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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

Dick Pinney Guide Lines: The long search for a gun without recoil pays

WHEN WE were younger, it seemed like a badge of courage when you would mount your single barreled, lightweight shotgun and absorb an unusual amount of shoulder-kick when you touched-er off!

Nature Talks

Forty-four panes of glass make a good window from which to view the world at any age. Nature Talks columnist Cheryl Kimball shares the view from her kitchen window.

What makes us stay when it's easier to go?

DONALD HALL sat in front of an appreciative audience at the Red River Theatre in Concord recently and read from his new book, “Essays After Eighty.” His comments at the reading, his essays in his book and most recent interviews with him reveal that at 87 years old, Hall's world has become increasingly smaller.

Animals

Rivier students take some time off from studying for finals to spend a few minutes with Bree, a therapy dog that helps people cope with stress.

Therapy dogs have a calming effect on student test-takers

Rivier College welcomes a pack of therapy dogs and their handlers to help students "de-stress" during finals week.

North Woods Animal Treats, located in Keene, offers 100 percent natural, holistic pet treats for the holidays, including the Jingle All the Way gift crate, which includes two Parmesan Moos dog cookies, hypoallergenic Nibbles treats and a jingle bell all nestled in a reusable pine crate.

Pet pleaser

Christmas Gift Guide - North Woods animal treats

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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