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DEPARTMENTS 20 Eat: Pasta, Pizza and Other Good Food For 27 years, Lui Lui in West Lebanon, N.H., has been serving up Italian food to Upper Valley families. By Emma Wunsch 22 Local Business: Mighty Yoga In each class, Mighty Yoga of Hanover and Lebanon, N.H., offers a lively blend of practical wisdom, warm humor and compassionate spirit. By Kim J. Gifford

26 Good Reads: Imagination Expert, Literary Addict and Collector of Books Local reader asks local author and illustrator Christine Almstrom nine questions about her work and upcoming books. By Hayley Durfor 30 Parenting: Growth Spurts Growth is the hallmark of childhood. But how do you, as a parent, keep your sanity through your child’s growth spurts? By Susan Cowan Morse 35 Calendar Pages and pages of fun winter events and activities! Compiled by Amy Cranage




6 Driver’s Education in the Upper Valley Prefer not to get behind the wheel with your teen? These Upper Valley driver’s ed instructors are ready to help. By Amy Cranage


Invention in Enfield The Enfield (N.H.) Shakers were farmers, weavers, manufacturers and inventors — and you can learn about their innovations at the Enfield Shaker Museum. Text and photography by Laura Jean Whitcomb


Be a CHaD Hero Kid Stuff magazine attended the 13th annual CHaD HERO, the premier fundraising and athletic event benefiting CHaD, and saw lots of up and coming artists. Here are a few of our favorite Kid Stuff covers illustrated by Upper Valley kids. Introduction by Laura Jean Whitcomb Kid’s Corner by Chloe Charbono

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editor’s note Spring? I don’t see it. I know it’s coming though; those green buds and warmer temperatures will be here soon. It won’t be difficult (for some of us) to put away the winter boots and pull out the hiking boots or sneakers. And when you’re ready to go out and explore the Upper Valley after your long winter’s nap, Kid Stuff has some fun places for you to check out: Enfield (N.H.) Shaker Museum, Mighty Yoga in Lebanon and Hanover, and Lui Lui in West Lebanon. My daughter and I just went to Lui Lui for lunch recently, and we were happy as clams with our rolls and dipping oil. Seriously, I could just eat the rolls for lunch, but I was able to fit in a house salad and some prosciutto marsala as well. Kid Stuff is going to try to fit more family friendly dining in our pages this year, so if you have a favorite restaurant you’d like us to profile, please email me at I know my favorites, but I’d be interested in hearing yours! Enjoy the season change, and see you in sandals real soon!

Laura Jean Whitcomb Publisher and editor

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Driver’s Education in the Upper Valley Prefer not to get behind the wheel with your teen? These Upper Valley driver’s ed instructors are ready to help. BY AMY CRANAGE




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Who are the brave folks that gleefully accept the challenge of teaching teenagers how to drive? Why do they do it? How did they decide on this career? Some taught driver education at public high schools before funding was cut and have since opened their own driving academies. The demand for driving instruction is high and is appealing to empty nesters, retirees, former educators and others who enjoy working with young people. MOM AND POP SHOPS “I love my job,” says Sharon Cameron of Twin State Driving Academy in Lebanon, N.H., “We get to meet most of the kids, walk the journey with them through an important rite of passage.” Sharon and her husband, John, a former schoolteacher, took over the business — which caters only to teenagers — from its previous owner more than a decade ago. In an agreement with the Lebanon School District, anyone who attends school in Lebanon or lives in the school district has first dibs on spots in Twin State’s courses. Openings are welcome to students outside of Lebanon when space is available. Sharon, current president of the New Hampshire Driver Education Teachers Association, handles most of the classroom instruction and John focuses on behind-the-wheel practice. Classes meet twice a week for two hours in their seven-week course. Summer courses follow a more condensed schedule. Another husband and wife team, Ron and Rosemary Hill of Enfield, N.H., operate RandR Driving School at Hanover High School and other locations. Their extensive web site allows students to enroll online for five-week courses that meet for two hours per day and three days per week. “We take a holistic approach to the development of our children within our community using education as the anchor,” says Ron Hill. Ron has worked with teens as a basketball coach, as a parent and as a director in a youth placement facility. “I mostly enjoy the opportunity to have some real life conversations, seeing these teens at age of question and, most times, uncertainty,” he says. “Our goal for each new driver is to have them leave our program

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Adaptive Driving Having a disability — such as ADD, ADHD or autism spectrum disorder — does not preclude acquiring a driver’s license. Longtime driver educator Bruce Renfro and Bonnie Goodman, an occupational therapist assist drivers with special needs of all ages at Adaptive Driving Associates in White River Junction, Vt. Renfro and Goodman specialize in evaluating and training teens and adults who need additional one-on-one instruction or special equipment due to a physical impairment.

with a strong understanding of how to make safe and sound decisions and how their decisions not only affect their lives but the lives of others.”

A SECOND (OR THIRD OR FOURTH) CAREER Dan Warner, of Hartland, Vt., runs Warner’s Driving School that he holds at the Church of Abundant Life in Lebanon, N.H. from April through November every year. The former publisher and day trader started teaching driving when his brother-in-law begged him for help meeting the growing demand for driving instruction. Before the program ended, he taught driver education at Lebanon High School. In his 15-plus year career, Warner has taught students with ADHD, folks on the autism spectrum and foreign-born adults how to drive.



Warner’s Driving School is not affiliated with a school district; any New Hampshire resident is welcome to enroll. “These kids are great,” says Warner when asked what he likes about teaching driver education to today’s youth. Although he lives in Vermont, he is certified to teach only in New Hampshire. Warner prides himself on his school’s small classes (10 to 11 students) and short sessions (five weeks).

