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24 Vernondale Store

by Lois R. Shea It’s all about community.

34 Yankee Barn Homes by Katherine P. Cox The very green quintessential dream house.

116 Pies for India by Mary Gow A labor of love.

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51 Special Section 52 What’s New by Ryan Adam

53 Health Check 56 Fitness at Every Age 64 Bikram Yoga by Karen Wahrenberger

68 Stateline Sports 71 Upper Valley Aquatic Center 72 CCBA 76 Cioffredi & Associates photo by jack rowell

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78 Zumba for a Cause by Nancy Fontaine

82 Eastern Mountain Sports

85 Claremont Cycle, Dartmouth College 86 Twisted Fitness and Reaching Roots Yoga by Vicki Beaver

90 Anytime Fitness with Erin Sykes by Mary Gow

94 Omer & Bob’s 97 Newport Fitness, Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center 98 S.M.A.R.T. Physical Therapy 100 River Valley Club

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15 Editor’s Note 16 Contributors 18 Online Exclusives 20 Celebrations


Ha! Ha(ppy) Halloween

21 The Dirt

by George Pellettieri

42 On the Town by Susan Nye Shop til you drop.

102 Spotlight


by Meredith Joan Angwin Brewpubs of the Upper Valley.

109 Community

by E. Senteio Good Neighbor Health Clinic

121 The Pick

A calendar of local events.

126 Advertisers Index 128 Celebrate the Moment Readers share their photos.

32 Explore

New London

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A Time for Change As summer winds down, we’re ready to embrace bright days, clear blue skies, crisp nights, another school year, and a new football season full of promise. Last but not least, we prepare to give thanks for the bountiful autumn harvest with family feasts featuring everyone’s favorite foods— turkey, stuffing, scores of side dishes, and pies baked to perfection. Speaking of the quintessential American dessert, don’t miss out on the pie sale at the Green Mountain Gospel Chapel in Randolph, Vermont (page 116). The “pie ladies” work tirelessly to make hundreds of perfectly filled crusts, with the proceeds benefitting the Shanti Sadan Children’s Home in Sakhinetipalli, India. Place your order early for pumpkin, apple, or berry—they’re all delicious. Once you see how wonderful they look in Jack Rowell’s photos, you’ll want to bring home one of each! We’re also featuring the beautiful creations of Yankee Barn Homes (page 34). Their post and beam construction allows for wide open spaces and gorgeous views, as you’ll see in a few of the stunning residences we’re highlighting. Come with us as we visit the Vernondale Store in North Sutton, a country store with lots of personality (page 24). Indulge in a treat at the soda fountain (the kids will enjoy spinning on the round stools!), and bring home a bag of old-fashioned penny candy. You’re sure to meet lots of friends and neighbors every time you stop in. After all these delectable treats, you may want to make use of the wealth of information in our special section, Fitness Watch (page 51). We contacted health clubs, gyms, sporting goods stores, personal trainers, physical therapists, and more to bring you the best the Upper Valley has to offer. Sign up for a yoga class, dance with Zumba, paddle a kayak, or find a workout tailored to your specific needs with the help of the many professionals throughout the region. Even if you start by walking 20 minutes a day, your health will benefit, so make a commitment to get moving this fall. As always, we’ve packed Image full of information and beautiful photos for you. Between issues, keep up to date with stories and events online at www. and “Like” us on Facebook. Enjoy! a

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Vicki Beaver Vicki is a freelance writer and photographer interested in too many topics to focus on any one of them (though animals, the environment, and travel are top subjects). She enjoys experiencing and learning about people, places, and things through her writing and photography. She lives in Claremont, New Hampshire.

Mary Gow Journalist and freelance writer Mary Gow holds the middle place in a family with three generations of women writers. An arts correspondent for the Times Argus, she writes regularly for regional magazines and is the author of history of science books for middle school students. She lives in Warren, Vermont.

Susan Nye A corporate dropout, Susan left a 20-year career in international sales and marketing for the fun, flexibility, and fear of self-employment. She is a writer, speaker, entrepreneur, and cook. Susan’s work appears in magazines and newspapers throughout New England. When she’s not writing or cooking, Susan is hiking, biking, or kayaking near her New Hampshire home.

Jack Rowell Jack has been a professional photographer for over 35 years, shooting documentary, commercial, and advertising photographs. He has had successful one-man exhibitions at Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College; Chandler Gallery in Randolph, Vermont; Governor’s Reception Area, Montpelier, Vermont; and the Main Street Museum of Art in White River Junction, Vermont.

Lois R. Shea Lois is an independent writer and editor who lives in central New Hampshire. She is a former Boston Globe staff writer and two-time winner of the Public Radio News Directors’ first-place award for commentary. She directs the Homeschool Shakespearean Drama Troupe, makes her own maple syrup, and heats her house with wood. She resists joining Facebook.

Karen Wahrenberger Karen Knowles Wahrenberger lives in Hanover and teaches English at Hanover High School. She has four children—her oldest is an OB resident, and her youngest is in middle school. Karen has published her first novel on Kindle. The Stroller Club is about a group of Upper Valley women who meet at a birthing class and support each other as they find that having babies forever changes their love lives. A vegetarian for 30 years, Karen enjoys cooking and keeping a vegetable garden. When not reading students’ papers, Karen finds time for regular Bikram yoga practice.

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You may not know it yet,

BUT YOU NEED ME! “A BIRD IN THE HAND IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH.” Over the past six months, I’ve enjoyed chatting with you about site selection, the design team, the design process, and things to watch out for along the way. At this point in our relationship, the site selection, planning, and design are completed; you have the necessary permits in hand; and the actual building process can begin. My hope is that by this time, you have secured a competent builder who will work harmoniously with the design team members in a joint effort to bring your design plan to fruition. Before we go any further, I need to stop and point something out. As you know, all projects involve a budgeting phase, and I’m sure you’ve thought ahead and included an adequate allowance for exterior site work and landscaping. Unfortunately, this is where too many clients make the mistake of considering the landscape an “extra” and “subject to change” after the house needs are taken care of. If you have been following this series, you know that approach can be a very costly mistake! It would also be helpful to get an idea of the long-term maintenance costs as well—more on that later. The majority of projects follow a standard approach to implementing the design. The landscape architect (and architect) prepare a complete design package including construction details, specifications, and construction documents. This package can be put out to “bid” with competent contractors each providing installation prices as requested. While this approach certainly has some advantages, another method, the “design/build” approach, has grown in popularity by reducing design and implementation costs (sometimes through negotiation), reducing change orders, etc. If you are unfamiliar with these terms or the options available to you, ask your landscape architect or another member of the design team for an explanation and assistance. The trend now is a growing interest in using more local materials during construction. This is often more readily accomplished in the landscape and can affect both initial costs and longterm maintenance. For example, using stone quarried in New England can cut shipping costs, improve aesthetics, and ensure a stable source should more material be needed for future work. Native plants are also in high demand; however, the definition of “native” is often controversial. There are many new and improved plant varieties and cultivars to choose from that have much lower maintenance and higher sustainability than the true natives, especially over the long term. Long-term maintenance of the landscape is often left to the end of the project, if considered at all. Yes, everyone aspires to “no maintenance,” but to maintain a reasonable appearance, at least some maintenance will be required year after year. To reduce maintenance, a design that works closely with existing site conditions is a good start. Selection of low-maintenance hardscape and plant materials is an important next step. Quality installation and workmanship will help ensure that everything holds up to weather, frost, water, and other tests of time. I hope you have enjoyed this series and learned some useful tips along the way. Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions. a Find image at •


in memory Sail On, Captain Dave BY SUSAN NYE

Surrounded by the love of his family and friends, Captain Dave Hargbol of Sunapee passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 9, 2013. The true measure of a man can only be found in the lives he touched. Captain Dave Hargbol touched many lives, all for the better. Family and friends describe Dave as a role model, a mentor, and an inspiration. His wife Diane says, “Dave was an incredibly positive person. He always saw the good in any situation. He believed in people; that everyone would do the right thing.” She continues, “He cared deeply about other people. He didn’t dwell on himself or his health problems; he wanted to know how you were.” Dave’s daughter Lacey Fenton says, “My dad was amazing. He was so upbeat and optimistic. He could always turn the day around.” Her sister Crista adds, “Dad had a ‘can-do’ attitude. He taught me to stay strong and to work for what I want.” For his sons Dustin and Casey, Dave was a mentor. Dustin elaborates, “We looked up to our dad. He was always available, always ready to help.” Now a captain on the Mount Sunapee II, Kipper Brown was one of the many kids Dave helped. At age 12 he asked Dave for a job. It was the first of many summers working on the boats. Kipper shares, “Dave made me who I am. I grew up without a father, but Dave was like a father to me. He taught me to shave. He was concerned about my schoolwork and always ready to help.” “Working with Dave was very rewarding,” says his sister, Maureen Brandon. “At the end of every day, he always thanked our employees. He was a great boss.” Kipper agrees, “I learned my work ethic from Dave and to be a perfectionist because everything on the boat had to be perfect. He taught me to be a professional, on and off the water.” Dave’s friend of 30 years, Michael Durfor says, “He was an incredible people person, very social, very funny—the Prince of Hospitality. If you were on one of Dave’s boats, from school children to senior citizens, whatever you needed, Dave made it happen.” His friend Al Peterson remembers, “He loved the lake and the harbor. It could be raining or snowing, but as far as Dave was concerned, it was always a beautiful day in Sunapee. You couldn’t help but feel good around him.” Throughout his long battle with cancer, Dave faced each day with a smile. His son-in-law Tim Fenton shares, “He had an incredible spirit, so positive and full of life. He never let his illness define him.” Dustin adds, “He was determined to succeed at life, to live each day to the fullest. He loved being on the lake, and he loved his community, his friends, and his family.” a 22 i m a g e •

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At the Vernondale Store, all ages discover the spirit of days gone by.

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on dale VernStore It’s all about community Mustard, pickles, maple syrup, eggs, Moxie, Ivory soap, lemons, chocolate milk, lamp oil, apples, and ice cream. At the Vernondale Store in North Sutton, it’s not really about any of those items on the grocery list. It’s about community. Bob DeFelice is the new storekeeper here. He bought the store, which has been in operation for the better part of two centuries, in 2011, then gutted it and started over. He reopened for business in May 2012. Walk through the wide old door and into the center of this community. “It’s a real gift to the town and to the region,” says Jack Noon, a local author and historian. “It means a great deal. . . . Sutton has been geographically challenged forever, and there has been no real village center,” Noon says, “just little pockets all through town . . . and perhaps this is the one attraction that might draw everyone back together.” Carlton Bradford was born in 1926 and raised just up the road from the store. He would be sent on his bicycle for a loaf of bread or a can of beans. His family’s post office box was number 61. He recalls stopping at the store after school with friends and scouring the ground outside for dropped pennies that could be by lois R. shea Photos by jack rowell

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DeFelice invested a lot of hard work, research, and time to restore the place, from the soda fountain to the gas pumps and the original town fire shed attached to the store. traded for a chocolate-covered confection with a sweet cream center, the name of which is lost to time. But, says Bradford, “I can taste it now.”

A Place Lovingly Restored

Clockwise from top left: Carefully planned spaces allow for easy access. The penny candy wall at the front counter. Shelves are stocked with necessities. Natalie enjoys a Kezar Lake Sundae. The penny candy counter overflows with old-time and newer sweets. The old Town Hall benches—a perfect spot to spend some time with a friend. Meals are cooked to order to eat in or take out, and there's no microwave in the store. Introduce your dog to Bob and relax on "Pooch's Porch." Center: Memories are made or shared at the penny candy counter.

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When DeFelice was working on the restoration, Bradford says, he wouldn’t let anyone in. “When I finally walked through the door, I got all choked up,” Bradford notes. “It was so similar. I could just see the people, long dead, who were bustling around it when I was a kid. It’s beautiful, really. Bob deserves an awful lot of credit for revitalizing the store.” DeFelice restored the place lovingly, hiring local labor for everything from refinishing floors and beams to building replicas of original shelving. DeFelice, who retired from working for the Walt Disney Company and whose family has ties to the area, has an eye for detail. Newfangled controls are hidden inside wooden cupboards, and a 1928 cash register has a computer system running inside. DeFelice invested a lot of hard work, research, and time to restore the place, from the soda fountain to the gas pumps and the original town fire shed attached to the store. There are old wooden benches from the town hall for sitting around a stove. There’s a braided rug that DeFelice’s mother made. There’s a 1909 soda fountain (found in a barn in Alton Bay) that matches the one that operated here. The lights hanging over the soda fountain are original from the 1940s—DeFelice found them tucked away in a crawl space. The rose-colored marble and soapstone counter front are also original. The grill is in full swing; a 1937 Zenith radio pipes out music from the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s. The ice-cream window has been rebuilt. The local police officer stops in for a sandwich. The postmistress sits at the counter for her lunch. DeFelice says he wants to offer “good food, reasonable prices, and a sense of community.” “If you come for lunch, expect to wait 15 minutes if no one is in front of you,” he says.  Find image at •


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Clockwise from top: The soda fountain is great for all ages. The 1909 cash register still works. Yes, that is the store phone, and yes, it works. Best friends and ice cream: a match made at the Vernondale.

“If you want fast, McDonald’s is down the road.” DeFelice has a rule: If there is just one person sitting at the counter, he or she can use a cell phone. If two people are sitting there, neither can use a phone. There’s no Wi-Fi. “I want people to talk face to face again,” DeFelice says. The post office boxes that were in the store from 1929 until the post office moved into federal digs up the road have been repatriated to their original position. (Anyone who can remember his or her 28 i m a g e •

post office box combination gets a free ice cream sundae. So far, no one has.) There is no television. “When you walk in, I didn’t want you to see anything modern,” DeFelice says. “I didn’t want alcohol in your face, cigarettes in your face, lottery tickets in your face. I wanted penny candy in your face.” The school bus stops here in the afternoons and children disembark. There are hooks for backpacks by the side door, and a lending library that works on

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the honor system. And there is penny candy in eye-popping abundance. “I actually make nothing on it,” DeFelice says, “so kids know a penny is worth something.” DeFelice is a friendly guy in a green flannel shirt and blue apron, and a “Sutton Fire and Rescue” cap. (He is on the town fire department—as was, he says, every storekeeper before him.) DeFelice has made the store his life’s work. He’s here at 4:30am to bake bread and still here hours after the 8pm closing time. On Thanksgiving, the store

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served a full turkey dinner. On Christmas, it served prime rib—and delivered meals to shut-ins around town.

