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The stone walls that line the edges of our property were put here by Miles Smith in the 1850s and '60s. Constructed with rocks extracted from the fields, Miles moved every boulder and rock with a team of oxen. He would lever each rock onto a sled called a "stone boat" and then direct his team to where he wanted the wall – most likely the property line. Then Miles would arrange the stones to make a "dry stack" wall, counting on gravity, not mortar, to hold them in place.

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The stone walls that line the edges of our property were put here by Miles Smith in the 1850s and '60s. Constructed with rocks extracted from the fields, Miles moved every boulder and rock with a team of oxen. He would lever each rock onto a sled called a "stone boat" and then direct his team to where he wanted the wall – most likely the property line. Then Miles would arrange the stones to make a "dry stack" wall, counting on gravity, not mortar, to hold them in place.

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MEREDITH — Picnic Rock Farms on Route 3 was voted third best farm stand in New Hampshire this summer by WMUR’s Viewer’s Choice, and Moulton Farm was voted number five. These two farms have conservation easements that preserve their land for agricultural use in perpetuity.

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Some of you may know Ragged Mountain as one of best family-oriented ski areas south of the White Mountains. Others may know Ragged as the ski resort that went through troubled financial times and periods of ownership turnover. Still others may know it as the mountain looming over Danbury. I …

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BRETTON WOODS — During its annual meeting at the Omni Mount Washington Resort last week, Great N.H. Restaurants staffer Willow Furey (manager of T-BONES Great American Eatery on Union Avenue in Laconia) was named Restaurant Employee of the Year by the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Ass…

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It was an outstanding day to be in the woods. The birch and beech trees glowed yellow and tan. The forest floor was carpeted with maple and oak leaves. The smell of dead leaves moldering on the ground filled the air with the typical fragrance of autumn. Mushrooms of various hues were shootin…

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HOLDERNESS — Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is offering programs for homeschooled students this year. Monthly on Thursdays from November through April 2020, the science center will host educational classes about New Hampshire wildlife and ecology for age groups four through six, and seve…

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Volunteers from Pasquaney Garden Club were surprised by a group of eight loons swimming and diving offshore from their work area at Cummings Beach recently. The loons lingered and watched the gardeners. The rainwater remediation area that protects the lake edge along the parking lot at Cummi…

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MEREDITH — Walkers and runners of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in a unique 5k, Moulton Farm’s 7th annual 5k and Fun Run, on Saturday, Nov. 2. The course winds around the farm's greenhouses and fields, and ends with a run through the farm’s corn maze. 

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GILFORD — The Fallen Foliage Finale work session at the Wetlands Walk boardwalk will be Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. In case of severe weather, the group will meet Sunday, Nov. 3, 1-4:30 p.m.Some jobs were completed this summer by volunteers, the Laconia Rotary Club, Granite United Way…

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HOLDERNESS — The seventh annual Squam Ridge Race, a single track competition traversing the Squam Range crossing three summits, gaining over 3,000 feet of elevation, and open to runners and hikers of all ages, was held on Sept. 29. Hosted by the Squam Lakes Association, 134 racers completed …

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GILFORD — Gunstock Mountain Resort is offering another Belknap County Weekend on Oct. 26 and 27, giving county residents — as well as Winter Season Pass holders, regardless of residency — a chance to ride scenic lift and mountain coaster ride at no charge.