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Spring 2020


STUFF M A G A Z I N E the go-to guide for Upper Valley families

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A Visit to the Eye Doctor An eyechart isn’t enough, says Dr. Eugene (Rusty) Bernal. So when should your child see an eye doctor? Kid Stuff asks the experts at White River Family & Hanover Eyecare. By Laura Jean Whitcomb


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22 Parenting: Every Body Is a Good Body By Erin Wetherell 24 Read: Love at First Rhyme Q and A by Laura Jean Whitcomb 26 Education: Life Is a Circus By Amber Wylie, Sharon Academy

28 Kids Corner: 10 Things to Know about Chief Justin Hastings By Brianna Hastings 30 Spring Calendar Pages and pages of fun and family friendly activities and events across the Upper Valley! Compiled by Amy Cranage

Aurora Bakery in Newport, N.H., helps teens and adults with different abilities learn job skills — and bake up some tasty treats. By Brianna Marino

17 E-cigarettes and Vaping: Not Safe for Anyone Contrary to popular belief, vaping is not safe for anyone, but especially for youth and adolescents. By Amy Cranage

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editor’s note Hello friends, Have you seen our new and improved Kid Stuff website? It’s pretty cool. You can click on the cover to see the whole issue — at any time, anywhere, on your phone, at home, at work (at lunch time of course). There’s also a way for local folks to submit their events directly to our calendar — print and online. The online events show up on the right on the home page, so if you’re looking for something to do on the weekend, look there first. Then click over to “calendar” to search ahead and make plans for future events. If you’re looking for a past article, we are hard at work getting our archive online. Kid Stuff’s content has always been informa-

tive and educational, and that doesn’t stop once the season is over. Now you can find articles by category (top right: family, school, play, wellness, food) or by using the search feature. We’d love to have some more recipes in the food section, so if you have a family favorite (and a photo) please email it to me at ljwhitco@yahoo.com Happy spring!


Find the Flower and win FREE Stuff Congratulations to Rorie, 7, of Lebanon, N.H.! She found the Flower in the Full Circle Farm ad on page 29 and won the winter basket of prizes. This spring, Kid Stuff wants you to read! The prize is a stack of books (and some accompanying characters). All you have to do is email us: 1. Your name and age 2. Mailing address 3. And what was your New Year’s Resolution To be entered into the raffle to win! The winner will be notified in early April. Good luck!





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A Visit to the Eye Doctor When should your child see an eye doctor? Kid Stuff asks White River Family & Hanover Eyecare. BY LAURA JEAN WHITCOMB PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM BLOCK





n eyechart isn’t enough, says Dr. Eugene (Rusty) Bernal of White River Family & Hanover Eyecare. “We need to get kids in earlier. Young kids should see an optometrist by their first birthday, then again at age 3. The first three or four years are very important for vision development.” Dr. Bernal would know; he has more than 35 years of experience as an optometrist. He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry in 1984 and arrived in the Upper Valley that same year, working at the practice of Dr. Thomas Terry. In 1990 Dr. Bernal opened his own private practice, White River Family Eyecare. In 2014, he expanded his practice and bought the Hanover office from Dr. Richard Brennan. All five doctors — Dr. Bernal, Dr. Shawn Morris, Dr. Jessica Berry, Dr. Sandra Dufour and Dr. Ran He — see children at both locations: White River Junction, Vt., and Hanover, N.H. “We make pediatrics a priority,” says Dr. Bernal. “Most of our doctors are parents or parents to be, so we’re used to working with kids.” The first birthday seems, well, early for an eye exam, but Dr. Bernal says that kids don’t need to know the alphabet to have an eye exam. “We show them pictures, videos and fancy eye charts to keep their attention. We get a good picture of how they are doing, and the earlier we catch a problem, the better.” School screenings and pediatrician visits are helpful — but they don’t have the same tools and technology that optometrists have. “Local pediatricians know that an eye chart isn’t enough,” says Dr. Bernal. “A screening by an eye professional will pick up things that may not be obvious. Be sure that your kids are seen at least twice by an optometrist before Kindergarten.”

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Dr. Eugene (Rusty) Bernal




What to Ask the Optometrist Kid Stuff magazine asked Dr. Morris some questions about a special interest of his: pediatric optometry. He’s been with White River Family Eyecare for four years. “Hanover Eye Care was long known for the tremendous care that Dr. Brennan had given to the Upper Valley for many years. I came on board after working in White River Junction for a couple years after Dr. Brennan transitioned away from the practice,” says Morris. “We have an incredible staff, and we do a little bit of everything: routine eye exams, contacts and specialty contacts, glasses, medical eye care and everything in between.” Today Dr. Morris primarily sees patients in the Hanover office. He has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Villanova University in Pennsylvania and received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. He’s also a father of two, so it was only fitting that we asked him about early eye exams. Q. At what age (or how) do a child’s eyes develop? A. Like the rest of us, a child’s eyes don’t come out a finished product. In fact, most kids won’t see that famous “20/20” mark until the age of 6. At birth, kids are receiving a lot of stimulus with their eyes, but can’t discern different objects. They are naturally drawn to high contrast images and faces and




