sleepy, New England town fabric — replacing it with a composite of all the urban and suburban neighborhoods they moved here from — we still have our traditional monthly community lunches and potluck suppers in the old church. — Andy Gelston, 10-year resident

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I love Grantham because living here for years has given me the gift of meeting many friends from all walks of life, in all age groups, sizes and shapes. The life lessons from these friends has enriched my being beyond any monetary gain and I cherish these gifts. My children were raised in a town where their teachers, neighbors, friends, all made them safe and strong in their years growing up and helped shape them into the glorious women they are today.

• We have a wonderfully diverse public library, staffed by knowledgeable people and led by our head librarian, Dawn Huston. The Dunbar Free Public Library stocks many newly published books in both print and audio. The Trustees are a diverse, informed group of volunteers, who work in conjunction with the Friends of the Library, to organize and sponsor programs for children and adults. It feels like a second home to many. • The Yoga Connection is in Grantham. Instructor Janice Vien is a gift to all of us. She is a master teacher of yoga enthusiasts at many different levels, including some local instructors. She has helped to make yoga an important part of my life and the lives of many others. • The Grantham Village School is a gem. The principal, Heather Cantagallo, leads a stellar staff of skilled teachers, who create a welcoming environment of learning, where kids thrive and their parents are invited to participate in many different ways.

— Cindy Towle, a Cornish, N.H., native that loves her new town of 36 years

FIVE Grantham has always been such a friendly town. No matter where you meet someone, it is always a “Hello” or “Have a good day.” I have lived here almost 85 years and I don’t want to go anywhere else.

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EIGHT I am grateful for the wonderful welcoming spirit I meet when I do business at the Grantham Town Hall. The folks who work there are so helpful and friendly. Ken Story, the Town Clerk almost makes it a pleasure to pay my taxes! And Kevin, Dennis and Matthew at the Post Office are incredibly efficient and helpful. Even during the Christmas rush they maintain a cheerful composure. — Bob McCarthy, retired, former high school principal, three-term school board member and member of building committee that oversaw the renovation and expansion of the Grantham Village School

NINE I like Grantham’s location between New London and Lebanon. The Rum Brook Market is convenient and the dump, although a bit far, can be a nice drive. I have lived here two years. My parents lived here for 20. — Stephen Handley, Jr.

TEN I love Grantham for its vibrant, active library. The people of Grantham show that they value their library by supporting it and utilizing it regularly. Our library serves as a central meeting space, source of recreation and, of course, a valuable resource of information. — Nicole Mason, Grantham resident for six years

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The Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region is increasingly powered by solar energy. Text by Allison E. Rogers Furbish Photography by Larry Chase

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nterest in renewable solar energy is no new thing. But in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region, the popularity of solar has grown in leaps and bounds over the past decade — including two Solarize campaigns to help homeowners explore solar energy and a proposed project at the capped Hopkinton/Webster landfill that would create one of the largest solar arrays in New Hampshire.

Part of the solution “In some small way we hope we can be part of the solution rather than just part of the problem in terms of climate change,” says Susan Chase, who, with her husband Larry, helped establish a volunteer Andover (N.H.) Energy Group in 2011. “While

individuals can’t do it alone and it will take concerted national, international and global governmental efforts to change this disastrous path we’re currently on, I think we all have a responsibility to do what we can to help make a difference.” The first Solarize campaign — spearheaded in 2014-2015 by volunteers from Andover, New London and Wilmot, and coordinated with support from the regional nonprofit Vital Communities — helped 37 homeowners go solar, about doubling the number of installations prior to the campaign and generating a total of 277kW of energy. Nearly 200 households requested site visits from Solarize installers to see if the option was right for them. ›››››

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“It was a real project for the year, and it was successful,” Chase says. She says solar open houses — where people like the Chases opened their homes to neighbors to share their solar installations and answer questions — were an effective way to get people on board five years ago.

And that’s kind of the point of the Solarize campaigns. “The benefit of a campaign like this is that we make it really easy for anyone in the community who is curious about solar to find out whether solar could ever work for them,” says Sarah Brock, Energy Program manager at Vital Communities and a resident of the Kearsarge region. Exploring renewable energy options is overwhelming on your own. It’s easier when we’re all in it together. And it feels good to be part of something bigger than yourself.” The 2019 Solarize campaign resulted in another 42 new solar homes in the region totaling 367kW — a success by all accounts. “This time it felt like more of a mix of folks signing up. Maybe people who a few years ago didn’t think it was for them felt a little more comfortable exploring it.”

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Top: Commercial installation of roof mounted solar panels at the Andover town office Bottom: Residential installation of roof mounted solar panels in Andover, N.H.

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Solar doesn’t only make sense for homeowners, though. Chase speculates that seeing more largescale solar arrays around Kearsarge communities is one reason for the shift in people’s openness to the technology. At Proctor Academy in Andover, for example, at least nine campus buildings and the Proctor Academy Ski Area have had solar photovoltaic arrays added since 2013, bringing the school’s total solar capacity to more than 428 kW. Scott Allenby, Proc-tor Academy’s Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives, says the school has tentative plans to put a solar array on the expansive roof of its Farrell Field House. In New London, N.H., ColbySawyer College has a campus goal of being carbon neutral by 2050 and has installed more than 195 kW of solar capacity on its campus since 2012.


