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If you lost part of your thumb, do you think it would grow back? Michael Levin, a developmental biologist at Tufts University, writes, "Regeneration is not just for so-called lower animals. You may or may not know that human children below 11-years-old can regenerate their fingertips." I'm way more than 11-years-old, but last year I got to test this theory.

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Life has unexpected surprises and delights. Nursing a knee injury and temporarily using a walker to keep the weight off my knee brace, has indirectly allowed me to discover some wonderful places to write about to appreciate the wonders of spring.

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New Hampshire’s wild flower season is in full bloom now and the Lakes Region is home to many of our state’s most beautiful and interesting native flowers. The season begins with the first tiny white blossoms of the trailing arbutus, also known as the mayflower, though today they start bloomi…

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There are no births on the farm yet; we expect 12 calves, but none have arrived, and the cows keep getting bigger and bigger. By this time in 2020, five bundles of joy had arrived. This year we continue to wait. By this time in 2020, five babies had arrived. As we wait, the grass is growing,…

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Imagine how many people are hiking all over New Hampshire on any given day. This is a wonderful and miraculous state. Hiking guidebooks are constantly being improved as well, as new editions come out.

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There is a resident that has lived on the farm longer than anyone else. She is older than most humans and started life over 100 years ago as a fragile sapling. She is an apple tree that stands in our backyard. Flanked by two other apple trees, almost as old, this trio was planted in the earl…

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HOLDERNESS — Spring is here and amphibians are on the move. Did you know that amphibians are experiencing some of the highest rates of extinction in the animal kingdom? Join LRCC member Maggy via Zoom on Saturday, April 17 from 10-11:30 a.m. to learn more about this mass extinction event, na…

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Last week I wrote about calling a steer a bull. I was told that was insider slang for oxen, but an email from Art Pease made me wonder. This week Art shared this message from a man who worked oxen teams long ago.

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In a previous column, I wrote that farmers call steers "bulls." I got an email from Art Pease, a fellow farmer, who called me out on it. He said, "No, no, no! Farmers do not call steers bulls! Steers are steers, and bulls are bulls, as you must know. Perhaps the Sun wrote the photo caption i…

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Clipping cows means warm weather is near. Cow clipping is an annual ritual at Miles Smith Farm. Scottish Highlander cattle grow thick, rich coats of hair to protect them from frigid winter weather. The lanolin in their hair repels water and snow better than an L.L. Bean slicker. Unlike a par…

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LACONIA — City departments ran up more than $200,000 in COVID-related expenses between when the pandemic first hit in mid-March and the end of the year, according to a report released by City Manager Scott Myers on Monday.

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For one person who registered on Friday for a COVID-19 vaccine, the shot means that she can stop worrying about the virus making her seriously ill. For another, it’s hope that life will return to normal. For a third, the vaccine means that he might be able to see his beloved again.

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LACONIA — The majority of the city’s public school students will continue to attend school under a hybrid schedule. But because some school staff members or students have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has, there are “some pockets” within the scho…

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MEREDITH — On Wednesday, Jan. 13, Hermit Woods Winery & Deli decided to temporarily close due to an employee reporting to have tested positive for COVID-19. The employee had not been present in the winery since Jan. 8. Immediately upon learning of the infection, to ensure the maximum deg…

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