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Real Fallu shows off some of the daylilies providing a blaze of midsummer color in his Goffstown perennial garden.

Acres of summer color, without irrigation

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Tucked away from the winding street at 425 Tibbetts Hill Road is the home of Real and Leslie Fallu — a property filled with brilliant, fiery color in the second half of July each year, courtesy of Real Fallu's massive perennial gardens.

Down to Earth: The best parts of this NH summer

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I'm feeling sluggish and summery and delightfully lazy, so this month's column will be in list form, dedicated to the best parts of a New Hampshire summer.

Senior News: Workshop to focus on 'Telling Your Own Story'

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Everyone has a story to tell. But taking that first step in telling your story — not a dry, chronological inventory of life since birth but a memoir — can often be the most difficult.

Gardening

In anticipation of the July 14 start of the 2014 season, Sheila Fabrizio on Wednesday inspects the incoming blueberry crop at Windy Ridge Orchard and Christmas Tree Farm in North Haverhill. There are 1,000 pick-your-own, high-bush blueberry plants, divided among five varieties, on a two-acre parcel at the orchard which is also well known this time of year for its blueberry pancakes and blueberry wine.

Despite late start in growing season, North Country's blueberry picking season soon to be here

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Despite a slight delay due to a colder-than-normal spring, the 2014 blueberry season will soon be here and it should be delicious, say North Country growers and agriculture officials.

Terri McKinnon walks along a path through perennials in the yard in Goffstown.

0 Good neighbors make great gardens in Goffstown

0 Salem community gardens enjoying a successful summer

NH People

Derry resident Rich DiSalvo and his family are ready for the second stage of the Tour to Endure, his ongoing fundraiser for Autism Speaks. From left are Sue DiSalvo, Rich's wife; DiSalvo with daughter Jennifer; daughter Christina; and son James.

Derry cyclist makes cause a family affair

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Rich DiSalvo is prepared to pedal all the way from Maine to Florida in the second part of the three-year fundraising effort for people with autism dubbed the "Tour to Endure."

Pelham resident David Silva and his daughter, Shayna, are the organizers behind the Pelham PMC Kids Ride: one of only two such events in the entire state. Registration is now open for the fundraising event, which will take place Sept.6.

0 Pelham family supports Pan-Mass cause

0 Local veteran puts on Gala for Warrior Camp

Avenues

Shopping

Market Basket workers urged to 'shut it down'; deposed CEO urges fired workers be given jobs back

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Thousands of Market Basket employees rallied in support of their ousted CEO on Monday and were urged to do what they could to shutter all the chain's supermarkets, including about 30 in New...

Dan Murray, right, and Mike Ridlon, employees at the Market Basket store in Seabrook, N.H., attend a rally of the supermarket chain's employees in Tewksbury, Mass., on Monday.

46 Eight Market Basket execs fired; employee rally set for this morning

0 Rochester tying together power of blues with Cocheco River in downtown

Granite State Legends

Ocean Born Mary - Londonderry

Legend has it that "Ocean Born Mary" was born at sea on July 28, 1720, to James and Elizabeth Wilson.

Chief Chocorua - Albany

Chocorua's legend states that the proud Indian Chief refused to flee from conflict with the white man.

America's Stonehenge - Salem

The ruins of "America's Stonehenge," a 4,000-year-old man-made structure, is comprised of rock walls, chambers and monoliths that create an accurate astronomical calendar.

Willey Family Tragedy - Crawford Notch

The Willey family was killed by a landslide on August 28, 1826, after one of the most violent rain storms to hit the region.

Ruth Colbath's Love - Carroll County

Ruth Colbath's husband left the family farm one day in 1891, never to return during his wife's lifetime.

The Bear that Heard Sarah - Warren

In 1783, Sarah Witcher was lost in the woods near Warren, NH. Legend has it that the little girl was protected by a bear until she was rescued a few days later.

Smuttynose Murders - Isles of Shoals

In 1873, a double murder took place at Smuttynose, the largest of the Islands of the Isles of Shoals.

Legend of Lake Winnipesaukee - Lakes Region

Many moons ago on the northern shore of this beautiful lake there lived a great chief, Wonaton, renowned for his great courage in war, and for the beauty of his fair daughter, Mineola. She had many...

Owaissa, Owaissa - Hampton

An old Indian legend of Hampton Beach tells of the gentle Owaissa (Bluebird) and her cruel father Kenu. Owaissa had become very friendly with the white settlers and especially their children in a...

Passaconaway the Indian Chief - Merrimack

Passaconaway was chief of a Pennacook Tribe who was born somewhere between 1550 and 1570. Legend has it that he could make water burn, turn dried leaves green and make dead snake skin turn into...

New Hampshire's Doctor Granny - Jefferson

"Granny" Stalbird, also known as Deborah Vicker, was only the second woman to settle in the town of Jefferson.

The Witch of Hampton - Hampton

Eunice "Goody" Cole was New Hampshire's only convicted witch. She was tried and convicted in 1656 during the frenzy of the witch trials.

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