Residential installation of ground mounted solar panels

Back in the 1990s, Tom Mills bought the Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille, and it wasn’t long before he started thinking about solar. “It’s a large building, it got air conditioning and coolers, and back in the 1990s the cost of oil and electricity seemed to be going up at a pretty steady pace,” Mills says. As the electric bill started approaching $60,000 a year in the early 2000s, Mills decided it was time to address that cost as a business. He started by eliminating waste — upgrading insulation, heating and cooling systems, windows, doors — and then added solar. “It was pretty much a no-brainer,” he

says, with a return on investment in just five years. He started with solar hot water, a system including 25 solar panels on the roof and an 800-gallon hot water storage vessel in the basement used to preheat water for restaurant and brewery operations. As a second phase, Mills added a 180-panel, 41-kilowatt ground-mounted solar photovoltaic array on the approximately three acres on which the restaurant sits. “It had an immediate impact on our electric bill,” he says. The net-metered system generated about a third of the business’ average annual electricity usage, he says.

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In 2018, Mills added a 44-panel roof-mounted solar array on the newly expanded brewery roof, bringing his total production to about 40 percent of his usage. Zoning limitations mean he can’t physically expand the restaurant and brewery any further — so adding solar on the property to help offset costs just makes business sense. “We went in that direction because we think a sustainable business makes sense financially and also from an environmental perspective,” Mills says. “I like to approach solar and renewables as a business decision because it pays for itself, and the environmental benefit is a bonus.”

Town projects Towns in the Kearsarge region are also realizing the business benefits of going solar. Smaller-scale projects — like solar panels added to town buildings in Andover thanks in part to the efforts of the Andover Energy Group — are increasingly practical for towns to consider. And for some towns there are bigger opportunities. The proposed Hopkinton solar project, led by solar developer Granite Apollo to build a 17-megawatt array on the Hopkinton/Webster Municipal Solid Waste Site, would be one of the largest solar developments on a waste site in the United States. “It’s such a win-win from the towns’ perspective,” says Hopkinton Selectman Ken Traum. “It’s using land at the transfer station that’s not being used at this point, it doesn’t interfere with any transfer station operations, it doesn’t risk the cap on the landfill, it’s going to be providing green energy, there’s no negative impact on the neighbors, and it brings revenue to the towns.”


Commercial installation of ground mounted solar panels at the Flying Goose Pub

Traum estimates Hopkinton would receive more than $100,000 per year from the project in both lease payments on the land and payment in lieu of taxes. “If it works financially, we’re more than happy to go green,” Traum says. “For some people the financial side goes first, and for others the environmental side goes first. They’re both of great importance…I don’t see any downside to it.” Allison Rogers Furbish is a freelance writer and nonprofit communications professional with a passion for sharing stories of the people and places that make our communities vibrant. She lives with her husband and kids in Canaan, N.H.

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You may not think of New Hampshire as a destination to enjoy waterfalls. But they certainly are around, and most can be found fairly easily. Photography and text by Jim Block

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aterfalls, a generic term for fast-moving water, come in a variety of sizes and shapes. There are plunges, fans, horsetails, cascades and others. Here is a collection from various towns in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area. Most waterfalls can be seen from your car, while some require a bit of walking. If you can get out and explore the area’s waterfalls, do so this spring when the streams are at their fullest.

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Great Brook, New London, N.H.

Along Great Brook in New London are a wonderful series of waterfalls. The Lower Cascades, seen here, are located along the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Trail 5. A good way to reach them is to park near the western end of Lakeshore Drive just northwest of Pleasant Lake. One can then hike SRKG Trail 5 along Coco’s Path up Great Brook. The Lower Cascades are found after passing under a powerline. Alternatively, this area can be reached from a small parking area along Pingree Road, which branches left from Pleasant Street where it meets Lakeshore Drive.

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Cold River, Lempster, N.H.

A short distance along Crescent Lake Road (off Lempster Street) is an old mill site below Crescent Lake. Crescent Lake is in Unity, but the site and the waterfall in the Cold River is in Lempster. The wide-angle panorama here shows a somewhat distorted view of the mill site, but the massive boulders used to build it are clear.

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Sugar River, Goshen, N.H.

A short way up Lear Hill Road, west of Route 10 in Goshen, there’s a view of a nice waterfall in one of the many branches of the Sugar River.

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Cascade Brook, New London, N.H.

At the southeast end of Pleasant Lake is an easy-to-reach waterfall over a dam. It is located in Scytheville Park along Elkins Road, east of the village of Elkins. This is the beginning of Cascade Brook, which meanders through New London, flows into Chase Pond in Wilmot Flat, and then meanders through Wilmot entering the Blackwater River near the Cilleyville Covered Bridge in Andover. This waterfall is best in spring. During the dryer parts of the year, the dam upstream holds back almost all the water and the waterfall is a mere trickle.

