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On the Move: Taking stock of the changing of seasons

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Once again, the seasons change in New England. Red, yellow and orange leaves carpet our lawns. I fell asleep this morning in my recliner, where I’d sat to put on my shoes. Yesterday was long. My helper, Rob, and I cleaned out my vegetable garden. Rob left a coating of cherry tomatoes where the squashes had been. “Good fertilizer for next year,” he said. The last zucchini will make zucchini …

Have dinner and help a cause

Sunday, September 13, 2015

On Oct. 15, Community Action Program’s Elder Services and ServiceLink will present their third annual Bowls of Care evening, a fund-raiser and educating evening to benefit their important work in our community and to honor caregivers. Local restaurants will provide soups, wraps, salads and desserts for your dining pleasure. Each diner will take …

On the Move: Jazzing up the airwaves

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Have you ever dreamed of doing something “important” with your retirement years? Frank Wilner did. His dream was to host radio shows that would enable him to share his passion for jazz with those who remembered it and to introduce that great music to younger generations. And that’s what he’s doing with his retirement years, sharing America’s music of the 1930s and ’40s …

On the Move: Former Girl Scout is still on the move at 83

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I think I’d met Nancy Bean before we met this week. I’d certainly heard her name many times. I should have met her before, as we are near neighbors. So last week, as that huge snowfall was just starting, I bravely put my car in a low gear …

On the Move: Volunteering is as good for you as it is for those you help

Saturday, January 25, 2014

For most of us, driving a car means freedom – freedom to go anywhere we want or need to, at any time that suits us. It means freedom to shop for food or clothes or gifts, to stop at the pharmacy, visit a friend or family member, go …

On the Move: 2014 has arrived, but I plan to let the holidays linger just a little longer

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sitting in a darkened room with only the multicolored lights aglow from my fake Christmas tree arouses memories. In my childhood, Santa brought and decorated the tree. We didn’t see it until Christmas morning. We were also told that if Santa saw you or even heard you, he’d …

Emporium brings the world to Hillsboro

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Jack and Kim Wells have traveled most of the earth, collecting wares from 69 countries with a goal of having a shop “some day” to introduce all of us to the products and lifestyles of people around the globe. Now in their 70s, they’ve done it, with the …

86 and still on the move

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Nancy Jarvis began her career as an artist at age 41/2. She grew up in West Hartford, Conn. At age 5, her parents entered her in art classes at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. She’s been painting ever …

A life spent helping others

Sunday, October 13, 2013

I met Marian Baker in August at Hillsboro’s French and Indian Wars re-enactment. Baker has a master’s degree in environmental education. Thirty-two years ago, she was offered the opportunity to teach in a Quaker school in Kenya. The Quakers were the first in that country to offer school …

CHS alumni celebrate 70th reunion

Sunday, September 15, 2013

When I close my eyes, I see again the wide lawns beneath giant maple trees that supply syrup each spring, and views off to the east of distant hazy mountains. In this bucolic setting, the Concord High School Class of 1943 recently held its 70th reunion. Members of …

On the Move: Boscawen home to a prolific quilter

Sunday, September 1, 2013

A recent phone call from Rhoda Hardy in Boscawen introduced me to Beverly LaCoy. “I read your column,” Hardy said, “and I have someone I think you’d like to meet. Can I give you her phone number?” And that’s how two weeks later, I traveled to Boscawen to …

On the Move: Drawing connections through photographs

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Becky Field has retired twice and at 66 is now in the middle of her third career. She spent 20 years with the federal government as a wildlife ecologist for the Department of the Interior. Five of those …

The true definition of neighbor

Sunday, May 19, 2013

In today’s hectic world, with an often transient population, the idea of neighborhood as we used to know it rarely exists. Do you know your neighbors, celebrate their birthdays, graduations, weddings, bring soup when they’re sick? Do you know their names? What is a neighbor? A neighbor can …

On the Move: School House Cafe a homemade treat

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Anyone who thinks the American Dream is no longer achievable should visit the School House Cafe in Warner, where sisters Caleen Fisher and Kathy Skinner-Shifrin are making the dream come true. The sisters share a history of working in the food industry, and this month, they celebrated one …

On the Move: When life gets hum drum, try something new

Sunday, October 14, 2012

A few weeks ago, I went on a hawk watch. What is a hawk watch? It's an event during which avid birdwatchers find a height from which they can observe migrating hawks wend their way south at this time of year. Now, I am not an avid birdwatcher. …