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Your thoughtful guide to the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region of New Hampshire.

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Tap into Something Special Sure, you can pour it on a pancake, but these New Hampshire producers are taking maple syrup and making products that illustrate the rich flavor of this all-natural product. By Barbra Alan

44 Saving the Earth — One New Hampshire Town at a Time Residents in the Kearsarge region aren’t waiting for anyone else to save the day — they’re doing it themselves. By Amy Makechnie

Meet some New Hampshire residents doing extraordinary things: researching song birds, helping families in need, living an earthfriendly lifestyle, and saving abused kittens. Here are four folks making a difference in their hometowns, across the Granite State, and even worldwide. By Amy Makechnie, Laurie D. Morrissey and Laura H. Guion

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Springfield Town Hall Drawing by Sue Anne Bottomley

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Artist Sue Anne Bottomley is a native of Concord, N.H., and a graduate of UNH. After much world wandering, she returned to New Hampshire in 2008. To celebrate her return, she spent two years crisscrossing the state drawing every town, all 234. Her collection of on location drawings has recently been published in a full color book, Colorful Journey, an Artist's Adventure: Drawing Every Town In New Hampshire, available in many local bookstores and online.

Photo by Michael Seamans; courtesy Colby-Sawyer College

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16 Let’s Go Calendar

24 At Home: A Modern Day Tree House

The view is typical New Hampshire: a welltrimmed forest with a bed of foliage, and a sloping hill dotted with boulders. But what is going on inside this Newbury, N.H., tree house is unusual and impressive. Text and photography by Jim Block

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Get out and enjoy the sunshine: 30 wonderful things to do this spring. Compiled by Laura Jean Whitcomb

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35 Good Eats

Three things you should order off the menu (or pick up at a local store) this spring

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Eat: The Coach House Restaurant at The New London Inn Great food, excellent service, a postcard view of the town, and a commitment to community. No wonder locals love The Coach House Restaurant at The New London Inn. By Katharine Britton

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Kearsarge Then & Now: The Favorite Cover It’s been 10 years and 40 covers. Last year we asked readers to vote for their favorite, and here are the winners.

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60 Business: Spring Inspiration

These area businesses will help you add bursts of color, energetic patterns, and lively springtime motifs to your home. By Laura Jean Whitcomb and Laura H. Guion

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Every spring, a group of volunteers make sure there’s a burst of color in Claremont’s town square. By Patrick O’Grady

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66 Mark Your Calendar 67 Schedule of Events 68 Thank You to Our Sponsors 69 Meet the Vendors 70 Vendor Profile: Totes with Tales

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CORRECTION: In the winter 2014 genealogy article, it may not have been clear that the New London Town Archives is not the same as the New London Historical Society. The New London Historical Society is a private, nonprofit organization that operates a seasonal museum village on Little Sunapee Road. The New London Town Archives is a public research facility, open year-round, housed in the Town Offices, and funded by annual appropriation.

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Something Special Sure, you can pour it on a pancake, but these New Hampshire producers are taking maple and making something terrific.

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Maple syrup. Throughout New England, it seems there are nearly as many maple syrup producers as there are maple trees — all of them dedicated to making the finest, best-tasting maple syrup nature has to offer. Without giving much thought to the immense amount of work (and sap) that goes into a bottle of real maple syrup, we decadently drizzle it on our French toast and waffles for breakfast, use it to enhance the flavor of some of our favorite recipes, and even sweeten our tea or coffee with it. But there’s so much more to maple than traditional syrup, and even more interesting ways to enjoy the rich, unique flavor and all-natural goodness of maple, as these area businesses illustrate. › › › › ›

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Flavor-infused Maple Syrup When he was first building his business three years ago, David Casciani of Claremont, N.H., had a hard time convincing people that infusing traditional maple syrup with other delicious flavors was a good idea. “People would ask me, ‘Why would you want to ruin maple syrup?’” he recalls. Casciani’s grand plan wasn’t to ruin, or even mask, the sweet, natural and unique flavor of maple syrup; it was to enhance it with a flavor that compliments it. It took some time, but he finally found his first supporter in David Lucier, owner of Claremont Spice & Dry Goods. “I was looking for reasonably priced vanilla beans

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for a vanilla-infused maple syrup I was working on,” Casciani recalls. “When David asked me how I was going to use the beans, I told him. He was the first person who liked my idea.” Casciani taps about 550 trees in the winter, and then sends the sap out for boiling. Once he receives the syrup, he heats it in the commercial kitchen he rents in Claremont and adds allnatural flavorings to create Evert’s Maples infused maple syrups. As with just about any endeavor involving maple syrup, there’s a lot of trial and error. “Maple syrup is very delicate,” says Casciani. “Anything you do — heating, cooling, even pouring it out of the bottle, can affect the flavor. It takes me a while to find just the right blend of flavoring and maple syrup so one doesn’t overpower the other.” Over the past three years,

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Casciani has proven the skeptics wrong and garnered quite a following for his infused maple syrup line, simply by meeting people and giving them free tastes of his syrups. “Typically, it takes just a sample spoonful for me to sell my maple syrup,” says Casciani, who makes the rounds to various New Hampshire farmer’s markets to share the delicious flavor combinations he’s come up with, including Blueberry Crème Brulee (a combination of blueberries, cinnamon and vanilla); French Toast (vanilla bean and cinnamon); and Cinnamon Stick (complete with a real cinnamon stick in the bottle). For more adventurous palates, there are ginger-infused or black licoriceinfused maple syrups. You can find Evert’s Maples infused syrups at farmer’s markets and general stores throughout New Hampshire, including Claremont Spice & Dry Goods.


Maple Cotton Candy Who didn’t love cotton candy as a kid? Trips to the circus, fair or zoo were made that much more fun (and decadent) with this sticky, messy, sweet treat. And did it bother us that we couldn’t quite identify what the flavor was supposed to be? Nah. We were eating colorful, fluffy sugar. Well, thanks to Ben’s Sugar Shack, cotton candy has grown up with us. You’ll still get the fun and fluff you remember, but you’ll also get that undeniably rich and sweet maple flavor that will appeal to your taste buds. It may have taken a little experimentation to get the consistency just right, but Ben Fisk says the effort was worth it. “We’ve been offering maple cotton candy for about 11 years now, and it’s a huge favorite with people,” he says. Fisk knows a bit about making maple products that delight — he’s been doing it for most of his life. His interest in maple sugaring dates all the way to preschool, when he visited his first sugar house during a field trip. With the support and guidance of his father and grandparents, Fisk began tapping trees, hanging buckets and boiling sap to make maple syrup. Within a year, he had a new evaporator and his own small sugarhouse. At the ripe old age of 15, he won the

New Hampshire Maple Producers Carlisle Trophy for best maple syrup in the state. Today, 25-year-old Fisk is the proud owner of a thriving New Hampshire business with a huge following. With two locations, one in Temple, N.H., and one in Newbury, N.H., Ben’s Sugar Shack produces a wide range of 100 percent pure New Hampshire maple products, from maple syrup and maple sugar to maple caramels and maple cotton candy — a few of his products were even featured on a Lifetime Television show.

Ben’s Sugar Shack products are available at Hannaford and Shaw’s supermarkets throughout the state, about 100 country fairs throughout summer and fall, and online at bensmaple-syrup.com › › › › ›

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Maple Fudge True maple taste. Creamy. The best ever. These are just a few of the ways people describe Bristol, N.H.’s Mill Fudge Factory and Ice Cream Café’s scrumptious “sweet-but-nottoo-sweet” fudge. Early on, Noah Munro, co-owner of the Mill, which opened for business in 2006, knew that maple had to be among the flavors of fudge his business offered its customers. “We’re a New Hampshire business, so we knew that maple was a must-have flavor,” he says. Indeed, the Mill’s Pure New Hampshire Maple Fudge

has become a favorite among the Mill’s specialty flavors. Incredible maple fudge starts with incredible maple syrup. The Mill uses maple syrup produced by Kearsarge Gore Farm in Warner, N.H., which has been making maple syrup for nearly 30 years. “We use their Grade B maple syrup,” Munro says, referring to a darker, richer grade of syrup that is perfect for cooking and baking. “It’s extra flavorful.” The Mill combines that extra-flavorful maple syrup with other fresh, natural ingredients to create its Pure New Hampshire Maple Fudge, as well as other maple fudge selections, such as Maple Walnut, Cranberry

Maple Nut (which had been introduced a few Thanksgivings ago and was so popular it became a regular offering), and the “spirited” Cabin Fever Maple Whisky, a fudge infused with an exceptionally smooth threeyear-old barrel-aged whisky. For a true New Hampshire treat, you have to try any one of the Mill’s stellar maple fudge offerings. Visit their shop in the heart of Bristol Square, buy their fudge at Whole Foods in Nashua, or shop online at themillfudgefactory.com › › › › ›

The Mill Fudge Factory uses local maple syrup in their Maple Walnut, Cranberry Maple Nut and Cabin Fever Maple Whisky fudge.