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Walker Brook, Danbury, N.H.

Walker Brook in Danbury is a wonderful little stream. It has Class III and IV rapids for kayakers with virtually no flat water between the drops. Many beautiful spots can be reached by a short walk from Walker Brook Road off US Route 4 in South Danbury. The Walker Brook Falls seen here are near the intersection of Walker Brook Road and Frazier Road. Above the falls (to the right) is some old stonework, which was possibly from a mill site.

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Stevens River, Sutton, N.H.

When not in a hurry to speed along I-89, North Road is a beautiful drive from Sutton to Warner. This mostly dirt road parallels the Stevens River. The small Cloves/Stevens Brook Natural Area is along the road before reaching Warner. Just a few yards below the road is this small waterfall. To the right of the Stevens River in this photo are royal ferns, a water-loving species.

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Andrews Brook, Newbury, N.H.

Some of the rain that falls on Mount Sunapee flows into Lake Sunapee and reaches the ocean via the Connecticut River watershed. But some of the water takes a different path down Andrews Brook, a tributary of the Warner River, and reaches the ocean via the Merrimack River watershed. Part way up the Andrews Brook Trail off Mountain Road, you can walk slightly downhill to the left and find an interesting series of small falls. This photo shows one of them.

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Warner River, Warner, N.H.

The Warner River drains Lake Todd in Bradford and flows along Route 103 through the village of Warner before joining the Contoocook River. Along the way, starting near Melville Mills, are some challenging and technical kayak runs. Near the Roby District, you can find these old bridge abutments with some interesting rapids up and down stream. The stretch from Melvin Mills to the Waterloo Covered Bridge is popular with serious kayakers March through May, and even into June.

Jim Block enjoys photographing almost anything: children, adults, families and celebrations; nature and wildlife; sports and action; buildings and businesses. His clients range from publishers to businesses to individuals. He has taught digital photography courses to small groups since 2000. Please explore Jim’s website at jimblockphoto.com

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BRADFORD · BUSINESS PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

A Community of Wellness If you are looking for some relaxation or ways to promote wellness, visit Evergreen Healing Arts in Bradford, N.H. Text and photography by Donna Long

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here is a growing movement to revive the old Bradford Inn in Bradford, N.H., and Evergreen Healing Arts is the latest business to join the efforts in providing a dedicated space to cultivate wellness in the local community. Last year, Leah Cummings opened the doors to Evergreen in hopes that she could take part in this health revolution. Her business strives to offer her clients the ability to connect through the mind, body, spirit and community. “It’s really nice to be supporting each other in health and well-being,” says Cummings.

The building Building owners Mike Bauer and Michael James purchased the abandoned inn in 2016 and began working on their vision of offering a hub of wellness to the residents of Bradford and the surrounding area. Businesses such as the Sweet Beet Market, The Village Café and Circular Blu were invited to open their businesses and call this revitalized building “home.” Believing there was a need for a yoga option in town, the building owners sat down with Cummings to discuss the

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possibility of opening up a studio that would fulfill this need. At the time, Cummings was struggling with trying to find balance between running a massage therapy business out of her home, teaching yoga at other establishments, and raising two small children. “The discussion of opening up this business happened at a very synchronistic time in my life when I was trying to fit my massage therapy and yoga practices in my life, as well as my desire to work with people who appreciate the same thing,” she says. Soon after that initial discussion, a crowdfunding campaign was created, and more than $10,000 was raised to refinish the upstairs studio and treatment spaces. In a span of a few short months, the space was transformed into a beautiful area. “When I was establishing this space, it was really important to me to have the decisions be earthminded, so we sourced local red pine for the flooring, and the lighting fixtures were created by my neighbor by putting beeswax on paper. Also, all mats and yoga supplies are sustainably sourced as well,” says Cummings. “We used the money from the donations to make it an environmentally healthy project.”

The business By May 2019, Evergreen Healing Arts was open for business and ready to serve the community by offering a variety of yoga sessions including hatha, restorative and meditation classes in a cozy, relaxing space. In addition

Leah Cummings (center) leads a yoga class.

to these yoga offerings, there are also monthly workshops specializing in dance, yoga with live music or healing sounds, classes and wellness chats. Patrons can also take advantage of open studio time, in which the studio is open and free for people to come and connect with their own yoga practice. One event that seems to be growing in popularity is the monthly Moon Circle. This event is held on the evening of each full moon celebrating the fact that women have gathered together in a circle to connect, learn and share stories with each other for thousands of years. Participants are encouraged to bring shawls, sweaters and cozy socks as well as an item to share in the circle such as a feather, herb or picture of an ancestor. There is burning

of herbs at the start of each circle and then everyone in the circle is encouraged to take part in discussion. Another widely popular event is the kids tumbling class taught by a local experienced gymnastics teacher. This class is geared for children that are walking through preschool age and offers them a chance to explore their physical abilities with the instructor. When the owners of The Village Café realized Cummings was offering the kids tumbling class, they immediately offered coupons for all of the kids to choose something at the café after finishing their class. Cummings says, “The general support from the businesses in this building is amazing. We all work together. We are ›››››

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individual businesses but are so intertwined.”

