Letters to the Editor

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Kudos from Newbury
A well-presented story in your recent publication [“Historic Opportunities,” March 2009] stresses the significance and awareness of preserving our historic N.H. properties. The Newbury Historical Society recently completed the first phase of identifying over 100 structures in Newbury that date from the late 1700s to 1899. 

Nineteen homeowners authenticated the history of their properties and were presented wooden dated plaques stating the year their property was built. Newbury’s Center Meeting House, which is undergoing extensive restoration, is sponsoring a Historic Home Tour in Newbury on Aug. 15, featuring four historic farmhouses and four historic Lake Sunapee lodges.

Thank you, New Hampshire Magazine, for your consciousness of the importance of preserving historic New Hampshire. Here in Newbury we also are aware of historic values.

Diana Morris
Catching Up
First of all, I’d like to thank you for providing this New Hampshire Magazine and for the pleasure I have reading it. I also subscribe to Yankee and Downeast Magazine, which I also enjoy. Sometimes I fall behind and have to catch up, which happens to be the reason for this letter.

Two articles – “Remember Indian Pudding” Oct. ’08 and “Pure Cream” Dec. ’08 – caught my eye. My first thought was of my Mother in Heaven and her Indian pudding and whipped cream (real) recipe, which I have not found a match to this day. Steve James, master baker and managing partner of Popovers on the Square in Portsmouth, seems to be not only a master baker but he has a knack for writing. I enjoyed his recipe for Indian pudding, which was considerably easier than my mother’s. I think it took me a half hour just to read my mother’s recipe. Needless to say, I have never tried it.

I live in Rochester. Steve James, I found, lives in Dover, just down the road, and the farm Steve mentions in the Pure Cream article is in Rollinsford, right next door, where I used to buy “raw milk” (unpasteurized) years ago.

Also, in your Dec. ’08 issue article “Making it Personal,” guitarist Ed Gerhard is a Strafford resident and I used to live on Bow Lake in Strafford from 1940-1960.

I’ll close by saying if you’ve had the patience to read this letter, I thank you. If not, I’m sorry.

Wesley (Bud) French
Sarasota, Fla

Marvel-ous Praise
Thanks for the piece in the January issue [“A Green Dream Recycled,” UpFront] It was so well written, you really have a gift. You truly have mastered your craft and I am honored again to be a recipient of that talent.

Jan Marvel

Editor’s Note: Singer, songwriter, signmaker Marvel was a Renaissance Woman in our May 2008 issue. Her current CD, “Green Measures,” is being sold to raise funds for environmental programs. Music from the CD and links to where to buy it are on the NHMagazine.com multimedia site.
Just Sayin’
I am a  first-time subscriber, but will probably not be a repeat one. I agree  with Louise Clarke’s letter regarding your January issue, which lacked any mention of ,the historical achievements of the N.H. Democratic  Party on a state and  national level. You compound this  in the March issue’s  “10th Anniversary Top Ten Lists” under #1 N.H. Politics, Nov. 7, 2006, although you duly note the Democrats’ victories  in winning both Congressional seats and taking the majority at every state level, you do not mention Carol Shea-Porter’s successful true grassroots campaign in becoming  the first  woman Congressperson from N.H.

Under #2 Women, Item #9 although you do note the winning of 13 seats by women in the State Senate, making a majority, you could have included the first female  Democrat, Teri Norelli, to become Speaker  of the House.

I have only received three copies of your magazine, but I get the impression your  bias is showing and your reportage or  lack thereof regarding the significant accomplishments of the Democratic Party in the now Blue State of New Hampshire  sounds like one hand clapping. Be well.

Fran Egbers

Editor’s Note: We have really just the one “political” page and it’s been offered to writers of every ideological persuasion. We don’t see it as our job to represent either party or any point of view, just to find interesting subject matter and present it in a readable and entertaining format. As for the top ten lists, you can imagine the difficulty we had just limiting any of those categories to ten. Readers are encouraged to critique and to supplement our lists when they go online at the beginning of this month. Thanks to you, this process has already begun. Visit www.nhmagazine.com to leave comments or suggestions.

Sign Us Up
We love New Hampshire and would like to be a part of the Legion of Super Advisors. Please let us know how we can participate.

We have a great interest in all events in the Concord and Lakes Region, mostly outdoor activities, but also the arts at Meadowbrook and at the Silver Center in Plymouth.

One of our favorite sections of the magazine is the Road Trip section. We would like to be the navigators for the feature. We also thoroughly like the historic hotels, especially in the Great North Woods – The Balsams, the Mount Washington and the Mountain View Grand.

Karen and Paul Harrington

Blast From the Past
Congratulations on your 10th anniversary of the magazine’s name change, however we believe you may be misleading your readers into thinking the magazine is 10 years old, when in actuality it is over 20 years old. The volume number of the most recent edition is 23 that as you are award means the magazine has been in existence for at least 20 years.

You probably should have celebrated the 20th anniversary last fall when it turned 20. At that time you could have gone over how the magazine evolved. Beginning first with Nashua magazine, then the addition of Manchester magazine, then with regional editions with selective binding and then into one magazine New Hampshire Editions and finally into New Hampshire Magazine with a change in direction from a business-oriented magazine to a lifestyle (home and food) magazine.

As you know we wanted to call it New Hampshire Magazine, but were unable to register the title in N.H. because of a conflict so we settled on New Hampshire Editions with the emphasis on the “New Hampshire” and a teeny-tiny “Editions.” It is interesting that you retained the same font on the title logo.

After the sale of the magazine you were able the following spring to obtain the title we had sought. Also one of the things we developed in the first 10 years was “Powerful Women of N.H.” with Nacky Loeb being the first one and breaking the “Glass Ceiling” for women of New Hampshire. This has evolved to “Remarkable Women” so this, other ideas and editorial concepts during the first 10 years have continued in the second 10 years.

We are happy you are so successful and wish you well for the next 10 (or 20).

Patricia and David Gregg
Mammoth Opened Doors
Thank you so much for your interest in the woolly mammoth and the wonderful story that you wrote. Thanks to the story, some doors have opened and I have been energized to continue work on other animals.

Bob Shannahan

CORRECTION: We omitted the name of the talented artist who embellished our Top Ten lists last issue. It was Marc Sutherland of Dover.