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atHOME with Art: Third Shift Fabrication . . . . . . 8 GARDEN: Fall Color

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YOUR HEALTH: Fruits/Veggies Matter

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IN THE KITCHEN: As Easy as (Apple) Pie . . . . . 26 PETS atHOME: Your Senior Pet

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Listings Buyers Guide

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Issue 12 • FALL 2018

PUBLISHER Backporch Publishing LLC EDITOR Marcia Passos-Duffy PROOFREADER Emily Marie Duffy CONTRIBUTORS Robert Audette • Jessica Gelter Ann Henderson • Peg Lopata Amy Parker • Leonard Perry Kim Welch • Anna Wojenski PHOTOGRAPHY Beth Pelton ADVERTISING SALES CONTACT US atHome Magazine 16 Russell St., Keene, N.H. 03431 603-369-2525 atHome is published four times a year (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) by Keene, N.H.-based Backporch Publishing LLC. atHome is a consumer publication that highlights the homes and gardens of residents in tristate area of New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. This magazine is copyrighted. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent. The views expressed in atHome magazine do not necessarily reflect the views of its advertisers, publisher or editor. While every effort is made to provide accurate information, neither atHome nor Backporch Publishing LLC assumes responsibility for any errors or omissions. Learn more about Backporch Publishing LLC’s publications: atHome ( The Heart of New England ( Marcia Passos-Duffy is also the co-founder/editor of the award-winning Monadnock Table magazine And the founder/editor of The Business Journal (formerly The Small Business Journal)

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atHome with Marcia Are You Getting “SAD”?


ow that fall is here, tell me, how are you feeling? If what you feel is dread, rather than joy, when you see the beautiful autumn colors you may have what I struggle with: seasonal affective disorder (SAD). That sense of melancholy may start around Labor Day, and keep snowballing (no pun intended) until the cold dark days of winter settle in around you. By then, you may have packed on pounds, have little energy, feel “blue” or even worse. If you have noticed any of these symptoms you are not alone, as I discovered: 10 million American suffer from full-blown SAD and 25 million more have milder symptoms. In New England, more than 20 percent of the population experience SAD (in contrast, Florida’s SAD rate in the winter is at 2 percent). While the exact reason why some people get SAD while others are immune remains a mystery, the fact remains that the shorter winter days — and less sunlight — has impact on those that suffer SAD.

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But, luckily, there is a simple cure: light therapy. I have been using a light box for almost 20 years, and believe me, it gets me through the darkest days of winter. (Google “light box therapy” for more information on how light boxes work and where to buy one; just make sure that the one you purchase is 10,000 lux.) Vitamin D is also a must-have year-round in our region. I also like to keep in mind the Norwegian saying, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” This attitude of staying active no matter what the weather does contribute to a happier winter season. If being active outside in the winter is not your cup of tea, there are other ways to stop that downward spiral that begins when the leaves begin to fall: 1. Don’t act like a bear. You may feel like crawling into a cave, but, believe me, that will make you feel much worse in the long run. Fire up your wood stove, light some candles and invite your neighbors for hot cocoa and a game of Scrabble. Or beer and poker. :) 2. Your calendar is your friend. Check out atHome’s Calendar of Events on the back cover, for both this issue and the winter issue for events that interest you. There are winter festivals, art exhibits, music happenings and more. 8. Decorate like a Viking. Take a home decorating tip from the Swedes (who are in almost complete darkness all day in the winter): Use bright lights, minimal curtains, and light colored walls and furnishings in your home and workplace to brighten your environment. If you are renovating or adding on to your house, make sure you include some south-facing windows to brighten up your rooms. (Look for our home redecorating issue this winter for more ideas!) 9. Stay warm. Although it has not been scientifically proven, many SAD sufferers report that warmth, in conjunction with light, help ease the symptoms of SAD. Turn up the thermostat, wrap yourself up in a wool blanket, sit by the fire, bundle yourself up when going outside. 10. Buy some flowers or force bulbs. You need a daily reminder that spring will return! Hope you enjoy the changing seasons ... and that you can get some ideas in this issue of atHome to brighten your world!