A Storied Past

The name of the store dates to owners Vernon West and Dale McDonald, who bought it in 1929. This building has been a store since sometime in the early 1800s, although, according to Noon, a specific date cannot be documented. There are photos of the store in Noon’s history, The Seven Villages of Sutton—the store as a stagecoach stop, with a coach and team of horses out front, circa 1900; hung with bunting after the assassination of President McKinley in 1901; as “Todd Brothers” in 1922; and during its stint as an IGA market in the 1940s. Bradford recalls that in the 1930s there was an illegal slot machine in the cellar. Noon says that when inspection agents were on the way, the storekeeper in South Sutton would quickly call his counterpart in North Sutton. Since all the phones were party lines, “the feds are coming” was not something to be said aloud. Instead, Noon says, “There would always be some little code, such as ‘a crate of tangerines is coming up’ and that meant ‘hide the slot machine.’” The old sign—Vernondale Store—is up over the doorway. And a new sign has joined it—“Welcome back.” a

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by katherine p. cox

The very green quintessential dream house

People seeking a post and beam lifestyle get that and more when they build with Yankee Barn Homes. “Post and beam homes feel strong, safe, and secure,” says Andrew Button, president and general manager of the company based in Grantham, New Hampshire. “People like wood and the feeling of warmth and character. It’s a very comfortable way to live and provides tremendous flexibility in interior design.” 

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The great room of this Lake Charlevoix, Michigan, home, called the Sawyer Farmhouse, showcases the natural post and beam beauty that is the hallmark of Yankee Barn Homes.

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The natural elements in this summer home in Orford, New Hampshire, bring the calm of the outdoors in.

More than that, a Yankee Barn Home provides enormous savings on heating and cooling bills, offers high-quality custom design, uses products sourced in the United States, and is built of Douglas fir from Washington state. “We’re putting out a product that’s very green, and we feel good about that,” Button adds.

Designing Your Own Home A Yankee Barn Home also saves time and money on construction costs because the post and beam frame and the shell of each home is fabricated in Grantham and then shipped to the site, where local builders complete the construction, working with the design-build team at Yankee Barn Homes. “We save them months of construction because of prefabrication,” Button says. The process begins when clients meet with a designer to determine what style home best suits their needs, budget, and dreams. There are several designs to choose from, including coastal, mountain, traditional barn, farmhouse, cottage, and carriage house. But those are just jumping-off points, Button notes, “to stimulate thoughts to design your own home. Our designers work with clients to come up with the perfect design.” It’s intuitive and well thought out, he adds. “There are few restrictions in regard to post and beam,” Button continues. “All our homes are 100 percent custom and very flexible.” The project designers guide clients through such issues as cost, space, and how that space will be used, and craft a highquality, meaningful, beautiful design, Button says. The goal is “to provide the perfect house they want to live in forever,” he adds— the quintessential dream house. 4

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From rustic to this refined East Hampton home, Yankee Barn Homes’ custom post and beam designs allow for incredible variety in aesthetic.

It’s about using all your spaces all the time, he adds, and not having any wasted areas. “People are looking for smaller, more comfortable places where you can decompress.” People investing in building custom homes are also planning for the future with layouts that include larger doors and onefloor living. “Aging in place has become very popular,” Button says. Multi-family living is also popular, and Yankee Barn Homes designs can accommodate families with plans that incorporate open living with private spaces. “Barn style is back in, too,” Button says, citing an event barn they built for a vineyard in California, traditional barns for animals, party barns, and barns that are “places for putterers.” 38 i m a g e •

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A Successful Formula for Clients and Company Once the design is determined, sketches and schematic plans are drawn up, and the Yankee Barn Homes Shell Package is created. The package includes the Douglas fir timber frame, wall and roof panels, windows, exterior siding and trim, staircase, doors, and subfloor. The cost of an average Yankee Barn Home in New England is about $200 a square foot, and $300 in coastal areas, Button says. The shell is fabricated in Grantham and shipped to the clients, who work with contractors and builders in their area to complete the project. In addition to high-quality construction, “We have packages that are incredibly energy efficient,” Button notes. The roof and wall

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panels are insulated with polyisocyanurate sheathed with wood, providing R-values of 26 or higher for walls and 43.5 and higher for roofs. “Heating bills are dramatically lower,” Button says. “Half of our clients just want a post and beam, so it’s an added benefit.” The environmental benefits appeal to many clients as well. In addition to high energy efficiency, the polyisocyanurate insulation is better for the environment than the typical alternative, and the Douglas fir timbers come from the Sustainable Forest Initiative, which carefully protects against deforestation. The timbers themselves are hand cut in the frame shop—“This is the artwork,” Button notes—and hand sanded, which opens up the beautiful grain of the fragrant wood. High tech comes into play when planning the cuts; a sophisticated CAD program provides all the specifications needed for the meticulous manual labor that is the hallmark of a post and beam frame home. The traditional look and feel of a post and beam home, the energy efficiency of a contemporary dwelling, and the economic and environmental advantages of a prefabricated structure are a successful formula for the company, which has been building post and beam homes since 1969. But as Button looks ahead, he sees even more efficient homes, where the return on energy savings is immediate. He is passionate about reducing our environmental footprint. At Yankee Barn Homes, “Our goal is to build passive homes that reduce heating bills by 90 percent. That’s the future. If you could reduce every house in New England from 1,000 gallons of propane to 100, the savings would be astronomical.” Clients can choose a package that provides more energy efficiency with wall and roof panel upgrades that increase the R-value and allow more passive solar gain. “It’s only $20,000 more to create a passive home,” he said. “It makes sense for you and the environment. The return is immediate. The first day you heat or cool, you’re using 90 percent less energy. We’re working really hard to make our homes as tight as possible.” a Yankee Barn Homes 131 Yankee Barn Road Grantham, NH (603) 863-4545 40 i m a g e •

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Shop til You Drop Spend a day in New London

There’s a nip in the air. It’s the perfect time to enjoy a stroll down New London’s Main Street and around the corner to Newport Road. Don’t forget your credit card or checkbook. There is a lot of fabulous shopping to be done in this picturesque little town.

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A Walk Down Main Street and Beyond Shopping in New London Allioops! 394 Main Street (603) 526-2398 Art of Nature 9 Newport Road (on the corner of Main Street and Newport Road) (603) 526-2638 Artisan’s 11 Pleasant Street (on the corner of Pleasant and Main Streets) (603) 526-4227 By Emily B. 10 Lovering Lane (on the corner of Main Street and Lovering Lane) (617) 903-8355 or (603) 969-4011 Gourmet Garden 195 Main Street (603) 526-6656 www.gourmetgarden Graze Sustainable Table 207 Main Street in Baynham’s Square (603) 526-2488

New London Opticians Colonial Place at 247 Newport Road (603) 526-6990 Nonni’s Colonial Place at 247 Newport Road #4 (603) 526-2265 Serendipity Boutique 257 Newport Road (603) 526-4475 www.serendipityofnewlondon. com


Spring Ledge Farm 37 Main Street (603) 526-6253 Tatewell Gallery Colonial Place at 247 Newport Road (603) 526-2910 Vessels & Jewels 207 Main Street in Baynham’s Square (603) 526-8902


For more information about shopping, dining, and services in New London, visit Destination New London at www.destination

From House Too Home 276 Newport Road in the Gallery Building (603) 463-7845 or (603) 608-5874 Larks & Nightingales 227 Newport Road (603) 526-6676 Morgan Hill Books 253 Main Street (603) 526-5850 www.morganhillbook

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Spring Ledge Farm Start your stroll at the town green. Allioops! is just across the street. Owner Alli Coy will brighten your home with the freshest flowers, beautiful houseplants, and locally made gifts. Alli grew up in the area and always dreamed of having a store on Main Street. She says, “I wanted an upbeat, fun place. New London is a great town. There is wonderful camaraderie here.” Marcy Vierzen, owner of Artisan’s of New London, loves owning a business in town. She says, “My store is more than a collection of gifts, jewelry, toys, and cards. It is a part of this wonderful community. We love sharing ideas as well as the work and stories of local artists and craftspeople. Every day is a gift.” Kristen Burgess grew up in New London and wanted to bring something special to the town. She did just that with By Emily B. Kristen started as an event planner and added the gift shop last year. She says, “We think of our customers as guests and hope to inspire them with our products and displays. You will always find us having fun, crafting, or doing something creative.” A favorite stop for locals and tourists, Morgan Hill Books has new owners. Longtime vacationers Anna and Chris Miner took the plunge last summer, bought the bookstore, and became fulltime residents. Anna admits, “We are new to the book business, but we’ve always loved Morgan Hill. It was a regular stop for our family.” She continues, “Our goal is to help people find great books. The bookstore is an important part of this well-read community, and the support has been overwhelming.”  Find image at •


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If you are ready to take a break, stop in at Graze Sustainable Table, which opened last June. Owner Jeff Deuink says, “I wanted to take the farm-to-table concept a step further. I already owned a farm, so I bought a restaurant.” Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, at Graze you can get cozy with a cup of coffee on one of the comfy coaches, enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail at the bar, or gather around the table for a delicious meal. And it’s back to the shops. After all, Vessels & Jewels is right next door. Owner Peter Ensign says, “We get lots of people stopping by after coffee or lunch, so we offer 10 percent off with a Graze receipt.” A printmaker, Peter’s studio and shop are filled with prints and pottery, glasswork, wood, and fiber arts. Peter shares, “Many people come just to look and be inspired by all the beautiful objects. The store is always changing, with new and different works of art.” Whether it is a jar of mustard you crave, homemade chocolates, or a beautiful gift basket for a friend, Gourmet Garden is just two doors down. Sarah Parker Cave has owned the shop for 25 years. The store is filled with handmade crafts, gifts, and food products. Everything is made in New England. She says, “I work with some wonderful artists and food people. They love what they do, and it’s a pleasure to bring their products to market.” If you haven’t found one yet, head over to Spring Ledge Farm for your Halloween pumpkin. While you are there, pick up a loaf of artisanal bread, a dozen farmfresh eggs, and locally grown vegetables and beef. Greg Berger owns the farm 46 i m a g e •

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and reminds everyone, “Fall is harvest time. Our gardens and greenhouses are overflowing, and the farm stand can barely contain all the fresh, local vegetables.” Wow! It’s what most people say when they enter Mauli McDonald’s Art of Nature. The shop is filled with nature— from jewelry to home goods, plants, and flowers. Along with the shop, Mauli creates beautiful arrangements and bouquets for everyday as well as weddings and special events. She says, “I have a passion for flowers and love what I do.” Judy Nelson at From House Too Home continues to expand her shop. She explains, “New London is a great town for a small business. Everyone is very supportive and wants you to succeed.” Her shop is an eclectic mix of antiques, vintage goods, and home décor. Judy creates interest and excitement with a new theme every month, “In September we’ll celebrate the harvest; October is a special surprise; and the holiday season starts in November.” Do you have a great print, quilt, or family heirloom that needs framing? Stop putting it off. Don Boxwell at Tatewell Gallery will be happy to create the perfect, custom frame to enhance your special piece of art. “Art is very personal. We spend time with each customer to understand their needs, so the frame fits both the art and the individual. We treat each piece as a treasure,” Don says. When you are done framing that print, frame your face with a great pair of glasses. Lenny Fish at New London Opticians reminds us, “The first thing people look Find image at •


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New London Opticians at is your face and your eyes.” Lenny has a large collection of different styles and colors to complement your look and your personality. “Why stop at one pair?” Lenny asks, “If you have 10, even 40 pairs of shoes and a dozen purses, why only one pair of worn-out glasses?” Perhaps you need a new purse or outfit to go with those new glasses. Serendipity Boutique is just the place. Owner Tally Jones says, “It’s a fun, relaxed store to visit. Customers chat, share bits of advice and opinions. There is always something interesting happening.” Tally supports women-owned microbusinesses around the world by carrying many Fair Trade items, and the store is filled with comfortable clothing, colorful accessories, fun gifts, and toys. Diane Moore, owner of Larks & Nightingales, started with lingerie and expanded into a clothing boutique. She continues to sell lingerie and provides bra fittings but now has a little something for everyone. Diane describes the shop, “From fun to sophisticated, my clothes have a bit of an edge, a European touch.” 48 i m a g e •

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Nonni's Italian Eatery After all that shopping, it must be time for lunch or maybe even dinner. Nonni’s Italian Eatery is just the place. Owner and Chef Mat Mitnitsky has created an inviting restaurant filled with wonderful smells and delicious comfort food. Mat says, “I want to bring my customers some of the experiences I had growing up in Brooklyn. Nonni means grandmother in Italian. My grandmother cooked for us, and her food was always made with love and fresh ingredients.” a Susan Nye writes for magazines throughout New England. Named one of the Top 100 Foodie Bloggers of 2012 by BlueStar Range, she shares many of her favorite recipes and stories about family and friendship on her blog at Find image at •


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Your smartphone is with you everywhere you go. Put it to work keeping you lean and mean with these fitness apps.


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CardioTrainer (Android only), FREE with additional premium features, cardiotrainer Use CardioTrainer to track and record all your fitness activities. Compare yourself to other CardioTrainer users around the world. An integrated music player lets you listen to music without switching between multiple apps. Add a Polar Wearlink + Bluetooth heartrate device to maximize the potential of both CardioTrainer and yourself. Reviews, including those from the New York Times, consistently rate CardioTrainer as the best fitness app for any platform. Noom Walk (Android and iOS), FREE, walk By utilizing the motion sensor in your phone, Noom Walk tracks every step you take throughout the day. It works equally well with your phone in your pocket or carried in a bag. Get inspired and encourage others! Noom Walk lets you add your friends, so you can trade fist bumps, high fives, and comments—and see who’s walked the most steps. Unlike most activity or distance trackers, Noom Walk does not use GPS, so it’s easy on your battery. This bumps it ahead of the others on this list because you never have to remember to turn it on or off. It runs all day and uses only as much of your battery power as 3 minutes of GPS or 20 minutes of display. Noom Weight Loss Coach (Android & iOS), FREE with additional premium features, www. Users have lost over

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20 million pounds with Noom Weight Loss Coach. It provides a color-coded food logging system, an exercise tracker, unique daily food and exercise tips to help you meet your goals, and programmable reminders to keep you on track. MapMyRide (Android & iOS), FREE with additional premium features, MapMyRide may be the ultimate cycling computer. If cycling isn’t your thing, you’ll find additional apps for whatever it is you fancy—MapMyRun, MapMyWalk, MapMyHike, and MapMyFitness. All the MapMy apps work very much the same way. You can see your average, current, and max speeds. Track your distance and make sure you stick to your route with integrated GPS mapping that takes full advantage of preprogrammed routes. Map your own routes or pick ones other people in your area have already ridden. Track your progress against others or your own historical data to see exactly how much you’ve improved. MapMy apps also integrate with hardware devices such as heart-rate monitors. MyFitnessPal (Android & iOS), FREE, MyFitnessPal is an extremely user-friendly electronic food diary. MyFitnessPal gives you a searchable food database with over three million items. You can track what you eat with just a few taps. Add your own foods and recipes at any time. Log meals and exercise anywhere you go, and keep yourself on track with a personalized diet profile. a

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SWEET SLEEP From difficulty getting to sleep to problems staying asleep and waking too early, Americans agree that sleep is elusive. It can also be critical to good health, as lack of adequate sleep has been linked to weight gain, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. A National Sleep Foundation poll found that any amount of exercise from vigorous to light helped participants sleep better. Furthermore, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that people who eat the widest variety of foods tend to enjoy the healthiest sleep, and that those who consumed the most calories slept the fewest hours, while those who slept the most hours took in the fewest calories daily.