see things most clearly about 8 to 10 inches away. As a child grows, so does their ability to resolve images better, track things with their eyes, and reach for things within their range. Around 5 months color vision is present, and by 1 year we get depth perception, or the ability of the eyes to work together. Q. So when should I take my child to the eye doctor for the first time? A. Ideally, a child should be seen around 6 months if no other issues have arisen. An exam can be performed at any age. For younger patient we have techniques to see how eyes track and are drawn to certain patterns. Toddler exams have shape and pictures or easy letters like HOTV. Q. What should we expect during the first exam? A. Kids generally do great with eye exams, mostly because they are an active participant in the process. I like to ask questions that they know the answer to and start with large shapes or letters to build their confidence. The exam begins with some basic health questions and some instruments that measure the shape of the eye, which we use for finding any possible glasses prescriptions. For kids over 8, we will try to use the infamous “puff of air” test, which is called a non-contact tonometer, to test the eye pressure. If unable, we can use our fingers to roughly gauge the pressure instead. We check the vision, how the eyes are aligned (looking for strabismus, aka, lazy eye), how they move together, color vision,

parent depth perception, we look for how the eyes react to light to check for neurological issues, and check to see if glasses may help the child. We always end with a comprehensive check of the anatomical health of the eye using the slit lamp, which is like a microscope. Q. What questions should a parent ask? A. Parents and guardians should make sure that they understand exactly what they should be doing for their child’s eyes. This includes making sure everyone is on the same page for wearing glasses, using the computer/ tablets, or using eye drops for eye infections. I would also always encourage parents and guardians to be an advocate for their child. If you notice something, like strange eye movements when reading/holding things too close, trouble with colors, etc., please bring it up. The more information we have the better care we can give. Q. How do I know if my child needs glasses? A. The best way to know if your child needs glasses is to listen to their complaints about school and watch their behaviors. A myopic child (near-sighted) often complains of not seeing the board and parents may not notice excessive squinting or strong preference for reading/near games as opposed to television or movies. A hyperopic (far-sighted) will experience eye pain or strain, complain of headaches, or have trouble focusing in general. Any child with ADHD or attention deficit symptoms should also be checked for possible induced eye strain leading to certain behaviors. Q. How often should my child have his eyes checked? A. Once a child starts school, they should have yearly eye exams. Children, and their eyes, tend to grow and change often during these years, so it is important to maintain clear vision to ensure that each child is given every advantage in the classroom. If things change before the year, it is always worth it to check in with us for a quick visit.


• If a child is wearing glasses, he should have annual checks until his late teens/early 20s. There might be a quiet time for eye development between age 20 and 40, but changes start in the mid-40s. • If a child does not wear glasses, they should have an eye exam every two years. If they are age 20 with no visual issues, a screening should be scheduled every two or three years. (This age group tends to stare at screens all day so eyesight may change with eyes under stress.) • If you’ve never worn glasses your whole life, you will need readers by age 50. And for adults with diabetes, hypertension or thyroid issues, an annual check-up is recommended.






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Q. Are the eye tests at school enough? A. School screenings are just that, screening test to catch the majority of kids who have easily identifiable eye issues. They are an important part of detecting eye issues, but they are just an entry point. Every child should have their eyes checked yearly or, at the very least, bi-yearly by an optometrist. Q. What would you like parents to know about eye exams? A. They aren’t just for kids or people with eye problems/glasses. The eye is a unique structure that allows us to look at arteries, veins and nerves in their natural state. This means things like hypertension, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune diseases and even Leukemia can show up in the eye before the patient has any idea. A yearly dilated fundus exam should be part of everyone’s health care regiment. If you are making an appointment for your kids, you should be coming as well. Q. What would you like parents to know about White River Family & Hanover Eyecare? A. A child is never too young for an eye exam and we are always happy to help. We really focus on the whole family. I would also say that we do fit kids for contacts, especially for sports or other activities where glasses just won't work. Q. Should my child wear sunglasses? A. Absolutely, the eye can burn like any other part of the skin. If your child is 
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Aurora Bakery in Newport, N.H., helps teens and adults with different abilities learn job skills — and bake up some tasty treats.





estled behind a charming courtyard on Newport, N.H.’s Main Street, Aurora Bakery is a small but mighty force of tasty treats and big hearts. Inside the cozy bakery, a familiar sweet scent wafts through the air. Behind the bakery counter — which is well stocked with everything from cinnamon buns to cookies — you will find people hard at work simultaneously crafting delectable baked goods and honing life skills many take for granted. This confection perfection is the brainchild of Megan Walker, the founder of Aurora Bakery.

HERE’S THE STORY As a young child, Megan had a close friend, Trudy, who happened to have a disability. Following high school, Megan and Trudy worked together to help Trudy improve her job skills. Trudy still had a difficult time finding a job as the opportunity for a good match wasn’t available. Fast-forward to the present: Megan has created the opportunity that her friend Trudy needed. Aurora Bakery invites participants of all skill levels to focus on improving their life skills while creating meaningful and yummy products. Partnering with the Road to Independence (a nonprofit pre-vocation training program for individuals with differing abilities), Megan combines her cooking background with her desire to help people with differing abilities. While attending culinary school, she had the idea of integrating people with disabilities into baking. “Baking is my passion and I thought it would be a perfect fit,” she says.

cess a little smoother. Aurora Bakery is one of a few different venues (including a horticulture and miniature donkey handling program) that RTI offers. All programs focus on life skills, but the bakery allows participants to work on the same skills in a different environment than the agriculture-based programs.

LEARNING WHILE DOING On any given day, Megan and a part-time paid employee can be found teaching mixing, frosting and baking techniques with some of the 20 volunteer participants that might arrive throughout the day. Megan starts her mornings between 6 and 7 a.m. and has the first participants ready to help around 9:30. They may volunteer for 30 minutes to two hours, with different volunteers coming in throughout the day. Baking participants enter Aurora Bakery along a varied spectrum of skill sets. If participants aren’t able to be directly hands-on with food, they might

Kerry Rouleau is in the kitchen at Aurora Bakery.

