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DEPARTMENTS 26 Nature: Vermont’s Bats: Why We Should Care By Sarah Strew, Lead Nature Camp and Adult Programs, VINS

35 Calendar: Fall Events Pages and pages of fun fall events and activities! Compiled by Amy Cranage

28 Fall Fun: Hogwarts Homecoming By Laura Jean Whitcomb 30 Business: Hanover Orthodontics Text and photography by Kim J. Gifford

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With one century under its belt, the Carter Community Building Association in Lebanon, N.H., continues to make the Upper Valley a better place to live and play. By Barbra Alan

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Childhood Hearing Loss Hearing loss can happen at any time. Here are the stories of two local kids, one adult, and what to watch out for in your own family. By Amy Cranage

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editor’s note October rolls around with Halloween, which isn’t complete without a few scary stories (see page 20) and our extensive calendar of Upper Valley events. Kid Stuff hopes to be handing out candy, toys and other fun items at a few local Halloween events. Watch for us; we’d love to see you!

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Fall is my favorite. And I think this issue of Kid Stuff magazine is my favorite. It’s back-to-school time, and those pencil cases need some freshly sharpened pencils and brand new pens. Once you’ve stocked the backpacks, we’ve got a few articles to help parents (and their kids), including an article on hearing loss. There’s also an educational article for kids of all ages about bats! Then we’ve featured two local businesses: the CCBA in Lebanon, N.H., and orthodontist Dr. Neely in Hanover, N.H. Looking for fun? There’s a Harry Potter event — Hogwarts Homecoming — in Haverhill, N.H., in September (see page 28). Then

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With one century under its belt, the Carter Community Building Association continues to make the Upper Valley a better place to live and play.

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he year 1919 saw the world emerging from the Great War and still fighting the deadly Spanish flu pandemic. The average life expectancy for Americans was 55. The 18th Amendment, establishing Prohibition, was adopted. It was against this solemn backdrop that Lebanon, N.H., philanthropists Mr. and Mrs. William S. Carter founded the Carter Community Building Association (CCBA) “for the purpose of furnishing the young people of Lebanon (New Hampshire) a healthful and uplifting club life, following in its line of work that of the YMCA and kindred institutions.” Back then, the CCBA inhabited a single building on 1 Campbell Street. The building was just a couple of years old, and had been used by the Red Cross to assist the families of World War I servicemen. After the war, the Carters opened the building to the public for a variety of sporting events as well as dances and weddings. For Lebanon’s youth, the CCBA provided a much-needed place to blow off steam, socialize, and celebrate. One hundred years later, the CCBA does that — and so much more.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY The CCBA’s 100th anniversary has been a perfect opportunity for Executive Director Shelby Day to take a step back and appreciate how far the center has come over the past century. “It’s been amazing to go back

through the history [of the CCBA] and look through board meeting minutes from the 1940s and 1950s — it really shows how much we’ve grown,” she says. Day has been doing more than sifting through boxes of old documents; she’s been mining her own treasured memories. “I was born and raised in Lebanon, and the CCBA has been home since I was 6 years old,” she says. “My parents, my uncles — we all grew up with the CCBA. I’d come here after school. Later, in my teens, I worked out here with my mom. And now my own children get to enjoy it. So, this is more than a job for me, it’s a way to give back for all the CCBA has given me and my family.” After leaving Lebanon for college and a 19-year career as a student success and wellness professional at a Vermont military college, Day returned to the area and the CCBA about two years ago. While so much had changed in and around Lebanon and at the CCBA since she was a kid, it didn’t take long for Day to feel right at home again. “When I did my final interview in the Carter Community Building, I was at the same table where I’d sit and do my homework as a kid,” she says.

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ter’s success, including community volunteers, educators, the board of trustees, and the coordinators and directors of the various areas that make up the CCBA. Many, like Day, have long-time ties to the center. One of the keys to the CCBA’s longevity has been its ability to grow and change with the community it serves. Over the years, the CCBA’s membership has flourished —today it’s nearly 2,000 members strong — prompting its expansion beyond the Carter Community Building to include the Witherell Recreation Center and the Canillas Recreation Pavilion to better meet the health, wellness and child care needs of the Upper Valley. The CCBA offers members access to a comprehensive free-weight room, cardiovascular center, fitness studio and circuit training room, and a wide variety of services including fitness classes; health, wellness, and fitness coaching; nutritional counseling; and even a youth strength and conditioning program for 7th and 8th graders.

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The Dwinell Pool — a 25-yard indoor swimming pool with six lap lanes, diving board and hot tub — is home to the center’s aquatics programs. Community members can take swim lessons, lifeguard training, aqua aerobics, or simply enjoy doing a few laps. One of the most popular services the CCBA offers is child care, including a preschool program, school vacation camps and a summer camp program, ensuring that the community’s younger members learn and grow in a safe, nurturing and fun environment.

RED CROSS ROOTS And true to the original building’s Red Cross roots, the CCBA offers American Red Cross courses in CPR/ AED, First Aid, Lifeguard Training, Lifeguarding Recertification, Babysitting Training, Lifeguard Instructor Training and Water Safety Instructor Training. The CCBA also offers community events throughout the year like barbecues, dances, and holiday events.

