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Wood ash from fireplaces, stoves can sometimes help the soil
12-21-2018 5:15 PM

By DEAN FOSDICK

For gardeners who heat their homes in winter using stoves or fireplaces, good-quality wood ashes can be a soil-amendment bonus. But if applied improperly, they can be a caustic topping for foliage-heavy plants and seedlings.The primary benefits of...


Cape Cod beaches: Playgrounds for tourists, and young sharks
09-01-2018 8:15 PM

By PHILIP MARCELO

As another beach season draws to a close on Cape Cod, researchers are trying to figure out what’s driving the increase in shark sightings and encounters – including the state’s first attack on a human since 2012.One prominent researcher suggests the...


Rose of Sharon shrub is worth growing
08-17-2018 12:54 PM

By LEE REICH

An unsung hero of the late summer garden is rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus). This shrub’s branches are studded with pastel blossoms year after year, despite drought, poor soil or general neglect. Cold winters or sweltering summers similarly leave...


Spoonbread has a puddinglike richness
07-31-2018 4:46 PM

By SARA MOULTON

The Southern staple known as spoonbread – a particular specialty of Kentucky and Virginia – is a Native American dish adopted early on by America’s earliest European settlers. George Washington happened to be a big fan and often served it up at Mount...


N.H. explores turning Ruggles Mine into state park
07-15-2018 9:37 PM

By HOLLY RAMER

This mine is your land?      A 215-year-old mineral mine –       site of an enormous pit with tunnels and caverns that make up the oldest and largest mine of its kind in the United States – could someday belong to you and me. State officials are in...


Five years later, five lives affected by Boston Marathon bombing move on
04-16-2018 6:07 PM

By WILLIAM J. KOLE

One was an attacker. One was a volunteer first responder. One lost her leg. Another lost his little boy. And a police officer very nearly lost his own life.Half a decade ago, these five lives probably never would have intersected. Then bombs bloodied...


Great oatmeal cookies need size and time
12-12-2017 4:45 PM

By KATIE WORKMAN

I haven’t been consistently happy with my oatmeal cookie recipe for a while. Sometimes they turn out perfectly – fairly flat, chewy and moist in the middle, with crinkly, caramelized edges (not cakey or rounded) and a butterscotch-esque flavor. Other...


A new use for an old book? Fold it into art
09-15-2017 4:52 PM

By JENNIFER FORKER

Books have more uses than might be obvious. Sure, you can press flowers in a heavy one and set out the pretty ones as decoration. You can read the darn things. But have you tried turning a book into three-dimensional sculpture?The process can be quite...


Sununu signs full-day kindergarten bill
07-12-2017 11:42 PM

By HOLLY RAMER

With a crowd of youngsters looking on, New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill Wednesday that achieves one of his top priorities: state funding for full-day kindergarten.Nearly 75 percent of New Hampshire communities already offer...


Vermont nude beach fans against parking lot, boardwalk
05-29-2017 11:21 PM

By WILSON RING

For decades, the tiny, out-of-sight beach at the south end of Vermont’s fjord-like Lake Willoughby has been known as much for its nudity as for its views of the clear, cold lake. Now, regulars fear its charm could be the area’s undoing.Concerned about...


Former N.H. governor Craig Benson gets official portrait in State House
04-27-2017 11:43 PM

By HOLLY RAMER

Nearly 14 years after New Hampshire’s famed “Old Man of the Mountain” rock formation crumbled, its image endures on license plates, road signs and more. So, too, will the image of the man who led the state at the time, after the unveiling Thursday of...


Raising child costs more than $233,000
01-27-2017 4:41 PM

By MARY CLARE JALONICK

Expecting a baby? Congratulations! Better put plenty of money in your savings account.The Department of Agriculture said the estimated cost of raising a child from birth through age 17 is $233,610, or as much as almost $14,000 annually. That’s the...


Man sentenced in deadly home invasion is paroled on 1 charge
01-19-2017 11:18 PM

A man sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison for his role in a home invasion that left a mother dead and her 11-year-old daughter maimed was granted parole Thursday on one of his convictions, but he still faces at least a decade more behind bars.Quinn...


Capture the colors of fall leaves
11-01-2016 10:21 AM

By HOLLY RAMER

As a lifelong New Englander, I know how beautiful and fleeting fall foliage is each year. Thanks to my latest test-drive of various crafting techniques, I now know how finicky and frustrating it is to try to preserve some of that color.Though some...


Eureka! A new generation of gold miners heads for the hills in New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine
10-14-2016 12:16 AM

By MICHAEL CASEY

Al Davis Jr. cracks a smile as he spots a speck of gold glittering in a plastic pan full of muck pulled from a Vermont brook, revealing a gold tooth made from some earlier finds.Davis, decked in waders and wearing a hat festooned with a tiny bottle...


Women bare breasts on GoTopless Day
08-28-2016 11:23 PM

Women across the country ditched their tops Sunday on GoTopless Day, a day that promotes gender equality and women’s rights to bare their breasts in public.GoTopless Day is celebrated annually on the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day, marking...


Man accused of rape wants record cleared of dropped charges
04-29-2016 11:22 PM

By LYNNE TUOHY

Man accused of rape wants record cleared of dropped charges- A New Hampshire man charged with kidnapping and raping a teenage girl over the course of nine months wants his record erased of already-dropped charges that he threatened a state prosecutor, saying the allegations caused “irreparable harm” to his...

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