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atHome with art Interview by Anna Wojenski / Courtesy photos Ryan Lonergan Third Shift Fabrication Meridan, N.H. 603-502-2863 There are many factors that influence and shape how Ryan Lonergan, carries out his love for art with metal fabrication. Lonergan, who owns Third Shift Fabrication in Meriden, New Hampshire, creates sculptures with a nature theme while utilizing a newage technique. Lonergan shows his work at craft fairs, home shows, and beer festivals. His work will also soon be found in the Upper Valley Plaza in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. Freelance writer, Anna Wojenski, spoke with Ryan for atHome about his work and creativity. Tell us about how you became a metal sculptor. I wanted the tool before I knew what I was going to do with it. I bought the CNC (computer numerical control) machine and started playing around with it. I thought that I was going to make a lot of money off of cutting brackets and taps for hot rods. I found out quickly that there wasn’t much money in it, so I started playing around with the artwork. I liked that much better. I started copper plating the artwork and tinting the copper with different colors and using different chemicals to react with the copper. That’s really what hooked me as far as the interest because I realized that every single

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chemical reaction was unique to itself. I’ve always wanted to be a painter. I just never really had the talent to do that, but in this way it’s my form of painting. Describe your style of sculpting. Trying to take something that is manufactured or rigid — because when you think of fabrication, you think of stairways, railings, that kind of thing — but making it organic. Taking something planned and making it unplanned. I like interrupted lines. I like not perfect circles. I think that’s why I gravitated towards trees because they’re not symmetrical. Symmetrical kind of drives me crazy! I think trees have kind of been my niche and I really like the way trees react to the chemicals because of their shape and the nature of having branches and leaves that waters and chemicals run down. It gives it a very interesting look, as opposed to trying to do the same technique on a flat sheet of steel. It’s going to come out very bland and not fun. (Pictured, top and bottom, custom-build fire pit.) What themes do you pursue in your sculpture? I lean more towards insects like dragonflies and butterflies, those are kind of my go-tos. Growing up, I always watched all the hot rod shows. The hot rods that I liked were the ones that were old looking, but had new, modern touches and I feel like my artwork reflects that. I’ve taken an old, dirty oak tree and I’ve made it new with copper plating and steel. I’m touching on the new age with the CNC cut, but it’s more about what happens after it’s cut. Aside from that, I really do enjoy not knowing what my next job is going to be. Currently I’m working on a decorated chair-rail project. It is a bunch of gears designed together making the structure of the chair rail which is cut from stainless steel. Continued on page 12.


... all around the region!

fall foliage art tour

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By Jessica Gelter Executive Director, Arts Alive! Creative people seek inspirational places. From the early days, the healing waters of Brattleboro, the solitude of Mount Monadnock, and the serenity of the rolling hills all around have drawn artists, writers and musicians to live and create here. With the rise of e-commerce and online communications, one does not need the bustle of the city to make an arts business successful. Rustic retreats, mill buildings, downtown office spaces, converted tool sheds, are transformed into studio spaces — and often, in the fall, are open for the seasonal art tours from the end of September through early December.

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Many think of fall as harvest time .. a time to gather for the winter, a time for taking stock of what we’ve created and nurtured throughout the year. All across our region artists celebrate their creations by welcoming the greater community to see the place where all the magic happens. Not only is the fall a great time to visit artist studios. Visit the towns around the region for some great events like this year’s Brattleboro Literary Continued on next page



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... all around the region Festival. The Colonial and the Redfern Arts Center launch their live events seasons in September. Chamber music summer series are winding down by the end of October, but you can still catch great chamber music with Juno Orchestra in Brattleboro or Ashuelot Concerts in Keene. Art begets art and creativity begets more creativity. As the days grow shorter and those seasonal doldrums kick in, make sure to take in some art — harvest it, surround yourself with it — then try your hand at it. There are plenty of art, dance, music, theatre and writing classes to join, and the social interaction and the act of creation will brighten even the darkest days of winter!