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Proulx family, Just Maple’s maple candy is nothing short of perfection for those with a more discerning sweet tooth. According to Barbara Proulx, Just Maple began with a 4-H project when her children were little. “We made maple syrup and shared it with family and friends,” she recalls. Over the next five years, the family’s customer base grew, and so did its offerings.

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Customer demand inspired the family to branch out and produce maple candies from their own maple syrup. “There’s a science and an art to making maple candy,” Proulx says. “It also takes time, energy and a lot of patience — I had to learn patience.” Today, from their Green Acres Farm with beautiful stands of sugar maple, the Proulx family produces a host of maple products, including


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Let’s Go A seasonal listing of performances, events, outdoor gatherings, fundraisers and other fun activities

The Capitol Steps Friday, March 27 8 p.m.

A hilarious evening of electoral mockery, scandal skewering, and buffoon lampooning with the Capitol Steps’ musical political satire. All proceeds from the show and auction benefit CATCH Neighborhood Housing. >> Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street, Concord, N.H. >> Cost: $39/$29/$13 >> ccanh.com

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Danbury Winter Market Saturday, March 7 Saturday, April 4 Saturday, May 2 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sponsored by the Blazing Star Grange, the winter market aims to support local businesses and farms as well as providing a social welcoming spot for customers. Come browse a variety of locally made, grown or produced products from 17 vendors. Lunch and breakfast available downstairs in the Blazing Star Bistro. >> Grange Hall, 15 North Road, Danbury, N.H. >> Free admission >> danburygrange.org

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Bring your friends and family and shop local at the Market on the Green’s indoor market. Plan to spend a couple hours visiting with your neighbors, learning new things from the vendors, and having a tasty snack or lunch at the market. There will be produce, preserves, baked goods, craft items and art created by local artisans.

Fishing history in New Hampshire runs the gamut of nets, spears, guns, clubs, weirs, seines, fish pots and hooks. Jack Noon’s presentation illustrates the complex changes in this arena since the civil war. >> Tracy Memorial Library, 304 Main Street, New London, N.H. >> Free >> newlondonhistoricalsociety.com

>> Whipple Memorial Hall, corner of Seamans Road and Main Street, New London, N.H. >> marketonthegreen.com

An Evening with Northern New England Rep Friday, March 6 5 to 7 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of musical selections, instrumental and vocal, from past NNE Rep productions. From “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (2006) to “Arms and the Man” (2014), Composer Will Composer Will Ögmundson has collaborated with NNE Rep’s Artistic Director Ögmundson John Goodlin to create original compositions that enhance the emotion and beauty inherent in the company’s classical productions. Question & answer session to follow. NNE Rep production of ”Arms and the Man”

>> Whipple Memorial Hall, corner of Seamans Road and Main Street, New London, N.H. >> Free >> CenterForTheArtsNH.org

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Town Meeting

Grantham Town Meeting, Tuesday, March 10, 5 p.m. Andover Town Meeting, Tuesday, March 10, 7 p.m. Newport Town Meeting, Monday, March 17, 6:30 p.m. New London Town Meeting, Wednesday, May 13, 7 p.m. Got a question? Comment? Kind words or complaints? Towns across the Kearsarge area make some serious financial decisions in the spring, and if you want, say, the school’s budget to remain intact, now’s the time to make your voice heard. Check your town’s website for the date, time and place. >> Grantham Town Hall, Lower Level, 300 Route 10 South, Grantham, N.H. >> Andover Middle School gym, 20 School Street, Andover, N.H. >> Newport Town Hall, Board of Selectmen meeting room, 15 Sunapee Street, Newport, N.H. >> Outing Club Indoor Center, 114 Cougar Court, New London, N.H.

Rally Round the Flag: The American Civil War through Folksong Thursday, March 12 1 p.m.

Woody Pringle and Marek Bennett present an overview of the American Civil War through the lens of period music. Through camp songs, parlor music, hymns, battlefield rallying cries and fiddle tunes, Pringle and Bennett examine the folksong as a means to enact living history, share perspectives, influence public perceptions of events, and simultaneously fuse and conserve cultures in times of change. Audience members participate and sing along. >> St. Joseph Church, 58 Elm Street, Claremont, N.H. >> Free >> nhhc.org

Comedy Night Saturday, March 14 6:30 p.m.

Join the Outing Club for its annual Comedy Night. Bring your spouse, friends, family or get your business to have a night of laughing and light refreshments with a cash bar.

The Lost Princess of Oz Friday, March 20, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2 p.m.

This story ballet by Petit Papillon Ballet Theatre is based on one of the Oz books by Frank Baum. There are sorcerers, moving mountains, giants and a wonderful rag doll, Scraps, who finds the princess and hides her in her pocket. You have to see to believe! >> Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince Street, Concord, N.H. >> Cost: $12, adults; $8, children/seniors >> petitpapillon.org

Zing into Spring! Saturday, March 21 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Welcome spring with this fun-for-all ages community event. Bring your mom, your daughter or your girlfriends and indulge your senses, delight in homemade treats, learn new skills, and shop until you drop. Event sponsors include: Artisan’s of New London, Ledyard Bank, Lake Sunapee Country Club, Kearsarge Magazine, MJ Harrington & Co., and Trend Acupuncture >> Lake Sunapee Country Club, 289 Country Club Lane, New London, N.H.

>> Colby-Sawyer College, Wheeler Hall, Ware Center, New London, N.H.

>> Adults, $10; children 12 and under, $5

>> Cost: $25 per person in advance, $30 at door; $125 for table of 10

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Music at South Church Sunday, March 22 3 p.m.

This is an annual event with glorious music. The New England Flute Orchestra will perform a wide assortment of music from classical to jazz. There is a special presentation of a duet between Mark Lutton (piano) and Bev Caldron (organ) with a great piece that all will enjoy. Lutton will also solo on the organ, playing some swinging New Orleans sounds from Scott Joplin. >> South Congregational Church, Church Street and Main Street, Newport, N.H.

Annual Intragalactic Cardboard Sled Race Saturday, April 11

Registration: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Race: 1:30 p.m.

Intricate and professionally designed cardboard sleds vie for bragging rights as winner of this race on Mount Sunapee. You could say it’s the best racing west of Loudon. All sled riders must be over the age of 18, and all competitors must wear a helmet while the sled is on course.

>> Cost: $12 in advance and $15 at the door; $5 for children under 12

>> Mount Sunapee, 1398 Route 103, Newbury, N.H.

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>> Cost: $30 entry fee

Tracking Seasons and Climate Change in the Northern Appalachians Saturday, March 28 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Georgia Murray, staff scientist with the Appalachian Mountain Club in New Hampshire, will present an overview of the long-term climate trends from the Mount Washington area as well as report on the AMC’s mountain phenology monitoring projects that include citizen science opportunities. Sponsored by The Little Nature Museum of Warner, N.H. >> Hopkinton Town Library Community Room, 61 Houston Drive, Contoocook, N.H. >> Free; donations appreciated >> littlenaturemuseum.org or hopkintontownlibrary.org

Easter BBQ

Rabies Clinic

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

1 to 2 p.m.

Come and find the Easter Bunny’s eggs. Enjoy a barbecue and the last day on the slopes at Ragged Mountain Resort.

Bring your dog to the fire station — Sugar River Animal Hospital and the Town of Grantham are hosting a rabies clinic. If a pet had rabies in the past, please bring their previous rabies certificate so a three-year rabies certificate can be issued (only a one-year can be issued if there is no written proof).

