New Hampshire Magazine August 2020

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First Things

603 Navigator

603 Informer

603 Living

4 Editor’s Note 6 Contributors Page 8 Feedback

10 Food & Drink A slice of heaven

26 Lost in History

86 Living

by Anders Morley photos by David Mendelsohn

by Barbara Coles

by Emily Heidt


Suffragist Armenia White

Public Gardens

90 Local Dish Berry shrub

by Susan Laughlin

36 Transcript

Meet Dominique Caissie of Terrapin Glassblowing Studio in Jaffrey. by David Mendelsohn

38 Wheel Life

With usual summer travel made more difficult (or, in some cases, impossible), many are turning to two-wheeled tourism. For the ultimate Granite State bicycle road trip, consider the Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail.

by Marty Basch

48 School of Rock

18 Top Events outdoor fun

by Emily Heidt

20 Our Town Rochester

by Barbara Radcliffe Rogers

30 Blips

nh in the news

More than 400 students got to rock out with Sully Erna and Godsmack during the making of the “Unforgettable” music video. Here’s the story behind this two-year endeavor, which was filmed in Manchester.

by Casey McDermott

56 Top Dentists 2020

by Susan Laughlin

92 Seniority

by James Pindell

by Lynne Snierson

33 Artisan

94 Health

New Hampshire’s type

by Rick Broussard

The annual Top Dentists list showcases excellence in dental care. See who New Hampshire dentists voted as the most trustworthy.

32 Politics

dealing with addiction

Melissa McKeagney

24 Sips

local beer & spirits

by Michael Hauptly-Pierce

34 What Do You Know? riding the rails

by Marshall Hudson

ON THE COVER Learn what you need to know about biking the Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail starting on page 38. Photo by Joe Klementovich

social determinants of health

by Karen A. Jamrog

96 Ayuh

quarantine report card

by Bill Burke

Volume 34, Number 8 ISSN 1560-4949 | August 2020



There’s been a lot of name-calling in recent years, so it’s interesting when an epithet becomes a commendation. To be a called “nerd” was once to be sidelined, but now it’s a quirky badge of honor.

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erhaps it’s just a result of the volume of information and change that’s constantly flowing past our eyes and ears and minds that we find some comfort in knowing someone who seems to have a handle on at least one aspect of what’s going on in the world. We might not be able to understand how it all works, or where it’s all going, but we know that someone has the Marvel Universe completely mapped out, and has logged all the inconsistencies between the film and comic book versions. Of course, nerdity is not always so frivolous as that. The most prominent example on the national stage right now is probably Dr. Anthony Fauci, who it would be fair to call the country’s preeminent epidemiology nerd. And on a local level, the recent press release from Segway Inc. about the ceasing of production of their famous (and often mocked) “human transporter” brings to mind the nerd who invented it — one of my personal heroes, Dean Kamen of Bedford. In an interview long ago, ­before the advent of the Segway, Kamen told me that his first invention was a system of strings and pulleys that allowed him to make his bed every morning by simply pulling a cord. I don’t know, but that sounds like a nerd to me. And I doubt that Kamen would object, except to point out that the world needs more, not less, of whatever it is that inspires young people to obsess over science and technology. That’s why he created what’s arguably the largest facilitator of nerdity in America: the FIRST Robotics Competition. I could list plenty of other examples, but that would spoil the treat we have for you next month when we celebrate the nerds among us. We had planned a story on Granite State Comicon, a nerd-filled cultural confection that would have been a welcome relief from the cares of the world, but, alas, the world’s cares canceled it this year.

So rather than give up entirely, we will instead go deeper on the topic to root out and celebrate the various strains of nerdity that live and work among us. We’ve got a list of nerds that might surprise you, and you might know a few names we should add to that list. If so, please send them along. One place that I often ponder the power of nerdity is while sitting in the dentist chair, staring up at that UFO-shaped light fixture that’s always there. I took pretty lackadaisical care of my teeth and gums while growing up. The earnest counsel of the dentists and hygienists always struck me as a bit obsessive, so I mostly disregarded it. Now that I have my own periodontist whom I must see several times a year (Hi, Dr. Wang), I’ve become a fervent proponent of flossing. Anyway, having my teeth and gums meticulously examined, probed, cleaned and repaired by someone with human-size hands working in a space that holds a little more than four ounces of liquid (that’s equal to about four shots of, say, whiskey) always makes me wonder how they do it. Sure, they’ve got mirrors and lenses and special tools, but they make delicate and reliable alterations and repairs to a part of you that’s in constant use and do it while you are still awake and salivating. It reminds me a bit of a nerdy sea captain in his swaying cabin building a ship in a bottle, but it’s a bottle half-full of sea water. As a journalist, I’m a generalist, so I’m not sure what motivates someone to devote a life to something so specific as the tissues and bones and enamels of the human mouth, but I’m awfully glad for it. And maybe it’s the novocaine, but I always find comfort there in the chair pondering the benevolent obsession that turns a mere person into a Top Dentist.

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Contributors Marty Basch, who wrote the feature story “Wheel Life,” is an awardwinning writer, lecturer and storyteller who has written widely on the outdoors, sports, travel and food. Basch is a longtime Boston Globe correspondent, syndicated outdoor adventure columnist and contributor to many newspapers, magazines and websites. He’s written six books, including four about biking and two on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. Learn more at

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Frequent contributor Joe Klementovich, who specializes in outdoor photography, took the cover photo. See more at

Longtime former New Hampshire Magazine managing editor Barbara Coles wrote “Lost in History.”

Anders Morley, who wrote “A Slice of Heaven,” is a freelance writer and translator. His first book, “This Land of Snow,” is due out this fall.

Regular “Transcript” contributor David Mendelsohn also took the photos for “A Slice of Heaven.” Find more of his work at

McLean Communications custom publishing managing editor and now official New Hampshire Magazine contributor Bill Burke wrote “Ayuh.”

Our regular “Sips” writer Michael Hauptly-Pierce is also the cofounder of Lithermans Limited Brewery in Concord.

About | Behind The Scenes at New Hampshire Magazine Screen Stars at Best of NH If you watched some or all of our Best of NH Party at YOUR House on June 18 (and there’s a good chance you did — we had about 3,000 people drop in to party with us), you might have thought our hosts Neal White and Marga Bessette from WZID were broadcasting from some scenic spot. But the slick backdrop and graphics were generated out of our Manchester office with a green screen and a truckload of equipment, all delivered and expertly operated by the team at Edify Multimedia of Nashua. The skill (and confidence) of the Edify team — Eric Frank, Dale Ouellette and Dave Mackey (that’s Dave and Eric pictured at left) — empowered our decision to take the state’s biggest party and make it a virtual event, and they were were critical to making it a success. Also essential were a host of other helpers, enablers and dignitaries who participated. We’ve tried to list them all in the thank-you ad on page 91. If we missed you, let us know and we’ll be sure WZID’S Neal White and Marga Bessette rock the green screen at our to drop your name in an upcoming issue. “Best of NH Party at YOUR House” on June 18. 6 | August 2020

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Note From an Honorary Editor Popular Hermit

I wanted to thank you for the nice article Marshall Hudson wrote about my grandfather Perley Swett [“What Do You Know?” June 2020]. I met with Mr. Hudson, and we had a nice visit as I told him about Perley and his life. I thought he did a very good job of consolidating Perley’s 85 years into two-and-ahalf pages! I had many friends and family mention the article, and I even decided to subscribe to New Hampshire Magazine because of it. Perley was quite a character, and I’m sure he would be tickled pink to know that almost 50 years after his death, people are still interested in his story. Unfortunately, I am no longer having copies of my book “Perley: The True Story of a NH Hermit” printed as financially it just wasn’t feasible, but I think there are plenty of secondhand copies out there if anyone is interested. Thanks again. Sheila Swett Thompson Swanzey

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I thought your editorial was a great first draft. How about you rewrite it with some concrete steps your magazine can take to address the problem. You talked about Mel Bolden’s artwork. Why didn’t you do an article on his work and show us starting with the piece he did for our New Hampshire museum? How about finding some Black New Hampshire artists and artisans and showcase their work? What about the cover art? Did you happen to notice how white your contributors lineup is? Can you diversify there a bit? Just some thoughts that popped up in my little white head after reading your editorial. Judi E. Easley Derry P.S. I was recently reminded that very few of the current Black population has direct ties to Africa, so the proper term is Black rather than African American, and this came from a Black man. 8 | August 2020

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Well, I can scratch being published in New Hampshire Magazine off my bucket list [“Best of New Hampshire,” July 2020]. Thanks for printing my submission regarding Green Heron (and for the full-page photo). To say the least, they were blown away with the recognition. I also wanted you to know that your “Chiseled in Stone” Editor’s Note, I hope, will challenge people to think and act differently. Between the murders of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks, I made a point to reach out to an old and dear family friend in Alabama. Deano Orr was my community relations manager in Ohio for many years straight out of college. He had no family “up North,” so he became like a second son to us. An African American from the rural South, he earned money as a kid picking cotton, and went to Ole Miss on a football scholarship, becoming the captain of the team. Now a father of two teenagers, I felt the need to have a “father/son conversation with him,” and we talked for hours. It was enlightening to understand what a Black family in the Deep South contends with on a daily basis that many other folks are oblivious to. I have worried about a lot of things raising my children, but I never worried that one of them would be murdered during a traffic stop. Jeff Weber Warner

year’s Best of NH Party than I did. The rest of the magazine team were all involved in some capacity and our event manager Emily Samantis kept everything moving in the right direction during a radical rebuild of one of the state’s biggest events on the fly (while we were all operating remotely). Our digital media specialist Morgen Connor supplied the skills and insights we needed to successfully draw and please an online audience, and we were assisted at every turn by our new publisher, Ernesto Burden, who fortunately possessed a wealth of useful experience in online conversions and events. The sales staff kept clients involved and provided essential financial support for the effort, our creative team added the necessary graphic touches, and a group of people from outside our company who happen to love the event (like our entertainment coordinator Steve Friedman of The River) were willing to devote themselves to making the party as good as it needed to be to live up to its name. I happily share your newly coined superlative “Bestest Best” with all of them. [Disclosure: Kerrin Thompson is a friend of the editor and is married to the songwriter of “Live Free or Die.”]

The Bestest Best RE: Best of NH Party at YOUR House Way to achieve the impossible and kick ass doing it. Loved the show and all of that extraordinary New Hampshire talent, and especially loved hearing John Davidson rock “Live Free or Die.” I don’t know how you do all that you do, my friend, but you’re The Bestest Best of NH. On behalf of everyone in this fabulous state, we’re so grateful for your tireless efforts. Kerrin Thompson Meredith Editor’s Note: Thanks, but let me use your kind note to redirect praise to a number of others here who had as much, and in some cases more, to do with the success of this

Correction: Jon D’Ortona’s name was misspelled in the July story “Grave New World.” We regret the error. D’Ortona’s illustration is pictured here, and you can read what he had to say about it in the online version of the story at You can also see more illustrations from other students at the Institute of Art and Design at New England College.

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A Slice of Heaven

From the traditions and rules of Naples to the neighborhood parlor — what defines “real” pizza? by anders morley


Andrew Cartaya-Murphy stretches dough at Vinnie’s Pizzaria in Concord while General Manager Richard Hoefs calls out an order.

he origins of pizza, like so many everyday things, are mysterious. The word may be related to pita, as in the pocket bread. Others trace it to the Germanic root that gives us the English “bit.” No one knows for sure. The food itself is equally hard to corner. In the “Aeneid,” Virgil describes Aeneas arriving in Italy and eating something that sounds like a proto-pizza, but clear across the sash of the Old World, from focaccia on the French-Italian frontier to naan in India, obvious cousins abound. Pizza’s openness to suggestion enhances its mystique. It’s part of what makes it so popular. For those who want certainty, strict rules do exist — surprisingly strict, to anyone who’s ever witnessed the bedlam of Naples, undisputed birthplace of pizza as we know it and headquarters of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, whose code of regulations is as long as the US Constitution. Only two types pizza are deemed authentic: marinara, with tomatoes, garlic, oregano | August 2020


603 NAVIGATOR and olive oil; and Margherita, with tomatoes, cheese, basil and olive oil. Stern imperatives — “Never add fat or sugar to the dough” — sharply curtail the possibility of improvisation. Technical specifications dictate acceptable flour types and water pH. (I’ve met Neapolitans who insist that their volcanic-gas-aerated tap water is the real secret, and that pizza therefore cannot possibly be made beyond the shadow of Vesuvius.) Diameters may not exceed 13 ¾ inches, and the dough must be cooked on the stone oven surface, never a pan, for not more than 90 seconds. The finished product should have a thick, airy crust and be “soft, fragrant, easy to manipulate and fold.” Pizza, thus prepared, “should be consumed immediately, straight out of the oven, at


the pizzeria.” Such consumption is almost always done with fork and knife. I lived in Italy for years and incline toward purism. These rules, to me, are akin to Holy Writ. Nevertheless, I’ve noticed a funny thing about pizza. No matter how hard I rack my brain, I can’t remember a single bite I haven’t enjoyed. Even the soggiest palate-singeing cardboard of Lunchlady Land tastes better than anything you’d reasonably compare it to. Bad pizza is like a Hollywood movie, satisfying our most primitive needs in the crassest way possible, a guilty pleasure. Truly good pizza, once you’ve had it, is like nothing else; it just doesn’t occur to you to make comparisons. Three simple ingredients, dressed with a little salt, oil and basil. Sixty seconds in an oven. A miracle.

Vinnie’s Pizzaria co-owners Scott and Anne Austin with Logan and Alana

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I lived in Italy for years and incline toward purism. Nevertheless, I’ve noticed a funny thing about pizza. No matter how hard I rack my brain, I can’t remember a single bite I haven’t enjoyed. It’s as if every further elaboration signified a lack of faith. Pizza reached New York around 1900, before it was known in many regions of Italy. Related bread products from southern Italy came too and were all called “pizza.” Soon immigrants were riffing on these in response to ingredient availability, the different demands of local taste buds, and freedom from the watching eyes of tradition. By the 1930s this Americanized pizza had followed Italians to New York, New Haven, Boston and Chicago, but remained an essentially exotic food elsewhere. Only after World War II did pizza explode on the American scene. It was familiar enough by 1953 to constitute the central simile in Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore,” and two popular songs recorded in 1958 were Lou Monte’s “Pizza Boy U.S.A.” and Norman Fox and the Rob Roys’ “Pizza Pie.” Like Chinese restaurants decades before, pizza parlors became fixtures of American towns large and small. 1958 was also the year Vinnie Salerno, born in New Jersey to a family whose name stems from a smaller city beneath Vesuvius, opened Vinnie’s Pizzaria [sic]


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A busy night at Vinnie’s before the COVID-19 lockdown

in Concord. Nowadays, the misspelling of pizzeria on the neon sign draws your attention. So does the wedge-shaped building that always reminds me simultaneously of the Flatiron Building and a slice of pizza.

The façade and sign, as well as the restaurant’s interior, reproduce the tricolor scheme of the Italian flag, or, if you prefer, of the iconic Margherita pizza, with its mozzarella-white, tomato-red and lively basil-green.

The floor is a red-and-white checkerboard, like an all-American pepperoni pizza, and there are colorful stained-glass lamps above. Old photos of boxers decorate the walls, and a reverently framed John and Jackie Kennedy guard the entrance the way the Pope often does in Italy. Only a rosary dangling from a thumbtack is missing. If there were a Best of NH award for “Pizza Joint That Looks Most Like A Pizza Joint,” Vinnie’s would win. To me, American pizza is what it is — good but seldom great. It’s this ambiance, as much as what I put in my mouth, that makes it. It’s like walking into the past, into teenage nights at Milano’s in Milford, local pizza joint of my youth, where dry Parmesan and crushed cayenne in glass cylinders were always on the tables, or into some unknown pizza parlor of my parents’ 1950s nonage. This kind of pizza, eaten in these kinds of places, just tastes right. I recently grabbed a small cheese from Vinnie’s when passing through Concord. The ambiance was suffering from COVID-19, but the pizza was at once firm and soft, like a good pillow. The dough

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Pizzas From Beyond

by Bill Burke

There are those who consider pineapple on pizza an abomination. These are not adventurous folk. Old-school and reliable has its role — (insert your town here) House of Pizza is part of the culinary fabric of every hometown — but occasionally it’s time for something slightly more audacious. For those who crave something a little extra on their pie, here are six Granite State dining destinations/mad scientist laboratories that create memorable flavors beyond the tried-and-true.

Jack’s Pizza Owner Jason Isabelle takes an innovative approach to building better lives and communities through his two locations while simultaneously crafting great New York-style pies. Try the Fire Cracker (buffalo tenders, banana peppers, jalapeño peppers, extra cheese, and, if you want, ranch or blue cheese instead of pizza sauce). And now that baseball is back, tip your hat to the Green Monster — spinach, broccoli, green peppers, onions, provolone and feta. 10 Main St., Alton (603) 875-8750 11 Catamount St., Pittsfield (603) 435-6500 Schilling Beer Co. Expect rustic, handmade, Neapolitan-style designed to pair perfectly with Schilling’s European-style brews. Though described as simple and fresh, don’t underestimate the top-notch fare in this funky space inside a renovated 18th-century grist mill overlooking the Ammonoosuc River. Consider, if you will, the Ranch on Fire — chicken, bacon, jalapeño, mozzarella and (the secret weapon) housemade ranch dressing. 18 Mill St., Littleton (603) 444-4800 La Festa Brick & Brew Pizzeria Located right on the corner of Central Avenue and St. Thomas Street, across from Dover City Hall, La Festa offers both brick oven and New York/specialty-style pizzas. It’s tempting to ease into things with the Philly Cheese Steak Brick, but spring for the Cukamunga — if only because it’s fun to say. It’s got spicy buffalo chicken, bacon, red onion and mozzarella, finished with cucumbers and ranch dressing.

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The Burg With wood-fired pizzas tagged Sweaty Meat and the Hey There, Hot Stuff (sausage, charred jalapeño jam with fried bread crumbs), you’ll have to remind yourself that Seth Rogen didn’t craft the menu. Probably. Come to this Coös County spot for the comfortable, homey feel (it’s in a white house with a porch, after all), but stay for the Best of NH award-winning blueberry pizza with house bacon, smoked mozzarella and smoked maple syrup. Also, tip Carter $1 and he’ll flip your pizza dough in the air. 8 Back Lake Rd., Pittsburg (603) 538-7400 Facebook

900 Degrees Choosing from the long list of unusual toppings at the still-thriving Queen City location can feel incredibly random — just open the pantry, throw some dough in and see what sticks. But somehow, the creative chefs here make it work perfectly. There’s a mac & cheese pizza with applewood-smoked bacon, bread crumbs and parsley, and an utterly unique Tirrenia farm egg pizza inspired by a trip to Tuscany: San Marzano red sauce, spinach and proscuitto, topped with a farm-fresh egg, served Tuscan-style — uncut. Break the yolk, experience the culinary experiment, and you won’t even remember how to spell pepperoni. 50 Dow St., Manchester (603) 641-0900

300 Central Ave., Dover (603) 743-4100 Pub 32 Evocative names hint at creative combinations at this Lincoln destination. The “Advanced Pizza” corner of the menu features the Sunset (sliced ham, smoked bacon, pineapple, mozzarella and provolone), the Fiery Sunset — as above, but add jalapeños and a hot drizzle sauce — and the appropriately named and fully loaded Yard Sale. The flavors here, though, are built from the bottom up. The Walking Boss starts with a cheesy Parmesan-Asiago crust, which supports tender slices of steak, fresh onions, green peppers, mushrooms and provolone. 264 Main St., Lincoln (603) 745-3231 | August 2020


603 NAVIGATOR had a pleasing tension throughout, somehow reminding me of pasta cooked al dente — pert. The crust had a restrained fluff inside and, although there was some oil, was not unmanageably greasy. The cheese was the usual chewy stuff, the house herb blend far busier than anything you’d encounter in Italy. It was served, of course, with one of those round plastic thingamajigs jabbed in the middle, whose purpose I’ve never quite understood, except as a token of pizza-joint authenticity. As thick as the crust all the way across, it would have failed the Neapolitan foldability test, but this made it ideal for snapping up slices behind the wheel in the time of the new coronavirus: Everything held together impressively, even when I reached down with a slice in hand to knock fourth into fifth merging onto I-93. Not a crumb got away. There was a sweetness in the tomato sauce that, in theory, I disapprove of. But my palate didn’t protest. And as invariably happens with pizza-joint pizza, no matter how long I wait, I burned the roof of my mouth. It was, in its way, perfect. NH

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Andrew Cartaya-Murphy shows off a finished pie.

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August | Picks Outdoor Things to Do

Opera North embraces social distancing with their live summer concerts at Blow-Me-Down Farm.

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Milford Farmers Market

Saturdays in August through October 10, Milford

This is the 42nd outdoor market, and it’s the biggest one yet with more than 19 vendors. Shop from seasonal vegetables and fruit, meats, grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, poultry (chicken and duck), fresh fish, eggs, milk, local craft beer, baked goods, CBD products, a variety of skin care products, baking mixes, spices and more. Make sure you check out their website for safety protocols before you go.

Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”

August 6 and 8, Lebanon

This one-of-a-kind drive-in music experience features a socially distanced performance by Opera North under a bandshell tent at the magnificent Blow-Me-Down Farm venue. Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” will be presented in a concert format, and sung in English with a cast of 10 singers accompanied by a 24-piece orchestra conducted by Louis Burkot, Opera North’s artistic director.

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Get some much-needed fresh air and treat yourself to a summer day outside with events ranging from craft fairs to farmers markets to drive-in music.