“There is always a lot going on that touches every part of the community,” Day says. “When I’m asked who we serve, in my opinion, it’s the entire community — people of all ages.” To ensure that the CCBA truly serves the needs of all community members, regardless of their financial means, it offers a variety of scholarship programs — quite a feat for an organization that operates mostly from membership and program fees, as well as grants, endowment income and donations. “One of our biggest scholarships is the Pat Walsh Scholarship Fund, which is named for a beloved former CCBA director and helps supply kids with equipment they need for baseball,” Day says. “We also have a sneaker fund to help families purchase sneakers for their kids, and a youth scholarship program that helps our kids be members of the CCBA, so they can come to the Witherell Center to work out, swim, play rac›››››

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quetball. There are also scholarships for swim lessons, summer camp programs and sports camp programs.” While some of these scholarships date back to the CCBA’s earliest days, others have been created over the years through the generosity of community members who value all that the CCBA does, and want to pay it forward, in keeping with the philanthropic spirit of the Carters. When Day reflects on the CCBA’s first 100 years, one word springs to mind: community. “It’s the best description of the CCBA, it’s what keeps us going every day, and it’s our number one mission,” she says. “The CCBA is more than just a place to go and work out and be healthy — it’s also a place for friendships, family and community. When you consider our name, the Carter Community Building Association, people tend to think of the ‘building’ part as bricks and mortar. But it’s really about community building, which is what we’ll continue to do for our next hundred years.” It’s safe to say that Mr. and Mrs. Carter would be pleased. Barbra Alan is a writer living in Alexandria, N.H., with her husband and two children.

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Childhood Hearing Loss Hearing loss can happen at any time. Here are the stories of two local kids, and what to watch in your own children.

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t was a gray October afternoon when our daughter, Emma, was a freshman in high school. Recently, she had been especially quiet; there had been some bumps in the road with friends and in extracurricular activities. “Mom,” she said, “I don’t think I’m hearing everything everyone else is hearing.” I made an appointment with her primary care provider to test her hearing. The results spurred a referral to audiology where, a few months later, an afternoon of exhaustive (and exhausting) testing confirmed “mild to moderate sensorineural hearing loss bilaterally.”

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In other words, she had some permanent hearing loss in both ears. On the second day of summer vacation, she was fitted with hearing aids. How can a healthy 14 year old who had passed every hearing test since birth — and always did well in school — suddenly begin to lose her hearing? More than a year after receiving the news, we still do not have a definitive answer to this question. But we have learned a lot about what it’s like to raise a kid with a disability.


Hearing tests can be performed on babies as young as one month old (some sleep right through them) and are not painful. A universal newborn hearing screening program was established in 2000. PREVALENCE at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. It is safe to estimate that in a high school with 500 kids there are three students who are hearing-impaired. Audiologists use technology to establish details about hearing loss in children as young as one month old. Audiology can test for three types of hearing loss: conductive (when sound traveling to the inner ear is hindered by something in the ear canal, eardrum or middle ear), sensorineural (damage or congenital malformation of the inner ear or hearing nerve) and mixed (a bit of both conductive and sensorineural). Conductive hearing loss may be caused by excessive ear wax, ear infections or middle ear fluid. It is not necessarily permanent. Sensorineuparent ral, on the other hand, is often pertip manent because the anatomy of the inner ear is not the way it should be. Signs of possible hearing loss in children include: Mixed hearing loss is a combination of the two. Hearing loss may occur in • Delays in speech or language development only one ear or in both. • Inconsistent responses to sounds or conversation TYPICAL CAUSES • Tendency not to follow directions Soon after Emma’s hearing loss • Ignoring others was confirmed, I asked myself, “Why • Frequently saying “what” didn’t I notice? Am I a bad mom?” • Difficulty or inability to locate the source of sounds Because she’s an only child, there • Turning up the volume of the television, radio, etc., was never a time when I might say, too high “Dinner’s ready!” and wonder why • Frequently exhibiting fatigue only she did not respond. Teachers If your child exhibits any of these signs, it may be and friends did not notice anything time to make an appointment with her primary care amiss. She looked like a perfectly provider.

“The hard of hearing population is both large and unseen,” says Linda Taylor, Ed. D., Teacher of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing at Southeastern Regional Educational Service Center in Bedford, N.H. “It’s akin to the percentages of visually-impaired people you see using white canes [to walk] versus the number with glasses, contacts, Lasik, etc.” “Nationally, hearing loss is identified in three out of 1000 children at birth, and another three out of 1,000 will develop permanent hearing loss by school age,” says Samantha Glover, Au.D., a pediatric audiologist

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normal, healthy teenage girl. But she knew something was not right. When talking to others about her hearing loss, some asked me if she listened to loud music on her iPhone. Others wondered, “Did she have a lot of ear infections as a child?” No and no. And she was not preemie. “Sometimes we don’t ever know the reason for the hearing loss,” says Glover. While genetics can be blamed for a large percentage of childhood hearing loss cases, other possible causes include illness (e.g. otitis media, measles, chicken pox, meningitis and influenza), ototoxic drugs, head injuries and exposure to excessive noise. According to the American Academy of Audiology, “approximately 12 percent of children ages 6 to 19 years have noiseinduced hearing loss.”

PROTECTIVE MEASURES If your family attends loud concerts, sporting events, movies or auto races, it is not a bad idea to make sure everyone has protective ear muffs or plugs. Be a model of self-care — if your little one sees you wearing protective ear muffs when you mow the lawn, use power tools, or ride your snowmobile, he will follow your lead. Even squeaky toys, hair dryers and kitchen blenders can cause hearing damage. “Noise induced hearing loss is dependent upon both the intensity (volume) and duration (time) of the sound, thus making it difficult to state a single decibel level that might be considered unsafe,” says Glover.