The bodywork Evergreen also offers many treatment services as well. Cummings and her team of therapists offer relaxation and deep tissue massage, as well as Thai bodywork, Reiki, myofascial release and holistic coaching. Treatments vary in cost and appointments can be made by contacting the office directly. Cummings hopes to add walkin hours for treatment work on

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weekends in the near future. Again, working with the other businesses in the building, she believes that if she offers walk-in hours on the weekends, clients might want to come to breakfast in the downstairs café or shop for veggies in the market and then stop for a relaxing massage. In the future, they will be able to do that and not have to worry about making advanced reservations. Evergreen Healing Arts prides itself in making services available to everyone. Cummings has tried to keep the costs reasonable for

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treatments and classes. There are free classes available and there is always the option for someone to take part in the work exchange program. This gives community members a chance to attend yoga classes in exchange for working in the studio. Future plans for Evergreen include offering kids' programs while parents take yoga classes. Once the designated space has been refurbished, Cummings will offer this service during certain classes. Working with her own challenging schedule of raising a


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young family, Cummings wants to be able to offer alternatives to others in the same situation. Since opening its doors in May of 2019, Evergreen Healing Arts has seen more than 350 patrons pass through its doors. For a little town like Bradford, that is quite a bit of traffic. Most customers come from Bradford, Sutton and Warner, but some come as far as Grantham and Sunapee. The furthest visitor to the studios? A woman from Copenhagen, Denmark who was visiting Bradford on holiday. Donna Shepard Long is a writer and photographer from Bradford, N.H. Her communications and marketing career has taken her to Colby-Sawyer College for the past five years, currently working in the advancement department. Long is also owner of Long Lasting Memories photography studio and has several years of experience photographing weddings, sports teams and family portraits.

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NEWBURY · HOME IMPROVEMENT PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

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n nature, up a tree, hammering nails and designing dreams. That is where you’ll find Scott Bardier of Newbury, N.H. Bardier is living his best work life, building houses in trees for residents of the Kearsarge/ Lake Sunapee region. After 20 years in the television industry and 12 years in retail management, it was time for Bardier to follow his childhood dream. With the encouragement of his children, Bardier decided to begin a new career. As a person who enjoys physical work, spending time outside and being creative, a customized treehouse building business was an ideal fit. With 100 percent support from his wife, Catherine, the treehouse business went from dream to reality in 2013. “When Scott first decided to start the business, he was like a little kid with a big dream. Up-A-Tree combines the best of both worlds: his love of building and his love of the outdoors,” says Catherine.

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The trial treehouse Having built many projects on solid ground, Bardier knew there would be a variety of challenges when building 20 feet off the ground. He had a plan — he would build a “trial treehouse” in his own backyard and this would be where he would hone his craft. Over the next six months, through the winter, he built that treehouse. “I wanted to know how feasible it would be to do it by myself and I learned that it was possible to build these creations alone, without any help from others,” says Bardier. “It would require the use of my imagination and I’d have to be willing to take my time.”

Working solo is a different approach than the large crews you see on the popular treehouse building television shows. Bardier credits pioneers in the business, like Pete Nelson, with the development of super strong support systems and elaborate hardware, making it possible to build extravagant structures in trees. Bardier doesn’t consider himself a professional builder because he’s never received any formal training. One glance at any of his master treehouses and you’d consider him nothing less than a pro. “I have a natural ability that I inherited from my family,” he says. ›››››

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Bardier is an absolute oneman show and takes great pride in accomplishing jobs, without a crew, from beginning to end. “It’s a great feeling when someone looks at the finished product in amazement,” says Bardier.

Relishing the challenges Each project begins with daunting obstacles to overcome,

according to Bardier, and this part of the project inspires him. These tasks range from hoisting up extremely heavy beams to protecting the life of trees and a great deal in between. It’s through patience, intellect and ingenuity that each treehouse takes on its own distinctive design. “They’re all custom and because I work alongside Mother

Scott Bardier, treehouse builder extraordinaire

The early stages of a treehouse on Lake Sunapee

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Nature, every project has different challenges and it is so satisfying to find an accord with Mother Nature,” says Bardier. “I’m compelled to create something that fits its surroundings.” Catherine sees the thrill that comes with every new treehouse endeavor. “He lights up when he’s coming up with a particular vision for each treehouse. I love to see him get imaginative with hidden spaces and the little extras — the final reveal to the owner is what he enjoys most,” says Catherine. To date, Bardier has built six major treehouses and a couple of smaller ones, leaving a trail of satisfied customers who are happily hanging out in their houses in trees. “Scott is the master treehouse builder in all of New England. He’s passionate about his craft and his skills are incredible, as shown by his attention to detail,” says the Muller family of Newbury. His customers are impressed that Bardier checks on their treehouse, long after completion.