The Tupelo Drive-In Experience: The Laurel Canyon Band

August 8-9, Derry

The Tupelo Drive-In Music Hall is hosting a series of socially distanced drive-in concerts, where you can sit in your car and listen to the show broadcast through the Derry FM station. Since every other parking spot will be empty, you can also bring a lawn chair and sit in the empty spot next to the driver’s side while you listen to the band or artist who will be playing on the riser. Concertgoers can also enjoy food delivered to their car by golf cart if it is ordered ahead of time, or they can hang out at the outdoor dining tent. The weekend of August 8-9, enjoy music from the acoustic Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tribute group — The Laurel Canyon Band.

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August 20-22, Concord

Instead of kicking off the summer as usual, the beloved festival will close out the season. This fun three-day annual event provides an abundance of shopping in the downtown retail businesses and over 125 pop-up vendors. It also features a variety of performances and activities for the entire family. There’s something for everyone at Market Days.

Mt. Washington Valley August Craft Fair August 22-23, North Conway

This free fair features over 90 exhibitors displaying their fine jewelry, primitive crafts, country and contemporary décor, functional and decorative pottery, gourmet foods, glass art, fine art, textile arts, quilts, wood-turned crafts, furniture and more. There will also be live music to enjoy while you are walking around (socially distanced, of course).

Music Night at Castle in the Clouds

August 25, Moultonborough

Grab your friends and family and head to Castle in the Clouds for dinner and live music as you watch the sunset over Lake Winnipesaukee from the outdoor terrace. There are a number of Music Nights in August, but on August 25, you can also enjoy a night of stargazing with the NH Astronomical Society.

1. Milford Farmers Market, Milford 2. Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Lebanon 3. The Tupelo Drive-In Experience: The Laurel Canyon Band, Derry 5

4. 46th Market Days Festival, Concord 5. Mt. Washington Valley August Craft Fair, North Conway



6. Music Night at Castle in the Clouds, Moultonborough

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Reinvented Rochester A mill town transforms into an arts center By Barbara Radcliffe rogers


’d like to be able to tell you that it was my fascination with New Hampshire’s early theaters and opera houses that drew me to Rochester. But it was a hamburger. We were passing through and hungry, so I checked my phone for something close to the 202/16 intersection. Wild Willy’s Burgers was just around the corner, and I found myself in the burger joint of my dreams, biting into a thick, juicy Rio Grande made from Pineland Farms natural beef. That was a few years ago, and since then I have actively sought routes that take us through Rochester at lunchtime. Burgers aside, Rochester’s Opera House is a worthy reason for visiting the city. In the post-Civil War era, when communities began building public performance spaces, the

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word theater implied places of questionable morals. So these venues, which hosted everything from vaudeville shows to religious revivals, were euphemistically called opera houses. Rochester’s, built in 1908, combined the city hall with an auditorium worthy of a much larger city. The new venue had an impressive proscenium, a curved balcony, murals, stenciled walls and ceiling, and excellent acoustics. The highlight was a movable floor designed by the building’s architect George Gilman Adams, with a mechanism that could raise the back of the floor a full 36 inches for performances, lowering it to flat for dancing. It was a busy place for several decades, used for plays, musicals, public meetings, dances, high school graduations and

The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts commissioned Bianca Mireles to create this mural at the Rochester Community Center.

basketball games (for which the chandelier and windows were caged in chicken wire). But Spaulding High School opened in 1939 with its own auditorium, and movies drew crowds away from the live stage, so the Opera House slowly declined in use and condition until it finally closed. Attempts to restore it in the 1980s ran aground, but in 1996, a final drive brought volunteers and donations to fully restore the theater, replacing the fallen ceiling, uncovering painted-over stenciling, even repairing the unique floor, whose mechanisms had been unused and hidden for decades. Since its 1998 reopening, the theater has been an active cultural and community venue, hosting nationally known performers, a professional


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theatre series and appearances by political candidates including Presidents Clinton and Obama. The theater has been largely responsible for the economic revitalization of Rochester’s downtown. When the theater first opened in 1908, its stage equipment included 10 beautifully handpainted curtains with elaborate scenes used as backdrops (regular readers knew there’d be a painted curtain somewhere in the story). Sadly, only tattered remnants of one curtain were found during the restoration. It was too far gone to save, but the surviving pieces have been restored and framed, and are now displayed in the Rochester Public Library. An opera house of this elegance is an indication of Rochester’s prosperity at the turn of the 20th century. Its location on two fast-running rivers — the Cocheco and the Salmon Falls — made it a prime location for mills, which used the water to power looms and other machinery. From the town’s beginnings, water-powered grist and sawmills served locals. The first major industry came with the founding of Gonic Woolen Mills (later known as Gonic Manufacturing Co.) in 1811, followed

Nathan Walker’s “Katydid” at the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts

by Cocheco Manufacturing Co. in East Rochester. These, along with the shoe industry that began in East Rochester in 1843, prospered by supplying blankets, uniforms and shoes to troops during the Civil War. By the 1880s, most of the Gonic woolens were designed for women’s clothing, and

achieved national acclaim with gold medals in both the 1893 and 1904 world’s fairs. At the turn of the 20th century, the mills produced 1,450 pounds of fine yarn a day and more than 900,000 yards of wool a year. Prosperity was also boosted by Rochester’s position as a rail center. Prior to railroads, it had been the staging point for coaches traveling from the seacoast to the lakes and White Mountains. At one time, four different rail lines ran through its station, later combined into the Boston and Maine Railroad. Beginning in 1932, sections and lines were abandoned, beginning with the line connecting Gonic with Epping. Service between Rochester’s station and the mills of Gonic continued into the early 1980s. Along with East Rochester and Gonic, North Rochester had its own set of mills, built by J. Spaulding & Sons to manufacture what was known as leatherboard, used to make containers such as lunch boxes and violin cases. The mill was powered by damming rapids in the Salmon Falls River near the Milton line. Sons of the original builder, Huntley and Rolland Spaulding, continued operating the company and, in

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ular restaurants, The Garage and Spaulding Steak & Ale. In normal summers, The Governor’s Inn hosts free live performances four days a week as part of a community-sponsored music series. The Opera House overlooking the inn seems to be a magnet for Rochester’s cultural life. Next to it, in the Community Center, the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts is an entirely volunteer initiative to bring fine art into people’s lives. The collections and frequently changing exhibits spotlight contemporary artists — local and those with nationwide and international reputations. Along with the gallery in the Community Center, the museum is also located in the Andrew Carnegie Gallery at the Rochester Public Library and curates the exhibits at The Art Gallery in the Rochester Performance & Arts Center. With the mission of bringing art into the fabric of the community, the museum sponsors public art, including murals and the whimsical “Katydid” sculpture by Nathan Walker. Artist Bianca Mireles has just completed a striking mural inside the Community Center. NH


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turn, each served a term as governor of New Hampshire. A historic marker across the street from City Hall and the Opera House describes Huntley and Rolland Spaulding as “among the foremost industrialists and philanthropists of their times.” The brothers built the two elegant 19th-century homes, which are now The Governor’s Inn and a pair of pop-


With questions about on-campus learning during the coming fall semester still unanswered, students are finding higher education options closer to home. New Hampshire Magazine reached out to Shannon Reid, executive director of Government Affairs and Communications for the Community College System of New Hampshire, to learn more about how a community college education can be an affordable, convenient option for students facing possible pandemic restrictions in the fall.

What will the fall semester look like at the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) locations? “We plan to be open for business. There are seven Community Colleges in New Hampshire. All seven have opened this summer for students to complete lab components of the spring semester courses that needed to be completed in person, following social distancing protocols and other public health guidelines. We are planning for an array of options this fall. Our colleges will likely offer a mix of remote learning and in-person instruction conducted with social distancing. We’re quite experienced at blending online and in-person learning, and have the advantage of starting this summer to put the appropriate practices in place for when more students return in the fall.”

What are some of the benefits of a CCSNH education given possible pandemic restrictions on all higher education in the fall? “New Hampshire community colleges offer a close to home community option for students in these uncertain times. Recent high school grads, students enrolled at out-of-state colleges last year and working adults looking for new skills all can access quality, affordable education at CCSNH. Students can enroll and matriculate in certificate or degree programs, or simply register for a few classes to get general education credits that can transfer to fouryear colleges and universities. Our colleges offer many programs that produce graduates who are in high demand, even in today’s hard-hit economy. “Community colleges are a very smart choice for today’s students. This is true if you want to begin a four-year degree pathway at a more affordable cost, as well as if you want to learn the skills for a profession. Community college graduates who earn a two-year associate degree typically enjoy some of the highest employment rates in the state and nation, because our programs are

Higher education and Community colleges offer COVID-19: quality and opportunity aligned with the exciting opportunities in today’s economy. Community colleges are also among the most affordable options for students — in-state tuition for a full-time New Hampshire student is about $6,500 per year, well under what most colleges charge, plus financial aid can offset that cost. How would you like to graduate with a great educational experience, exciting opportunities for your future, and a fraction of the student loan debt others will have?”

What new protocols will be in place for the coming year? “Safety protocols at all CCSNH facilities this fall will include measures like pre-arrival screening, the use of designated entrances and exits, new sanitizing and deep cleaning practices, reconfiguring how we use our space to support social distancing and more. In many cases, adhering to safety guidelines will not only address health and safety on campus, but will also prepare students for public health procedures they may need to follow when working in their chosen fields.”





What are some important dates for making decisions and applying to a CCSNH school? “Applications are still being accepted at all New Hampshire community colleges and will be throughout the summer. Fall semester begins August 31, 2020. More information is available at” The Community College System of NH consists of seven colleges, offering associate degree and certificate programs, professional training, transfer pathways to four-year degrees, and dual-credit partnerships with NH high schools. The System’s colleges are Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth and Rochester; Lakes Region Community College in Laconia; Manchester Community College; Nashua Community College; NHTI – Concord’s Community College; River Valley Community College in Claremont, Lebanon and Keene; and White Mountains Community College in Berlin, Littleton and North Conway.





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Local beverage news and reviews by Michael Hauptly-Pierce

As bars and restaurants reopen, people come (safely) together for more than just food and drink


ou unlock this column with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension — a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into … The Coronazone. So, restaurants, bars and watering holes are not what they once were, you say? Agreed, nor are any of us. But hospitality folks thrive on the edge of chaos, and they often fear having both feet upon solid ground. More like the Temperance card from the Tarot deck, with one foot on the water and one upon the land. Some of them almost seemed ready for this new world and how it is unfolding. Here is one human’s view of a cross-section of the process.

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On the day New Hampshire graciously added parking lots to its sphere of hospitality, my wife and I were ready to hit the pavement. I texted Paul St. Onge, the brewer at Backyard Brewing, and asked if he could score two player seats for 6 p.m. Membership has its privileges, and we arrived right on time. After a wait of a minute or two, we were shown to our seats. Despite being the first day of outside service, we were extremely well taken care of. Drinks (some frufy cocktail for my wife and a Brake Czech pilsner for myself) appeared in a timely fashion, as did my Flintstone-cut prime rib. All of it was on point, and repeatable. We were pleasantly surprised by the arrival of Sharon “Dropkick” Curley, the brewer from Lithermans, and her fiancé Matt, and they

joined us for a closing pint. This is the spirit we had lacked in the last few months. One of my favorite parts of my job as a brewery delivery schlepp is Vendor Managed Inventory, or VMI. VMI is a tightrope of trust between a supplier and a purveyor, and it is my happy place. I walk Main Street in Concord on a 72-degree Monday afternoon and check inventory in coolers at restaurants, speak with bar staff and managers, and replenish coolers at package outlets. In the course of this activity, I decide to take an unusual lunch break (no, really) at The Barley House in Concord. It was the first day indoor seating was allowed in the state, albeit with restrictions, but I wanted to sit outside and watch the world go by. A moment of transparency — I often have the coolest people in the room come to my table as a reviewer, but these folks made me feel like I was on my mom’s couch. Two managers, the hostess, and the owner, Brian, came over to make sure my

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Finding Community

Hop Knot owner Kenny Frasch



Hop Knot is located in downtown Manchester in the 1000 Elm Street plaza.

experience was exemplary. I had a deliciously malty Tilton Brothers Barley Nitro 20 stout, summer be darned, and it was the perfect complement to my medium rare burger, which was also a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. This is the

Concord I remember. Kenny Frasch is the owner of Hop Knot in Manchester, and has been working with Queen City Pride in an effort to host events that extend beyond their normal scope. As events evolved in America, he realized Juneteenth was “an opportunity to bring the community together in other ways than just Pride,” says Frasch. I arrived a little later than I was hoping (cursed day job), but there were still several hundred people sitting on the grass at the plaza in front of 1000 Elm St. The speakers were done speaking, but a steady 4/4 was coming from the PA, some Tribe Called Quest providing just the right jazzy back beat for a Friday afternoon. All the crayons from the box were working on the coloring book this evening, and it was reaffirming to feel so much goodwill. I shared some amazing conversations with folks who may not realize the impact the reverberations of those moments have had on me. My wife sipped a blueberry lemonade, which was delicious, and better than the double IPA I reflexively ordered. Despite having a line 50 people deep (truth, it extended well into the plaza inside), Frasch

and crew were serving fresh, well-executed cocktails. An elbow-bump and a big smile later, and we were on our way. We are fortunate to have such community-driven young people becoming business leaders in our midst. “We’re really happy to offer the space, and to give folks a comfortable opportunity to speak their minds,” says Frasch. “As a Black-owned business, it is paramount that we do so, and that we nurture a dialog with the community.” As I write this on my porch at home in downtown Manchester on a hot late June night, illicit fireworks explode around me, reminding me that exactly 100 years ago I would have been jailed (if I was lucky) for running a beer-making business during Prohibition, and how times have changed. I recently watched “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” the Mr. Rogers movie, and it made me want to channel his grace and wisdom. Embrace positive change, and drink in peace and conversation, my friends. Cheers! NH Michael Hauptly-Pierce is the cofounder of Lithermans Limited Brewery in Concord.

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603 Informer “The best protection any woman can have ... is courage.” — Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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Lost in History

Ever heard of Armenia White? Most people haven’t. by Barbara Coles


t’s the perfect time — the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote — to give Armenia White some high-fives, though she wouldn’t have known what a high-five is. She was born more than 200 years ago, in 1817.

Suffragists stand on the steps of the New Hampshire Historical Society in 1915. The group includes a number of men who were a signficant part of the movement.

In her lifetime, spent mostly in Concord, White would become a pioneer of the suffrage movement in New Hampshire and an influential member of the national suffrage movement, working closely with movers and shakers like Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone. White was part of society’s elite, a Mayflower descendent, the wife of a prosperous Concord businessman. She and her husband Nathaniel were active in a wide range of philanthropic and social causes, including abolition and temperance. | August 2020



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Armenia White

Organized efforts to oppose women’s suffrage included many women.

“What made those men so socially aware and so willing to put themselves out there for the cause of women? I don’t know, but I’m impressed,” says Liz Tentarelli, president of the League of Women Voters, an organization that grew out of the suffrage movement. An account of the 1868 convention in the Boston Daily Advertiser reported that its next step after the convention would be: “Agitation,’ our women’s rights friends say. ‘In less than five years women will vote in New Hampshire,’ was the declaration of a politician usually accounted

shrewd. But will they?” The shrewd politician was dead wrong about women voting in “less than five years” — it would be another 42 years — but the reporting was right about the “agitation.” As Susan B. Anthony said about suffrage organizations: “This society has been unrelenting in its efforts to rouse popular thought, holding annual conventions, scattering tracts, rolling up petitions, and addressing legislatures.” One of the eight resolutions the Concord convention adopted that day in 1868 in support of women’s right to vote

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When the long-smoldering suffrage movement ignited in the 1860s, the two took up the cause enthusiastically. They would fight in the spirit of the declaration issued by suffragists in Seneca Falls, New York, some 20 years earlier: “We are assembled to protest against a form of government, existing without the consent of the governed — to declare our right to be free as man is free.” The Whites cofounded the New Hampshire Woman’s Suffrage Association, its formal creation coming at a convention held in Concord in December 1868. Armenia White was elected president, a post she would hold for the next 27 years. Interestingly, among those voting, and working for the cause, were many men. In fact, a surprising number of men would offer strong support throughout the movement.

To “rouse popular thought,” suffragists demonstrated, circulated petitions, addressed legislatures and held annual conventions.

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was: “... that the republican party having enfranchised the emancipated slaves, cannot reasonably deny enfranchisement to enslaved women.” Three years earlier, the 15th amendment to the Constitution had been approved. It gave freed male slaves the right to vote, but not women. That amendment caused a yearslong split in the suffrage movement. Tentarelli says, “Some had opposed the amendment, saying, ‘Let both women and former slaves vote — or nothing.’ The other side said, ‘We just got through the abolition movement and the Civil War, let’s at least get the vote for former slaves. We’ll fight for ours later.’” Two competing women’s suffrage organizations formed because of the dispute; they would not come together again until 1890. Ten years after the Concord convention, in 1878, the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote was finally introduced in Congress. To no avail — attempts to approve it were repeatedly defeated. But there was some good news for women in New Hampshire that same year. The Legislature had voted to allow women to vote in school elections. That in hand, Armenia White and her organization began to work for the vote in municipal elections. Years into the fight, in 1889, she wrote a letter to the Legislature that said, in part: “We are anxious that our petition should be granted. New Hampshire women are interested as fully as men are in the welfare of the cities and towns, and they pay their full share of the taxes. Why should we not have a vote on questions that concern us so much?” Again, to no avail — the bill was defeated. The state’s suffragists were swimming against a tide of opposition. One opponent was New Hampshire luminary Sarah Josepha Hale. As editor of the then-influential “Godey’s Lady’s Book,” she helped to promote what Tentarelli calls a “cult of domesticity,” where women are to be “pure and pious and morally superior to men, and in order to preserve that, she should not involve herself in the sordid world of politics.” (There is a bit of irony here: Hale spent three decades lobbying state and federal officials in an ultimately successful effort to make Thanksgiving a fixed national holiday.)

Opposition to suffrage was later formalized in the state with the formation of the NH Association Opposed to Further Suffrage for Women. In “A Word to the Wise,” a credo published in 1913, it stated an overwhelming majority of women oppose woman suffrage “because it is contrary to the universal law of ‘Division of Labor’ in that it belittles women’s duties and responsibilities, making her efforts a duplication of man’s, rather than supplementary ... as nature decrees.” In 1916, Armenia White died at age 98, her lifelong dream yet unfulfilled. Her obituary in The Granite Monthly said this: “The last of all that great coteries of woman-workers for justice and righ-

On June 4, 1919, Congress at last voted to approve the 19th amendment, 72 years after the Seneca Falls meeting and 42 years after it was first introduced in Congress. The Exeter News-Letter reported, according to a Seacoast Online story: “Congress heaved a mighty sigh of relief the day the suffrage amendment was wiped off the slate. Even the men who most bitterly opposed it were glad to be rid of the constant heckling of the militant women, who are now jubilant.” Still, before the amendment became law, 36 states had to ratify it. New Hampshire was one of the first, voting to ratify on September 10, 1919. As the ratification process continued, the New Hamp-

As women’s right to vote neared ratification, educational programs were set up.

teousness in our land, including Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone Blackwell ... and their compeers, Armenia S. White has at last joined her associates on the “other shore”; but, let us fondly hope and believe, her influence for every good cause which she espoused, for every noble work in which she here engaged, will be felt through the years to come, until success is attained and victory results.” Victory would come three years later, in part thanks to President Woodrow Wilson, who threw his support behind the 19th amendment after watching how women had performed during WWI. “President Wilson could no longer say women weren’t competent,” Tentarelli says. “The country had been relying on them for four years.”

shire Woman’s Suffrage Association, the organization that Armenia White and her husband had founded so long before, changed its name to the League of Women Voters, as would suffrage organizations in the rest of the country. Betting that ratification was certain, the League began an educational process to get women ready to vote. The last state needed to complete ratification, Tennessee, voted in favor of the amendment in August, 100 years ago this month. In November, eight million women voted in the election. In New Hampshire, two women — Jessie Doe and Dr. Mary Farnum — were elected to the Legislature. It was the start of the remarkable story of the powerful role New Hampshire women have played in the civic life of the state. NH | August 2020





Epping Middle School student Hayden Miskinis’ essay was recently published in The New York Times as a part of the Seventh Annual Student Editorial Contest.

Aspiring Author A local student finds publishing success By Casey McDermott Hayden Miskinis, who just wrapped up seventh grade at Epping Middle School, has always loved a good story. Just ask her mom. “My husband always had to make up a new story before bed,” Elaine Miskinis recalls of her daughter’s early years. “That was one of the most challenging slash heartbreaking things about having a dyslexic child, watching her want to read books — she’d pick up books, flip through books and want to read.”

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It was especially hard, Elaine says, knowing how eager Hayden was to dive into reading but how difficult it was for her to get started. But, as Hayden recently wrote in The New York Times (yes, The New York Times): “After years of intensive interventions, including tutors and outside programs, I can finally pick up a book and read it like it’s nothing.” Hayden’s essay about her journey with dyslexia — including her struggle, at least initially, to get the right support from

her school — was selected from a pool of 7,318 pieces of writing from all across the country as part of the Times’ Seventh Annual Student Editorial Contest. Hayden initially wrote the essay as part of an assignment for her English teacher, Linsay Kaplan. With students’ permission, Kaplan submitted a dozen pieces to the Times contest. News of her first Times byline came as, well, unexpected news to Hayden. She says she found out she had been named one of the top three essay contest finalists — and would have her piece published — because her mom saw a post about it on Facebook. Most of the editing process, as Hayden recalls, happened before the essay was submitted. With the help of her classmates, she refined her piece through several rounds of revisions to try to take a “very standard” first draft and turn it into something that was “more like a casual conversation.” Hayden says of her effort to incorporate her classmates’ feedback: “I think that definitely helped to get my message across and to get people to listen.” Being published in the Times at her age is a big accomplishment on its own, especially for someone who’s weeks away from her 13th birthday. But for Hayden, it was even cooler to be able to use this national platform to “inform people what [dyslexia] is and what the hopes are for the future, what schools can do, and what schools can do better for the future.” And for Hayden’s mom, who’s a local English teacher, the publication of this piece has added significance. Not only was it “amazing,” Elaine says, to see Hayden use her voice to help other kids, it was also encouraging to know Hayden was also helping to dispel misconceptions about what kids with dyslexia are capable of. “With dyslexia, we assume they’re not strong readers or don’t like to write,” Elaine says. “None of that is necessarily true, it’s just more challenging for them. They just have to work much harder to accomplish things that maybe some other learners take for granted.” These days, Hayden loves spending her spare time devouring stories by authors

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At 12 years old, Hayden Miskinis already has a national byline.