THE JOY OF TEACHING Gabriella Netsch of Wallingford, Vt., established Yankee Driving School after retiring early from her job as an elementary school principal. Netsch taught driver education at The Sharon Academy, in Sharon, Vt., in 2007; since then, her school has grown to include three vehicles, two employees and


classes at eight Vermont locations including Norwich, Thetford, Sharon and Woodstock. Yankee Driving School’s goal is to produce safe drivers by emphasizing “paying attention, seat belts, distractions and speed.” Guest appearances by a police officer and a car accident victim as well as serious discussions about organ donation, drug and alcohol use, and texting underscore the emphasis on safety. Aware of the unpredictability of life and family finances, Netsch is proud of her school’s 100 percent refund policy. Steven Longtin of Sunapee, N.H., teaches at Mascoma Valley Regional High School and runs Sunapee Driving School at Sunapee Middle High School in his spare time. With such a busy schedule, it is no surprise that he was not available for interview. According to his website, Longtin has been teaching drivers since 2001; his courses are booked several months ahead.

A SCHOOL WITHIN A SCHOOL Granite Hill School is a small private school in Newport, N.H., that provides special education services to students in grades 6 to 12. These driver education classes are led by Peter Newbern of Newbury, N.H., and are open to anyone seeking a New Hampshire driver’s license. Each session consists of two 2-hour classes per week for 7½ weeks at the school’s facility at 135 Elm Street. “I enjoy working and interacting with teenagers, and hopefully helping to make them safe drivers,” says Newbern. He advises parents to “get out and drive as much as you can with your child. Also, try and be understanding and patient with them so they will want to drive with you.”

Know Your State Laws New Hampshire • Residents under age 18 must complete a driver education course in order to get a driver’s license. • Granite State student drivers must be at least 15¾ years old on the first day of a driver education course. • New Hampshire driver education courses include 30 hours of classroom time, 10 hours driving with an instructor and 6 hours observing while another student drives. Students are required to document 40 hours of practice driving; 10 hours must be at night. • At age 15½, a child may practice driving as long as a licensed driver of at least 25 years of age accompanies him or her. • As one of the few states without a learner’s permitting process, New Hampshire students must always have a copy of their birth certificate with them when behind the wheel. Vermont • Apply for an official Vermont Learner’s Permit at dmv. on or after the child’s 15th birthday. Vermonters must possess this permit in order to enroll in a driver education course and for a full year (365 days!) before they can test for a driver’s license. • With a permit, Vermont teens may practice driving as long as a licensed driver age 25 or older is also in the car. • Vermont driver education courses consist of 30 classroom hours, six driving hours and six hours of observation of another student driver. Students must log 40 hours of driving practice — including 10 of those hours at night.

THE LATEST MODEL The newest driver education school is the Upper Valley Driving Academy of Newbury, Vt. The owners, Richard Kearney and Anthony Stevens, offer courses at the Hartland Volunteer Fire Department, Rivendell Academy and Thetford Academy that are open to anyone enrolled in a Vermont high school (including New Hampshire residents). Kearney is president-elect for the Vermont Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association and Stevens was the 2018 Vermont Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association Teacher of the Year. As it states on their website, “Learning to drive is an important responsibility that we take very seriously.” A three-page letter of agreement outlines strict requirements and expectations; cell phones, for example, “are turned off and stowed out of sight while in the classroom and in the car.”

CROSSING THE FINISH LINE Teaching teens how to drive is a labor of love for these folks; they sincerely enjoy and take pride in making sure kids learn the rules of the road and become safe, responsible drivers. The fact that driver education is no longer the responsibility of public school districts allows teens and their parents to comparison shop — to choose the location, course and instructor that best suits their needs. Amy Cranage lives in Grantham, N.H., with her husband, teenage daughter and two border collies. Mr. Alves was her driver’s ed teacher at Lebanon High School in the early 1980s.




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The Enfield (N.H.) Shakers were farmers, weavers, manufacturers and inventors — and you can learn about their innovations at the Enfield Shaker Museum.



hat would you do with your day if you didn’t have all the marvels of modern technology? Well, if you were an Enfield Shaker, you were farming, building, crafting, cooking, creating, and inventing. The Enfield Shakers lived and prospered in Enfield, N.H., from the 1780s until 1923. They practiced celibacy, communal ownership of property, equality of the sexes and races and pacifism. They grew their food, raised animals and made items in their shops. You might think a religious group would be afraid of progress, but the Shakers were forward-thinking and accepting of technology and improvements. You can learn about the Shakers — and all their innovations — at the Enfield Shaker Museum. A guided tour is available, and you’ll see just how industrious

the Shakers were. Consider the Great Stone Dwelling. At one time it was the biggest building north of Boston. And consider that it had 100 people living in it. The Shakers knew that it might get a bit, well, stinky, so they built a ventilation system for the chamber pots, and later the oil lamps. That’s just one Shaker innovation way ahead of its time. The tour starts with woodworking and mill history. There are many examples of the Shaker’s fine woodwork throughout the museum. From built-in drawers and interior shutters to chairs and cupboards, the Shakers took their time and created beautiful items. They believed work was a form of worship.





But you’ll also see machinery throughout the museum, like a circular knitting machine to make socks. The Shakers made and sold corn brooms, wash tubs and pails. They were part of a successful business, producing a corn planter that helped farmers plant and fertilize 20 acres per day. They produced 175,000 yards of flannel a year in a mill with 35 employees. They farmed more than 3,000 acres; made herbal medicines and “cankker cures”; and sold packaged garden seeds “adapted to the climate of New England.” “There were five US patents issued to Enfield Shakers,” says Michael O’Connor, title. “The patents were for a folding stereopticon viewer, a mop bucket mechanism, an improved loom harness, a shingle machine, and a water wheel.” You can see the stereopticon viewer in room two on the guided tour. It was a way to see images in 3D. “The stereoview cards have two side-byside images, when viewed through the viewer the image appears 3D. It was a very popular form of recreation in the late 1800s and into the 1900s. Several different series of stereoview cards were photographed at the Enfield Shaker Village by several different photographers.” After 130 years, declining membership forced the Shakers to close their village and put it up for sale in 1923. In 1927 the property was sold to the Missionaries of Our Lady of LaSalette, a Roman Catholic Order of priests and brothers. The LaSalettes established a two-year college seminary, a high school