EAT WELL, BE HAPPY! New Zealand researchers who studied 21-day food diaries from close to 300 young adults found that those who ate more fruits and veggies every day reported feeling calmer, more content, and more energetic than those who ate the least amounts of these foods.

JOE, OR NO? Coffee lovers take note: java, even decaf, might extend your life. A study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2012 found that coffee drinkers were less likely to die of diabetes, heart disease, injuries and accidents, respiratory disease, and strokes. Researchers followed more than 400,000 people ages 50 to 71. Men who drank one cup a day were 6 percent less likely to die over the next 14 years than those who drank less; two cups a day or more led to about a 10 percent lower risk. Women who sipped a cup a day had no lower risk of dying, but a two-cup-aday habit was linked to a 15 percent lower risk. Researchers think that some of coffee’s 1,000 compounds could protect health.

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GOOD TIMING Managing weight may be not only about what you eat (or don’t) but also when you eat. A Spanish weight-loss study found that those who ate their largest meal later in the day lost significantly less weight than early eaters. The 420 overweight adults in the 20-week study were divided into two groups, one that ate the main meal before 3pm and the others who ate later. Although both groups consumed a similar number of calories and expended about the same amount of energy, late eaters lost less weight. They also tended to eat smaller breakfasts or skip the morning meal. In addition, the late eaters had higher risk factors for diabetes.

FEELING CRANKY? Maybe you’re thirsty. The journal Perceptual and Motor Skills reported a study on the effects of mild dehydration on young athletes and others who are too busy to drink enough water daily. Researchers, who knew that dehydration compromises physical performance, administered cognitive tests to about 30 Tufts students, a “dehydration group” given no fluids during athletics and a control group given water. Mild dehydration, the kind many people experience daily, was linked to negative mood, fatigue, and confusion. Eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day are needed for proper hydration, especially for high-risk groups including older people, children, and people with diabetes.

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DID YOU KNOW? Oleocanthal, a substance in olive oil, may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by helping to transport protein linked to the disease out of the brain. Researchers have found less AD in Mediterranean countries, and they attribute it to the monounsaturated fats in olive oil.

SAY WHAT? Difficulty hearing, a growing medical concern, is not limited to those of a certain age. One in five Americans has a hearing loss, and 12 percent of American troops returning from Afghanistan and Iraq have significant hearing loss as a result of being subjected to loud noise for long periods. Young people who enjoy loud music are also at risk. This type of hearing deficit has been linked to sleep and communication difficulties. It may also raise the risk for heart disease by increasing blood sugar, blood pressure, and lipids. A recent study from Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital looked at resveratrol’s effect on bio-inflammation, our body’s response to injury. Commonly called inflammation, it’s thought to be the primary cause of health problems including cancer and dementia. Resveratrol given to healthy rats before they were exposed to loud noise for extended periods appeared to protect them from hearing loss. Found in red grapes and red wine, resveratrol may also have the potential to protect against the cognitive declines linked to aging.

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Whether you believe that “50 is the new 40” or that “70 is the new 50,” it’s all just numbers, after all. The bottom line is how you feel, and feeling your best at every age is a sensible—and attainable—fitness goal. We are living longer, no doubt about it. The question is not so much about quantity anymore—it’s about quality. Can we do the things we enjoyed at 40 when we’re 60, 70, and beyond? We’ve hunted down the top fitness tips for maintaining your health, no matter where you fall on the number line!

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New Routines You’re not a kid anymore! No one will make you visit the doctor or tell you to cut down on junk food. It’s time to choose a primary care health professional and establish a relationship. Consider recommended regular screenings such as BMI, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. Find a fitness routine that works with your busy lifestyle and make it a habit, especially before children arrive and life gets more hectic.

J Men: As you settle into a work-life schedule, watch out for excess weight that can settle in as well. • Team sports you loved in college may be less convenient with a busy work and family life. Individual sports like running or biking may work better. •F  ocus on cardio conditioning and eat a heart-healthy, Mediterranean-style diet. • Include strength training to keep muscles and bones strong. • Pay attention to your back. Injuries and overuse can cause chronic back problems, so work on exercise that strengthens the core.

J Women: For 21st century women, life is a juggling act. A career and family leave little time for necessities—like adequate sleep, regular exercise, and even a healthy diet—but establishing good habits now will pay off in the decades to come. • If you’ve recently had a little one, lose that baby weight before you plan a first birthday party. Eat well and exercise to shed pounds and keep them off for the long haul. •G  et an annual pap smear, and tell your doctor about any changes in your periods.  on’t risk osteoporosis later. Take •D calcium and vitamin D and do weightbearing exercise to build strong bones. • Make sleep a priority.

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Beware of excess weight, a growing waistline, and an apple shape—metabolism slows about 5 percent every decade. Fight back—staying trim is worth the effort!

J WOMEN: A gain of more than 20 pounds after menopause increases risk of breast cancer by nearly 20 percent. Your energy ramps down just as your responsibilities and obligations ramp up. Whether you’re teaching a teen to drive or caring for grandkids, it’s vital to maintain healthy habits—a plant-based diet, regular enjoyable exercise, and adequate sleep. • Age-related problems to be aware of include diabetes, high blood pressure, and joints and ligaments that begin to cause discomfort. • Drink plenty of water daily to flush toxins that contribute to weight gain from the body. • Yoga or Pilates will build core strength and increase stability. • Heart disease is as common a killer as breast cancer in women during the 40s and 50s. Keep blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight under control. • Don’t ignore tingling or numbness in the feet, a symptom of diabetes. • Know the signs of perimenopause and talk to your health care provider about natural ways to manage menopause. • Follow your doctor’s advice concerning when to start having mammograms and how often to repeat them. Some health care professionals say you should have one annually, while others opt for every three years depending on your health history and female relatives’ breast cancer histories. • Ask your doctor about a bone density exam, or DEXA. This easy test will evaluate your bone strength and indicate whether you have osteopenia or osteoporosis. • Continue weight-bearing and strength-training exercises to manage weight and strengthen bones. • If you haven’t been getting an annual flu shot, starting now is smart.

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DID YOU KNOW? American adults who take a daily multivitamin/mineral supplement report better health than those who don’t, and they’re also less likely to smoke and more likely to exercise. This group also reported taking calcium and fish oil supplements regularly.

MEN: Those who have a “paunch” in their 40s are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in their 70s than those who don’t. Aim for at least 7 servings of fruits and vegetables daily for antioxidant protection and a proven way to stay lean. • Ask your doctor if you should be screened for colon cancer, and testicular and prostate cancer. • Make cardiovascular health a priority with diet, exercise, and regular blood pressure and cholesterol checkups. • Consider decreasing impact activities for joint health, especially for knees and ankles. • Explore t’ai chi, yoga, and swimming; they can help keep stress in check and reward you mentally and spiritually as well as physically. • Increase flexibility and balance training. Biking, rowing/kayaking, resistance training, and hiking are all effective exercise routines. • Omega 3s are important. Research shows that those with high omega-3 levels in their cells age more slowly. They also improve arthritis pain and reduce your risks of cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer's disease, and help keep chronic inflammation at bay. Eat coldwater fish twice a week and take a daily fish oil supplement. • After 50, sedentary males lose more muscle mass than those who remain physically active. Regular aerobic exercise increases blood flow and boosts heart rate to delay aging of arteries.


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Taking Care of the Caregivers

If you haven’t already been tapped for caregiving, you might now find yourself caring for older relatives or grandchildren. Be sure to make time to take care of yourself first. Both men and women should talk to their doctors about getting a pneumonia vaccine and varicella-zoster (shingles) vaccine, as well as an annual flu shot.

J Women who've celebrated their 60th birthday are just hitting their stride! Many are returning to school, starting a business, or pursuing lifelong interests that have been put off while they raised a family. And these activities will help keep mature women strong mentally as well as physically. •H  ave your doctor check your B12 levels. A common deficiency in older people, low B12 can contribute to cognitive problems and dementia. • Increase flexibility and balance to avoid falls. Yoga is a particularly good choice. • Lifting weights for about an hour at a time twice a week can prevent or slow middle-age weight gain. •W  ater aerobics is a fun way to stay active and fit while enjoying a social outlet.

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MEN: Many aging athletes run into problems because they don’t realize that they should be modifying their exercise routine to accommodate their changing bodies. Proper warmup and stretching are more important now, as older bodies are not quite as resilient as younger ones. • It’s not too late to stop smoking. Quitting at 65 adds two years to your life and cuts your risk of heart disease and lung cancer.

• Flexibility and core strength should be your exercise goals. Add balance moves to strengthen feet, ankles, and core, and straighten posture. • Reduce stress on joints further by substituting high impact activities for lower impact options (spinning for running, for example). • Risk of prostate cancer increases after 70, and most men

are diagnosed after 50, so be sure to adhere to your doctor’s schedule of screening. Talk to your doctor about benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which can interfere with urination. • Reduce intake of animal fats and red meat; eat lean protein and more produce.


DID YOU KNOW? The American Heart Association says cutting salt could save hundreds of thousands of lives in the US. Excessive sodium can lead to high blood pressure and increase risk of cardiovascular disease such as stroke and heart attack. The AHA recommends we consume a maximum of 1,500 milligrams of sodium a day, less than a teaspoon, but most of us consume about 3,600 mg. Trouble is, about 80 percent of it is hidden in processed foods.

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Adapt to Stay Strong Much of the weakness people attribute to “old age” is really the result of disuse. Regular exercise can prevent common accidents as we age because it maintains and even increases muscle strength, coordination, and balance. Research shows that arthritis pain can be reduced with daily exercise; check with your doctor to find out which exercises will help you the most. Whether you bowl or go dancing, you’ll win two ways—physical fitness and a fun, social outlet will help you stay fit mentally and physically. If you’re starting an exercise program, check with your doctor first.

J Men: With few exceptions, you can still do anything you want as you age. But the exercise you choose, and how much of it you do, depends on your current physical condition. If you’re already exercising four or five times a week now, your body will be better prepared for shifting into something new. But if you’re someone who is getting into exercise after a long break or perhaps for the first time in your life, it is recommended that you take it slow. • Learn how to adapt your workout routine as you get older. • Sleep can be elusive. Regular exercise early in the day, limiting caffeine and sugar, and keeping computers, TVs, and cell phones out of the bedroom are all proven sleep aids. • Strength training efficiently prevents the small weight gains that often accompany aging, while increasing muscle strength and allowing you to increase aerobic activity. • Nutritional supplements make a difference, too. In one study, older adults who took multivitamins, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and chromium gained less weight than their counterparts, especially if they were already overweight by age 45.

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Women: If you're in your eighth decade, most of the risks for developing cancer and cardiovascular disease are actually behind you. Absorbing nutrients from food, however, becomes more difficult, and changes in our ability to smell and taste may cause us to eat less. Talk to your doctor about supplements such as vitamin D, B12, and fish oil in addition to a multivitamin/mineral if you aren't taking one already. • Avoid serious injuries in and around your home. Stepstools and “grabbers” strategically placed can prevent a fall that may break a bone. • Consider “aging-in-place” helpers for your home; bathrooms especially should have grab bars in the bath or shower. • If you haven’t had a bone density test, ask your doctor if you should. • Spend time with people who enjoy doing things you enjoy. Social activities keep the brain young and reduce stress. • Yoga is a safe and comfortable way for older people to remain strong and flexible, even for those who have never been physically active.


