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21 Hometown History: Woodstock, Vt. Photos courtesy of Woodstock History Center

30 Outside: Knight's Hill Nature Park Text and photos by Leigh Ann Root

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Ready for a volunteer experience like no other? This residence-based animal rescue located in New London, N.H., is unusual in that it focuses on saving only kittens and queens — pregnant momma cats. By Kim J. Gifford


Family FunFest 2018 Early September is an idyllic time of year. It's the end of summer and beginning of a new school year — the perfect time to reconnect with friends as well as Upper Valley organizations and businesses all in one place — the Kid Stuff Family FunFest at Whaleback Mountain! By Laura Jean Whitcomb Photos by Stacy Bathrick and Leigh Ann Root

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editor’s note As associate editor of Kid Stuff, I get to gather the list of events for our calendar. With every passing season, I am amazed at the variety of fun and interesting fairs, festivals, events and activities take place in the Upper Valley. And we keep coming up with new stuff! Once again, I find myself thinking, “Why would anyone want to live anywhere else?!” (Yeah…I know: winter.) During the summer of 2018, towns and organizations in the Upper Valley will host at least two food truck festivals, countless road and trail races (and free fun runs for the kids), book sales, art festivals, bike rodeos, live music performances, plays, outdoor movies (many are free), fishing derbies, Old Home Days, farmers' markets and fairs of all sorts. You could easily schedule every box on the calendar between Memorial Day and Labor Day with an event in an Upper Valley town!

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By September, it’s nice to reconnect with friends and neighbors. To make it fun and easy, Kid Stuff hosts its annual Family FunFest at Whaleback Mountain in Enfield, N.H., on Saturday, Sept. 8. Turn to page 12 to find out more about this popular end-of-summer event where a donation to the Upper Valley Haven is all you need to get in. Now, get out there and have fun!

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Local photographer Mary Bourque captures the kittens of NH Kittens on film.


BY KIM J. GIFFORD Did you know that millions of kittens are born every year during “kitten season,” which tends to run from late spring into fall? Sadly, many of these kittens are born to strays and remain homeless their entire — often brief — lives. Happily, there’s NH Kittens, a residence-based rescue shelter in New London, N.H., that offers opportunities in fostering, volunteering, and adopting pregnant cats (queens) and kittens.

YOUNG RESCUERS Kids and kittens go hand-in-hand. Who can resist a fluffy ball of purring fur to be cuddled and adored? Founder and Director Kristin Hubbard estimates that half of her volunteers are kids ranging in age from 9 to 18. “Younger kids volunteer with their parents. Middle and high schoolers can come by themselves once they’ve gone through orientation. Parents drop them off and pick them up when they’re done,” says Hubbard. 6



As a nonprofit entity, NH Kittens serves as an organization for area high schoolers to fulfill their community service requirements. “The high school senior boys will say ‘Mrs. H, I need community service hours or I’m not going to graduate’ and I’ll be, like, ‘Okay, boys come on over and clean the company car or sanitize the cages’ and they do. A bunch volunteered at our gala. They all dressed in black pants and white shirts and bow ties and went around with hors d’oeuvres,” says Hubbard.

LEARNING ABOUT COMMITMENT Other kids are eager to work directly with the kittens. Fifteen-year-old Caroline Bourque of Wilmot, N.H., began volunteering for NH Kittens a year ago. Her mother photographed kittens that needed to be adopted and this piqued Bourque’s interest. “I began volunteering once a week for one to two hours after school. When I go there, I clean the litter boxes and the


cages, refill food and water, and then play with the kittens for a little while,” she says. Last summer, Bourque’s family fostered a pregnant cat which ended up having six kittens. “We fostered them for about three months and it was a blast even though it was a lot of work,” she says. “I think that other kids, teens and even adults should get involved with volunteering, fostering, or adopting because it really expands your love for animals and allows you to have a greater appreciation for rescue animals and the people that put in the work to rescue and take care of them.”



Just a few of the furry babies that have found homes thanks to NH Kittens.



Many families who volunteer with NH Kittens have the opportunity to foster pregnant cats and experience the miracle of birth. The reason for this is that NH Kittens is relatively unique among shelters in the area, primarily focusing on bringing pregnant cats and kitten litters from high kill shelters from the south. Hubbard, who used to live down south, largely

Top: Kristen Hubbard and fur baby Bottom: Two members of the Lund family

works with two shelters in North Carolina, although she also has relationships with shelters throughout New Hampshire, New England and Oswego, N.Y. The cats are transported from North Carolina to Brattleboro, Vt., where Hubbard picks them up. “We specialize in taking in pregnant moms because down south they tend to euthanize them. We find homes for the kittens which, in turn, makes room in the shelters for more cats. I have a waiting list a mile long for the kittens. At one point this past year, we had a waiting list with 400 names on it,” says Hubbard.

HOMES FOR HUNDREDS NH Kittens officially opened in June 2014 and became a nonprofit in 2016. “People ask us how we came up with the name and I say, ‘We didn’t. It just ›››››





Happy in their home with the Hanf family

happened. I live in New Hampshire and we’re handling kittens’,” jokes Hubbard. Last year, people adopted approximately 210 cats, 175 of which Hubbard estimates were kittens. During the kitten season, Hubbard works overtime transporting cats to vets, picking up new adoptees, arranging fosters, etc. Last year, Hubbard worked with 24 different foster families. By the time cats are adopted, they may have been seen by as many as three veterinarians — the first in North Carolina (if they traveled north); the second, NH Kittens’ regular veterinarian, Dr. Catherine MacLean at Sugar River Animal Hospital in Grantham, N.H.; and, spay/neuter veterinarian Dr. Kim Trahan of Animal Rescue Veterinary Service in Londonderry, N.H.