Sunday, April 5

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Chicken Pot Pie Supper

Saturday, April 11

>> Grantham Fire Department, 251 Route 10 South, Grantham, N.H. >> Cost: rabies vaccine, $15

Saturday, April 18 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The chicken pot pie is so popular that the Grange now offers this menu twice a year. All homemade by Blazing Star Grange members, proceeds from the supper support grange programs. >> Grange Hall, 15 North Road, Danbury, N.H. >> Cost: $9 >> danburygrange.org

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Curtains Up

Meet Eleanor Roosevelt

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Sunday, May 3

Tuesday, April 21

Tom DeMille and members of the 2015 Barn Playhouse cast preview 2015 productions and share memorable moments from earlier years. >> New London Historical Society, Meeting House, 179 Little Sunapee Road, New London, N.H. >> NLHS members, $4; nonmembers, $6

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was a leader and a revolutionary — a champion to the powerless — and her story is not over. Elena Dodd’s living history of Mrs. Roosevelt is an intimate and informative depiction of the extraordinary life of an extraordinary woman. This program offers a frank and often humorous look at the struggles and personal fulfillment of a shy young woman who metamorphosed into a strong voice for social justice and universal human rights. >> Wilmot Town Hall, 11 North Wilmot Road, Wilmot, N.H.

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Spring Concert

Newport Sunshine 5K Run/Walk

Sunday, April 26 3 p.m.

The Kearsarge Chorale — a non-denominational local group of dedicated singers and musicians who bring the best of classical and contemporary choral artistry to the New London area — present this year’s spring concert, “Songs of Spring.” >> Colby-Sawyer College, Sawyer Center Theater, New London, N.H. >> kearsargechorale.org

Saturday, May 9

Registration: 8:30 a.m. Kids Run: 9:30 a.m. 5K Race: 10 a.m.

In the early 1980s, Larry Flint and the Newport Parks & Rec Department started a 5K race called the Newport Road Race. The race grew and became known as the Sunshine 5K. After a 13-year hiatus, the Newport Rec and Lori Richer at the Newport Montessori School brought the popular annual race back, with the addition of a 1K Kids Run. >> Corbin Covered Bridge (airport side), Newport, N.H. >> Cost: Kids Run, free; 5K Race, $15 ($20 on race day); under 14 run for free. >> newportsunshinerun.org

The Senior Art Exhibition 2015

Friday, April 24 to Saturday, May 9 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This exhibit is a demonstration of the high quality and visually stimulating work created by Colby-Sawyer College art and design students. All work is professionally prepared and exhibited in the Marian Graves Mugar Galleries. >> Colby-Sawyer College, Sawyer Center, Seaman’s Road, New London, N.H. >> Free >> colby-sawyer.edu/events/index.html “King of Diamonds” by Kelsey Soto of Rutland, Vt.

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The 5th Annual Howel Classic Mini-golf Extravaganza Saturday, March 21, 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Are you looking for a night out or a unique indoor activity with the kids? Howe Library has created a fun-filled event for everyone! On Saturday night you’ll find adults teeing off, swinging to jazz music, and enjoying tasty hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer. The next day families descend on the library to try their hand at the 18-hole course while enjoying pizza and treats. >> Howe Library, 13 South Street, Hanover, N.H. >> Saturday adults-only event: $50/ticket; Sunday family event: $5/ticket >> howelibrary.org

14th Annual Pruning, Budding & Grafting Flavors of the Valley Sunday, April 12 Fruit Trees: Workshop Saturday, April 4 1 to 4 p.m.

Mike Hebb demonstrates the basics of pruning apple trees for esthetics, health, longevity, better fruit, ease of harvesting and management, including correct pruning cuts and tools. Participants will practice the mechanics of grafting during this hands-on workshop which shows how grafting can be used to control many of the characteristics of growing trees, including size, timing of maturity and fruiting, disease resistance, drought resistance and fruit varieties. Please preregister. >> Justin Morrill Homestead, 214 Morrill Memorial Highway, Strafford, Vt. >> $20 >> morrillhomestead.org

“Alice in Wonderland” Saturday, April 11, 7 p.m. Sunday, April 12, 1 p.m.

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by curious creatures as City Center Ballet celebrates the 150th anniversary of “Alice in Wonderland.” >> Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> Adult, $26; senior (60+), $22; child (12 and under), $15 >> lebanonoperahouse.org/event/details/alice-wonderland

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Taste the flavors of the Upper Valley at the region’s premier tasting event with more than 60 local farm and food-related vendors sampling fresh produce, artisan bread, awardwinning cheeses, tasty jams and other delicious local goods. >> Hartford High School, 37 Highland Avenue, White River Junction, Vt. >> $10 per person, children 6 and under free, $30 family maximum >> VitalCommunities.org

Five Colleges Book Sale Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Every spring since 1962, folks line up for one of New England’s largest sales of old books. If you’re looking for something to read, you’ll be able to take a look through 40,000 or so books in all fields, in good condition, and carefully sorted. There are also maps, prints, computer materials, CDs, videos, DVDs, books-on-tape and ephemera. Better yet: everything is half price on day two. >> Lebanon High School Gym, 195 Hanover Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> five-collegesbooksale.org

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The Great Sheep Boom and Its Enduring Legacy on the New Hampshire Landscape Saturday, May 16 7 p.m.

The Unity Historical Society will be hosting two Humanities Council Events in the spring of 2015. In May, Steve Taylor presents “The Great Sheep Boom and Its Enduring Legacy on the New Hampshire Landscape.” Refreshments will be served after the event. >> Unity Town Hall, 2nd NH Turnpike, Unity Center, N.H. >> Free >> unitynhhistoricalsociety.org

Colby-Sawyer 177th Commencement Saturday, May 9 10:30 a.m.

Graduating students and other individuals are recognized for academic excellence, outstanding contributions to society, and service to the college and community. >> Commencement Tent, Front Lawn, Colby-Sawyer College, Main Street, New London, N.H. >> Free >> colby-sawyer.edu/commencement

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A Modern Day Tree House text and photography by Jim Block

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he view is typical New Hampshire: a welltrimmed forest with a bed of foliage and a sloping hill dotted with boulders. But what is going on inside this Newbury, N.H., tree house is unusual and impressive. The tree house, sitting 12 to 15 feet above the forest floor, is supported by beams attached to live trees. A long, broad, sturdy stairway guides you to a deck, where you can stop and enjoy the view, perhaps from a seat on a wooden chair. From the porch railings (24-foot Gordon Stanley, owner and long single pieces of recycled Douglas fir) to master tree house builder the wall paneling (broad boards made from

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150-year-old weathered barn board, which has been stained dark brown), visitors realize immediately that the builder, Gordon “Tiff” Stanley, loves wood — especially old, recycled wood. Recycled materials are throughout the tree house: a door has an inlaid border of spent rifle shells. A huge hanging lamp in the kitchen came from an old barn. A massive wooden dining room table sits on a kiln-dried stump. The bathroom on the main floor has a dark brown wooden door that slides gracefully on recycled rollers. There are modern conveniences, › › › › ›


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too, like electric candles in all the windows, a washer/dryer hidden in a closet, and a central vacuum system to keep the tree (and the tree house) clean. But Stanley’s overall design focuses on sustainability, and provides a way for guests to get back to nature, and the simpler things in life. The tree house is more than two years in the making, mostly in Stanley’s weekend time away from his business, Classic Auto Body in Newport, N.H. Friends were eager to help at the initial construction stage, but the drudgery of building a house grew old for all but one. Dennis Bourassa, who has a summer home on Chalk Pond in Newbury, drives up from Connecticut every weekend to work with Tiff. They make a great team bantering back-andforth and arguing occasionally › › › › ›

Gordon and Carol Stanley inside the treehouse near the front door, which is made out of 150-year-old barn board. The window ledge to the right is made of recycled Douglas fir.

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A bottom view of the central and side trees, which support the tree house. Not seen from this photo, a sheet metal central channel surrounds the tree on the second floor. This allows rainwater to flow down the tree trunk and irrigate the roots, many of which are under the house and its spacious decks. As you can see from this photo, Stanley left room for the trees to grow.

The steps from ground level to first floor are gradual.