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What inspires your work? I would say in part, others. I belong to an online forum and I can see what other people are doing. I show what I’m doing and I’m inspired by what I see. It’s nice to take an idea and put your own twist on it with a certain theme. Do you make both indoor and outdoor pieces? Yes. My indoor work is primarily made of copper plated steel because I use acids and patinas to make those. What the acids and patinas do is clean the steel and make it susceptible to rusting. As far as outdoor pieces, I’ve made chairs, tables, cocktail tables and fire pits. My fire pits are what really draws people in. I don’t make a lot of money off of them, but they are like advertising that pays for themselves. Where do you sell your work? I sell my work all over. I do have a website, yet most of my sales come from going to shows — doing home shows and craft shows. This time of year, craft shows are starting to pick up. We do beer festivals;

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Fall Color in Northern Landscapes By Dr. Leonard Perry, Horticulture Professor Emeritus University of Vermont


hether or not you live in an area of colorful sugar maples, there are many landscape plants that can provide wonderful fall colors around your home and yard. If choosing shrubs or small trees, try a grouping of several. If using large trees, one may be all that is needed or that you have room for. Keep in mind the mature size of woody plants when buying them in nurseries, and space appropriately when planting. Improper spacing (usually too close) and you’ll be pruning in a few years; plants growing together so close won’t realize their final shape and potential, and if near a building or walk may overtake these. An exception to planting close is if you want to establish a hedge. If planting a group of low shrubs or trees, keep in

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mind that they may look good against a dark-colored wall or evergreen hedge. Make sure that you plant in soil suited for the species. Try not to plant where snow and ice or winter road salt may damage plants. All of the following are hardy to at least USDA zone 4 (-20 to -30 degrees F average minimum) in winter. VINES: For vines, such as those climbing on fences, consider American bittersweet (Celastrus scandens) for yellow fall leaves (do not buy invasive oriental bittersweet). Another vigorous vine, this one with red fall leaves, is Virginia creeper. As with many fall leaves, this one shows brighter colors in sun. Boston ivy turns dark red in fall with full sun, yellowish-red in shade. While bittersweet climbs by twining, and Virginia creeper by tendrils, Boston ivy has tendril discs that make an adhesive that holds to walls but which can rot wooden structures.

GROUND COVERS: A couple of groundcovers, both with reddish leaves, are the bearberry (Arctostaphylos) and lowbush blueberry. For small shrubs under four feet high, consider some Spirea cultivars (cultivated varieties) generally with yellow fall leaves except for reddish Japanese sprireas. As with many plants, it may be best to buy them in fall so that you can see for yourself what actual colors they produce. Yellowroot (Xanthorrhiza) has brilliant red and gold fall color. SHRUBS: There are several larger shrubs, generally with reddish fall color. An exception is summersweet (Clethra) with generally yellow leaves. For purplish red leaves in fall, consider the chokeberry (Aronia) with the cultivar “Brilliantissima” turning scarlet. Also purplish-red in fall are red-osier dogwood and some viburnums such as the native nannyberry, blackhaw, and American cranberry bush. Korean spice viburnum turns burgundy. Vanhoutte spirea, and in particular the cultivar “Renaissance,” turns an orange-red. Many of these shrubs have multi-season interest. In particular, deciduous (losing their leaves in winter) rhododendrons such as the Northern lights series from Minnesota have red fall colors in addition to their colorful early season flowers. Redosier dogwood has reddish-purple fall leaves followed by bright red twigs in winter.

hardy flowering cherries for the north, the Sargent cherry, turns yellow to red. More choices, and information on particular plants, can be found in references such as “Landscape Plants for Vermont” ( and “The Homeowner’s Complete Tree and Shrub Handbook” ( Dr. Leonard Perry is a horticulture professor at the University of Vermont.

SMALL TREES: There are many trees to consider for fall color, other than maples. For small trees under about 25 to 35 feet tall, red fall leaves are seen on shadbush, hawthorns, and the native shining sumac. Other sumacs, as well as mountainash, turn various colors of red, orange, and yellow. The native American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) turns red in sun and yellow in shade.


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Old House: New Ways This 1800s Vermont home (once a general store) makes room for Margaret Miller’s work as a counselor, a Reiki practitioner and weaver; she is also massage therapist and does elder care throughout the region.

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t takes a brave soul to buy an uninsulated Vermont house on a side of mountain. A house that was built in the 1800s where a previous owner may have kept pigs inside to keep it warm. So when Margaret Miller, a woman with great courage, moved from South Dakota to South Wardsboro, Vermont in 1995, and bought this old house on West Jamaica Road, she was ready for a challenge.

she found here, in the walls, in the woods, and in Jamaica. She learned that the house was once a general store in the formerly thriving West Jamaica center. Across from her home is the old school house and nearby is evidence of a mill. Perfect location for a woman with the name Miller. Jamaica welcomed her. She says, “People here are good, open-hearted folks.” She soon discovered that the nearby Stratton Mountain Resort sustains this rural community. “The resort fuels the local economy, so it’s the best of both worlds, allowing work without giving up the benefits of the quiet pristine environment.” Like many rural folks, she’s done many different jobs to pay the bills — and has created a home to support these various vocations. Margaret works as a counselor, using her degree in counseling psychology, a Reiki practitioner and weaver in her home; massage therapist at Stratton, and does elder care throughout the region.