A LABOR OF LOVE It’s a lot of work, but those who know Hubbard praise her for her dedication. “On any given day of the week, I bet you she drives probably 400 to 500 miles taking the cats to vet appointments. She’s one of those genuine people — she lAug.hs loud and is straight to the point, but she treats people the way she expects to be treated, and she treats animals probably 10 times better because she knows they really deserve it,” says Lyndsay Lund of New London, N.H., a close friend who volunteers and fosters for NH Kittens. 8



As Michael Hanf of Twin Mountain, N.H., who has adopted six cats from NH Kittens, warns, “Should you visit NH Kittens, you have to be careful Kristin doesn’t stuff a cat in your purse on the way out.” Hubbard admits that if she knows someone long enough she will probably convince him to either foster or adopt a cat or both. Kristina Nikolaidis of Londonderry, N.H., fostered a litter with her daughter, Sophia. “We had the immense pleasure of seeing four kittens be born and we totally enjoyed raising them. It became a family affair,” she says.

SOUTHERN ROOTS Hubbard’s love of animals comes naturally. She had her first dog, Casey, when she was 2, growing up on 100 acres in Virginia where it was not uncommon to have as many as 12 dogs and 30 odd cats at any one time. “This was back before people knew anything about spaying and neutering their cats,” she explains. Her grandparents brought a house in Sutton, N.H., in 1965 and the grandchildren, including Hubbard, visited in the summer. They raised soft-coated Wheaton terriers. Hubbard remembers when her grandfather realized that people were not breeding the terriers properly. “One day, he said, ‘Krissy, we are going to the vet’, and he loaded up all his breeders in

the car and had them fixed. He put his money where his mouth was and it really affected me,” she says. When Hubbard was 16, she moved to the area permanently, graduating from Kearsarge in 1983. She ended up living “all over the place” before her husband, Matt, and she decided to move back to the region. She was not back long before she received a call to help rescue a family of kittens living under the shed at Peter Christian’s restaurant. Next, a local vet asked her to put a calico cat up on Facebook. A friend

in Atlanta saw the cat and wanted to adopt it and soon Hubbard was transporting it to North Carolina. An idea was planted and it was not long before NH Kittens was born.

FOSTERING VS. ADOPTING Hubbard and the NH Kittens Board have worked diligently with the veterinarians to create strict and specific guidelines for adoption including the need for certain shots, spaying and neutering, keeping cats ›››››

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Lucy Thompson's two cats: Callie and Felix

I’ve had Felix for three years and he has changed my life. I have always dealt with anxiety; it’s always been a part of me. With Felix, I have a friend waiting for me at home every day. It is a good thing to remember, and it keeps me motivated. When I first met Felix it was an instant connection. I begged my parents to get him and they surprised me with him a week later. As a cat owner, I learned to be more responsible and confident. I am in charge of feeding him and scooping the litter. I also learned about Felix’s quirky traits from a broken tail to weird sleeping positions, and how he is happy to see me after school, too. (He meows sadly when I leave in the morning.) Research says that owning a cat can calm you down with calming chemicals in the body, decreasing stress and anxiety levels. Owning a cat can also lower a risk of a heart attack by 40 percent. Felix helps me decrease stress and makes me happy in troubled times.  Last year I fell in love with a kitten from NH Kittens in New London. Her name was Calliope and when I picked her up for the first time she started purring. I felt the same instant connection with her as I felt with Felix three years ago and I knew I had to add her to my family. When we brought her home her personality was bigger than she was! The two cats were very different: Felix was like my shadow (always there, but not social) and Callie was more social and all up in my face. They balance me. If you’re dealing with health issues or stress, you should consider a cat to help you out. Lucy Thompson lives in Grantham, N.H., with her two cats and dog. She likes volunteering for NH Kittens in her free time. 




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indoors, and never declawing them. The application process is currently being revamped and Hubbard expects to require applicants with no other pets in the home to adopt two kittens at a time. “Every year we’ve gotten bigger, but we’ve crossed a threshold as the word has gotten out that we exist,” says Hubbard. Families who foster get the pick of the litter or can keep the mother cat, which many end up doing. Lund, who has two daughters, ages 6 and 9, says people often say she’s crazy when they find out she is fostering litters of kittens, but she says “Who’s crazy? I basically provide a room full of kittens for my kids to play with where all their veterinary needs are paid for and their food and litter are all provided. When they start to get a little bit bigger, we give them back and get another bunch.” Nikolaidis praises the fostering experience. “I wanted my dAug.hter to have the experience of watching kittens be born and caring for them because when they are going to someone else you want to make sure you are raising a good kitten,” she says, “There is a great responsibility that goes with it.”

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A Festival of Fun for Families Join Kid Stuff magazine on Saturday, Sept. 8 for the third annual Family FunFest! BY LAURA JEAN WHITCOMB PHOTOGRAPHY BY STACY BATHRICK AND LEIGH ANN ROOT A day of free fun? Where on Earth can you find that? I’ll tell you: at the Family FunFest in September. Family FunFest is Kid Stuff magazine’s annual family event. It’s about families and fun (of course), education and entertainment, local businesses and nonprofits, games and goodies — a day of memory making right here in your Upper Valley community.

GIVE A LITTLE… All we ask is that you bring a toiletry donation. (A good one, like a toothbrush and some toothpaste. Not a lone roll of toilet paper. Donation items should be new and in packaging.) After you drop it off for the Upper Valley Haven, you are greeted by the Kid Stuff team with the “passport to fun.” On their journey throughout the day, kids visit vendors to get a stamp or sticker on their passport, which has room for six stamps.

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Saturday, Sept. 8 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Family FunFest 2018 Whaleback, 160 Whaleback Mountain Road, Enfield, N.H. (exit 16 off I-89, easily seen from interstate!) Free admission with toiletry donation

…GET A LOT! Passport in hand, kids might get a free yogurt (courtesy of Stonyfield Farms), make a bookmark, design a T-shirt (courtesy of Skyline Designs), and make a crown. Now, we’re not sure that these exact things are happening this year, but we do know that every vendor offers some type of interactive (and learning) activity. There are almost always games, bouncy houses, yoga demonstrations, a gymnastics area and a photo booth. Activities are also scheduled throughout the day, including a VINS raptor presentation, a magician and a storyteller. A mother/daughter team decorate a T-shirt together.