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What to do while you’re at the Enfield Shaker Museum: • Watch the video detailing the history of the Enfield Shakers • Tour the Great Stone Dwelling, the largest Shaker dwelling house ever built • Pick up a Shaker Quest booklet and find the nine items listed • Learn how to make a corn broom in the Brethren’s East Shop (check out the broom machine)

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• Depending on the season, take a walk through the gardens to see the culinary and medicinal herbs • Check out the Cow Barn’s progressive design, which includes running water and a steam boiler to heat the cow’s stalls • Imagine making cheese and butter in the Dairy Building • Take a swing in front of the Ministry House on a reproduction Canterbury Shaker swing (for those 80 pounds and under) • Hike the trail to the Shaker’s Feast Ground for a beautiful view

seminary, a summer camp and a shrine on the site. By 1975, the school and the camp had closed, but the shrine remains and is open to the public. In 1986, the Enfield Shaker Museum was formed to protect the site and legacy of the Enfield Shaker community. It’s really pretty amazing what this community of 300 Shakers built, and the history is well preserved thanks to the Enfield Shaker Museum. For a small fee, families can tour nine historic buildings on 21 acres, explore the museum exhibits, take a guided or selfguided tour, or participate in one of the museum’s educational programs or annual events. If you, or someone in your family, likes being hands on with history, spend a day at the Enfield Shaker Museum. Laura Jean Whitcomb is the publisher and editor of Kid Stuff magazine. She toured the Enfield Shaker Museum with her daughter, Lucy, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Last fall, Kid Stuff magazine attended the 13th annual CHaD HERO, the premier fundraising and athletic event benefiting CHaD, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. It was a day of athletic events — a competitive 5K run, Cam’s Course 1 Mile Fun Run, 5K walk, 5 and 7 mile wooded hikes, a limited entry 25 or 50 mile bike ride — and a family friendly street party that included a KidZone with activities, rides, food and a bouncy house! We saw a lot of kids at our KidZone booth, and not just for a free magazine, free hand sanitizer and a chance to guess how many superheroes we had in a jar! It was also for our good cheer, multitude of stickers and a shot at designing a Kid Stuff cover. Kid Stuff is looking forward to the 2019 event, and another chance to help support CHaD’s efforts at providing kids with critical services such as support when they are in pediatric intensive care, management of chronic illnesses, and family support services. In the meantime, here’s a sampling of some of our favorite illustrated covers. ›››››







Kids Corner My name is Chloe Charbono. I’m a freshman at Lebanon High School and I live in Lebanon, N.H., with my parents, my dog and three cats. I’ve been volunteering at CHaD HERO races for two years now, because it’s a wonderful experience helping others. CHaD HERO History: CHaD HERO started in 2006 as a halfmarathon, now it has grown into a 5K, 1-mile fun run, 5- and 7-mile hike, 25 or 50 mile bike ride, and has more fun activities. My Experience: My first year at CHaD was a good experience. I helped give out medals as the runners/walkers crossed the finish line. When they crossed the finish line you could see the happiness and relief that they finished, and by knowing that they ran for CHaD was a good feeling. This year I handed out plates to Top Three overall finishers in age group for the half-marathon and the 5K, the plates were made by a mixture of ages from young to old. Runners got to pick out a plate they liked as memorabilia of that day. Next year I will either be volunteering again or running the 5K. Why It’s Good: The CHaD HERO run is a great thing. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to help the CHaD kids as support. Seeing how many people attend just makes the day so much better. Helping people is always the right thing when you can, so if you like running or going on walks, lace up your shoes and sign up for CHaD HERO 2019!




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Pasta, Pizza and Other Good Food For 27 years, Lui Lui in West Lebanon, N.H., has been serving up Italian food to Upper Valley families. BY EMMA WUNSCH PHOTOS COURTESY OF LUI LUI

Nestled in the corner of the Powerhouse Mall in West Lebanon, N.H., is Lui Lui, one of the Upper Valley’s most popular family restaurants. A community mainstay for 27 years, locals who grew up eating Lui Lui’s spaghetti and meatballs in the 1990s are bringing their own kids to eat there today, THE POWER OF PIZZA

Founder Eric Roberts grew up in Framingham, Mass. He was one of five kids, so his family did not eat out often. But Sundays were pizza nights which, in the Roberts house, were serious. Roberts’ dad drove to the next town because he thought the pizza there was better than all of the other pizza places in town. Years later, Roberts can “still remember the smell of the pizzeria when we’d walk inside. The owner holding a pizza peel, wearing a short sleeved white shirt and all the steam inside the place fogging up the windows.” His dad always bought an extra pie so there would be more than enough for their large family. Back home, Roberts’ mom put pans inside the oven and turned it on so the pies would



stay warm. The importance of this special family night — along with a trip to Italy in the early 1990s — planted the seed of opening a family friendly restaurant. Roberts loved the food he ate in Italy (“flavorful fresh pasta, mouthwatering desserts and the delicious bread”) and knew he wasn’t alone in his love of Italian food. “Italian food offers so many options, a lot of it can be eaten with your


hands and it’s the perfect blend of comfort food and affordability,” he says. PART OF THE COMMUNITY

Roberts, who now lives in Bedford, N.H., and Grantham, N.H., feels grateful to have remained in the same location for nearly three decades. (The second Lui Lui in Nashua has been open for 22 years.) Much of the success

of Lui Lui is having great managers and the best team of men and women who tend bar, serve, and cook. There are around 80 team members in West Lebanon — some of whom have worked there for more than 20 years! While Lui Lui has watched a lot of changes in the Upper Valley, the friendliness of the community has stayed the same. For Roberts and his team, a major part of being connected to the community is volunteering. Every July, Lui Lui staff volunteer to feed almost 1,400 riders, runners and golfers at The Prouty, a fundraiser that benefits the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. The annual event


“epitomizes the spirit of our hospitality for such a worthy cause,” says Roberts. LET’S EAT!