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“Scott is earnest, honest, hardworking and tidy. What’s most important to him is that we were pleased with the project,” says the Young family of Concord and Elkins, N.H.

Self-employment satisfaction It’s the flexible of schedule and the ability to stay athletically active that helps keep a good work/life balance. For Bardier, the hardest part is getting the word out about his business in an effective way. The best part is working his dream job in an area that he has fallen in love with. “To see someone so passionate about what they are doing for a living is truly inspiring,” says Catherine. When building up in the trees, Bardier doesn’t feel like he’s working — it feels more like an adventure. “What got me started in the first place was that childlike adventure inside of me that’s been there since I was a kid,” says Bardier. “I’ve always dreamed of my own Swiss Family Robinson tree house.” As Bardier proves every day with Up-A-Tree, dreams really do come true.

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Leigh Ann Root is a freelance writer, photographer and yoga instructor who lives in Newbury, N.H, with her husband, Jonathan, and their children, Parker and Joleigh. Leigh Ann owns and operates Sunapee Yoga Company, specializing in outdoor yoga experiences.

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NEW LONDON · EAT PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

A Tasty Trip Pick up a Salted Caramel Macchiato cheesecake (and other treats) at Pleasant Lake Cheesecake. By Brianna Marino Photography by Jim Block

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step through the door into Pleasant Lake Cheesecake Company wraps customers in the warm scent of pastry mingled with the aromas of freshcut fruit. Just beyond a selection of cookies, cakes and other goodies prominently displayed in the immaculate shop, bakers can be seen busily working in the kitchen, mixing, chopping and creating the best cheesecake around. From the modest beginnings of a family operation, Pleasant Lake Cheesecake (PLC) has grown in size and scope to serve New London, N.H., locals and beyond.

Wonderful to award winning Aside from whipping up a phenomenal cheesecake, Mary Wicenski (and her husband Brian) are dentists. While the connection between dentistry and baking may not be apparent, Mary is quick to point out that there is one: she loves doing both jobs. Mary Wicenski, co-owner and master baker at Pleasant Lake Cheesecake

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A selection of treats at Pleasant Lake Cheesecake

A lifelong lover of baking, Mary began her cheesecake journey in the 1990s with a recipe gifted from friend. With a few

years and a few personal touches, it became a go-to recipe for parties and was met with excitement by all who tried it. About six

years ago, Mary began to wonder if people would want to purchase her cheesecake. After lots of discussion, she and Brian decided they would “be kicking themselves” if they didn’t give it a go. “Luckily, other people also seem to love it! They love it so much that it makes me happy to make it for them. This is what led me to start Pleasant Lake Cheesecake Company,” says Mary. “Making a product in which I have great confidence and that people really, truly enjoy is very rewarding!” Named for the Pleasant Lake in New London (close to where the Wicenskis live), Pleasant Lake Cheesecake Company has been open since Memorial Day of 2015. Unsure of the local reception, Mary and Brian baked for several days straight for their grand opening and had only themselves and their sons for help. “We really had no idea if anybody was going to show up for our grand opening, but we wanted to be prepared,” Mary recalls. “It was a good thing we were: we sold out! Every single cheesecake I had baked sold!” Exhausted and in disbelief of the success, the dentist duo has gone on (with the help of their sons when available) to supply cheesecake for, as Mary puts it, “a continuous flow of happy customers.” ›››››

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Rain Reinaver, store manager

Fast forward to present day and Pleasant Lake Cheesecake has a team of six to nine (depending on the season) baking every day, with store hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and shipping cheesecakes throughout the Northeast and beyond (although some customers drive across state lines for a taste of cheesecake excellence). Baking volume varies greatly throughout the year with fall and winter holidays usually translating into day-long baking. “Even when things are a bit slower — for example, after New Year’s Day, when everyone starts their

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diets — we bake on a daily basis,” says Mary.

Cheesecake and more With a winning recipe and fervent fans, it’s easy to see how PLC is always churning out the cheesecake. However, PLC is actually more than just cheesecake. Cheesecake may be the main attraction — offered in 9 inch, 6 inch and mini 2 inch sizes and available in 30 varieties — but PLC bakers make many additional tantalizing treats: occasion cakes and cupcakes (to order); cookies (Russian tea cakes and vanilla almond cookies are customer favorites); candied

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pecans and candied pretzels; and a variety of quick breads (pumpkin, apple, banana walnut, blueberry, cherry, etc.). Chocolate covered strawberries are made upon request. Although the website and phone number are the best way to get in touch with PLC, nothing beats a trip to the bakery for some hands-on sampling. Each week, the Cheesecake of the Week is offered at 10 percent off. With such a wide array of savory flavors from which to choose — Boston Cream, Cherry Cordial, Chocolate Hazelnut, Salted Caramel Macchiato and


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Strawberries and Cream, to name just a few — it may prove wiser to take advantage of the little mini cheesecake size and sample a whole assortment. Based on the local love and statewide recognition, PLC is fulfilling its mission: To provide the best cheesecake you’ve ever had! Mary says, “We always use the best ingredients and baking techniques possible and are continuously striving for perfection. It is our goal to make every customer happy, and to enjoy ourselves in the process.” A dentist, baker and dual small business owner, Mary says her favorite part of PLC is “most definitely the people! Our bakery team is wonderful, and I love spending time with them. Our customers are always in a great mood, and we love visiting with them when they’re in the shop. I also enjoy the challenge of trying to improve a recipe or a kitchen technique,” says Mary. While PLC’s passion and dedication speak for itself, Mary wants customers to “understand how much I truly believe that when someone loves what they do, it shows in the end result. I feel that this is the reason that the Pleasant Lake Cheesecake company makes such a fantastic product.”