The walls are paneled with 150-year-old barn board that Stanley has beautifully stained. Look closely, and you’ll see the boards have small lead pellets in it — folks used to fire their shotguns at the barn. Barn board is shown here before and after staining. kearsargemagazine.com • Spring 2015 • Kearsarge Magazine

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by Katharine Britton photography by Erika Follansbee

unning an inn is not for the faint of heart. New London Inn owner Dan Wolf learned this at 4 a.m. one night in February of 2014, when he discovered that a guest had left his window open and a pipe had burst. The room flooded, and the ceiling above the bar collapsed. An emergency call to North Branch Construction soon had the mess cleared up, but it got Wolf and General Manager Julie Dimakis thinking: Do we put the bar back the way it was, or make it what we want it to be?

A new interior “We decided to take the leap,” says Dimakis. A complete renovation would add more seating; make an attractive connector between the Sargent Room, where they do private functions, and the main dining room; and enhance the overall dining experience. “It would create flow and warmth,” Dimakis says, “and create space for our guests to enjoy conversation, a cocktail and an appetizer after work or before dinner.” Working with Frank Anzalone Associates in New London, Wolf and Dimakis decided to keep the decor rustic, but add a modern twist. The bar top, backlit cappuccino onyx, became their statement piece. They called upon local artists Catherine Green, Dave Little, T. Breeze, Doug Blum, Bruce Parsons and John › › › › ›

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Long — all juried members of the League of N.H. Craftsmen — for artwork to hang on the walls. All the artwork is for sale, and the proceeds go directly to the artist. Peter Bloch and Phillip Jacobs, also juried members of the League, designed wall sconces and pendant lights. Bloch says of the experience, “Working with The New London Inn has been a pleasure and honor. I am treated as a true collaborator in making the restaurant the best it can be.”

Meet the chef When Wolf purchased The New London Inn in 2010, Jerod Rockwell owned and operated the restaurant, then called Rockwell’s. While that partnership worked well, in 2012 Wolf got the opportunity to purchase the restaurant from Rockwell, who left for Simon Pearce in Quechee, Vt. Operating both the inn and restaurant has allowed Wolf to offer his guests a more complete destination experience.

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Jim Waterbury, who worked for Rockwell for seven years, returned to The Coach House Restaurant’s culinary team in December of 2013, and was promoted to executive chef in April 2014, just in time for the renovation. He attributes his love of cooking to having hung around the kitchen at The Millstone restaurant in New London when he was young, waiting for his mother — a waitress there — to finish her shift. After a time, he started helping out, “cleaning vegetables, washing dishes and such,” he says, and then worked his way up. He went away for college and earned a degree in finance but was drawn back to cooking. “I like food,” he says simply. “There’s always a different technique, something I haven’t thought of. So many cuisines to try.” Waterbury reads cookbooks — lots of them — and recipes on the Internet to get his inspirations. “I’m always trying something new. There’s so much to learn in cooking.”

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The four dining venues of The Coach House Restaurant — the main dining room, the Sargent Room, the Tavern and the Patio — share the same menu. Seasonal offerings include casual fare, such as The Coach House hamburger and salmon club, and fine dining


guests often refer to this view as “the postcard scene.” The owner and staff of the inn recognize that they are an important part of the community and do their part to give back and to boost its vitality. “Every Thursday from October through May, we donate 50 percent of our profits to a local nonprofit organization through our Thursday’s Child program,” Dimakis says. Last year they had 32 beneficiaries that received › › › › › photos courtesy The Coach House

options, such as a grass-fed filet mignon accompanied by horseradish whipped potatoes and tarragon-roasted baby carrots or a seared duck breast served with goat cheese, sweet potato pierogies, haricots vert and a preserved lemon demi-glace. Waterbury plans the menu and supervises a staff of five from whom he likes to solicit ideas. “We learn from each other,” he says. Waterbury changes the menu seasonally. During the colder months customers come in seeking heartier items like braised meats and robust soups. Waterbury and his culinary staff make all their own stocks, and he is particularly proud of his seafood chowder. During the summer he offers lighter fare such as sole ceviche and gazpacho, using tomatoes from Spring Ledge Farm located just down the road. Waterbury likes to support local vendors whenever possible, and he has a dedicated group of mushroom foragers. “They are apt to show up at the backdoor with 20 pounds of Hen of the Woods mushrooms,” he says with delight. Some Coach House menu items, though, are sacrosanct and offered year round. The horseradish crusted cod has been a local favorite and a Coach House staple for more than 10 years. When it’s missing from the menu because a seafood vendor is unable to get fresh cod from the Boston fish market, patrons notice. Other favorites include truffle French fries and lemon roasted chicken. While the culinary team makes some of their desserts — crème brulee, a luscious lemon curd and five flavors of ice cream — they turn to New London’s Pleasant Street Sweets for others. “Malaika Sidmore makes really decadent, delicious desserts,” says Dimakis.

The renovated tavern provides an attractive connector between the Sargent Room and the main dining room. It features a backlit cappuccino onyx bar top.

A local tradition The Coach House Restaurant is a favorite dining spot for locals. “The inn has been a constant for our family for over a decade. Through the many changes the restaurant has undergone, the consistency of service and personal touch provided by the superb staff continues to earn our patronage,” says longtime patron Bob Carroll. Some diners at The Coach House Restaurant come for the view, as well as the food. The dining room overlooks the picturesque New London green, where, in summer months, guests can enjoy concerts at the bandstand and, in winter, watch parents teaching their children to skate on the ice rink. According to Dimakis,

The main dining room next to the tavern

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a total $19,027. This year they have 42 groups taking part. “We’re a family here,” she says. “We work together and spend many hours with our guests. They become part of our family as well. We take the utmost pride in our service, location, consistency and commitment to community. Whether it’s the front desk taking reservations, our culinary team, waitress and waiters, bartender or hostess…we try to make sure the experience from the time of reservation to the time the guest leaves is unmatched.” Their efforts appear to be working. “Every member of the staff is

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Driving to Concord or points beyond? Make a detour at Exit 1 in Bow and stop at Chen Yang Li Restaurant. Try General Tso’s Chicken, tender pieces of chicken lightly battered in lotus flour and sautéed with broccoli, straw mushrooms, red peppers and dry chili peppers. The menu says this dish is good for energy and circulation, but we just love the sweet, tangy sauce.

Once a week, I treat myself to the fresh baked muffins at Rum Brook Market in Grantham, N.H. I walk into this hometown deli and grocery store, and there they are, lined up in a row waiting for me. Standbys include blueberry, chocolate chip, cranberry nut and cinnamon; watch for seasonal flavors like gingerbread and pistachio. While you’re there, check out the Wine Silo for a wide selection of domestic and international wines.

There are burgers, and then there’s The Wicked, Wicked at The Local in Warner, N.H. With double meat, double North Country bacon and double cheese, this two-story burger is not only big, but delicious. The meat is cooked to perfection (medium) and the melted cheese mixes delightfully with house made Thousand Island dressing. Plan on sharing the burger or, if you eat it alone, skipping your next meal.

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Claremont

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Every spring, a group of volunteers make sure there’s a burst of color in Claremont’s town square. by Patrick O’Grady

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tanding amid a brilliant display of purple, yellow and red flowers in Opera House Square on a sunny, late summer afternoon last September, David Messier heard a voice behind him. “Didn’t know if you are still in charge of all this but they are absolutely beautiful,” Yvette Hanks said as Messier turned to greet her. “This is gorgeous.” “I work at the insurance center so I’m loving this every time I come through. It is just so beautiful,” Hanks continued, speaking slowly to Volunteers beautify Opera House Square in Claremont with plantings of annual and perennial flowers. emphasize each word. “This is the best year ever. Look how petunias ringed the flower beds with For more than a dozen years, full it is.” the taller rudbeckia filling the interior Messier has directed a small, but where daylilies, hostas, phlox and irisspirited group of volunteers who A tradition blooms come to the square in late May with For more than a dozen years, the es had blossomed earlier. The curtain garden tools and gloves to turn the burst of color has delighted pedestrion the multicolored show rose earlier dirt, weed, plant flowers and spread ans and motorists circling through in the spring when several crabapple mulch. Some return throughout the the square in Claremont, N.H., from trees were thick with pink flowers. summer to weed and keep the beds late spring to early October. “Image wise, I think it makes looking neat. Last year, scarlet spreading suna huge impact when people come in “Volunteers are what make it all patiens, deep purple wave petunias from out of town and they see this happen,” Messier says. More than as sort of their impression of downand yellow rudbeckia, a perennial a dozen of those volunteers spent more commonly known as blacktown,” says Messier, a member of the a Saturday morning pulling up the eyed susans, were in full bloom into Claremont City Center Project steerflowers with hands and pitchforks, late September. The sunpatiens and ing committee, “It can’t but help.”