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The Boy with Super-Powered Hearing BY RUTH STOREY Our son, Adam, is a student at Grantham Village School. He is a triplet who spent the first two weeks of his life in an intensive care nursery. He passed his newborn hearing screening and we thought no more about it during his time as an infant — although, in hindsight, he was noticeably able to sleep through more disruption than his triplet brothers and was the quietest baby of the three. He tended to become tired easily, lying down to play, and snored loudly when asleep. At about 18 months of age, Adam’s speech was significantly delayed. His pediatrician referred him for a hearing test with an audiologist to see if his lack of speech was related to any hearing issues. The hearing test showed a moderate to severe unilateral sensorineural hearing loss in his left ear.

Making It Fun Adam has regular hearing tests and was fitted for a hearing aid at age 2. As he grows, he sometimes needs a larger ear mold and loves getting to choose what color his latest ear mold will be. Green is his favorite color so, when he was little, we called his hearing aid his “Green Ear” and explained that it helped to “super power” his hearing. It has always been fun for him to go into the hearing test booth and play hearing games with his audiologists. We try to make it a fun trip by taking time after the appointment to go and pick out a special snack or drink to enjoy together afterward. Overall, it has been a positive experience for him. His brothers are sometimes jealous that they don’t get a cool-looking piece of technology to make their hearing super powered! In reality, of course, the hearing aid does not “fix” Adam’s hearing; it simply helps to amplify certain frequencies of sound that he has difficulty hearing. Many people assume that hearing aids are all that is required to normalize a person’s hearing, but that is far from true. A person wearing a hearing aid does benefit from hearing sounds

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with more clarity, but that is offset by the difficulty in filtering out background noise that is also amplified by the hearing aid, such as the whirring of air conditioners, the hum of the refrigerator, the washing machine churning. He is challenged to keep up in social conversation with other kids, especially in the school cafeteria, where he is surrounded by loud and fast-moving speech. In that situation, he often chooses to switch off his hearing aid so that he doesn’t have to work as hard at following what his friends are saying. Adam has been very fortunate to have a school where most staff members are thoughtful about his needs regarding his hearing loss. He uses an FM system, which connects to his hearing aid and allows the teacher’s verbal instruction to be heard clearly, despite the classroom background noise. He also receives other accommodations, such as seating closer to the front of the classroom and careful instruction to make sure he understands what is requested.

Something So Small The source of Adam’s hearing loss was always a bit of a mystery until last September when he underwent a short procedure to have his remaining ear tube removed. A CT scan at that time showed that he has a condition called enlarged vestibular aqueduct, which is an enlargement of an extremely tiny structural part of the hearing system deep inside the inner ear. This is not something that will improve or can be fixed and he has to avoid situations that could result in a strong blow to the head, such as boxing or football but, otherwise, knowing about it does not change things for Adam. Our main priority will be to ensure that his hearing is checked on a regular basis in case it should start to deteriorate further. For the last several years, it has been stable and we hope it will stay that way. Ruth Storey lives in Grantham, N.H.


My Permanently Altered Life BY EMMA CRANAGE I grew up without a disability. So when I walked into an audiology appointment wanting nothing more than to disprove my suspicion of hearing loss, my life was permanently altered. I was legally disabled. Whenever I tell my story, people say that I am “begging for attention” or “trying to guilt-trip everyone.” But every time I have discussed it, I was prompted by someone else’s curiosity. That presumed craving for attention is the disabled community’s besmirching stereotype. I am always told, “Your disability does not make you more special than anyone else.” But there is a missing piece of the ableism puzzle. My disability does not make me better or worse than an able-bodied person. But it does make my story different. Hearing loss comes with a unique three-piece set of emotional baggage: social, mental and physical. Physical baggage is the stigma of wearing hearing aids every day for eternity. Mental baggage is the weight of the terrifying possibility of never getting a diagnosis and never finding a cure. Social baggage is my fear of exclusion because of my “bothersome” needs, as well as the uncomfortable look I get when people hear my story.

This implies that hearing loss is a burden placed on some of society’s unlucky members. However, looks always vanish when people discover the silver linings of hearing aids: playing music on them, or tuning out the world when they are off. Whoever listens tells me they envy me, wishing they, too, could wear hearing aids every day. So I remind them that they do not know how much I fear exclusion. They do not know

how unfamiliar they are with the haunting pain from not knowing why I lost my hearing and do not know how receiving pitiful or exasperated glares every day aches in its own way. I have lived in both worlds, and the difference is unfathomable. Emma Cranage, 16, is a junior at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, N.H. She lives in Grantham, N.H., with her parents and two crazy dogs.

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Speak into My Good Ear BY LAURA JEAN WHITCOMB It was a typical summer day. My husband and I dropped off our son at camp, and went to the movies. I was feeling a bit nauseous after dinner, so I went to bed early and woke up with vertigo. I couldn’t stand. I couldn’t focus. Any head or eye movement made me throw up, and I threw up quite a bit. I thought it was food poisoning. But after blood tests, an MRI, and three doctor visits (ER, audiologist and ENT), I learned that I had 100 percent hearing loss in my left ear. No one is sure why. For a long time, I was like a twin plane with one engine. (This, by the way, was the audiologist’s analogy.) I can still fly, but it's a bit more difficult. He wasn’t kidding. I went to vestibular physical therapy to regain my balance. I didn’t drive for almost a year. One eye (the left, to match my ear) wasn’t tracking and movement still made me nauseous. I was given a whole host of drugs to help minimize the symptoms, but opted to let my brain adapt on its own without the help of medicine. I

had read enough books on brain plasticity to know that it was better for me to keep my eyes open, push myself, and let my brain learn. Four years later, I still have 100 percent hearing loss in one ear, and my good ear is at about 80 percent. The tinnitus ­the sound your brain makes to fill in the hearing loss ­is constant, increasing from a soft buzzing to a high-pitched whine when I’m tired. A nap usually “resets” my brain (and quiets the tinnitus) but it’s hard to explain to folks why I’m random napping. Or why it is difficult to attend events, with many people speaking at once, and why busy restaurants with background music are pure torture. Am I disabled? I never really thought about it. The tinnitus, vertigo and hearing loss have all become a part of my daily life. I guess I’ll look up the definition of disability when and if my right ear starts to give me any trouble. But for now I’ll enjoy that 80 percent. Laura Jean Whitcomb is the publisher and editor of Kid Stuff magazine.