Some people embrace the unknown more easily than others. Some houses are perfectly suited to being owned by such a person. The house that Margaret bought is a reflection of her: always changing, adapting and evolving. Like many young people, Margaret went far afield in the early years of her adult life. She went West and lived on the Yankton Reservation in South Dakota. There she learned the importance of family connections. So this house in Jamaica, Vermont, was the right location for a woman returning back East as it is equidistant between relatives in New York and Massachusetts. Later, she discovered she was a descendant of a family which had homesteaded in South Wardsboro. Though not intentional, she felt like buying a house in nearby Jamaica was like coming home. The house had much to offer. It was quiet, surrounded by woods, including state forest on one border, and very private. Margaret and her then-husband, Mark, wandered around and found a spot where two brooks joined. “It felt magical, auspicious and inviting,” says Margaret. She even found a four-leaf clover in the yard. “It felt good to be here and we didn’t even care what it looked like inside.” She knew that to live here they’d need Mark’s skills as carpenter to take on this kind of place. So she asked Mark, “Do you want a place to live or a lifetime project?” He replied, “This will provide both.”

Making a life here

West Jamaica once may have seen Merino sheep grazing behind the general store and a mill busy making brooms, but Margaret has created a modern life not dependent upon the land. After she and Mark bought this place they first tackled how to make it livable in winter. It was August and they knew they had to get cracking. Margaret jokes, “August is not far from winter in these here parts!” The corroded tank under the back porch had to be replaced with a new septic system. They dug the water line deeper from the spring house to the house. They replaced the wood stove with one that would burn all night. By the time the first frost arrived in November they were on their way to making a comfortable life here.

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Further renovations followed. They repaired a leaky back roof. They enlarged the kitchen and downstairs bathroom with an addition on a slab foundation. But by the time the addition had walls and a roof, the money ran out. After Margaret’s dad died, they had money to finish this job.

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A house with history

Though some like a brand new house, or something at least built in the 20th century and ready to move in, Margaret loved the history

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At about this time, Margaret’s village weaving, knitting and consignment shop of nine years closed. The supplies, including looms, came home to the addition, now a beautifully-designed and crafted weaving studio with pine floors, north-facing windows, and a wall of pine shelves with a movable ladder. “The design and build has served wonderfully,” says Margaret. “This studio is a total luxury. My creative work is not squeezed out of the corner of the kitchen or intruded upon by other living activities. I can leave a project and come back to it. I am inspired by the colors of the yarn all visible in one view. The light is great too.”

Becoming something new

The house expanded its uses. The small former upstairs weaving room became Margaret’s massage and Reiki healing space or “Luna Room,” pictured, below. Its walls are a remarkable blue, both enlightening and restful. “I found a luna moth wing just before deciding to use this room for healing purposes,” explains Margaret. A friend matched the color of the wing in paint to use on the walls and ceiling. Two bedrooms have been turned into rooms

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for rent on Airbnb. These rooms are very Vermont-ish — with antique furniture, lovely quilts, and in one room, the wood stove’s toasty warm pipe comes right through a corner of the room. The attic, once trashed with squirrel-eaten insulation, poop, and all matter of detritus, has been transformed into a new bedroom with half bath. With exposed beams and rafters and a lovely wood-paddled fan, there’s a sense of spaciousness. At your feet is the warmth of deep orange-y brown hemlock floors that only old boards can provide. Margaret has taken a house and made the old work in new ways. “The best part,” says Margaret, “has been allowing the changes in my life to determine what the priorities are for the house next.” Could it be that a house becomes like the homeowner — always changing, evolving and looking for new ways to improve upon the old? If that’s true, then this house on West Jamaica Road has truly become a place that is just like what Margaret offers: welcome, respite and healing.

Peg Lopata is a freelance writer based in Vermont.