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Once filled with stickers and contact information, the passport can be entered into a raffle…and it’s not just any raffle. There are four or five drool-worthy raffle baskets: a basket with everything you need for a Lego birthday party at the CCBA, a basket of teenage goodies like iTunes cards and Fujifilm cameras, an arts and craft basket, just to list a few of the past ›››››

Sponsors help us make this day a free event. Sponsorship money goes toward bouncy house/ climbing wall rentals, magician or storyteller fees, and making sure families from all demographics can enjoy a slice of all the Upper Valley has to offer. Sponsors are promoted heavily on social media, Internet, posters, direct mail and in print. Sponsors also receive a vendor booth: it’s a great time to get in front of prospective customers — really, right in front of them — and show them what you have to offer. For more information, contact Leigh Ann Root at (603) 995-1555.

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year’s goodies. Winners are called in the afternoon, and you do not have to be present to win (although you probably want to be!)

TAKE A BREAK All this is free, thanks to local businesses, Kid Stuff magazine and FunFest sponsors. But don’t leave your wallet at home — you’re going to want to bring money with you. There are food samples at some of the vendor booths, but if you want lunch, you have to buy it. FunFest makes sure there is a variety of options from burgers and fries to cupcakes and cookies to Pad Thai and walking tacos, and plenty of seating to enjoy a leisurely lunch. Interspersed throughout the food and service vendors, you’ll find retailers and local artisans. You

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might want to purchase a book, a Lego necklace, some earrings or leggings. (And, might I note, it is never too early to sock things away for Christmas.) Please bring some spare dollars for the nonprofit booths; you may want to donate to NH Kittens (and be able to meet some of the adoptees, too).

PARENT TIPS Although Family FunFest is a kid-centered festival, adults have plenty of reasons to love FunFest, too. Parents will learn about camp opportunities, meet Upper Valley tutors and educators, learn about birthday party places, and get information from local nonprofit organizations. It’s an event for ALL families; we’ve set aside a quiet area for kids on the spectrum who might need a break from the festivities or moms who need to nurse their infants. Whaleback Mountain is kind enough to donate its facilities to the event, so families are guaranteed shelter from the rain and an (indoor) bathroom with toilet paper. It’s a super fun day, although I seem to have mentioned toilet paper twice. (Well, I am a parent!) Won’t you join us? We’d sure love to see you!




What to Do in West Lebanon There's more than just shopping in this New Hampshire town.

BY LAURA JEAN WHITCOMB AND LEIGH ANN ROOT You’ve got a ton of errands to run. You can get them done in town, or you can take a trip to West Lebanon, N.H., where you might be able to cross a few more items off your things-to-do list. But what to do with the kids? It is possible to make running errands fun for everyone in the car. West Lebanon has quite a few things to do, and some of them are completely free. So if you need some incentive for the kids to buckle up in the backseat for a grocery run, try one or two of these ideas!

Parking is free in the airport’s lot. Merritt, the administrative secretary at Lebanon Airport, suggests viewing the planes from a seat at one of the picnic tables located to the left of the terminal or in the parking area beyond the FAA tower at the end of Airport Road. Merritt recommends visits in the morning (before 10:30 a.m.) or later in the afternoon (after 1:30 p.m.). “It’s slow between those times,” she says. You’ll be able to see planes taxi down on one of two runways. And turn to the building and wave — she might be at her desk watching the planes, too! Learn more at


MAKE A CRAFT You could spend all day, every day, at Michaels, an arts and crafts retail store on 285 North Plainfield Road. Even if you don’t need supplies for an art project at home, you may want to bring the kids to one of the

Preparing for take off at the Lebanon Municipal Airport

Mary Beth Merritt can watch planes take off and land, right from her desk. If your kids have any interest in aeronautics, take a drive up Airport Road to Lebanon Municipal Airport, a city-owned, public-use airport. It is the northern most commercial airport in New Hampshire, so you are able to see some big airplanes come through. Jets connect business and vacation travelers to Boston, Mass., and White Plains, N.Y. 16





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Saturday morning Kids Club classes. Every morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., kids ages 3 to 13 can participate in a seasonal craft: decorating a clay pot for spring, designing a personalized tote bag for summer, or learning about slime for fall. Sometimes there’s a small fee ($2 to $5) but sometimes classes are free. “It’s a lot of fun,” says class teacher Xandra Wishnefsky, a Cornish, N.H., resident and a senior at Lebanon High School. She recommends registering online for something you don’t want to miss, but you can just stop in if the kids need a break from the errands. “The craft usually takes a half hour, but there’s a two-hour time slot to come whenever you want.” MAKEbreak classes are held in the afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The MAKEbreak projects are family oriented – you may want to join your kids in a craft. But, you do have the opportunity to leave them in the glass-windowed art room if you want to shop around the store! (Just don’t leave the store.) You can sign up for an email of classes and events at

PLAY A ROUND OF GOLF This has always been a good deal for me. Dad can run errands while I (mom) enjoy a game of mini-golf at the Fore-U Golf Center & Ice Cream with the kids. Fore-U Golf Center is outdoor fun for the entire family. They have 2 mini golf courses that are beautifully, landscaped, a double-decker driving range with grass tee hitting area, and batting cages where you can adjust the speed and height. It’s a perfect place to host birthday parties or even larger corporate events of several hundred people. ›››››

Family fun at Fore-U-Golf


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Hometown History Interesting Facts about Woodstock, Vt. Learn more about another Upper Valley town! These facts about Woodstock, Vt., are courtesy of Woodstock Through Time by Elizabeth C. Jewell. The Woodstock Recreation Center was once a woolen mill.

Woodstock boasts six Paul Revere Bells made by the Paul Revere Foundry in Boston, Mass., in the early 1800s. Four are located at churches; two at the Woodstock Inn. The Ottauquechee River is 41 miles long. It flows through Bridgewater, Woodstock and Quechee, joining the Connecticut River in Hartland, Vt.