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cutting back the perennials, stuffing everything in leaf bags and cleaning up the beds for winter.

couldn’t keep this up,” says Messier. Now, perennials fill a lot of space, decreasing the number of annuals. An effort that once took a month of weekends is now finished in a morning. “We got it down pretty well. Planting and mulching in four to five hours,” Messier says.

A volunteer effort

The annual flower planting started with an idea in the summer of 2001 to improve the landscaping in the square, recalls Messier. A year earlier, Claremont had received designation as a Main Street community under a state-run program that guides Alive with color and assists communities In the second with revitalizing their year, the Main Street downtowns. Claremont’s group came up with program had several the idea of storefront committees, including flower boxes to the design committee, add color throughwhich was charged with out downtown. improving the public LaValley’s Building view of the streetscape. Supply donated the wood and students “This area had been at the Sugar River landscaped in the 1970s Valley Technical but never really been Center constructed taken care of and was the boxes. really overgrown with “We planted shrubs and bushes and Top: Flower boxes add color on the sidewalks. Bottom: Scarlet sunpatiens and black45 flower boxes,” weeds,” Messier says. eyed susans add vivid color until fall. Messier says. “We A Main Street member, didn’t charge the who owned a business That fall, 3,000 tulip bulbs were first time and just placed them on the square at the time, suggested planted, and in the following spring throughout the whole downtown some new landscaping. 800 annuals went in the ground. The because we wanted to make a full “He looked at it every day and tradition was born. impact and get people to see it was a said, ‘We really should do something good idea.” and dig that thing up,’” Messier says. To raise money, Main Street “But digging it up was a huge project.” began renting the boxes with merThe local Boy Scout troop volchants paying a fee to have them unteered to bring in equipment and delivered, planted and watered. pull everything up on a Saturday in Others were sold and the revenue mid-September, but when terrorists pays for the flowers from Claremont’s struck on Sept. 11 that year, Messier In the Garden Greenhouse. JT’s suggested a postponement. Landscaping of Claremont donates “They said, ‘No. We want to get the mulch. Last year, Claremont out and do something,’” Messier Savings Bank’s Charitable Fund gave says. “Four days later, we had 20 a donation to buy the flowers. people out here doing stuff and more But it was too much work to susThe Main Street program people beeping their horns and saying tain year after year. “We realized we disbanded several years ago ››››› thank you.”

For more than a dozen years, the burst of color has delighted pedestrians and motorists circling through the square in Claremont, N.H., from late spring to early October.

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but another volunteer group sprung up and took on some projects to further enhance the appearance of the square. Heart of Claremont, now in its sixth year, rents about 20 flower boxes. It used a portion of that revenue to pay for an underground irrigation system in 2013, thus relieving Messier of having to spend many evenings setting up and manning sprinklers during dry times. Heart of Claremont also had the fountain in the square, which dates back to the early 1900s, refurbished and made operational again. Freedom Walk, a third Heart of Claremont project, honors veterans with inlaid bricks around the

remove the flowers last fall, Messier felt encouraged that the beautiful spectacle of color so many enjoy and have come to expect will continue in the years ahead. “Look at this,” he says. “This is the most people we have ever had. Now we have a new group of volunteers who are getting more people involved, so that is really promising.” KM KM KM

fountain. For $65, the name, branch of service and other information about a veteran is engraved in a brick. “We just put in 15 new bricks,” Heart of Claremont President Gary Trottier says, bringing the total to 180. Watching some new volunteers

Patrick O’Grady is an editor and reporter with the Valley News and previously served as editor and managing editor of the Eagle Times in Claremont, N.H. He is the author of Replicate: The Rebuilding of the Corbin Covered Bridge in Newport, New Hampshire.

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Saving the Earth One New Hampshire Town at a Time Residents in the Kearsarge region aren’t waiting for anyone else to save the day — they’re doing it themselves. by Amy Makechnie

Walking the talk at Colby-Sawyer College As part of three courses — Shelter and Sustainability, The Living Building, and Project Completion — Colby-Sawyer environmental science students designed and constructed a sustainable classroom using timber frame construction and natural materials. You’ll see passive solar design, rubble trench foundation, rainwater collection, and traditional timber 44

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About 90,000 kilowatt hours are produced by Proctor Academy solar arrays, including the roof of the Wilkins Meeting House.

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frame design and joinery. What you topics anymore. Today, saving the earth is a front-andwon’t see: each student builder wrote center priority for many New Hampshire individuals, their name and hope for the future on communities, schools and businesses. a peg. These “hopes” literally hold up It’s not just big cities either; small towns all over the the framed classroom. › › › › › state are recycling, eating more local foods, and trying to find ways to save energy. Take, for example, the move to single-stream recycling in Andover, N.H. Residents no longer have to sort cardboard, milk jugs, paper, glass and plastic; now all recyclable items are emptied into one machine. Not only is it easier for residents to save the planet, but more efficient and effective for towns to recover salvageable materials. “It is wonderful and so convenient for us to be able to put all of our recy- Colby-Sawyer’s wind turbine looks out over the Ivey Science Center’s cling into one place without sorting. It solar-paneled roof toward Mount Kearsarge on a sunny day. saves us time, and hopefully will encourage others to do more of it,” says Andover resident Lindsey Allenby.

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Environmental Studies major Phurchhoki Sherpa ‘15, organic garden intern, waters Colby-Sawyer’s organic garden. Sherpa was also involved in the building of the college’s sustainable classroom. For her independent study, she researched natural finishes and paints, and she designed and painted the pattern on the south wall and the tree on the front wall.

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reduced heating oil consumption by more than 65 percent. “We’ve got a long way to go,” McIntyre says, explaining that for a school to meet its carbon neutral goal, consumption must be more efficient. But he’s hopeful. “If our new dining hall plans go as we want, we’ll be creating a net zero energy facility and produce all the power we consume.”

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When the utility bills for the restaurant and microbrewery started approaching $60,000 annually, “it kind of got our attention,” says Tom Mills, owner of The Flying Goose in New London, N.H. As he researched renewables, Mills noticed that going green, on many levels, provides “a good return on investment.” The first step was an energy audit in 2010. After the building envelope was tightened — “You don’t add solar panels to a building and leave

the windows open,” Mills jokes — Mills upgraded the compressors used for refrigeration, added an energy-efficient lighting retrofit, and installed a new air balancing system for the kitchen. The next phase was adding a solar thermal system in 2011: 25 solar panels on the rooftop of the dining room and an 800-gallon thermal storage for the hot water system. “The kitchen and brewery use a tremendous amount of water,” says Mills. “The new system provides half of the annual hot water needs.” Later that year, a solar photovoltaic (PV) system went up behind the restaurant, a gorgeous display of panels that can be seen from the dining room windows. In 2012, the oil burning furnace (“A beast. Enormous BTUs,” says Mills) were replaced with a wood pellet The Flying Goose invested in solar panels on their rooftop (top) and a furnace that solar photovoltaic system (bottom), which is located behind the restaurant. provides heat for 48

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the entire building. A large silver silo out back stores the pellets. And back to that return on investment. The solar PV system alone generates $15,000 annually in electricity, reducing the brewery’s costs from $3,000 each month to $2,000. “We estimate that our return on investment is about five years, or maybe less because it is performing better than expected,” says Mills. It also makes The Flying Goose the first solar powered brewery in New Hampshire. That itself is a huge marketing boon — people like the idea of a brew made using the warmth of the sun. But Mills isn’t done. “We’re identifying as many things as we can,” he says. “Brewer’s yeast goes to Spring Ledge Farm for compost, all to-go containers are biodegradable, and we collect scraps for local farmers. We are sensitive to how much water we are using, so we’re looking into water treatment so waste water can be used for irrigation. We’ll continue to look for opportunities.”