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Play it Again ... as it was Meant to be Heard Patricia and Mike Frederick have amassed a collection of historical pianos, many of which now live at the Historical Piano Center in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. But these rare musical instruments are not for show. They are meant for musicians to play the original music composed on them.


hatever you do, don’t call the piano collection in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, a museum. “In a museum, exhibits are meant to be seen and not touched,” says Patricia Frederick, who, with her husband, E. Michael “Mike” Frederick (pictured at right), founded the Historical Piano Study Center in 2000. “We are an educational institution,” says Mike Frederick. “These are tools.”

The Fredericks began collecting historical pianos during the 1970s and early 80s, when they lived in Ohio. But they didn’t begin buying the Erards, Bechsteins and Bluthners out of a desire to furnish their living space with antiques. “We wanted to hear music played on the pianos they were composed on,” says Patricia, a music teacher, organist and choir director. “We collected pianos that a composer would have owned in their own studio or played in concert.” Continued next page.

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Patricia Humphrey was teaching music in a grade school in Newton, Massachusetts, in 1972 when she married Mike Frederick, who was studying to be a historian at the time. “We had my Steinway baby grand and his harpsichord he built from scratch,” says Patricia. “There was a historic chasm between the two.” Mike, who comes from a long line of engineers, says that after they moved to Ohio, he got bored with teaching history and decided to indulge his musical curiosity and attempt to bridge the gap between the harpsichord and the contemporary grand piano. In 1976, the couple made their first purchase, an 1830 Stodart built in London, for $2,000. At that time, notes Mike, historical pianos were relatively inexpensive, with shipping and renovation costs often exceeding the purchase price. In the mid-80s, they returned to New England to be closer to family and the metro areas of New York City and Boston. “While we lived in Ohio, we were getting a lot of visitors from New York who were coming to play our pianos,” says Mike. “And I was getting homesick,” says Patricia, who wanted their two children to be closer to their grandparents. While growing up, Patricia’s father, Laning Humphrey, was the publicist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and curator of the Casadesus Collection of Ancient Instruments at Symphony Hall. Patricia credits him for her unique interest in the sound of pianos. “Mr. Humphrey emphasized the human factor behind the music, to draw his readers into a personal interest in music history, its composers and its instruments,” states the Frederick Collection website. According to their website,

20 Home at, the period of pianos in the collection extends from about 1790 to 1907, representing music from Haydn and Beethoven through the French Impressionists. For 25 years, the kept their piano collection in their home, first in Ohio and then in their Water Street house in Ashburnham, where they held concerts and allowed curious pianists to tickle the ivories to their heart’s desire. Patricia says one of the most tender rewards of their collection is the look in the eyes of a pianist who has for years struggled to play a composition, blaming him or herself for a seeming lack of expertise, only to realize they weren’t playing the piece on the right keyboard. “They are mad at themselves, sometimes,” she says. “They say, ‘Now I understand the music. It makes sense.’” And that gets to the heart of the collection, says Mike. “A musical education doesn’t always include various pianos,” he says. “And pianos today all sound the same.” “A pianist once told me it’s the ‘McDonaldisation’ of everything,” adds Patricia. “Every composer wrote for the pianos he knew, capitalizing on particular musical effects available from those instruments,” states their website. “The same music played on a significantly different instrument will have a different sound, and not necessarily one the composer would have preferred. To hear and/or play the piano literature on an instrument such as it was conceived for, is to discover important features of the music. Effects unavailable on the standard modern piano (bass/treble balance, clarity of bass tone, tone-color changes over the dynamic range) become evident, enriching one’s appreciation and enjoyment of the music.” In a 2001 piece for the New York Times, pianist Anthony Tommasininov writes, “[S]ome things in the Beethoven sonatas are virtually impossible to play on modern grands

with their heavy actions, for example the glissando octaves in the climactic coda of the ‘Waldstein’ Sonata. Holding your thumb and pinkie at an octave’s distance in each hand, you must slide up and down the white keys. In concert Rudolf Serkin used to wet his fingers in his mouth discreetly as the passage approached to ease it along. I tried playing that passage on the Katholnig, with its light action and quick response, and it was almost easy. Slide up, slide down; just like Chico Marx.” In 2000, with barely enough room in their home to contain their collection or the increasing size of the audiences for their regular concerts, the Fredericks signed a lease with the town to rent the former home of the Stevens Memorial Library. Unfortunately, the building is still not big enough for the collection, and the Fredericks keep eight pianos in their home. “Ideally, we need a bigger building,” says Patricia. “And I wouldn’t mind having even more pianos,” adds Mike. The Fredericks have been able to keep their collection available on a meager budget of $50,000 a year, funded through grants, donations and admission fees to their regular concerts. But they worry about their collection and what might happen to it when they no longer can manage the building, its maintenance and the pianos.