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like Ellen Hopkins, Sharon Draper and Lynda Mullaly Hunt, whose book about a girl with dyslexia provided some extra inspiration to Hayden. Hayden also hopes to work on some new pieces of her own soon, though she’s not sure what shape they might take: She loves “argument writing,” but she also dabbles in historical fiction. No matter what format, she’s excited to keep reading — and writing — lots more stories from here. NH

A photographer’s look at dementia: Elsewhere in The New York Times, another New Hampshire resident’s personal essay and photo series offers a deeply poignant look at her 81-year-old mother’s journey with vascular dementia. Cheryle St. Onge, a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow, captures scenes of her mother at home in Durham. “With my camera,” she writes, “I document the joy and the light of [my mother’s] last years of life — the ways that she circles back home, even as she is leaving.” ATV crossing: A New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officer’s startling speed patrol incident could end up in an upcoming episode of the reality show “North Woods Law.” As reported by the Union Leader, a crew from the Animal Planet production was following Officer Matt Holmes on a speed enforcement patrol in Dummer when an ATV traveling at 65 miles per hour hit him — sending him to the hospital with “cuts and bruises and eight broken ribs.” Holmes is now safely recovering, he told the UL, “I’m very glad to have walked away from it.”


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Political Pattern

the Second District, Steve Negron, a man of Hispanic heritage, was the nominee. Negron will likely be the Republican nominee for the same seat again in 2020. To be fair, both local parties are recruiting candidates in a state that is overwhelmingly white. And while there may have been a In the Washington delegation, three of the systemic or personal bias against younger candidates, women or people of color in the four spots are held by straight white women who all fall within an 11-year age range. And past, leaders in both parties today do see a political advantage in getting more diverse the last person Democrats nominated for voices on the ballot. governor? Molly Kelly, of Harrisville, then a However, the specificity of the state Dem68-year-old straight white woman. ocrats’ type is to not just run candidates In 2020, there are two straight white men in the political mold of US Senator Jeanne running for the Democratic nomination for Shaheen, but those who come from her governor. One of them, state Senate Majority demographic as well. Leader Dan Feltes, is an oddity for being just You can see why. For nearly a quarter-cen41. But (ready for this?) both the Senate seat tury, it has been a winning formula. However, Feltes will give up and the Executive Council there is a nagging question about what comes seat his primary opponent, Andru Volinsky, next. Should Democratic candidates expect to will vacate will likely be filled by 60-somewin if they are not at least 60 years old? thing white women. Or is it just a baby boomer thing? The What about the Republicans? Yes, overall, recent Democratic presidential primary the numbers suggest they are much more comfeatured the most diverse field of candidates fortable nominating older white men to major ever seen, including age. Yet, in the end, it positions. But Gov. Chris Sununu is 45, and he came down to Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, was the youngest governor in the nation when among the oldest people ever to run for he was first elected. Last election, it was the Represident, only to face off against Donald publicans, not Democrats, who nominated two Trump, who was the oldest person to ever people of color to the state’s pair of US House become president. seats. In the First District, Eddie Edwards, an And they were all straight white men. NH African American man, won the primary. In

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he New Hampshire Democratic Party, like its national counterparts, talks a big game about diversity. It’s a cornerstone of their ideology. They believe that, as opposed to their Republican counterparts, they are more diverse and more inclusive, both in their politics and membership when it comes to race, sexuality and age. But the Democrats holding the highest offices are demographically very specific. They are between the ages of 62 and 73. They are white. They are straight. And they tend to be women. You could say New Hampshire Democrats have “a type.” Twenty-one Democrats currently hold positions in the US Senate, US House, Executive Council and the State Senate. Among these, 16 are more than 60 years old, 20 of them are white and 20 of them are straight. Exceptions: US Rep. Chris Pappas, of Manchester, is young and gay; state Senator Melanie Levesque, of Nashua, is Black (but on target age-wise at 63); and state Senators Dan Feltes, of Concord, and Jon Morgan, of Brentwood, are in their early 40s.

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Prints Rule

Children’s clothing that’s far from boring By Susan Laughlin

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here is nothing sweeter than a little girl in a darling dress. When Melissa McKeagney’s daughter was a toddler, she had trouble finding anything for her to wear beyond boring pink. Out came the Bernina, and Mom was off, using interesting print fabrics to sew simple A-line dresses and more. McKeagney, of Wilmot, has always been a maker, and there’s a strong thread of people who sew in her family. Going to the fabric store with her mother is one of her favorite childhood memories. When everyone started asking about her daughter’s clothing, couture for children quickly became a viable business. She named it “Little Girl Pearl” after her daughter Pearl. “A quality cotton is the magic, while mixing prints and patterns is

my superpower,” says McKeagney. Yes, her designs pop with a vitality struck with contrasting patterns and colors. There’s nothing boring here. Many designs can be worn year round or, like the sleeveless jumpers, can be worn as a tunic later as the child grows. Other designs are reversible with a contrasting print on the inside, meaning some dresses are really two in one. For the fall, she offers corduroy jumpers, plus flannel and cotton reversible pants for boys and girls (the cuffs can be rolled down). McKeagney finds unisex prints more interesting. As she says, “Boyish prints are OK for girls too.” Currently, McKeagney sells the dresses at League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s shops in Littleton, Hanover and North Conway, also offering reversible totes. More

work, including rompers, can be found on Etsy via her website, where customers from Australia, Japan and across Europe have ordered apparel. “It’s cool to think that something I make is on a child across the world,” she says. McKeagney has shown at the August New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair, which will be held virtually this year. Find her work and more online at from August 1-9. NH

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87th Annual Craftsmen’s Fair Held online from August 1-9 Visit for more information. Pictured are Little Girl Pearl dresses in sizes 2T to 6 ($59 to $74) and skirts in sizes 3T to 8 ($49). | August 2020



Riding the Rails

A look into the world of freight trains by Marshall Hudson


heard the whistle blowing on a northbound freight train and hopped aboard without a ticket. That makes me a hobo, doesn’t it? The New England Southern Railroad moves freight and doesn’t take passengers, but I know the owner, Pete Dearness, and finagled a ride. Whereas hobos and freight trains used to be commonplace, neither are seen much anymore. In fact, freight trains are now such a rare occurrence that people sometimes line up at road crossings to cheer and take pictures of what was once a daily sight. The engineer blows the whistle at these crossings, and it sounds like adventure, both lonesome and exhilarating. We rumble past the site of the former Boyce Depot Station in Canterbury, where stationmaster Arthur Rogers once shipped and received freight. Rogers had a piston hand-pump railroad cart for chugging up and down the line to check on track conditions. Old photos suggest Rogers had some formidable forearms and biceps from pumping this buggy, and from handling wooden crates

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containing everything that moved by freight train when everything moved by freight train. A journal entry indicates that Rogers fed the hobos passing through, partly out of compassion but also so that they wouldn’t raid his vegetable garden. Boyce Depot was the Rogers family home until it burned down in 1940. An old newspaper clipping describes how Rogers and his family escaped the fire through a second-floor window when he lowered his wife down by her arms and then tossed their children out for her to catch. The New England Southern Railroad is the state’s oldest short-line railroad and leases the track that runs from Concord and points north. New England Southern was formed in 1982 when Peter Dearness, an experienced railroad man, won the contract. Hoping to also operate in western Massachusetts, Dearness named his company New England Southern, and the NES acronym turned into the nickname “Nessie,” complete with a Loch Ness-like monster painted on one of the engines. At its peak, NES employed 22 full-time staff and ran

Arthur Rogers operates a piston hand-pump railroad cart at Boyce Depot Station.

more than 2,400 carloads annually, hauling everything from cattle feed to utility poles. However, in recent years, the line has lost many of its customers as industries such as paper mills closed or shifted to trucks. Moving freight by truck is more independent, but if you have a lot of heavy loads to move, trains can be more economical. On my ride today, the freight is no ordinary load — we are moving the US Army. We are pulling 67 flatcars loaded with Army trucks, trailers, Humvees and other equipment, all painted jungle green or desert camo, and chained down waiting to be sprung at our destination in Canterbury. When we reach the offloading yard, the flatcars are separated into groups of five, as that is the maximum number the two-siding off-loading ramps can hold. There is no shuttle engine at the yard, and our train cannot turn around, only run back and forth, so a well-thought-out unloading plan needs to be implemented. The flatcars on the sidings need to be pointed in the direction of the Army trucks so that the trucks can drive off the end of the train without backing up the length of the train and down the ramps. Five loaded flatcars cut from the train are moved onto

photo courtesy of mary jane (rogers) lavoie




Marshall Hudson, part-time hobo, gets an up-close-and-personal look at the cab of the New England Southern engine.

the westerly siding and five more onto the easterly siding. As the flatcars are emptied, the engineer removes them and replaces them with five more to be unloaded. It is a brain-teaser puzzle how they keep the unloaded cars out of the way of the loaded cars sharing the same track, and not inadvertently end up with the engine boxed in on the wrong end of a line of flatcars. Not to mention it’s all done while continually switching back and forth across the mainline to the easterly and westerly sidings. I’m in the cab watching the engineer work the throttle and brakes, while hundreds of feet away a conductor on the ground is radioing back to the engineer to back up a foot, which he does, pushing tons of steel with zero visibility. There needs to be trust, coordination, and good radio communication

photos by marshall hudson

Setting ramps and unchaining the trucks

A wide-rig military vehicle drives the length of the train to the off-ramp.

between the two men as the weight, momentum and length of train means that it doesn’t stop on a dime. Conductor Paul jumps on and off the engine and sets brakes, hooks up or releases cars, throws track switches, changes flag colors and radios to engineer Jesse to stop in 30, 20, 10, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 feet. Jesse is completely blind to what is going on down the line, and he must rely on Paul’s signals, but he stops perfectly without banging hard into the concrete off-loading dock. Specialty bridging ramps are installed, connecting flatcar to flatcar so that the trucks can drive the length of the train and off the end. These bridges must be removed before the empty flatcars are towed out of the way, which makes room for the next loaded cars coming in. The back-and-forth shuttling and setting of these bridges must be done perfectly or trucks could end up nosedived between flatcars. Vehicle operators driving the length of the train can’t always see the bridging ramps beneath them, and must trust that the ramp was properly placed and rely on spotters in traffic vests to keep from driving over the edge. The irony of soldiers wearing camouflage and high-visibility reflective vests at the same time is not lost on me. A dead battery, misplaced key or flat tire will stall everything, so a contingency plan is in place. Army mechanics with jumper cables, air compressors and key cutters are hustling to stopped vehicles to get them moving again. Batteries get jumped, padlocks cut, tires inflated and the Army goes rolling along. Off-loaded vehicles are marshaled in a staging area, where convoys are organized, drivers assigned, and fueling, final checks and paperwork are completed. Multiple convoys start rolling out heading both north and south in an Army “hoo-ahh” moment. Time is money, and the flatcars are

rented — not owned — by NES. NES has a tight schedule for moving and unloading the Army vehicles, and then returning the empty flatcars. Delays have put things behind schedule, so everyone is hustling. Safety still takes priority as people scurry about the yard as trucks come off the sidings on both sides of the track, loaders move

It is a brain-teaser puzzle how they keep the unloaded cars out of the way of the loaded cars sharing the same track. bridging ramps about, and the train engine shuttles back and forth with empty and loaded flatcars on both sidings. Hard hats, high-visibility safety vests and Army battle helmets are common. Peter Dearness hands me a safety vest, but I’m staying out of the way of this controlled chaos. With the Army unloaded, the engineer gathers up the empty flatcars scattered about in groups of five, and assembles them into a long, continuous train to be pushed into Concord. When we cross over a local road and the lonesome whistle blows again, I hand in my safety vest and hop off. I’m headed home to put hobo onto my resume. NH | August 2020




Firebrand Photos and interview by David Mendelsohn Meet Dominique Caissie, a shaper of molten glass. She always keeps her ovens warm. About 2,200 degrees most of the time. She dances, dips and twirls a hollow rod into the fires, tipping it with a clear glob of melted sand. She blows, twists, spins, then repeats the process until that little nugget becomes something delicate and beautiful. At her Terrapin Glassblowing Studio in Jaffrey, Caissie can teach you how to blow your own molten globs into goblets, bowls or even animal shapes to start your own glass menagerie. So, go get hot and blow something up. Then take it home with you.

I am business partners with my mother, Anne Marie Caissie, allowing for lots of lady power here at the studio. We were both full time before COVID-19 hit, and we fully plan to get back to that point once we get through this mess. Why Terrapin? We love the Grateful Dead, and “ Terrapin Station” is an excellent song. We also love turtles, and have been collecting both terrapin and sea turtle objects, prints, T-shirts — anything and everything turtle-related — for years.

The process begins with a 5-foot iron rod that could either be hollow or solid. Things like flowers, paperweights [and] suncatchers are done on a solid rod, while items like cups, bowls and plates are done on a hollow rod. I open the door to my 2,200-degree furnace and stick the end of the rod into the material, “gathering” the molten glass on the end. This process is very similar to taking a toothpick and trying to get a little ball of honey neatly on the end of it.

Try it — you can’t drop any honey though, because it’s molten glass. Using a combination of gravity, centrifugal force from a bit of air, and metal tools as an Accomplishing your goal in the studio is the best feeling in the rotations, perhaps n of your hand, glass pieces are formed. the world — an amazing sort of high. You’re sweaty, dirty, extensio Yes, we all get burnt in little ways all of the time. Oftenprobably a little burnt. times it’s not directly from the glass; it’s from the hot, hot There are many, many different types of glass, and they metal that is all over the studio. are all used for different purposes. Typically, we use We are very strict about safety in our space. We require three types of glass in our studio. that everyone wears properly covering attire, footwear Oftentimes glass breaks, and that’s OK, try it again! and safety glasses.

A major part of Terrapin Glassblowing Studio’s business is creating glass memorials for people who have lost loved ones. They take the ashes of people and pets that have passed away and encase them into custom handmade pieces. “It began simply by me doing it for our family after we suffered a loss,” says Caissie, “and now we’ve opened it to help others.” They have a variety of styles and color options on their website for easy ordering. “There is nothing more special to us than giving our grieving customers a tiny bit of peace in their time of loss,” Caissie says. | August 2020


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Wheel Life On the Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail

By Marty Basch | August 2020


My taste buds

have been disgusted, amazed and always tested over the course of thousands of miles of long-distance bicycle touring in North America and Europe. I unknowingly bought horse sausage during a spin around Iceland. In northern Norway, I was treated to pizza topped with Thousand Island dressing while a sled dog competitor invited me into his home for a traditional Saturday night dinner — porridge. I’ve tried dried, buttered and smelly fish jerky. And no, washing it down with beer didn’t help. I’ve eaten many meals right out of the can on rainy nights. A couple of times I ordered a hamburger platter and when the waitress asked about dessert, I ordered another burger plate. I wolfed down gamy Rocky Mountain oysters while cycling in Montana and lived to write the story. Takeout? Had lots. PB&J? Even more. But one convenience has eluded me while bike touring: pizza delivery. That was until my famished wife Jan and I pulled into the hip Hub North lodge in Gorham last June after a long day on the new Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail. Frankly, it was planned. No cooking or portable stove on this adventure. We were on a takeout and delivery tour as we traveled at the speed of wife during our three-day ride across northern New Hampshire. Instead, I called Mr. Pizza, and not only ordered a pie, but listened to my forwardthinking, former-restaurant-owner wife. She said to order a sub, dry of course, and a calzone for the final leg of the ride as services were minimal. I’ve pedaled from Maine to Alaska, near and above the Arctic Circle and more. Together we mountain biked from Canada to Mexico. Who would have thought the first pizza delivery would come during a ride

Marty and Jan Basch once mountain biked from Canada to Mexico together.

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The Presidential Rail Trail is the gem of the Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail, and a stop at the scenic overlook in the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge offers stunning North Country scenery.

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Cyclists should burn off enough calories on the trail to take advantage of the many food offerings along the way. Jan Basch used fudge from the historic Brick Store in Bath for her pedaling fuel.

researcher who was on the way out. Along the way is plenty of North Country splendor. Pedal over covered bridges and railroad trestles. Breathe in the charm and listen to the wooden floors creak in that historic general store, or take a rest by a welcoming two-story gazebo. Chug along the ATV-shared Ammonoosuc Rail Trail from Woodsville into Lisbon before riding into Littleton. Put it in granny gear for the hilly backroads into Whitefield before entering the route’s crown jewels — the Presidential

Rail Trail and birder-friendly Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge — with majestic northern Presidential Range vistas. From Gorham with its services, cross over the Androscoggin on a trestle along with ATVs before embarking on a rocky ramble along dirt Hogan Road, which had us pushing bikes for a bit due to fall-out from a storm. Cross the Appalachian Trail and pedal the final stretch of pavement along the meandering and bucolic North Road, a classic White Mountain spin.

Bridges and trestles line the route and provide cyclists a chance to experience familiar places from a different perspective.

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Photos by marty basch

that took us about an hour’s drive from our Mount Washington Valley home? You never know what you’re going to find in your own backyard. That’s the theme of the 83-mile, multiuse trail that runs from the shores of the Connecticut River in Woodsville to the banks of the Androscoggin River in Bethel, Maine. The slow pace of bicycle touring gives you fresh perspectives on the familiar. Popping in for classic fudge at the Brick Store in Bath, something we’ve done often while on car road trips, was a more relaxed experience eating the treats while seated on the front porch. Outside Littleton, we saw a female snapping turtle use the dirt rail trail as a potential spot to lay her eggs. Stopping for coffee in Whitefield yielded a small-world, small-town surprise as my wife ran into a former employee of hers. In Gorham, on the glorious Presidential Rail Trail near the tail end of the tour, a couple we didn’t know stopped us with congratulations for making it that far. How did they know? They told us they were exploring pieces of the trail and had seen us a few times. As we entered the beautiful Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge, we swatted mosquitoes and chatted with a kayakwheeling Loon Preservation Committee

Talking With Dave Harkless at Littleton Bike & Fitness When Dave Harkless wandered into Littleton Bicycle Shoppe in 1992, he was burnt out from his career in the culinary field and in need of a job. He never left.

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Harkless, now the owner of the renamed Littleton Bike & Fitness, was full time by the end of his first summer, and has had a front row seat to the changes in the cycling world since. “I’ve seen many things change in bikes over the years — full-suspension mountain bikes, electronic shifting, hydraulic disc brakes,” Harkless says. “But I would have to

say today’s electric-assist bikes are the biggest game-changer. They allow an aging population to enjoy riding more and open up many routes that they normally wouldn’t be able to attempt or enjoy.” Spend a few minutes chatting with this longtime cyclist/business owner and he’ll likely recommend useful apps (Trailforks or MTB Project), suggest appropriate trails (Field Trip or Endless Recess), and even provide a few factoids (the national road and highway system was developed by cyclists in the 1880s). He’s also got a few words ready for beginners — take it easy.

