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Need a good reason to spot the newt?This month's lucky (and fearless) newt spotter will receive a three 4 oz. bags of tea - one black, one green and one herbal - a stainless steel tea infuser and a tea-infused chocolate bar from The Cozy Tea Cart of Brookline, www.thecozyteacart.com. The Cozy Tea Cart encourages you to "indulge yourself in a cup of comfort."The Cozy Tea Cart is a proud member of NH Made (www.nhmade.com), the state's official non-profit booster of locally generated products and services. (Just for the record, New Hampshire Magazine is a proud member, too.) 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 Don Gardiner of Tewksbury , MA. September issue newts were on pages 13, 76, 79 and 87.Letters to the EditorNewshound I'm a N.H. Magazine subscriber and I loved your recent Celebrity Pets cover story. It was great to see Dickens from Wolfeboro honored, along with so many other fun pets, including a frog. One Celebrity Pet missing? Probie, who is a regular contributor to the Intertown Record newspaper, based out of North Sutton. Probie is easily the first and only newspaper Pet Celebrity journalist in N.H. - complete with photos to go along with his commentary and reflections. Love my Probie! Next time, don't forget this doggie. Thank you.Laray Van Slyke Alton Forgetting Chinook I enjoyed your article on Top Celebrity Pets by Stacy Milbouer and Tom Long [August 2011], but I was very surprised that the article did not mention Chinook, the dog made famous by Admiral Richard Byrd's first Antarctic Expedition of 1928. Arthur Walden from Wonalancet, who originated the Chinook breed, was the team leader on that expedition and Chinook, the original, was Arthur Walden's lead dog. Oddly enough, Arthur Walden is mentioned on the "First Ever Mt. Washington Auto Road Stunts" on page 53 of the same August 2011 issue.Chinook was already well known prior to the Byrd expedition because of his many sled-pulling exploits, and he traveled the U.S. on speaking tours with Walden. When Chinook was lost on the Antarctic trip, his death made headlines around the world. The Chinook Trail (Rte. 113A), from Tamworth to Wonalancet, is named after him, and the Chinook breed, once nearly extinct but rescued by some very dedicated breed lovers, was officially named the New Hampshire State Dog in 2009. I have personally owned two Chinooks and can attest that they are lovable, family-friendly dogs and well worthy of the title.For more info on the history of the Chinook breed, or Chinook himself, go to chinookclubofamerica.org.Nancy Halloran KingstonCats Putting on the Dog My name is Carla Reiss and I own a small business in fine feline apparel, Meow-Wear (www.meow-wear.com). I believe I am the first and perhaps the sole manufacturer of cat-only apparel in the world. Although my initial production run was made in China, I now offer U.S.A.-made goods, stitched right here in New Hampshire.One of our cats is a celebrity. I wanted you to know about her and perhaps consider doing a follow-up piece on her. Her name is Hale Bopp, named for the comet that was viewable around the time of her birth in 1997.Hale Bopp can be seen on at least two of the Animal Planet shows including "Cats 101: Sphynx" and "Must Love Cats" (the segment filmed at the famous Algonquin Hotel where she modeled in my Meow-Wear fashion show to benefit the North Shore Animal League America).Hale Bopp was always on hand as the first "Feline Super Model," as she has been dubbed over the years. Although "retired" now, Hale Bopp is often seen on TV and she maintains quite a following of people who know her and remember her from countless cat shows and Meow-Wear appearances.I am attaching a couple of photos of her wearing some of the couture costumes I made especially for her.Carla Reiss ManchesterAlive and Well I have been told N.H. Magazine's September cover article is on yoga for everyone everywhere. There is quite a bit of yoga happening in Peterborough and Keene, and the towns in between.One local yoga teacher of note is Peggy Cappy, author of "Yoga for All of Us" and known nationwide for her best-selling video series viewed on public television, "Yoga for the Rest of Us."Peggy has been studying yoga for more than 40 years, and travels to pursue that learning. Her Gentle Stretch yoga class has been ongoing in Peterborough for more than 25 years and includes students in their 80s and 90s.Peggy has been sought to teach yoga internationally at conferences, workshops and in spas to groups as diverse as America's top business leaders, cancer survivors and people with other health challenges. All of her DVDs and CDs, which make yoga accessible for all (Easy Yoga for Arthritis, Back Care Basics and Heart Healthy Yoga), are available at www.peggycappy.com.Over here west of the Merrimack River, yoga is alive and well.Margaret Gurney Peggy Cappy Yoga PeterboroughEditor's Note: In the online version of the story we have added Peggy's studio and a number of others that have been brought to our attention.Great Choice There's a hidden jewel of a restaurant in Franklin, N.H., called Ciao Pasta. It's been there a couple of years. You choose your pasta (the fresh-made is yummy), choose your sauce and choose your "add-ons"... everything is excellent. I thought you might want to add it to your restaurant list or maybe do a little segment on them.Dottie Liukkonen NashuaTomato Trials I loved your story titled "The Garden of Eaten" [August 2011]. It reminded me of the garden our family had years ago. Those tomato hornworms were really the worst. Thanks for a delightfully written article.Blanche L. Proulx AllenstownColebrook Kudos This is the first time I read your magazine and simply loved it. I have a small quilting business in New Hampshire and what a treasure finding other entrepreneurs. Keep up the good work.Cindy Grassi Colebrook

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