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John Harrigan

Oh, a foot of snow, and topics, please

SCRAPING SLUSH Department: While on this past Tuesday and Wednesday much of the state was getting a little bit of snow and a lot of sleet and rain, in the high country north (and just south) of the notches we were getting snow. In my case, almost a foot.

Dick Pinney

Human intervention hobbling ice fishermen

WE'VE LIVED ON and utilized Great Bay for our outdoor recreation and source of great food for about half a century and have never thought that some of these things we cherished could come to a screeching halt. But we are not happy to pass the word: that was then and this is now and things have changed for the worse.

Nature Talks

Stacey Cole's Nature Talks: A winter's walk inspires thoughts of 'long ago'

Editor's Note: This was the last “Nature Talks'' column written by Stacey Cole, who died on Nov. 30. Stacey wrote “Nature Talks'' on a weekly basis for more than 50 years before trading off every other week with Cheryl Kimball earlier this year.

Animals

Do your homework before adopting a family pet

Thinking of adding a four-footed friend to the family this Christmas?
Do your homework.

Elves, puppies and children

In a new effort this year, members of New Hampshire SPCA will dress up as elves and deliver newly adopted pets to families in Stratham.

Outdoors

The First Day Hike initiative at state parks across the country offer the opportunity for people to start the New Year enjoying the outdoors with winter exercise. Tubbs Snowshoes will have a limited number of snowshoes available at each of the three New Hampshire state parks participating in the guided tours.

Take a hike on New Year's Day, State Park style

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On January 1, start 2015 in the great outdoors hiking as part of America's State Park's First Day Hikes. In New Hampshire, Monadnock State Park, Weeks State Park and the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion State Historic Site are offering guided hikes with no park day fees.

From left, Warren Selectman Charlie Chandler, New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development commissioner Jeffrey Rose, state Sen. Jeanie Forrester and state Rep. Susan Ford attended a ceremonial ribbon cutting Tuesday morning to open the McVetty Recreational Trails at the Warren Town Forest on Route 118. The venue features a 4.1-mile multi-use trail system for hikers, mountain bikers and cross-country skiers.

Town and state officials celebrate opening of non-motorized trail system in Warren

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Saying it was a gift to all New Hampshire residents, town and state officials celebrated the opening Tuesday of the McVetty Recreational Trails at the Warren Town Forest, an example, said the officials, of a successful, sensible and relatively inexpensive partnership.

Nashua playground to feature multiple mushroom steppers and much more

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The Sargent Avenue Playground will undergo a major makeover once the snow melts in the spring.

A photo admitted as a court exhibit shows Sanders Poynt in Rye.

Judge rules in favor of continued public access at Little Harbor beach

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A judge ruled that a plot of land recently fenced off by a Rye golf club can continue to be accessed by the public to get to Little Harbor Beach, a practice that's been happening in town for decades.

Deliver outdoor comfort and style with these holiday gifts

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WHEN MAKING a holiday gift-giving list for your favorite hikers, climbers, cyclists, skiers, and paddlers, consider a few tried-and-true items that would be welcomed by just about any outdoors enthusiast.

Last week's Rare Bird Alert

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This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, Dec. 1.

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