“Don’t overdo it,” he says. “Gradually build up stamina and skills. I have seen many folks over the years come in on a nice, sunny day, buy

bikes, and go out for way too long of a ride. By the time they get back they are very tired and sore the next day, then they don’t want to ride again. For beginner mountain bikers, attending a skills clinic or hiring an instructor will greatly increase your skills quickly.” Though in the end, it’s all about getting people in the saddle. “It makes us smile to see a kid get their first new bike,” Harkless says. “And I admire our many customers who are in their 70s and 80s that are still riding.” — Bill Burke | August 2020


A particularly memorable moment occurred as we turned from the rugged Hogan Road onto North Road. A state trooper stopped us, plus several cars, due to a downed power line. Eventually, he led us safely to the other side of the wire, and we enjoyed the road to ourselves for miles before cars were allowed to return. The shaded North Road crosses into Maine and hands off to the final victory mile, rolling along the pleasant recreational trail Bethel Pathway and into Davis Park with its picnic tables, covered bridge and skate park, an experience we enjoyed despite the light drizzle.

is the brainchild of avid cyclist Marianne Borowski of Glen. The energetic Borowski grew up in Connecticut and spent her career in the biotech field as a protein chemist in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After retiring, she rode her bicycle cross-country where she met her partner, Tom Matchak, a bicycle-building retired engineer. In 2003, the two moved to the Mount Washington Valley with its myriad outdoor opportunities. Borowski became involved with the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation in winter and cycling in the warmer months. She’s shared her love of cycling with riders over the years, leading her popular Thursday group rides around the Mount Washington Valley, now in its 17th year. Active with the Mount Washington Valley Bicycling Club, her local knowledge of both the valley and northern New England formed the blueprint for the trail. Her labor of love was inspired by the Cross Vermont Trail, which winds some 91 miles from the shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington to the small town of Wells River along the Connecticut River. Borowski envisioned the New Hampshire route as a continuation of that trail starting from the steel bridge in Woodsville. Borowski contacted the Cross Vermont Trail Association, the nonprofit organization that oversees the route, and was encouraged to carry on eastward. Working largely on her own — though Matchak and a few intrepid friends accompanied her on 44 | August 2020

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The Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail

Marianne Borowski of Glen is the route’s founder and the one who dispenses patches to those completing the entire trail. For her, putting together the network was a labor of love.

some exploratory trips — Borowski just needed a few local links to piece together the ride. Fueled by grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Fund’s Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund and a National Park Service, Rivers and Trails Division assistance grant, Borowski was able to map the route, create cue sheets, and post a website ( with valuable insight as well as suggested lodging, camping, food, services and bike shops along the way. Borowski also posted pages on Facebook and Instagram and distributed brochures, maps and stickers. She even reached out to local snowmobile and ATV clubs for their input. The map was created by the respected Appalachian Mountain Club cartographer Larry Garland of Jackson. Plainly, Borowski, who has biked in 48 of the 50 states, designed the route from her own perspective and bike travel experiences. It appeals to her and reflects what she and her friends would enjoy. What’s she’s discovered is that the trail has managed to offer something for everybody. “What has been surprising and a learning

experience is that cyclists on the Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail who are way more experienced, fit and skillful than I am, or less experienced than I am, all enjoy the trail,” she says. The trail, the first of its kind across New Hampshire, allows riders to have a completely different point of view. For example, the Ammonoosuc Rail Trail encourages cyclists to explore the other side of the river. Whereas they may have only experienced Woodsville, Bath, Lisbon and Littleton from Route 302, biking on the other side offers a different perspective of the river, towns, bridges, dams and forest of the river valley. Borowski is impressed by the way cyclists have “created their own unique ways to enjoy the trail,” she says. Some carry their own gear or have a friend in a car carry their equipment. Some ride end-to-end then ride all the way back or arrange for a shuttle. Others spot cars. Some have even used different bikes for different sections. She’s heard from groups, retirees, couples, college students and even a father who pedaled it with his 11-year-old. Some have even incorporated it into longer trips around northern New England. The route isn’t always a smooth ride though. Bikers will need to navigate gravel, cinder, sand, ballast, single-track, grassy

Photos by jared charney

Talking With Josh Pierce at Papa Wheelies There’s been a curious side effect of the pandemic-related quarantine — the popularity of cycling is experiencing a surge.

“The shutting down of the country due to COVID-19, combined with a desire for safe, enjoyable ways to spend time together has led to a bit of a renaissance of family and recreational biking,” says Papa Wheelies manager Josh Pierce. And when that wave of interest began to crest, Pierce and his team at Papa Wheelies, which opened its Portsmouth location back in 2001, were ready. “Bike shops at their core have always been rooted in their neighborhood,” he says. “They have been an integral part of the local landscape. They have traditionally been the only place to go to get a good-quality, well-constructed, well-built bicycle. And they have also been the place you go to get your bike tuned up

and serviced, and they are generally full of people who live and breathe bikes and want to share that passion with anyone who walks in the door.” Among the tips Pierce is ready to pass along are great places to take your bike once you’ve found one. His go-to for new riders is Stratham Hill Park, a great introduction to mountain biking and gravel riding, with wide-open, meandering paths, fun, twisty single-tracks, and a taste of technical climbs and white-knuckle downhills. For road riding, it’s hard to beat Route 1A along the seacoast. “Coming out to the seacoast at the end of Route 111 atop Little Boar’s Head can be a breathtaking introduction to the big, blue ocean, with the Isles of Shoals sparkling 7 miles off the coast,” he says. The ride back

north along the winding, rocky 1A is arguably the best section of roadway along the Atlantic seaboard. Pierce’s best tip, however, is to get the right gear at the right price. “We want them to make sure [customers] don’t spend their entire budget on the best bike they can afford,” he says. “We want them to be fully prepared for the adventure. Heading off on your new bike without a water bottle, a good pair of shorts and a way to fix a flat tire is a recipe for an awful experience — especially if you head off to somewhere with limited cell reception when something goes wrong,” he adds. — Bill Burke | August 2020


Talking With Raymond Lessard at The Bike Barn ment of pedal-assist bikes. The Lessard family would know. Family patriarch Raymond Lessard opened The Bike Barn in 1975. His daughter, Karen, created the shop’s logo when she was 17, and it has

remained unchanged since. Raymond’s sons, Thomas and Patrick, run the shop — the oldest continuously run family bike shop in the city. “Prior to the mass production of mountain biking, it was a little-known sport that moved to widespread activity,” says Patrick Lessard. “There was a mass rush to mountain biking throughout the entire country, and bike shop sales of mountain bikes and gear began to soar like never seen before.” The next cycling sea change came with the arrival of pedal-assist bikes. A specialty of The Bike Barn, these bikes use an electric-assist to amplify speed as the rider pedals. “These bikes are ideal for a rider that might want a boost to their ride, as it greatly helps with headwinds and steep hills,” says Lessard. “However, you can still get an excellent workout

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because once you stop pedaling, the bike will slow down.” Mountain, pedal assist, road, gravel or hybrid — pick your poison and head for Manchester’s Piscataquog Trail, the Musquash Conservation Area in Londonderry or the Horse Hill Nature Preserve in Merrimack, the Lessards say. And if there’s any motivation needed, organize a viewing of the 1979 Oscar-winning film “Breaking Away.” “It’s an excellent biking movie and we encourage any biker who has never seen it to make a point to watch it,” says Lessard. And if you’re a beginner? According to these pros, keep your tires properly inflated and make sure your drivetrain is properly lubricated with a quality chain lube. — Bill Burke

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According to the Lessard family of The Bike Barn in Manchester, there have been two significant shifts in the cycling world: when the world first embraced mountain biking in the early 1990s and the develop-

The end is near when North Road in Shelburne crosses into Bethel, Maine, the eastern terminus of the route. The sinuous and shaded roadway parallels the Androscoggin River.

two-track, dirt roads and pavement. Wider tires, patience and average cycling skills are musts. Borowski has found most cyclists ride west to east, her recommended direction. She’s also added an incentive for cyclists to ride the whole route — a patch. In 2019, Borowski doled out 59 patches to end-toenders (including Jan and myself) for riding the entire trail. There were even some riders who rode it twice and got two.

Photo by marty basch

Each season has its perks.

Color returns to the North Country in spring during mid-May when the leaves pop out. The purple lupines are lovely during their seasonal blooms during mid- to lateJune. That also signals bug season, but there are also wildflowers and wildlife such as birds, frogs, beavers and turtles. Chances abound to see bigger mammals, including bear, deer and moose. Pedaling amid the foliage in the cool of September and October rewards you with alpine scenery of brilliant foliage and white-capped Presidential peaks. Jan and I traveled light, stayed indoors versus camping, and rode manageable days of 22, 37 and 24 miles. I was on a new gravel bike, thankful for its wide tires. Jan was using her trusty

mountain bike, the same one she used when we rode from Canada to Mexico along the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route in 1998. She takes care of things — like a husband. We each carried two panniers, and Jan had a handlebar bag as well. We were led by the cue sheets we downloaded from the website, though it’s possible to download the route to your phone. We planned the trip to fit into a hole of bookended rainy days, narrowly making it. On the banks of the Ammonoosuc River, handsome Littleton is a cyclist’s oasis with its Main Street shops, restaurants and motels. The rejuvenated and picturesque Riverwalk is another magnet, especially for beer lovers wanting to crack open a frosty local at Schilling Beer Co. There are also mainstays like Chutters candy store and the famous statue of Pollyanna. Our room for the night was at the comfortable Littleton Motel, steps from Perfido’s Market, which had some hearty takeout deli. The small town is also home to Littleton Bike and Fitness and the Parker Mountain trail system. “I’ve seen groups of retirees to your total Instagram bikepacker person show up,” says Littleton Bike and Fitness owner and cycling advocate Dave Harkless. “It’s been a bit of everything.” (read more of what Harkless has to say on page 43).

When some riders were having second thoughts about their ability to ride the route, Harkless and a buddy drove out to find them later, and offered them a couple of beers for encouragement, becoming local trail angels in the process. Gorham’s Hub North, a groovy outdoor encampment with lodge and glamping next to mountain bike-friendly Moose Brook State Park, sees its share of XNHAT (CrossNew Hampshire Trail) bikers. Owner Kara Hunter and husband Jason are key cogs in the Coös Cycling Club that has created miles of trails in recent years. Hunter believes more people will be taking advantage of the mountain biking hubs as the route increases in popularity. “I bet it won’t be long before people realize that if they ride the right bike, there are mountain biking options at both ends as well as middle stops of the three-day tour,” she says. “I think it would be exceptional to see people using the trail in that way.” She’s also seen some groups ride its entire length. “I love checking out the bikes and gear that everyone has, so many different approaches to touring, and it thrills me to see people arriving here by bike,” she says. That thrill is shared by many during a spin through northern New Hampshire’s backyard. NH Send your mailing address to crossnewhampshire@ to get a paper map of the trail. | August 2020


Sully Erna has fronted the band Godsmack since its formation in 1995. They were signed to the Universal/Republic label in 1998.

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Godsmack is one of rock’s most successful and enduring bands. Here’s how founder Sully Erna rose from student in the school of hard knocks to tenured professor in the ...


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By Rick Broussard Photos by Renée Deal and Grant Jensen


he video begins with a question: “What is music?” Then a line of students files into a school auditorium. The stage is dim, holding only a solitary person, an American flag and a wooden stool. When the room is full, the figure on stage, wiry and intense, raises a microphone. He looks small as he paces within the huge proscenium, but when he begins to speak his words ring with authority. “Having music in your life is something that is extremely powerful and should never be taken for granted,” says Sully Erna. “So, embrace this gift you have. Whether you listen to it or you create it, it is truly a universal miracle.” Erna’s dark eyes soften as they survey his audience. It took some miracles for him to be where he is today, looking down on this colorful, disheveled mass of youth looking up to him. Erna grew up as a hard-luck kid in nearby Lawrence, Massachusetts, taking every wrong direction he could — drugs, liquor, gangs, crime — but he speaks now with the prestige we grant to our cultural heroes. He’s been the founder, front man and songwriter for mega-rock-band Godsmack for more than two decades. Erna points a finger and sweeps his tattooed arm toward the crowd of attentive faces. “And I’m going to show you how powerful it can be when we do it together,” he says with a grin, then pounces off the stage and strolls toward the students to offer some high-fives and lead them into their big adventure. Suddenly a drumbeat begins, building to a bone-throbbing pulse as scenes of the students practicing and joking with members of Godsmack appear on screen. It’s clear that what’s unfolding is both a documentary and a rock music video when Sully Erna’s voice, plaintive and arresting, soars over a swirling storm of guitar chords and bass notes: Another change is coming A separation from defiant (To self-reliant baby) I feel the weather breaking It’s turning rain into fire

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The saga of Godsmack’s No. 1 single “Unforgettable,” and the viral video (nearly two million views) it spawned, took root in that auditorium at the Gilbert H. Hood Middle School in Derry, where music teacher Kate Boisvert works. Boisvert says that she and colleague Blake Leister, from neighboring West Running Brook Middle School, had been contacted by Sue Centner, the director of Community Alliance for Teen Safety who had worked with Sully Erna on other projects. Neither teacher was exactly a Godsmack fan at the time, but the proposal was compelling. Erna had written a song for his band’s new album, but it wasn’t hitting the right emotional chords. He had reached out in search of a choir of young voices to accompany the band. Centner told Erna that the Derry schools had dedicated music departments and would “eat this up.” “We each selected 10 students to be part of it,” says Boisvert, who teaches at Gilbert H. Hood. “They wanted kids who really had some sort of emotional connection,” she says, “not only talented but really caring about music.” She found a mix of boys and girls, while Leister had only girls in her contingent. Boisvert notes that middle school choruses are often lacking male voices. The chosen 20 were about to be taken on a musical field trip that they would never forget. And that trip turned out to be just the beginning. Boisvert recalls how it unfolded. “We pulled up to an undisclosed location,” she says. “It looked like a loading dock with an unmarked door. That door led into the most beautiful space, a lounge area and kitchen for the band, and this amazing recording studio.” There were gold records and years of Godsmack memorabilia on the walls and the band’s collection of equipment set up to play.

Photos by Grant Jensen

Sully Erna (top) gives chorus students a crash course on rock singing while Godsmack guitarist Tony Rombola (below) shows guitar techniques, and bassist Robbie Merrill and drummer Shannon Larkin (both below, right) provide personal instruction and tips to some student musicians.

Kate Boisvert (at right) was Erna’s partner organizing the chorus and helping collect the rest of the talent including student bass player Sarolta Zsofka, drummer Tricia Elder (both at right) and guitarist James McDonald (above) — all members of the Gilbert H. Hood Middle School band led by Emily Johnson. | August 2020


“ Having music in your life is something that is extremely powerful and should never be taken for granted. So, embrace this gift you have.

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As they prepared for their final performance, it was clear that Erna commanded the participants’ full attention and respect as he engaged and orchestrated over 400 New Hampshire student singers and musicians, including 30 drummers, in a passionate, soul-grabbing rendition of “Unforgettable.”

Photos by Renée Deal

“For the kids it was like a tour of a miniature Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame. They all had eyes like dinner plates.” The kids met with Erna and the other band members and talked about the instruments used and the recording process. After some pointers from Erna on vocal recording, the kids laid down their background vocals. All were paid as performers and, when Erna told them their names would all appear on the album, “they were over the moon,” recalls Boisvert. “They were recording artists.” At the release party for the album, titled “When Legends Rise,” the students were invited to attend with the band and crew and member of the music press. “They all got swag including signed copies of the album,” says Boisvert. “And when Sully told the kids he was bringing them out for the New Hampshire leg of the tour, the kids were just freaking out.” True to his word, in late August 2018, Erna greeted the students once more, this time at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford where Godsmack was preparing for a sound check. “They got to go through security and got the celebrity treatment,” she says, including catering, volleyball and swimming before the show. “They felt like

absolute rock stars for the day.” She notes that most of the time “they didn’t even have their cell phones out.” That night, the kids waited offstage for their cue as the concert unfolded with Godsmack taking their fans aloft on the wings of loud, passion-filled rock. When the 20 students took the stage for the band’s performance of “Unforgettable,” Erna, proud as a papa, called into the microphone, “OK if we play a new one for you?” The cheers increased by decibels as he shouted, “New Hampshire, let us hear you!” Then the drum began its driving pulse and 20 voices united. Just as they had practiced and practiced, the sound of power poured out, the miraculous energy of music burst from 20 young hearts and souls as the kids joined the band in every emotional crescendo. Bana Berhane had just recently moved across the country from the state of Washington when the opportunity to perform with Godsmack appeared. New in a new school and shy by nature, it was Boisvert who had gotten her into the chorus. “She always told

me I was talented,” says Berhane. She taught me to have more confidence in my voice and in myself as a person. If it wasn’t for her, I’d probably still be the shy girl, scared to do anything.” Last year she competed in the New England Music Festival and won first place in her age group along with other awards. She says she was so nervous that she had wanted to just leave as soon as she arrived, but her confidence was quickly boosted. During her evaluation performances, where the judges give tips to competitors, her rendition of Sia’s “Titanium” made one judge cry. She went on to try out for NH All-State Chorus, something she would never have attempted, and made it in on her first audition. But among her successes, the time she spent performing with Godsmack stands out. “I’ve never had an experience like that,” she says. “To be able to sing on an album and hear my voice played back, to sing at a concert for a huge bunch of people. It made me really happy.” Boisvert says that while Berhane has a special talent, she hears this kind of story of how music changes lives quite a lot. “We can’t underestimate the impact, the benefits that children get through an arts education,” she says. “For so many kids, this is the only

Where did all 30 of those drum sets come from? Students brought their own kits from home for the filming. | August 2020


Erna Speaks to NH Magazine Godsmack seems to be bigger than ever. How much of your success was planned and how much just happened as you went? I didn’t even know what success meant, growing up. I was growing up on the streets of Lawrence and we barely got by. We were raised on powdered milk and food stamps. I was taught how to survive, not how to be successful, but part of that learning translates later into being successful because it teaches you how to go through the hard times and still stand up and walk through it another day. The band has survived a lot of time and change. We get along better now than we ever have. Our lives have changed so dramatically. Not so much because of the success as because of the lessons we learned going through the grind of it. Now we’re going back to just playing music because we love music again, like it was in the garage days. The business chews you up and spits you out, and you either survive or you don’t, but once you get past that part music becomes fun again. Is your sound changing as a result? We breached boundaries on this last record quite a bit because we knew it was time to expand and change. We’re not the same young angry punk rock kids that we were once. And along with that comes the new tones and emotions in the music. That’s why we were able to take a chance with doing some more commercial style

songs like “Under Your Scars” and “Bulletproof.” I mean “Under Your Scars” was a piano ballad. Who ever knew that Godsmack would have a piano ballad?

space to walk in the woods, quiet and protected. That makes life more calm and enjoyable for me. The first half of my life was like living in a tornado.

You talk a lot about the power of music. How can just sounds and a beat make you happy or cry? So many mysteries around that. Biology itself is a mystery. The human body is one of the most genius inventions ever created. Why vibrations and frequencies when they mix and clash and blend together start to stir up these neurons and whatever else there is in our bodies that makes us tick and creates that emotion, that’s the mystery of music.

You seem to not take your success for granted, using it to inspire kids. We’re all put here to have some kind of voice on this earth. Heart surgeons do it through their talent of saving lives and letting those people tell their stories for years to come. Actors do it too, through their acting, painters do it through their art, and musicians through their music. It’s one of those things where we’re all put here for a reason but we’re not sure what that reason is, but once you identify what your job is on this planet, you just do it the best you can and not try to be a restaurant owner when your best thing should be writing music.

How does music help a kid like you were in a bad place in a rough part of a state survive? It’s been proven that certain tones and frequencies calm people down, make them relax or wake people’s psyches up. Scientists are studying this and trying to figure it out themselves. So I don’t have all those answers, but I know that music is a healer. It’s an escape and, if you use it the right way, you can use it therapeutically, for medicinal purposes, as well as for entertainment value. Why did you settle in New Hampshire? I didn’t want to stay in the city, didn’t want to become a product of my surroundings like I was when I was younger. I’m so close to Boston, my roots and the things I enjoy. I like having the freedom and the

place they find success and these little successes mean they have a place to belong in school and in life.” Adam Carvalho had already racked up some achievements when he took the musical field trip to Erna’s secret recording studio. He’s been doing mixed martial arts since he was 6, now practicing Muay Thai, kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at a dojo where he also works part time. “I don’t plan 54 | August 2020

It’s almost like you made this video to promote music education. Why is that important to you? We’re talking about how special music is and what a gift it is and yet it’s the first program that gets cut in schools when they have to trim the budget. That makes no sense to me. They don’t need to know trigonometry when they leave high school unless they are going to be a rocket scientist at NASA, but music, they’ll use every day, whether they create it or listen to it. It’s going to help them focus, help them heal, take them on journeys, and give them experiences. I think that’s important.

to get famous with music,” he says, but I don’t think it will ever leave my life. It gives me energy and a place to let go.” Carvalho says he bonded with Erna and, while their upbringings were completely different, he understood the lessons Erna was imparting. “The biggest thing Sully taught me about music was the importance of what it makes you feel and what it means to you. He talked about how music brought him up from a dark, deep hole and saved him. It made me look into my life story and recognize how much a part of my life it is. When things get hard, I can plug my phone into my speakers, listen and sing along.”