Director of Road to Independence (RTI), Margaret Coulter (whose passion originates from experiences with her own disabled brother) was instrumental in helping start the bakery. With business planning was in place, Aurora Bakery was fortunate to establish itself in a space previously occupied as a bakery and already furnished with the necessary baking equipment, making the opening pro-

assist by assembling boxes. A good starting point for others may be whipping up a batch of basic cookie dough. Megan works alongside all participants and, as she puts it, “I meet them where they are at and try to grow them from there.” Just like their experience and abilities, the participants are themselves equally as varied. Megan says that some are currently in high school and join the ›››››




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Bright Future In addition to on site, Aurora Bakery’s delicious wares can be found for sale at Spring Ledge Farm in New London, N.H., and local farmers’ markets and community events. However, more than just baked goods come from Megan’s coaching. Thanks to the skills learned at Aurora Bakery, one participant now has a job making dog biscuits for Angel Bones, a local Claremont, N.H., company. Megan’s favorite part? “Definitely working with participants and seeing how far they can go. We don’t put limits on it,” she says. “It’s great to see that growth.” Since the opening, customer response has been positive, too, with many customers unaware of Aurora Bakery’s mission prior to ordering at the counter. Megan hears “Glad I stopped in to support this” often. “People feel like they’re giving back,” she says. And they get to satisfy a sweet tooth – good for everyone! Brianna Marino lives with her husband, three children, cat and various livestock on a small homestead. For more DIY,recipes and homesteading adventures with kids, follow her blog at mountsunapeehomestead.com Jim Block enjoys photographing almost anything: children, adults, families and celebrations; nature and wildlife; sports and action; buildings and businesses. His clients range from publishers to businesses to individuals. He has taught digital photography courses to small groups since 2000. Please explore Jim’s website at jimblockphoto.com

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E-cigarettes and Vaping

Contrary to popular belief, vaping is not safe for anyone, but especially for youth and adolescents. BY AMY CRANAGE The Food and Drug Administration says that in 2019 more than five million American youth used e-cigarettes or vaping devices. This recent growth in vaping by youth translates to a dramatic increase in overall tobacco use. After decades of successful antismoking campaigns, the widespread (false) belief that vaping was safe quickly erased years of progress. The result is an urgent public health crisis.

WHAT IS VAPING? According to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, “vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling aerosol or vapor produced by a vape device.” A vape device is a machine that converts a liquid or juice containing nicotine (and other substances) into an aerosol to be inhaled. Not vapor, after all, and not safe either. Developed in 2003 by a smoker in China who wanted to quit, modern vaping devices became widely available in the U.S. by the 2010s. In 2015, e-cigarette company JUUL Labs, Inc., patented a method to de-

liver nicotine in a way that is more pleasant than other brands. Due to the brand’s immense popularity, the term juuling became interchangeable with vaping. The misconception that vaping was safe perhaps emerged from stories of former longtime smokers who quit the habit by replacing tobacco with e-cigarettes. Indeed, for cigarette smokers, vaping may be the lesser evil — it is “safer” only for them and only if they are carefully using e-cigarettes to wean themselves off nicotine. Vaping devices are marketed to appeal to youth. Kids who would never have dreamed of smoking a cigarette are enticed by sweet flavors, flashy advertising, Internet contests (“cloud competitions”) and the misconception that vaping is safe. Some vaping devices look like colorful tech gadgets. They are small and easy to conceal. At least one could be mistaken for a wristwatch. Vaping at school — in bathrooms or even during class — is not uncommon.





“No adolescent sets out to become addicted to nicotine,” says parent and pediatrician Susanne Tanski.

“Everyone wants to try something that your friends are doing…and I didn’t want to miss out,” says R.B., a local high school student who tried vaping a few times as a freshman. “More and more people are participating in this because they want to look cool in front of their friends at a party. Then they are hooked, and they can’t stop doing it.”

NASTY NICOTINE What’s the hook? Nicotine. “The only substances more addictive than nicotine are cocaine and heroin,” says parent and pediatrician Susanne Tanski, M.D., of Grantham, N.H. When nicotine reaches the brain, it triggers chemical events “that are central to feelings of both reward and disappointment — pleasure and pain.” Because that part of their brain is still growing “adolescents are developmentally primed for drug use and developmentally susceptible to addiction.” It takes less nicotine to hook a younger brain. Vaping delivers a higher concentration of nicotine than cigarettes, but without the unpleasant taste and odor. One Juul e-juice “pod” contains as much nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes. There are kids who are vaping a pod a day within weeks or months of their first hit, whereas the typical length of time between first smoking a cigarette to a pack-a-day habit is two years. “Some kids go from their first hit of a vape to weekly use in one step,” says Tanski. “They come for the flavors and stay for the nicotine.” The adverse effects of nicotine on a young brain include difficulty concentrating and learning, impulse control issues and the likelihood of becoming addicted to other substances.




PULMONARY PERIL In addition to the brain, vaping damages the lungs. When vaping, substances in the “e-juice” or “pod” are aerosolized and then inhaled into the lungs. The resulting aerosol can contain harmful ingredients, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including volatile organic compounds, ultrafine particles, cancer-causing chemicals, heavy metals, and diacetyl, a chemical linked to lung disease. Especially homemade juices by do-it-yourselfers pose the risk of containing harmful substances. There have been numerous reports of people of all ages being hospitalized with lung injuries or even dying because of vaping. In 2019, one American teen required a double lung transplant due to the irreversible and life-threatening damage that vaping had done to his lungs. According to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, because “vaping is a relatively new phenomenon,” there are no long-term studies on the impact of e-cigarettes on the health of youth and young adults.