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Show up for class, and the instructors at Bikram Yoga Upper Valley will make you promises. They will say that over time the practice will increase your lung capacity; stimulate the endocrine system; increase your flexibility, balance, and strength; strengthen the immune system; heal your spine; and improve digestion. If that’s not enough incentive, the other students will add encouragement. “You’ll sleep like a baby that night,” promises Beatrix. “It won’t be like anything you’ve ever done or imagined doing,” says Travis. “If you never try it, you will never know how amazing you can be and feel in life,” adds Kathy. “Just keep coming back,” says Gina. Taking Control of Your Health Maeghan Finnigan, owner of Bikram Yoga Upper Valley on North Main Street in White River Junction, Vermont, says that after eight years of teaching and ten years of practicing Bikram Yoga, very little surprises her about the benefits her students experience from regular practice. She has had students hand her handicap parking stickers that they no longer need. Middle-aged students often gain back the height they lost from when they were younger. Others report improvements in managing chronic pain in their backs, knees, hips, and shoulders, and some say their doctors have taken them off medications for chronic conditions that they no longer have. “It is incredibly empowering to take control of your health,” Maeghan explains, “to realize that your body is infinitely wise and usually capable of healing with time, patience, and commitment.” She wore a back brace herself and suffered from plantar fasciitis before practicing Bikram photos of maeghan finnigan by jack rowell

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Yoga, and her mother suffered from a debilitating case of carpal tunnel syndrome. The practice has alleviated their medical conditions. In his book Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class, Bikram Choudhury explains that he began studying yoga as a child in India with Bishnu Ghosh, the brother and first disciple of the famous Paramahansa Yogananda. Using his guru’s Hatha Yoga teachings, Bikram developed a serious of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises done in the proper sequence for maximum health benefits. The practice is done in a heated room, which makes the body more malleable and helps prevent injury. Appropriately, the heat—peaking at 105 degrees—mimics the climate of India. The postures are held for a prescribed number of seconds, and those in the floor series are followed by 20 seconds of “savasana” or complete relaxation. To propagate thousands of years of teacher-training tradition on a larger scale, Bikram and his wife founded the Bikram Yoga College of India, where new instructors study in “a very intense and comprehensive program,” says Maeghan. All of the teachers at Bikram Yoga Upper Valley have attended the nine-week program, taking two classes a 66 i m a g e •

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day, with lectures on anatomy and yoga, and posture clinics in between. Bikram says that “stress and strain are the causes of all chronic diseases, even infectious ones. My beginning yoga class is the great stress buster . . . depression, anxiety, anger, and weight issues are all relieved with regular practice of this yoga.” SPIRITUAL, EMOTIONAL, AND PHYSICAL BENEFITS Anne, a 57-year-old yogini who has practiced a year and a half, says that “doing yoga is so much more than getting in shape . . . it has evolved into a spiritual process . . . and makes me a better person to myself and the world.” Over time, the practice, which the instructor leads with simple and repetitive cues, allows students to comply without having to think a lot, thereby staying in a meditative state the entire 90 minutes. “If you can meditate and find peace in the hot room, you can take your experience out of the hot room and meditate and find peace in your daily life,” says Maeghan. Experienced students no longer wipe the sweat from their eyes or fidget between postures. Many take few if any sips of water during class. The practice

becomes just asana (postures) and savasana. And the most important part of both is the breath. “It won’t work if you don’t breathe,” Emily reminds her classes often, but it can take a year to really hear that advice. When students do, their increased breath capacity, in and out of class, feels euphoric. Despite the spiritual, emotional, and physical benefits of this yoga, the reason most people start hot yoga is the promise of getting in shape. The calorie-burning routine can lead to weight loss, and all regular yogis see an improvement in muscle tone. As a side effect, Bikram yogis love their bodies—not because they are perfect, but because they are getting better. That love is obvious in the way they walk and the spark in their eyes. New students will find a supportive environment at the studio, no matter what their experience level is with yoga. “Whatever your best is, is perfect,” says Julia. Everyone knows how hard it is at first to just get there and stay in the room. Maeghan advises her new students: “Don’t rush it. You have your whole life to do this yoga.” David adds this advice: “First time or 9,000th time at Bikram . . . whatever happens is okay. Need to stand still? It’s okay. Need to lie down? It’s okay. Become tearful, elated, nauseated, dizzy, or panicked? It’s okay. Able to do the posture beautifully? It’s okay. It’s all okay. Just stay in the room and let it happen.” a Bikram Yoga Upper Valley 1011 North Main Street White River Junction, VT (603) 860-5497 Note: Check the website for hours, as they change slightly with the season. New students should bring yoga shorts and a yoga tank or sports bra, a yoga mat, one or two towels, a water bottle, and a hair elastic if needed, but these things are available to rent, borrow, or buy. The studio has showers. You will be soaking wet after practice, so bring dry clothes in addition to your yoga outfit. Avoid eating two hours prior to practice and hydrate beforehand. A banana is enough breakfast before a 9am practice. The 30-day Intro Special currently costs only $30.

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Steady supplier for an active community

Jon Damren, owner of Stateline Sports, knows the Upper Valley’s love of the game. “I get the sense that we live in an area where community sports play an important part,” he says. Damren grew up in West Lebanon about a mile from his business’s location on Bridge Street and attended Lebanon High School, along with business partner Bob Vanier, who passed away in 2011. “We both spent most of our lives in this community,” he says. Damren and Vanier started their business in 1983. After working for another sporting goods store that had closed, they saw a void in the marketplace and opened Stateline, which has grown from a one-room structure to one that has quintupled in size since its founding. The store specializes in team sporting goods, which it sells directly to high schools, colleges, and recreation departments, and which comprise 25 percent of the company’s business. Remaining sales include ice hockey, lacrosse, 68 i m a g e •

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soccer, baseball, and softball equipment; a sizable women’s and men’s footwear department; fitness apparel, (tennis, yoga, Pilates, running, and swimming); rollerblades; and backyard games such as volleyball, croquet, horseshoes, and bocce. “I think we do a good job of keeping general products in stock,” Damren says. Currently, Damren spends more time behind the scenes working in his office than he did in the store’s early years. He says that he can do that because his staff of 12 has so much experience, and interacts so well with customers. “Since we’ve been here over 30 years, we’re starting to see the third generation of people coming to the store,” Damren says. “It’s fun to see people who started coming in at five years old coming in with their kids now. It’s rewarding to see the family cycles coming through the store and getting to know the next generation of active people.” 

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Three Steps to the Right Running Shoe “We have a lot of people that come to us for help,” says Dave Dupree, one of Stateline's shoe experts. “We’re more of the old-fashioned footwear store, where we measure people’s feet and ask a lot of questions to determine the right shoe for the foot type that person has.”


Foot type is the most important thing to identify. Most people tend to pronate, or roll their feet inward. Once we determine whether or not they do that, we decide on a natural shoe or a stability shoe. Not every running shoe is the same; they come in a variety of categories, depending on how much cushioning or support a person needs.


We determine the end use for the shoe, that is, whether our customer is going to use it for walking or for a vigorous running program.

3. We dial in the fit because every brand fits differently and having a variety of shoes to try on within a category can be very beneficial to getting things just right.

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The Upper Valley Aquatic Center Join the fun! The Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, Vermont, is a modern, 37,500-square-foot facility offering a range of activities. “Members enjoy free classes and free childcare and a free personal training session,” says Lisa Vallejo Sorensen, Communications Director at UVAC. “We have more than 50 classes like Zumba, TRX, spinning, Aqua Aerobics, Paddleboard Yoga, Ski Conditioning, and boxing with supportive and motivating instructors,” she explains. “People love our personal trainers and they just keep getting better and better. We have a special Shed a Shred weight loss program that has been going on for more than a year and has helped hundreds of people lose hundreds of pounds,” Lisa says. The whole package adds up to Upper Valley Aquatic Center’s very appropriate motto: Swimming, Fitness, and Fun in the Upper Valley! a Upper Valley Aquatic Center 100 Arboretum Lane White River Junction, VT (802) 296-2850

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The action starts at the door of the busy Carter Community Building Association’s (CCBA) Witherell Recreation Center in Lebanon. Right by the sunny reception area is the TRX suspension class area. Using straps hanging from the ceiling, members and walk-ins get a full-body workout and inspire others to get fit. With a pool, racquetball courts, outdoor tennis courts, basketball courts, circuit-training room, cardiovascular center, a free-weight room, childcare center, and more, this nonprofit center has something for everyone. CCBA’s fitness-class offerings—nearly 100 each week—range from A (Arms, Core & More, focused on upper body and core) to Z (Zumba, aerobic dance and fitness to a Latin beat). “We have members from 2 to 94 years old,” says CCBA Membership Director Barbara Parker. TOTAL RESISTANCE EXERCISE (TRX) “TRX training really is an overall body workout. It fits every body type or shape, and you can make it as easy or as challenging as you like just by moving your feet or changing your body angle,” says trainer Larry Ruffing, CCBA Fitness Director, certified personal trainer, and TRX coach. “It’s different from other workouts because your body becomes your machine—your body is what is actually moving.” In TRX suspension, straps with handles on the ends are securely fastened overhead. With these, TRX leverages gravity and your body’s weight, allowing you to adjust your body position to add or decrease resistance in scores of exercises. “TRX increases the body’s awareness, coordination, balance, flexibility, and strength,” says Ruffing. “You’re working more than one muscle group with every exercise we do, which, in turn, burns more

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calories. By holding onto the handles, you can go through a full range of motion and do exercises you couldn’t do otherwise. The longer you do this, the easier it becomes because you get stronger, and you also lose body weight. People say that they’re getting changes quicker with this than with other workouts.” Fitness Challenge Regular exercise benefits our health. Sometimes we need a little extra motivation to get out there and start or keep at our fitness programs. CCBA’s Barbara Parker explains that the center has 74 i m a g e •

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seasonal workout challenges. Members sign up for the challenge and are then rewarded by membership bucks (credits for CCBA memberships) for keeping up their regimen. Typically, rewards come for working out two or three times a week. If you need a boost, Parker suggests, “Try a new class.” a Carter Community Building Association Witherell Recreation Center Pool/Fitness Center 1 Taylor Street Lebanon NH (603) 448-6477

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Husband and wife team Bill and Ruth Cioffredi opened Cioffredi & Associates Center for Physical Rehabilitation in 1985 to provide physical therapy, occupational therapy (hand therapy), and aquatic therapy for people of all ages. “We are committed to an exceptional, total patient experience,” says Bill Cioffredi. At Cioffredi & Associates, “We customize the treatment program specifically for what you need. No two pain problems are the same, no two people are the same, and that’s why treatment is tailored for the individual.” Cioffredi & Associates has a strong commitment to patient education. “It is our firm belief that a well-informed patient has the greatest opportunity to achieve his or her goals, independent function, and maximum performance,” says Bill. Cioffredi & Associates is planning an expansion in January 2014. They are relocating to a larger space where they will offer expanded services. Q&A with Bill Cioffredi When can physical therapy help me? PT is not just for post-surgery or for those who’ve sustained a major trauma. We treat the WHOLE body, from headaches and jaw pain down to plantar fasciitis (in the foot) and everything in between. Spine care, sports injuries and related pain, and treatment of all the major joints of the body are the backbone of our practice. We have a

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long-standing reputation for rehab of sports-related injuries and pain. We’ve treated Olympic-level athletes and college, high school, and master’s level competitors. We also cover specialty areas including TMJ (temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders), hand therapy, pediatrics, custom orthotics, and onsite aquatic therapy. Our pediatric PT program offers treatment for children with autism, developmental delays, cerebral palsy, torticollis, and more. We see people with minor or acute injuries and pain problems who require only a few visits, as well as those with complex, long-standing pain problems. When pain persists, there is a biomechanical problem that is unresolved. We uncover those biomechanical components; sometimes the answer is simple, and other times it’s more involved.

I want to be more active but am limited by pain; what options do I have with PT treatment? Foremost, we look to identify, address, and correct the reasons for the person’s pain. Then based on the goals of individuals, we take them into those activities they want to return to. On an appropriate gradient scale, we bring you back to your activity level and monitor you in your transition to activity until you are consistently successful in your desired activity. The people of the Upper Valley are quite physically active, so we’re usually working toward getting people back to that active lifestyle. What new PT treatments/approaches do you find exciting and effective? We are dedicated to pursuing evidencebased care. We draw from a variety of techniques and methods to determine the best course of care for our patients.

TIPS TO PREVENT INJURY 1. Use an appropriate active warm-up, like dynamic stretching, to properly prepare your body for activity. 2. Increase your intensity gradually, whether it’s by adding distance or weight. 3. Use a comfortable grip on weight bars, handle bars, etc. An excessive forceful grip can lead to strain of the hand, wrist, and forearm. 4. Vary your activity— pick a variety of workouts to maintain muscle balance.

Treatment is tailored for the individual. A great example of cutting-edge care is our offering of Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN). We have staff who have earned this additional certification. During this procedure, a solid filament needle (like those used in acupuncture) is inserted into the muscle to help relieve pain. The needle is targeted toward myofascial trigger points, areas of hyperirritability in the muscle that cause local and referred pain throughout the body. The use of the needle allows the therapist to get more precision deep into the muscle than is possible using traditional manual therapy techniques. TDN is used to loosen and lengthen tight muscles and is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehab from injury, and in some cases, can help with injury prevention. a Cioffredi & Associates 33 Morgan Drive Centerra Park Lebanon, NH (603) 643-7788

5. Stay well hydrated and practice proper nutrition. 6. Ensure adequate recovery time between heavy training sessions. The body needs time to recover from vigorous activity—back-to-back sessions are more likely to cause injury. 7. Don’t ignore persistent pain. When pain persists, there may be a biomechanical imbalance. Physical therapists can help restore balance and get you back to your activity.

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From left: Michelle Gama, Sue Shimko, Andrea Rowlee, and Rebecca Stygles.

Andrea Rowlee’s annual Party in Pink may not be the only Zumba fundraiser for breast cancer around the Upper Valley, but it’s the biggest and arguably the most fun. Who wouldn’t want to watch local firefighters shake a little booty to a Latin beat for a good cause? Zumba Fitness started the Party in Pink initiative in 2010, and Andrea loved the idea. Her personal training client and good friend Rebecca Stygles volunteered to help plan, and they came up with the idea of having the firefighters attend for entertainment. Then it became personal. 

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Firefighter Mitch White leads the class.

FOCUS ON FUN Zumba Fitness’s motto is “ditch the workout, join the party.” The exercise, inspired by Latin dance, is not only one of the most popular workouts in the world but also is effective, according to a study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) fitness organization. People feel like they are exerting themselves less than they are because they’re having so much fun. Zumba was started accidentally by Colombian Alberto “Beto” Perez when he forgot the music for his aerobics class one day and made up a workout to the dance music he was listening to in his car. The result was an instant hit and quickly became the most popular class at his gym. In 1999, Beto moved to Miami and with help from two entrepreneurs, his class became the workout sensation that Zumba Fitness is today.

Join the Fun!

