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Leilah, a 13 month old Siberian Husky, explores the water at Ashuleot River Park in Keene.

The dog days of summer

Thursday, June 4, 2015

It is not just hot for people in the summer, it gets hot for furry companions too. Some days the best way to cool off is to go to the beach or take a dip in one of New Hampshire’s many lakes and rivers. Here are some dog-friendly areas in Southern New Hampshire near the water. Bear Brook State Park - Allenstown With more than 10,000 acres, this is the largest developed state park in New Hampshire. Forty miles of trails wind through the forest to marshes, bogs, summits and ponds. Like all state parks, dogs are not allowed on the beach, but they are …

Chill out: Save energy while keeping cool

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Summer is coming, and so too is the heat. The kind of heat that leaves people sitting around in gym shorts and sticking to leather couches. No one enjoys this, and there are relatively easy and cheap ways to keep cooler at home – while saving a few bucks in the process. Some are obvious, like turning off the lights when you leave …

Garden to table: Roses make yummy jams and tarts

Thursday, June 4, 2015

It’s amazing how many good things to eat are already growing in our own yards. All it takes to enjoy them is a new way of looking at things. Got weeds in the lawn? Put away the chemicals and harvest those dandelions, lambs quarters and purslane leaves. They’re good to eat and packed …

Make it healthy, make it tempting

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In schools where trained chefs jazzed up fare, children ate more fruits and vegetables – and the schools themselves saved money, according to a study released in JAMA Pediatrics. Getting them to drink plain milk instead of chocolate …

The newest fitness trend: Mixing it up

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The latest workout crazes promise to stimulate your brain and your muscles in new ways with barre plies in the air (think aerial ballet), dance cardio (think a night out) or a killer routine modeled after a popular …

How many carbs is in that vodka-martini?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Want to know how many calories are in your shot of Johnnie Walker or your pint of Guinness? You’re about to find out. Diageo, the global alcohol giant behind those brands, along with Smirnoff, Bailey’s, Bushmills and others, …

Hillary Nelson: With help of foil, flavors pick up steam

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cooking inside tightly sealed aluminum foil packets infuses the flavor of herbs and spices deep into vegetables, meats and fish in a way that almost no other method of cooking can achieve. Why? When an aluminum packet is …

The Conversation: What happens to your brain when you give up sugar

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Anyone who knows me also knows that I have a huge sweet tooth. I always have. My friend and fellow graduate student Andrew is equally afflicted, and living in Hershey, Pa., – the “Chocolate Capital of the World” …

Mud season: The rules of the road

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In New England, spring rains and melting snow means mud season for trails and dirt roads. And while this might seem like a good time to take your dirtbike, ATV or rockcrawler out of winter storage, you won’t …

A quiet start to syrup season

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Things were quiet at Sunnyside Maples in Loudon on Feb. 17. Temperatures hadn’t been above freezing in days, so sap was not running yet. Owner Mike Moore had the finishing pan of his evaporator disassembled for repairs and …

Cuban cigars aren’t actually all that special

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

It may be the best-kept-secret about the vaunted Cuban cigar: It’s often not that good. Yes, Cuba produces some of the best cigars in the world. And for the first time in more than 60 years, there’s legitimate …

Even brief exposure to animals may be good for you

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

With final exams bearing down on them at the end of last semester, nearly 1,000 students at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond turned out for “Paws for Stress” – a chance to pet and play with therapy dogs. …

Kitchens go outdoors with fire pits, rings, tables

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Gas-operated fire pits, fire rings and fire-pit tables are emerging as modern-day substitutes for campfires. Flipping a switch to ignite the flames is a whole lot easier than kindling a stack of firewood. Safer, too. “The outdoor living …