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Power of Produce Clubs Put the POP! in Farmers’ Markets Vital Communities introduces the Upper Valley to popular national program focused on fruits and vegetables. BY LAUREN GRISWOLD PHOTOGRAPHY BY MOLLY DRUMMUND Kids around the Upper Valley can get a taste of local fruits and vegetables this summer — plus their very own money to spend on fresh, local produce — with Power of Produce (POP) Clubs happening weekly at area farmers’ markets and farm stands. This free program uses fun activities to pique kids’ curiosity about local food and farms and to get them excited about trying fresh, local fruits and vegetables. “My 7-year-old daughter and her little brother were excited to taste their salsa, made at the Canaan POP Club using local tomatoes, onions, even cilantro!” says one local mom. “We also enjoyed the farmer interview activity. It was so nice to get to know some of the people who provide the wonderful, local foods we are fortunate to enjoy in the Upper Valley.”

ALL-AMERICAN ROOTS The program is a national phenomenon. Hatched at the Oregon City Farmers’ Market in 2011, the POP Club model has spread to hundreds of farmers’ markets around the country. The regional nonprofit Vital Communities, inspired by the success of the



Kids can spend their very own money (POP Bucks) on fruits and vegetables.

Hartland, Vt., POP Club in 2016, secured funding to support eight New Hampshire Upper Valley farmers’ markets and farm stands with this valuable programming. There are independently organized POP Clubs in the Upper Valley, too — including a handful in Vermont.

HOW IT WORKS The method is simple: kids approach the POP Club table at their local market or farm stand, and are


enthusiastically greeted as they sign-in and learn about the day’s activity. Think a market scavenger hunt or a set of farmer interview questions, perhaps a matching game, or a salsa-making demo — something produce-focused and fun. There are samples of fruits and vegetables to try, too. Once they’ve completed the activity, each child is given $2 to $3 in “POP Bucks” — market


2018 Upper Valley POP Club Schedule

Making a recipe with fresh ingredients at the POP Club table

tokens to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables of their choosing. Many POP Clubs also offer free POPthemed reusable shopping bags for first-time participants. And just like that, the kids are off — shopping with their own market money for their own produce.

GROWING INDEPENDENCE Kids are empowered to take ownership of their farmers’ market experience. Led on a path of discovery, they explore fresh, nutritious food on their own terms. They peruse vendor booths as independent shoppers, and engage with curiosity, learning through pure fun. Then the kids bring home broccoli, peppers or kale, and are more enthusiastic about their preparation. POP Clubs welcome children ages 5 to 12 and insist they “come once or many times!” Most operate from late June through midAugust, when school is out for sum-

mer and local produce abounds. With purple peppers, pointy-tipped cabbage, spicy greens, and UFOshaped summer squash, there’s something new for everyone. And with each POP Club market token ultimately going to the people growing those market gems, POP also supports our region’s farmers and facilitates a new market relationship between young consumer and local farmer. And, would you believe, it’s a blast? Lauren Griswold is the Valley Quest and Volunteer Coordinator as well as the Valley Food & Farm Program Assistant at Vital Communities in White River Junction, Vt. She lives in Vermont and you can almost always find her cooking, gardening and biking in her free time.

Canaan, N.H., Canaan Farmers and Artisans’ Market on the Common Sundays/10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Claremont, N.H., Claremont Farmers’ Market, Visitor Center Green Saturdays/9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hanover, N.H. Hanover Farmers’ Market, Dartmouth Green Wednesdays/3 to 6 p.m. Hartland, Vt., Hartland Farmers’ Market, Hartland Public Library fields Fridays/4 to 7 p.m. Lebanon, N.H., Lebanon Farmers’ Market, Lebanon Green Thursdays/3 to 7 p.m. New London, N.H., Spring Ledge Farm Stand, 37 Main Street Tuesdays/3 to 6 p.m. Newport, N.H., Beaver Pond Farm Stand, 50 McDonough Road Day/Time TBA Newport, N.H., Newport Farmers’ Market on the common Fridays/3 to 6 p.m. Norwich, Vt., Norwich Farmers’ Market, 281 Route 5 South Saturdays/9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Plainfield, N.H., Edgewater Farm Stand, 246 N.H. Route 12A Wednesdays/TBA Wilmot, N.H. Wilmot Farmers’ Market, Wilmot Flat Green Saturdays/9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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The Nature Discovery Center Disconnect from technology and immerse yourself in nature and science at this Warner, N.H., museum.

TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY BARBARA MILLS LASSONDE When she was 13 years old, Sandra Martin founded The Little Nature Museum in her parents’ home. She displayed her collections and taught nature classes to younger children. She eventually became an award-winning science teacher. As the years rolled by, her collections grew. Now, six decades later — with a new name — The Nature Discovery Center is an ideal place to bring the kids on a summer day. A mounted bobcat is one of the mammals in the "Animals Prepare foe Winter" exhibit.

GET STARTED After a short drive up Kearsarge Mountain Road in Warner, N.H., you’ll see signs for the Nature Discovery Center and the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, which share the same campus. As you approach the entrance, notice the beautiful pollinator garden buzzing with activity. Bees and butterflies dine on nectar, while a garden spider patiently hangs, waiting for lunch to arrive. Birds sing cheerily, flitting from one tree to another. Inside the center are many mounted New Hampshire animals and birds. A black bear stands motionless in the corner, and next to it is a small box with cards that question your knowledge of bears. How many can you answer correctly? Each child receives his or 26


her own clipboard with a list of interactive displays strategically located throughout the building.

PLEASE DO TOUCH! “Kids really enjoy the animal track ID activity, which helps them recognize certain New Hampshire animal tracks,” Martin says. Children are allowed to touch the cast of a dinosaur footprint, handle an armadillo shell or a whale’s tooth, and try to identify animal pelts. Who knew a skunk’s fur is soft? “Kids like the Mystery Box where they put their hand inside to feel what’s in the box. I want them to learn that you can sometimes identify an object simply through your sense of touch,” Martin says.


Or look through a microscope to get a close up view of pollen. An amazing collection of insects and butterflies will draw your attention. Then there are cones of all sizes from trees across the country. You’ll be surprised that some of the smallest seeds produce the largest trees. Be sure to check out the galls and the Witch’s Broom.

BATS, LICHENS AND MINERALS, OH MY! “Some exhibits we have that you probably won’t see anywhere else include poison ivy, bats and lichens,” Martin says. “Most people don’t know what lichens are and why they’re so important to us.”