RED FLAGS If you are worried that your child is vaping, be aware that, unlike cigarettes, vaping does not leave the scent of tobacco on one’s clothing or breath. You won’t find matches or a pack of cigarettes in their sock drawer. Instead, vape devices look like tech gadgets and have replaceable parts that detach. That colorful new pen or USB drive that fell out of your teen’s backpack might not be what you think it is. Or maybe you noticed the scent of cotton candy or mango when you walked past your child’s room. While



If you smoke or vape, it might be a good time to quit. If not, be sure to smoke or vape only where your children cannot see or smell it. Ask friends and relatives to follow suit.

Resources BreatheNH breathenh.org/lung-health/e-cigarrettesvaping NoSafeVape dartmouth-hitchcock.org/patient-education/vaping.html Northern New England Poison Center nnepc.org/national-news/what-is-juuling U.S. Surgeon General e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes Truth Initiative truthinitiative.org/research-resources/topic/emergingtobacco-products Text “DITCHJUUL” to 88709 Smokefree.gov teen.smokefree.gov/become-smokefree/quitstart-app smokefree.gov/apps-quitstart

some vape device manufacturers are eliminating the flavors most appealing to youth, the damage for many is already done. Other signs to look out for: • Frequent sore throats or coughing • Increased thirst, drinking more water, and going to the bathroom more often • Decreased caffeine consumption (replaced by nicotine) • Reduced level of physical endurance • Adding salt to food • Nosebleeds • Acne • Mysterious online purchases or packages in the mail


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TIME TO TALK “Kids still do listen to their parents,” says Keith Loud, M.D., pediatrician and director of Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) in Lebanon, N.H. “Trust your instincts, don’t be afraid to ask.” Chances are, whether they have tried vaping or not, simply by going to school and being around other kids, they have heard other kids talking about vaping. Ask her what she has heard about vaping and talk about it. Make it clear that “vaping is not a good choice,” says Loud. “Kids want and need to know what their limits are.” ›››››




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If you discover that your child vapes and may be addicted, make an appointment with your child’s doctor or contact your local tobacco cessation resource. Before you ground him for the rest of his life, focus on treating the addiction more than punishing the child. Addiction and the dangerous health risks of vaping are probably punishment enough.



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LOOKING AHEAD The good news is that health care providers, teachers and school administrators as well as local, state and national legislators are aware of the vaping problem. Last November, Dartmouth-Hitchcock launched its NoSafeVape campaign to increase public awareness of the dangers of vaping by youth and a wealth of information is available at dartmouth-hitchcock.org/ patient-education/vaping.html Among the reasons vaping is less rampant among youth in other countries are stricter age requirements, higher taxes and advertising restrictions. In addition to maintaining open communication with our children, we as parents would be wise to make our opinions regarding legislation known to our elected officials. Amy Cranage lives in Grantham, N.H., with her husband, daughter and two border collies.

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Every Body Is a Good Body It's important to teach children to celebrate all types of bodies — especially their own. BY ERIN WETHERELL


t’s so hard trying to love yourself in a world that doesn’t love you back. So I want to take this opportunity right now to just feel good… because you deserve to feel good… we all deserve to feel good!” That was singer Lizzo speaking at MTV’s Video Music Awards. Lizzo — whose musical style includes rap mixed with flute solos — is part of a growing movement of cultural icons who are dedicated to celebrating all types of bodies,



especially ones that don’t fit into our society’s narrow ideas of what bodies should look like. Lizzo — or plus-sized supermodel Ashley Graham or ultra-runner Mirna Valerio — are all examples of strong, powerful women who are carving out space for women and girls of every body type. While posting sticky notes with positive messages on them on your bathroom mirror may be a cliché, I have a small one affixed to mine that says “You are all the good


things.” It is important to not let our bodies define our self-worth, and I firmly believe that this is something that takes nurturing and practice and should start when children are young. When I see people around me — who I respect and admire — shrink to the back and act bashful when a picture is about to be taken, I am reminded again that the powerful influences around us teach us that unless our bodies look a certain way, we don’t deserve to be photo-

graphed. But as Maya Angelou so powerfully reminds us, “… people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” When we look at pictures of people we love — and who love us — we aren’t going to remember anything but those feelings. And that is why we have to help not only each other, but also our children as they grow up and develop. As with anything else, small actions add up, and healthy ways of thinking start at a young age. Here are a few ways to help girls and boys celebrate the bodies they’ve been blessed with: • Do a gratitude exercise, listing all the positive things your body does for you. This might take some prompting for a child, but remind them that their body allows them to do all the things they love. This list is different for every body, of course, but it can include playing exploring, learning, giving hugs, receiving hugs, holding hands, blowing bubbles, reading books, climbing mountains… the list is endless! Our bodies let us be in this world, and that deserves to be celebrated. • Surround kids with different types of media that depict a wide range of people. For young children, a personal favorite is Todd Parr’s brightly-colored board books. For pre-teen girls, New Moon magazine. For teens of any gender, encourage them to watch the documentary “Miss Representation” and have an

open discussion afterwards with caregivers, teachers and friends. Encourage kids to be active. Praise children for making healthy choices and for moving their bodies. There are many reasons why organized sports might not be a good fit for a child, but yoga could be perfect. A doctor once told me, “The best exercise is the one you enjoy doing.” Talk to children about what they are seeing online, through social media and on television and in movies. Point to musical artists like Grammy-award winner Alicia Keys who are regularly going make-up free — and still have incredibly successful careers. Don’t shame kids for their weight. A recent NPR article reported that fat shaming and commenting about your child’s weight can actually have the opposite effect and there is “virtually no evidence that it works.” Don’t let kids hear you say “Jordan is tall for her age” or “Aiden is short for his age,” or any com-

ment that starts with a reference to their bodies. Kids grow at different rates. Even avoid well-intentioned jokes about kids’ eating habits, such as “He can really pack it away!” or “What a picky eater!” • Model healthy habits for your child. We all know that kids are absorbing what adults do more than what adults say. This includes eating meals as a family. Before taking care of others, it’s important to take care of yourself. Practice what you preach: love and respect your body so your children (and others around you) can see that it is perfectly natural doing the same. • Encourage kids and don’t let the accomplishments of others diminish their own ability. Someone will always be faster or stronger, but that is not a reason to not try a new activity or take away enjoyment from something that brings you joy. In the end, it’s important for children to know that every body is a good body. Erin Wetherell lives in East Thetford, Vt.





