Mike and Laurie Lafleur, with daughters Kaitlyn and Madison.

Celebrate NH Maple Month and visit a local sugar house

Spring has arrived and that means maple sugar houses across the state are pumping out delicious, NH-made, 100 percent pure maple syrup.  To celebrate this time of year, the NH Maple Producer’s Association has named March 15 – April 6, 2014 Maple Month, with Maple Weekend held on March 22 and 23. As part of…

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Cycling advocacy group, Bike Manchester, launches pothole campaign

In an effort to improve Manchester streets for bicyclists and motorists alike, Bike Manchester launched a pothole reporting campaign today that encourages city residents to assist the City of Manchester Department of Public Works in identifying the locations of potholes across the Queen City. This winter has taken a particularly hard toll on the city’s…

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Bicycle Safety – Rules for Cyclists

The bicycle is an amazing piece of engineering and a fantastic way to travel to locations near and far.  While it can be a bit frightening to get out onto the road and ride alongside other motorists, following the rules of the road, and a few safety guidelines, will help keep everyone safe. As cyclists,…

Intersections are dangerous places for cyclists. Photo courtesy of Aixe Djelal/BicycleHead.com

Bicycle Safety – Rules for Motorists

When we put ourselves onto a public roadway, whether on foot, bike or in a motor vehicle, it means we’ve agreed to follow a set of pre-established rules.  These rules aren’t arbitrary, but established for the safety of all, in a variety of situations. We feel safe when riding in our vehicles because we believe…

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Outdoor Ice Skating – Classic NH Winter Fun

In New England, one of the benefits to the harsh winter cold is that lakes and ponds freeze over, allowing for a plethora of winter sports.  From snowmobiling to ice fishing, many people enjoy time on the ice, but if there’s one iconic activity done over NH’s frozen water, it’s ice skating. I grew up…

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Snowshoeing: winter fitness fun for the family

In a quest to find something new and get the kids outdoors this January, my wife and I decided we’d try snowshoeing.  Fortunately for us, the City of Manchester Wellness Committee had teamed up with EMS and the Derryfield Country Club to offer free snowshoeing one weekend late in the month. When we arrived, we…

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New Hampshire Winter Sunrise

The January cold is a biting beast that stings the hands and waters the eyes.  However, it also brings it’s own allure that’s easy to miss in our daily lives of quickly shuffling from house to car to office and back. It’s a weighted, silent beauty.  Subtle, yet striking.  I encourage you to take some…

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The survival guide to winter treadmill running

There’s an implement of torture most runners loathe.  It stands rank and file in gyms and lurks in living rooms and basements.  We avoid it like the plague.  But when the cold weather strikes and the winds blow something fierce, sometimes we just need to hop on the treadmill. While the treadmill is the bane…

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Bike Commuting – a great way to get around in NH

As gas prices soar and waste lines expand, everyone is scrambling for ways to cut back.  One tried, true and increasingly popular way to do this in the Granite State is bicycle commuting.  According to a 2012 study by the American Community Survey, the number of commuters riding bikes rose to .67%, a 10% increase over…