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All Hallows’ Eve COMPILED BY LAURA JEAN WHITCOMB

Ghost stories and Halloween go hand in hand. Here are some spooky tales that take place right here in the Upper Valley.

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Sure, everyone knows Halloween is the time for costumes and candy. But did you know that it’s also a time for honoring the dead? Halloween has roots in the Christian observances of All Hallows’ Eve (or All Saints’ Eve), three days dedicated to remembering the deceased. Although none of the ghosts in this article are martyrs or saints, the Upper Valley has quite a few of the faithfully departed still roaming the earth. If you’re in the mood for a spooky story, read on.

Claremont, N.H. Topstone Mill

eatdrinkplaysports.com Topstone Mill, a former shoe and furniture manufacturing plant, was empty for years until new residents turned the bottom floors into an eatery in 2006. But people have been bitten by invisible teeth, had objects thrown at them, heard footsteps and seen apparitions through the windows. The mill, built in 1901, was featured in season 8, episode 20 of Ghost Hunters in 2012. Titled “Fear Factory” the show says that “the owner claimed he was bitten and scratched by some type of entity and a ladder he uses tends to shake for no reason when he is on it. Employees have reported items

being thrown to the ground, seeing shadow figures, hearing whispers in empty rooms, and hearing footsteps coming from the empty floors above. Finally, visitors have reported seeing ‘people’ standing in the windows of the upper floors of the factory....floors where nobody was supposed to be.” All of the show’s ghost hunters had experiences at the mill, but none could be explained. Checking in with Nick Koloski, owner of the Escape Factory and Time-Out Americana Grille, there is “always something happening. We commonly are arguing with electronics and kindly asking thin air to please stop turning on the kitchen light,” he says. “Something knocked over an escape room prop in one of our new rooms that freaked out staff. We tried to replicate it, but can’t.”

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The Haunted Railroad Bridge

hartfordhistory.org The story goes that during a bitterly cold winter night in 1887, a fire occurred on the original railroad trestle that spans the White River and Route 14 in West Hartford, Vt. The Montreal Express, a train with passenger cars carrying 78 people, derailed and burned and 36 people were crushed, drowned or burned alive. To date, this was Vermont’s worst railroad disaster. “The disaster made railroad history as it caused the railroads to no longer put kerosene lights in the cars,” says Pat Stark, secretary of the Hartford Historical Society. “We have a booklet we sell that is reprints of the original articles and photos.” Although the old wooden bridge has since been replaced with a steel structure on the original concrete footings, there have been numerous sightings of a little boy ghost. He is possibly 13-year-old Joe McCabe,

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who either died in the wreck with his father or, worse, watched his father die. His spirit returns to the bridge, where he can be seen in 19th century clothes, playing in the river or standing four feet above the water. Witnesses also claim to smell phantom smoke from the old bridge burning.

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No one wants to believe that a summer camp is haunted, but Internet stories abound about Camp Farnsworth in Thetford. Located on 240 acres of beautiful, tranquil forest, meadows, fields and a 50-acre lake, the property includes playing fields, lake front, rec hall, health center, woodworking shop, pottery building, arts and crafts center, challenge course, climbing tower, a dining hall, and pool and bunkhouse. It’s in Keushk, the camp’s theater and gathering hall, where witnesses have reported cold spots and feelings of uneasiness. People have also claimed that sounds from outside sound muted when in Keushk and that the doors don’t stay open. There have also been reported sightings of a woman holding a kerosene lamp who walks slowly towards lone walkers between the living areas. The apparition has been dubbed “The Lady of the Lamp” and it is thought that she might be the camp’s matron, Madama Farnsworth.


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In Rooms 1-6, which used to be Jane’s parlor and study, witnesses have heard noises and footsteps in these rooms when they are vacant. In Room 9, guests have reported footsteps walking on the floor above them, although there is only a storage area there. Her apparition has been seen coming from the dining room into the main hallway; her presence has been felt in the dining area as well. A history of the inn on the website includes a recollection of hauntings, for example, the dining room staff is superstitious about keeping on the light above Jane’s portrait. “If it does not go on, it indicates to them that they are in for a very weird night. In fact, there have been so many odd little incidents which have transpired when Jane has been sitting in the dark that the policy is now to leave her light on at all times,” writes inn history author Deborah Doyle-Schechtman.

Inn at Clearwater Pond

innatclearwaterpond.com Sometime in the early 1800s, Mr. Scott Tewksbury passed away in one of the inn’s guest rooms. He lived at the inn at the time, says Innkeeper/Owner Christina DeLuca, and there have been stories and rumors over the years that he took his own life. “He lurks in our hallways, family room, backyard and guest rooms. I’ve seen him watching me through the upstairs windows and, for lack of knowing what

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else to do, I actually waved at him. He didn’t wave back and just stood there staring at me,” says DeLuca. “Guests have heard his footsteps, I have heard his footsteps on several occasions, my housekeeper has heard him several times, and the dogs have barked when they sense he is standing outside a guest room.”