Boisvert says that Erna has kept in touch with many of the original 20 performers, remaining supportive and inviting them into interviews. When Erna learned that Carvalho couldn’t return to the dojo to practice during the coronavirus lockdown, he had one of his crew drop off a martial arts punching bag at his house. For all of the posturing and dramatics that seem to come with being a worldfamous rock star, Boisvert says that Erna is, in a word: genuine. “He’s very easy to talk to, not elusive. He’s not a mysterious guy. His heart is on his sleeve.” When Erna reconnected with Boisvert early this year, he needed her help again. The song he’d recorded and performed with the kids had been his choice as the first single from “When Legends Rise,” but three other songs had already risen to No. 1 on the rock charts. That was a career first for the band, but Erna still had hopes for “Unforgettable” and was ready to produce a video to help launch it. He had booked the state’s largest indoor concert venue, the SNHU Arena in Manchester, brought in a film crew from Immortal Cinema International in Los Angeles, along with award-winning Director, Noah Berlow, and was planning something epic. “He wanted to know how to get as many

kids as possible to be a part of this,” says Boisvert. Between the music departments of Gilbert H. Hood and West Running Brook, they were able to round up 400 music students and bus them to the arena. The original 20 chorus kids, now in high school, were there and all the students had been primed, she says, knowing they might be interviewed about the importance of music in their lives. “They were excited to share their stories,” says Boisvert, “not just with the video journalists, but with each other from two schools and three different grades.” It was also a mix of cliques. “Chorus and band kids don’t always get together,” she notes. After a pep talk from Erna, the instrumentalists from the schools got to work

are going through some of their toughest years, emotionally and behaviorally? “It doesn’t surprise me at all,” says Erna. “I’m just a giant kid myself. I actually assumed we were going to have a great time together. This is a vacation for them versus what they do in school.” Erna says that Boisvert’s influence was felt throughout the yearslong undertaking. “She’s an incredible music teacher and one of the hidden heroes behind making all of this happen. From working with the kids to organizing everything with me to make sure it went as painlessly and smoothly as possible. She was an absolute dream to work with.” He and the band taught the students so much in those sessions, so what was the takeaway for him? “That doing good things selflessly creates good energy and amazing results,” says Erna. “This video should be a lesson to everyone starting trouble around the country that good will always win over evil.” NH My river’s overflowing Into an endless sea of changes (And rearranges baby) I wanna break it open I’m gonna take it to define it (And realign it baby) ­— From “Unforgettable” by Sully Erna and Godsmack

Photo by Renée Deal

“When Legends Rise” is Godsmack’s seventh album and their first to generate four No. 1 singles on the Billboard charts.

with the band, learning not just notes, but attitude and style. “They basically all got private lessons on how to play this music, how to hold the bass to alleviate wrist cramp, how the whole group could play that cadence,” Boisvert says. When Berlow’s crew began filming, the kids seemed electrified, she says. “Cameras everywhere and drones flying around, they were singing and playing their hearts out. You can see it in their faces. They really learned what kind of energy you need to perform. It was so monumental and the largeness of it was not lost on them.” Apparently, it was not lost on the fans either. The video continues to be one of the band’s most-watched and the song has become Godsmack’s fourth No. 1 single from “When Legend’s Rise.” Erna says that the event was just as important to him, getting to see kids come alive by becoming part of something larger than themselves. “I was most impressed with their mature responses to the question ‘What is music’ and what it means to them,” he says. “It’s fascinating to me how deeply music touches these kids and maybe how parents should pay more attention to how important it is and how much it means to them.” Did he have any doubts about pulling off such a major feat, organizing 400 kids who

You can find Godsmack’s “Unforgettable” video and their 8-22-2018 Bank of NH Pavilion concert on YouTube. | August 2020




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Douglas J. Katz Katz Endodontics 1310 Hooksett Rd. Hooksett (603) 628-2891

Aneesa L. Al-Khalidi Granite State Endodontics 505 West Hollis St., Ste. 104 Nashua (603) 883-3636 Nathan T. Decker Seacoast Endodontic Associates 150 Griffin Rd., Ste. 4 Portsmouth (603) 431-5542 Rachel L. Forbes Seacoast Endodontic Associates 150 Griffin Rd., Ste. 4 Portsmouth (603) 431-5542 Eric L. Gotlieb Exeter Endodontics 19 Hampton Rd., Unit 9 Exeter (603) 775-7775 Ashley Rose Leavell Generations Dental Care 9 Triangle Park Dr., Ste. 3 Concord (603) 225-6331 Hongsheng Liu New England Endodontic Solutions 77 Gilcreast Rd., Ste. 2000 Londonderry (603) 425-2307 Howard J. Ludington New England Endodontics & Implantology 288 Lafayette Rd. Portsmouth (603) 483-3202 Michael J. Marshall Southern New Hampshire Endodontics 765 South Main St., Ste. 301 Manchester (603) 624-9786 Rachel McKee NH Endodontics 6 Loudon Rd., Ste. 6 Concord (603) 224-5553

Christopher S. Mirucki Modern Endodontics 1-F Commons Dr., Ste. 39 Londonderry (603) 552-3632

Andrew C. Albee Suncook Dental 119 Pembroke St. Pembroke (603) 485-2273

Douglas H. Moll NH Endodontics 6 Loudon Rd., Ste. 6 Concord (603) 224-5553

Janet Allaire Allaire & Greer 85 Merrimac St. Portsmouth (603) 436-6922

Michael R. Pauk DiBona Dental Group 19 Hampton Rd. Exeter (603) 772-4352 Philip C. Shiere Seacoast Endodontic Associates 158C Route 108 Dover (603) 742-2200 Tadros M. Tadros Hudson Endodontics 182 Central St. Hudson (603) 882-5455 Peter D. Tziros Tziros Endodontics 1650 Elm St., Ste. 403 Manchester (603) 668-3636 Matthew B. Walsh NH Endodontics Six Loudon Rd., Ste. 6 Concord (603) 224-5553

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Rochelle H. Lindner Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 624-3900 Slava Abdelrehim Greenwood Dental 112 Spit Brook Rd., Ste. C Nashua (603) 809-4541 John P. Ahern Ahern, Nichols, Ahern, Hersey & Butterfield Family Dentistry 30 Pinkerton St. Derry (603) 432-5039

Michael Ambra Ambra Dental Care 1 Pillsbury St., Ste. 203-A Concord (603) 226-2995 Shannon N. Arndt 280 Pleasant St., Ste. 4 Concord (603) 228-4456 Leonard M. Attisano 700 Lake Ave., Ste. 12 Manchester (603) 668-0227 Charles C. Banister 1 Birch St. Derry (603) 432-3335 Thomas J. Bara Bara Dental 62 West Main St. Hillsboro (603) 464-4100 Brandon Beaudoin Bedford Village Dental 4 Bell Hill Rd. Bedford (603) 472-8381 Steven R. Bengtson Freese & Bengtson Family Dentistry 16 Wall St. Concord (603) 228-3384 Christopher Benton Benton Family Dental 149 Portsmouth Ave. Stratham (603) 772-3264 Brenda D. Berkal Four Birch St. Derry (603) 434-4090

Top Vote-getter: Endodontics Douglas J. Katz • Katz Endodontics 1310 Hooksett Rd., Hooksett • (603) 628-2891 • William A. Bilodeau 76 Northeastern Blvd., Ste. 27-A Nashua (603) 881-4022 Christopher T. Binder Generations Dental Care 9 Triangle Park Dr., Ste. 3 Concord (603) 225-6331

Jacqueline M. Bonci DiBona Dental Group 19 Hampton Rd. Exeter (603) 772-4352

Derek R. Blackwelder Winnisquam Dental 944 Laconia Rd. Winnisquam (603) 528-1212

Thomas Borbotsina 179 Lowell St., Ste. 2 Manchester (603) 625-5781 Carl M. Boscketti Exeter Family Dental Care 193 High St. Exeter (603) 772-3351

Kristine E. Blackwelder Winnisquam Dental 944 Laconia Rd. Winnisquam (603) 528-1212

Leslie A. Bouvier 394 High St., Ste. 1 Somersworth (603) 692-1112

David A. Bloom New England Dental Arts 1 Manor Parkway Salem (603) 893-6120 Scott F. Bobbitt 76 Allds St., Ste. 6 Nashua (603) 882-3001 David A. Bogacz White Park Dental 102 Pleasant St., Ste. 3 Concord (603) 225-4143

Richard C. Bolduc Auburn Family Dentistry 7 Raymond Rd. Auburn (603) 483-8123

Cheryl A. Boyd Locust St. Dental Center 303 Locust St. Dover (603) 749-2424 Paul R. Brand Plymouth Dental Group 13 Town West Rd. Plymouth (603) 536-4900 | August 2020


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Paul M. Decker 35 South Park St. Hanover (603) 643-5405 James P. DeLeo Chestnut Family Dental 745 Chestnut St. Manchester (603) 622-7173 Melissa Dennison Highland Family Dental 166 Plaistow Rd., Unit G-1 Plaistow (603) 382-6976 William Devaney Portsmouth Dental 230 Lafayette Rd., Ste. 2 Portsmouth (603) 436-7603

Top Vote-getter: General Dentistry Rochelle H. Lindner • Lindner Dental Associates

72 South River Rd., Bedford • (603) 624-3900 •

Harjeet S. Brar Brar Family Dentistry 33 Broad St. Nashua (603) 889-0601

Robert W. Christian Keystone Dental Arts 263 Route 108 Somersworth (603) 692-9229

Ronald C. Brenner New Boston Dental Care 52 High St. New Boston (603) 487-2106

Sylvia A. Christian Granite Family Dentistry 1558 Hooksett Rd., Ste. 4 Hooksett (603) 485-4855

Evelyn M. Bryan 765 South Main St., Ste. 202 Manchester (603) 622-0279

Cara A. Coleman Coleman Family Dental Care 1 Overlook Dr., Ste. A-3 Amherst (603) 673-4102

Richard A. Calvin Calvin Dental Associates 25 Buttrick Rd., Ste. A-2 Londonderry (603) 434-2700 Joseph Cariello Dovetail Dental Associates 282 Route 101 Amherst (603) 673-6526 Patrick F. Carroll 400 Central Ave. Dover (603) 749-6053


Salvatore F. Colletta Nashua Smile Makers 76 Allds St. Nashua (603) 882-3727 Bruce R. Courtney 920 2nd St. Manchester (603) 668-7494 Bruce A. Cronhardt Bow Family Dentistry 514 South St. Bow (603) 224-3151 | August 2020

Elizabeth DiBona DiBona Dental Group 19 Hampton Rd., Ste. 11 Exeter (603) 772-4352 Michael R. Dion 24 Pinkerton St. Derry (603) 434-0040 Mukunda Dogiparthi Sterling Smiles 505 West Hollis St., Ste. 113 Nashua (603) 459-8127 Ernani S. Domingo Bay St. Family Dental 33 Bay St. Manchester (603) 624-1342 Keith A. Dressler Hampstead Family Dental 2 Ricker Rd. Hampstead (603) 485-8464 Richard T. Dumas Dover Dental Associates 2 Ridge St. Dover (603) 743-3500 Debra M. Dunn Bedford Village Dental 4 Bell Hill Rd. Bedford (603) 472-8381

Audrey P. Elliott New Boston Dental Care 52 High St. New Boston (603) 487-2106

Timothy J. Goslee Great Bay Dental Care 48 North Main St. Newmarket (603) 659-3341

George T. Felt Mondovi Dental 9 Northview Dr. Meredith (603) 279-6959 new-hampshire-dental-centers/ meredith-nh/

Marc A. Greer Allaire & Greer 85 Merrimac St. Portsmouth (603) 436-6922

Anne B. Filler 31 Lowell Rd. Windham (603) 898-2072 James S. Fishbein 2456 Lafayette Rd. Portsmouth (603) 436-9908 Nick I. Fleury Circle Dental 173 Route 104, Ste. A Meredith (603) 515-4060 Robert Fromuth Fromuth and Langlois Dental 765 South Main St., Ste. 102 Manchester (603) 931-4137 William L. Gagnon Mondovi Dental 5 George St. Hudson (603) 288-1208 new-hampshire-dental-centers/ hudson-nh Gordon F. Geick 50 Nashua Rd., Ste. 104 Londonderry (603) 432-2961 Kelly M. Ginnard 155 Dow St., Ste. 401 Manchester (603) 296-2329 Whitney E. Goode Goodwin Community Health 311 Route 108 Somersworth (603) 749-2346

Salvatore Guerriero Nashua Smile Makers 76 Allds St. Nashua (603) 882-3727 William Guthrie Bedford Dental Care 207 Meetinghouse Rd., Ste. 3 Bedford (603) 625-2193 Carol M. Haddad 313 Canal St. Manchester (603) 627-6826 Richard B. Hanson 505 West Hollis St., Ste. 211 Nashua (603) 880-9000 Jill Harrison Harrison Dental Arts 875 Greenland Rd., Ste. B-7 Portsmouth (603) 501-0263 Kristen Harvey White Park Dental 102 Pleasant St., Ste. 3 Concord (603) 225-4143 E. Thomas Hastings Hastings Dental Health 116 Monadnock Hwy. Swanzey (603) 357-7707 Hubert W. Hawkins Dr. Hugh’s Dental 209 Cottage St., Ste. 1 Littleton (603) 444-4141 Matthew S. Heimbach Abenaki Dental Care 1 Hampton Rd., Ste. 305 Exeter (603) 583-4533

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Audrey A. Herod Merrimack Dental Associates 382 Daniel Webster Hwy. Merrimack (603) 424-6131

B. Chandler Jones Lakes Region Dental Care 25 Country Club Rd. Gilford (603) 524-8250

Keith M. Levesque Levesque Dentistry 193 Kinsley St. Nashua (603) 882-7578

Andrea Herold Herold Family Dentistry 313 Islington St. Portsmouth (603) 436-3718

Donna L. Kalil Kalil & Kress Family and Cosmetic Dentistry 303 Amherst St. Nashua (603) 880-7004

Tara Levesque-Vogel Levesque Dentistry 193 Kinsley St. Nashua (603) 882-7578

Neil S. Hiltunen North Hampton Dental Group 2 Juniper Rd. North Hampton (603) 964-6300 Michael J. Hochberg Greater Nashua Dental Connections 31 Cross St. Nashua (603) 879-9314 Bryan R. Hoertdoerfer Hoertdoerfer Dentistry 4 Elliot Way, Ste. 306 Manchester (603) 669-1251 Joshua D. Howard JD Howard Dental 375 6th St. Dover (603) 749-0636 Eugene S. Hulshult 54 South St. Concord (603) 228-0123 Benjamin Irzyk JD Howard Dental 375 6th St. Dover (603) 749-0636 Lauren R. Johnson New Boston Dental Care 52 High St. New Boston (603) 487-2106 Tamatha L. Johnson Brentwood Dental Designs 1 Brickyard Square, Ste. 5 Epping (603) 932-6162 Ashleigh F. Jones Lakes Region Dental Care 25 Country Club Rd. Gilford (603) 524-8250

Kenneth J. Kalil Kalil Dental Associates 25 Indian Rock Rd., Ste. 1 Windham (603) 434-0090 Nicholas Kanelos Garrison Family Dental 801 Central Ave., Ste. 5 Dover (603) 742-8844 Melissa A. Kennell Children’s Dentistry 369 Hounsell Ave., Ste. 1 Gilford (603) 527-2500 Puneet Kochhar Alliance for Dental Care 40 Winter St., Ste. 201 Rochester (603) 332-7300 Beth A. Kress Kalil & Kress Family and Cosmetic Dentistry 303 Amherst St. Nashua (603) 880-7004 Heidi Linder Kurland Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 624-3900 Stephen L. Langlois Fromuth and Langlois Dental 765 South Main St., Ste. 102 Manchester (603) 931-4137 Matthew C. Leighton Ponemah Crossing Dental 102 Ponemah Rd., Ste. 2 Amherst (603) 673-7950 Samuel J. Lemeris Greatview Dental 14 Hampton Rd. Exeter (603) 778-9630

Franklyn Liberatore Nashua Riverfront Dentistry 60 Main St., Ste. 330 Nashua (603) 886-2700 Jody B. Low 89 Locust St. Dover (603) 742-5805 John C. Machell 505 West Hollis St., Ste. 202 Nashua (603) 882-9881

Top Vote-getter: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Mark D. Abel • Manchester Oral Surgery 27 Sagamore St., Manchester • (603) 622-9441

Nikki-Jo Magnifico Bow Family Dentistry 514 South St. Bow (603) 224-3151

Jennifer A. McConathy Cochecho Dental 51 Webb Place, Ste. 200 Dover (603) 617-4492

Julie J. Nash North Hampton Dental Group 2 Juniper Rd. North Hampton (603) 964-6300

Brian T. Maguire North Hampton Dental Group 2 Juniper Rd. North Hampton (603) 964-6300

Alex L. McCulloch Grace Family Dentistry 143 Airport Rd. Concord (603) 225-6650

David A. Ness Eight Clark Way, Ste. A Somersworth (603) 692-2045

John J. Maloney 4 Lake Shore Dr. Seabrook (603) 474-9506

Barton E. McGirl 30 High St. Hampton (603) 758-6000

Nellita M. Manley Piscataqua Dental Partners 288 Lafayette Rd., Building A Portsmouth (603) 431-4559

Kelley McLaughlin Goodwin Community Health 311 Route 108 Somersworth (603) 749-2346

Robert N. Marshall Aesthetic Dental Center 177 Pleasant St. Concord (603) 224-1743

Daphnie Mercado Chestnut Family Dental 745 Chestnut St. Manchester (603) 622-7173

Barry F. McArdle 118 Maplewood Ave., Ste. B-7 Portsmouth (603) 430-1010

James M. Nash North Hampton Dental Group 2 Juniper Rd. North Hampton (603) 964-6300

Jay A. Nesvold Atlantic Family Dental 278 Lafayette Rd., Building E Portsmouth (603) 430-9009 Lindsey M. O’Connor Goffstown Dental Associates 40 South Mast St. Goffstown (603) 497-3656 Cheryl A. Ogden 1140 Somerville St. Manchester (603) 624-4313 Raymond Orzechowski 280 Pleasant St., Ste. 4 Concord (603) 228-4456 Joshua T. Osofsky Family Dental Care of Milford 154 Elm St. Milford (603) 556-4399 | August 2020


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James R. Rochefort 801 Central Ave., Ste. 5 Dover (603) 742-0711 Laurie A. Rosato 6 Loudon Rd., Ste. 2 Concord (603) 228-9276 Craig Rothenberg Vanguard Dental Group 19D Manchester Rd., Ste. 3 Derry (603) 945-7252 Christiane M. Rothwangl Rothwangl Dental Care 174 State Route 101, Ste. 1 Bedford (603) 472-5733

Top Vote-getter: Orthodontics Even Diane Shieh • Amherst Orthodontics 5 Overlook Dr., Ste. 6, Amherst • (603) 672-0844 Eliot L. Paisner Paisner Dental Associates 78 Northeastern Blvd., Ste. 5 Nashua (603) 883-6546

Stephan L. Peterson Peterson’s Family Dental 240 Locust St. Dover (603) 742-6546

Michael J. Paisner Paisner Dental Associates 78 Northeastern Blvd., Ste. 5 Nashua (603) 883-6546

Janice E. Pilon 35 South Park St. Hanover (603) 643-5405

Jonathan C. Palazzo 1140 Somerville St. Manchester (603) 624-4313 Paul Pasternack Granite Dental Group 8 Century Pines Dr. Barrington (603) 664-7850 Greg A. Perry Perry Family Dental Care 18 Elm St. Antrim (603) 547-4059 Jessica Peterson Peterson Family Dental 240 Locust St. Dover (603) 742-6546


Charles Pipilas 280 Main St., Ste. 311 Nashua (603) 881-8280 James R. Predmore 2 Buck Rd., Ste. 4 Hanover (603) 643-8300 Sree J. Raman Smiles by Design 222 River Rd. Manchester (603) 669-6131 Nicholas C. Rizos 103 Riverway Place, Building 1 Bedford (603) 669-4384 | August 2020

Richard M. Roy 103 Main St. Wilton (603) 654-2555 Muhenad Samaan Manchester Dental 753 Chestnut St. Manchester (603) 624-4147 James V. Savickas 704 Milford Rd., Route 101-A Merrimack (603) 880-0712 Marian Sawicki Plymouth Dental Group 13 Town West Rd. Plymouth (603) 536-4900 Vicktor G. Senat Dovetail Dental Associates 282 Route 101, 5 Liberty Park Bedford (603) 673-6526 Joseph E. Sheehan 155 Dow St., Ste. 401 Manchester (603) 623-0641 Christopher N. Skaperdas Skaperdas Dental 101 Webster St. Manchester (603) 668-0244

Amanda Smith Family Dental Care of Milford 154 Elm St. Milford (603) 556-4399

Vincent Trinidad Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 624-3900

Margaret I. Spargimino Hooksett Family Dental 2 Madison Ave. Hooksett (603) 668-5333

Stephen C. Ura Center for Dental Excellence 74 Northeastern Blvd., Ste. 19 Nashua (603) 886-5500

Elizabeth S. Spindel Spindel General and Cosmetic Dentistry 862 Union St. Manchester (603) 669-9049

Jeffrey R. Vachon Vachon Dental 57 Webster St. Manchester (603) 627-2092

Victoria Spindel-Rubin Spindel General and Cosmetic Dentistry 862 Union St. Manchester (603) 669-9049 Lesleyann M. Splagounias Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 624-3900 Michael St. Germain 42 Portsmouth Ave., Ste. A Exeter (603) 788-8101 David B. Staples Garrison Family Dental 801 Central Ave., Ste. 5 Dover (603) 742-8844 Nathan A. Swanson Newmarket Dental 60 Exeter Rd., Ste. 105 Newmarket (603) 659-3392 Jonathan H. Terhune 58 Franklin St. Franklin (603) 934-5503 Jyoti Thapa Belknap Dental Associates 40 Chestnut St., Ste. 2 Dover (603) 742-4735 Denise Tong Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 944-9196

Richard E. Vachon Vachon Dental 57 Webster St. Manchester (603) 627-2092 Hossein Vaez Goffstown Dental Associates 40 South Mast St. Goffstown (603) 497-3656 Sreemali Vasantha Souhegan Valley Dental 99 Amherst St. Milford (603) 673-1233 John Ver Ploeg JD Howard Dental 375 6th St. Dover (603) 749-0636 Randall G. Viola Nashua Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry 1 Trafalgar Square, Ste. 103 Nashua (603) 880-3000 Donald R. Welsh 320 Union St. Portsmouth (603) 436-2144 Phebe C. Westbrook Dibona Dental Group 19 Hampton Rd. Exeter (603) 772-4352



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Judith A. Whitcomb Nashua Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry 1 Trafalgar Square, Ste. 103 Nashua (603) 880-3000 K. Drew Wilson Family Dental Care of Milford 154 Elm St. Milford (603) 556-4399 Erik H. Young Derry Dental Associates 7 Peabody Rd. Derry (603) 434-4962 David W. Yue Brar Family Dentistry 33 Broad St. Nashua (603) 889-0601

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Top Vote-getter

Mark D. Abel Manchester Oral Surgery 27 Sagamore St. Manchester (603) 622-9441 Rocco R. Addante Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Care 1 Medical Center Dr. Lebanon (603) 650-5150 Marshall A. Baldassarre Bedford Oral Surgery 404 Riverway Place Bedford (603) 624-8042 D. Cameron Braasch NHOMS 33 Trafalgar Square, Ste. 201 Nashua (603) 595-8889

Top Vote-getter: Pediatric Dentistry Luis S. Englander • Lindner Dental Associates

72 S. River Rd., Bedford • (603) 624-3900 •

Thomas F. Burk Greene, Torio, Madden & Decoteau 15 Constitution Dr., Ste. 2-B Bedford (603) 883-4008 Louis F. Clarizio Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center 566 Islington St. Portsmouth (603) 436-8222 Karen E. Crowley 12 Parmenter Rd., Unit A-2 Londonderry (603) 437-7600 Corey F. Decoteau Greene, Torio, Decoteau, Madden, & Burk OMS 39 Simon St., Unit 11 Nashua (603) 883-4008 Daniel H. DeTolla Seacoast Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Center 200 Griffin Rd., Ste. 8 Portsmouth (603) 436-3608

