Something for Everyone at Edward MacDowell Lake

With major excavation underway at our building, I’ve started looking for some new quiet places nearby where I can take a quick break and enjoy some peace and quiet. Just five minutes from downtown Peterborough, Edward MacDowell Lake has quickly become my favorite spot. The MacDowell Dam was built between 1948-1950 for flood protection, and […]


From One Townie to Another: Get Political (Part One)

Now, in full disclosure, I pride myself on remaining the consummate apolitical public servant—but that doesn’t mean I sit quietly on the sidelines. As a lifelong resident of Laconia and as the 2017 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year, I am morally obligated and uniquely positioned to affect positive change in my community and my […]

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Doing Good NH: Aly Moore of Cynthia’s Challenge

This week I spoke with Aly Moore the Marketing Coordinator of Purity Spring Resort, Inc/King Pine Ski Area and the Event Coordinator of Cynthia’s Challenge, a non profit 24-hour ski-a-thon to raise funds for families with children with high medical costs.   Aly is a graduate of Leadership Mount Washington Valley and grew up volunteering […]


Steak Gets a Sidekick

Every great food has a dependable sidekick to rely on. Spaghetti without meatballs would just be a slippery pile of bland cooked grains. Without jelly, peanut butter would glue your mouth closed. Chips without salsa would just be jagged tortillas that would cut your mouth if you aren’t careful. And without fries, a burger would […]


Head to Star Island this Summer!

If you live on New Hampshire’s seacoast, you probably spend a chunk of your summer at the beach. While I love a relaxing day at the beach with a good book, some snacks, and plenty of sunscreen, by the middle of summer, I am over the traffic, the crowds, and the parking (fifteen dollars?). So, […]

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The Sunrise Ascent – the Climb Goes On!

The teams were trained and prepared. The equipment was primed and ready. The snacks were available in copious quantities. Oh, but the weather! Event Day August 6 marked the eighth Sunrise Ascent of Mount Washington, an event I’ve previously written about. For the event’s climb up the Mount Washington Auto Road, teams of adaptive athletes and volunteers […]


Eighteen Miles

A while ago, an acquaintance of mine asked why lobster is associated with New Hampshire, when New Hampshire is hardly a coastal state. I gently, and jokingly, corrected him: “Hey, we have eighteen miles of coastline, and we’re proud of every one.” On that number, your mileage may actually vary. It all depends how you […]

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Chasing A Calling: From Disney To NH Business Owner

Have you ever wondered who powers all of the businesses in New Hampshire? Many of them are courageous, passionate, and driven individuals who strive for success and satisfaction in their careers. They aren’t pursuing a job, they’re chasing a calling. Peter Jude Ricciardi is one of those individuals. From the magical world of Disney to […]

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The Fox and The Turkey Hen

Sometimes, when you live in “the woods” you get to witness wild animals in their natural environment. Earlier this week I was able to observe (and snap some photos) of our resident fox hunting our resident flock of turkeys – toms (males), hens and chicks. It was about 6:00 a.m. on a cool misty morning; […]

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