Norwich, Vt. The Norwich Inn

norwichinn.com Located in Norwich, Vt., the inn was built in 1797 by Colonel Jasper Murdock. In 1920, Charles and Mary Walker purchased it. Though Prohibition had just begun, legend says that Mary, known as “Ma” Walker, quietly carried on the Norwich Inn’s tradition as a tavern by selling bootleg liquor from the basement. After Mary passed away, her spirit was apparently seen gliding along the upper floors. Her spirit can sometimes be seen in the dining room, dressed in a black formal gown. The lady, wearing a long black skirt, is said to have been seen wandering through the building’s parlor, eventually disappearing into the adjoining library. She also seems to have a particular fixation on room 20 where many unexplained events take place. Toilets flush and water faucets turn on randomly, and empty rocking chairs sometimes rock by themselves.


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A vampire’s heart burned on the Woodstock, Vt., village green? There is a well known legend — written about in Smithsonian magazine and discussed on Vermont Public Radio — that suggests a vampire heart was torched in the center of town. According to Vermont Public Radio, during the 19th century, it wasn’t unusual for several members of the same family to die of consumption, now called tuberculosis. This deadly wasting illness gave rise to the vampire superstition. When a member of a family died of consumption and then others fell ill, the living sometimes blamed the deceased, thinking him or her a vampire who preyed on the living. In order to protect other family members, the deceased was exhumed and the heart burned. In June 1830, six months after a son in the Corwin family of Woodstock died of consumption, another son fell ill. When a third son became ill, townspeople of Woodstock advised the Corwins to take precautions against a vampire. The family and townspeople reputedly went to the cemetery, disinterred the deceased, and checked to see if his heart contained fresh blood. They concluded that it did; they removed the heart, took it to the center of the Woodstock Green, and burned it. The Corwin story comes from a newspaper article written 60 years after the fact. While various organizations, including the Woodstock History Center, have verified certain facts, the simple fact remains that no one can place the family or the death in the history books. But the tale lives on.

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Nature

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These misunderstood creatures are an important part of our ecosystem.

BY SARAH STREW, LEAD NATURE CAMP AND ADULT PROGRAMS, VINS Bats have one of the worst reputations in the animal kingdom. They are maligned in folklore worldwide. However, these underappreciated and misunderstood creatures are vital to healthy ecosystems. Recently, visitors and staff at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee, Vt., learned about these amazing animals from Vermont Bat Center President Barry Genzlinger. To fully appreciate bats, according to Genzlinger, one must first realize that approximately 1/5 of all mammal species are bats, about 1,200 different species. Vermont is home to nine bat species, all insect eaters. Bats are among Earth’s

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greatest pest controls. Genzlinger notes Vermont’s big brown bat can eat 1,000 mosquitoes an hour — approximately one every three seconds. Considering bats hunt all night, one can appreciate their insect-eating services and why we should care about them. Tragically, Vermont’s bats are in trouble. The culprit: whitenose syndrome. Caves are crucial hibernation dens for many bats. White-nose syndrome, explained Genzlinger, is caused by a fungus that grows on surfaces inside caves — including on bats’ wings and faces. The fungus is itchy and can wake a hibernating bat, each time depleting fat stores meant to sustain it through winter. Repeated waking during hibernation makes white-nose syndrome lethal to bats when they exhaust their fat reserves before spring — and food — return. White-nose syndrome has devastated cave-bat populations in Vermont in the past decade, resulting in several of the hardest-hit species being designated threatened or endangered. In many cases, mortality has been around 90 per-

cent. Genzlinger describes Vermont’s Greely Mine cave, home to approximately 25,000 little brown bats. Two years after whitenose syndrome arrived, only 15 remained. Despite the toll white-nose syndrome has taken, there is cause for hope. Here in Vermont, bat allies — from state wildlife managers to conservation groups — are working toward their recovery. Since its 2015 founding, the Vermont Bat Center has been on the front lines, rehabilitating injured, sick and orphaned bats for release back to the wild. Many Vermonters have joined the effort, too. Providing safe habitats and roosts is the simplest way property owners can help bats. Genzlinger acknowledges bats can be a nuisance if they get in our houses. There is a way to entice bats to live around your property and not your home: put up a bat house, which provides a place for bats to roost and raise their young. This creates bat friendly habitat, and you reap the benefits of having these insect-devouring animals

There are many humane ways to exclude bats from your home. Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department as well as the Vermont Bat Center have numerous resources to help the public deal with bats in buildings.

living around your home. Through education and outreach, Genzlinger is spreading the message that bats perform vital ecological roles and do not deserve their bad reputation. He hopes the next time you get to watch one of these incredible little animals swooping through the evening air, you will view them in a more positive light and take action to help them. To learn more about bats, for information about putting up your own bat house, to support bat conservation, or to know what to do if you find an injured bat, visit vermontbatcenter.org Sarah Strew has been the lead for Nature Camp and Adult Programs at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science since 2014. She earned her master’s in environmental studies from Antioch University New England where she concentrated in education. Sarah and her husband love living in the Upper Valley. She is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, gardening in the summer, and hiking with her dogs all year round.

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Fall Fun

Hogwarts Homecoming Don't tell the Daily Prophet reporters. Just find a spot on Platform 9 3/4 and make your way to the Hogwarts Homecoming in Haverhill, N.H.

