September 2017

Mt. Major? Thank you, Mr. Phippen & Mr. Roberts!

by The Laker

By Barbara Neville Wilson (photo right): Mr. Phippen’s Hut offered hikers protection from the weather and winds, complete with woodstove and built-in bench. (Courtesy of Belknap Range Conservation Commission)  It’s a beautiful day in the Lakes Region. The sun is warm, the sky is blue, the leaves have started to glow. You’re finished work, the […]

A Grape Crushin’ Event at Winnipesaukee Winery

by The Laker

Story & Photo by Kathi Caldwell-Hopper It takes grapes – a lot of grapes – to make wine. It is a process that takes skill, knowledge, great grapes, but it also helps to have some old-fashioned manpower (or in this case, foot power!). Heidi von Götz Cogean, and her partner, Christopher Coache, know all about […]

Two Days for NH Pumpkin Festival!

by The Laker

The Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce announces NH Pumpkin Festival in downtown Laconia has expanded to two days this year beginning with a “sneak-peak” Friday the 13th of October. “We are continually grateful for the support of our business community and local residents. Watching the collaboration of so many people working together to create ideas […]

Whose Trails These Are We Think We Know

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By Barbara Neville Wilson Photos courtesy Dr. David M. Leuser “Whose woods these are, I think I know…” go the words of Robert Frost, the 20th-century writer many consider today to be New Hampshire’s own poet. But do you know that before him came James Greenleaf Whittier, the voice of New Hampshire in the late […]

North District School, Dorchester NH

NH Education in a One-Room Schoolhouse

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Yesteryear By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper When children headed back to school and open new schoolbooks, they probably were not thinking about their ancestors having done thee same thing many, many years ago. Getting an education in New Hampshire wasn’t as convenient or comfortable as it is today. Many children walked miles to school, braving rain and […]

Bee-ware for the Humble Honeybee

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ByBarbara Neville Wilson It’s an unusually cool, late summer morning when I visit Wonalancet Honey Bee Company in Ossipee, and Athena Contus is worried for her bees. The current temperature hovers just above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and honey bees start “clustering”—or huddling up for warmth—at 57 degrees. If her bees cluster now, it will cut […]

Castle in the Clouds Asks Public to Help Solve Mysteries

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Castle in the Clouds Asks the Public to Help Solve Research Mysteries Michelle Landry hopes the public might hold the key to solving some of Castle in the Clouds’ long-standing mysteries. As Curatorial Director, she is overseeing the restoration of the rooms at Lucknow, a nationally significant Arts & Crafts estate built by millionaire Thomas […]

45 Years of the Best Steamin’ Event on Winni!

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By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper (Courtesy photo) “Gee, I can’t believe it’s been 45 years!” says Lee’s Mills Steamboat Meet founder and organizer, David Thompson. He laughs as he recalls the early steamboat meet “back in 1972” that came about after some guys who liked antique boats got talking about having a get-together. It was planned to […]

The Lakes and Mountains Have a Hike for You

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By Barbara Neville Wilson Photo courtesy Andrew Drummond Nothing soothes one’s soul more than mountain air, warm sun and nature showing splendor through all the Whites. No matter your age, your time constraints or state of fitness, New Hampshire has hikes for you as summer turns to fall and the foliage begins to paint the […]

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