PARTY IN PINK October 20 from 1–4pm Lebanon Senior Center Cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information about Andrea’s classes and services, see her website,

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“Two weeks into the planning, Rebecca found out she had breast cancer. That’s what made me more passionate about it,” Andrea says. “It was important to me to make that first one big for her.” Andrea offered food and brought in a DJ to make it more fun. “The second Party in Pink was a celebration because Rebecca was finished with radiation. This year, she is done with her treatment, and we’ll make it an even bigger party.” KEEPING IT POSITIVE Rebecca says, “Working with Andrea helped make a bad diagnosis into something positive. My medical team constantly remarked how much better I was handling the treatments than others do, and I know that it was due to keeping up with Zumba and my training sessions with Andrea. It was not easy,

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but without Andrea helping me be the best I could be during such a bleak time, I would have had a much harder time.” Zumba Fitness launched Party in Pink after hearing stories of breast cancer survivors like Rebecca who relied on their Zumba classes for physical and emotional support. Zumba instructors host marathon workout sessions, donating 75 percent of the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research. In 2012, the Party in Pink initiative raised more than one million dollars, with over 1,300 events in 34 countries. EVERYONE’S WELCOME Andrea was certified to teach Zumba by founder Beto Perez, and her classes have a large following. “I feel like I’m very lucky,” she says. “For over five years, I have had 30 or more people in

Clockwise from top left: Local firefighters enjoy the day doing Zumba. The guys strut their stuff. Dancing for the cause. Andrea leads the class.

my classes regularly.” Her high energy, reasonable prices, and welcoming philosophy are clearly part of the draw. “People should come and have fun, try something different, and get a good workout. Many people say they hated exercise classes until they became a part of my class. Nobody judges them.” She also teaches Resistance, Interval, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance, and Diet (R.I.P.P.E.D.) classes and is an AFAAcertified personal trainer. This year, Andrea’s ramping it up again for her Party in Pink. With sponsors such as Milne Travel, she’s able to bring in Capoeira practitioner Ruben Vagalume from Florida to provide entertainment. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that includes acrobatics and music, and is amazing and inspiring to watch. But don’t worry—the local firefighters will be back! a

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eastern mountain Sports

Equipping and creating outdoor experiences

Located at the crossroads of I89 and I91, Lebanon offers easy access to fantastic resort skiing in Vermont’s Green Mountains as well as hiking and climbing in New Hampshire’s White Mountains— and that’s where Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) comes in. “We’re located in the heart of a summer and winter vacation paradise, with countless opportunities to hike, bike, climb, paddle, and run,” says Kendra Dynok, assistant manager and outreach coordinator for the store’s West Lebanon location. The West Lebanon branch of the national chain offers equipment for backpacking, hiking, rock and ice climbing, backcountry skiing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), trail running, and road and mountain biking. The store also carries a full line of casual and outdoor apparel from North Face, Isis, Marmot, Kuhl, Icebreaker, Smartwool, and others. Dynok says that EMS prides itself on great customer service and “solution-oriented staff,” and has training programs that turn out well-prepared shoe fitters, pack fitters, bike techs, and paddle experts. “More important than training,” she adds, “is that we’re all dedicated outdoor enthusiasts who bring our passion into our work, every day. We strive to inspire, educate, and outfit everyone who comes into our store.” EMS’s mission is “to deliver superior customer service through knowledgeable, credible, and authentic expertise that will help everyone to enjoy their outdoor experiences.” The store even offers those experiences—the latest are free stand-up paddleboarding sessions at Hanover’s Storrs Pond every other Sunday throughout the summer. Dynok says her favorite part of the job is introducing people to new sports and facilitating their adventures. “Passing our knowledge onto customers so they can experience the outdoors for the first or hundredth time is always a joy,” she says. 

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The Perfect SUP Experience EMS’s assistant manager and outreach coordinator Kendra Dynok shares tips for a perfect stand-up paddleboard (SUP) experience. Paddling locations: Paddleboards can go anywhere! For flat-water adventures, try the Connecticut River, Mascoma Lake, or Goose Pond. Essential gear: Sun protection is paramount. Make sure you have sufficient coverage and sunscreen. Check shirts and swimwear for SPF ratings. In addition, bring a hydration pack or water bottles. Paddling can be hard work! Safety first: SUPs are now officially classified as vessels. Adult stand-up paddlers are required to have a USCGapproved life jacket, also known as a personal floatation device (PFD, Type III), for each person, a sound-signaling device (whistle), a visual distress signal, and a navigation light (flashlight). Try before you buy! Eastern Mountain Sports rents SUPs. Up to two rentals can be applied to the purchase of a board or package. Our favorite boards: Bic ACETEC 10’ 6’’—durable, versatile, and fun for the whole family. Boardworks Raven 12’ 6’’ and Sirena (women’s) 12’—both beautiful touring boards that give you the freedom to tour or fit in an on-water workout. a

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Note: Customers can learn more about EMS’s free paddleboarding event on the store’s Facebook page—just search for Eastern Mountain Sports West Lebanon. The event is dependent upon favorable weather conditions and board availability. Boards are also available to rent.

Zimmerman Fitness Center at Dartmouth College The Zimmerman Fitness Center is a beautiful, light-filled facility designed to meet the needs of the Dartmouth student body, faculty and staff, and the broader Upper Valley community. The open 16,000-square-foot facility is located on the second floor of Alumni Gym and houses over 70 pieces of cardio equipment in the form of spin bikes, upright and reclining bikes, arc trainers, ellipticals, treadclimbers, stairclimbers, and treadmills. Forty selectorized strength machines are organized in two circuits—one on the main floor and another in the mezzanine overlooking the campus. A complete free weight area includes multiple benches and power racks, and three separate dumbbell areas are designed for beginner and experienced patrons alike. Additionally, a large open floor space is maintained for two extensive pulley/cable systems, functional fitness, and stretching. The college’s fitness program, FLIP, open to all, offers over 70 classes each fall, winter, spring, and summer term and many take place in ZFC. At the beginning of each term, the center also offers free workshops to members and the college community. Topics range from the “how to’s” of various exercise and fitness equipment to activities and skills (cross-country and alpine ski, golf).

ZFC is also an excellent source for personal training services. Every ZFC personal trainer is certified and comes with a depth of experience that collectively allows the program to successfully train clients of all ages and abilities. Specialties cover athletes (individual and team sports, youth, masters), beginner exercisers, post-rehab, senior fitness, pre- and post-natal, individuals working with movement dysfunction, traditional strength and conditioning, and functional fitness. ZFC memberships are available to all at very competitive prices in the Facilities Office of Alumni Gym. As ZFC Director Hugh Mellert states, “A unique aspect of the ZFC is the opportunity to work with and amongst a large crosssection of Upper Valley residents, further enhancing the vibrancy of the Zimmerman Fitness Center.” a Zimmerman Fitness Center Alumni Gym, East Wheelock Street Dartmouth College Hanover, NH

Claremont Cycle Depot Since 2004, Claremont Cycle Depot has been offering customers high-quality bicycles, accessories, and service at reasonable prices, in a place where all customers—from novice to expert—are valued and respected. Ride Faster, Longer, and in Greater Comfort! Bike company Specialized provides the training, bicycles, and equipment to improve every rider’s comfort, efficiency, and power with a professional bicycle fitting. Where other fitting methods rely on personal opinion, cycling mythology, or hastily taken measurements, Specialized’s Body Geometry Fit System uses the latest technology to ensure a precise fit based on your exact measurements, which incorporate your athletic and cycling background, height, flexibility, and inseam to determine specific vertical and horizontal coordinates. Benefits of Specialized Body Geometry Fittings • Staff members are trained in muscle and skeletal anatomy related to the motion of cycling, common aches and pains associated with cycling, and the corrections necessary to address these issues. • Staff members have the ability to assess pedal stroke and install BG footbeds and varus/valgus wedges to properly align the foot/knee/hip for maximum efficiency and comfort. • Staff members can recommend products to adjust your bicycle to unique challenges in flexibility, comfort, or power output. To learn more or schedule a fitting, contact the store to set up an appointment. For more information on bikes, accessories, riding events, and to join their Bike Club, go online to a

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Twisted Fitness and Reaching Roots Yoga

Family-owned businesses working for your well-being

January 1, 2012, marked the day Leigh Ann and Jon Root closed the doors to their Claremont health club, Twisted Fitness, for the last time. Well, figuratively anyway. Now members can get healthy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With keycard access allowing around-the-clock workouts, the Roots continue stepping it up as contributors to the community they love. “It proved to be the best business idea we ever had,” says Leigh Ann. “It gave us our best year in 15 years, and I know it’s because it’s giving people the opportunity to work out all the time.” 86 i m a g e •

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ADAMS PHYSICAL THERAPY AND SPORTS REHABILITATION LLC To some, physical therapy is the reason they start working out in a gym—all the more reason for Eric and Tracy Adams, of Adams Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation, to operate their practice inside Twisted Fitness, which they’ve done since 2006. It benefits everyone. “Being in the gym helps people follow through with their program,” Eric says. “We may see a client once a week, but they can use the gym every day.” The purpose of physical therapy is to help people whose ability to function normally has been compromised, whether from injury, illness, or surgery. The Adamses focus on outpatient orthopedic therapy, mostly knees, backs, and hips, looking at the whole biomechanical chain and how it relates. After a thorough diagnosis and exam, the Adamses help patients decide on the best steps to take. Hands-on manual therapy, an exercise prescription, and instruction on how to continue and maintain gains are Eric and Tracy’s main objectives for helping patients reach their goals—in fact, 99 percent of what they do is

Leigh Ann speaks affectionately of the downtown business and building she and Jon actively remodel and improve. Their passion for health, fitness, the community, and its people have always been the driving force behind their success and dedication. For Jon and Leigh Ann, it’s never been about the money. “We never created this business to live high on the hill,” she says. They don’t nickel and dime people or worry too much about the small things. There is no signup fee; there are no enticing specials to rush into membership—they don’t want people regretting signing up. To complement the usual equipment, instructor-taught classes, a constant march of upgraded machines and workout spaces, and staffed hours, the gym offers Fitness on Request. This dynamic addition hosts a range of 24/7 video fitness classes available to members anytime, bumping up a small-town gym’s normally limited schedule. 

education. Based inside Twisted Fitness, the low overhead has eliminated financial constraints from affecting clinical decisions. The therapists look at things in detail, often taking extra time with patients to figure out what’s going on with a body, why it happened, how to improve it, and how to prevent it from recurring. Some patients are apprehensive at first about getting to their physical therapy appointments because they are in a gym. But once they walk in and see that it’s not an intimidating atmosphere, their inhibitions disappear, and often they join the gym and continue working out long after their therapy goals have been met.

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Always striving to evolve into a better place to get healthy, the Roots incorporate symbiotic businesses within the walls of Twisted Fitness. Adam’s Personal Therapy (see sidebar on page 87) and Fitness Thyne team up and share the same goals and philosophies as the Roots. Fitness Thyne As a personal trainer and nutrition consultant, Karlen Thyne is as interested in getting people fit as he is in educating them about nutrition and leading healthier lives. Thyne’s Lifestyle Challenge classes help those who might be struggling with exercising and can’t afford a personal trainer by giving them personal attention in a group class at an affordable rate. The class helps ensure individuals use proper form to prevent injuries while helping people meet their individual goals. His philosophy is that, as a group, everyone gets to know each other, help each other, and feel more comfortable. 88 i m a g e •

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“In classes, I cater to the group and look at what most people that day are looking to focus on,” Thyne says. “I see what they’re struggling with, what areas they want to improve, and think about how we can modify this class so each person keeps coming back and seeing results.” Thyne and fellow personal trainer Sarah LaPointe look at personal training as a lifestyle change. They offer nutritional guidance that best accompanies a client’s fitness goals, gives him or her more energy, or feeds hunger in a healthy way to help balance the individual’s life. “And I try to teach people to feel comfortable in a gym, any gym, without looking over their shoulder and feeling like they don’t belong,” adds Thyne. Reaching Roots Both Thyne and the Roots understand that being a healthy person involves moving the body, good nutrition, adequate sleep (“it’s so underrated”), and a healthy mind. To

nurture these elements, the Roots opened Reaching Roots Yoga Company across the street where Leigh Ann leads yoga classes. “I think the biggest thing is the mindset, and that’s where the yoga studio comes in,” says Leigh Ann. “I believe wholeheartedly that when you practice yoga, practice those postures that have been around for thousands of years, something magical happens. You have blocked energy, stress, and tensions in your body, and by doing those postures and deep breathing, yoga can be a very gentle way of healing the body—and working it too. You can do a rigorous yoga workout.” Among the classes is the Reaching Roots’ Grassroots Series, a stimulating excuse to climb local Arrowhead Recreation Area’s ski hill for an hour of outdoor yoga with a view. The climb is a good warm-up and heart-rate builder before yoga mats are spread on a level spot near the peak. To keep things fresh and extend the offerings, Leigh Ann throws in mystery class locations in green spaces around town and offers yoga parties in the studio for groups. What are the Roots most proud of since their start 15 years ago with only a treadmill and a couple of Nordic Tracks? “I have always felt responsible that what I do should have meaning, and I should make a difference in somebody else’s life in a good way,” says Leigh Ann. “The gym has given us the ability to do that for people.” a For more information, visit,, and Twisted Fitness 23 Pleasant Street Claremont, NH (603) 542-0414 Fitness-Thyne 19 Pleasant Street Claremont, NH (603) 995-1759 Adams Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation LLC 1 Pleasant Street Claremont, NH (603) 543-0081

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Classes, individualized training, and more

At Anytime Fitness in West Lebanon, you really can work out any time. “This is a 24-hour fitness center, open 365 days a year. We have plenty of members who come in on Thanksgiving or Christmas,” says Erin Sykes, NASM-CPT. Treadmills, ellipticals, exercise cycles, stair climbers, summit trainers, and steppers are among the center’s cardio equipment. There is plenty for weight training, too. A variety of live classes are offered every week. If you miss a class, you can take it later through Fitness on Request, a program that connects you to virtual classes.

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RealRyder® Indoor Cycle RealRyder Indoor Cycles at Anytime Fitness provide an outdoor riding experience and total body workout. The RealRyder tilts and leans, giving you the sensation of riding varied terrain. All classes are accompanied by Polar Cardio GX. With the studio's sophisticated software, it gives each rider individualized feedback on heart rate, calories burned, graphical summaries, and more. “It's all about progression in cycling,” says RealRyder Trainer Erin Sykes. “One of the great qualities of RealRyder classes is that people can see how they are improving. It gives our RealRyder Ambassadors the adrenalin rush of a group class but with personalized attention like that of a one-on-one session. An exciting new dynamic is the ability to pair ‘Global Ride,’ a virtual training experience during our group rides. This technology takes our riders cruising around the world to places like France, Spain, and Hawaii and is sure to get our riders even more absorbed in their cycling journey.” The RealRyder gives a good core workout every time you ride, explains Sykes. It also increases endurance and stamina, and builds upper- and lower- body strength.  Find image at •


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Core Strength Tips from Trainer Erin Sykes Having a strong core allows you to function properly and perform your favorite activities safely and effectively. There are 29 muscles that make up the core region of the pelvis, hips, spine, and ribcage. Core musculature is divided into two categories: movement and stability. The movement category includes superficial muscles like the rectus abdominis, the erector spinae, and the external obliques. They help in the movement of the spine and core region. The stabilization section includes lots of small muscles such as the transverse abdominis, the diaphragm, and the multifidus. For good core strength you need to exercise both. Side Plank What exercise outperforms others for the best deep-core workout? The side plank stands out as the best exercise to use to recruit the deep-core muscles to help strengthen the core, according to a recent study in the Journal of Orthopedic Sports Physical Therapy. Abdominal crunches, leg lifts, and abdominal V-sits work the external abdominal muscles. Only the side plank recruits the transverse abdominis and the internal obliques efficiently for an abdominal workout that leaves your back and abs stronger and ready for your next adventure. “Ab dominant” Exercises that use alternating arms or one arm are very “ab dominant.” Use progressions to work the abs for stability and function. Get creative and add a stability ball to that old flatbench chest press, and guess who’s now targeting those abs! Include onearm dumbbell bicep curls or prone ball dumbbell triceps extensions using one arm or alternating arms. You will quickly see and feel abdominal improvement.

