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ELF is the weekly entertainment and lifestyles publication brought to you by The Keene Sentinel. You’ll find lively features about local people, businesses and information on gardening, pets, healthy living, hobbies, antiquing and much more. Our Spotlight section includes local event listings and other activities to plan for a weekend of fun. More than 20,000 copies of ELF are distributed in the area. Please contact elfweekly@keenesentinel.com with any questions or comments, we would love to hear from you!

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Body & Soul

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Charitable organizations operating at the local level can face steep obstacles. They are often the most involved in the local community in meeting needs and providing services, but despite their direct impact, without national or international reach, funding can be problematic.

  • Contributed by Rebecca Montrone, B.S.
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You may find the information I am about to share with you alarming, even ridiculous.  How can it be that a practice as ordinary as microwaving foods and beverages could pose significant health risks? 

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  • Eric Stanway / ELF
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The holidays have their own level of stress and expectation behind them. Whereas they can mean connecting with friends and family, enjoying delectable treats and engaging in an endless stream of classic TV specials, they can also be one of the most stressful times of the year.

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Donna Kumorek, a fitness instructor at Downtown Fitness for Women in Keene, knows there is a misconception that a low-impact workout is not a true sweat-inducing, muscle-building session. But if you ask the participants in her ABC Fusion Class they will testify to the complete opposite. The …


By Hand By Hobby

  • Caroline Tremblay / ELF
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“I was hooked the first time I used a pottery wheel in grammar school,” said artist Laura Zindel. Decades later, Laura Zindel Design’s striking ceramic pieces are sold in shops from Brattleboro to Anchorage, Alaska. “I like all the possibilities that clay offers. … That interest has led to w…

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When Jim Lorette, owner of Rare Material in Westmoreland, was growing up in Surry, there were just five children in his class and the teacher often took them outside to learn under an apple tree or next to the lake. That exposure to nature had a lasting impression, and today he still credits…

  • Story and photos contributed by Kim Welch, CPDT-KA
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We’ve all heard that socializing your puppy is necessary if you want him/her to grow up to be a “good” dog. But, what does that really mean?  I define it as…Helping your puppy form positive associations with novel stimulus in her environment. Maybe it’s easier to define Socialization by defi…


It Takes a Farm


Nest / Intrepid Gardener

  • Paula Sienna / ELF
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It’s a perfect Monadnock Region holiday with snow softly settling on the roofs of covered bridges and chimney smoke gently curling into the air, but it seems to be missing one thing – a bright green wreath with a cheery red bow for the door, or maybe a decorated boxwood tree for the entryway…

  • Michael Breshears
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It’s happening, isn’t it? A cluster of brilliant red here. A vivid yellow glow there. Oh, we’ve still got plenty of green surrounding us but autumn foliage has begun. A bittersweet time of year for many as we must slowly turn away from garden tending and dreaming, put our gloves on for clean…

  • Story and photos by Michael Breshears
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A couple of weeks ago, my friend Roger and I went and toured the Fry Gardens in Peterborough. I’ve capitalized the “g” myself because the tour revealed to me probably one of the most important, extensive formal gardens in the Monadnock Region – perhaps the whole state.

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  • Contributed by Monadnock Garden Club
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Garden lovers are invited to enjoy the Private Tour of Gardens hosted by the Monadnock Garden Club Saturday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour, featuring four gardens in Jaffrey Center and one in Peterborough, illustrates five different approaches to garden design within the beautiful…


Outside My Door

  • Jeremy Burger / ELF
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After my highly successful cat facts article (you read it, right?), I figured it would be a good idea to follow up with another animal. So, in the spirit of the season, let’s look at some fun facts about another of my favorites, the misunderstood bat.


Pickin' & Pokin'

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  • Michael Breshears
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A little more than a year ago, my friend Roger and I went on a house call over in Temple to buy some antiques and vintage finds from an old house that was being cleaned out to put it on the market. I wrote an article about it at the time, comparing it to the “Grey Gardens” film about a mothe…

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  • Contributed by Kari Lindstrom / Photos courtesy John Bruno
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This is another one of my favorite topics. But, the word ephemera is not a commonly used term these days, so younger generations may not be as familiar with it.

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  • Story and photos by Eric Stanway
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 It’s that time of year again, when the leaves are turning red and yellow and the air has a tinge of frost to it – time to lend an ear to the ghoulies, ghosties and things that go bump in the night. Here in the Monadnock Region, we have no shortage of tales pertaining to the odd and creepy. …


The Dish

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  • Caroline Tremblay / ELF
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“Food is an integral part of almost every holiday in any religion,” described Chelsa Roy of Brattleboro. Roy grew up learning how to make the foods tied to her family’s Jewish holiday celebrations. And over the years she’s shared many of them with others via her business, Monkey Moon Challah…

  • Contributed by Cassandra Sullivan of Cooper's Hill Public House
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Don’t ask the Scots, but many sources say the Irish created whiskey. Monks learned the art of distilling while on trips to the Middle East during the 11th century and started creating the spirit known as “aqua vitae,” or water of life, which became “uisce beatha” in Gaelic and now whiskey in…

  • Contributed by Luca Paris
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You see these cooking competitions on TV all the time – chefs battle each other in a kitchen arena to see who can make the most exciting dishes with ingredients from a mystery basket and wow the judges.

  • Story and photo by Eric Stanway
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In this country, November is the waiting period between Halloween and Thanksgiving. In Britain, where I come from, it’s a completely different story.


Spotlight

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  • Nicole S. Colson / ELF
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From professional ballet company shows to local student productions, there are always plenty versions of the timeless holiday classic, "The Nutcracker," to choose from each season – and this December is no different.

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  • Eric Stanway / ELF
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When George Frederic Handel’s “Messiah” debuted at the Musick Hall in Dublin, Ireland, on April 13, 1742 it was an immediate success. The audience filled the auditorium to capacity, and ladies were urged not wear hoops in their dresses, so as to make room for more people.