Education from the Northeast Resource Recovery Association Many New Hampshire towns contract with the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) to sort, recycle and sell salvageable material for them. It began in 1981 in an effort to “provide a clearinghouse for current, up-to-date information and a source of technical and marketing

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assistance in the general areas of waste reduction and recycling.” By 2014, more than 400 municipalities, schools and businesses across the Northeast were participating in NRRA’s program. Mike Durfor, executive director of NRRA, says the most important part of his organization is two-fold. “First, education. In general, our message is: do not throw it away if you can help it,” he says. Durfor’s team makes site visits to rural and urban communities. They assess, consult and provide recommendations on how a town can recover and conserve local resources. Schools get hands-on learning, such as “Trash on the Lawn Day” where collected trash is dumped on a tarp for students to sort. Questions are asked: What kind of material is it? Is it recyclable? How much is it worth? Data informs school and community culture, and helps in academic courses like mathematics. For instance, recycled clear plastic milk jugs are 50 cents per pound. “That’s a lot of money,” Durfor says. The second part of NRRA’s mission is collecting and selling recycled materials on behalf of the participating town. “It’s one thing to collect all the recyclables,” Durfor says, “but it’s another thing to put it somewhere or find a buyer.” Durfor cites the town of Croydon, N.H., as an example of good stewardship. In 2013, Croydon recycled 1,860 pounds of aluminum cans (enough energy for 189,274 hours of television), 20.47 tons of paper (saved 348 trees), and 12 tons of scrap metal (conserved 11,806 pounds of coal). Not only are they recycling well, they’re making an annual profit from salvaged goods. KM KM KM Amy Makechnie is a freelance writer, aspiring novelist and the mother to a wily flock of children. Visit her blog at www.maisymak.com

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Thrifty, sometimes to the point of annoyingly cheap. Shrewd, able to determine a person’s character in the first few minutes of conversation. Makes jokes with a straight face, and the humor is so dry you’re not sure if a laugh is appropriate. Prefers driving in the winter because the potholes are filled. Yes, New Hampshire residents have Yankee traits. But underneath that conservative exterior, there are New Hampshire residents doing extraordinary things: researching song birds, helping families in need, living an earth-friendly lifestyle, and saving abused kittens. Here are four folks making a difference in their hometowns, across the Granite State, and even worldwide.

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The Bird Man of Newbury By Laurie D. Morrissey photography by Paul Howe

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hen a weary, white-tailed tropicbird turned up in Claremont, N.H., three years ago, few people were more excited than Jay Pitocchelli. For this bird expert, it was a chance to obtain an ornithological specimen never before recorded in New Hampshire. The Caribbean seabird had been blown off course by Hurricane Irene. Despite the efforts of the staff of the St. Francis Wild Bird Hospital in Lyme, the bird did not survive. Pitocchelli, a biology professor at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, proceeded to examine and measure the unfortunate fowl and send it to the American Museum of Natural History, which has the largest bird collection in the world. Firsts are fun, but this ornithologist is happy with any bird encounter. Take a walk up Mount Sunapee with Pitocchelli, and you’re likely to see 20 or 30 species of birds, including a chestnut-sided warbler, a blackcapped chickadee and a Cooper’s hawk. And he’s excited about every one of them, from the commonest crow to the rarest warbler.

Newbury resident and bird expert Jay Pitocchelli

His fascination for birds has taken him far and wide, chasing wild geese in Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park and peering into puffin burrows in Alaska. Most of his birding these days is more local, though: his backyard in Newbury, N.H., or the campus and surroundings of Saint Anselm College, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1992. There, he’s known as a funny, cool, laid-back guy and a tough-but-helpful professor. Students on one of his Saturday morning bird walks have logged up to 100 species. More than a few have gone on to careers in ornithology and wildlife science, and they return to New Hampshire to go birding with their former professor during the spring migration. As Pitocchelli’s students can testify, birding is his life. He and his wife, Kris Eschbach, an osteopathic doctor in Claremont, have bird feeders up year round.

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“We like to observe the migrants that come and go each spring and fall. One of our favorite transitions is from evening grosbeaks in the winter to rose-breasted grosbeaks in the summer,” he says. “Last year, we had a red-bellied woodpecker stay with us throughout the winter and, one of my study species, the mourning warbler, stayed for at least a week.” The couple’s longtime backyard favorite, however, is the ruby-throated hummingbird. Pitocchelli specializes in song patterns, specifically the geographic variations in the trill of the MacGillivray’s warbler, a 5-inch long bird that is hard to see, but easy to hear. “Birds have dialects like people do,” he explains. Last summer, Pitocchelli collected song data from the southern part of the bird’s breeding range, including sites in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and California. (As an added bonus along the way, he added two new species to his life list: lesser


goldfinch and black-throated sparrow.) He traveled the forest with an audio recorder, a camera and a notebook, gathering data that will help him determine how the song changes across the range. He’s also interested in how the call has evolved since his earlier research on the bird in the 1980s. That’s 28 years, or seven to nine generations in bird life, he notes. Another aspect of his research is comparing the song data of two different warblers: the mourning warbler and the MacGillivray’s. “These two species apparently diverged from a common ancestor over one million years ago during the early Pleistocene glaciation,” he says. “I’d like to describe how their communication systems have diverged since this split.” Intellectually curious, Pitocchelli loves the process of science, from “asking questions to collecting and analyzing data to writing and publishing my conclusions.” His interest in birds was piqued in an undergraduate ornithology course at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. A graduate course on birds of the world at the City University of New York fueled his passion further. “I was simultaneously overwhelmed by the diversity of species and determined to observe as many of the 9,000-plus species as possible,” he recalls. Ironically Central Park is one of the best birding locations in the country. Around here, the ornithologist says, there are plenty of great places to see a diversity of bird species, including the John Hay National Wildlife Refuge in Newbury, just a 10-minute drive from his home. Anyone interested in following the bird man of Newbury on his travels can visit his blog, mourningwarbler.blogspot.com. And, naturally, you can follow his tweets. › › › › ›

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A New Generation of Town Leadership in Andover text and photography by Amy Makechnie

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my mom I wanted land.” Sophie describes what happened next as “crazy, whimsical…divine.” Her mother found a small, nondescript house for the same price as a year at Smith. Describing her new investment as a fallingapart “hoarder’s mess,” Sophie’s greatest adventure began on a .7 acre plot of land on Franklin Highway, dwarfed in the shadow of Halcyon Sophie Viandier at Pay It Forward Farm Valley. Envisioning a home and garden she could use to platform that was once an old wagon teach others about sustainable living, wheel, courtesy of Sophie’s autodiPay It Forward Farm, came to be. dactic father. There’s even an experiNow certified in permaculture and sustainable design, Sophie practices integrating the inside with the outside. Complimentary relationships are everywhere. At Pay It Forward Farm, barley, strawberries and comfrey nourish the peach trees. House water feeds aquatic plants and mental “humanure” compost toilet a fishpond. Inside, out back, indicative of Sophie’s wish a deliberate design for a closed loop system between her efficiently distriblife and the earth’s. utes heat. Pay It Forward Farm is a social Most everyand self-sufficiency experiment. thing at the farm While snacking on plucked barley is recycled. The pearls, she says, “When I’m eating wood stove sits my own bananas and drinking my on an ingeniously own coffee beans, then I can retire.” Sophie Viandier shows a garden bed with a recycled glass bottle built round perimeter. She’s well on her way. A summer

he well is broken again, and 22-year-old Sophie Viandier is tired, a little stressed. She just wants a hot cup of coffee and a shower. As she sits down, her eye catches the stream meandering through the backyard. “Okay. I can boil water (coffee) and get in the river (bathe).” A typical approach to problems; Sophie looks around and figures it out. Raised in Andover, N.H., by educators, Eric and Stacey Viandier, Sophie is a girl with an adventurous spirit and an unconventional pedigree. Like her parents, she enjoys experiential learning. As a student at Proctor Academy, she studied with both the Ocean and Mountain Classroom programs. She’s traveled to Armenia, France, Haiti and Cuba. She’s volunteered at two overseas orphanages, hitchhiked through New Zealand, and lived on a beach for six months. After a semester at Smith College, Sophie came home. “I told