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For anyone who’s ever walked past the sports shop on the Lebanon mall and wondered who Omer and Bob are, here’s the scoop: Omer Lagasse, a nationalcaliber skier, founded Omer & Bob’s in Hanover in 1964, primarily as a ski shop. Later, he took his friend Bob Courtemarche as a partner. Richard Wallace, the store’s current owner, bought the business in 1986. Until then, he’d been a teacher and administrator in the Lebanon school system, but the sportinggoods business appealed to the avid skier, tennis player, and biker. “We don’t consider ourselves a general sportinggoods store,” Wallace says. “We consider ourselves a real specialty shop: skiing, tennis, biking, and running.” Passionate, Experienced Staff Wallace says his philosophy is “to give every customer the best service possible and to share our expertise with them.” And Wallace’s 11 full-time staff boast an incredible amount of expertise; the most recent hire has been with the store for six years; other employees have been there up to 18 years. “I have a lot of long-term employees who’ve been here because they’re passionate about biking, skiing, tennis, or all of the above. And they love to share their knowledge with people,” Wallace says. “We know if we sell somebody a bike, it’s going to be good for 94 i m a g e •

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them physically; it’s going to be good for them mentally; it’s just going to be good for them. The same if we sell skis to someone, whether they’re cross-country or alpine. I think for all of us it’s stuff that we really enjoy. It’s a lifestyle kind of business.” And one that is so popular it moved from its Hanover location to a larger space on the Lebanon mall in 2008. Giving Back Omer and Bob’s is so avid about community sports that it gives back to the athletic community, hosting Upper Valley Running Club Saturday runs with refreshments and providing equipment and funding to the Ford Sayre Ski Program. It’s a store with a history in the Upper Valley. Wallace says, “We certainly appreciate the support of our long-term customers who have been shopping with us for years and, when we moved out of Hanover, followed us to Lebanon and continue to patronize the business.” He says he was especially grateful for their support in 2008, the year of the move. “The economy got shaky and we were a little nervous.” But the store thrived. “We’re currently having one of our best years ever,” Wallace says, “despite the miserable weather.” 

“We know if we sell somebody a bike, it’s going to be good for them physically; it’s going to be good for them mentally; it’s just going to be good for them. The same if we sell skis to someone, whether they’re cross-country or alpine. I think for all of us it’s stuff that we really enjoy. It’s a lifestyle kind of business.”

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NINE ITEMS FOR YOUR NEXT BIKE RIDE 1. A seat bag to carry supplies. 2. Tire levers (used to take the tire off the rim to fix a flat). 3. A spare tube or, at the very least, a patch kit. 4. A lightweight, portable pump. 5. A snack (an energy bar is a good choice). 6. $5—for unexpected costs along the way. 7. An Allen wrench set if you need to adjust or tighten. 8. Water. 9. A helmet. a

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Newport Fitness Newport Fitness & Spa offers over 8,000 square feet, on two levels, of the finest, state-of-the-art European TechnoGym® cardio and toning equipment in the world. We offer more than 10,000 pounds of Icarian® free weights, a self-spotting Smith machine, four Olympic benches, a designated cycling/boot camp room, and a spacious Zumba studio. We also feature a comprehensive Wellness Program that provides you with your own individual and custom-programmed “key” that leads you through a personalized routine at each fitness station and can be modified periodically as your goals and fitness levels change. With an

atmosphere that is both sophisticated and relaxing, your fitness routine is guaranteed to be an invigorating and uplifting experience. Be sure to end your workout with an ice-cold premium protein shake (more than 100 varieties), a refreshing soft-serve nonfat frozen yogurt, or just relax in our Aqua Massage or ultraviolet therapy beds. This is truly a “big city gym” right here in our hometown. a Newport Fitness 25 Main Street Newport, NH (603) 863-6200

Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center A fun physical and mental challenge By Cindy Parker Photos by Scott Achs

At the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center facilities in Quechee and Rutland, climbers may be kids attending a birthday party, recreational climbers staying in shape for outdoor climbing, or teams of all age groups competing in leagues. Even rookies can walk in, harness up, and try their hands (and feet) at this fun, challenging, and addictive sport. Steve and Sherry Lulek bought the Green Mountain Climbing Center in Rutland 10 years ago, and in 2010 purchased an existing climbing facility in Quechee. In addition, their outdoor guide service, Vermont Adventure Tours, offers rock and ice climbing,

mountain biking, snowshoeing, paddling, wilderness medicine, and fly-fishing. The Center follows strict procedures to ensure safety. “We constantly check and replace equipment, but educating climbers is the most important aspect of creating a safe climbing environment,” says Matt Digan, manager of the Rutland gym. “It’s always amazing to me how people can do more than they think they can do,” owner Steve Lulek says. He emphasizes the fitness benefits of the sport, including a great core and upper body workout and a great gripstrength workout. “People really test

their mental and physical limitations with this sport,” says Steve. “I love the excitement and determination I see on people’s faces here.” a

TO LEARN MORE For more information on Adult Leagues, Extreme Team, Tween Team, Learn to Climb Clinics, School Competitions, or Outdoor Adventures contact: Rutland location: 223 Woodstock Avenue Rutland, VT (802) 773-3343 Quechee location: 68 E. Woodstock Road Hartland, VT (802) 457-7090

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S.M.A.R.T., the name of Tim McCullough’s physical therapy office in New London, stands for the cornerstones of his practice: spine care, manual therapy, athletic training, a research-based approach, and teaching. McCullough, who has been a physical therapist for 19 years, explains, “S.M.A.R.T. Physical Therapy is designed to create the optimal rehabilitation environment for the chronic pain of every patient, all the way up to the elite athlete.” Treating the person and not the diagnosis is McCullough’s philosophy. This approach, he notes, may mean encouraging a change in health behavior that may change outcomes much more than just treating a part of a patient’s body. Lack of exercise, poor sleep, and sedentary behavior are often issues he sees when treating chronic-pain patients—issues that are also concerns for children’s and adults’ health. “Focus on fitness rather than weight!” McCullough says. “Being fit increases your chances of a longer life. I want people to keep moving—every bit of exercise is helpful.” COMPELLING RESEARCH McCullough enthusiastically keeps up with the latest research on health and fitness. New studies, he explains, help us better understand our health and make decisions for improving it. Here are a few results of recent research that he finds especially compelling:

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1. Getting active and fit significantly reduces health risks whether one loses weight or not. 2. We are not eating more calories as children or adults than we were before the obesity epidemic, but what has changed is our physical activity at work and at home. 3. Just 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, such as walking, can reduce health risks significantly. A 45-year-old male going from a low fitness level to a moderate level can add 5 years to his life. It’s reported that one does not need to do all his or her exercise in one chunk; 8-minute intervals are adequate to count toward that 150 minutes. 4. Children of today are 15 percent less fit than their parents were as children. Obesity in children rose in the 1980s and early 1990s but has leveled off, while activity and fitness levels continue to decline. 5. Adequate sleep has a significant impact on a child’s health and school performance as well as his likelihood to exercise. 6. Many of the studies that cite obesity rather than fitness level as the main cause of health risks have poor fitness measures, such as selfreported fitness measures. a

RESOURCES FOR INSPIRING FITNESS/HEALTH INFORMATION Dr. Mike Evans: 23½ Hours – What is the single best thing we can do for our health? UaInS6HIGo&feature=player_ embedded Dr. Steven Blair: How Exercise Can Change Your Life programs/healthreport/howexercise-can-change-yourlife/4205740 Dr. Steven Blair: Interview watch?v=19pi3s_lMqg

Professor Tim Olds: Kids and Health Issues, 3 Keys – Sleep, Exercise, Screen Time ds4&feature=player_embedded Dr. Mike Evans: Stress Management 52M&feature=player_embedded

Tim McCullough, PT, ATC S.M.A.R.T. Physical Therapy, LLC 11 Pleasant Street PO Box 1557 New London, NH (603) 526-7627

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RIVER VALLEY CLUB “We are a full-service athletic club in every sense of the word,” says Jennifer Karr Muzzey, fitness director at River Valley Club in Lebanon. The facility is palatial, with a Sports Performance Center, expansive cardio and weight-training areas, and specialized training rooms—spinning and Pilates among them. Both a saltwater lap pool and a fitness pool are indoors, with another pool outside. One of the three whirlpools features a waterfall that gives you a back massage as you soak. The four indoor tennis courts have carpeted surfaces, a recent innovation in the sport. From big tires for Strongman Competition training to a quiet room for exercise, this center anticipates its members’ interests and needs. A total of 30 certified trainers work with members (a majority of members work with trainers), and 95 fitness classes are offered each week. Childcare, an Aveda Concept day spa, a climbing wall, nutritional counseling, and tanning are also offered at River Valley Club. SPORTS PERFORMANCE CENTER The fully equipped Sports Performance Center attracts athletes of all levels, as RVC hosts popular programs including a state-of-the-art CrossFit program, Rapid Weight Loss Boot Camp Training, and TRX suspension training. “As an internationally affiliated center, CrossFit RVC stands head and shoulders above the rest, with seven certified coaches leading WODs (workouts of the day) several times throughout the day,” says RVC’s Muzzey. “CrossFit combines all disciplines of fitness: running, rowing, gymnastics, body weight movements, plyometrics, Olympic lifts, and core work. On any given day, a participant will get high-quality coaching for specific skills—a great metabolic workout consisting of any or all of these variables preceded by stretching and mobility work.” GET READY FOR WINTER Many people use the cold, bitter weather of the winter months as an excuse to slack off on their fitness goals. Excuses

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like it’s cold, it’s dark, or there’s no easy way to exercise in the winter become prominent. However, don’t let this be you! Use these simple tips from RVC personal trainers Katie Brownell and Mike St. Laurence to stay active and enjoy our long New England winters. Don’t be a slacker! Just because the weather’s a little chilly, it is not an excuse to ditch your exercise routine. Instead, embrace that cold weather and get involved in winter activities you enjoy. There’s a great variety of winter sports and activities you can try out to mix up your workout routine, like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, or skiing and snowboarding. Get outside during those winter months and enjoy the change of season! Get your workout in early. In the evenings after work when it gets dark early, you are far more likely to skip your workout, so get it out of the way and enjoy your evenings. With cold weather coming, the holidays are right around the corner. Plan ahead so you can stay on track by eating a

healthy diet and following an exercise routine. Don’t let those holiday goodies get the best of you! One way to retain momentum and refresh your motivation is to try something new. Sign up for a class, weight-loss program, or lessons for a winter sport or activity. Recruit friends and co-workers to create a support system. This is a sure-fire way to stay on track during our long winter months in the North Country. a River Valley Club 33 Morgan Drive Lebanon, NH (603) 643-7720

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There was a time when small breweries made most of the beer in America, serving the types of beer that people in their area wanted to drink. In 1900, there were more than 4,000 small breweries in America. By 1950, there were only a few “mega breweries.” Companies like Anheuser Busch brewed light lagers, available everywhere. That was American beer. American brewing changed when Frederick Louis Maytag III bought the Anchor Brewing Company in California in 1965. Maytag, one of the heirs to the Maytag fortune, saved the brewery from closing. Anchor was one of the last of the old microbreweries that was still in operation. Maytag taught himself the art of brewing and invested in new equipment and quality control processes. Under his direction, Anchor Brewing became the first modern microbrewery in the United States, achieving nationwide recognition by the mid 1980s. By about 1990, pioneering brewpubs had established a foothold in the Upper Valley. Three local brewpubs founded in the 1990s are still going strong. The Flying Goose in New London, Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse at the Norwich Inn, and the Seven Barrel Brewery in West Lebanon all brew beers that are available only onsite (though you can usually buy a keg or growler to take home) or at a few selected restaurants. Each brewpub changes its beer selection with the seasons. These are local, seasonal beers for the local community. Let’s pay them a visit. 102 i m a g e •

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Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse at the Norwich Inn

THIS IS THE OLDEST BREWPUB IN THE AREA, DEPENDING ON HOW YOU COUNT THE YEARS. Did the brewpub start in 1993 (not the oldest), or did it begin in 1801, when Oliver Hatch started brewing beer and running a tavern in the house he had purchased from Jasper Murdock? President James Monroe dined at the inn in 1817, and it’s quite possible he quaffed a beer—and if he did, it was brewed at the inn. Time passes, however, and the original building burned down. The current Norwich Inn is a restoration of the Queen Ann Style house (towers, porches, decorative shingles, and more) that was built on the site in 1891. The inn is located among other historic homes and buildings in Norwich, Vermont. The inn houses an indoor pub and a spacious restaurant. In good weather, the pub has outdoor seating in a carefully kept garden. Six beers are on tap at all times, and the selection varies with the seasons. The beers are brewed in very small batches; the main vat holds only four barrels, so they tend to cycle through rapidly. It’s best to check the brewpub website to see what’s on tap, as well as what’s coming on tap in the near future.

Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse at the Norwich Inn 325 Main Street Norwich, VT (802) 649-1143

The brewpub always keeps Whistling Pig Red Ale on tap; based on the famous Irish ale, this is a perennial favorite. Other beers include Scottish Ales (brewed “low and slow”) and Oatmeal Stout. They also brew Old Slippery Skin India Pale Ale. (Old Slippery Skin was a semi-mythical bear. Or maybe a mythical bear.) If you sense a theme here, you’re right. Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse specializes in styles of beer from the British Isles. However, Brewmaster Jeremy Hebert is beginning to branch out from the traditional offerings. He now also brews some German or Belgian style beers: Dunkelweizen and Schwarzpils Lager have found a place on the brew list. If you can’t decide which one to order, samplers are available. Other types of expansion have also taken place. In the “old days” you could buy pub

food in the pub and more elaborate entrees in the dining room, and never the twain would meet. Now the dining room and pub share a menu. Do you want Slow-Braised Lamb Shank with Rosemary in the outdoor pub area? Enjoy! Or maybe a Fried Shrimp Po’ Boy in the dining room? Go ahead! The menu consolidation was a welcome change for all the fans of Jasper Murdock’s food and drink. The pub also offers special events, which you can learn about by signing up on their event email list. Some of these events are aimed at people who stay at the inn, but the meals at the events are available for all. These include a beer and cheese pairing dinner, brewmaster dinners, and bread and beer weekends (a cooking class at King Arthur Flour followed by a special meal with careful brew pairings). Local fans also appreciate the ability to buy beer in

22-ounce bottles or kegs at the pub. You can take Jasper Murdock beer home with you. Once only each year, the pub brews a batch of beer from the hops they grow themselves. You can see some of the hops growing near the brew house, and more grow “out back” behind the buildings. “I don’t know the names of these hops,” says Hebert. “They’ve been growing here a long time. But we know how to make good beer with them.” For homegrown hop beer, look for an announcement of “Fred’s Pick Beer” in the fall. Fred was an older Norwich man who enjoyed sitting on a rocking chair outside the brewpub and picking the hops from their casings, another part of the pub’s storied past. History, gardens, and a variety of wonderful foods and beers—Jasper Murdock’s Ale House is well worth a visit. 

