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Shirley Rebello (center) joins the Silver Sneakers meet at the Concord YMCA on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.  The class meets every Monday and Wedesday.

(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor Staff)

Don’t take a vacation from exercise

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Summer poses many challenges to those of us trying to maintain our fitness routine during the hot and sticky dog days: barbecues, vacations, parties, weddings, sweltering heat and humidity and those pesky buckets of beer just to name a few. What can you do to ensure that you stay on the right track and don’t let summer get the best …

Gardening as your grow older

Thursday, August 6, 2015

As gardeners age, the work to keep a flower garden flourishing seems to take more of a toll on knees and backs. There are a few ways to keep your yard looking vibrant while working within your own limitations. 1. Plant hardy, reliable perennials that truly come back year after year. Select black-eyed …

Delightfully sour pickles

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Humans have been scheming about how to put aside the plentiful food of summer for the lean times of winter for millennia. As early as 7000 b.c., the Chinese had figured out how to ferment fruit and honey into an alcoholic beverage. Archeologists are pretty certain fermentation had been going on for thousands …

To buy or not to buy on your school shopping list

Thursday, August 6, 2015

When my daughter was getting ready to start middle school two years ago, she treated the school supply list she received as gospel. Every last item on the list, right down to the compass and protractor, had to …

Getting a pet? Tips to consider

Thursday, August 6, 2015

If you’re thinking about getting a pet, but you’re not sure which one to get, here are a few tips to help in your decision making process. Taking care Pets take time to be properly cared for. All …

A pastime meant to pass the time

Thursday, August 6, 2015

If you’re a Red Sox fan, the last thing you want to do right now is read a piece about how great baseball is. Believe me, I know how you feel. Our beloved team, not even two full …

Book suggestions to keep you reading all summer long

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Suggestions from Katharine Nevins of MainStreet BookEnds in Warner will keep you reading great books all summer long. The Truth According to Us By Annie Barrows – $28 From the co-author of the perfect book The Guernsey Literary …

Prevent Lyme disease

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Are you like me? I came to New Hampshire for the wonderful outdoor opportunities here. From the gorgeous coastline, to lakes both grand and quaint, mountains for skiing and hiking, mountain and road biking and just sitting outside …

Accessorize with the outdoors

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Container plants are beautiful and versatile outdoor accessories. They are easy to care for and are the perfect solution for decks, porches, balconies, gardens and yards. And you can play with these portable mini gardens, moving them around …

Keep your dog safe and happy during noisy celebrations

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The summer can be one of the hardest seasons for dogs and their humans because it is the season for fireworks. The fourth of July is a holiday where fireworks are abundant and sound-sensitive dogs can struggle immensely …

Grill master: Perfectly cooked meat requires the right heat for the right time

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Every barbecue cookbook teaches the same technique for telling how hot the fire is. Hold the palm of your hand several inches above the coals and begin counting, “one Mississippi, two Mississippi . . .” Wherever you are …

Summer’s frozen tradition

Thursday, July 2, 2015

When summer heats up, it’s time to head for a cold, sweet treat. We checked in with a few Concord-area ice cream shops to see which flavors are favorites and which are a bit weird. Arnie’s Place 164 …

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 …

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 …

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 …