Letters to the Editor

Need a good reason to sport the newt? This month's lucky (and fearless) newt spotter will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Seacoast Soap Company of Stratham (www.seacoastsoaps.com). This company offers "only the highest quality bath care that's inspired by nature - hand-crafted and made on the New Hampshire Seacoast."Our Spot the Newt contest is hosted each month by NH Made, the state's official non-profit, member-based booster of local products and services. New Hampshire Magazine is a proud member. (www.nhmade.org)Spot four newts hidden on ads in this issue, tell us where you found them and you might win an assortment of great gifts. To enter our drawing for a free gift basket, send your answers toSpot the Newt c/o New Hampshire Magazine 150 Dow St., Manchester, NH 03101E-mail them to newt@nhmagazine.com, or fax them to (603) 624-1310.Last month’s “Spot the Newt” winner is Doris Masse of Manchester. The September issue newts were on pages 10, 61, 79 and 86.Letters to the EditorExploritas No Longer I am writing on behalf of Elderhostel regarding information about our organization that was recently included in the July issue of New Hampshire Magazine. We appreciate the coverage of our programs in an article called "Hitting the Road" by Stacy Milbouer and Tom Long and I wanted to share some updated information with you. We have stopped using the name Exploritas for our programs and have extended the name Road Scholar to all of our offerings. I hope that you will be able to update your readers with this new information.Despina Gakopoulos Road Scholar Boston, Mass.Permission to Paint? Re: Cover photo by Susan Laughlin [August 2010] I would like to request permission to do an oil painting of this photograph.Barbara Nordby Mariano Middlebury, Ct.Editor's Note: We happily granted permission and even offered to feature the painting upon completion. The artist got busy and her work appears above. We think it's beautiful.Off to Anaheim Enjoyed the article "N.H. High Schools Worth Cheering About" [September 2010]. As a former Londonderry resident, we are very proud of our Londonderry HS Marching Band. They are participating for the fourth time in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Anaheim this year! Another record for the show-stopping Lancers! Keep up the good work.Cathy Thorgerson GoffstownLoving Our Segways Saw the Blips column in the last issue and thought I would forward the attached to you regarding Segways. The image of Tina and me was taken in Copenhagen, where we enjoyed a great tour along the waterfront and other historic places. The image of Tina [not shown] was taken in Brugge, Belgium. Most fascinating to say the least. The beauty of using a Segway is that you can see more of an area in a shorter time than the hunt most visitors go on to see highlights. We now try to get a Segway tour when we arrive in an area, then go back to fully explore the sights we want to enjoy.Mel & Tina Borrin Center HarborRave for the Roundup Re: Cuisine Buzz - I just wanted to let you know that I think you do a great job rounding up the state's foodie events. Nobody else out there does as good a job. I look forward to your e-mail and read it all the way through. Thanks!Denise Mallett Black Trumpet PortsmouthEditors Note: Susan Laughlin's Cuisine Buzz is a great free resource for foodies. Read the latest Buzz and sign up by clicking here. Two Great Ladies I received our personal copy of NH Magazine yesterday and noted the wonderful article "Different Kind of Caring" about nurse practitioners with two of our top NPs having been interviewed. Christine Ziemba was NP of the Year this year at our annual conference and Linda Reed has been our treasurer for about 10 years. Two great ladies who make the role of NP outstanding!Sally Becker N.H. Nurse Practitioner AssociationTwice Amused Mary Broadbent Sullivan's "Care to Dance" [Last Laugh, September 2010] amused me twice. Memories of my grandmother, an otherwise staid New Hampshire lady, streaking across the back lawn, ripping her clothes off. She'd dug up another hornet nest in her garden. And memories of Mary Broadbent, student in my Exeter High English class a few years ago. I would like to think that I inspired her to write - and to flee the dreaded yellowjacket.John Ferguson PortsmouthThe Elusive LOL I enjoy reading New Hampshire Magazine each month. It's informative for a couple of newcomers to the state looking for something to do and I love reading what's on the mind of your feature writers. "Last Laugh" is my favorite. Soon as my magazine is in the house I head to the last page to see if the guest writer's wit will cause me to chuckle out loud. Sadly, it's not always so. I will continue to read the magazine, opening it up to the last page in my pursuit of the elusive LOL.Marc Boucher LancasterOverlooked Event I am a longtime subscriber to NH Magazine and love every issue. Unless I somehow missed it, I am surprised that you have never done a feature article on the N.H. Senior Games held every year in July and August. It is a great organization and the N.H. Games are by far the best and well-attended venue in New England. They are currently under way in several locations in N.H.E. Lepage Wolfeboro
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