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The Best Plant-Based Foodie Spots in New Hampshire

Do you feel like you’re seeing the phrase “plant-based” more than ever? And what does it really even mean? The terms “vegan” and “plant-based” are often used interchangeably, but there’s an important and less rigid difference between completely excluding all animal byproducts and simply being more conscious of consuming less. Over 9.7 million Americans are […]

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Doing Good New Hampshire with Naomi Hastings

This week I had the honor of speaking with Naomi Hastings, a young professional giving back and leading with love. Born and raised in Lebanon, she now raises her three beautiful girls just up the road in Grantham. Naomi is a water operator and administrative assistant in Eastman, and the President of the Faith, Hope, […]

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Zen and the Art of Lake Preservation

As we reach the dog days of summer, many of us Granite Staters have spent the past season enjoying the beautiful views and waters of our local New Hampshire lakes. New Hampshire is lucky enough to have just about 1,000 lakes. While the efforts of land and lake conservation are both instrumental to the survival […]


Maple Melts

There is nothing better than going out for ice cream on a hot summer day…especially when you’ve found a new shop! In my previous blog featuring Hobb’s Tavern & Brewing Company, I referenced a new ice cream place in Tamworth: Eldridge Family Sugar House & Ice Cream Shoppe. I couldn’t resist visiting and trying their maple […]

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Options for Career-Minded High School Grads

A generation of students spent their final year-plus in high school under the extreme circumstance of lock down and remote learning. How this will play out over time remains to be seen, but so far it appears fewer students are preparing for college. This June, the Union Leader reported that 7% fewer New Hampshire high […]


Where To Go Stargazing In New Hampshire

To get the best possible stargazing experience, you’ll want to head out on a night that is nearly clear from cloud cover and find a location with minimal light pollution. Winter offers some of the best stargazing of the year. The reward of seeing some of the most apparent stars in the sky is well […]


Create Better Communities with the Monitor

Hi, I’m Allie, audience engagement editor for the Concord Monitor, and I’m heading up a new initiative called the reader advisory board. The Monitor has been serving its communities through local reporting for more than 150 years, and to do that even better for the next hundred years we need to find the right balance […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Ashley Marand Iwanicki, Collective Studios

Have you ever had a dream that inspired you to take massive, move-across-the-country, action? I don’t think I’m just speaking for myself when I say those types of dreams typically stay in my bed and are quickly brushed off.  But that’s exactly what happened for Ashley Marand Iwanicki, owner of one of New Hampshire’s newest […]

Your Local Indie Cinema: Red River Theatres

From homemade movies to the silver screen, films shape us more than we know as individuals and as a culture. I was discussing this topic in a recent interview for Creative Guts, with Angie Lane, the Executive Director of Red River Theatres in Concord. We had an awesome discussion about independent movie theaters and why […]


Visiting Hobbs Should be a Hobby

Perhaps it’s a repressed memory now, but did anyone else spend the July 4th weekend in the rain? Every day? At 50 degrees? Outside? For the July 4th weekend every year, I go camping at White Lake State Park in Tamworth with my best friends and my fiancé.  We usually spend a day at the […]