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More than a Building The Andover Community Hub will provide a meeting and program space for people of all ages to gather for generations. By Allison E. Rogers Furbish WEB andoverhub.org

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he idea was sparked some years ago by Dr. Donald Kaplan, a dedicated and influential community member who died in 2015: When asked what was the one thing he’d like to see in Andover, N.H., that wasn’t already there, “he right away said ‘community center,’” says Andover resident Larry Chase. With that inspiration — and a desire to be more deeply involved in the community in which they’ve lived for a decade and vacationed for generations — Larry and his wife Susan worked with

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a handful of other community members to establish the Andover Community Hub. This community center offers “a variety of programs and services that meet a variety of needs and interests in the town,” Susan says — from open coffee hours to dance classes and AA meetings.

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purpose but no location, Larry says — had been looking for buildings for a couple of years with no luck. Real estate isn’t cheap, after all. But by a bit of good fortune and great personal dedication, eight community members managed to pull together $141,000 on short notice in November 2016 to purchase the old Andover Town Hall. Built in 1879, the building had been sold in 1963 and used for private businesses since that time. When the group — Deb Brower, Susan and Larry Chase, Pat Cutter, Gisela and Steve Darling, and Stacey and Eric Viandier — learned about a week earlier that it was under foreclosure and would be auctioned off, they were the only people who showed up to bid, and they won the property. “Then we had to decide what to do with it,” Larry says. In 2018 the Andover Community Hub became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Current board members include Brower, Cutter, the Darlings, Paul Currier, Grace Schusts and the Chases. All of the Hub’s programming is coordinated by these volunteers — “That would be us,” Susan replied when asked


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about staff — though the group has calculated it would need around $16,000 annually to hire a part-time coordinator. Susan estimates 4,709 people visited the Hub for something during 2018. “I was amazed at that. That was gratifying,” she says.

What you’ll find The Hub offers karate, dance and other programs for kids (an old dance studio in the building has one mirrored wall); Bone Builders, tai chi, German conversation, art classes, First Friday movie nights, UFO (UnFinished Objects) Crafters, “Paint & Sip” events, AA meetings, and more for adults; and hosts community groups like political committees and nonprofit boards. Community members can also rent space at the Hub for private events. The free Andover Community Coffeehouse folk shows — a point

of pride for Hub organizers — is the third Friday of each month from September to June. “We celebrated our 50th Coffeehouse in 2019,” Larry says. Speaking of coffee, the building is open for a Coffee Hour each Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8:30 to 11, “social time with real coffee,” Susan says. Susan says volunteers really want to hear from community members about what they’d like to see (or offer) at the Andover Hub. “We’re happy to have almost anything happen there, so if somebody is interested in teaching a particular skill or teaching on a particular topic, we’re happy to hear from them,” she says. “It’s a challenge to make sure we’re not just doing what we think sounds interesting in terms ›››››

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Dexter’s Inn, Trails & Events is a country estate near Lake Sunapee that combines the charm and hospitality of a bed and breakfast with the services and on-site activities of a small resort. Dexter’s ability to provide lodging, dining, and attractive indoor & outdoor gathering spaces in one convenient idyllic location makes it a popular spot for weddings, reunions, meetings and retreats.

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“It’s going to be a considerable expense for us but one we really think we have to do quickly,” Larry says. The project, which they hope will begin this spring, will add a ramp to the building’s main entrance. A second phase will add a new accessible bathroom to the main floor.

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“It’s clear that for this center to serve the entire community, it needs to be one everyone is comfortable getting into. That sends the message we want: because everybody can get into the building, everybody can participate and help make the Hub what they’d like it to be,” Susan says. Larry says the Hub also wants to partner with other community groups to serve unmet needs, like opening a community food pantry or providing a place for the historical society to curate exhibits. “We’re making it up as we go along, and we’re not really there yet. It’s an evolving process,” Susan says. “It was exciting to meet a local group of townsfolk so concerned about the future aesthetic and sustainability of their town that they were willing to put up their own resources to save a valuable historic structure,” says Ben Wilson, director of the New Hampshire Bureau of Historic Sites, Department of Resources and Economic Development. “Every city, town and village in New Hampshire should be so lucky to have local residents with the foresight to protect local history and give that history a voice. Fortunately, the old Andover Town Hall retains much of the town’s past in its building fabric — a fabric that, when restored, will tell the stories of the town for years to come.” “It’s about community. We want to be an anchor that brings people together,” Susan says. And, to succeed, you have to be committed to the process. “You don’t build community overnight. It takes some time.”