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Now certified in permaculture and sustainable design, Sophie practices integrating the inside with the outside.


harvest provided squash, potatoes, carrots, kale, beans, corn and a variety of lettuce. A chicken flock and rabbits will provide meat for the winter. Her path isn’t easy, leisurely or convenient. The learning curve is steep. “I’m overwhelmed a lot,” Sophie says. “There’s so much work. As soon as I fix one thing, something else breaks.” Still, every day is a step forward. In March 2014, Andover voted Sophie selectman, a three-year commitment to a town with budgets to reconcile, warrants to write, and problems to solve. It’s a position inline with the farm: to model a lifestyle that is earth-friendly and sustainable. “I’m trying to meet people in the middle,” she says. “That is how social change happens.” › › › › ›

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The Keeper of a Wish List in New London

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fter moving from Connecticut to New Hampshire, Lorelle Foulds pondered how to make use of her retirement. It was during Bible study one Tuesday morning at Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church when the idea came. Lorelle’s husband, John Foulds, was already part of “the wood ministry,” chopping and delivering wood to families in need. The Foulds observed that wood was just the beginning; children and parents were cold from a lack of warm and properfitting clothing. Lorelle began making a wish list for those needing assistance. With

referrals from pastors, congregation members, KREM (Kearsarge Regional Ecumenical Ministry) and Turning Points Network (assisting survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse), she sends an email asking for donations based on what an individual or family needs. The response, she says, has been tremendous. “Everyone on the email list is remarkable, with generous hearts.” In just 10 months, Wish List donations have outfitted 29 men, 58 women, 25 teens and 84 children in the Kearsarge area. “That represents 78 families we’ve been able to help,” Lorelle says. The stories

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are heartwarming and heartbreaking, with men working because they finally have boots and children going to school without being teased for ill-fitting jeans. The volunteer job keeps Lorelle’s days full. She fields phone calls, sorts, washes and dries all clothing herself. She checks for broken zippers, buttons, rips and tears, and stores surplus in her own home until placement is found. It’s an effort, but Lorelle is quick to say it’s a group effort. “I’m not the ‘Saint of Used Clothing’,” she laughs. “It’s everyone else answering the emails. This is just an attempt to bridge the gap between those lacking basic necessities with neighbors who can meet those needs.” And though the email list is now a couple hundred people, it’s crucial, she says, the list continues to grow. “There are only so many closets one person can empty.” For those interested in donating, Lorelle says, “I don’t want anyone to go out and buy something new; that defeats the whole purpose. There’s plenty of clothing and footwear in our area — it’s just in the wrong closets.” All donations are accepted, but new or gently used is preferred. Everyone, Lorelle points out, prefers current, well-fitting and fashionable clothing. New underwear and socks are always needed. “These are luxury items for most.” Can Wish List help everyone? “I make no guarantees,” she says. “But I say I’ll do my best. And then I pray. Sure enough, it always comes along.” To receive Wish List NH emails with no obligation, contact Lorelle Foulds at Wishlistnh@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/ wishlistnh › › › › ›


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Smitten with Kittens in New London by Laura H. Guion photography by Paul Howe

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here’s a song that includes the lyrics “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,” bringing to mind those simple cure-alls that touch the warm and fuzzy spot in our hearts. This is true of Kristin Hubbard of New London. The whiskers on kittens got her. Hubbard is a recent, returning transplant to the New London area. Originally from West Hartford, Conn., she says that “as a kid, I spent every summer and Christmas with my grandparents up

here. At 16 I moved here permanently with them.” Life launched her away from the area for college, career and marriage. Her last stop was North

This strong woman caves when she sees pretty and not-so-pretty kitties. She has put a lot of effort, time and money into caring for abandoned, abused and neglected animals. “My husband enjoys fishing or golfing. He puts a lot of money into those activities. My hobby has always been rescuing little animals and helping them get well,” she says, “It’s what I love; it’s what I have always done.” Just before she moved, Hubbard found a cat that was an absolute mess in North Carolina. The vet said he’d never seen anything like it. He was able to save the cat but not the cat’s eyes. This 1½-year-old cat is named Lily. Not long after Lily, Hubbard identified a cat in need of rescuing from a dump on Staten Island, N.Y. She put her message on Facebook and, sure enough, a friend was going that way and able to pick the cat up for Hubbard. This kitty was in really rough shape, with infected eyes that couldn’t be saved. So Lily has a blind 1-year-old sister, Dixie, who has become Hubbard’s shadow. No sooner had she moved back to town, a kitten, just a few hours old with the umbilical cord still attached, was found. A longtime friend told Hubbard about the kitten and, unknowingly, N.H. Kittens was about to be born. At the urging and support of her friends, she took steps to establish a nonprofit for the rescue of kittens. She formed a board of directors: Cheri Parker and Dianne Chadwick are cosecretaries, Tori Simek is

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treasurer, Heather McCarthy is vice president and Hubbard is the president. Kearsarge Veterinary of Wilmot is the medical alliance; Unleashed of New London is the pet supply alliance. Attorney Michael Wood donated his time to oversee the applications that needed to be submitted to get N.H. Kittens 501(c)(3) status. Applications and fees of about $50 were submitted to the Department of Agriculture because N.H. Kittens needed to be licensed as a commercial kennel. Hubbard also had a conceptual meeting with the planning board, and submitted an application and a fee of $1,750. The last hearing was with the town’s zoning board with an application fee of $230. N.H. Kittens has volunteer foster homes that take in the kittens and help to get them socialized as they await their forever homes. For some

kittens, the foster home becomes their permanent home. In some instances, fostering the kittens is not always an option; sometimes there is need to quarantine the kittens. In time, as the nonprofit becomes more established, they will have a facility with a quarantine room. Hubbard thinks big. Soon, N.H. Kittens will be looking for grants

and donations. “When I lived in North Carolina, I rescued aquatic fresh water turtles,” says Hubbard. “I sent a picture of the turtles with some kittens in to Ellen DeGeneres. The photo made the show. I hope to do more of these sorts of things to raise awareness.” Learn more at nhkittens.com KM KM KM

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Spring Inspiration

These area businesses will help you add bursts of color, energetic patterns and lively motifs to your home. by Laura Jean Whitcomb and Laura H. Guion photography by Jon Gilbert Fox and Nicole Nadolski

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orget spring cleaning. How about a little spring redecorating? Check out these local businesses and you might find the perfect lamp for that end table, a wonderful piece of art for a blank wall, or a piece of furniture that makes the whole room come into focus.

Sunapee Landing Trading Company It was a leap of faith to close their store for three months during the summer of 2014 — a busy time for any Lake Sunapee business — but the end result was worth it. Bill and Christine Corey, owners of Sunapee Landing Trading Company, renovated

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the building to add 4,300 square feet of show room space to their furniture/ antique shop — doubling its size. “People say, ‘Oh, we can see everything now,’” says Bill. And it’s true: you can see the Oriental rugs in all their glory, spread out on the floors. There’s also room for the

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Coreys to arrange furniture in groupings. Name the era — Victorian, Colonial — or name the style — art deco, country — and you’ll find it at Sunapee Landing. Everything is beautifully arranged, so much so that some customers come in and buy the entire room setting. “The customer could visualize it in her home because she could see it on the floor,” says Bill. You’ll find a couch for the den, a bed for the guest bedroom, a table for the breakfast nook, and unique


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design elements like a butter churn or a birdcage. How about a lamp? There are many different types — glass, metal, wood; chandelier, table, wall — and even one made out of a wooden keg. “I’ll buy anything funky, unique, different,” says Bill, pointing to a vintage boat motor. “I look for interesting things, not your run-of-the-mill items. But it has to be in mint condition.” For the price (everything at Sunapee Landing Trading Company is reasonably priced), you wouldn’t mind refinishing a table top or fixing a chair leg. But the Coreys handpick every item for condition and quality so you can simply move the furniture into its new home. “We are value oriented. You can’t buy it cheaper in a retail setting,” says Bill. “People appreciate it. This is going in their homes, so it has to be nice.” And if you are looking for that one item to pull the room together, try the fine art gallery. As you walk through the front door, there are four rooms of original art from 19 New England artists. Sunapee Landing has hosted a successful juried art show three years in a row, and now these artists have permanent wall space. It is, in fact, the home gallery of Newport, N.H., artist Mary Jane