Love at First Rhyme Author and poet Tim Fortier has written a fun book for kids — and it's just the first of many! BY LAURA JEAN WHITCOMB

Can you imagine…Japanese beetles sumo wrestling? A shark with braces? Well, New Hampshire native Tim Fortier can. His new book, Animal Imagine, will have kids imagining up their own silly scenarios in no time. Kid Stuff magazine asked Fortier a few questions about his brain, his books and what he has coming up. Who are you? What is your day job? Where do you live? A. I grew up in Sunapee, N.H., and attended all 12 years of schooling there. Much of what I write about involves my years of growing up in the area. I love to create stories and paint with words. Perhaps, I am a blending of my parents: my Dad the storyteller and my Mom the educator and word lover. I try to create poems and stories that will bring joy, smiles and laughter to my readers. I’ve worked primarily in restaurants as a bartender/server and sales jobs most of my life. Currently, I wait tables at a local restaurant and bartend weddings, private parties and festivals. Since 2016, I am residing in Florida. Q. How did you think up the idea for Animal Imagine? A. Animal Imagine started as a list of fun animal poems I could write. Only one became a poem but I realized if I added illustrations to these imagines I would have a fun



children’s book. I took a whimsical look at animal stereotypes and imagined unusual twists to how we would think of them. For example, a giraffe has a long neck so what if he/she had a necktie collection? What if a shark wore braces? What if penguins snowboard?


Q. Does your brain really imagine these things? A. Yes! I have an active and vivid imagination that creates quite a variety of thoughts. Q. How old are you? A. I am 58 yrs old, but I reserve the right to be child-like forever, but not childish.

The F-Word By Tim Fortier Snowing…Snowing…Snowing out. Like a postcard for a view. Dad has taken out this shovel. He has lots and lots to do. The snowbanks are all five feet high. Special present from the plows. The trees are all but straining. From the white stuff on their boughs. The wind is whipping icy. Turns your head or blows your hat. A face now halfway frozen. From such frigid gusts as that. I tire of the climate here. Do I really have to stay? Dreaming of warmer weather. Make the winter go away. Q. Do you have kids? Did they grow up with imaginations, too? A. I have three wonderful children: Meghan, 23, Devon, 21, and Jared, 18. I believe they were blessed with great imaginations because I have stolen lots of their ideas and words. Q. Does your imagination get you in trouble? A. I don’t believe so, people do think I am quirky, strange, unusual, maybe even weird.

F-word beckons me to come. Sell the house and pack my things. No cold or snow will bother me. Sun and sand my fortune brings. Wish I never heard the F-word. Florida is not real cool. There’s a hurricane approaching. And there’s a gator in my pool! © 2019 Tim Fortier. All rights reserved.

Q. How can kids develop their imagination? A. I think “imagination” is a natural part of a child’s development. Children see the world magically, wonderfully, without adult filters. Just let them be inquisitive and encourage their thoughts and questions. Imagination will happen. Q. You write poetry, too? A. Yes, I write original poetry for children. I write fun, imaginative, crazy, silly poems that most kids can relate to. I am passionate about inspiring young writers through the magic of poetry and picture books. Look for several books to come! Trevor, Whatever (a rhymed verse about a boy and his wild hair) will be published in spring 2020 — and might already be available as you read this.


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Life Is a Circus Students at Sharon Academy in Sharon, Vt., learn how to create success out of failure — with circus skills. BY AMBER WYLIE, SHARON ACADEMY If someone asked you to imagine what a cutting-edge classroom should look like, what images spring to mind? Desks placed in orderly rows in a classroom with students working quietly? Hightech display systems, state-of-the art testing, and a distinguished teacher placed prominently in front of the room? Troy Wunderle, the artistic director of Circus Smirkus and founder of Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures, challenges schools to turn that image on its head. In place of a classroom, imagine a school gymnasium or circus tent. And the teacher? He’s a clown. Really. “The skills students need most in order to succeed in high school, college and beyond can be taught very effectively outside of a traditional classroom,” says Wunderle. “Teaching students how to create success out of failure is a fundamental aspect of preparing our children for success in school and in life. And I teach that through the circus.”

NO DESKS I talked with Wunderle during Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures’ annual residency at The Sharon Academy. Forty students were arranged throughout the room — some juggling balls or riding unicycles, others throwing diablos 26


or balancing on Rolla-Bollas. It was loud. There were no desks. The most “high-tech” items were the stilts. And there could be no doubt that significant learning was happening. “I teach circus to adolescents because this format allows me to teach incredibly important lessons to children who are in a transitional period in their lives,” says Wunderle, “Each student must understand that the stepping stones to success are often failure and hard work. The only way to move past a failure and into suc-


cess is to acknowledge the failure, accept it without shame or fear, and learn from it. For instance, if you fall, figure out why, alter your technique, and try again. You will better your odds of success having determined why you previously fell.” Wunderle says that once students can grasp this equation

Failure – Fear + Hard Work = Success they can overcome many obstacles throughout their lives, whether they be physical, emotional or academic obstacles.