A fritillary butterfly (l) and a painted lady (r) dine on nectar in the pollinator garden.


When the children finish the activity sheets, they select their nature prizes. Most kids are excited about what they learn here, but there’s more. Before you leave, pick up a souvenir at the gift shop to help support the center or, better yet, become a member.

Volunteer Marie Mannion teaches a visitor about different types of sand.

“Kids like to see the beautiful colors of some of our fluorescent minerals. They first look at the natural color of the minerals and then see them under short-wave ultraviolet light, while wearing UV goggles. Under certain light, the mineral will look completely different than under regular light, and UV light is sometimes used to identify certain minerals,” Martin says.

EYES ON THE PRIZE Kids get to test their knowledge of bird calls, sand, pollinators and more, checking off each activity, even if they answer wrong. This keeps them busy — while learning –– for well over an hour as they try to complete as many activities as possible. For every four checkmarks, they win a nature prize from the prize wagon.

STRETCH YOUR LEGS With all this newfound knowledge, it’s time to test it with a walk along the nature trail. The Nature Discovery Center offers trail packs for families with young children to take along on the nature trail. These packs are filled with activities and a story book the little ones love. As you travel the winding path through the wooded area, see if you can identify the lichen, ›››››




2018 Summer Camps

Justin Morrill State Historic Site

Strafford, Vermont

Nature Camp

Mon.-Fri., July 9-13, 9am-12noon Explore the mysteries of nature & sense of place through hands-on activities, songs, stories, games, arts & crafts. Ages 6-12

Drawing & Watercolor Camp

Mon.-Fri., July 30-Aug. 3, 9am-12noon Explore the fantasy of nature, history and architecture through drawing, writing, mapping, painting & journals. Ages 6-12

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Take a walk on one of the trails.

mosses, trees and plants that grow here. What birds do you hear singing? Cross the footbridge and see what lives in this damp area. The Nature Discovery Center is a great place to spend an afternoon or an entire day. Not only will everyone in the family enjoy themselves, the children will begin to marvel at the wonders of nature, all while learning to respect it. Barbara Lassonde is a freelance writer and master gardener who lives in Warner, N.H. She volunteers at The Nature Discovery Center as a tour guide, maintains the pollinator garden, and serves on the board of directors.



Bring a picnic Getting hungry? Time for lunch! Head outside and spread your blanket in a shady spot on the lawn or find an empty bench. There’s plenty of space for families to gather, then the kids can run around to burn off excess energy before heading back inside to earn their prizes!




NATURE DISCOVERY CENTER 18 Highlawn Road • Warner, N.H. (603) 746-6121



A Family Nature Center with Hands-On Interactive Displays Open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays From May 20 to October 27 Mounted N.H. birds and animals - Sea life Pollinators - Lichen Rocks and minerals - Insects - Fossils Plant life and more! Pollinator garden - Nature trail - Nature programs

Fun for the Entire Family! Visit for more details

Offering quality pre-school, kindergarten and after-care. Year round care provided with a great “Discovery Camp.” We accept children ages 3–6 years. We would love for you to visit anytime, please call to set up a visit.

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Knights Hill Nature Park New London, N.H., wildlife sanctuary offers a peaceful retreat for kids of all ages. TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY LEIGH ANN ROOT New London, N.H., is home to a genuine natural beauty: Knights Hill Nature Park. Tucked away just a short walk from New London Hospital these 74 acres of land provide a wonderful recreational option. This sleepy sanctuary is a hidden gem — purposefully protecting wildlife while giving park-goers a peaceful retreat in which to walk and be with nature.

A GIFT OF THE OUTDOORS In 1975, Lamont and Henrietta Moore generously donated 70 acres of land to the New London Outing Club (NLOC) to establish Knights Hill Nature Park. In the mid-1980s, another four acres were donated by Thomas Wistar. Today, the park remains part of the NLOC, which receives interest from the Lamont Moore Endowment Fund to help with maintenance and staffing. The NLOC is maintains the property as a place “dedicated to the aesthetic appreciation, conservation and scientific study of nature.” The park is open year-round and is free for public use. According to Fred Sladen, volunteer extraordinaire and NLOC board member, “The park is a place where families come to investigate nature. They search for caterpillars, butterflies, spiders and more.” Sladen has been a park supporter, energetic worker, board member and active advocate for almost 20 years. “As



A nature adventure awaits in New London.

Programs at Knights Hill include visits from exotic animals.


a wildlife biologist I’m excited that we have this place right in town, where people can experience the natural world,” says Sladen. “It’s stunning.”

NATURAL CONNECTION NLOC invites guests to explore the park’s interpretive trails with a detailed map highlighting 10 points of interest. This easyto-read map includes numbered locations with descriptions. “The feedback we get is that our trails are well-maintained, easy to navigate and they don’t get lost,” says Sladen. In total, there are four trails ranging in length from 1/4 mile to 1 1/4 miles each. For eight weeks in the summer, the park is staffed by a naturalist

SPECIAL EVENTS The park offers weekly summer programs beginning in late June and continuing through mid-Aug. ust. Together, board members and the resident intern collaborate on the summer schedule based on the naturalist’s knowledge and the park’s highlights. One annual staple is an on-site visit of exotic animals from Wildlife Encounters of Barrington, N.H. Each year, Wildlife Encounters showcases something a little different than past years. On Sunday, July 29, the tradition continues. Wildlife Encounters plans to bring several fascinating creatures — including a sugar glider, armadillo, wallaby, coati,

TAKE TIME TO SLOW DOWN Knights Hill Nature Park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. A parking area is located at 463 County Road. After you arrive, sign the guest register at the entrance kiosk. Then slow down and appreciate the surroundings. Running, biking and dog walking are prohibited, opening space for quiet activity, passive reflection and room for nature to unfold.

