Lifestyles

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When asked to name the most resilient animal, not many people likely think of tardigrades. In fact, most people probably don’t even know that tardigrades exist. Affectionately called water bears or moss piglets, these microscopic invertebrates, live almost anywhere there is water – from lake…

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What is relatively large, fairly colorful, very loud, but very hard to see? There are a lot of answers to that question, if you are a birdwatcher. But the current answer for me is the great crested flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus). One of my neighbors, who is also a birdwatcher, alerted me to…

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The Wild Goose Players opened their production of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy “Hamlet” at the theater in Main Street Arts, 35 Main Street, Saxtons River, last weekend. It will continue its run July 2 at 7:00 pm., July 3 at 2:00 pm., July 9 at 7:00 pm., July 10, at 2:00 pm. July 15 at 7:00 …

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I have always been intrigued by caterpillars, moths and butterflies. The transitions of egg to caterpillar to cocooned transitioning insect to moth or butterfly absolutely amazes me. When I was a kid, I had a very formal moth and butterfly collection and was one of those geeky kids who spent…

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Last June I heard an unfamiliar song in our overgrown pasture that turned out to be a field sparrow. He may have been looking for a place to start a second brood or perhaps he was an unattached male. A similar phenomenon may be unfolding this June. Twice in the past week I have heard a famil…

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As spring warms the water, a turtle, covered by leaves and mud at the bottom of a wetland where she hibernated for the winter, awakens. Emerging from the water, she basks on shore. The sun illuminates her bright yellow throat and her high, domed shell, or carapace, dark and shiny with light …

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“The Divorce Colony: How Women Revolutionized Marriage and Found Freedom in the American Frontier” by April White

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A few raspberries are ripening in the pick your own patch. As we have for the last several years, we will most likely be celebrating our Independence Day in the fields and the berries. The earliest variety of the four raspberry varieties we offer is slated to ripen at the end of June, and th…

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Allen Bennett’s musical version of Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s tale “The Wind in the Willows” opened the weekend of June 17, and it will play again Thursday June 23 7:00 pm. and Saturday, June 25, at 8:00 pm. at the Hellen Miller Theater in the Walpole Town Hall. It is in conjunctio…

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I am intrigued by the phenomenon of convergence. Why would unrelated species look so similar? How similar are they, really? Obviously, members of a given population must be able to identify one another in order to breed. But the concept of convergence has been used broadly and narrowly. Broa…

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If you’ve never seen – or heard of – the southern bog lemming, you’re not alone. Although this small mammal scurries through our landscape year-round, it is elusive by nature. So elusive, in fact, that the southern bog lemming (Synaptomys cooperi) is listed as a species of greatest conservat…

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Many of the “cast iron” shrubs that no one can kill are now deemed invasive: barberry, burning bush, multiflora rose and bush honeysuckle. And many others, while not invasive, have been overused: lilacs, rhododendrons and spirea, for example are nice but not too exciting. Today I’d like to s…

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I found the first wild strawberry on the edge of the lawn last week. The tiny little treasure packed a punch of flavor, with the burst of strawberry goodness signaling the end of spring and the true beginning of summer to me. Memories also flooded my mind when I ate the tasty morsel.

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My then-landlord proudly showed me his new car. Why, it even had one of those newfangled car alarms, which back then (33 years ago) would continue for hours if nobody actively disengaged it. He was proud of his new alarm toy and wanted to demonstrate.

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New London Playhouse with Lunch before on August 17th. Join us as we enjoy lunch at The Common Man Restaurant in Claremont NH, then on to the New London Playhouse to see the play “Footloose.” Sign up June 20th, Active Members at 9am for $74 & Non-members at 10:30 for $94.

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Gardening at night has its rewards. For me, it offers a way to stay on top of planting and weeding while balancing work and family responsibilities. It is also cooler at night, and the quiet act of having my hands in the dirt helps me unwind. But my favorite part of night gardening is follow…

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Two weeks ago I was up at the Langenau Forest in Wilmot. It had been a good day for warblers, and then I heard a song I initially took for a parula warbler, but it didn’t have the so-called sneeze at the end. I thought it was a cerulean warbler (Setophaga cerulea) and tried to locate it with…

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SPRINGFIELD, VT — Springfield Schools PTA wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to the success of the 2022 Calendar Raffle fundraiser. Proceeds from the event will fund numerous initiatives and enrichment projects at Elm Hill and Union Street Schools, including healthy sna…

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The Claremont Senior Center is opened every Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. We are also open Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm to 9 pm. Another game afternoon has started on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 pm to 3 pm. We have many activities. Miracle Ear, Blood Drive and VNA Foot Cl…

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New London Playhouse with Lunch before on August 17th. Join us as we enjoy lunch at The Common Man Restaurant in Claremont NH, then on to the New London Playhouse to see the play “Footloose.” Sign up June 20th, Active Members at 9am for $74 & Non-members at 10:30 for $94.

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It’s not too late to plant some more things in the vegetable garden. It’s only June, and there is still time. Here are some tips for some less commonly planted veggies – for growing and/or using. It’s way too late to start most things from seed, but you can sometimes buy started plants at a …

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“Phasers on Stun: How the Making (and Remaking) of Star Trek Changed the World” by Ryan Britt c.2022, Plume $28.00 400 pages

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I had just come into the house for a glass of water when I glanced at my husband, who was tractor-working in a field in front of the house. Beyond, I saw what I thought was smoke…a fire at the neighbor’s? After all, I’ve always heard where there’s smoke there’s fire. All sorts of scenarios r…

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The farm is absolutely abuzz with activity this week. After a short hiatus from writing, I found myself yearning to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, to share all the fun spring sights I have seen of late. As I drove by the blueberry patch this morning, I saw the resident fawn betwee…

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Special Alert! Criminals have renewed their attack against Medicare beneficiaries! This message is for you even if you are not receiving Medicare benefits; sharing it with friends and family members on Medicare may save them from being on the losing side of the scam.

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When the pandemic struck, department stores already on the verge of bankruptcy (such as J.C. Penney) quickly went under.

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Well intentioned people of the past century imported many handsome plants. Unfortunately, some of them – absent the predators of their homeland – became pests here in America. These “invasives” generally spread quickly by seed and root, and can take over our gardens and adjoining wild places…

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“I broke my teeth on Jesus Christ Superstar and Tommy, that was the music in my soul. My parents had a record player and I memorized every word of Superstar by the age of eight-years-old,” says John Stanely Shelley, the composer, producer, and star of Man on the Hill, an original rock opera …

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Long before a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion revealed that by summer Roe v. Wade will likely be overturned, only pregnant people bore the burden of pregnancy—not just physically, but also financially. “Impregnators” have always had the choice to walk away. Sure, they could be on the hook…

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Temperatures reached the 90s in central New Hampshire over the weekend, and the cats seemed as surprised as anyone.

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