February Letters to the Editor

Need a good reason to spot the newt?

This month’s lucky (and fearless) newt spotter will receive a nifty Snow Sleeve snow removal device from Hunter IdeaNet of Epping (http://hunterideanet.com). The Hunter Snow Sleeve can be used by one person or two and removes all kinds of snow from powdery to heavy and wet. Extension straps help keep the snow off of the user.

Hunter Ideanet 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.)

Last month’s “Spot the Newt” winner is Jacqueline Bowring of Alton.
January issue newts were on pages 19, 22, 36 and 87.

Glad to Be IT
I wanted to drop a note to say that I very much appreciate my own, and PAREI’s [Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative] inclusion on your 2008 IT list. We are an organization that set out to help just our community, but have found ourselves inundated with requests to teach or model. New Hampshire Magazine has taken us a step closer to being able to help people and communities throughout the entire state. I have heard from members and friends from New Hampshire, Florida and California since the November issue came out and am trying to keep a head that is properly sized.

PAREI has gone into our winter hibernation mode, but will be raising solar installations as soon as the weather breaks. At that time we would like to invite you to come and witness for yourself the excitement of an Energy Raiser. Until then have a great winter and thanks again for your consideration.

Peter Adams
Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative

Great for Visitors
We love your magazine. It’s especially helpful when we have out-of-town guests – it offers great sight-seeing options and terrific restaurant writeups. Thank you for putting in print the wonderful resources our state has to offer.

Michele Zydel

Missed Them
Congratulations on the recent publication of the 2008/2009 Medical Directory listing more than 3,000 Granite State doctors by specialties. I was grateful that pediatric dentistry was included. I was disappointed however that my partners and I were not included on your list in spite of the fact that we are all members of the medical staffs of both the Catholic Medical Center and the Elliot Hospital. Further, my partner Luis Englander and I have both been named as among the top pediatric dentists in our state by New Hampshire Magazine.

I can well understand that assembling this issue must have been an enormous and complex task and I personally think it will be a valuable resource. I do hope that in future editions, you find a way to insure that we are named along with other members of our specialty.

Gary S. Lindner, D.M.D., D.M.Sc.
Lindner Dental Associates

Sweet of Us
Thank you New Hampshire Magazine staff for voting our fudge a winner! It was a sweet surprise.

Mary Ellen Dutton

None of the Niceties
In regards to the January 2009 “Road Trip”: Your trip started in my lovely hometown of Ashland, but you neglected to mention any of the niceties here.

While in Ashland, park anywhere on Main Street for a lunch or dinner at the original Common Man Restaurant and visit the Common Man Company Store for great gifts, candy, wine and more. Great clothing and accessories can be found at Wholly Tara.

Stop by the Village Artists and Gallery to browse the offerings of jewelry, textile work, pottery, photography, furniture and much, much more by extremely talented people throughout the area. The Village Artist is a cooperative so the prices are quite reasonable. All four of these stops are within walking distance.

Also, don’t forget to stop at the Squam Covered Bridge just off Route 3 going towards Holderness for picturesque views of Little Squam Lake. If it’s not too late in the season, the loons abound. In winter the otters are sliding and playing on the ice.

Don’t just pass through Ashland, stop in for a visit!

Lisa Rollins

Backyard Bounty
We love New Hampshire Magazine and have found out about so many interesting things to do, places to go and restaurants to check out right in our own back yard because of you.

Thank you and keep up the excellent publication.

Ed and Lynne Couture

On Squam and Proud of It
We certainly appreciate the mention on the “Leafless Peeping” Road Trip article by Barbara Radcliffe Rogers in your January ’09 issue. However, our name is Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, not the Science Center of New Hampshire. Our name changed many years ago. A correction would be appreciated to help avoid confusion.

Thank you again for the coverage and best wishes.

Laura Dentel
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

In your recent article in regard to Après Ski Hot Spots you noted the magnificent Mount Washington Resort at Bretton Woods. However, there was no mention of the historic and unforgettable Cave Lounge, which is located on the lower level of the hotel. It is an authentic, granite-walled former speakeasy, featuring live bands and an atmosphere that simply cannot be beat.

John B. Eames

Wonderful Wonderland
Here is news about an art exhibit that you really must see. At the corner of Main and Grove streets in Peterborough the “Winter Wonderland” exhibit by Mona Brooks is on display. This is by far, in my opinion, the absolute best art exhibit in New Hampshire this year, maybe in all of New England. This exhibit is what art is really all about. It is art in one of its most creative forms: whimsical, unbounded, free, delightful, pleasing.

If you’ve seen it once or twice you probably looked too quickly. This exhibit deserves and commands a long, slow, deliberate look for it is filled with subtleties, secrets, and pockets of pleasure that come at you unexpected. So go again and take a long look. It will delight your eyes, your senses, your spirit and set your mind to thinking about things quite differently for the whole year. Once you encounter Mona’s “Little People” they will become part of your thoughts in very special and private ways. Go and meet your new community of great friends. Such fun!

Bill Perry, Jr.

NHMagazine.com Comment Box
An online comment regarding our “Insider’s Guide to Concord”: “The Hall of Flags in the State House is one of my favorite things in the State House! Great to see all of these great Concord destinations featured here. Thank you for mentioning the Arts Market too … it was rewarding to put so much work into something and get such a warm response from the community.”

-Katy Brown (Katy is the organizer of Concord’s Downtown Arts Market.)