— usually an intern from ColbySawyer College — who educates and interacts with the public. In maintaining Knights Hill Nature Park, the goal is to connect people to the environmental splendor in their back yard. The park is a true example of this. “It’s a combination of peace, quiet, beauty and an education in nature, right here in town. It’s a marvelous place, big enough for a diverse habitat of animals and birds,” says Sladen, a North Sutton, N.H., resident.

cockatoo, arctic fox, serval Australian cat and Burmese python. A Night Skywatch is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4. Members of the New Hampshire Astronomical Society will bring gigantic homemade telescopes to the park for the public to view the night sky’s brilliant show. “You’ll be able to see anything and everything. It’s incredible to see the galaxies within the universe in this way,” says Sladen.

Leigh Ann Root is a freelance writer, photographer and yoga instructor. She teaches yoga throughout the Lake Sunapee Region with Sunapee Yoga Company, her traveling yoga business. Leigh Ann lives in Newbury, N.H., with her husband, Jonathan, and their children, Parker and Joleigh. Learn more at






Are you thinking about homeschooling your child? BY SUSAN COWAN MORSE PHOTOGRAPHY BY JENNIFER STARK What do you think of when you hear the term “homeschool”? Many people imagine children who have limited social skills. They think about all of the “real world” opportunities children miss by not being at school. Some assume that homeschoolers are religious extremists trying to avoid the moral dangers of secular society. Homeschooling is an opportunity for children to acquire a great deal of knowledge in vastly different ways than in the regular school setting. And, though a high percentage of homeschooling parents in the U.S. are indeed motivated by religious beliefs, a growing percentage is motivated for other reasons. What motivates you to think about homeschooling your child? In my practice, I find that there are two main reasons parents entertain the idea: either (a) local school options are not a good fit or (b) there is a need for greater flexibility. Which reason resonates for you?

FIT OR FLEXIBILITY (OR BOTH)? When school is not a good fit for your child and you have few options as we do in rural New England, homeschooling can be a viable solution. School can be a difficult setting for children who



The Fisher Cat organization hosted specially priced baseball games in honor of homeschoolers.

have sensory processing issues, severe anxiety, learning differences, health issues and other such situations. These children can feel like every school day is exhausting and have little energy left over for enjoying life. They may struggle socially because of these challenges. As a parent, you may feel distraught over seeing your child struggle every day. If you do not live in a community with private options or charter schools, homeschooling may be worth considering. The other major reason families choose homeschooling is for the flexibility it affords. Some children have keen interests and talent in non-school areas like tennis, skiing and horseback riding. Homeschool-


ing can be a wonderful way to navigate schooling while pursuing a talent. Along the same lines, some families want to travel and find that homeschooling allows them to learn on the road.

PARENTS, DO YOUR HOMEWORK First and foremost, familiarize yourself with your state’s laws around homeschooling. Though the legal jargon can seem intimidating, most state associations are committed to maintaining homeschooling as a thriving and viable option for all families. Get to know the homeschooling resources in your region, your state, and on the Internet. Take a look at various programs, curriculums and materials. Think about whether you want to fol-



Most museums and attractions offer special programs during the week for homeschoolers. The Montshire Museum in Norwich, Vt. offers homeschooler days throughout the year for children to enjoy staff-led workshops and explorations.

rials, ideas and even time. Most homeschoolers are eager to share and willing to assist newcomers. Most importantly, don’t give up. If you feel that your child and family would benefit from homeschooling, then keep researching and talking to others while you figure out how to make it work. In my years of practice, I’ve never met a family who regretted homeschooling!

Top: The Great Park Pursuit offered family centered learning. Bottom: Rachel Stark gathers vernal pool samples with other homeschooling children during a special event put on by a local nature museum.

low a traditional path and have your child work with curriculum or follow a nontraditional path (sometimes called “deschooling” or “unschooling”). You might want a mix. Your next step will be to follow your state’s requirements for alerting your school district that you will be homeschooling.

CAREFUL CONSIDERATION Almost two million children are homeschooled in the U.S. each year. Though a small percentage, it’s a big number. With that many

homeschoolers, there are many organizations and services providing support to this demographic. Homeschooling can be an amazing adventure for your child and your family and is most manageable when you take time to consider it in advance. If you need help, turn to your local associations and networks and ask questions. Homeschoolers are typically well networked with the other homeschoolers in their region. And most of these informal networks share resources, mate-

Susan Cowan Morse, M.S., is an educational coach and consultant in private practice in Wilmot, N.H. She is founder and director of Foxtail Open Learning Community, a self-directed learning community for children, also in Wilmot. Learn more at





CALENDAR Out & About The summer calendar is sponsored by LaValley Building Supply

June 15 to 17

Fri to Sun/Gates open 3 p.m. Fri, 5:30 a.m. Sat and Sunday

39th Annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival Don’t miss one of the longest running festival in New England featuring as many as 20 hot air balloons. Enjoy music and entertainment for all ages, craft artisans, commercial and food vendors. Train rides, bounce house, Kid’s Zone, historical reenactors, Pups in the Air and more. >> Festival Grounds, 70 Village Green Circle, Quechee, Vt. >> Adults, $15; children age 6 to 12, $5; 5 and under free >>

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June 9 and 10 Sat and Sun/Various times

Vermont Days Celebrate the arrival of summer! Visit a state park, fish at any Vermont Fish & Wildlife fishing access (no license required for the day), enjoy free entry at State Historic Sites and free admission to the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. >> Throughout Vermont >> Free >>

June 17

Sun/9 a.m. Brady’s 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, 10 a.m. Skip’s 4 Mile Run

Skip Matthews Memorial Run This annual race honors the life of an exceptional coach, parent, husband and personality. All proceeds benefit Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Post-race massages provided by River Valley Community College. Awards and barbeque after the race. Online registration recommended. >> Colburn Park, North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> Adults 19+ $25, 18 and under $20, fun run/walk free >>

June 18 to 22

Mon/8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tues to Thu/8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fri/8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Summer Tech Camp Open to students entering grades 7 to 9. Explore 10 hands-on STEM activities in one week! Programs may include: basic welding, forces of flight, photography, engine operation, community service, health and fitness, electric drag cars, cardboard animations and more! >> Hartford Area Career and Technology Center, 1 Gifford Road, White River Junection, Vt. >> $30 >>


CALENDAR Out & About

June 22 Fri/5 to 9 p.m.