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Meet Your Local Historical Society Each town has a mission to collect, preserve, study, exhibit and share local history. Compiled by Laura Jean Whitcomb

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ach historical society has its own personality. Newport: three floors of antiques, art, old-time displays capturing a moment in time. Bradford: a working blacksmith shop, full of tools. Andover: a train station with a ticket window — and a caboose waiting outside. It was Larry Cote, director of the Newport Historical Society Museum, who reminded me that each “historical society has something to offer. People from these small towns have gone out into the world and have made a difference. Often times their stories have been lost to time and are only remembered in our historical society museums.” I’ve toured the museums of the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area many times, but thought it might be time to ask the caretakers of our local history what they find special about their historical society. Here are the answers.

Grantham Historical Society 34 Dunbar Hill Road, Grantham granthamhistoricalsociety.org

The Grantham Historical Society (GHS) is located in former school house #7, sharing a space with the town archives. “That relationship allows us to help visitors with research in family histories, old town reports and other public records,” says Kathi Osgood, treasurer. If you stop by on a Friday afternoon, with the exception of holidays and bad weather days, you can visit GHS to see the maps on display, old tools, photos and library of publications. Visitors typically ask questions about the town’s past or their property’s history, says Osgood. A display of an archeological dig

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beyond. As it should — it is the keeper of all things Lake Sunapee, including steamboat and grand hotel memorabilia. “Visitors will find displays of Sunapee artifacts and photos demonstrating various aspects of Sunapee history, including hotels and steamboats, Lake Sunapee Regatta, Frank Morse Water Ski School, industry, schools, fishing, winter sports and more,” says Becky Rylander, president of the

Osgood has lived in Grantham for more than 47 years and her husband, Paul, grew up in Grantham. “It seems that I’ve reached the status of one of the ‘old folks’ and my memories have become helpful,” she says. “I can’t remember what I had for breakfast yesterday, but I can remember going to Joey Holmes’ kitchen, a.k.a., the town clerk’s office. Looking at old photos, remembering good times with those who were living here when I first arrived, seeing this tiny town grow and change. Reminiscence is the best part of spending time at GHS.”

Sunapee Historical Society 74 Main Street, Sunapee sunapeehistoricalsociety.org

The large metal barn, the former Flanders barn and the current home of the Sunapee Historical Society, has a view of Sunapee Harbor and the lake

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Sunapee Historical Society. There is, in fact, a second building on Route 11: Sunapee Archives. There you’ll find a variety of collections from information on Sunapee families to industries of the past to population censuses. And, of course, Aerosmith memorabilia. “I enjoy sharing Sunapee’s rich and varied history with the community, whether via displays at our museum and archives, our programs, our history cruises on the lake, or our activities with schools and other organizations,” says Rylander. Both buildings are open to the public at specified times or by appointment. Sunapee Archives is open year round on Monday afternoons. The harbor-based museum is open primarily during the warmer months, from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Check the website for hours.


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Andover Historical Society 105 Depot Street, Andover andoverhistory.org

Located next to the Northern Rail Trail on Depot Street in the village of Potter Place are four of Andover Historical Society’s buildings, a caboose and a box car. The Emons store (c.1912) showcases annual themed displays in its large front windows, and shelves are stocked with 19th and early 20th century items. The Potter Place post office, complete with a sorting table and brass-dial postal boxes, is located within the store. Next door to the store is the Gordon-Lull House (c.1876), which was the home of several Potter Place postmasters. Currently antiques, collectibles, works by local artists and often local plants are for sale inside. The Potter Place Railroad Station (c.1874) is just across the street. “The interior is devoted to displays of railroad-related items, as well as exhibits of local history, and a settlers dug-out

canoe,” says Luan Clark, curator. “The station has a wonderfully furnished Station Agent’s office, including the large levers to control the outside signal tower. And sitting on the tracks, just outside the station, is a 1923 Central Vermont caboose, which is also open to the public.” Across the tracks, and alongside the Northern Rail Trail, is the grave site of the well-known early 19th century ventriloquist and showman, Richard Potter, for whom Potter Place is named. And just beyond, is a lovely shade garden which has been created within the foundation of Potter’s house. Down the tracks a few hundred feet are the freight shed and B&M box car. A few miles from Potter Place is the Little Red Schoolhouse, tucked away on Tucker Mountain Road in East Andover. Built in 1837, it remains in its original location, looking much

as it did — both inside and out — when it was in use. “It’s a unique set of historic buildings in a village setting,” says Gail Richards, president of the Andover Historical Society. “Enthusiastic and appreciative comments from our many visitors make the hard work of our board and volunteers well worth the time and effort to keep Andover town history alive and relevant.” The Potter Place buildings are open during the warmer months, typically Memorial Day through Columbus Day. The Tucker Mountain Schoolhouse is open the second Sunday of each month, June to October. But the best time to visit? During the annual Old Time Fair on the first Sunday in August, when there’s a large flea market, crafts, demonstrations, farmers’ market, food, live music and hand-car rides on the tracks. You can even take a peek inside the freight shed and B&M box car, which are usually closed to the public.