Even the pickiest of the picky eaters can find something they like on Lui Lui’s wide-ranging menu. There are soups, salads, many different pizzas, a variety of entrees, delicious desserts and a kids menu for those 12 and under. Most kids love the macaroni and cheese and homemade meatballs and pasta. As Manager Sean Knight says, “What child doesn’t love meatballs?” Even “tomato resistant” kids like the Lui Lui marinara because it’s made in house with only a few ingredients. Dining with kids, especially young ones, can be challenging. But the variety of food choices, the basket of rolls with dipping oil, and taking the kids over to watch the pizza cooks working

at the brick oven makes dining at Lui Lui fun for the whole family. The team at Lui Lui prides itself catering to kids with allergies or food sensitivities. Roberts encourages parents to speak to a manager who will be “more than happy to explain what we can do to have the kids enjoy what they are eating.” The next time you’re out shopping in West Lebanon and thinking about going home to make dinner, consider treating yourself and your family to a delicious, affordable and fun meal at Lui Lui. Buon appetito! Emma Wunsch lives with her husband, two daughters, and large dog in Lebanon, N.H. Her young adult novel The Movie Version was published in October, 2018.




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Mighty Yoga In each class, Mighty Yoga of Hanover and Lebanon, N.H., offers a lively blend of practical wisdom, warm humor and compassionate spirit. BY KIM J. GIFFORD PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF MIGHTY YOGA Today, yoga is widely acknowledged as a popular form of exercise, meditation and relaxation. It is not surprising to hear that someone’s mother, husband or child has taken classes — sometimes the whole family together, but Heather Healey, owner of Mighty Yoga with locations at 10 Allen Street in Hanover, N.H., and 103 Hanover Street in Lebanon, N.H., says that when she first opened her studios here in the Upper Valley in 2013 and 2015 respectively, it was not uncommon to market classes at freshmen reception and hear Dartmouth College students say they had never taken a class. “Now, that has all changed,” Healey says. Yoga has become so popular today that Healey’s studios are able to offer 45 classes between them with more than 20 yoga instructors and seven barre leaders. A new form of yoga popular in cities, barre is a total body, low-impact workout that uses a barre as one would find in a dance class. Mighty Yoga has 355 people take classes at the studio each week.

ALL LEVELS “In a world that feels more disconnected, Mighty Yoga empowers




people to reconnect with themselves physically, mentally and spiritually through the practice of yoga,” says Healey. “When we are truly connected with our self and have the support of our tribe, we are empowered, and we are unstoppable. From this place, we can create positive change in our community and in the world.” Mighty Yoga’s classes teach a form of vinyasa yoga that relies on connection and flow between a series of postures known as asanas. Mighty Yoga offers something for everyone, but the studio has beginning and restorative classes as well as power yoga classes conducted in heated classrooms set at 80 to 85 degrees, “like a warm, summer’s day,” says Healey.

One of Mighty Yoga’s attractions lies in the effort Owner Heather Healey places in making the studio approachable for everyone. Healey knows the power of yoga first hand, having been drawn to it as a form of workout after retiring as a competitive rower. She also relied on the practice to see her through grad school while living in Pittsburgh, Penn. “It helped with my crazy schedule,” she says. Following grad school, Healey moved to Ithaca, N.Y., where she opened a yoga studio in 2009. In 2012, she relocated to the Upper Valley. “We have so many people — high school students, older students, 16 to 65,” says Healey. “Yoga, in general, attracts mostly women, but we have a fair amount of men.”

REST IF YOU NEED TO One of Mighty Yoga’s attractions lies in the effort Healey places in making the studio approachable for everyone. “We really encourage people to make it their own,” she says. “There are many things that you can go into that are athletic, where you don’t have to do everything someone tells you. Here, you can rest if you need to, do what you need to.” Ashley Wood of Enfield, N.H., a new mother, who has participated in Mighty Yoga’s prenatal/postnatal yoga classes, says, “Heather offered modifications throughout


the class depending on your needs whether pregnant, postpartum or simply experiencing discomfort. The babies in the room were chatty, crying, nursing, playing with toys, sleeping, everything… and Heather always encouraged us to do what we needed to do except to leave the room. I think that most moms feel discomfort when their babies cry in public spaces and Heather always reminded us that crying is how babies communicate.” The prenatal and postnatal classes are only one of the ways Mighty Yoga tries to accommodate parents and families. Wood emphasizes that “the people, atmosphere and lessons (both yoga and life lessons)” experienced at Mighty Yoga were “invaluable,” and she attributes them to playing a huge role in improving her pregnancy. ›››››




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“I relied heavily on my breath and mindfulness during childbirth, including a visualization that Heather introduced in class one day where we pictured a calming setting and attached a word to it that we could recall at tough moments in the future,” Wood says. “Going to yoga until close to my due date was an empowering experience.”


