A tribute to Katie

For this dad, only lilacs can capture his daughter’s beauty The idea hit John Bentley at the West Salisbury Cemetery. A horticultural geek since childhood, Bentley always loved lilacs best. His daughter, Katie, buried in the cemetery, always loved purple best. And the...
The sit-down: Q&A with Tom Raffio

The sit-down: Q&A with Tom Raffio

Like most of us, Tom Raffio was a little slow to recognize COVID-19 for what it ultimately became – a pandemic that would challenge our businesses and our institutions like never before. In fact, Raffio, an avid basketball fan, was at a packed TD Garden watching the...

Off the shelf: New books by New Hampshire authors

Off the shelf: New books by New Hampshire authors

New Hampshire authors have not slowed their pace in releasing new books. In fact, some have utilized extra time spent at home during the last two years of pandemic waves to work more fervently on their writing, some publishing their very first novel. Here are some of...

Fast faves with Julianne Gadoury

Fast faves with Julianne Gadoury

As the executive director of Kimball Jenkins, it’s no surprise that Julianne Gadoury of Concord loves the arts. So we asked about her favorite ways to enjoy all kinds of art — both indoors and outdoors — in the springtime, either with her husband, David Shore, and...

Poem: The Old Way

Poem: The Old Way

Sugaring in the north woods, frosty nights and a warm day, placing taps and buckets, horse drawn wagon the old way. Gathering the sweet sap to boil, memories now sepia-toned and old, maple sugaring with grandfather, in another time doing as I was told. The fire...

Off the shelf

Off the shelf

‘Chasing Eden: A Book of Seekers’ Seekers are all around us. They are seeking God, seeking freedom, seeking peace. “Chasing Eden: A Book of Seekers” (Bauhan Publishing) by Howard Mansfield is about this pursuit, about Americans seeking their Promised Land, their...

Giving the gift of connection

Giving the gift of connection

By CASSIDY JENSEN During the second winter of a pandemic that has increased isolation for many older people, a long-standing program that provides holiday gifts to seniors has taken on new significance. As shoppers search for gifts for friends and family this holiday...

Fast faves with Liz Short

Fast faves with Liz Short

As the executive director of Five Rivers Conservation Trust, the Concord area’s nonprofit land trust, Liz Short knows the importance of conserving wild places, open spaces and working lands in local communities. So we asked Liz to tell us some of her favorite outdoor...