“We don’t want to see this collection auctioned off,” says Patricia. “The future of our ‘mom-and-pop’ cultural institution is uncertain,” says Mike, who credits their supporters with keeping the collection vibrant and available. But, notes Mike, to continue the legacy long after they are able to manage it requires dedication similar to what they’ve given over the past 34 years or a sizable endowment that can guarantee it will be maintained. As they told the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise in 2016, they are looking for people or organizations interested in “protecting the ecological diversity in classical music.” “To do something like this right, you have to create the people who will be your successors,” Patricia told the Sentinel & Enterprise. But, until then, the Fredericks are not slowing down. Their summer/fall concert series kicked off on Aug. 5, with concerts and recitals scheduled through Oct. 14. To learn more about upcoming events, how to schedule a tour of the collection or to make a donation, visit

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Orange ...

Love it or Hate it, the Color Orange Gets Us Focused and Paying Attention


ndoubtedly orange is a magically dipped brush swathing the New England countryside this time of year. Having not grown up here, the vibrant warm spectrum of yellow-red never ceases to delight. The painter, Wolf Kahn, wrote, “orange is very blatant and vulgar. It makes you immediately have feelings.” Frank Sinatra once described orange as “the happiest color.” “Celebratory, gregarious orange” was a favorite accent color on the otherwise darkly sketched and outlined shapes of Gaughin’s Tahiti painting and Toulouse Latrec’s scenes from Moulin Rouge. Orange is the color of the Golden Gate Bridge, carefully chosen to blend with the surrounding hillsides of the Bay while demarcating the often fog-shrouded structure.

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Fruits & Veggies: “More” Matters for Your Kids

“Eat more fruits and vegetables.” You’ve heard it a million times — but what is the impact that change could have in children? Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. The long-term health effects are detrimental; research shows a correlation between being obese as a child and increased risk of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that help protect our health and keep our immune system strong, helping to prevent many of these ailments. Now that school has started, here are some simple tips to help increase your child’s intake of fruits and vegetables and to give them a health boost: 1. Add fruits and vegetables into ANY meal. Fruit doesn’t have to just be a snack, and vegetables don’t have to be served only at dinner. Add vegetables into an egg scramble for breakfast, a sandwich or soup for lunch, or as the foundation of a stir-fry dinner. If

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whole fruit is something that your child doesn’t normally choose as a snack, you can make your own fruit salad at the beginning of the week and pack it in small cups to serve as a side during lunch or dinner. 2. All forms matter. We usually think of fresh fruits and vegetables being the only kind we should buy. However, frozen fruits and vegetables contain the same nutritional value and you don’t have to worry about them going bad before you use them. Canned is another great option that you won’t have to worry about wasting. When choosing canned fruit, opt for ones that are stored in water or 100 percent fruit juice with no added sugar. Choose canned FINANCING AVAILABLE

veggies with “low-sodium” on the label. You can also rinse them to further decrease the sodium content. Lastly, dried fruits can be a simple and nutritious addition to dress up cereals or salads — or to enjoy as a simple snack. 3. Set an example. Studies show that children are influenced by their parents’ and siblings’ eating choices. By including more fruits and vegetables into your diet, you will be modeling healthy eating behaviors which support the development of healthy habits in your children. Plus you’ll both receive the amazing health benefits! 4. Pair Your Flavors. Research shows that children are more likely to develop a taste for veggies when they are offered with foods they know and like. For example, try pairing broccoli with a tasty low-fat dip or serve spinach in eggs or smoothies. 5. Don’t Give Up! On average, it takes a child about 7-10 food introductions before he/she acquires the taste for it. Have them help you cook and grocery shop and even try planting some of your own fruits or vegetables together. Avoid negative talk and instead, encourage them just to take a bite or to try it in a different way. There is no better feeling than seeing your child live a healthy and happy life. Keep working at it — your efforts will pay off! This article is reprinted with permission from Healthy Monadnock,

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on’t throw tomatoes (or apples!) at me for saying this ... but not everything you bake needs to be from scratch. I’m not talking about freezer-pie-in-the-oven kind of easy. I’m talking about cutting some corners to make your busy life easier, and still fill your house with the rich aroma of a fresh-baked pie. This recipe makes the hardest part of making a pie, the crust, as easy as, well, pie. For this recipe, use a store-bought double-crust ready to use pie crust (Cook’s Illustrated recommends Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts, which are “simple to unfurl, immediately fit in our pie plate without extra stretching, and baked up golden and flaky”). The filling is caramelized apples with just the right amount of spices and flavor to satisfy the most discriminating apple pie aficionado. Makes one 9-inch pie.