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Personally, Healey feels yoga has kept her grounded through the ups and downs of parenting her three children: ages 2, 4 and 6. “There are days when they won’t listen to me, when I breathe through it and find new patience,” she says. Mighty Yoga has offered classes for families and parents in the past and plans to do more in the future. Mighty Yoga holds Family Flow classes at the Lebanon studio. The classes are geared toward families with kids ages 4 to 10, “but older and younger kiddos are welcome as well,” says Healey. “It’s a fun class where families can connect with their body, breath and each other.” Beth Phillips-Whitehair of Norwich, Vt., took classes at Mighty Yoga with her teen daughter. “We did it for a few months. Her friends also came to classes for a bit. It was nice to see young energy there as well,” she says. “I think it would do the world well if more young folks were introduced to the compassion and grounding yoga can help cultivate.” Might Yoga’s classes certainly have done that for Phillips-Whitehair who says, “I love the location, love many of the teachers, and love that it is heated, but not crazily so. I feel like I sweat out all the toxins of life when I go. I love the combination of movement, music and quiet. Sounds like a contradiction, but it is all mixed in there.” To give people an opportunity to find a class that works for them, Mighty Yoga offers a 30 Days of Unlimited Yoga pass for only $30, allowing participants to try a month of unlimited classes and get acquainted with the different teachers and various styles. “Children are under pressure earlier and earlier, and we are all connected with our phones and computers instead of each other. We need a chance to check in with our bodies and ourselves, to focus on our breath, the power of it, and find a supportive place to connect with other people,” says Healey. 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


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Good Reads

Imagination Expert, Library Addict and Collector of Books Local reader asks local author and illustrator Christine Almstrom nine questions about her work and upcoming books.

BY HAYLEY DURFOR ILLUSTRATIONS BY CHRISTINE ALSTROM Q. HOW DID YOU START PAINTING AND WRITING? A. Art has been a part of me for as long as I can remember. Once, in grade school, my mother got a call from the county sheriff saying that I’d won some drawing contest for a poster I made in school. I won a half side of beef! Perhaps not the most spectacular start to my professional career, but my family was impressed! When I was about 10, my mother enrolled me in a summer painting class, but mostly I was self-taught. I’ve also learned a lot from my ›››››




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uncle, George Ware. He was a professional painter, photographer and sculptor, and he taught at the Rhode Island School of Design. Even struggling with Parkinson’s disease has not robbed him of his artistic vision.

Q. WHAT IS YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS LIKE? A. Writing isn’t something I thought much about until I was in college. I started playing with story ideas and jotting down abstract

Q. WERE YOU ALWAYS DRAWN TO PAINTING AND WRITING? A. I have always been drawn to beautiful books. I love the feeling of the paper in my hands. My favorite books were, and still are, children’s books. They can sometimes be the most complex and thought provoking. Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt, still resonates deeply with me. Artists like Jan Brett, Trina Schart Hyman and Maurice Sendak have always been among my favorites for their highly detailed artwork and sometimes hidden messages.

thoughts or characters after taking an English writing class. My professor encouraged me to enter a story I’d written called “The Sacred Circle.” The piece, about the cycle of life in Native American Blackfeet culture, won that year’s President’s Writing Award Scholarship at Keene State College. It started me on a journey that is especially important to me today — to include more diversity in children’s writing.

Q. IS THE PROCESS DIFFERENT FOR YOU WHEN YOU ARE ILLUSTRATING? A. My creative process is different for illustrating than when I’m writing. With writing, I need to put myself into the story, become immersed in that world. I need to “see” it unfold from the main character’s viewpoint. I need to


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“become” the protagonist. And I need music: ethereal instrumentals, pounding heavy metal, Latino, depending on the manuscript. That process requires space, too. Sometimes I’ll write in the car waiting for my daughter’s dance class, in my kids’ tree house, in my studio...just as long as I can be alone with my characters. For illustrating, everything goes out the window. I may have a movie I’ve seen a thousand times playing in the background, I may work at the dance studio, or even at an event, so people can see the evolution of my work and ask questions. I love this connection with my audience.

Q. WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO SELF-PUBLISH? A. I decided to self-publish originally because the publishing process is incredibly slow. The book I wanted to bring into the world was one I’d written years ago when my son was just a toddler. I didn’t really care what the industry thought about it. I just wanted to leave something organic for my child. I’m so glad I did, because I’ve learned so much about the whole publishing process along the way…I have a greater appreciation for the process and why it takes the time that it does.

Q. HOW DO YOU CHOOSE YOUR TOPICS? A. More often than not, my topics tend to choose me. I have a blog page on my website called “The Voices in my Head.” That about sums it up. Whichever character is clambering to be heard the loudest, wins! Some authors suffer from writer’s block. I have the opposite problem: I’m surrounded by ideas. I have writer’s flood! 

A. I started working with the Lakota Nation purely by chance. I’m of Blackfeet and Iroquois blood, and I had an idea when I started writing Grandfather Thunder & The Night Horses that I wanted it to be a bilingual book. Since it’s based on the Lakota legend of the Thunder Horse, I started researching language sites and came across the Thunder Valley Lakota Language Initiative on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. I took a chance and contacted them. I’m so glad I did. That project led to my current one to illustrate a series of traditionally oral Lakota stories to preserve for future generations. It has also fueled my mission to preserve other indigenous languages through children’s literature. Maine author Mary Morton Cowan and I have recently partnered to bring “The Legend of the Hermit Thrush,” a traditional Iroquois tale, to life for a new generation. We are making it a bilingual book with the help of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy and renowned poet, author, storyteller and Abenaki activist Joseph Bruchac.

Q. DO YOU FEEL THAT LIVING IN THIS AREA HAS INFLUENCED YOUR CREATIVE OUTPUT IN ANY WAY?   A. I do feel that living in New Hampshire has influenced my creativity. I love the architecture, the seasons, the landscape and I love the resilience and can-do spirit of its people. I lived in Florida until I was 10, but I’m a New Englander through and through. There’s so much to do here: hiking, swimming, can you not be inspired?

Q. IN ADDITION TO CHILDREN’S BOOKS, YOU ALSO WRITE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS. COULD YOU TALK A LITTLE ABOUT THOSE? A. My young adult novels are a complete — and cathartic — departure from my children’s books. I enjoy mixing reality and fantasy in a way that could happen. My latest, Blood Moon Eclipse, is about a teenager who burns a boy at school, with nothing more than her hands and her connection to one of this country’s most shocking historical events. It’s a blend of magic, history and the question of what is possible if we could fully access the human mind. I also enjoy spinning a good ghost story. Long New England winters may be responsible for that. Hayley Durfor is a Lakes Region native. When she is not writing, she can usually be found holed up with a book or a sketchpad.





