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Body & Soul
Paul Youngquist has seen a number of patients dealing with the effects of Lyme disease come into his business, Wellness Works, to use the infrared sauna. Others coping with sleep issues, some from the negative effects of the blue light resulting from too much screen time, those with endocrin…
I attended a lovely event the other night at the Redfern Arts Center on the campus of Keene State College and something caught my eye. The event was The Sentinel’s Extraordinary Women celebration and aside from the incredible ladies that were being honored that night, I saw a couple extraord…
If you’re of a certain age, you probably did as I did as a kid in late summer… captured Monarch caterpillars on a stalk of milkweed and put them in a jar or aquarium and waited for them to go through their amazing metamorphosis into gorgeous orange and black butterflies.
As a devoted, longtime gardener, I tend to lean more toward perennials than annuals as the main materials I work with in my Dublin gardens. I love the sheer variety of perennials on the market, the ability to divide and share favorite plants and the anticipation of what’s going to be blooming next.
By Hand By Hobby
For the 46th year in a row, the autumn colors and cooler temperatures will be greeted by an ongoing favorite community event. This year, the Cheshire Craftsmen will hold their annual fair on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6, and invite the community to view the many exquisitely crafted, loc…
Mindy Taylor, gallery director at Fry Fine Art Gallery in Peterborough, has worked to present a number of special artist shows over the last 18 months. But recently, when the doors open each morning, she notes guests have already arrived to see the latest exhibit.
Fur, Fins & Feathers
If you’re finding it takes longer to book an appointment with your veterinarian – or if you’re having trouble finding a vet who even takes new clients – you’re not alone. Just five years ago, there were plenty of veterinary professionals, but today, nearly every state in the U.S. is facing a…
Collen Meyer, owner of Advanced Saddle Fit in Marlborough, sees a horse saddle as a basic piece of equipment performing a complex function. It is probably one, if not the only, apparatus that is shared by two different creatures at the same time to accomplish the same task.
It’s the early 1940s and World War II is being fought overseas. Soldiers have gathered for a night of comedy, a little music and some dancing to help them forget — at least for a little while — what awaits them.
Sun and the sand are primary reasons for heading, lemming-like, to the seashore in summer. The Maine coast around Kennebunkport has some of the best beaches in the Northeast, with miles of fine sand and gentle surf, but it also offers a variety of things to do when the sun doesn’t shine.
Get ready to see trucks topple and smoke pour out from hardcore motor vehicles at the 2018 Northeast Off-Road Jamboree. This annual event, hosted by Northeast Performance Diesel, is coming to the Cheshire Fairground in Swanzey on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, and will feature a number …
It Takes a Farm
If you’ve ever wandered around the health and beauty department of a retail store, you’ve probably seen loofahs, a kind of spongy, cylindrical item most often used for skin care. Excellent for exfoliating epidermal layers, this fruit, also spelled “luffa,” is a vegetable in the Cucurbitaceae…
Nest / Intrepid Gardener
Over in Dublin, at the end of an obscure dirt road, you’ll find a little bit of the Orient, in the form of a Japanese house, lovingly constructed in time-honored tradition. This tiny gem is a labor of love for local resident Paul Tuller, who has spent the last 15 years reconstructing it on t…
Us gardeners feel like we’re getting the short end of the stick this spring with the seemingly endless rain and cool temperatures, but there’s another dilemma I’ve been asked about multiple times: What the heck is going on with the rhododendrons?
Do you remember on the TV show, “The Jetsons,” when mom Jane Jetson would answer her phone first thing in the morning and she could see the person she was talking to on a screen? If she hadn’t put herself together for the day, she had this false image of herself looking fabulous that she’d “…
Outside My Door
With its double bald summits and wide sweeping view, Mount Watatic on the New Hampshire-Massachusetts border makes an excellent destination to take in Mother Nature’s annual color show. Especially in my case, since the trailhead is a mere two and a half miles from my doorstep.
When it comes to cooling summertime fun, most Vermonters seem to agree that Harriman Reservoir, also known as Lake Whitingham, is the ideal destination. This is the largest body of water in the state, measuring eight miles long and boasting 28 miles of coastline.
Pickin' & Pokin'
Through his work-study job in the College Archives and Special Collections at Keene State’s Mason Library, sophomore Davis Allen is learning more about a period he’s very interested in – World War II – and also trying out a career possibility.
Most of the activities we now think of as crafts and hobbies actually started out of necessity, using whatever materials that were on-hand to create something new and useful. Rug hooking, for instance, has a long and storied tradition that stretches back to colonial days and beyond.
Nearly half a century ago, a small group of engine enthusiasts met in Dublin to celebrate the equipment used by their forefathers in the maintenance and upkeep of their farms. Eventually, this led to the formation of a registered nonprofit, The Dublin Gas Engine Meet, the mission of which is…
Craft beers have come a long way over the last few decades, from relatively modest home operations to a force to be reckoned with, seizing a sizeable chunk of the suds market.