Easy as Apple Pie Recipe 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/4 cup white sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 pinch salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 cup water 1 (15 ounce) package double crust ready-to-use pie crust (such as Pillsbury) 4 large Granny Smith apples (or other type of good baking apple such as Crispin, Winesap, Jonagold, Honey Crisp, Braeburn or Pink Lady) cored and thinly sliced Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Stir in sugars, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and water. Bring the syrup to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and set aside. Unroll pie crusts, press one into a 9-inch pie dish, and place the apples into the crust. Spoon caramel sauce over the apples. Carefully place the second pie crust on top of the apples, and crimp the sides. (If you want to get fancy, you can use cookie cutters to cut out shapes, or the word “PIE,” from any excess pie crust and place on top.) Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake until the crust is golden brown and apple filling is bubbling, 35 to 40 more minutes. Allow to cool completely before slicing.

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s our dogs age, their needs may change. They may need a more easily digestible diet and a slower daily routine. I think one of the kindest things you can do for your older dog is make their home safe and comfortable for them. Just a few easy changes can make all the difference. Let’s think about their mobility. Is Spot having a hard time rising from the floor? Sore, stiff muscles and joints can make it difficult for him to get up. A lifting harness or strap or even a folded or rolled towel can be very helpful and make it easy for you to help him rise from the floor or his bed. They’re also helpful on stairs and getting in and out of the car. Bare floors can also present a problem if he can’t get enough footing to get up. I found that using slip-proof rugs and pads made it easier for my older dog get himself up before we needed to start using a lifting harness. Your older dog may also lose some or all of their vision and hearing. I recommend keeping stairs gated if possible so she won’t accidentally fall down if she attempts them unattended. Being patient with your pet that can no longer hear or see as well as they used to is probably the best advice I can give you. When your dog is young if you’ve used a food lure to train them, you’ve got built-in hand signals that will come in very handy if your dog can no longer hear your voice. A nice strong recall with a hand signal will be extremely important during this time. If your dog doesn’t have one, please keep them on leash so that they don’t become lost. Also, be aware that just like humans, dogs

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Auction of Historic Proportions • Sept. 28, 6-9 p.m., Historical Society of Cheshire County, Keene, NH. auction-historicproportions/ This is biggest fundraising event of the year for the Historical Society of Cheshire County. More than a hundred items are available in a live auction and silent auction. Many of the auction items have connections to Cheshire County. Those who attend can expect to have some fun and enjoy a few laughs in support of the of the Historical Society’s programs which help people of all ages “find their place in history.” Brattrock! Sept 29, 9 a.m.-midnight, Brattleboro, VT Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival (BrattRock) provides a venue for youth musicians to connect, learn, perform, inspire, and be inspired. BrattRock provides educational and performance opportunities for musical and musically-minded youth from around New England.


Scarecrows on the Common, Oct. 6, Jaffrey, NH TEAM Jaffrey’s signature autumn event! Scarecrows on the Common is returning to Jaffrey’s Main Street with fun for the whole family on the Library lawn, Jaffrey Town Common, and more! 15th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner Oct. 6, Brattleboro, VT Help fight hunger locally! All proceeds of the Empty Bowls Dinner benefit the Food Shelf at Groundworks Collaborative. Your ticket