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Peter P. Reich White Birch Oral Surgery 44 Dover Point Rd., Ste. C Dover (603) 740-1414

Timothy Finelli Seacoast Orthodontics 45 Lafayette Rd., Ste. 14 North Hampton (603) 964-2220

Sogole S. Moin Moin Orthodontics 765 South Main St., Ste. 302 Manchester (603) 699-4503

Richard J. Rosato Capitol Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 6 Loudon Rd., Ste. 204 Concord (603) 225-0008

Paras Gosalia Monadnock Orthodontics 154 Hancock Rd. Peterborough (603) 924-3040

Thomas Montemurno Family Orthodontics 73 Pleasant St. Manchester (603) 622-5841

Dennis C. Hiller Hiller Orthodontics 175 Cottage St. Littleton 888-445-5372

Donald J. Neely Hanover Orthodontics 7 Allen St., Ste. 300 Hanover (603) 643-1200

Paul D. Johnson Mehan & Johnson Orthodontics 113 Mammoth Rd., Ste. 1 Manchester (603) 623-8003

Hugh R. Phillis 505 West Hollis St., Ste. 201 Nashua (603) 889-2520

Mark M. Scura Concord Oral Surgery 194 Pleasant St., Ste. 13 Concord (603) 225-3482 Jeffrey D. Stone Lowell, Nashua & Chelmsford Oral Surgery Associates 20 Cotton Rd., Ste. 202 Nashua (603) 595-9119

Top Vote-getter: Prosthodontics Michael R. Hamel

765 S. Main St., Ste. 101, Manchester • (603) 668-3202

Sotirios Diamantis Lowell, Nashua & Chelmsford Oral Surgery Associates 20 Cotton Rd., Ste. 202 Nashua (603) 595-9119 Amy D. Field Lowell, Nashua & Chelmsford Oral Surgery Associates 20 Cotton Rd., Ste. 202 Nashua (603) 595-9119 David J. Greene Greene, Torio, Madden & Decoteau 39 Simon St., Ste. 11 Nashua (603) 883-4008 Charles H. Henry 40 Mechanic St. Keene (603) 352-1973 Christopher A. King 801 Central Ave., Ste. 1 Dover (603) 842-4222


Robert C. Kuepper 5 Sheep Davis Rd. Pembroke (603) 224-7831 Rachel Madden Greene, Torio, Madden & Decoteau 39 Simon St., Unit 11 Nashua (603) 883-4008 Salman Malik Granite State Oral Surgery 80 Nashua Rd., Building C Londonderry (603) 432-3308 Nader Moavenian NHOMS 33 Trafalgar Square, Ste. 201 Nashua (603) 595-8889 Dave C. Pak Seacoast Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Center 248 North Main St. Rochester (603) 332-0818 | August 2020

A. Jose Torio Greene, Torio, Madden & Decoteau 39 Simon St., Ste. 11 Nashua (603) 883-4008 Thomas A. Trowbridge Lowell, Nashua & Chelmsford Oral Surgery Associates 20 Cotton Rd., Ste. 202 Nashua (603) 595-9119 Patrick B. Vaughan Concord Oral Surgery 194 Pleasant St., Ste. 13 Concord (603) 225-3482

Orthodontics John E. Beinoras 25 Country Club Rd., Ste. 6-A Gilford (603) 524-4663 Suren Chelian Chelian Orthodontics 29 Riverside St., Ste. D Nashua (603) 882-6100 Douglas J. Elliott Elliott Orthodontics 27 Loop Rd. Merrimack (603) 424-1199

Alan F. Kennell Kennell Orthodontics 783 North Main St., Ste. 2 Laconia (603) 524-7404 Jason S. Lenk Lenk Orthodontics 12 Mathes Terrace Durham (603) 868-1919 Gary S. Lindner Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 624-3900 Philip M. Mansour Goffstown Area Orthodontics and Weare Orthodontics 17A Tatro Dr., Ste. 103 Goffstown (603) 497-4605 William A. Mehan Mehan Orthodontics 113 Mammoth Rd., Ste. 1 Manchester (603) 623-8003 Lance R. Miller Rindge Orthodontic Specialists 31 Sonja Dr., Ste. 5 Rindge (603) 899-3392

Tracy Pogal-Sussman Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 624-3900 Rachel J. Polgrean Apple Tree Orthodontics 1-F Commons Dr., Ste. 36 Londonderry (603) 434-0190 Lioubov G. Richter 155 Pleasant St. Concord (603) 225-5242 Danielle C. Ross Windham Orthodontics 25 Indian Rock Rd., Ste. 14 Windham (603) 216-1188 E. Diane Shieh Amherst Orthodontics 5 Overlook Dr., Ste. 6 Amherst (603) 672-0844 Jennifer R. Siller Seacoast Orthodontics 45 Lafayette Rd., Ste. 14 North Hampton (603) 964-2220 Manuel J. Sousa Salem Centre for Orthodontix 32 Stiles Rd., Ste. 211 Salem (603) 898-4722

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Michael E. Vermette Vermette Orthodontics 2 Wall St. Concord (603) 224-9119

James F. Dickerson Pediatric Dentistry of Salem 389 Main St. Salem (603) 893-5266

Brad C. Watterworth Watterworth Orthodontics 230 Lafayette Rd., Building D Portsmouth (603) 431-7616

Ashley A. Frankinburger Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 624-3900

Pediatric Dentistry

Danielle C. Hinton Concord Pediatric Dentistry 16 Foundry St., Ste. 101 Concord (603) 224-3339

Top Vote-getter

Luis S. Englander Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 624-3900 Roger A. Achong Concord Pediatric Dentistry 16 Foundry St., Ste. 101 Concord (603) 224-3339 Patrick F. Capozzi Concord Pediatric Dentistry 16 Foundry St., Ste. 101 Concord (603) 224-3339 Nina B. Casaverde Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 624-3900 Andrew T. Cheifetz Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire 7 State Route 101-A Amherst (603) 673-1000 Elliot C. Chiu Concord Pediatric Dentistry 16 Foundry St., Ste. 101 Concord (603) 224-3339 Jennifer Creem Core Pediatric Dentistry 5 Hampton Rd. Exeter (603) 773-4900 Lindsay Decker Core Physicians 5 Hampton Rd. Exeter (603) 773-4900

Nancy E. Jun Monadnock Pediatric Dentistry 56 Peterborough St. Jaffrey (603) 532-8621 monadnockpediatricdentistry. com James C. McAveeney Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire 7 State Route 101-A Amherst (603) 673-1000 Viena G. Posada Puredontics 1950 Lafayette Rd., Ste. 301 Portsmouth (603) 433-5677 Steven K. Rayes Just Kids Pediatric Dentistry 206 Heater Rd. Lebanon 802-649-5210 Matthew B. Smith Children’s Dentistry 369 Hounsell Ave., Ste. 1 Gilford (603) 527-2500

Periodontics Top Vote-getter

Michael D. Neal Bedford Commons Periodontics 303 Riverway Place Building 3 Bedford (603) 623-6639

Irina Adler Manchester Dental Surgery & Implant Center 30 Canton St., Ste. 12 Manchester (603) 668-6434 Pamela Z. Baldassarre Granite State Periodontics 404 Riverway Place Bedford (603) 622-2526 Stephen R. Boone North Conway Periodontics 43 Grove St. North Conway (603) 356-8282 Charles R. Braga Lamprey Family Dental 37 Epping St. Raymond (603) 895-3161 Roland R. Bryan 769 South Main St., Ste. 100 Manchester (603) 623-3800 Charles J. Burliss 29 Stiles Rd., Ste. 201 Salem (603) 458-6886 John R. Herrin New Hampshire Center for Periodontics 170 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 624-8787 Sharon E. Johnson 15 Daniel Webster Hwy. Belmont (603) 524-9700 Craig J. McLaughlin 280 Main St., Ste. 411 Nashua (603) 880-1707 Rory O’Neill New England Dental Arts 1 Manor Parkway Salem (603) 893-6120 Nomith T. Ramdev 69 Silver St. Dover (603) 742-4123

Top Vote-getter: Periodontics Michael D. Neal • Bedford Commons Periodontics 303 Riverway Place, Building 3, Bedford • (603) 623-6639 Amy Rosania Seacoast Periodontics & Dental Implants 185 Cottage St., Ste. 2 Portsmouth (603) 294-0110

Kate D. Wilson Coastal Periodontics 25 New Hampshire Ave., Ste. 285 Portsmouth (603) 427-8383


David Rosania Seacoast Periodontics & Dental Implants 185 Cottage St., Ste. 2 Portsmouth (603) 294-0110

Top Vote-getter

Michael R. Hamel 765 South Main St., Ste. 101 Manchester (603) 668-3202

James D. Spivey Portsmouth Periodontics & Portsmouth Dental Implant Care 278 Lafayette Rd., Building E Portsmouth (603) 436-7787 Tracey M. Vest Cornerstone Periodontics & Implants 153 Manchester St., Ste. 5 Concord (603) 224-9474 Austin H. Wang Cornerstone Periodontics & Implants 153 Manchester St., Ste. 5 Concord (603) 224-9474

Paul J. Connolly Bedford Center for Prosthodontics 169 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 625-6456 Deborah M. Munoz Bedford Center for Prosthodontics 169 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 625-6456 Lisa B. Schulman Seacoast Dream Dentistry 200 Griffin Rd., Ste. 9 Portsmouth (603) 436-2951 | August 2020



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This is the question we’ve asked thousands of dentists to help us determine who the topDentists should be. Dentists and specialists are asked to take into consideration years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies and, of course, physical results. The nomination pool of dentists consists of dentists listed online with various professional boards and societies; thus allowing virtually every dentist the opportunity to participate. Dentists are also given the opportunity to nominate other dentists who they feel should be included in our list. Respondents are asked to put aside any personal bias or political motivations and to use only their knowledge of their peer’s work when evaluating the other nominees. Voters are asked to individually evaluate the practitioners on their ballot with whose work they are familiar. Once the balloting is completed, the scores are compiled and then averaged. The numerical average required for inclusion varies depending on the average for all the nominees within the specialty and the geographic area. Borderline cases are given a careful consideration by the editors. Voting characteristics and comments are taken into consideration while making decisions. Past awards a dentist has received and status in various dental academies can factor into our decision. Once the decisions have been finalized, the included dentists are checked against state dental boards for disciplinary actions to make sure they have an active license and are in good standing with the board. Then letters of congratulations are sent to all the listed dentists. Of course, there are many fine dentists who are not included in this representative list. It is intended as a sampling of the great body of talent in the field of dentistry in New Hampshire. A dentist’s inclusion on our list is based on the subjective judgments of his or her fellow dentists. While it is true that the lists may at times disproportionately reward visibility or popularity, we remain confident that our polling methodology largely corrects for any biases and that these lists continue to represent the most reliable, accurate and useful list of dentists available anywhere. NH


DENTAL PROFILES The dentists featured in this section are among the most highly skilled and respected professionals in New Hampshire. If you’re searching for a new dentist, look no further!




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AESTHETIC DENTAL CENTER – Dr. Robert MArshall Creating beautiful healthy smiles. Beautiful smiles start when you walk into the office of Aesthetic Dental Center in Concord, New Hampshire. That’s because Dr. Robert Marshall is not only a leader in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, he also fully understands what it takes to personalize dental care for each individual client. Dr. Marshall places such a strong emphasis on aesthetic dentistry, he made it part of the name of his practice. “Every dental procedure should radiate confidence to our patients,” says Dr. Marshall. • “I change smiles to change people’s lives,” says Dr. Marshall. “Each procedure culminates in form, function and beauty,” he adds. “Clients work with me to develop the smile of their dreams.” • You can trust Dr. Marshall to employ the latest techniques and innovations in restorative dentistry. A former clinical instructor at The Pacific Aesthetic Continuum, Dr. Marshall has taught others the art of smile enhancement. “My patients actually enjoy coming here — we simply use modern dentistry to open a new window to their world.” • Aesthetic Dental Center is a full service General Dental office, providing care including: Fillings, Crowns, Implants “Teeth in a Day” Invisalign and more. • Combining advanced dental technology training and caring in a non-judgemental way, Dr. Marshall and his staff will make you feel more comfortable than you’ve ever thought possible in a dental office. 177 Pleasant St., Concord (603) 224-1743 66 | August 2020

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The Periodontal Office of Dr. Roland R. Bryan We don’t just treat teeth, we treat the whole person. Dr. Bryan is a graduate of Tufts Dental School and completed his periodontal training at Boston University Hospital. He has been in private practice since 1993 and specializes in periodontics and dental implants. Following a complete periodontal evaluation, Dr. Bryan will assist you in developing a comprehensive periodontal treatment plan. Some of your treatment plan options may include dental implants, scaling and root planing, gingival grafting for recession, pocket elimination procedures and aesthetic laser contouring. When arriving at Dr. Bryan’s office, you will find a confident, professional and comforting atmosphere. You will quickly see that you are surrounded by the latest in dental technology including digital radiography and dental laser therapy. Whether you are considering localized or comprehensive periodontal therapy, Dr. Bryan’s team always makes your care their top priority.

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Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire Take your kids to the top! We know your child’s smile is important and when it comes to dental care, you only want the finest. Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire is proud to have two of the best pediatric dentists in the profession — Dr. Andrew and Dr. Jim. Both doctors are recipients of the Top Dentist award. Their caring nature, and specialized expert knowledge, set them apart. Now even more convenient for families with in-office orthodontics. Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire — if only the best will do for your children. 7 Route 101A, Amherst  (603) 673-1000

Center for Dental Excellence Drs. Ura and Janiga have a passion for excellence, which they have made the focal point at the Center for Dental Excellence. They are committed to taking the time to listen and understand patients’ needs and concerns in order to provide them the best solutions to achieve their dental goals. Both Drs. Ura and Janiga believe it is essential to have the insatiable desire to continually advance one’s skills. They both regularly pursue advanced training in restorative dental care, including dental implants and cosmetic care. Dr. Ura is a Diplomate with the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, and provides alternatives to CPAP treatment for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Dr. Janiga has expanded surgical and endodontic services at the Center For Dental Excellence. Both are members of the American Dental Association, New Hampshire Dental Society and the Academy of General Dentistry. At the Center For Dental Excellence, clients can be assured the entire team’s focus is excellence in dental care and service. 68 | August 2020

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Dr. Richard Liu, D.M.D., M.Med. Sc. Dr. Liu has been a Top Dentist in New Hampshire since 2004. If you want great teeth and a smile you’re proud to show off, make an appointment at Evergreen Dental Care with Dr. Richard Liu. It’s no mistake that Dr. Liu has been named a top prosthodontist 17 times in the Granite State. Since entering dentistry in 1995, the Harvard-trained doctor has always kept aesthetics at the forefront of his work. He believes creating and maintaining a pleasing appearance is a vital component of excellent dentistry. “I think people are surprised to learn that dentistry, especially prosthodontics, is actually an artistic field. It takes an artist’s eye to produce a beautiful outcome,” states Dr. Liu, who displays a few of his own watercolor paintings on his office walls. In evaluating each patient’s dental needs, the doctor carefully considers the shape of the mouth, the outline of the jaw, facial contours and the alignment of teeth. Dr. Liu masterfully resolves every dental problem while enhancing the patient’s attractiveness at the same time. The result is that each patient gets his or her individual best possible look. The effects can be staggering. Dr. Liu says seeing the boost in his patients’

self-confidence is his personal reward. “To see the transformation of a person’s smile and self-confidence is very fulfilling.” Sought after for his inimitable skill and gentle manner, Dr. Liu specializes in the restoration and replacement of teeth at Evergreen Dental Care in Newington, New Hampshire. He also teaches students at Harvard School

of Dental Medicine and Tufts Dental School and lectures worldwide. When not working, he spends his time with his wife and two children. Evergreen Dental Care offers the latest technological advancements including 3-D technology, digital X-rays and CAD/CAM crowns. Transform Your Life with a New Smile.

Dr. Liu has been the recipient of Harvard’s outstanding teaching award in 2019 and 2020. He instructs and mentors the next generation of dentists. Dr. Liu sees children and adults. Call for an appointment: (603) 436-9200

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Dr. Joseph Cariello and Dr. Vicktor Senat have a combined total of 16 years as Top Dentists in New Hampshire. The two of them make a powerful team at Dovetail Dental Associates in Amherst. Both doctors share their time at Interlakes Family Dental Center in Moultonboro, alongside Dr. William Fenn, who has brought his kind nature and conservative dental approach

to the Interlakes team. Both practices work closely with each other to ensure their common goal and top priority of making each patient feel welcome and comfortable — a feeling you can sense the moment you walk in the door. Dovetail and Interlakes present dynamic teams, whose excellent dentistry is complemented by their outstanding ability to connect, educate and communicate

with their patients. At Dovetail Dental and Interlakes Family Dental, the entire team treats everyone with an attitude of service and care. Their teamwork and incredible philosophy of serving patients is truly what makes the dentists of Dovetail Dental Associates and Interlakes Family Dental Center Top Dentists in New Hampshire.

Dovetail Dental Associates  •  282 Route 101, 5 Liberty Park, Amherst  •  (603) 673-6526  • Interlakes Family Dental  •  60 Whittier Highway, Suite 1, Moultonboro  •  (603) 253-4363  •

Rothwangl Dental Care, PLLC 2020 has been a turbulent year! It forced most of us to pause and reflect on where our priorities lie, who we want to become, and how we plan to get there. While many things in our office have changed, our commitment to the safety and well-being of our team members, our patients and our community has not. We continue to be socially conscious and dedicated to serving you through clinical excellence, personal attention and volunteerism. At Rothwangl Dental Care we are committed to providing you the highest 70 | August 2020

standard of care in a professional, warm, caring environment. Compassion, trust and clinical excellence are our guiding principles. Dr. Rothwangl and her team would like to thank her peers for again voting her one of the Top Dentists in New Hampshire. We are thrilled to be a part this great community and look forward to meeting you and your family. 174 State Route 101, #1, Bedford (603) 472-5733

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Family Dental Care of Milford, P.A.

Dr. K. Drew Wilson, Dr. Amanda Smith, Dr. Joshua T. Osofsky At Family Dental Care of Milford, you will find a friendly atmosphere, comfortable accommodations and exceptional dental services. Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive dental care to enhance the quality of your life. Family Dental Care of

Milford offers a variety of cosmetic, restorative and preventive dental services designed to improve your smile and overall health. Our goal is to enhance your physical comfort, outer appearance and your inner confidence. Our pledge is to provide excellence and

establish rewarding, lasting relationships with patients, encouraging beautiful smiles and promoting exceptional oral health for a lifetime!. For more information about our practice, please visit our website.

154 Elm St., Milford  •  (603) 556-4399  •

DOUGLAS KATZ, d.m.D., P.C. Practicing endodontics for 20 years in Hooksett Offering root canal treatment with options for sedation and your comfort in mind. Experienced in 3D imaging and diagnostics.

1310 Hooksett Road, Hooksett (603) 628-2891 • | August 2020


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Nashua riverfront dentistry

We welcome you, and your entire family, to our dental practice located on the river in the historic Nashua Telegraph building, in beautiful downtown Nashua! Our dental team and doctors Franklyn Liberatore DMD, PLLC, (aka Dr. Franco) and Francesca Failla, board certified periodontist (aka Dr. Fran), are

committed to providing comfortable, state-of-the-art care, including general, pediatric and periodontal dentistry, all in one convenient location. At our practice we have invested in the latest digital technology for accuracy in diagnosing and optimal treatment planning. We believe that the relationship you

have with your dental care providers should be positive and anxiety free. We strive to help every patient feel confident and secure about the care they receive in our office. We love new patients of all ages, and value the relationships we with have with everyone in our Nashua Riverfront Dental family!

60 Main St., Suite 330, Nashua • (603) 886-2700 •

Fromuth and Langlois Dental Dr. Fromuth and Dr. Langlois strive to make each valued patient enjoy a healthy, confident and lasting smile. They make it a point to listen first, getting to know your unique needs and goals before providing personalized care in a friendly, nonjudgmental way. They are extremely committed to continuing education, regularly pursuing advanced training so their clinical skills are second to none. Combining this with the latest in dental technology, Dr. Fromuth and Dr. Langlois are truly dedicated to providing the best care possible to their family of patients. The team at Fromuth and Langlois Dental hope to welcome you in soon!

Expect Exellence ... You Deserve it! Photo taken prior to March 2020

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Souhegan Valley Dental

A confident smile starts with healthy teeth Bottom row, L to R: Doctors Sukhdev Singh, Sujatha Anjaneyulu, and Sreemali Vasantha At Souhegan Valley Dental your smile is our top priority. Our friendly staff are dedicated to providing you with personalized, gentle care. Souhegan Valley Dental is a leading provider of quality dental services for children and adults. We can help you achieve

your dental health goals in a warm, supportive and professional environment. Our dentists and their support team will respond to and even anticipate your needs to make an experience more pleasant than you thought a visit to the dentist could be. We are honored to be

recognized as a top dentist and we are also grateful to our loyal patients for their continued support. 99 Amherst St., Milford (603) 673-1233

Granite Family Dentistry At Granite Family Dentistry, patients are welcomed by a friendly team, comfortable atmosphere and state-of-the-art dentistry. They have always had stringent infection control standards, safety measures and HEPA filtration throughout the office to keep the staff and patients safe. Dr. Sylvia Christian and her team provide exceptional dental care that will improve your smile and overall health. Dr. Christian provides general and cosmetic dentistry, implants and implant dentures, along with Invisalign and Myobrace. Everyone in the practice takes the time to listen to patients, and together they explore treatment options tailored to the patient. Dr. Christian feels it is important to keep up with new techniques and materials to provide the latest treatment options for her patients. To achieve that goal, she dedicates hours to continuing education and study clubs. She is also a Diplomate of the American Board

of Dental Sleep Medicine, which enables her to treat sleep apnea patients with oral appliances as an alternative to CPAP. This truly is a fantastic health-centered dental office for the whole family!

