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September-October 2013 VOL. 8 NO. 4



Features Remember to Smile: 30 The View from

Signe Taylor’s Camera

Signe Taylor, a documentary filmmaker in Norwich, Vt., deals with subjects both intimate and universal: the joy of the circus, the personal experience of war, the injustice of the United States legal system. By A n d i D i e h n

Park and Ride, Swim, Play, 36 Boat, Hike, Skate…and More! Depending on your taste and inclination, you can enjoy any kind of activity in one of the many parks in the town of Hartford, Vt. By S o n j a Ha k a l a

Pizza Perfect 44 In many Upper Valley households,

By Lau r a J e an W h i t c o m b


Tom McNeill

Ben DeFlorio

pizza is a staple. If your family usually orders it once a week, you’re not alone.

Green Fields, Red Barn, Holsteins — 50 and Robots? With milking robots, a feed robot, robotic cow back-scratchers, automated manure scrapers, and computer-generated reports of real-time herd conditions, Vermont dairy farming goes high tech Vaughan Farms in East Thetford. By Ka r e n Ka l i s k i


Jon Gilbert Fox

Autumn Reflection Photograph by Jon Gilbert Fox


The textures and colors of the Connecticut River intrigued Hanover, N.H., photographer Jon Gilbert Fox while he was exploring one day. He captured this image of a red canoe and then realized it was his friend John Ring. Upper Valley Life


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Departments 1 First Glance A pictorial look at life in the Upper Valley. By B e n D e F l o r i o

8 Contributors Meet some of the folks who worked on the September/October issue.

Tom McNeill

Tom McNeill

Activities and events, facts and stats, and other assorted news from around the Upper Valley. Articles in this issue cover New Hampshire towns Claremont and Lebanon, and Vermont towns Bethel, Hartland, Norwich and Quechee.

Jon Gilbert Fox

12 Quick Looks

By Ba r b r a A l an and K i m J . G i ff o r d



62 Canvasworks

70 Local Products You’ll Love

Lisa Curry Mair is certainly living on, and amidst, her art. Her murals line the walls of her newly renovated office, decorate stairwells, and are spread out over a series of worktables in a spacious downstairs studio in Weathersfield, Vt.

Wristlet pincushions made in West Lebanon, N.H., and hand-dyed silk throw pillows made in Claremont, N.H. By Ba r b r a A l an

24 Ten Reasons to Get Out of the House

Compiled by Lau r a J e an Whitcomb


26 Upper Valley Uke Club Despite their childlike surroundings in the Children’s Room at the Howe Library in Hanover, N.H, the members of the Upper Valley Uke Club take their instruments, if not their playing, seriously. By Dav e M e r r i l l


56 I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere Right now, no literary character is as popular as Sherlock Holmes. Fan clubs can be found all over the world. One of them meets in Hanover, N.H., once a month. By S t e p h e n S e i t z

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By K i m J . G i ff o r d

68 Vermont Generator Systems Lightning strikes, thunder claps, winds blow and suddenly you find yourself without power. Sounds like the beginning of a bad horror story? For homeowners with an automatic generator system it doesn’t have to be. By K i m

74 Gilberte Interiors, Inc. An icon for 50 years, Gilberte Interiors, a home furnishing showroom and design center, keeps trending with time. By Lau r a Ha l k e n h aus e r Guion

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