“The ground rules I lay down when we begin rehearsals include, ‘If you are going to fail, FAIL BIG!’ That’s the only way to fail successfully,” he says.

A PERFORMANCE In a circus residency — such as the one Wunderle conducts at The Sharon Academy each spring or the Circus Smirkus tour Wunderle helps direct each summer — pulling off a creative, collaborative performance means everyone involved must be willing to work hard. Really hard. They have to learn how to work together as a team and how to take responsibility for their own individual performance. The stakes are high. Students’ grades don’t get folded quietly into a backpack to go home. Students at The Sharon Academy Middle School routinely perform their circus to more than 700 people. (Circus Smirkus performs to 50,000 each summer as they travel through New England.) Performers’ resilience and achievement are

measured in applause and gasps of happy surprise. Best of all, these students gain memories and skills that will stay with them for a lifetime. They can apply their knowledge of how to fail successfully to any future undertaking. They know that they were given a seemingly impossible task with a crazy-short timeline — and made it happen. Some of the best teachers are clowns. Who knew?

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10 Things to Know about Chief Justin Hastings Our kid reporter tackles her first interview — with her dad. BY BRIANNA HASTINGS What does it mean to be a firefighter? Kid Stuff Reporter Brianna Hastings asks Chief Justin Hastings, her father and the fire chief of the Grantham Volunteer Fire Department in Grantham, N.H. How long have you been a firefighter? I joined the Grantham Fire Department the July of 2000. So, for about 19 years. I have been the chief for about a year and a half. If someone wanted to be a firefighter, what type of training would they need to go through? Do you need a degree? There are multiple ways to become a firefighter. You can either be a volunteer firefighter or a full-time firefighter. To become a volunteer firefighter, you would apply to a volunteer fire department. They would help send you through level 1 fire fighting through the state, or they would help you through level 1 modules of the volunteer fire department. To become a full-time firefighter, a full-time fire department would put out an ad that would say that they are hiring full-time firefighters. That ad will have certain requirements, you would have to be a level 1 firefighter, a level 2 firefighter, an EMT




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basic, EMT A (advanced) or a paramedic. To be a level 1 firefighter, you have to go through a 212-hour course, covering the basics of firefighting. You don’t have to get a degree, but often people going into the fire service get an associates degree in fire science. They would go through a program like the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Laconia. What is your favorite part of firefighting history? My favorite part of firefighting history is the evolution of safety devices that help firefighters do their job better and safer. Tools started where firefighters go into a fire with nothing but a leather jacket and boots. Now, they go in with self-breathing devices, helping to prevent diseases like cancer in firefighters. So I have heard a lot about the firefighter brotherhood. What is that? The brotherhood is a bond that emergency personnel have, because we are put in situations that can be dramatic and life-threatening. The brotherhood is a mutual respect between each other, that we always have each other’s back, that we take care of each other whether it be in a fire or in our personal lives. How did 9/11 affect your life? It reinforced the decision I had made years before to become a firefighter. First responders take an oath to protect and serve our communities and that is exactly what the first responders did in 9/11. They put their own lives aside to help people in need, and I can’t think of any more honorable way to live your life than to offer to give it up to protect another.

How does being a firefighter help the community? The main responsibility of the fire department is to educate the community to help prevent accidents, injuries and fires. How often do you actually go into houses and put out fires? Actual fire calls probably account for under 5 percent of all of our calls. How many hours would you say that you have to work at the fire station? I work about 15 hours a week doing administrative work, meaning call entries, calls, budget, studying laws, reports, mutual aid meetings and hazmat meetings. I do about 2 ½ hours a week of training and, depending on call volume, anywhere from an hour to five hours a week for actual calls. Where did you train and get your degree? While I was in high school, I attended the Hartford (Vt.) Area Career and Technology Center where I did the public safety service program consisting of police/fire/ EMS training. When I got out of high school, I went to New Hampshire Technical Institute for an associ-

ate’s degree in fire science. While I was getting my degree, I lived at the Alton, N.H., fire station as a live-in student. While there I got my basic EMT, my level 1 firefighter, and my commercial driving license. I furthered my training and got my level 2 firefighter. In your opinion what is the most important trait a firefighter must have? I don’t believe that there is one trait that could answer that. I think that they should have compassion, be humble and be brave. Brianna Hastings is a student at Lebanon Middle School. She loves music and skiing with her family. When she gets older, she wants to be a journalist or an interpreter.

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March 8 Sun/12 to 4 p.m.

Free Family Arts Day Perfect for all ages. Talented local artists lead handson workshops. Open to the public. Refreshments will be available for purchase. >> The Sharon Academy High School, 6704 Route 14, Sharon, Vt. >> Free >> sharonacademy.org

March 8 Sun/3 to 5 p.m.

Apple Tree Pruning Community Work Party Celebrate the time change with the Hanover Conservancy by helping reclaim apple trees on the open summit of Balch Hill. Cross your fingers for a sun-drenched afternoon! Bring clippers or loppers if available. >> Summit of Balch Hill, Hanover, N.H. >> Free >> hanoverconservancy.org

March 10 Tue/10 to 11 a.m.

Wilma Jean the Worry Machine This a fun and humorous musical offers creative strategies for parents and teachers to lessen anxiety. >> Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 31 The Green, Woodstock, Vt. >> $6 >> pentanglearts.org

March 13 Fri/7 p.m.