1558 Hooksett Rd., Suite 4, Hooksett (603) 485-4855 | August 2020


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Alliance for Dental Care Thank you to our peers who voted for us as Top Dentists for the ninth consecutive year! That says a lot about our team of caring professionals, and we welcome the opportunity to show you why we continue to earn our colleagues’ confidence. If you’re looking for a dentist for yourself or your family, or just a new dental atmosphere, then come check us out! We provide comprehensive care to all ages, which makes it convenient for everyone in the family to go to one office. Our practice facility is located in the heart of Rochester with ample parking. We are currently accepting new patients of all ages and all insurance plans. Are you putting off your own dental treatment due to finances or need payment options? We can help! Ask us about interest-free monthly payments. Call us today with questions or to schedule an appointment, or browse our website to use our easy online appointment scheduler at your convenience.

All the Services – All the Care Now proudly welcoming Dr. Tarin Nassaney to serve you and your family’s dental health needs. 40 Winter St., Suite 201, Rochester  •  (603) 332-7300  •

Michael D. Neal, DMD Bedford Commons Periodontics specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of periodontal disease, which includes bone regeneration, dental implants and aesthetic tissue grafts. It has been estimated that three out of four Americans suffer from some form of periodontal disease. Treating periodontal disease can not only lead to oral health, but overall systemic health. Recently, periodontal disease has been linked to other chronic diseases such as heart disease, respiratory illnesses, diabetes, pre-term and low birth weight babies, arthritis and certain cancers. Dr. Charles D. Neal, a 2012 and 2013 Top Periodontist, started the practice in 1974. His son, Dr. Michael D. Neal, joined the practice in 1999 and achieved board certification in 2004. Michael Neal has also been named a Top New Hampshire Periodontist by his peers every year since 74 | August 2020

2006, and was the top vote-getter in 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 for his specialty.

303 Riverway Pl., Bedford (603) 623-6639

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Ambra dental care WE TREAT YOU LIKE FAMILY. At Ambra Dental Care, we pride ourselves on treating each patient as we would our own family. Our team of caring professionals is committed to serving our patients with compassion while focusing on each individual’s specific needs. Safety and infection control are our top priority, especially during times like these. Dr. Michael Ambra is honored to be voted a Top Dentist in New Hampshire for the fifth consecutive year. We invite you to call and explore our website to learn more about our office, our exceptional team and our care. We offer a wide range of services, and new patients are always welcome. The team at Ambra Dental Care is looking forward to helping you achieve your oral health goals! 1 Pillsbury Street, Suite 203A, Concord • (603) 226-2995 •

Evelyn M. Bryan D.M.D., P.C. Dr. Evelyn Bryan is a graduate of Tufts Dental School and has been in practice in the Manchester area for more than 21 years. Dr. Bryan’s practice is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care while focusing on each patient’s individual needs. Dr. Bryan and her dedicated and caring staff are committed to providing each patient with personalized, compassionate care focusing on complete health dentistry. The office offers a full range of stateof-the-art dentistry, including implant restorations, digital radiography, CEREC (same-day crowns), in-office Zoom bleaching, custom digital dentures and implant retained dentures, TMJ/bruxism, and snore and sleep apnea appliances. We welcome you to call or look at our website to learn more about our office and care. New patients are always welcome. We are committed to helping you achieve the

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healthy and beautiful smile you deserve in a professional, personalized and caring atmosphere.

765 South Main St., Suite 202 Manchester  •  (603) 622-0279 | August 2020


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Scott F. Bobbitt, DMD, MAGD, DICOI

SAFE, RELIABLE, PREDICTABLE, LIFETIME DENTAL CARE For more than 25 years, Dr. Bobbitt and his dedicated team have delivered award-winning dental care to the residents of Nashua and beyond. Dr. Bobbitt’s extensive experience allows for personally tailored plans for his patients. Additionally, his recently renovated office exceeds the newest safety protocols and

reflects his passion and commitment to you and his team, who together provide you with exceptional dental care. Lack of insurance is not an issue, as Dr. Bobbitt supports all his patients by offering in-house membership plans as alternatives to dental insurance, as well as compassionate financing options.

Member plans include preventative and diagnostic care, plus additional reductions on restorative procedures. With options for the insured and uninsured alike, all patients have access to professional, affordable, customized care that meets their needs and oral health goals.

Voted a Top Dentist as appearing in New Hampshire Magazine since 2005. Call Dr. Bobbitt today! 76 Allds St., Suite 6, Nashua • (603) 882-3001 •

Vachon Dental: Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Providing you with the highest quality and best service in dental care Along with a dedicated team of professionals, Drs. Jeffrey and Richard Vachon strive to give the best care to each and every patient. Our team at Vachon Dental is comprised of friendly, caring and knowledgeable professionals specifically trained in the latest techniques. Continuing education is of utmost importance to this team, evidenced by the fact that Dr. Jeffrey Vachon is a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, which is an achievement earned by less than 2% of general dentists. We offer a wide range of dental services, including treatment of children, invisible braces, oral cancer screening, cosmetic procedures and implant crowns. In order to provide the highest quality care and the best service for our patients, our growing practice utilizes up-to-date technology, equipment and treatment. Once again, Drs. Jeffrey and 76 | August 2020

Richard Vachon have both been voted by colleagues in the dental community as two of the Top Dentists in the state. To learn more about Vachon Dental and how we can best serve you, please call or visit our website.

57 Webster St., Manchester (603) 627-2092

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Chestnut Family Dental The Chestnut Family Dental team congratulates Dr. Daphnie Mercado and Dr. James DeLeo on their Top Dentists honors. Both are proud to have been named by their colleagues as some of the best dental professionals in the state, particularly Dr. DeLeo, who was the top vote-getter in general dentistry for 2017. He joins Dr. Mercado in that honor, as she was the top vote-getter in the same category in both 2011 and 2015. • Gold standard in dental care through current and ever-advancing knowledge of dentistry. • State-of-the-art office equipment allows us to efficiently and comfortably provide beautiful smiles. • Community service and giving back are important priorities for our doctors and team. • We improve and maintain patients’ overall dental health and happiness throughout their lifetime.

• We strive to accommodate patients with any special need and treat each patient with respect and acceptance. • H ighest-level clinical quality of care provided with traditional New England style and charm.

745 Chestnut St., Manchester (603) 622-7173

Manchester Dental Surgery & Implant Center A standard of excellence in personalized dental care enables us to provide the quality dental services that our patients deserve. We specialize in periodontics, and we will work with your general dentist and other specialists to individualize and optimize your overall dental care. Infection control in our office is very important to us. To protect our patients and ourselves, we strictly maintain sterilization and cross contamination processes. We believe that preventive care and patient education are key factors in achieving optimal dental and periodontal health. We strive to provide our patients with the information and knowledge they need to care for their mouths and make decisions regarding their dental health and treatment. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with quality, personalized care and service to make your visits as comfortable and pleasant as

possible. We thank you for allowing us to take care of your dental needs and look forward to serving you.

30 Canton St., Suite 12, Manchester (603) 668-6434 | August 2020


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Mehan & Johnson Orthodontics Creating beautiful smiles with great patients. It’s what we do best. A confident smile makes a world of difference in one’s life. At Mehan & Johnson Orthodontics, we are confident that we can create that dazzling smile for you to put your best foot forward. Our office has served New Hampshire for over 20 years. We are blessed to have provided quality care for multiple generations of our patients. We use the latest technology in orthodontics to create wonderful smiles in a gentle and timely fashion, but it is the way people’s lives are changed that sets our office apart. Dr. Mehan & Johnson and their staff will do their best to earn your confidence for the treatment you desire. Please visit our website at and Facebook to get a feel for our office. Voted Top Dentist as appearing in New Hampshire Magazine from 2006– 2018. Voted Best Orthodontist in Union Leader’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017.

Dr. William Mehan and Dr. Paul Johnson III 113 Mammoth Rd., Manchester  •  (603) 623-8003  •

Deerfield Family Dentistry New Hampshire native Dr. Tracey Pike graduated from the School of Dental Medicine at Tufts University in 2003, and soon opened Deerfield Family Dentistry with a vision of providing high-quality dental care at an affordable price. Dr. Pike has been practicing for over 16 years. Her team prides themselves on going the extra mile to transform routine dental care into a truly pleasant experience. We enjoy educating patients and respect the decisions patients make. Our office uses the lastest technology has to offer in dentistry such as lasers, digital x-rays and intraoral photos. We pride ourselves on being a locally owned small business and support our community. Dr. Pike is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the New Hampshire Dental Society, Greater Manchester Chapter. Dr. Pike is working toward her fellowship and mastership of dentistry with the Academy of General Dentistry. 78 | August 2020

49 Cotton Rd., Deerfield  •  (603) 463-7240  •

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Dr. Bryan Hoertdoerfer (Dr. H.) and the Hoertdoerfer Dentistry team are on a mission to provide compassionate dental care using the latest dental technologies in a safe, friendly and anxiety-free environment. Masks cover their team’s smiles, safety measures have increased, and the office looks different as Hoertdoerfer Dentistry protects their most valuable assets — their patients and their staff — by integrating the CDC, ADA and OSHA guidelines with their already strict safety protocols. Dr. H.’s dedication to researching and integrating stateof-the-art dental technology ensures exceptional dental hygiene care and provides easier and more comfortable cosmetic and restorative procedures for his patients. Hoertdoerfer Dentistry offers same-day CEREC porcelain crowns, high-resolution/low-radiation CBCT 3D digital scans, veneers, implant restorations, dentures, partials, bridges, sealants, Invisalign and Philips

ZOOM in-office teeth whitening. They have added teledentistry, dedicated senior or at-risk patient appointments, phone check-in procedures, and wellness and temperature checks. Safety measures include a HEPA filtration system, air purification units, and selfcontained water filtration systems in each operatory. A hypochlorous acid air fogger (a natural substance white blood cells produce) is used after every appointment. Dr. H. is grateful for the opportunity to combine his dental practice with his personal passion for giving back to the community through his philanthropic work with the NHL, NHL Alumni and the Boston Bruins. Dr. H. hosts the annual Big Z Challenge featuring Zdeno Chara, and has raised over $180k for the Elliot Regional Cancer Center. Visit for more information and to become a member of the Hoertdoerfer Dentistry dental family.

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Bryan Hoertdoerfer, DDS

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Perry Family Dental Care

Dr. Perry is honored to once again be recognized by his peers as a Top Dentist! He is also excited to welcome two new dentists, Dr. Annie Le and Dr. Jenai Johnson, to our practice. The entire

team at Perry Family Dental Care is dedicated to providing a sophisticated and comfortable environment that ensures even the most anxious member of your family will feel right at home!

• We’re very kid-friendly! • Tooth-colored fillings • Implants, crowns and dentures • Root canals and extractions

391 West St., Keene • (603) 357-0677 | 18 Elm St., Antrim • (603) 588-6362 | 1 Phoenix Mill Ln., Peterborough • (603) 924-9241 | August 2020


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James Rochefort D.M.D. Family Dentistry Dr. James Rochefort is honored to again be named one of New Hampshire’s Top Dentists. This year has certainly brought challenges no one expected, but Dr. Rochefort has worked hard to stay on top of the changing landscape of dentistry to ensure the continued quality care of his patients. While outfits may have changed, the whole team still strives to provide personalized and thoughtful care to each and every patient that comes through the door. In addition to allowing dental care to be completed without the

need for numbness, the Solea dental laser produces far less aerosols than the traditional dental drill, helping provide safe, comfortable care for patients of all ages. Dr. Rochefort continues to add new technology to improve the patient experience and strives to continue to practice tomorrow’s dentistry today. 801 Central Ave., Suite 5, Dover (603) 742-0711

AMHERST ORTHODONTICS Dr. Diane Shieh of Amherst Orthodontics is honored to be recognized as a Top Orthodontist and top vote-getter in New Hampshire. After 20 years of orthodontic experience, you can be assured of Dr. Diane’s commitment to delivering honest opinions with health and prevention in mind. Come see why our patients and colleagues love us! • Complimentary appointment shuttle • Complimentary new patient exam • Orthodontics for children, teens and adults • Invisalign and Invisalign Teen provider • Flexible financing • Itero digital scanner (goop free!) • Free virtual consultations

“Model Office! As soon as you walk in, you know you are in good hands. Friendly, dedicated, compassionate and highly proficient at their work.” —Rebecca M. “Dr. Diane and her staff are professional, efficient, organized, informed and reassuring every step of the way! Have always felt in good hands every time. I’ve benefitted from their services for my daughter and myself!” —Jane D.

5 Overlook Dr. #6, Amherst (603) 672-0844

Harrison Dental Arts Dr. Jill Harrison grew up in Windham, New Hampshire, attended Brown University, and earned her dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. She worked in private practice in Chicago before relocating to New Hampshire in 2015. Since then, she has been practicing general dentistry in the Portsmouth area, and was voted a New Hampshire Top Dentist in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Dr. Harrison and her team enjoy getting to know their patients and involving them in their treatment decisions, and aim to provide ethical, quality care to adults and children. Dr. Harrison’s office is conveniently located off Interstate-95 at Exit 3, where she and her team offer both workday and evening hours to better serve their patients. Serving the Portsmouth area, including Greenland, Rye, Newington, North Hampton, Hampton, Kittery and Eliot 875 Greenland Rd., Suite B7, Portsmouth • (603) 501-0263 • 80 | August 2020

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Goffstown Area and Weare Orthodontics You probably have a lot to smile about, but if you don’t feel confident in your smile, you may not want to share it with the world. Here at Goffstown Area and Weare Orthodontics we want to help you achieve the confident smile you’ve always wanted. We have two convenient office locations, in Goffstown and Weare, placing us just minutes from Concord and Manchester. On your first visit, we take diagnostic records and provide a complimentary consultation. Our office offers a broad range of treatment options, including Invisalign,

Invisalign Teen and traditional braces. Our iTero intraoral digital scanning system allows us to capture images of your mouth without goopy impression materials or gagging. We treat all patients from children to adults. Visit our website or call us at (603) 497-4605 to learn more about how we can help you achieve the healthy smile you deserve. 17A Tatro Dr., Suite #103, Goffstown 64B N. Stark Highway, Weare (603) 497-4605  •

Michael St. Germain d.m.D Dr. Michael St. Germain’s dental practice is a well-established office that has been serving Exeter and the surrounding towns for many years. We provide comprehensive dental care and pride ourselves on listening to our patients. Communication, education and patient comfort are of the utmost importance to us. We provide the highest quality dental treatments based on the latest techniques and technologies. The longevity of our staff attests to their loyalty and commitment to helping our patients maintain healthy, beautiful and long lasting smiles.

42 Portsmouth Ave., Exeter  •  (603) 778-8101  •

Bay Street Family Dental Because of your support, we are again honored to have been recognized by our community and colleagues as one of New Hampshire’s Top Dentists. Dr. Ernie Domingo and his Bay Street Family Dental team have been providing great dental care for the community (from youth to adults) for the past 18 years. “Our vision is to continuously provide outstanding, patient-centered dental care in a comfortable and caring environment,” says Dr. Domingo. “You know you’re in the right place when

you come to our inviting, homey atmosphere. Our team demonstrates their personalized care to make you feel welcome.” We are delighted about our loyal, long-term patients and we always welcome new patients from the community. It’s time, right? Call Dr. Domingo and our Bay Street Family Dental team today at (603) 624-1342. 33 Bay St., Manchester (603) 624-1342 | August 2020


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Core Pediatric Dentistry Jennifer Creem, DMD, MS, and Lindsay Decker, DMD, board certified pediatric dentists with Core Pediatric Dentistry are proud to once again be named Top Dentists. The practice also includes Gilda Pronych, DDS, FAGD, a general dentist. Core Pediatric Dentistry specializes in the dental care of infants, children, adolescents and patients with special needs. Along with a team of enthusiastic hygienists, they provide high-quality care while helping children feel good about visiting the dentist, and teaching them how to care for their teeth. “We strive to teach our patients good oral health habits that will allow them to maintain

a healthy dentition for life,” says Dr. Jen, as she is known to her patients. The team at Core Pediatric Dentistry is looking forward to meeting and caring for your children.

5 Hampton Rd., Exeter (603) 773-4900

Laurie A. Rosato, D.M.D. Dr. Laurie A. Rosato has been in private practice for over 25 years. Delivering the utmost advanced dentistry in a private setting has allowed her to build ongoing relationships of trust and compassion with her patients. “My goal is to deliver the most clinically advanced treatment to my patients in a trusting environment where they feel calm and confident in my care,” says Dr. Rosato. Patients can decide on options to fit their long- and short-term dental goals both financially and esthetically. The office provides full scope restorative

and cosmetic care from simple fillings and gum care to implant restoration, dentures, crowns, veneers and whitening. The team at Dr. Rosato’s office is committed to continual advancement of their dental education and training on new techniques, allowing you to achieve your desired results. Become a patient at Dr. Rosato’s office, where you can be confident that you will have a beautiful smile for a lifetime! 6 Loudon Rd., Concord (603) 228-9276

Carol M. Haddad, D.M.D. Our dedicated team is proud to be recognized as one of New Hampshire’s Top Dentists. We strive to give our patients a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime by providing gentle, quality care in a relaxed environment. We have enjoyed treating patients in our office for over 20 years. The key to helping a person achieve or maintain a beautiful smile is to be a good listener. Knowing a patient’s concerns and expectations enables us to formulate the right treatment plan for him or her. That plan might include teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, implants, bridges, white resin “fillings,” 82 | August 2020

or partial and complete dentures. We also take the time to educate each patient about preventing tooth decay, gum disease and other oral disorders.

It is so rewarding to hear from our patients that we have improved their quality of life, their self-confidence and their overall health.

313 Canal St., Manchester • (603) 627-6826 •

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Skaperdas Dental Dr. Christopher Skaperdas is honored to be a top dentist. Skaperdas Dental provides modern comprehensive dentistry in a family-friendly atmosphere. Dr. Skaperdas achieves oral health for his patients through the use of the latest technology and procedures. By keeping the patient’s desires in mind, and combining them with their needs, Dr. Skaperdas accomplishes a high level of patient satisfaction. He is a graduate of Tufts School of Dental Medicine, and has kept his skills and knowledge of new technology up to date by participating in numerous study groups and continuing educational courses throughout the

years. As a member of the American Dental Association, Manchester Dental Society and the Manchester Board of Health, Dr. Skaperdas has served the community for 27 years.

101 Webster St., Manchester (603) 668-0244

applewood family dentistry Applewood Family Dentistry strives to provide a lifetime of dental excellence in a relaxed and caring environment. It is our goal to guide our patients along a path of optimal health and wellness by delivering the highest possible level of care with empathy and understanding. Dr. Westbrook combines an artistic eye with a deep understanding of science and engineering allowing him to excel at the fine detail work constantly required in Dentistry. After receiving a degree in Mathematics from Boston College, Dr. Westbrook enrolled in Dental school and continued his educational career by

completing an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program at UNC, Chapel Hill. He continually advances his dental education and provides the most up to date procedures with the most modern technology available. With the support of his professional, honest and compassionate team, Applewood Family Dentistry aims to improve patient health, appearance, self-confidence and overall quality of life. More information can be found at Call (603) 664-2722 to schedule an appointment today and become a part of our growing dental family.

5 Commerce Way, Barrington (603) 664-2722

James V. Savickas, D.M.D. There’s a story behind every smile ... and for the last 32 years Dr. Savickas has been a part of quite a few of them! For the 11th year in a row, Dr. Savickas has been recognized as one of the top general dentists in New Hampshire. Dr. Savickas and his staff are committed to excellence and providing you with the state-of-the-art dental care in a warm and caring environment. So whatever the story may be ... we’d like to be part of yours. 704 Milford Rd., Route 101-A, DJ Square  •  (603) 880-0712 • | August 2020


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Muhenad Samaan, D.M.D., C.A.G.S. Dr. Muhenad Samaan graduated from Boston University’s School of Dental Medicine in 2007, and followed it with one year of the Advanced Education of General Dentistry program from the same school. He has been practicing dentistry in the state of New Hampshire since 2008, is a member of the American Dental Association and the New Hampshire Dental Society, and was recently appointed to serve on the New Hampshire Board of Dental Examiners. Dr. Samaan acquired his general family dental office in Londonderry in 2012 and, in 2015, expanded his dental services to Manchester. His dental hygiene department is a particular strength, providing excellent cleaning, diagnostic x-ray, and promoting oral hygiene care to prevent dental diseases, including caries and periodontal diseases. His practice also offers digital x-ray, which reduces unnecessary radiation significantly, and obtains the image instantly to a computer screen. Dr. Samaan is proud to be among the very

few general dental offices that utilizes the 3D imaging technique to improve his patients’ dental diagnoses. Infection control and adhering to the latest CDC guidelines are top priorities in order to provide a safe and healthy environment for all patients and staff.

“Friendly staff and dentist! I highly recommend Manchester Dental. The staff and dentist made my son’s first dental experience easy and fun. Everyone I met was very friendly and professional. Thank you for making my son’s first experience at the dentist a good one!” — Sara B.