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gets you a delicious meal, live music, and a handcrafted bowl to take home. Monadnock Art’s Art Tour 23, Oct. 6-8 Central Monadnock Region Celebrating the presence of the visual arts in the Monadnock Region of southwestern New Hampshire, from the artists who gathered in and near Dublin at the turn of the 19th century to the hundreds of artists who live and work throughout the region today. Wool Arts Tour October 6-7, Greenfield, Hillsborough, Deering and Henniker, NH www.woolartstournh. com/ In 1983 a small group of women came together with a shared appreciation of sheep and their wonderful fiber. Through their dedication and hard work, the Wool Arts Tour was born. Come help us celebrate our 35th year! Fall Foliage Art Tour Ocober 6-8, Tour Covers: Keene, Rindge, Munsonville, Nelson, New Ipswich, Stoddard, Antrium and Swanzey, NH Come experience a glorious weekend of art and fall foliage on this self-guided art tour through the Monadnock Region. Monadnock Art: Annual Open Studio Art Tour October 6-8, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Chesham, Dublin, Hancock, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Marlborough, Peterborough, and Sharon, NH www.monadnockart. org/art-tour Monadnock Art presents the Art Tour each October during the peak of the colorful foliage

season in southwestern New Hampshire. The Tour is self-directed, and it’s free for the interested public. Art lovers from all over New England, and beyond, enjoy touring the beautiful countryside, following the distinctive Art Tour signs, and discovering the often tucked-away places where artists work. Studios are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. 30th Annual Walk for Animals, Oct. 13, Swanzey, NH Every year, animal lovers fetch their sneakers, leash up their pooches and take a walk together on this special day. Walkers raise money by finding friends, family, colleagues, businesses, coworkers and animal lovers to sponsor them. Get a team together, or come as an individual participant. Teams are fun, but every individual can make a difference. You can walk with or without a dog. Monadnock Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 21, Swanzey, NH The 4th edition of the Monadnock Pumpkin Festival promises to be the best yet! Food vendors, crafters, live entertainment, expanded haunted hayride, more pumpkins, free carving all day long, amusment rides, FIREWORKS and so much more! An evening with Solo Pianist, George Winston, Oct. 21, Latchis Theater, Brattleboro, VT Please join us in support of a local food bank by bringing a donation of canned food to the concert. There will be collection baskets at the entrances. Keene Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 28 Downtown Keene, NH Following Keene’s lead,

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Stonewall Farm: Kristallnacht Commemoration Nov. 8, Keene, NH The Colonial Theater will be filled with community members, local school children, the chief of police and the fire chief, international guests and leaders of the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Center for this year’s Kristallnacht Commemoration. This event is free to the public and lasts only one hour. In Kristallnacht Commemoration we come together to remember, to create, then to move forward as a community. We witness the past and commit to caring for each other now and in the future. Please join us. Thanksgiving Farm Fare, Nov. 17, 4-7 p.m. and November 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Keene, NH www.stonewallfarm. org/stonewall-farmevents Keep your Thanksgiving celebration local by shopping for everything you will need to make a deliciously memorable feast and more at Farm Fare, an event to be held at Stonewall Farm in Keene, NH on Novem-

ber 18th and 19th. No admission fee! Putney Craft Tour Nov. 23-25, Putney, VT Once each year, just in time for holiday gift giving, our local craftsmen open their studios for the public to come and explore, to experience firsthand the making of our work, to understand our creative process, to hear our stories, and to purchase our unique crafts directly from us. Walpole Artisans Tour Nov. 24-26. Walpole, NH and Bellows Falls, VT www.woodcollection. com/WalpoleArtisansCooperativeTour.htm Open studio tour of unique locally made gifts, original artwork handcrafted by juried members.


Harlow’s Restaurant Thursdays Bluegrass Jam Friday & Saturday: Live Music MacDowell Downtown First Fridays March-October First Fridays Peterborough. Music, Art, Shopping, and more, Downtown Peterborough, NH First Friday Art Hop Keene Music, Art, Shopping, and more. Downtown Keene, NH Gallery Walk First Friday of the month 5:30 pm-8:30 pm Brattleboro, VT

Meet the Draft Horses First Saturdays 10 a.m.-noon Draft Gratitude, Winchester, N.H. =================== Visit the websites of these local organizations to learn about upcoming shows, films, concerts, exhibits and more! Apple Hill, Brattleboro Music Center, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center Cheshire Children’s Museum cheshirechildrens Colonial Theatre Historical Society of Cheshire County Mariposa Museum Marlboro Music Festival Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts Gallery mitchellgiddingsfinearts. com MoCo Arts, Monadnock Center for History & Culture Monadnock Folklore Society Monadnock Music NextStage Arts NH Open Doors Tours Peterborough Folk Music Society Peterborough Players Redfern Arts Center Sharon Arts Center Gallery The Heart of New England Thorne Sagendorph Gallery Vermont Center for Photography Vermont Jazz Center

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