Annual CHaD Battle of the Badges Hockey Championship Law enforcement and fire and rescue personnel from across the region meet on the ice to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. >> SNHU Arena, 555 Elm Street, Manchester, N.H. >> General admission $10, kids 5 and under free >> chadhockey.org

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March 14

Sat/11 a.m. Fun Run, 12 p.m. 5k

19th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run Proceeds from The Shamrock Shuffle support the local recreational programs and parks that make Lebanon a great place to live and play. >> Colburn Park, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> Adults $22.50, youth 13 to 17 $17.50, youth 12 and under $12.50, fun run free >> shamrock5k.com

March 21

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

Maple Sugar Shack Open House Are you curious how Vermont’s famous maple syrup is made? Find out at a sugar shack open house. See how tree sap is transformed into sweet amber syrup and sample some as it cooks! >> The King Farm, 128 King Farm Road, Woodstock, Vt. >> Free >> nps.gov/mabi

March 21 and 22

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

Kearsarge Maple Festival

March 20

Fri/9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Natural Sciences Discovery Day High school seniors interested in studying biology, environmental science or environmental studies are invited to meet professors and students, attend class, tour campus, enjoy lunch and learn all about Colby-Sawyer's natural sciences programs. Register online. >> Colby-Sawyer College, 541 Main Street, New London, N.H. >> Free >> colby-sawyer.edu

Learn how maple syrup is made and taste a variety of sugary goodness from the Kearsarge area. Maps available around town. >> Various locations in Warner, N.H. >> Free >> kearsargechamber.org

March 21 and 22 Sat/9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun/9:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Everybody Cut Footloose! For one weekend, your child can dance their way into the exciting world musical theater! Hosted by the New London Barn Playhouse, this spring intensive will offer sessions in singing, dancing and acting for performers ages 8 to 12 and 13 to 18. >> Colby-Sawyer College, 541 Main Street, New London, N.H. >> $150 >> nlbarn.org/school-year-programs






March 21 and 22 Sat and Sun/Various times

New Hampshire Maple Weekend Join the fun at a local participating sugar house! Across the state, sugar makers open their doors to the public to demonstrate the centuries-old craft of maple sugaring. >> Throughout New Hampshire >> Free >> nhmapleproducers.com

March 21 and 22 Sat and Sun/Various times

Vermont Maple Open House Weekend Celebrate the first crop of the season as Vermont's sugar makers open their sugarhouses, inviting visitors in to experience and enjoy this remarkable time of year when pure Vermont maple syrup is made. >> Throughout Vermont >> Free >> vermontmaple.org

March 23 to May 27 Mon and Wed/5 to 6:30 p.m.

Girls on the Run Girls on the Run® is a 10-week, curriculum based program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The program culminates with a 5K Celebration event. Register online. >> Claremont Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, N.H. >> $140 >> girlsontherunnh.org

March 24 to 29 Tue to Fri/6:30 p.m. Sat and Sun/11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Disney’s Frozen JR. Based on the hit Disney film, this new musical tells the tale of two sisters pulled apart by a mysterious secret. Performed by Youth Ensemble Series members. >> Northern Stage, The Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates Street, White River Junction, Vt. >> $17.75 to $23.75 >> northernstage.org

March 27 and 28 Fri/6 p.m. Carnival, 7 p.m. Circus Sat/3 p.m. Carnival, 4 p.m. Circus

13th Annual Middle School Carnival and Circus Family friendly, rollicking good fun! The Sharon Academy middle school students perform their hilarious, student-created circus that consistently draws huge crowds. Come early to experience the pre-circus carnival — a wonderful collection of student-run games and activities for children. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. >> The Sharon Academy High School, 6704 Route 14, Sharon, Vt. >> $3 >> sharonacademy.org

March 29

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

10th Annual Howel Classic Indoor Mini-Golf Tournament Families flock to the library to try their hand at the 18-hole course, while enjoying pizza, burritos and treats. This is a chance for kids and adults to get a little loud in the library! All attendees can enter to win prizes. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Howe Library Corporation. >> Howe Library, 13 South Street, Hanover, N.H. >> $5 per person >> thehowe.org





April 2

April 4

Thu/5:30 to 7 p.m.

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

Sensory Friendly Hours During these hours, the Montshire will offer a less crowded environment, reduced sound from select exhibits, quiet respite space with sensory materials and previsit information, including social narratives, a sensory map and a checklist. Preregistration required. >> Montshire Museum of Science, 1 Montshire Road, Norwich, Vt. >> $3 off regular admission >> montshire.org

April 4

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

Cardboard City Kids create 3D structures out of the simplest tools and materials: cardboard, tape and scissors. Develop a design, obtain approval from the city planning board, and then build a freestanding structure that will join other buildings, parks, bridges, boats and buses. >> Montshire Museum of Science, 1 Montshire Road, Norwich, Vt. >> Included with regular admission >> montshire.org

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HopStop Family Show: Carlo Colla and Sons HopStops offer young children and their caregivers free performances that entertain and introduce dance, music, theater and storytelling. Come ready to sing, dance and clap along. >> Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center, 4 East Wheelock Street, Hanover, N.H. >> Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, N.H. >> Free >> hop.dartmouth.edu

April 4

Sat/6 to 8 p.m.