Manchester Dental  •  753 Chestnut St., Manchester  •  (603) 624-4147 • Miles of Smiles  •  182 Rockingham Rd., Londonderry • (603) 437-8204 •

Nicholas C. Rizos, DMD Dr. Rizos prides himself in providing patients with information that will empower them to make the best decisions for their oral health. By selecting the best materials and laboratories to fabricate restorations, Dr. Rizos ensures longevity and great esthetic results. Here is what our patients say about us: “Dr. Rizos took a complicated mess and turned it into a complete and total make over.” — Patient from Deerfield, NH “Dr. Rizos is one of the most caring, skilled dentists to whom I have ever been in 35 years. I am amazed at his expertise...” — Patient from Hooksett, NH “Dr. Rizos and his amazing team are beyond impressive! … They always make you feel like you are their only patient and treat you like family. They listen very carefully to your concerns and map out a detailed plan to address them. I am so lucky to have found them and will never think of leaving them.”— Patient from Manchester, NH 103 Riverway Pl., Bldg. 1, Bedford (603) 669-4384 • 84 | August 2020

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Dr. Nick I. Fleury of Circle Dental

Once again, Dr. Fleury has been voted by his peers as a Top Dentist, as published by New Hampshire Magazine. In the era of the new coronavirus, our team has demonstrated courage and dedication in serving the health of our community. “I salute their efforts and their unabatable positive team spirit

in filling their purpose of serving our community,” says Dr. Nick Fleury. We have implemented the governor’s task force’s strict guidelines (using N95 masks, shields and more), and have gone above and beyond with our own new guidelines, such as individual dental rooms with UV air treatment

and filtration.” More than ever, our oral health is a priority for a strong immune system, along with daily 30 mins exercise. “We have done our part so New Hampshire doesn’t fall behind,” says Dr. Fleury. Healthy preventative habits are the way of the future in everyday life.

A healthy mouth is the start of a healthy body! 173 NH Route 104, Suite A, Meredith • (603) 515-4060 •






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603 Living “We might think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.” — Jenny Uglow

Bedrock Gardens is a 37-acre site in Lee that is a public oasis of art, horticulture and inspiration.

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Public gardens offer peace and beauty By Emily Heidt


n our new socially distanced world, there are different challenges to finding peaceful places. For a bit of outdoor relaxation, visit one of the state’s public gardens, each offering inspiration and time for a much-needed pause among natural beauty. Located along the ocean in North Hampton, Fuller Gardens is a public botanical garden that was once part of the summer estate of Alvan T. Fuller in the historic district known as Little Boar’s Head in New Hampshire. The gardens feature the highest levels of horticulture, with hundreds of varieties of flowers that bloom all season long. Among the varieties are English perennial borders, a Japanese garden, a tropical conservatory and over 1,000 rose bushes. “We have around 1,700 roses and between 150 to 170 varieties from all different classes,” says Garden Director Jamie Colen. “Old garden roses were known to bloom once a season, but with new breeding techniques, modern roses have the same shape and scent of the old roses, and repeat bloom throughout the summer. Guests are always surprised when they come in October and the roses are still blooming and producing even richer colors than they do in the summer,” says Colen. “People really love seeing roses all year round, especially during the unpredictable New England seasons.” | August 2020


To add some spectacle to his summer estate, Fuller commissioned the Olmsted Firm in the late 1920s to design the formal Colonial Revival-style rose gardens. While the roses are still one of the garden’s biggest attractions, the Olmsted design of the entire property draws in a large number of garden enthusiasts. The Olmsted designed “side garden,” located in the original front part of the garden nearest to the ocean, is laid out in a circular pattern of rose beds and grass pathways that surrounds a central antique wellhead. “The garden design always takes people aback,” says Colen. He explains that it’s an “old-world design,” and was built in such a way to look much larger than it is. This false perspective is due to some clever planting. “All the plants at the far end are fine-leaved, so it gives the appearance that it is farther away,” says Colen. “It was created with an immense amount of care and attention to detail, and that same intentionality is still very apparent in the beautiful design that you see today.” A private hedge and cedar fence with trained espaliered apple trees enclose the garden, and the carriage house (circa 1890) still provides a backdrop to the stunning array of formal gardens. The Japanese garden was part of the original design as well, and remains a sanctuary of serenity. The variety brings its own excitability and mystery along with it, a staple of the garden that Colen believes is what makes it such a


A walk through Fuller Gardens promises peace, relaxation and solitude.

treasure. “We encourage people to come all season long because you never know what you will see,” he says. “After one perennial finishes, something is already taking its place right near it, so there is fresh color wherever you look. It’s like art and music — everyone likes a different form and one leads to another. The fluidity creates a restorative, peaceful and timeless experience, and reminds us that gardens have the power to bring joy when we need it the most.” When it comes to variety and peace-filled experience, Fuller Gardens isn’t alone —

Lee’s Bedrock Gardens integrates unusual botanical specimens and unique sculpture to create an inspiring landscape journey. The 37-acre property was once a dairy farm, which the founders of Bedrock Gardens repurposed into a garden. For 30 years it remained private property, opening to the public on a limited basis seven years ago. This year marks the first time the garden will be open on a weekly basis with a new point of entry, parking lot and plant sales area, says Executive Director John Forti. The garden includes many structural

Fuller Gardens features thousands of rose bushes, formal English perennial borders, a Japanese garden, tropical conservatory and more.

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The Wiggle Waggle is just one of the many features that you can explore at Bedrock Gardens.

elements such as paths, an espaliered fence, architecturally interesting rocks, pergolas, fountains, water features, a Japanese teahouse, whimsical garden art and two miles of woodland trails. The beds also have a range of plant varieties and unusual specimens of perennials, trees and shrubs designed to immerse you into the relaxation benefits of being in nature. “Every time you walk the grounds, your blood pressure goes down and you have a chance to unwind,” says Forti. “It is a peacefilled journey where you are able to go from room to room in an artful landscape, never knowing what you will see next. The art and plants play off of each other and you are constantly seeing new things, even if you work here every day.” The garden was based on the principle that a garden needs to provide places to go, places to pause and rest, and interesting things to see along the way, says Forti. The three-quarter-mile circulation path connects each garden “room” with vistas along the way. Garden rooms are connected with broad paths, and are filled with interesting structures, unusual plants and captivating landscape design elements. As you walk, you will discover a variety of special places to behold, like the Dark Woods with mysterious sculptural figures that linger between the dark pines, or the Wiggle Waggle, a 200-foot-long water channel planted with lotus and lilies that wiggles between the Spring House and CopTop, two structures both capped by antique skylights.

One of the best places to view the garden is the swing at the Swaleway, which has sculptures of balanced stones inspired by the cairns on the top of Mt. Washington, and stand like sentries to guide visitors through the fog. Nearby you will find the unique Parterre and Barn Gardens. The formal Parterre Garden is enclosed by yew hedge. Follow the diamond-patterned bluestone path that leads to a 10-foot-high yew arch with a circular pool and fountain in the middle. The Barn Garden around the corner includes the Wave, a stage for a “lineup” of little figures with their own large personalities. If you stay around long enough, you might also see one of the neighborhood guinea fowl roaming around the gardens and hedges. While the entire property is a sight to be seen, one of the highlights of the garden experience is a stop by the Japanese teahouse. The teahouse is surrounded by rare perennials, a Japanese maple collection, waterfalls, and ponds that are home to salamanders that return each spring to lay their eggs. Each individual element adds to the visual whole — a large work of living art. You are invited to bring your own picnic or preorder lunch to eat on the grounds on the weekends. At the end of the day, Forti has found that, when people are stressed or worn out, they are all searching for the same thing — serenity. “We are proud to be a respite to find peace in a chaotic world,” says Forti. “There is beauty, joy and solace here, and a bountiful amount of inspiration waiting for you to discover in these landscapes.” NH

Coleus, dahlia and dracaena at Bedrock Gardens.

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Fuller Gardens 10 Willow Ave., North Hampton (603) 964-5414, Bedrock Gardens 19 High Rd., Lee (603) 659-2993,

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Berry Delicious

Use the power of fresh fruit and apple cider vinegar to make a refreshing mocktail or cocktail By Susan Laughlin Summer is finally here, and there is no better way to celebrate the warmth of the sun than with a cool, sparkling drink. Of course, seasonal fruit is the perfect ingredient to add to the mix. August brings fresh blueberries, raspberries and blackberries to berry farms across the state. Harvesting day can be a beautiful thing, as many farms are on hilltop locations. Pick your own or pick up a basket from the local farmstand and make a vibrant berry shrub that’s tangy with a touch of sweetness. The vinegar-based shrub dates back to Colonial times, and the versatile beverage, which is tasty with or without alcohol, is seeing a resurgence in popularity in bars and restaurants. Ingredients 1 pint blueberries (Frankly, this can work with raspberries, blackberries or elderberries too.) 1 cup apple cider vinegar 3/4 cup sugar Several sprigs of thyme or tarragon or mint Make the shrub In a medium saucepan, add blueberries, sugar, vinegar and thyme. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and stir constantly while mashing the fruit for 5 to 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens. If you want a purée, carefully transfer the hot sauce to a blender. Blend the shrub to get it as smooth as possible, then pass it through a fine mesh strainer, directly back into the pan. Let the shrub rest, at least overnight, before using. It will keep for months, covered, in the refrigerator. (I used mine right after it cooled.)

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Get the freshest berries at these farms, and visit for more options and to find what’s currently in season.

Berry Good Blueberry Farm 234 Parker Rd., Goffstown (603) 497-8138 Call the farm for picking times and dates. Bartlett’s Blueberry Farm 648 Bradford Rd., Newport Bartlett’s has lovely views of Mount Sunapee. Blue Moon Berry Farm 195 Waldron Hill Rd., Warner Another hilltop location

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Blueberry Bay Farm 38 Depot Rd., Stratham This 12-acre farm is chemical-free. Durocher Farm 157 Charles Bancroft Hwy., Litchfield (603) 494-8364 They’re celebrating 40 years in business. Rossview Farm 85 District 5 Rd., Concord They offer strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins and Christmas trees. Smith’s Blueberries 265 Turnpike Rd., New Ipswich Find local blueberries and beautiful scenery.

To make the cocktail, add 1 1/2 ounces gin, 1/2 ounce lemon juice and 3/4 ounce shrub into a shaker with ice and shake. Top with 2 ounces of Prosecco and garnish with blueberries. To make a mocktail, substitute club soda for the Prosecco and, of course, omit the gin. To make a more authentic version of a shrub, find a recipe online that uses raw vinegar (Bragg) and sugar, plus seasonal fruit mashed together. Then let it sit for a week. No cooking in this one as the heat will destroy the micronutrients. The typical ratio is equal parts fruit, sugar and vinegar, but it can be made with less sugar, or without sugar with sweetener added to taste when making the final beverage of choice — from cocktail to health tonic to barbecue sauce. An excellent guide book is “Fire Cider! 101 Zesty Recipes for Health-Boosting Remedies Made With Apple Cider Vinegar” by Rosemary Gladstar and Friends. A few recipe providers in her book reside in New Hampshire.

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Monadnock Berries 545 W Hill Rd., Troy Hilltop setting offers great views, plus pick-your-own blueberries, red currants and gooseberries.

If you don’t mind a few chunks of blueberry and their skins, pour the sauce without straining directly into a jar. The longer it sits in the jar, the better it will taste. Cool before using.

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Struggling with addiction? You’re not alone. It’s a growing problem for seniors. by lynne snierson


hen your favorite — or perhaps even your only — friends are Jack Daniel’s, Johnny Walker and Kendall Jackson, you’ve got a problem. But you’re not the Lone Ranger. Alcohol addiction and/or prescription drug abuse is one of the most common afflictions for the senior set, and according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, it is one of the fastest-growing and most insidious health challenges in a rapidly aging America.

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“It is a huge problem for seniors. Huge,” says Keith Howard, the director of Hope for Recovery in Manchester, where the mission is to support people impacted by addiction through lived experience on their path to well-being. Some may have been in the habit of drinking or drugging for decades. Others might have developed their addictions in their later years, especially after reaching retirement. “For people who have had underlying

challenges with drugs and alcohol throughout their lives, when they discover that they have time on their hands but not a whole lot of meaning in their lives, the most natural thing in the world to do is to reach out to that thing that has comforted them at different points of their lives and that thing is drugs or alcohol,” says Howard. Financial woes, family problems, the life-altering death of a spouse or partner, the loss of a family member, a beloved pet or close friends, the move to a new residential community, and mental or physical health problems are only some of the things that can trigger addiction. Depression, boredom, stress and loneliness are critically contributing factors, either alone or in combination. Consequently, orders to stay home to stay healthy during the pandemic of 2020 for many had the opposite effect by fanning the flames. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission reported that from March 1 to May 13, alcohol sales in the state were up 13.51% over the same period as last year. A forbes. com article published June 3 cited national data that, in the first 12 weeks of the stay-athome through May 23, the sale of off-premise spirits had spiked 36%, and wine sales were up 31% over the same period in 2019. Moreover, there is convenient curbside pickup available at select NHLC locations. You don’t even need to stray from your front door as out-of-state wineries and online wine vendors will ship directly to your place by the case. “I would imagine that the problem of the increased isolation and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem, but I have no evidence of that because it’s still a period of isolation. It’s all conjecture still,” says Howard. But there can be no doubt the alarming substance abuse problem existed even before COVID-19. “If you’re a senior on a fixed income, alcohol is an affordable self-destruction. At least here in New Hampshire it is relatively cheap. So, if you’re looking for a way to feel better, it’s readily available,” says Howard, adding that he is not advocating for the state to raise alcohol prices. “Many have enough to get by but not enough to do the things they would really like to be doing and that would give their lives some meaning. But they have enough to buy a bottle of vodka every day.” Those who live alone, or don’t see their

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family often, or have lost touch with friends and other social contacts over time find it’s pretty easy to hide their addiction — or addictions. “This is a perfect storm for folks who are older, have lost a sense of meaning in their lives, and now they feel they’re not valued for anything,” says Howard. But it isn’t only the booze that’s the big problem. Prescription drug abuse, just like alcohol abuse, can mimic symptoms of other medical or mental health disorders, including diabetes, depression or dementia. That makes it easy for doctors treating a senior patient to write off declining mental or physical health as simply “old age,” according to The Addiction Center, an informational website for those struggling with substance abuse. “When you’re older, it’s a lot easier to get away with being a doctor shopper. You learn fairly quickly which symptoms you need to have in order to access what medications you want. Particularly by being older and white, when you walk into your doctor’s office he or she is not as likely to be as suspicious of what your motives are as the doctor would have been back when you were 25,”

Howard explains. “When you’re 27 and have of a true community. When recovery is soreness in your legs, doctors are likely to based upon becoming part of the recovery recommend exercise and physical therapy. community, whether that be through 12When you’re 67 and complain of pain in step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous or your legs, I suspect the doctors find it Narcotics Anonymous, or Smart Recovery, much easier to find a medication, for a which is more out of the cognitive behavvariety of reasons.” ioral field of thought, or Recovery Dharma, Experts agree that substance abuse among seniors is especially perilous because they have a decreased ability to metabolize drugs and alcohol and thus are more vulnerable to their — Howard, director of Hope for Recovery adverse effects. Drugs prescribed for anxiety, insomnia or pain are which comes from the Buddhist tradition, highly addictive and The Addiction Center people with shared experience come togethsays the rate of seniors getting hooked er to share that experience and then to share increases every year. strength and share hope,” says Howard. So what are the solutions? Identify the Help can be found at hopefornhrecovery. problem. Then get into a treatment program org, or by accessing resources available qualified to work with you because when through the state of New Hampshire at you’re older you tend to lack the social port all throughout recovery that’s required “We do as best as we can to help as for success. many folks as we can. But there are no “I think that much of the use of drugs guarantees of anything. I wish there were,” and alcohol comes from not feeling a part Howard says. NH

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COVID-19 reveals outside health factors by Karen A. Jamrog


n some ways, health is like real estate: Location matters. Probably more than any event in recent memory, COVID-19 has highlighted the relationship between people’s health and their address, along with other factors known as the “social determinants of health.” We’re not talking just about wealth or whether you live in a grand manse or swank neighborhood. Social determinants encompass whether your neighborhood is safe and well-designed with sidewalks; whether you have access to transportation, healthful food, clean air and water, medical care, education and employment that provides a living wage; your race and more. “The social determinants of health really

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focus on the fact that just going to the doctor doesn’t really determine how well you are. It’s the community in which you live and work and play,” and it’s about accessibility, says Patricia M. Tilley, MS Ed., deputy director of the New Hampshire Division

of Public Health Services, Department of Health and Human Services. “Your zip code,” Tilley says, “may determine more about your health than almost anything about you.” Social determinants include a range of physical as well as social factors — how much social support you have, for example, whether you suffer from discrimination, how much stress you experience, but also how much green space is near you, whether you’re exposed to toxic substances, and whether you live in safe housing. Research indicates that social factors and physical environment together account for about 50% of people’s health status, says Semra Aytur, PhD, MPH, an associate professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of New Hampshire. Behavior such as eating habits, the ability to exercise and substance misuse, which are greatly influenced by social and physical environmental factors, account for another 30%. After adding those elements together, Aytur says, “we have accounted for over 80% of a population’s health status without even [considering] genetics or medical care.” While COVID-19 has affected all of us “in profound ways,” Tilley says, it has hit some communities — particularly lower-income individuals — harder than others, reflecting the significance of, among other things, social determinants of health. People who live in low-income com-

“Your zip code may determine more about your health than almost anything about you.” — Patricia M. Tilley, MS Ed.

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munities and communities of color are often exposed to multiple stressors that are harmful social determinants, Aytur says. They are more likely to be exposed to crime, for example, and air pollution is often concentrated in these communities, which increases the risk of asthma and heightens susceptibility to COVID-19, a lung disease. Tilley, who sits on the Governor’s Economic Re-Opening Task Force, says that the power of social determinants is such that as the country continues to grapple with the pandemic, “it’s very clear that it’s not about whether we address the social determinants of health or the risks of COVID. We need to address both of those issues with the same sense of urgency.” And the Granite State is by no means immune to social determinant troubles. “New Hampshire is a great place to live and work and play, but we certainly have ... pockets in the state that have real disparity in terms of income and access to services,” Tilley says. In particular, New Hampshire’s lack of a robust transportation system, rental housing and affordable housing for people with lower incomes commonly present obstacles to good

health for many state residents, Aytur says, along with food insecurity. Approximately 12% of children in New Hampshire live in food-insecure environments, she says. Addressing “the risk that social determinants can pose to us all and also the disproportionate risk that they pose to the more vulnerable members of our community,” Aytur says, might help us as a country improve health, find our way out of the current pandemic, and better prepare for, heaven forbid, future pandemics. “The social determinants of health are really forms of timely prevention — investing in community resilience on all of those different dimensions, whether it’s improving food security, thinking about environmental protection, [or] making sure people have a living wage and paid sick leave. ... I consider social determinants to be part of an emergency preparedness response.” “Whether we frame it as preparing for the next pandemic or [understanding] that we are only as strong as our weakest link,” Aytur says, we need to “make sure that those essential conditions of health are distributed equally and fairly.” NH

What are social determinants?

Health experts widely agree that social determinants play a significant role in health, affecting our risk of illness, death and overall life expectancy, says Semra Aytur, PhD, MPH, an associate professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of New Hampshire. The social determinants of health encompass people’s social, physical and natural environments, and include a range of factors — the circumstances in which we live and work, plus our education and social support networks, our race, air and water quality, access to food and transportation and more. A social determinant that has more recently garnered attention is something many of us here in New Hampshire are fortunate not to lack: the ability to access natural spaces, “[which] can be very stress-reducing for many people,” Aytur says.

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Quarantine Report Card (Or, how’d I do?) By Bill Burke

History: A The only reason I passed my freshman 96 | August 2020

Western Civ final about Alexander the Great in college was because I knew all the lyrics to an Iron Maiden song about him. It seems I get a lot of my history lessons from pop culture. So when we binged the new documentary series “Grant” on the History Channel this past week, it became a master class on the Major General/18th President. Before viewing, I knew Ulysses S. Grant rests in a tomb in New York City, and unlike his military adversary, there isn’t a 1969 Dodge Charger named after him. After: I now know the “S” in his name doesn’t stand for anything, and he was supposed to go to the theater with Lincoln the night the latter was assassinated. Also, Grant didn’t go because he was disappointed it wasn’t “Cats.” Probably. Phys Ed: D I was once a hockey player. Now, thanks to age, inactivity and (let’s be real) a complete lack of skill, I puzzle. I’m a puzzle guy. I lean over a coffee table for hours at a time, rising to discover that even a small amount of ac-

tivity makes me sore. I’m not sure stretching out over 500 to 1,000 tiny cardboard pieces with a “North Woods Law” marathon on in the background for a Sunday — the whole Sunday — is good for my back, but it has to be good for my competitive jigsaw puzzling prospects. Music: Incomplete I listened to the Dickies’ cover of “The Banana Splits” theme song for seven hours straight one day, and I own two cigar box guitars that I didn’t have when this all started. Home Economics: B+ I made banana bread. That’s how I knew we were getting to the point of desperation. I don’t cook, bake or otherwise craft foodstuffs. I consume them. I do not make them. Except for banana bread, apparently, and even that was because we had bananas on the counter that were mostly black and I felt bad about throwing them away. I also made homemade pasta one day. The banana bread came out pretty good. NH

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uring the pandemic, I’ve had time to explore an exciting new hobby called “drink a bottle of wine and order BB guns and guitars online.” You may think I am kidding, but I assure you, I am not. It’s just one of the really fun but frankly disappointing pursuits I’ve undertaken during this extended work-at-home period, which means it’ll be best for all of us when we do return to the office. When that day comes, it’s all going to look very strange — everything will be exactly as we left it on March 13. I’m guessing the coffee remnants in the cup on my desk will have evolved into a sentient being. It probably has better hair than I do. As I attempt to email CoffeeThing to let it know I come in peace, and as we enter into what is hopefully a slowdown of the pandemic, I thought I’d conduct a self-assessment to see how I handled being homebound for a bit. Here, then, is my Quarantine Report Card:

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