Growth Spurts Growth is the hallmark of childhood, but how do you, as a parent, keep your sanity through your child's growth spurts? BY SUSAN COWAN MORSE

grow /gro/ verb - to undergo natural development by increasing in size and changing physically. How amazing and breathtaking to watch our baby grow and develop! We shout out the miracle of their arrival to the world when they are born. With their first laugh and giggle at us, we are over the moon with excitement. We take great joy and pleasure in watching our baby figure out how to grasp and hold, how to get about on all fours and progress to walking, and develop sounds and eventually speak words. So much reason for celebration! The first few years of life is one continuous growth spurt. Parents have lots of support and celebration around this growth from their extended family, their doctor and all of the baby books on the market. After this though, support for understanding and navigating your child’s growth can feel like a mystery. Let’s try to demystify some of this for you! A growth spurt is something all parents are familiar with! All beings grow and change constantly through their lifetime though childhood is the time in life when it is most visibly dramatic and most socially accepted. Growth is a daily endeavor for a human being. 30


But when a tremendous amount of growth occurs in a short time frame, we call it a “growth spurt.” Our children’s bodies grow longer, bigger, stronger. Their thinking evolves from concrete to abstract. As emotional and spiritual beings they change as well. Understanding your child’s growth spurts is a key to greater peace for you as a parent.

BIRTH TO AGE 4 From the moment of birth, our children start to grow and change. The first few years hold a tremendous amount of brain and body


growth on a daily basis. We see physical evidence, so we know the growth has happened.

AGES 4 TO 12 During the time between ages 4 to 12 (give or take) growth spurts are less frequent and have long stretches of “sameness” between them. During this time, it can be easy to forget that growth is happening, and a growth spurt can catch us by surprise. Suddenly, our easy-going child is constantly out of sorts. We are frustrated and start looking for a therapist for them. The next day our child walks

out with pants that are way too short or a shirt that is visibly too tight. And we realize, “Oh, that’s what all the stress in my child has been about” and then the child is at a new place and is back in balance. Until the cycle repeats. During this stretch of childhood most of the evidence is seen in the growth of their body and in their capacity for more complex thinking, speaking, and writing.

AGES 12 TO 22 Adolescence is a long period of ongoing, intense and dramatic growth. In addition to the continued physical and cognitive growth, there is also development into a sexual being capable of reproduction. Brain development is at its peak during this time as the brain is creating new networks while pruning out unused networks. The brain is under major construction during adolescence and will continue to age 22, give or take. In the teen brain, the emotional center and the reasoning center are not fully connected so our teens can seem highly emotional and moody without an ability to regulate these feelings. It can feel like they overreact to every request or suggestion. Paired with these physical changes in the brain is the growth of their psyche, specifically their identity formation. As they turn toward the rest of the world for their interaction and learning, they often do not want the input of their parents and family. With growth being so much more multi-faceted during this time, it can leave a parent feeling confused and frustrated. A significant challenge for parents is that growth spurts are not always visible. A teen can have a major spurt of growth in their ›››››





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A significant challenge for parents is that growth spurts are not always visible. A teen can have a major spurt of growth in their thinking and emotions without the outward physical sign of growth.

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thinking and emotions without the outward physical sign of growth. After nonvisible growth spurts, tension between the teen and the parents can be because of the teen’s new political view, new fashion desire, or sudden disregard for family rituals. The teen doesn’t know to go to the parent and tell them, “Hey, my brain just grew and now I have strong political views, and I want wear plaid flannel shirts which I used to hate, and I don’t think I should have to stick around while Grandma is here.” We have to figure them out by interpreting the signs they leave around the house.

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SIGNS A GROWTH SPURT IS COMING It is important to remember that growth spurts can be preceded by: • Tension that builds up in the psyche and the body and may show itself as anxiety, sadness, anger, crankiness, inflexibility, demanding attention or withdrawing from attention. • Extreme hunger as the body needs calories to support this growth. • Weight gain as a result of consuming more calories • More sleep than usual. The body grows, repairs, and heals during sleep.

NMS is accepting 2017-2018 2019-2020 Enrollment Applications for the following grade levels and classrooms: H Junior Classroom (6th, 7th & 8th grade students) H Upper Elementary (4th students) (3rd,&4th5th&grade 5th grade students) H Lower Elementary (1st, 3rd grade students) (1st &2nd 2nd& grade students) H Primary Classrooms (Prekindergarten & Kindergarten students) Voted Best Preschool Runner Up of the School Best of Runner Newport Up andRecipient Best Private in 2015Schools by Category 2018

SIGNS A GROWTH SPURT HAS OCCURRED Just after the “spurt” has happened there is a period of adjustment for the child or teen in which they experience: Clumsiness. It takes the brain a little while to catch up with moving bigger hands and feet, longer legs and arms through their space and get coordination back on track. In the meantime, there can be incidences like spilled drinks, dropped items, poor sports performance, falling and tripping, bumping into things. Self-esteem boost. A child or teen gets a booster shot of confidence upon a growth spurt. Growth might make a child or teen feel stronger, more capable, and more independent. Being able to do a task at school that the child previously struggled with is a sure ego boost as well as gaining strength to throw or kick a ball farther. Desire and need for new. After a growth spurt, in addition to needing new clothing that fits the larger body, the child/teen may show an interest in different people, new music, new hobbies, different opportunities. For instance, your child who has never wanted to learn an instrument may now want to take piano lessons. And the teen who always followed your political views now swings in the other direction.