Sweet Moments Father/Daughter Dance in Candy Land Come dance the night away in Candy Land with your sweet little girl. Ticket price includes the dance, an electronic photo, refreshments and a lifetime of memories. Hosted by the Newport Elite Tigers Softball Travel Team. >> Richards Elementary School, 21 School Street, Newport, N.H. >> $35 per couple, $5 per additional daughter >> buytickets.at/newportelitesoftball/328815

April 10 to 19 Fri/5 to 6:30 p.m. Sat/10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tue to Thu/11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Peeps Diorama Party and Exhibit Community members of all ages are invited to enter this light-hearted, creative contest using the iconic Easter candies: marshmallow Peeps! Deadline for submissions is April 9 at 4 p.m. Dioramas remain on display through April 19. >> Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport, N.H. >> Free >> libraryartcenter.org






April 11

April 18 and 19

Sat/9:30 a.m.

Sat and Sun/9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunt

Owl Festival

The New London Recreation Department holds its annual Easter Egg Hunt at the picturesque New London Historical Society. Open to all ages 9 and younger. Bring your own basket. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos. >> New London Historical Society, 179 Little Sunapee Road, New London, N.H. >> Free >> nl-nh.com

Calling all owls and owl lovers! Gather with live owls from all over the world, discover their life stories, and learn about current owl research and about VINS’ owl rehabilitation. >> Vermont Institute of Natural Science, 149 Natures Way, Quechee, Vt. >> $15 to $17.50 >> vinsweb.org

April 11

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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 bring your own baskets. Rain or shine. Hosted by Claremont Parks and Recreation. >> Arrowhead Recreation Area, 18 Robert Easter Way, Claremont, N.H. >> Free >> claremontnh.com

April 10 and 11 Fri and Sat/10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Baby Farm Animal Celebration Meet the farm’s lambs, chicks, piglets and calves, tour the 1890 Farm House, and view the farm life exhibits. >> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt. >> $4 to $16, members free >> billingsfarm.org




April 18

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

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, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. >> Free >> wildlife.state.nh.us

April 19

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

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 >> vitalcommunities.org


April 19 Sun/1 to 5 p.m.

Wilderness Survival Shelter Building Learn how to build a variety of survival shelters in this family friendly workshop focusing on the importance of staying warm and dry in the woods. Bring a daypack with snacks, water, work gloves and windbreaker or raingear. Register online. >> Arrowhead Recreation Area, 18 Robert Easter Way, Claremont, N.H. >> Free >> claremontnh.com

May 2

Sat/9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Steppin' Up to End Violence 2020 Annual fun run and 5k in which funds raised go toward support, services and programs for survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence and stalking as well as prevention programs in local schools. Teams and individuals raise funds by gathering pledges. >> Claremont Middle School, Chestnut Street, Claremont, N.H. >> Free registration >> turningpointsnetwork.org

April 24

Fri/6 to 9:30 p.m.

Branch Out Teen Night Free food and art at monthly Branch Out Teen Nights are for all teens in grades 7 to 12. Activities are planned by teens for teens. >> ArtisTree Community Arts Center, 2095 Pomfret Road, South Pomfret, Vt. >> Free >> artistreevt.org

April 26

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

9th Annual Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Model Railroad Show

May 9 Sat/9 a.m.

Live Free or Dye Color Run The annual Sunapee Color Run is a fun 3.5-mile event for all ages. Come prepared to be splashed with fun colorful water as you go through the race! >> Dewey Beach, Garnet Street, Sunapee, N.H. >> Adults 20 to 69 $20, youth 13 to 19 $15, seniors 70+ and chidren 12 and under free >> sau85.org

May 9

Sat/9:30 a.m. kids’ fun run, 10 a.m. 5k race.

Sunshine 5k 2020 Model railroad displays by local railroads and historical societies as well as a Lego™ layout. Door prizes, white elephant table, food available for purchase. Hosted by the Connecticut Valley Model Railroad Club. >> Kearsarge Regional Middle School, 32 Gile Pond Road, North Sutton, N.H. >> $5 per person, children 12 and under free >> cvrr.railfan.net/cvmrr

Run or walk a 5k loop through Newport and over the Corbin Covered Bridge. Proceeds benefit the Newport Recreation Scholarship program. Preregister to receive a free T-shirt. >> Corbin Covered Bridge, Newport, N.H. >> Preregister $15, race day registration $20, kids run free >> newportrec.com ›››››





May 19 to 21

Tue, Wed, Thu/10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

VINS Science Symposium

May 9 and 10 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 >> dartmouth.edu

Students participating in the Science Symposium choose a local issue to investigate, design hands-on projects, conduct research and then present their findings to the community. The event includes a keynote speaker, interactive science activities, and a VINS Raptor Program. >> Vermont Institute of Natural Science, 149 Natures Way, Quechee, Vt. >> Free admission for participating students, families and teachers >> vinsweb.org

May 23 and 24 Sat and Sun/10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sheep Shearing and Herding See the spring shearing of the farm’s ewes and demonstrations of Border Collies herding in the fields. Make wool crafts. >> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt. >> $4 to $16 >> billingsfarm.org

May 30

Sat/11 a.m. in Hanover

HopStop Family Show: Dance, Dance, Dance






HopStops offer young children and their caregivers free performances that entertain and introduce dance, music, theater and storytelling. Bring the whole family! >> Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center, 4 East Wheelock Street, Hanover, N.H. >> Free >> hop.dartmouth.edu

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Our pediatric team provides comprehensive and preventive care at our two convenient locations: New London Hospital and Newport Health Center.

newlondonhospital.org 603.526.5363 (New London Hospital) 603.863.4100 (Newport Health Center)

P.O. Box 500 Grantham, N.H. 03753


Fruit Program We invite kids (age 12 and under) to enjoy a free piece of fruit while you shop. It‘s just part of our commitment to support healthy food choices. Look for the Kids Club fruit baskets in our stores.

Nourish. Cultivate. Cooperate. WWW.COOPFOODSTORE.COOP


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