June 23

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

Food Truck Festival

4th Annual Strawberry Festival

Kick off the weekend with dinner from a variety of New England food trucks, drinks from Salt hill Pub and live music by Brooks Hubbard Band! Adult tickets include admission, access to purchase food and drinks at the food trucks and a free sample at the food truck of your choice. >> Colburn Park, North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> Adults $10, children 6 to 12 $5, age 5 and under free >>

New London’s Annual Strawberry Festival promises yummy fun for the whole family. New this year: an Arts Vendor and Demo Fair. Also enjoy live music, classic cars, vendors and lots of strawberries from Spring Ledge Farm. >> New London Town Green, Main Street, New London, N.H. >> Free >>

June 23 and 24 Sat/6 p.m. in South Pomfret, Vt. Sun/6 p.m. in Norwich, Vt.

Summer Revels Summer Revels is a family friendly event featuring choral and community singing, dancing, toe-tapping fiddles, giant puppets and a Mummer’s play. Craft activities, roving performers and food stalls offer locally produced food for purchase to round out the festivallike atmosphere. >> ArtisTree Community Arts Center, 2095 Pomfret Road, South Pomfret, Vt. >> Norwich Green, 22 Church Street, Norwich, Vt. >> Free >>

June 23 and 24 Sat/8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun/8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

54th Annual Gilsum Rock Swap and Mineral Show This annual event attracts thousands of rock and mineral enthusiasts each year. Examine minerals and crystals from all over the world, crack a geode, and try panning for minerals! Proceeds benefit youth recreation and community programs. >> Gilsum Elementary School and Community Center, 640 Route 10, Gilsum, N.H. >> Free >>

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June 23 and 24 Sat/10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun/10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Art in the Park This outdoor arts festival features fine art and crafts, demonstrations, live performances, children’s activities, face painting and specialty foods. Hosted by the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce. >> The Norwich Green, 22 Church Street, Norwich, Vt. >> Free >>

June 24

Sun/10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Billings Farm & Museum’s 35th Anniversary Celebration Enjoy a full day of special programs, hands-on activities, music, food, a farm animal parade, historic baseball, special guests and more. >> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt. >> Free (today only!) >> UPPERVALLEYKIDSTUFF.COM




July 4

June 30

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

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

6th Annual Lake-a-Thon and Cardboard Boat Regatta This annual event raises funds to provide scholarships for local kids to attend camp. Activities include N.H. Fish & Game watershed information, exhibits on aquatic life, migratory bird and wildlife, fly fishing and tying demonstration, wood duck lecture and box building class. >> Pleasant Lake Dam, Elkins Road, New London, N.H. >> By donation >>

Old Vermont 4th A patriotic family celebration featuring the reading of the Declaration of Independence, a historic debate, wagon rides, making 1890 flags, spelling bees, sack races, baseball and more. >> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt. >> $4 to $16 >>

July 4

Wed/9 a.m. Fun Run, 9:30 a.m. 5k and 10k

Red, White & Blue 6.2 Celebrate the 4th in patriotic colors! Start your day with a 5k, 10k or fun run along the perfectly picturesque Rail Trail and Mill Road. >> Colburn Park, North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H >> Adults $25, youth 13 to 17 $20, 12 and under $15, fun run free >>

June 30

July 5

Sat/1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR. Artistree Musical Theatre Camp attendees travel down the rabbit hole to bring Lewis Carroll’s wonderful and wacky adventure to life. From the Cheshire Cat to the Mad Hatter, this rendition of Alice’s adventure in Wonderland is zany, fantastical and lots of just plain fun! >> The Grange Theatre, 65 Stage Road, South Pomfret, Vt. >> $10 >>




Thu/6 to 7:30 p.m.

Animal Sounds Meet three live animals native to New Hampshire. Learn about the sounds they make and why they make them. >> Lake Sunapee Protective Association, 63 Main Street, Sunapee Harbor, N.H. >> Free >>


July 5, 12, 19 and 26 Thu/10:30 a.m.

Summer Performances for Kids Enjoy free family friendly performances outside the library on the side lawn. Bring a blanket or chair. >> Richards Free Library, 58 North Main Street, Newport, N.H. >> Free >>

July 6

Fri/7 to 8 p.m.

July 13 and 14 Fri and Sat/6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Prouty Be part of the biggest charity fundraiser in northern New England! Enjoy great food, kids’ activities, fundraising prizes, live music and more! >> Richmond Middle School, 63 Lyme Road, Hanover, N.H. >> Free for cycling, walking, rowing and virtual, $50 registration fee for the Ultimate or Golf >>

Old Fashioned Band Concert and Ice Cream Social Come listen to old-time favorites played by the South Royalton Town Band while you enjoy a dish of ice cream. Bring a blanket or chair on which to sit. >> Woodstock History Center, 26 Elm Street, Woodstock, Vt. >> Free. Donations gratefully accepted. >>

July 7

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

Saturday at the Village Tour the historical village and spend the day immersed in handson historic crafts. Try out hearthside cooking, block prints, drying fruit, knitting, spinning and more. >> New London Historical Society, 179 Little Sunapee Road, New London, N.H. >> Adults $5, members and children 12 and under free >>

July 15

Sun/1 to 5 p.m.

Lebcity Luau Bring family and friends to celebrate summer with a Hawaiian-themed splash! >> Lebanon Memorial Pool, 67 Pumping Station Road, Lebanon, N.H. >> $1 >>

July 21 Sat/1 to 3 p.m.

Fairy House Festival Celebrate the wonder and beauty of nature at the Morrill Homestead’s Fairy Village. Build fairy and elf houses and gnome forts with natural materials. Search the flower garden for Gnomes, Elves and Fairies. Author Michael Caduto will share music and tales from around the world. >> Justin Morrill Homestead, 214 Justin Morrill Highway, Strafford, Vt. >> Adults $10, children under 15 $5 >>





July 25

Aug. 2 to 5

Wed/1 to 2 p.m.