BY LAURA JEAN WHITCOMB PHOTOS COURTESY OF COURT STREET ARTS Are you a Harry Potter fan? Then you’ll want to attend the Hogwarts Homecoming in Haverhill, N.H., on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. 2019 is the second year for this event. Last year, 400 wizards and muggles visited Court Street Arts at Alumni Hall for an afternoon of magical fun and merriment. “The HP event blossomed when a group of local artists got together to put their collective creativity to work,” says Keisha Luce, executive director of Court Street Arts. “The event was spread across the village in various buildings and what we created were essentially theater sets in various locations — like the potions shop where kids could walk in and see bottles filled with herbs and spice and use them to make potions to take home. Each kiddo was able to enter the wand shop and talk to the shopkeeper who chose a wand for them. Education events like the owl show and snake showcase were also added. The idea was to create an artful experience that gave kids and parents the feeling as if they were in a wizarding world.” You’ll feel like a Hogwarts student on the first day of school. You can take a trip to Ollivander’s 28

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Wand Shop, where a wand will find you. (There will be a chance to bedazzle your wand, if you wish.) Or you can learn how to find the golden snitch and put your skills to the test in a group Quiddich match. Or, as you wander down Diagon Alley, let the scrumptious smell of Honeydukes lure you in for a chocolate frog or maybe an ear wax Bertie Bott.

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Other activities include flying lessons with New England Circus Arts, Owls 101 (get up close and personal with live owls!), a race to find the horcruxes in a scavenger hunt with prizes to win, and time to experiment with new potions — and mix one to take home. All the while you’ll be hobnobbing with Hogwarts professors and other students.


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What fun! And the proceeds support Court Street Arts, a small performing arts venue located in a former 1846 courthouse in a historic village of Haverhill Corner. “The building was restored and now we host music, dance and theater performances as well as art classes. The building was on the brink of being condemned, until a local resident had a big dream to save it and find new community use for it,” says Luce. This event is a fan-created festival, managed by a 501(c)3 nonprofit, run by volunteers, and supports other community activities in the region. “We would love people to attend!” says Luce. “Last year we had to stop ticket sales when they reached 400 sold, but we are planning for more this year.” Tickets are $10 per person; age 4 and under can attend for free. Don’t forget to wear your house colors.

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Hanover Orthodontics Dr. Neely and his team have created amazing smiles for three generations of families.

TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIM J. GIFFORD Clients, young and old, walking into Dr. Donald Neely’s Hanover Orthodontics practice in Hanover, N.H., may take one look at his whimsically decorated office and feel as if they may have mistakenly entered Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. The office is filled with southwestern art, tin toys, and a full blown train set that circles the treatment room. Tiny creatures from bunnies and ducks to miniature commuters and families line the track, and the train whizzes around overhead in a victory lap each time a patient completes his or her full dental regime.

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HIGH TECH AS IT GETS But, while there may be something magical to the setting, there is nothing imaginary about the transformation Dr. Neely and his team evoke in the lives and smiles of their clients. The office may be riddled with colorful and decorative tchotchkes, trains, and art wherever one looks — “This is Navajo, this Pueblo, these are from New Mexico,” Dr. Neely points out the various paintings as he gives a tour, explaining how he knows the story of each one — but the truth is this practice is about as high tech as it gets.

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It relies on digital scanners to take highly accurate impressions of the teeth and jaws, eliminating the old-fashioned uncomfortable process of using trays and putty to make digital impressions of the teeth. The result: 3D digital impressions. “We have computers, scanners, digital X-rays. It’s all digital, latex-free office, where everything is sterilized and very high tech,” says Dr. Neely. Patients even check in on a computer monitor. Upon arrival, they type in their names and then each is assigned to a staff member, who is informed that the patient has arrived. While waiting, young people can play interactive, multilingual games on a wall unit in a colorfully painted waiting room lined with books. One book about Native American culture is written and illustrated by Christine Almstrom, treatment coordinator and expanded duty chairside assistant.


treatment at the practice — are well-schooled in the new innovations in dentistry. Dr. Neely has been practicing in the Upper Valley and surrounding area for more than 40 years. And, although that gives him years of expertise, he also remains educated on the latest techniques. “Some people want to retire. I’m enjoying this. I like to be able to keep up to date. My staff and I go for dozens of hours of classes a year,” says Dr. Neely.

Dr. Neely’s love of the field developed early, having had uncles who were orthodontists. Neely’s love extends to generosity through his Giving Back program that offers 10 scholarships for complete orthodontic treatment to patients in the CHAD Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic, which includes cleft palate patients who require extensive dentofacial orthopedic and orthodontic treatment from birth to age 18.

Dr. Neely, who never had children of his own, says his children “are here at the practice.” He and his wife moved to the Upper Valley in the 1970s to experience a different way of life than the urban lifestyles with which they were familiar. Dr. Neely grew up outside Philadelphia and his wife in New York. She served several years in the state legislature, and Dr. Neely had several offices in Vermont and New Hampshire before consolidating into their present space. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Doctor of Dental Medicine with honors from the same.

Dr. Neely loves to fly fish and read, but his greatest joy seems to be helping his young patients. “They come in as children and leave as adults. Having good teeth even from an early age helps with social development, confidence, and self-image,” he says. “I really like seeing the children blossom. We get to see that, and they leave us as confident young adults with beautiful smiles.”