The Newport Montessori School is located at 96 Pine Street in Newport, NH. For more information about NMS or to request an enrollment packet please call: 603-863-2243 or visit our website Awards & Associations 2017 2016 IOWA Test of Basic Skills: All students at or above grade level expectations NH Board of Education Approved Non-Public School NH Montessori Association Member American Montessori Society Affiliate

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SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD/TEEN When any of us are in a place of transformation, we need a lot of support around us. We need help staying grounded so we can keep attending to the chores and duties of our life. And we need a lot of understanding that we aren’t at “our best” right now with productivity and desire for things that aren’t important to us. In adults this shows up as a messy house, unpaid/ late bills or forgetting to return phone calls. For children it shows up as a messy room, forgetfulness with tasks and chores, or inattentiveness that’s not typical for the child. ›››››

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Children need their parents to recognize that they are in the midst of a shift from the old to the new. Any admonishing and pressure just serve to create great angst for the child and can lead to later anxiety and depression. And it can actually make this shift take longer. Try to be gentle and supportive.


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• Keep them well-fed with lots of fruits and vegetables (if they will eat them). • Keep them well-hydrated. The body is 70 percent water and needs water to function optimally. • Hold space for them to grow. • Don’t take things personally. • Try not to react to their emotional outbursts. Be the calm that they need. • Maintain the code of conduct in your family. Continue to hold them accountable for their words and actions. Be understanding while letting them know that love and respect are still expected. • Be as strong and solid as you can for them. They are “under construction” and need to rely on the solidity that you provide. • Have realistic expectations. Know that their “best” is going to vary from day to day. • Be open-minded. Welcome their new interests and show a desire to support them even if those new interests are counter to your own. Understanding your child’s growth spurts is a key to greater peace for you as a parent. Peaceful parenting is a key to helping your child become a well-adjusted adult. After all, these growth spurts are all heading in one direction — adulthood! Susan Cowan Morse, MS loves to work with parents! In her coaching practice, she is honored to hold space for parents to grow and discover, expand their awareness, and find peace. She is a “kid whisperer.” With more than 30 years of working with 2,500 children from birth to age 21, Morse brings amazing insight and wisdom to her work with parents. Visit her on the web at

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March 10 Sun/12 to 4 p.m.

March 12

Tue/5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Free Family Arts Day

Family Art Night

Talented local artists lead hands-on workshops. A great family day and perfect for all ages. Open to the public. Refreshments will be available for purchase. >> The Sharon Academy High School, 6704 Route 14, Sharon, Vt. >> Free >>

Explore various art mediums such as drawing, painting, building, sewing, woodworking, collage, book making, murals and more. Enjoy time with your family and get creative! >> Library Arts Center studio, 58 North Main Street, Newport, N.H. >> Free >>




March 16

March 16 and 17

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

Winter Forest Fairy Hunt Connect with the natural world while exploring VINS trails, learning forest facts, and searching for fairies! Build winter fairy houses and then warm up with hot chocolate while you tell our fairy grandmother what you learned! Dress warmly. Snowshoes provided. >> Vermont Institute of Natural Science, 149 Natures Way, Quechee, Vt. >> Included with admission >>

March 16

Sat/11 a.m. Fun Run 12 p.m. 5K

18th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run Fun prizes for top overall male and female. Unique medals for top three in each age group. Refreshments available. Benefits City of Lebanon Youth Activities Scholarships. >> Lebanon City Hall, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> Adults $22.50, youth 13 to 17 $27.50, youth 12 and under $12.50 >>

Sat/7 to 10 p.m. Sun/11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

9th Annual Howel Classic Indoor Mini-Golf Tournament On Saturday night, adults are invited for a round of golf, good food, libations and music at the 19thHole Party while kids age 4 to 11 party in pajamas. On Sunday, the course is open and daytime golfers get to snack on pizza, burritos and treats. >> Howe Library, 13 South Street, Hanover, N.H. >> Saturday: Adults $60, Kids Pajama Party $15; Sunday: $5 per person >>

March 16 Sat/5 p.m.

CHaD Battle of the Badges Hockey Championship Police officers and firefighters from across the region gather to play hockey to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. >> SNHU Arena, 555 Elm Street, Manchester, N.H. >> VIP (includes buffet and special seating) $45; age 6 and up $10, kids 5 and under free >>




March 22 to 24 Fri/6:30 p.m. Sat/10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sun/11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Pete(HER) Pan, Jr. Pete(Her) Pan, Jr. is the classic legend seen through the eyes of Wendy’s daring daughter, Jane, who, inspired by her mother’s adventures in Neverland, longs for adventure of her own. Performed by members of Northern Stage’s Youth Ensemble Studio. >> Northern Stage, The Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates Street, White River Junction, Vt. >> $17.75 to $23.75 >>


March 23 and 24 Sat and Sun/Various times

April 6

Sat/11 a.m. in Hanover, 3 p.m. in Claremont

Vermont Maple Open House Weekend

ShirLaLa — Earth Worm Disco

Learn about all things maple. Visit a variety of sugar houses in full operation during sugaring season. Events include sugar house tours, horse drawn wagon rides, sugar on snow parties, and candy making demonstrations. >> Throughout Vermont >> Free >>

Celebrate Earth Day with NYC kiddie rocker ShirLaLa (aka Shira Kline) and her band. Explore the wonders of growing up green with Earth Worm Disco, a musical playground for little rock n’ rollers who love to sing and dance and love the planet. >> Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center, 4 East Wheelock Street, Hanover, N.H. >> Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, N.H. >> Free >>

March. 27 Wed/10 a.m.