Thu to Sun/Various times

Owls and Their Calls Did you know that not all owls hoot? This first-hand encounter enables participants to understand the defining characteristics and adaptations for life as a nocturnal predator on the wing. Touchable artifacts and hands-on materials. Suitable for all ages. >> The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens, 456 Route 103A, Newbury, N.H. >> $4 to $10 >>

94th Annual Hospital Days and Triathlon Four days of fun in downtown New London, featuring the midway, bands, a parade, fun family activities, great food and more! >> Town Green, New London, N.H. >>

Aug. 3

Fri/6 to 11 p.m.

Movie in the Park Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a fun filled night under the stars watching a family movie on the Open Air Cinema. >> Lyman Point Park, 167 Maple Street, White River Junection, Vt. >> Free >>

Aug. 5

Sun/10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Antique Tractor Day

July 25

Wed/3 to 6 p.m.

Let’s Go Fishing Workshop A hands-on aquatic resource education program that focuses on introducing people of all ages — with an emphasis on families — to fishing and water resources in Vermont. Reconnect with the land and experience the beautiful outdoors. >> Clifford Park, West Hartford, Vt. >> Free >>




Tractors made between the 1920s and 1970s will be displayed by the proud and talented folks who restored them. A tractor parade at 1 p.m. includes restoration details and historical information. Tractor-drawn wagon rides and tractor activities for children. >> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt. >> $4 to $16 >>


Aug. 10 Fri/4 to 8 p.m.

Aug. 17 to 19 Fri to Sun/Various times

Lollipop Carnival

Sunapee Sestercentennial Celebration

A fun time for all ages! Games, prizes, cake-walks, pie-eating contests, face painting, dunk tank, and a fun surprise! Bring money to purchase lollipops to play games and win prizes. >> Barnes Park, 9 Bernard Way, Claremont, N.H. >> Free >>

The town of Sunapee celebrates its 250th anniversary with a live concert, fireworks, road race, parade, games, music, lake activities, a time capsule dedication and more! >> Sunapee, N.H. >> Free >>

Aug. 18

Sat/9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

19th Model Engineering Show and Family Maker Space

Aug. 11

Sat/10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Taste of Woodstock Woodstock’s annual street festival offers more than 50 vendors on Elm Street, food, crafts, art, children’s activities, live music, beer and wine. Fun for all! >> Elm Street, Woodstock, Vt. >> Free >>

See the work of New England’s finest model engineers and machinists along with demonstrations of intricate machining skills of the past, present, and future. Check out models built by hand and powered by air pressure. Visit maker tables to create, learn, and experiment. >> American Precision Museum, 196 Main Street, Windsor, Vt. >> Windsor Recreation Center, 29 Union Street, Windsor, Vt. >> Adults $8, children $5 >>

Aug. 17 to 19

Fri and Sat/7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sun/7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cornish Fair The town of Cornish celebrates summer with its annual family friendly agricultural fair. Midway rides, food, farm animals, 4-H exhibits and more. >> Cornish Fairgrounds, 294 Town House Road, Cornish, N.H. >> Adults $10, children 12 and under free >>





Aug. 19

Aug. 25

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

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

Love Your Lake Day and Antique Boat Parade This event includes crafts, activities and games for children, a display of aquatic plant specimens, live animals from Wildlife Encounters, a scavenger hunt, loon exhibit, ice cream, popcorn, demonstrations and restored antique boats on display and in the parade. >> Lake Sunapee Protective Association, 63 Main Street, Sunapee, N.H. >> Free >>

45th Annual Apple Pie Craft Fair One of New England’s longest running craft fairs! Enjoy 100+ booths of handmade crafts, including pottery, woodworking, glass, fiber arts and more. The fair also features live music, an apple pie contest and sale and the Firemen’s Famous Chicken Barbecue. There’s also an outstanding book sale at the Richards Library. >> Newport Town Common, Newport, N.H. >> Free admission >>

Aug. 23 Thu/4 to 9 p.m.

Aug. 26

Summer Celebration A fun-filled evening of food, music, dancing and fireworks marks the unofficial end of summer in Lebanon. Explore the farmers’ market in Colburn Park, join the dance fest on the mall and take in the fireworks display at Storrs Hill Ski Area. >> Colburn Park, North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> Storrs Hill Ski Area, 60 Spring Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> Free >>

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

Paws in the Pool Celebrate the last day of the pool season with your dog(s)! Preregister for discounted price. >> Lebanon Memorial Pool, 67 Pumping Station Road, Lebanon, N.H. >> Adults $5, dogs $2, children age 12 to 17 $2 >>

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The Family Place is a Parent Child Center in Norwich, Vermont. We believe that strong families build strong communities.


We offer the following programs for families with young children: Early Intervention • Parent Education Child Care Center • Child Care Financial Assistance Child Care Referrals • Nursing and Family Support Families Learning Together • Lending Library • Reach Up Playgroups • Welcome Baby Bags • Home Visits Information and Referrals • Child Advocacy Center

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100 Years of Caring for the Community

Community Wellness, Together From routine exams, to colds and bruised knees, to serious injuries, our New London Hospital Pediatric Care team is here for you. Offering comprehensive care from birth through adolescence, we work together to keep your child healthy.

Aram Kalpakgian, PA-C | Rebecca Lozman-Oxman, DNP, APRN, MPH | Sarah Lester, MD

Call 603-526-5363 for an appointment at New London Hospital. Appointments available on weekdays and Saturdays. To learn more about our services, visit


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Announcing Kid Stuff delivery! Kid Stuff magazine flies off counters faster than we can restock. It gets borrowed from waiting room offices, and goes straight home in student backpacks. Are you missing your hard copy magazine? Well, now you can have it delivered to your home four times a year!

Please send a check or money order for $19.99 to Kid Stuff, PO Box 500, Grantham, NH 03753. We’ll add you to our mailing list. Your first issue will be fall 2018. Learn more at


Kid Stuff summer 2018  

All the fun things you want to do this summer in the Upper Valley area of NH and VT! Exploring nature, attending FunFest, helping homeless k...

Kid Stuff summer 2018  

All the fun things you want to do this summer in the Upper Valley area of NH and VT! Exploring nature, attending FunFest, helping homeless k...