Letters to the Editor
Need a good reason to spot the newt?This month's lucky (and fearless) newt spotter will receive a Totally Awesome Gourmet Popcorn basket valued at $75 from Michele's Sweet Shoppe of Epsom (www.nhpopcorn.com). Michele's trademarked motto is "The proof is in the popcorn!"Michele's Sweet Shoppe 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax them to (603) 624-1310.Last month's "Spot the Newt" winner is Jacqueline Kelly of New London. August issue newts were on pages 21, 32, 37 and 110.Letters to the EditorGoing Gluten-FreeMy husband has recently been diagnosed with Celiac disease and we have found that this is quite prevalent and more and more restaurants are offering gluten-free menus. I think that it would be an excellent article for your magazine if you could highlight some of the restaurants and other establishments that cater to people with food allergies in New Hampshire. It would also be a good "best of" category for the future.Diane Duprat NashuaEditor's Note: See the story about Celiac disease in this month's "Staying Well" and the featured restaurant in "Cuisine." Listing the restaurants that offer gluten-free menus is a good idea, one we'll pursue in the future.More Grumbling Thanks for the nice review of the book [August 2010]. Bookstores really seem to be struggling right now. Lots of things changing in this digital age and not all of them good. I am not sure how people will even find out about new books if the trends keep moving in the current direction. I know it is a struggle for newspapers and magazines as well. It is going to be a dark day for some of us if we have to read everything off a computer. Thanks for finding the space for my "Grumblings."Glenn Currie ConcordMountain "Rescue" Enjoyed the Mt. Washington story. It reminded me of Ed's and my last trip up there - 1952 or 3. Twelve of us missed the last train going down. We had to spend the night there. We had a great time, all of us. In the morning a train was sent up to "rescue" us. We are still friends with some of them.Mary Franklin Cromwell, Conn.Gone Commercial? Leeann Doherty's "At Your Service" in your June issue supplied helpful information. But - I think it should be pointed out that AARP is no longer an institution primarily interested in helping seniors.Its mission now is the sales of insurance and investment products with little sensitivity to the appropriateness of some of these products for seniors. It fields a massive lobbying effort in Washington to promote this commercial agenda.Bill Zeiler BowTicket Boost Thank you so, so, so much for including our Hancock Kitchen Tour in NH Magazine's online "Upcoming Events Not to Miss." We very much appreciate the coverage. I am certain your endorsement will boost our ticket sales!Kim Brady HancockJoined the Ranks When I heard we got one Best of NH distinction [Best S'mores], I was thrilled ... two? Over the moon. Being a brand-new company, we can't thank you enough for the honor. As a N.H. native, being a N.H. company is something we take pride in. For the last 10 years whenever I see a company with the Best of NH logo, I always known that it means they are special. We are honored to join their ranks.Kristi Buttler Planet Marshmellow MilfordGranite State Memories I love, love, love this magazine because it refreshes my memory of my early childhood in N.H. and enhances my excitement for my upcoming visit to this wonderful area in just two weeks.See you soon lovely lakes, shopping areas, food delicacies and scenic everything.Dell Hanrahan Annes Wheaton, Ill.Love It I have just opened my own massage therapy practice and the first magazine I decided to subscribe to for the reception area is NH Magazine. A subscription to the magazine was given to me from my son in Connecticut a couple of years back I have always enjoyed the wonderful variety of articles. N.H. is such a beautiful state and it is shown in the magazine. The photography is always amazing.Cathie Zoeller LebanonAnd Now, a Word from HankMy name is Hank and I am a Labrador Retriever. I am the Official Greeter at the Common Man Inn in Claremont, and have become something of legend here in the beautiful Upper Valley Region. At the risk of sounding immodest, it is fair to say I am one of the biggest draws at the Common Man Inn, Claremont!I was dismayed to find that I was overlooked in the most recent edition of your New Hampshire Magazine that features a cover shot of some unknown canine in disguise hiding behind a pair of sunglasses. Not only was I passed over, my co-worker, Fletcher the Cat, was featured on not one, but two pages and he even has a photo spread! Fletcher is a fine and valuable staff member at our Common Man Inn in Plymouth, but a Labrador Retriever he is not.In closing, allow me to say that as a member of the play and fetch set, I certainly do admire your choice of subject matter and applaud your recognition of my brethren in the public eye. Should you ever again shine your literary light on New Hampshire's hard-working canines, it would be my pleasure to assist you in your worthy effort.Thank you for your attention.Hank Common Man Inn, ClaremontEditor's Note: No doubt you are not the only pet who felt slighted by the limited set of candidates for the state's "Celebrity Pet" in our August issue, but you are the only one who took the time to write. I thank you for bringing your concern to my attention so that we can attempt to make amends.Here's the plan: To create a more democratic and inclusive system for choosing the state's official "Celebrity Pet" we have created an online poll where any pet owner (or an especially clever pet) can upload a photo and a brief profile. Then they can notify their fan base (when, like you, they have one) or attempt to attract a following by pointing them to the site via e-mail, social media or even those little photocopied signs on telephone poles that often depict a lost pooch or kitty. Be creative. As I'm sure you know, soft fur and big eyes will only get you so far in life. To participate, just click here!