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The Seven Barrel Brewery THE SEVEN BARREL BREWERY WAS FOUNDED IN 1994 BY THE LATE GREG NOONAN. THE NOONAN FAMILY SOLD THE PUB ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO—TO A GROUP OF PUB PATRONS. That sums up a great deal about the Seven Barrel pub. It’s a friendly place with great beer and great pub food—the kind of place that pub patrons would get together and buy. The Seven Barrel Brewery is located in West Lebanon, just off Route 12A. The brewpub is a traditional pub. It’s family friendly, with a child-friendly dining room and a flower-filled patio. The enclosed bar area is separated from the dining room by stained glass partitions with a hop-growing theme. The pub features live music on Friday nights and excellent quality pub food, including outstanding fish and chips (one of the owners is a graduate of the Vermont Culinary Institute). Brewmaster Tony Lubold has more than 300 vats of beer to his credit, mostly British beers but also German and Belgian varieties. To obtain local hops, Lubold keeps in touch with the University of Vermont extension program, which is encouraging local hop growing, and he buys local hops when he can. Lubold is also proud of the Seven Barrel brew tower, visible from the pub and the parking lot. This tower has a gravity feed system. The mash tun, used in the mashing process, sits over the kettle, and the wort (unfermented beer) flows to the kettle by gravity as opposed to pumping—another way that Seven Barrel beer is carefully crafted. In this pub, you can buy a “flight” of beer: a set of 3-ounce glasses for tasting a variety of beers. This sort of tasting is more common in wine bars, but it is also an excellent way to sample beers and decide what you want to drink. There are six beers on tap at all times: three classic beers including Red #7, a classic Red Ale. Quechee Cream Ale is an American beer that is the smooth-drinking equivalent of those maxi beers of the ’50s, but with the great overtones that come from a careful choice of hops and small-batch brewing. Other beers that have been featured recently (the beers keep changing) are “Dirty Blond,” a strong golden ale, and “Unglutinous Maximus.” Unglutinous is a gluten-free beer, tested to have a gluten content of less than 5 ppm. Pubbrewed root beer is frequently available as well. However, describing small beer glasses, root beer, and gluten-free beer could give the wrong impression. This is a brewpub, and therefore, it is a place for people who enjoy their beer. For example, there’s one vat of beer called “Conan the Destroyer.” The beer in that vat varies with the seasons, but it’s always more than 6 percent alcohol by volume (ordinary beers are 4 to 6 percent alcohol by volume). “Dirty Blond” is 9 percent alcohol. More proof that this is a pub for people who enjoy beer is the presence of cask ales. Seven Barrel boasts a beer engine, and therefore, it can make true “cask ales.” A “cask 104 i m a g e •

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Seven Barrel Brewery 5 Airport Road West Lebanon, NH (603) 298-5566

ale” is exactly that—it’s made in a small cask. But the real difference is that cask ale has no added carbonation; it’s what the British call “real ale,” with all the carbonation coming from the fermentation process itself. This is a beer that is tricky to make, and even trickier to pour. When you draw some of the beer out, the remaining carbonation is not enough to fill the cask. You need to do a “hand pull” with a “beer engine” that adjusts the size of the cask after the beer is removed. As you can imagine, cask ales are not always available, and they sell out quickly. If you want a cask ale, check with the pub to be sure that one is available. All in all, the Seven Barrel Brewery’s pub has everything you might want in a family pub. A variety of beers, cask ales, small glasses for those who want just a taste, a patio, music on the weekends, and “Conan the Destroyer” for those who want stronger stuff. Definitely worth a visit, and bring the family! You can also take home beer in a growler (half-gallon jug) for a party of your own.  Find image at •



spotlight Flying Goose Brewpub & Grille 40 Andover Road New London, NH (603) 526-6899m

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Flying Goose Brewpub, New London THE BREWMASTER AT FLYING GOOSE BREWPUB IN NEW LONDON, RIK MARLEY, COULD BE CALLED THE FLYING BREWER. He rarely sits down on the job. The Flying Goose tries to keep 17 beers on tap at all times, and Marley brews all of them; he is constantly in motion among the vats and barrels. Luckily, Marley loves brewing. He has been at the Flying Goose for four years. Before that, he brewed beer at the Woodstock Inn in North Woodstock, New Hampshire, and at the Italian Oasis in Littleton. The Flying Goose is located on Andover Road in New London, New Hampshire. With all this brewing history behind him, you might think Marley would begin to “phone in” the more common types of beer. Not a chance—he’s a perfectionist and every batch matters. Marley explains that it has taken him years of experimentation, but he finally feels he has gotten English 106 i m a g e •

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IPA right. “I’ve made it the same way about three times now. I would think I had it right before, but then I would think of something that might improve it. Or I would drink someone else’s IPA, and think . . . hmm . . . I can use this idea. But I think I have IPA nailed now.” The Flying Goose restaurant menu notes that every batch of English IPA can be slightly different from the same-named batch that preceded it. Some of this is due to the nature of hops and malt and aging. Some is due Brewmaster Marley’s quest for perfection. For example, Marley prefers English hops for hopping the beer while it is in the wort stage, but he prefers American hops of English lineage for finishing the beer near the end of the brewing process. The American-grown hops have better quality and aroma for the finishing touches. His choice of hops always depends on the type of beer he is brewing. He doesn’t want to overgeneralize, he explains. He buys hops from Germany for German beers and so forth. Marley also experiments with small

batches, called firkins. For example, he is trying a “sour mash” beer for the summer and aging small quantities of beer in oak wine barrels. He keeps trying new ideas, though he will quickly say he is a traditionalist in some ways, or perhaps a traditionalist for some beers. A person can learn a lot about beer by following Marley around his busy kingdom of vats and barrels. Seventeen beers is a lot of different types of beer. If you’re finding it difficult to make a choice, ask for their samplers to help you decide. As with the other featured breweries, about half are standard beers and the other half seasonal. Flying Goose was founded as a restaurant in 1993, and the brewpub was added in 1996; many of the servers have been there a long time. They offer spot-on advice about matching the beer to the food. Several times a year, the pub sets up Beer Dinners, with Marley and Head Chef Jojo Paquin working together to plan the food and the beers. The pub also has a concert series on Thursday nights from fall until

spring. And you can buy growlers (halfgallon jugs) at the pub. Watch the website or join the mailing list to find out when special events are planned. The Flying Goose pub is located in a country setting near the charming town of New London. The restaurant is spacious and family friendly, and the pub’s offerings are sourced from local ingredients when possible. This pub is also green—it has a solar hot-water heater that provides about half their heat, and they use wood pellets for the rest. The only fossil fuel used is in the kitchen, where the chefs prefer to cook on propane-fired burners. A recently installed, large photovoltaic array provides about a third of their electricity. Looking out the window at the lawn and garden, you will see solar panels and vines—the Flying Goose grows hops. However, with 100 batches of beer brewed annually, the pub could not possibly grow all its own hops. Currently they grow only enough for one or two batches of beer, though they may expand that in the future. Every fall, after the hop harvest, Marley makes a batch of “Full-Blown Home Grown” with hops from Flying Goose vines and malt from Maine. Watch the website to find out when that beer will be available. The Flying Goose is an open, cheerful place where you can drink an extraordinary variety of beers and show the children several examples of energy conservation. Sit near a window and check out the solar panels and the hop vines, or gaze beyond them to the mountains in the distance. You’ll be glad you visited. a Find image at •


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community BY E. SENTEIO


Good Neighbor






“Where do the homeless get their health care?”

Waiting room at the Good Neighbor clinic.

That’s the question someone asked Dr. Paul Manganiello over 20 years ago. When he realized there was no answer, he set out to find one. “I met with Dr. Peter Mason, a longtime friend and primary care physician. We started talking about uninsured individuals, and then it expanded to individuals who had insurance but high deductibles,” remembers Manganiello. “We advertised in the newspaper about forming a committee to establish a free clinic.” Soon the Good Neighbor Health Clinic (GNHC) was serving the underserved of the Upper Valley. In 1992, the clinic began modestly in the rectory of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Robert A. Mesropian, then president and CEO of Alice Peck Day Hospital (APD), paid the rent, while Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) paid the salary of the executive director. “DHMC was moving to Lebanon, New Hampshire, at the time and donated the exam tables and all of the furnishings that went into having a clinic,” says Manganiello. “Good Neighbor never could have happened without the generosity and support of the community.” Another member of the community who chose to get involved was Robert Keene, DMD. “Bob had tried to get a free dental clinic going,” according to Manganiello. It only happened when Maurice “Red” Logan, DDS—who had been a volunteer at GNHC—passed away and left money in support of the clinic. “Bob was the one who got Red Logan Dental up and running as part of Good Neighbor.” 

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community Clockwise from top left: Founders of Good Neighbor Dr. Paul Manganiello & Dr. Peter Mason. Armando Alfonzo in front of GNHC RLDC building. Dental Advisory Committee RLDC. Dr. Gold & Sheena Chaffee. Dr. Pat Noble & Crystal Wild (Dental). Dr. Denk and Crystal Wild taking care of a patient. Dr. Bob Keene, founder of Red Logan Dental Clinic. Dr. Baughman, GNHC volunteer. Dr. Alvarenga, volunteer at the RLDC.

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The clinic quickly outgrew the rectory and found itself in need of a larger space. “We were extremely fortunate. The building we’re in now used to be the Gates Memorial Library. It had fallen into disrepair, but the trustees wanted to preserve it because of its historical significance,” explains Manganiello. “They gave us basically a perpetual lease at a dollar a year.” A grant from the federal government and another from an anonymous donor provided funds for GNHC to renovate the building into a unique clinic space in the center of White River Junction. Beyond the brick façade of the two-story, neo-Gothic revival building is a waiting room that is more like a well-decorated home parlor. Huge stained glass windows top the high-paneled cherry wood bench scattered with throw pillows. A wicker love seat and soft armchairs circle the stone fireplace. Tucked back in the children’s corner are building blocks and games. Built-in bookshelves filled with brochures and educational information line the walls. Large, curved fixtures shine down from the arched ceiling, their light bouncing off vibrant-colored walls. Upstairs houses the medical clinic, downstairs the dental clinic. Short halls lead to spotless exam rooms and dental operatories. Although the fireplace may remain unlit, the real warmth of the clinic comes from the caring and committed staff who greet visitors when they walk through the door.

Primary and Preventive Care

Along with the unwavering commitment of staff and volunteers, another thing that has never changed, says Armando Alfonzo, executive director of GNHC, is this: “The services we offer have always been free.” The clinic provides basic primary care, such as exams, screenings—including vision—and blood pressure testing. “But it’s a myriad of circumstances that bring individuals to the clinic,” says Alfonzo. “We also have specialized services for women, like mammograms and PAP tests.” There are exercise, fitness, and weight management opportunities for the patients. Health programs in smoking cessation, diabetes education, nutrition, and oral health are also offered. The dental clinic offers many similar educational workshops, as well as X-rays, fillings, extractions, and cleanings.

“What we can accomplish with primary care at the clinic helps keep individuals from showing up at the hospital’s emergency room for something like a toothache, which is not a very good use of the ER,” says Alfonzo. “When we have exhausted our capabilities, we can refer patients to a hospital or specialist for more specialized care. Those who qualify for our free care usually also qualify for the charity care from hospitals and institutions. Occasionally, area dentists are willing to take on some of our patients and their care.”

Every Little Bit Counts

Both the medical and dental clinics rely heavily on volunteers. “We don’t have physicians or dentists on staff, but we have experienced and devoted professionals from the community that volunteer,” says Alfonzo. “Depending on which specialists are available often determines what services we can provide at any given time.” Good Neighbor has strong working relationships with the regional hospitals. Physicians and nurses from DHMC, APD, and Mount Ascutney, as well as other health care facilities, volunteer their time and skills. However, as dental assistant Carol Bean will tell you, “We would really love it if more dentists volunteered, even if it is for a half-day a month. Whatever works with their schedule. There are so many more people we could help. There’s always a long waiting list for dental care, but we don’t have the staff.” Bean speaks from experience—she has been with the clinic since it began back in the rectory. The shortage of dentists at the clinic is reflective of the scarcity throughout the Upper Valley.

Paying It Forward

Good Neighbor is fortunate to attract medical and dental students from across the region. Chris Barth, a newly minted DMD, was a dental student at Harvard University when he chose GNHC as his three-month externship location. “I had heard good things about the clinic. Being there helped me build my self-confidence and efficiency, which in turn helps toward healing the patient.” Another benefit for Chris was working with various supervisors. “I got to work with different mentors and learned about their specialty areas, so I really tried to take advantage of that exposure.” “We’ve had a number of students from Boston and from Geisel School of Find image at •



Medicine who take on various projects,” says Manganiello. “For years, Good Neighbor has been a site for Schweitzer fellows; not only does it expose students to the underserved, but they also do an incredible job of extending our ability to offer services to our patients.” “One of the things that impressed me about this organization from day one,” recalls Alfonzo, “was that I found volunteers who had been here since the clinic’s inception over 20 years ago. We had six volunteers who just retired after spending 13, 16, 20 years with us. They show continuity and commitment. We have 170 volunteers; I would say at least 20 to 30 percent of them have spent multiple years here—and they keep coming.”

Reaching Out

Good Neighbor’s catchment area is a 25mile radius around White River Junction. “That covers 34 different towns in Vermont and New Hampshire. But we often service [people] beyond that area because we have the capacity,” explains Alfonzo. Good Neighbor also has two satellite clinics: one in Lebanon, New Hampshire, located in the Homestead Building at Alice Peck Day Hospital. The Mascoma Clinic is held in Dr. Beaufait’s office at Doctors Who Care in Enfield, New Hampshire. Patients range in age from 18 to 64, because Medicare and Medicaid programs are available for children and seniors. Currently, Good Neighbor provides free services for individuals whose income is below 200 percent of the poverty level. However, Alfonzo clarifies, “We also offer referrals. Our ‘health desk’ connects individuals to other resources or social services. Sometimes we use our own resources if they don’t have enough food or transportation. We provide assistance with 112 i m a g e •

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prescriptions; although we don’t have or dispense drugs here, we have relationships with area pharmacies.” One thing Good Neighbor doesn’t have is an advertising budget. “After 21 years, Alfonzo says, “Many of our patients only know about us because a friend or family member has been here in the past. The main way we get exposure is word-of-mouth and referrals from churches and other social service agencies.” “People who utilize our services are pretty fluid; they kind of come and go,” says Manganiello. “Even though the clinic is wellestablished, it’s a constant effort to educate individuals about the mission of Good Neighbor.”

