Letters to the Editor

Spot the Newt

Last month’s “Spot the Newt” winner is Sarah Kivimaki of Dumfires, Virginia.
August issue newts were hidden on pages 31, 66, 70 and 90.

Spot four newts hidden on ads in this issue, tell us where you found them and you might win one of an assortment of great local gifts. To enter our drawing for a free gift basket, send your answers to:

Spot the Newt
c/o New Hampshire Magazine
150 Dow St., Manchester, NH 03101

E-mail them to

Or fax them to (603) 624-1310

Need a Good Reason to Spot the Newt?

This month’s lucky (and fearless) newt spotter will receive a whole 16-to-18-lb. spiral-sliced applewood-smoked ham with natural juices from the North Country Smokehouse in Claremont.

To find out more about their smoked meats, aged and smoked cheeses, visit www.ncsmokehouse.com. North Country Smokehouse 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, <i>New Hampshire Magazine</i> is a proud member, too.)

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Best of NH Omission

The following Editor’s Pick was left out of the July issue of New Hampshire Magazine’s Best of NH list. We regret the delay.

Best Pop Culture Blog: Thanks to the all-pervasive influence of the Interwebs, the lines between business and pleasure have thinned. Suddenly games, TV, comic books and film have emerged as bellwethers of global attitudes and provide a common argot for youth from Beijing to Baltimore. Here in the Granite State we’re fortunate to have a team of pop culture zealots tracking the herky-jerky sense and sensibilities of this realm. The insiders at Geek Force Five (www.geekforcefive.com) stalk cool factoids and deliver raw intelligence on an almost daily basis. In an age when pop culture is America’s most substantial export to the world, and where presidential candidates announce their campaigns on late night television and engage in serious debates with comedians, a blog like Geek Force Five is a force to be reckoned with.

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Left Out Exhibit
I am an interior designer who, for the last three years, has created the Living With Craft Exhibit at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair. I read with interest the information regarding the fair [“Sunapee,” August 2009]. However, I was disappointed to notice that the Living With Craft Exhibit was not mentioned at all in the story.

The exhibit consists of room-like vignettes that incorporate over 200 of the finest items the craftsmen create, including furniture, lamps, rugs and accessories all carefully arranged to delight and inspire. I would like to recommend all fairgoers be sure to head up to the exhibit for a great experience.

Alice Laporte

Happy Crafters
Great coverage in the July issue about our N.H. crafters. The League of N.H. Craftsmen’s Fair at Sunapee always highlights our work, and our artists and artisans are also presenting at other exciting craftsworkers’ fairs at different sites throughout the state. So many people in New Hampshire seem to love working with hands and eyes, and colors and shapes and textures, and we also love looking at everyone else’s work!

Judith D. Shapiro
Bedford Craftworkers’ Guild

Nowhere to be Found
We followed your advice in the subject article to visit the Hebron Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary [“Road Trip,” July 2009]. When we arrived, we were told that the observation platform deteriorated years ago.  

Warren and Alice Weber

Editor’s Note: Thanks for the, uh, update. We’re correcting the copy online.

Mixed Feelings
I’m a high school statistics teacher. When I read in your recent Top Dentist issue [August 2009] 941 surveys were sent out and 168 returned, I wondered just how unaware your readers might be about the likely lack of significance of your results.

I must admit that my wife works for a physician (not a dentist) who “won” your recognition in an earlier edition of your magazine and she’s proud of that … so I’m writing with mixed feelings! I also suspect that “Best Of” editions such as these must draw the most interest from readers. I wonder if in the future you could find an interesting New Hampshire angle on how people are often misled with statistics … perhaps through some UNH researcher, or a N.H. company that does something with statistics (as I’m writing this last sentence, it sounds pretty boring).

Ken Kravetz

Editor’s Note: For the record, the Top Dentist survey is not intended to come to a statistical conclusion. A 17 percent response is high for such surveys and, based upon the authority of those polled, we think the results are useful.

Moose a Myth?
Lived in N.H. all my life … can spot the newt but never spotted a moose [Q&A, “Moose Whisperer,” May 2009] … am fairly convinced the “moose is a myth” and turns up only on mugs and postcards!

Carla Ferns

Into the Limelight
I love getting your magazine. The articles you write are so interesting and it brings the best parts of N.H. out into the limelight for all to share. Current events are the best part for us; we enjoy going around our great state to meet interesting people and spending time seeing new things that you list in the articles.

Sylvie Johnson-Smith

Back on Track
I moved in the last six months and despite my address change found that my subscription did not follow me! I missed it every month and kept thinking it would catch up with me. 

When I called your office the secretary was very helpful and sent me out all the back issues I had missed. They arrived in only two days and you can imagine how exciting it was to open an envelope with five issues inside! I appreciate the great customer service and am happy to be back on track.

Terri Costa

Re: Top Doctors, April 2009
Laurie Patrick wrote: Dr. Stephen Fox did an excellent job replacing both my knees at once. I was 59, had been in a wheelchair for eight months. Four months after surgery I started riding horses again — my life-long interest — after not riding for 10 years because of my knees.

Sue wrote: Patients’ voices are not heard in many doctor’s offices. Being rated as a top doctor from those in your profession should not be such a huge honor. [Opinions] coming from patients should be held at the higher standard.

Re: Staying Well, June 2009
SqueakyGourmet wrote: Great read — now is a good time for N.H. residents to stockpile on the fresh produce popping up in farmstands all over the state. Also, if we (as the author stated) look for whole foods vs. processed foods our sodium and sugar levels will not be artificially charged by sneaky ingredients. If you look at food and how far the journey for it was from nature to the dinner table — pick the foods that had the shortest journey.

Re: Lessons in Frugality, June 2009
nancygriesenbrock wrote: Your article is very timely. My parents and grandparents were a lot like yours. My sons are living on their own now and I smile when they won’t buy the cereal they like without a coupon!

Re: July Cover
Liz wrote: Good job on your July cover. While a lovely photograph of a lovely girl, you may have moved your magazine from the coffee table to the bathroom for private reading along with the Top Drawer bra and panty ads.

Thanks for all your online comments. Keep them coming.

Categories: Opinion & Humor