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The Croydon Historical Society, housed in the Samuel Morse House Museum, is open by appointment or for special events, and typically available to tour Tuesday afternoons (but call first). The attached barn has farm museum items, mostly from Croydon, period to the home and its history. Historic displays change annually.

Warner Historical Society 15 West Main Street, Warner warnerhistorical.org

The Samuel Morse House Museum in Croydon

Croydon Historical Society 871 NH Route 10, Croydon croydonhistoricalsociety.org

The gorgeous yellow building is a mainstay in the town of Croydon, anchored by the general store across the street and the town offices next door. It’s a beautiful 1790 center chimney, five fireplace Colonial home, all original, period furnished — and now the Samuel Morse House Museum. “It’s a great building to see life in the area and how they lived so long ago,” says Jane Deardon, president of the Croydon Historical Society. “The family of earliest record, Samuel Morse, was a lawyer, married the local doctor’s daughter, and the property was held in their ownership for 113 years.”

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It has had other owners — a local school teacher and her descendants — but none, including the last owner who sold the house to the Croydon Historical Society, compromised the building’s original condition. There is electricity, running water and necessary repairs, which the historical society continues as proud stewards of this remarkable building. “The diligence of archiving local history, artifacts and genealogy is the primary goal,” says Deardon, “combined with a love to share this all with the public.”

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The Upton Chandler House Museum is open for events and special exhibits. The Main Street office is the place and space for research, year round. Lower Warner Meeting House, once a church, now hosts the occasional wedding and an annual Christmas service hosted by the Warner Historical Society. But beyond the walls of these buildings, you’ll find volunteers. Townspeople. Artists. Crafters. Visitors. Locals. “We are an integral part of the community,” says


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Lynn Clark, executive director of the Warner Historical Society. Visitors are treated to a variety of programs, exhibits and events, including an art show one weekend in November, a barn sale on Tuesdays and Saturdays in the summer, and the Tory Hill Authors Series with local and national authors talking about their books and sharing their personal experiences. What brings it all to life? “Our volunteers. They are so engaged in all aspects of what we do,” says Clark. “They bring interesting perspectives to everything — from how we interpret history to fundraising. They are very nice people who are a lot of fun to work with.”

Newport Historical Society 20 Central Street, Newport newportnhhistory.org

A bell rings as you open the front door to the Newport

Historical Society Museum to let volunteers know that you’ve arrived. And they are more than happy to help with any request. The museum is open year round on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment. There’s a lot to see in the museum, and the annex has even more items in storage when not on display. It’s worth a visit even

when you’re not doing research. “Visitors will find a country museum centered around the people and times of Newport, N.H.,” says Larry Cote, Newport Historical Society Museum Director. “The displays, changed in September, revolve around Newport and include the work of local artists, photos of Newport, ›››››

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and artifacts in room settings. I enjoy reading about the people of Newport, past and present, the photographs showing how the town has changed, meeting the people who visit the museum and hearing their stories.”

backdrop for many local artisans,” says Christine King, office manager. Sunday afternoons between Memorial Day to Columbus Day, the New London Historical Society offers docent- and tabletguided tours through its 15 buildings. “Visitors will find an extensive collection of artifacts from the 1800s that are exhibited throughout the village and are germane to the former use of each historical building,” says King. Visit the Transportation Building and you’ll find a collection of horse-drawn vehicles, including a Governor Colby Chaise, a Concord Coach #425 and an Abbott-Downing Mountain Wagon, to name a few of the gigs and buggies on display. The Scytheville House has a room

New London Historical Society

168 Little Sunapee Road, New London newlondonhistoricalsociety.org

There is so much to see at the New London Historical Society. Fifteen buildings, in fact, all open to the public. “The historical village, set on eight acres of land in the heart of New London, serves as a classroom for local schools and small groups. It is the site of a children’s summer camp and serves as the

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replicating the home of Dr. Anna Littlefield, the first woman doctor in New London, with some of her artifacts donated by the family. “The Collections and Acquisition Committee works diligently to record these

artifacts, and our digital catalog is linked to the New Hampshire Historical Society with other statewide collections,” says King. “New London Historical Society is proud to be an integral part of the local, regional and statewide historical community.”

Wilmot Historical Society

9 Kearsarge Valley Road, Wilmot Flat wilmothistoricalsociety.org

The Wilmot Historical Society, housed in one room in the town office building, is only open on Saturday mornings when the Wilmot Farmers’ Market is in session. There’s not enough space to display artifacts, but Mary Fanelli, secretary of the Wilmot Historical Society, notes that the main focus, at the moment, is digital. “We produce video interviews of townspeople and their stories about Wilmot,” Fanelli says. You can see these on the WHS website. “We also sponsor three programs a year that focus on history, two of which are usually NH Humanities programs. The annual meeting is usually a Cracker Barrel.”

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