A Temporary Solution


In the beginning, there was no need for advertising. “It was created to be a temporary solution, but it has become a vital service, so we need a more stable financial situation,” Alfonzo says. “Now we are working to build an endowment fund. It means looking long term and strengthening our revenues. If our services were lost, it would affect so many people.” Twenty-one years is a long time for something that was supposed to be temporary. Manganiello explains, “We started the clinic with the intention of closing it down. We thought back then there was going to be universal health care. Even when former Governor Howard Dean—a proponent of universal health care in Vermont—came to the grand opening, he said he felt really perplexed about cutting the ribbon to open a clinic he was going to work really hard to shut down.” Although Manganiello feels we are getting closer with

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community the Affordable Care Act, he points out that it does not address dental care. “There will always be people who fall through the cracks, but it will be a lot better than it was before. Right now the clinic is serving an important function, and I want it to be there as long as there’s a need to be met.”

Good Intentions

Alfonzo feels the value of Good Neighbor and Red Logan goes beyond just the patient, although that is the primary purpose. “Good Neighbor helps improve the quality of life of a sector of the population in our region, and therefore it makes the entire region more vibrant, prosperous, and healthier. That is very important to me because access to health care should be a universal right for all individuals.” When you ask Manganiello how he feels about Good Neighbor being part of his legacy, he doesn’t hesitate. “I feel very proud to have been part of forming the clinic, but you can’t diminish the involvement and activities of all the volunteers and organizations that played a role. It’s not just me; it’s everybody, including my wife. It couldn’t have been done without the community’s effort. Still, the best part of it is seeing the community come together and address this problem. I feel very proud to be part of the Upper Valley. We are a very resource-rich community, and the people are very kind.” “Human nature,” says Alfonzo, “is usually kind, and most people have good intentions; sometimes they get it right.” a For more information visit, Contact or visit Good Neighbor Clinics: Good Neighbor Health Clinic 70 North Main Street White River Junction, VT Appointments: (802) 295-1868 or toll free (877) 552-4815 Red Logan Dental Clinic 70 North Main Street White River Junction, VT Appointments: (802) 295-7573 or toll free (877) 552-4820 Satellite Clinics Lebanon Clinic c/o Alice Peck Day Hospital, Homestead Building Alice Peck Drive Lebanon, NH Appointments: (802) 295-1868 or toll free (877) 552-4815 Mascoma Clinic c/o Doctors Who Care 411 Route 4 Enfield, NH Appointments: (802) 295-1868 or toll free (877) 552-4815

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Clockwise from top left: Lots of apples to peel. Rebecca Youmans. Pumpkin pies with cream cheese. Jonathan Youmans slices apples. Rebecca Youmans peels more apples. Mary Larson fills pie shells with berries. Crimping the perfect crust. Jennifer Harrison with son Jonathan Youmans. Berry pie almost ready for the oven.

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india A labor of love

At 5 o’clock on a November morning, the kitchen in the Green Mountain Gospel Chapel in Randolph is bustling. Ovens are fired up, crusts prepared, and apples, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, and pumpkins are ready to be prepared for fillings. Tuesday—the Tuesday before Thanksgiving—is pie day. And every year, the pie ladies of Randolph are ready. A good time and a shared project, this day of pies has great meaning for the bakers. Along with making Thanksgiving easier and tastier for families who buy and enjoy them, each pie also helps children on the other side of the world. This annual event benefits the Shanti Sadan Children’s Home in Sakhinetipalli, India. “There are millions of starving children in the world. When we bake these pies, it makes a huge difference to some of them,” says Jennifer Harrison of East Randolph. Harrison, Mary Larson, and Janet Smithers of Randolph are the “pie ladies,” the women who lead this effort every year. “Honestly, when I see the faces and photos of those kids in India, I think of how I would feel if I couldn’t feed my children, if there was no safety net,” adds Harrison. 

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Clockwise from top left: Darby Larson takes pies from the oven. Delicious choices. Preparing a mountain of apples. Jennifer Harrison shows off a beautiful creation. Bottom: A group from the Shanti Sadan Children’s Home in Sakhinetipalli, India.

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“We’ve helped build a new building for the children. The old one was condemned. Now they have flushing toilets, running water, and dormitories. We’ve provided school uniforms, sheets, blankets, pillows, sandals, and clothes.” This Thanksgiving pie project started around 20 years ago. At first, church members made pies in their homes and donated them, benefitting the church’s school. About a decade ago, baking shifted to the church kitchen. Later, when the school closed, the pies continued but with a new focus—supporting the church’s mission work. Now, the pies specifically support the Shanti Sadan Children’s Home.

Making a Difference “India is a wonderful place with wonderful people, but the caste system does lock people into where they are going to live, who they will marry, etc.,” says Green Mountain Gospel Chapel Pastor Ron Rilling, known as Pastor Ron. Rilling’s connections to India and the children’s home stem from his pastoral work in prisons here. A minister from India heard about Rilling’s program and wanted to establish one in his home country. From their shared interests, Rilling learned of the children’s home and visited. “The Indian government estimates that 43 percent of children there are malnourished; 30 percent are malnourished to the extent that it affects their physical and mental growth,” explains Rilling about the critical needs there. “We’ve helped build a new building for the children. The old one was condemned. Now they have flushing toilets, running water, and dormitories. We’ve provided school uniforms, sheets, blankets, pillows, sandals, and clothes. “About 25 children are there right now. Their ages are from about 4 to about 19 or 20. Some have been there their whole lives.” Young adults in the home are building promising futures. “Some are in nursing, engineering, and business school,” says Rilling. 

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Proceeds from the pies go a long way in India. With an eye on the good work that comes of their efforts, Harrison, Larson, and Smithers have streamlined their procedures to make as many delicious pies as they can sell. Many hands contribute to this day of pies, and not just those of the ladies. Men, children, and teens sign up to help. Harrison, now on her 11th pie day, is the crust master. She credits her light-touch crust to her college pottery background, which lets her feel the texture and not overwork the dough. Her pastry expertise also contributes to the pies’ good looks. “We learned to do a different design on each crust because the pies can look too much alike,” notes Harrison. “And that crimping, the flower-petal thing, helps keep the crust from shrinking in.” “There’s a lot of work that goes into the pies,” says Rilling. “It’s a labor of love.” The pies and their overseas beneficiaries remind Harrison of a story. She recounts, “Two men are walking along the beach. There are thousands of starfish washed up on it. As they walk, one man keeps picking up starfish and throwing them back in the water. His friend finally says, ‘There are thousands of starfish. What difference does it make if you throw a few back in?’ The first man throws another one in and says, ‘It made a difference to that one.’ ” To children in Sakhinetipalli, India, the efforts of Randolph’s pie ladies make a difference. a

People of the Children’s Home, with Pastor Ron Rilling at front right.

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Through October 14 Exhibit: John Hay and Abraham Lincoln: A Close and Unique Relationship Info: The Fells Through October 14 Exhibit: Art in Nature: Outdoor Sculpture Info: The Fells Through October 14 Exhibit: Sustainable Farmsteads: Then and Now Info: The Fells 

The Pick is sponsored by St. Johnsbury Academy

September 7 The Killer Bs: Barry Manilow, Billy Joel & The Beatles: A Tribute to Their Music Info: (603) 448-0400, Lebanon Opera House, 7:30pm

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the pick September 6 First Friday Music Night: William Ogmundson Info: Knowlton House in Sunapee Harbor, 5–7pm September 7 The Killer Bs: Barry Manilow, Billy Joel & The Beatles: A Tribute to Their Music Info: (603) 448-0400, Lebanon Opera House, 7:30pm September 8 The Queen Extravaganza Info: (603) 448-0400, Lebanon Opera House, 7:30pm September 14 American Diabetes Association Community Walk/Run/Bike The walk will start and end on the Northern Rail Trail near the CCBA’s Witherell Center in Lebanon, NH. The distance will be approximately 5K. There is no fee for joining the walk, although donations of any amount to the ADA are greatly encouraged. Registration: Lebanon-Hanover Northern Rail Trail, 9am September 14 One Lungers & Antique Tractors Info: The Ice House Museum, New London, 9am–1pm September 20–22 & 27–29 Caught in the Act(s)! A selection of shorts and one acts by various authors. Info: Old Church Theater

Enfield Shaker Museum Highlights 447 NH Route 4A Enfield, NH (603) 632-4346 September 21 Harvest Festival Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, make your own cider, crank your own ice cream, learn traditional crafts, and more! 11am–4pm

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September 21 Calling All Cameras: Autumn Ramble Info: The Fells, 10am–12pm September 21 Harvest Moon Celebration Info: Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum 10am–4pm September 24–30 Take a Child Outside Week Info: The Fells September 29 Muster Field Farm Open House Info: Muster Field Farm, 1–4pm October 2–20 Twelve Angry Men Info: (802) 296-7000, Northern Stage, Brigg’s Opera House October 4 First Friday: Falling into Folk Art: Telling Our Own Stories in Art, Music, and Memoir An oral and musical presentation on the art of fiddling. Info: Tracy Memorial Library, 5–7pm October 5 Animal Tracking: Become a Wildlife Detective Info: Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum 10am–12pm

October 17 Preserving Fruits of the Harvest Make your own chutney, apple butter, and preserves. 1–4pm November 10 Annual Meeting Museum members and the public are invited to our Annual Meeting for an update on our accomplishments and a review of next year’s plan. 4pm

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Claremont Opera House, 10am

October 5 Fungi Foray for Beginners Info: The Fells, 1–4pm October 15 North American Rock Garden Society Quarterly Meeting Info: The Fells, 2pm October 19 Annual Fundraising Auction and Social Info: Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum October 23 Theatreworks USA presents Bunnicula Info: (603) 542-4433, Claremont Opera House, 10am October 30–November 17 God of Carnage Info: (802) 296-7000, Northern Stage, Brigg’s Opera House November 1 First Friday: Gallery Night Info: Country Houses Real Estate, Millstone Restaurant, New London Inn, Zero Celsius Wealth Management, and other fine galleries (look for the balloons), 4–7pm November 19 UVCB presents SOUND OFF! Info: (603) 448-0400, Lebanon Opera House, 10am November 21 Garry Krinsky’s Toying with Science Info: (603) 542-4433, Claremont Opera House, 10am 124 i m a g e •

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Hopkins Center Highlights Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (603) 646-2422

September 17–19 Mark Morris Dance Group The Moore Theater, 7pm September 21 HopStop Family Series: Steve Blunt & Marty Kelley Hop Plaza, 11am October 4 The Knights Spaulding Auditorium, 8pm October 5 Reggie Watts Spaulding Auditorium, 8pm October 6 Theatreworks USA presents Junie B. Jones Spaulding Auditorium, 3pm October 17 Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn Spaulding Auditorium, 7pm October 18 Tetzlaff Quartet Spaulding Auditorium, 8pm October 19 HopStop Family Series: The Wholesale Klezmer Band Top of the Hop, 11am October 22 & 23 Edgar Oliver in Helen & Edgar Warner Bentley Theater, 7pm October 25 The Tiger Lillies Spaulding Auditorium, 8pm October 26 Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble Spaulding Auditorium, 8pm November 1 A Tribe Called Red Collis Common Ground, 7:30 & 10pm Find image at •


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Lawnmaster of Vermont 113 Lebanon Paints 113 Listen Community Services 19 Loewen Window Center 120 Longacre’s 104 Love’s Bedding & Furniture 127 Lumber Barn 48 Mascoma Dental 122 Mascoma Savings Bank 50 McGray Nichols 108 Merryfield Investments 37 MoRae Jewelers 4 Morgan Hill Bookstore 32 NH Open MRI 22 Nature Calls 11 New London Inn 32 & 37 New London Opticians 32 Nonni’s Italian Eatery 33 Northcape Design 93 Northern Motorsports 127 Northern Paradise Pools and Spas 48 Northern Stage 92 Old Hampshire Designs 49 Omer & Bob’s 75 Pellettieri Landscape 23 Perry’s Oil 22 Phoenix Rising Boutique 14 Pie Brick Oven Trattoria 4 Purple Crayon/Artistree 29 Rare Essentials 29 Red Wagon Toy Co. 4 Revered Painting 46 Richard Electric 55 Riverstones Tavern 48 Royal Towne Gifts 36 S.M.A.R.T. Physical Therapy 80 Schaal Electric 112 Schell Noble 14 Serendipity 33 Seven Barrel Brewery 28 Springfield Medical Center Inside front cover Springledge Farm 33 St. Johnsbury Academy 121 Stateline Sports 89 Systems Plus Computers 125 TK Sportswear 122 Tatewell Gallery 32 Taylor-Palmer Agency 71 The Banks Gallery 33 The Carriage Shed 45 The Flying Goose Brew Pub 33 The Hanover Inn 30 The Inn at Weathersfield 54 The Paper Store 13 The Ultimate Bath Store 8 The Woodlands 81 Tip Top Tire 125 Top Drawer 67 Topstitch 107 Townline Equipment Co. 74 Twin State Coins & Treasures 114 Upper Valley Aquatic Center 75 Upper Valley Haven 101 Upper Valley Ride 112 Vermont Facial Aesthetics 123 Vessels & Jewels 32 & 96 Vitt Brannen Loftus 126 WISE 96 Wheelock Travel 66 White River Car Wash 114 White River Family Eye Care 49 William Smith Auction 39 Wilson Tire 40 Window Improvement Masters 80 Woodstock Inn 74 Yankee Barn Homes 66 •


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1. Oliver King Taylor, born June 3, 2013 at DHMC. 2. Kaitlyn Sanders, daughter of Gail and Nick Sanders of Norwich, marries David Barrette, son of Ray and Cynthia Barrette of Hanover, in Quebec City, Canada. 3. Thatcher James at Mote Aquarium, Sarasota, Florida. 4. Jaden Mayo and Caroline Hutchens. First fish on his first rod on his fourth birthday. Priceless! 5. Luke fraternizing with the enemy at the Lexington-Concord Battle Road reenactment. 6. Alison meeting the new family pup. 7. Gas station fun at Gila Bend, Arizona, on the way to California.

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