Jean Girard has always been drawn to the water.
There is a gentleness about Ed Burke; it comes through in the way he speaks, softly and with sincerity. There’s modesty and humor in him, too, evidenced in the vignettes he recounts about his lengthy career in the local legal scene, first as an attorney and then as judge in the 8th Circuit C…
SWANZEY — Bonnie Martino sits in a comfortable chair in the living room of her home in a quiet subdivision here, speaking in a calm, conversational tone. But she is relating events that are, in unfolding stages, amazing, wondrous, inspirational and thought-provoking.
DUBLIN — There is an intimacy, an old-time closeness, among the people of this town, perhaps easily illustrated by how one goes about finding a resident’s phone number. In this case, it’s for Russell “Rusty” Bastedo, who moved here with his wife, Linda, and children, in 1997.
The thing about newsprint is it doesn’t wash out. Not when it’s been caked on for 36 years, layer upon layer, paper after paper, the ink so thick that it permeates skin, circulates inside you for eternity.
SPOFFORD — As so many places out in the country around here demonstrate, even the satellite technology of Google Maps isn’t sufficient for certain locations, and it fails miserably on some of the older rural roads, guiding motorists to dead ends
Dr. Steve Larmon sits relaxed on the side patio of his home in West Keene on a humid summer day, his legs crossed, arms languidly splayed out. There are heavy thunderheads on the western horizon, probably still deep within Vermont’s Windham County; it will be another two hours before the clo…
WESTMORELAND — Leading down the stairway of Alan Edward Bell’s home, a series of film posters lines the wall.
PETERBOROUGH — It’s a hot day, reaching into the 90s. But inside Colony Hall, the main building of the famed MacDowell Colony, the cool air of the morning has been captured and is being churned by big ceiling fans that rotate slowly in graceful cadence.
PETERBOROUGH — It’s raining hard, the kind of summer downpour that forces everyone to run indoors with their arms over their heads in a futile effort to protect themselves from a soaking.
It is a gorgeous summer day, not a single cloud in the sky, and Ron Farina sits at the kitchen table at his West Keene residence of 44 years, looking out a rear window at what might be one of the best views of Mount Monadnock in the city.
The road to Liam Magan’s identity is lit by a constellation of moments. The 25-year-old knows these anniversaries by heart. One by one, he rattles them off.
SWANZEY CENTER — “I love it up here,” Cadigan Gregory said as she walked up a flight of stairs, next to wallpaper that looks like a 19th-century decorator’s take on ancient Rome. “If you like attics, you’ll be psyched.”
STODDARD — After delivering one of the most consequential votes of her political career, Ruth Ward drove at dusk down Route 9 from the capitol in Concord to her secluded Stoddard home, where she recalled her father being killed in China when she was just 7.
Joyce Lehman will turn 75 next week and reflects back to her childhood — to the Sunday afternoons when she’d sit in a living-room corner of her parents’ farmhouse in rural Iowa. All of their friends and relatives would gather round for lively conversation and colorful storytelling.
PETERBOROUGH — Laura Gingras well recalls the first time she drove into this town, on a beautiful spring day in 2000. She was doing a favor for a job-recruiter friend who’d hounded her to take a look at a new position as vice president of development — a fundraiser — at Monadnock Community H…
Peggy Jaeger gets up well before the sun every morning — 4 a.m. — and it’s off to work. In her case, though, she’s still wearing pajamas, and her office is just one staircase up from her second-floor bedroom in her Keene home.
On a dreary October night in a cavernous, sterile room at the Keene Recreation Center, Dottie Morris found herself in a tense but familiar situation.
WINCHESTER — The kettle whistles in the kitchen at 2 in the afternoon every day in the home of Pete and Dorothy Farnan. It’s been a tradition in their household, tea at that hour, ever since the two married in 2006.
NEWFANE, Vt. — There’s a heavy blanket of snow on the landscape, certainly not an unusual sight during a Vermont winter. But the sunlight is so bright its reflection off the ground makes one squint, even through sunglasses.
In some ways, Patrick Hummel is a typical manager. He oversees staff, works with finances, maintains facilities and handles crises.
Mark Florenz stands on the side porch of his farm in West Keene. It’s a cold, overcast day, and long-frozen puddles embedded with dirt dot the driveway, making for some treacherous walking.
CHESTERFIELD — Kirsti Sandy had a friend, a dear, dear friend. Her name was Elizabeth Hatmaker. The two met when they shared an office together at Illinois State University when they were graduate students. Hatmaker was a poet and was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a…
WESTMINSTER, Vt. — There are musical instruments everywhere, on shelves, stands and cabinets — so many it’s hard to easily navigate while walking through the music instruction area of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. There are even antique instruments secured high on the walls near the ceilin…
SWANZEY CENTER — Before Heather Doyle leads her marching band of 88 onto the field at Raymond James Stadium for the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day, she had to wrap up another rehearsal Thursday and get to anatomy class.
SPOFFORD — Paul Stewart takes his place, his favorite spot, on a comfortable and what looks like a well-worn and much-loved sofa. One of his two dogs nestles beside him. Outside, it’s cold and getting colder, the wind is kicking up, the leafless trees are bending. But inside, it’s toasty warm.
Though she sings with others and for others, Margaret Foxweldon doesn’t like to call what she does a performance. She prefers to call it a “sing.”
Ken Sheldon’s writing desk is tucked into a tiny closet, piles of papers spilling over the small shelves above his computer.
ALSTEAD — Preparing, packaging and delivering more than 200 meals is a full-day process. On Thursday, it began around 8 a.m., when Richard Lincourt arrived at a small kitchen on Bragg Lane, a converted garage.
DUBLIN — Margaret Nelson has what some might call “honest eyes” that look you straight in the face with no hint of guile. They convey that she means what she says and says what she means — the proverbial straight-talking Yankee trait that was probably her birthright after being born and rais…
Seesawing in the backseat of a taxi through the rolling hills of Rwanda in the dead of night, Nancy Zeller’s true first impression of the Land of a Thousand Hills would not come until daybreak.
When a hurricane nears U.S. shores, those in its path start preparing. They hunker down or evacuate their homes, and everyone else gets busy sending thoughts and prayers to loved ones in the cross hairs.