Q Cross, who paints portraits with her hands and fingers instead of a brush. “You have to walk through the art gallery to see the rest of the store,” says Christine. “You didn’t know you wanted it, but you saw it and it spoke to your heart.” 356 Route 103, Sunapee, N.H. (603) 863-2275 sunapeelanding.com › › › › ›

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Who better to stage an upscale showroom, dedicated to home and celebrations, than two Broadway actors? Friends Robert Jensen and Carmen Yurich have formed a business partnership aptly named, in alphabetical order, “Jensen & Yurich Home.” “We have been talking about this for 20 years,” says Yurich, “so here we are.” Both men have had successful acting careers. They met while working on the Broadway musical “Jekyll and Hyde.” Jensen had a performing role as Simon Stride as well as being the understudy for the role of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Yurich was the dance captain, instructing musical staging to the cast and stars — Jack Wagner and David Hasselhoff, among others. Yurich also held the swing position, meaning he needed to know six different parts and stand in if someone is sick. Jensen’s successful acting career of 30 years included five Broadway shows. He cultivated his horticultural passion as a floral designer for an art gallery in New York City. Eventually, he made his way to the Berkshires where he owned an antiques showroom. His talent for in-home style, and his Hudson Valley home, was featured in This

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Jensen & Yurich Home

Robert Jensen and Carmen Yurich, co-owners of Jensen & Yurich Home

Old House magazine. “My New Hampshire home was photographed for a local magazine,” he says. “It was a true labor of love and I tried to use as much local material as possible. It will certainly feature my interior design talents.” The warm and affable Carmen Yurich has high-end retail experience, bringing a sophisticated merchandising element to the showroom. When not working on a Broadway production, he designed events in New York City. In addition to his acting career — which found him on Broadway, Las Vegas and theaters across the

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Northeast — Yurich toured for the show “Cats” across the United States, Europe and Canada. Jensen & Yurich infuses an urban element into the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region. Not only can you pick up unique items for your home, they provide event planning services, thoughtfully guiding their clients to achieve the desired look and feel of their event. “We have been really supported by the local community,” Yurich says. “Even though our space is small we are able to sell Simon Pearce glass and Andrew Pearce’s wooden products, which have been


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really well received.” Most recently they were approached by local artist and author Tomie De Paola to carry some of his prints and smaller pieces. “We went over to Tomie’s studio and were able to choose things we thought would work best in our store and for our customers, which sold pretty fast,” says Yurich. Passionate about their clients and the community, Jensen and Yurich offers floral arranging workshops after hours. In early December of last year, the store collaborated with Artisan’s for their Ladies’ Night Wish List event and the Men’s Night Event. Whether they are arranging flowers or hitting a gift show at the Jacob K. Javits Center, they hold true to their motto: “bringing the things we love to the home you love.”

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Pigs with wings. A white canopy bed made for a princess. A coat rack with six pool balls serving as hooks. If you’re looking for unique and whimsical items for your home, you’ll find it at Sage & Twine in Hopkinton. Where does shop owner Amy Rothe find all her cool stuff? “I am a shopper,” Rothe says. “I go to yard sales, estate sales, auctions and flea markets to look for things. Chippy paint, aged patina, layers of soft colors over weathered wood...these are the things that motivate my creativity.” She handpaints most of the pieces — older, made of wood, and built to stand the test of time — in a relaxed, cottage style. Friends said, “You could sell these” and so she did

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for many years from a space in the Cowgirl Emporium in Hancock, Maine. In May 2013, Rothe decided to turn her garage into a shop one long weekend a month. She handpicks each unique item for its ability to add interest and warmth to each room in your home. “In every corner you’ll find tables, chairs, shelves, benches, beds and side tables. Look further and you’ll discover pillows, signs, linens, mirrors, frames and jewelry. You’ll find items you didn’t know you needed until you walked in!” she says. Rothe also makes soap, candles and fun signs stating “don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened” or “enjoy lather soak unwind.” Each month Rothe introduces “a few new made-in-theUSA items for people, so they have a variety. I research significantly, so I know the story behind the company and can stand behind the product.” New and antique items live in harmony, but it is the reclaimed and restored furniture that makes you want to go home and redecorate a room, any room. “The pieces I select to place in the shop lend themselves

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to both modern and vintage design, and come in great colors with clean lines and a finish you won’t find anywhere else,” says Rothe. “A bonus of selecting pieces of the past is that you

are also reducing your carbon footprint as you decorate your home.” 214 Stumpfield Road, Hopkinton, N.H. (603) 717-5002 sageandtwine.com KM KM KM

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March 21, 2015

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Meet a Zing Vendor

Totes with Tales As a teacher, Nancy Roy helped people develop their futures. Now she helps people celebrate their past in a touching and toting way. by Leigh Ann Root

Nancy Roy is sewing together memories, one stitch at a time, seamlessly bringing the past into the present. Before you meet the creations you must meet the creator. The combination of a festive personality, intellectual mind and heart of gold make Roy unforgettable. It’s no surprise she began her professional life as a kindergarten teacher, later a principal, and then a professor. Retiring after 20 years at River Valley Community College, Roy decided to follow a dream that brought her back to her roots. As the daughter and granddaughter of seamstresses, it was only natural that she, too, is a master at the machine. This combined with the creativity she inherited from her dad, a sign painter and designer, Totes with Tales was born.

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Totes with Tales are one-of-akind creations, made out of recycled memories, and designed for function. The idea was actually birthed back in 2002, when a childhood friend’s mother died. Roy transformed a favorite denim shirt of the mother’s into a tote bag. This friend carried her lunch daily in this “tote with a tale” for more than 10 years. The toting of this memory warmed Roy’s heart and stayed in her mind for years to come. There was one more creation, years ago, that also planted a seed for this unique bag business. “My parents owned 200 blueberry bushes and were often gifted blueberry items; clothing, napkins, placemats and such,” she says. “I converted these beloved gifts into a tote, which my mom carried her favorite magazines in as she received chemotherapy treatments.” Today, Roy’s sewing machine is busy carefully crafting carriers for

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just about anyone; from a father’s military uniform turned son’s duffle to a grandmother’s tablecloth transformed into a carryall. What makes her craftsmanship different?

Nancy Roy’s customers bring her pieces of clothing, adored accessories and other keepsakes that contain special memories. Items range from childhood clothing and toys to sporting memorabilia, career reminders and military garb. It’s a number of different parts that makes the whole of her product a standout. She cautiously unstitches every previous stitch, allowing her to

This tote is made out of a hunter’s shirt, a t-shirt and two dog collars.

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Original tote materials include a Kermit shower curtain (mom), baby booties (dad), and great gram’s needlepoint.

savor each precious piece for the new creation. She stays true to function as she mindfully puts the design together, keeping the next use in mind. Never lost is the memory that Roy keeps close to her heart while she works. If you were to inspect one of her “works of heart,” you’ll typically find buttons on the bottom for material protection, old tags and logos prudently placed, and sensible pockets throughout. The outcome is a charming carrier to last another lifetime. Roy’s customers bring her pieces of clothing, adored accessories and other keepsakes that contain special memories. Items range from childhood clothing and toys to sporting memorabilia, career reminders and military garb. A dialogue between customer and Roy ensues, where she gets to “know” the material

and learns the intention for the end product. She carefully deconstructs, lays out the material, and lets her creative juices flow. There may not be a clear plan as she begins, only a strong foundation of function. As she puts a couple of pieces together, the tote takes shape. Then many nooks, distinctive handles and playful pockets adorn the bag. A client may request an umbrella pouch or a place for keys but uncommon extras may be added during the process. Her practical purposing of the

past has produced a niche business bringing together emotion and function. “When I hand the customer the finished tote with a personal tale, I am satisfied that I have honored their memories with a new treasure,” Roy says. KM KM KM Leigh Ann Root is a freelance writer and the events manager for Kearsarge Magazine. She lives in Newbury, N.H., with her husband, Jonathan, and two children, Parker and Joleigh.

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