Madeline and the Bad Hat ArtsPower’s colorful musical captures the blithe yet touching spirit the Madeline series. This amusing tale traces the adventures of a young Parisian girl who — despite starting off on the wrong foot with a mischievous new neighbor — eventually learns that first impressions are not everything. >> Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 31 The Green, Woodstock, Vt. >> $6 >>

March 29 and 30 Fri/6 p.m. Carnival, 7 p.m. Circus Sat/3 p.m. Carnival, 4 p.m. Circus

April 7

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

18th Annual Flavors of the Valley Taste the flavors of the Upper Valley at a local food tasting expo with samples from more than 45 farm and food-related vendors. Enjoy fresh produce, artisan bread, award-winning cheeses, tasty jams, hand-crafted sweets, goat milk gelato, and many other delicious local goods. >> Hartford High School, 37 Highland Avenue, Hartford, Vt. >> $12 per person, children 6 and under free, $35 family maximum >>

12th Annual Middle School Carnival and Circus The Sharon Academy middle school students perform their hilarious, student-created circus. Come early to experience the pre-circus carnival — a wonderful collection of student-run games and activities for children. Light refreshments available for purchase. >> The Sharon Academy High School, 6704 Route 14, Sharon, Vt. >> $3 >> Like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter for our full calendar including updated events and activities! UPPERVALLEYKIDSTUFF.COM




April 20

Sat/9:30 a.m. 1st grade and younger 10:30 a.m. 2nd grade and older

Claremont’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt Meet the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs and visit with your friends! Wear your mud boots and remember your Easter Baskets! In the event of inclement weather, the egg hunt will be moved to the Claremont >> Arrowhead Recreation Area, 18 Robert Easter Way, Claremont, N.H. >> Free >>

April 20

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

April 13 to 18 Sat/10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tue to Thu/11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

8th Annual Peeps Diorama Contest Community members of all ages, businesses, school classrooms, groups and organizations are encouraged to enter this light-hearted, creative contest using the iconic Easter candies: marshmallow Peeps! Deadline for submitting dioramas is Thursday, April 18, at 4 p.m. >> Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport, N.H. >> Free >>

April 19 and 20 Fri and Sat/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Baby Farm Animal Celebration Meet the farm’s newest additions of lambs, chicks, piglets, calves and visiting baby goats, ducklings, and bunnies; heirloom seed activity; 1890 Farm House, farm life exhibits and dairy bar will be open. >> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt. >> $4 to $16, members free >>




Discover WILD New Hampshire Day Treat the whole family to a day exploring New Hampshire’s wildlife resources and outdoor traditions. Browse educational exhibits presented by environmental and conservation organizations from throughout the state. Hands-on craft activities for the kids. >> N.H. Fish & Game, 1 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. >> Free >>

April 27

Sat/9 a.m. 1-mile Fun Run 9:30 a.m. 5K Race

Tristin’s Live Laugh Love Run An entry level 1-mile and 5K event tailored for kids and beginner and amateur runners. Proceeds benefit David’s House. >> David’s House, 461 Mount Support Road, Lebanon, N.H. >> Same-day registration is $25/person or $50/family >>


April 28 Sun/1 to 4 p.m.

May 11

Sat/11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wilderness Survival Shelter Building

Cow Pie Bingo

Learn how to make a variety of survival shelters in this family friendly workshop that focuses on the importance of staying warm and dry in the woods. Bring a daypack with snacks, water, work gloves and windbreaker/raingear. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear. For kids and adults age 12 and up; ages 12 to 18 must be accompanied by an adult over age 18. >> Arrowhead Recreation Area, 18 Robert Easter Way, Claremont, N.H. >> Free >>

One ticket gives a family of four admission to a spring day full of fun — including a Cow Pie Bingo square (and a chance to win $500), music, crafts, games, lunch, all-you-can-eat ice cream and a silent auction. >> Hampshire Cooperative Nursery School, 104 Lyme Road, Hanover, N.H. >> $25 per family (includes all activities and food) >>

May 4

8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Registration 9:45 a.m. Pre-walk Rally 10 a.m Walk 11 a.m. Post-walk rally and refreshments

13th Annual Steppin’ Up to End Violence 5K Walk and Fun Run


Walk, stroll, jog or run to end violence in your communities. Individuals and teams fundraise through pledge forms and/or our online fundraising site, First Giving, or any number of other creative ideas (bake sales, auctions, raffle baskets, and bingo nights). >> Claremont Middle School, Claremont, N.H. >> steppin_up2019

May 11 and 12 Sat and Sun/12 to 6:35 p.m.

Annual Dartmouth Powwow The Dartmouth Powwow is an opportunity for Upper Valley residents and visitors to observe, participate, and learn from a broad representation of Native American dances, music and arts and crafts. >> The Green, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. >> Free >>





May 11

Sat/2 to 4 p.m.

Kite Day at Balch Hill Join the Hanover Conservancy for a joyous and colorful afternoon of kite flying in the breezes of Balch Hill. This annual favorite, sponsored by Red Kite Candy of Bradford, Vt., makes for great family fun and includes snacks. >> Balch Hill Natural Area, Hanover, N.H. >> Free >>

May 17 Fri/10 a.m.

Middle School Summer Field Ecology Camp

At the Enfield Shaker Museum Session 1: Monday – Friday, July 15 – 19 And/or Session 2: Monday – Friday, August 5 - 9 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Dan Zanes and Claudia Eliaza Join Grammy Award winner Dan Zanes and HaitianAmerican jazz vocalist Claudia Eliaza for a toe-tapping program featuring Dan’s most loved songs and the children’s music of folk icon Lead Belly. >> Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> $4 to $10 >>

May 18

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

12th Annual Spring into Warner

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Enjoy a celebration of the arts and local foods in Warner’s quaint downtown Main Street. Activities include art exhibits, nature activities with the Nature Discovery Center, museums, a farmers' market, dance performances, musicians, a book sale, an edible books contest and more! >> Warner, N.H. >> Free >>

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Spring is on the way! Take advantage of our extensive calendar of family friendly events, and read some great articles to guide you this sea...

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Spring is on the way! Take advantage of our extensive calendar of family friendly events, and read some great articles to guide you this sea...

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