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Kim J. Gifford is a writer, photographer/ artist, avid dog lover and blogger. Her Bethel, Vt., home is always filled with nieces and nephews and her three pugs: Alfie, Waffles and Amore. Find her at pugandpics.com

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10th Annual Wings of Hope Memorial Butterfly Release The Wings of Hope Butterfly Release provides a unique and special occasion for families, friends, VNH staff and the community to come together to honor lost loved ones. Following a short program of readings and beautiful music, everyone releases the butterflies. >> Colburn Park, North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> Free >> vnhcare.org

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Tour de Taste — A Pedaling Picnic Try this scenic pedaling picnic through the Connecticut River Valley. Enjoy autumn foliage and scenery and meet food producers and community members as you sample the delicious bounty from local farms and restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Upper Valley Trails Alliance. >> Samuel Morey Elementary School, School Street, Fairlee, Vt. >> $17.50 to $35; children under 3 free >> uvtrails.org

Sept. 7

Sat/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

27th Annual Glory Days Festival and Fall Harvest Craft Fair A family oriented festival of the railroading and transportation modes of the past, present and future includes train rides, model train show, children games and activities, mini stream engine, a roaming train, live music, food and street vendors and engine displays. >> Railway station, 102 Railroad Row, White River Junction, Vt. >> Free >> vtglorydaysfestival.com

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Sept. 14

Sept. 14

Sat/10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sat/6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Harvest Festival

Revels North Community Dance

Celebrate the autumn harvest with horse-drawn wagon and pony rides, a hay stack treasure hunt, cider making, churning butter, ice cream cranking, candle dipping, traditional crafts, farm animals, musical entertainment, Museum tours, and more. >> Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 N.H. Route 4A, Enfield, N.H. >> $5 to $25 >> shakermuseum.org

Revels North brings its family friendly community cances to the LISTEN Community Dinner Hall. Dances begin after the dinner. No experience necessary! >> Listen Community Dinner Hall, 42 Maple St, White River Junction, Vt. >> No admission, donations gratefully accepted. >> listencs.org

Sept. 19 to 22, 25 to 29 and Oct. 2 to 5 Wed, Thu, Fri/7:30 p.m. Sat/7:30 p.m. or 3 p.m. (Oct. 5 only) Sun/2 p.m.

Tintypes ArtisTree’s Music Theatre Festival presents a tunefilled musical melting pot — a snapshot of America in its last Age of Innocence. This Tony-nominated nostalgic musical revue of popular songs from 1890 to 1917 will be a hit with the entire family. >> The Grange Theater, 65 Stage Road, South Pomfret, Vt. >> Adults $35/$32; students/seniors $30/$28 >> artistreevt.org

Sept. 21

Sept. 14

Sat/9 a.m.

Sat/1 to 4 p.m.

The Sprouty 5k, 10k and Fun Run

Old Time Fair Experience the family fun of a fair with crafts, games and treats. Rain or shine. >> Woodstock History Center, 26 Elm Street, Woodstock, Vt. >> 25 cents >> woodstockhistorycenter.org

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A 5k walk/run and 10K run along the White River in Sharon, Vt., that supports the Farm-to-School program at Sharon Elementary School. Celebrate good health, local agriculture and the beauty of September in Vermont. Refreshments and entertainment after the race. >> Sharon Elementary School, 75 Vermont Route 132, Sharon, Vt. >> $20/10k, $15/5k (fees increase after 9/7), Fun Run free >> thesprouty.com


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Sept. 21

Sat/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Art in the Park Pairing with the Norwich Lion’s Club Family Day Parade and Picnic, this arts festival features fine art and crafts, performances, children’s activities and specialty foods. >> Norwich Green, Norwich, Vt. >> Free >> hanoverchamber.org/art-in-the-park

Sept. 21 Sat/1 to 4 p.m.

Sept. 21 Sat/10 to 11 a.m.

Miss Lynn’s Rainbow Machine An interactive musical performance for children and families. Miss Lynn’s Rainbow Machine performances are fun, engaging, and encourage singing along and movement. >> ArtisTree Community Arts Center, 2095 Pomfret Road, South Pomfret, Vt. >> Suggested donation: $10/family >> artistreevt.org

Sept. 21

Sat/10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

September Celebration Celebrate the change of seasons with special offers and freebies. Free face painting, balloons, photos, smoothies, bounce house, car show, dunk tank, health screenings, yoga, pilates and cake! Food Truck will be ready when tummies start to growl. >> Upper Valley Aquatic Center, 100 Arboretum Lane, White River Junction, Vt. >> Free >> uvacswim.org

Hogwarts Homecoming Wear your house colors to this celebration of magical fun and merriment for wizards and muggles. Get up close and personal with live owls, take flying lessons, meet the snakes of Slytherin, sample treats from Honeydukes, try out new wands, experiment with potions, joke around at Weasley’s and hobnob with Hogwarts Professors. >> Court Street Arts, 75 Court Street, Haverhill, N.H. >> $10, age 4 and under free >> courtstreetarts.org

Sept. 21

Sat/2 to 3:30 p.m.

Math Encounters Lab: You Are a Super Star What does a dodecahedron look like? Guest lecturer Ethan Bolker weaves together history, art, math and twelve five-pointed stars to create a stellated dodecahedron that you can take home. >> Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, 1302 Main Street, Saint Johnsbury, Vt. >> Free >> fairbanksmuseum.org

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Oct. 5

Sept. 22

Sat/9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sun/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Antique Tractors and One-Lungers

26th Annual Harvest Moon and Naturefest Enjoy a day of fun and excitement, exhibitions, demonstrations, talks, stories, games, and food! >> Nature Discovery Center and Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road, Warner, N.H. >> Adults $9, seniors/students $8, children 6 to 12 $7, children under 6 free, family (2 adults and children under 18) $26, members free, Native Americans and active military free >> ndcnh.org >> indianmuseum.org

Sept. 28

Sat/10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Archeology Day What has happened in the Upper Connecticut Valley during the last 12,900 years? Examine artifacts in the Science Discovery Lab, watch stone tool and pottery making demonstrations, be your own history detective at the site clues simulation, throw an atlatl, and meet archaeologists! >> Montshire Museum of Science, 1 Montshire Road, Norwich, Vt. >> Adults $16, children 2 to 17 $13 >> montshire.org

Sept. 29

Sun/11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

19th Century Apple & Cheese Harvest Festival Celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday at this harvest festival featuring face painting, live music, farm animals and cider making. Taste heirloom apples, fine artisan Vermont Cheeses, ice cream and apple pie. Try out period games, go hiking, play Valley Quest. >> Justin S. Morrill State Historic Site, 214 Justin Morrill Memorial Highway, Strafford, Vt. >> Adults $10, children under 15 $5 (includes lunch) >> morrillhomestead.org 38

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The Ice House Museum pulls out some of its one-lunger engines to get them running. Some antique tractors will be running around, too. >> The Ice House Museum, 91 Pleasant Street, New London, N.H. >> Free >> wfkicehouse.org

Oct. 5

Sat/10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

22nd Annual Fall Festival and Chili Cook-Off A fun-filled day in Claremont includes a 5k road race, exhibitors, music, chili cook-off and more! >> Visitor Center Green, Claremont, N.H. >> Free >> claremontparks.com

Oct. 11 to 13 Fri/6 to 10 p.m. Sat/9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun/9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Warner Fall Foliage Festival This family-oriented festival celebrates rural life and vibrant foliage. Events include concerts, parades, a road race, kids’ fun run, dance party, oxen and woodsmen’s contests, fresh lobster and chicken barbecue, rides, street performers, artisans, food vendors and a farmer’s market. >> Throughout the town of Warner, N.H. >> Admission free; parking $5 >> wfff.org


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Oct. 12 and 13 Sat/10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oct. 12

Sat/9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Corbin Covered Bridge Festival Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the rebuilding of the Corbin Covered Bridge with historical and cultural activities, fun, food, demonstration, hands-on experiences, a heritage parade, and photo opportunities. Hosted by the Newport Historical Society. >> Corbin Covered Bridge, Corbin Road, Newport, N.H. >> Free >> corbincoveredbridgefestival.com

Oct. 12

Sat/10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; awards ceremony 4 p.m.

3rd Annual Mount Sunapee Duck Drop Part of the resort’s 11th Annual Fall Festival and Pig Roast Weekend. Prizes, fun and food for a good cause. >> Mount Sunapee Resort, 1398 Route 103, Newbury, N.H. >> $20 per person includes chairlift to summit and 5 ducks >> nhduckdrop.com

47th Annual Woodstock Apples and Crafts Fair and Food Truck Festival Leaf season gets its own celebration during artisans crafts fair. Shop more than 100 vendors and purveyors of Vermont crafts and food. Dog friendly! >> Bailey’s Meadow, Route 4, Woodstock, Vt. >> Adults $4, children 12 and under free >> woodstockvt.com

Oct. 13

Sun/10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

17th Annual Pumpkin Festival A fun, family-friendly community event. Enjoy good food, live music, horse-drawn wagon rides, fun and educational kids’ activities, and, of course, pumpkin picking. There’s something for everyone! >> Cedar Circle Farm, 225 Pavillion Road, East Thetford, Vt. >> Suggested donation: $10 to $15 per carload >> cedarcirclefarm.org

Oct. 13

Sun/11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Craft Beverage and Cheese Fest Explore a variety of New England crafted artisanal ciders at this festive tasting event. Locally harvested apples, home-baked pies and award-winning artisan cheeses will be set up for tasting and purchase. Live music, a pop-up farmer’s market, children’s activities, food trucks, more. >> Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 N.H. Route 4A, Enfield, N.H >> $5 to $25 >> shakermuseum.org

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Oct. 20

Nov. 9 to Dec 22

Sun/9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Daily/Varied hours

14th Annual CHaD HERO Don your superhero cape and walk, run or bike in the premier athletic fundraising event benefiting kids and families receiving care at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. >> The Green, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. >> $10 to $25 >> chadhero.org

Oct. 22

Tue/6 p.m. refreshments, 6:30 to 8 p.m. lecture

How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School The 2019 Dorothy CampionCorcoran Fall Parenting Lecture brings pediatric nutrition expert Jill Castle, MS, RD, to share her tips on raising healthy eaters. Hosted by Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley. >> Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Auditorium E, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, N.H. >> Free >> gbuv.org

Nov. 7 to 10 Thu, Fri, Sat/7:30 p.m. Sat/2 p.m.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown Celebrate the 50th anniversary of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised) with this fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic based on the beloved comic strip by Charles Schultz. >> The Grange Theater, 65 Stage Road, South Pomfret, Vt. >> $25 >> artistreevt.org 40

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Gallery of Gifts The art and craft of 100+ juried makers from the region presented in the gallery for handmade holiday shopping. >> Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport, N.H. >> Free >> libraryartscenter.org

Nov. 28 Thu/9 a.m.

13th Annual Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot 5k Grab your family and friends, throw on a costume (optional, but highly encouraged), and work off some calories. Kids are invited to run a 1k Chicken Run down Lake Avenue and every participant receives a medal. All proceeds go to the Recreation Department. >> Ben Mere Gazebo, Sunapee Harbor, Sunapee, N.H. >> $20 >> sunapeeturkeytrot.com

Nov. 28 Thu/10 a.m.

13th Annual Zack’s Place’s Thanksgiving Turkey Trot All proceeds support Zack’s Place operational costs. Runners enjoy live entertainment, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. The route meanders through Woodstock to Billings Farm, around Mountain Avenue and the Green and ends at the starting line. >> Woodstock Elementary School, 15 South Street, Woodstock, Vt. >> $30 to $35 >> zacksplacevt.org


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