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Stonewall_CloseUp_RoastChicken-Vegies Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Hearty chicken recipes for cold winter nights Photographed by Jim Stott Getting two people to agree on the best way to roast a chicken is almost impossible, but there is no doubt that it is just about everyone’s favorite “go-to” meal during the winter months. Here Jim and I offer two of our best chicken dishes to take the chill off our New England winter weather. We probably have consumed hundreds of chickens on the way to finding out what the perfect...

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Phil O’Donnell

A stonemason creates enduring art

T Phil sculpture2B2Photographed by Penny O’Sullivan Thousands of stone slices make up the beehive-like Orb.

New England is a region of rock, from the granite faces of its many hillsides and mountains to its rocky shores and boulder-strewn fields. The early settlers crafted walls, foundations, and buildings from this rock, but stonemason and landscaper Phil O’Donnell of Stratham, New Hampshire, sees rock differently. For him, its weathered and varied forms are inspiration for his art.

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Maya Travaglia

An artist’s love affair with color and light

Talent Marti InMotion2Marti in Motion is Travaglia’s first LED piece, designed to hang on a wall without natural light filtering through.
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Clear panes of glass are part of our daily lives; they let in light and visions of the outside world. Maya Travaglia, however, adds color, shape, texture, and an artist’s vision to her glass creations, creating designs of beauty and meaning.

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Jamie LaFleur

An artist creates a visual feast

T LaFleur AspensJamie LaFleur’s Aspens, an oil painting on canvas mounted on board, shows his use of muted tones, highlighted by a punch of red.

Jamie LaFleur is continuously immersed in art. As an artist, he strives to convey on canvas surroundings that are meaningful to him. As owner of the Banks Gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, he eagerly shares diverse and impressive collections with others.

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Robert Hanna

A restoration artist brings antiques back to life

RH WorkingPhotographed by Greg West Hanna demonstrates the technique of French polishing, which provides a high luster.

Every piece of furniture tells a story. Who made it and why? Was it fashioned as a gift or piece of art, or was it made to be sturdy and useful? Over the years, time embellishes the story as owners come and go. Paint, scars, and insect damage may alter a once lovely appearance. Underneath a damaged facade, however, the original wood remains, waiting for its patina to be rediscovered. Uncovering that beauty, while staying true to the furniture’s history, is the mission of restorer and conservator Robert Hanna of Brentwood, New Hampshire.

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Brent Loy

Creating coastal vegetable varieties

Talent GreenPumpkinPhotographed by Lisa Nugent, UNH Photographic Services Loy's experimental vegetable varieties under development.

Growing vegetables from seed is one of the most rewarding gardening experiences. Not only can you choose from many exciting varieties, but what could be healthier for body and spirit than eating what you know you planted yourself? For best results, it pays to grow vegetables that suit your climate. Enter plant breeder Brent Loy, who develops plants adapted to the needs of regional seed companies and gardeners.

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Standing Tall

Ed Hopkins looks to nature in his work as an arborist

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Trees, shrubs and landscapes surround us. Here in New England, lush greens, bold crimsons and barren branches frame picturesque seasonal views. Ask Ed Hopkins, president of Urban Tree Service, A Tree Health Company Inc. of Rochester, New Hampshire about nature, though, and you’ll get a bit of a different perspective. 

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Dover’s Historic Washington Street Mills Comes Alive

Funky Rock Designs Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar A Diverse Gathering of Businesses Under One Roof Written by Crystal Ward KentIn the 1800s, the Washington Street Mills harnessed the power of the Cocheco River in Dover, New Hampshire to make textiles. From the mighty mill machinery flowed a river of cloth that was sold around the world. By the 1900s, however, competition from southern cotton mills slowed northern production. Two disastrous fires and the Great Depression sealed the mills’ fate, and the machinery fell silent. By the 1980s, the buildings...

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A Cook's Dream

CarlisleKitchen Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar   From classic to contemporary, the Music Hall Kitchen Tour presents the kitchens of downtown Portsmouth Photographed by Greg West The Music Hall Kitchen Tour returns May 7, 2011, with a focus on extraordinary kitchens in historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This year, in addition to standard tickets, the Music Hall is introducing a limited number of Gourmet tickets, which give entry to additional kitchens. The Gourmet ticket also includes an invitation to an exclusive lobby reception at One Harbour Place, featuring...

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Newmarket Mills

Apartment living goes green and gets connected

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Drew and Ezra Temko, both 30, moved to the Seacoast from the Philadelphia area two years ago. “We likely would not be living in Newmarket if it weren’t for the Mills,” Drew says. “I traveled to the area prior to our move and fell in love with the Mills for several reasons: being on the water, the beautiful exterior of the building, heated floors, large windows, and the location in downtown Newmarket.”

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Going Solar

New Hampshire homeowners see the bright side of solar energy systems

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Not far from the Seacoast, a little more than a half hour from downtown Portsmouth, is the town of Farmington, New Hampshire. Much like neighboring towns Rochester and Dover, Farmington’s history is steeped in mill manufacturing.

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Hitting the Reset Button

How builders are reshaping sustainable home design

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On a small lot in Rye Harbor, New Hampshire, not far from the rocky shoreline and the swell of the sea, sits a recent residential project that pushes the boundaries of sustainable design. The 2,400-square-foot home is replete with energy-efficient technology that reduces heating and electricity bills, generates home energy credits, is environmentally friendly, and looks good doing it, too.

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Rain Gardens

Improving water quality with nature as a guide

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When you think of things designed to help consumers and homeowners reduce their environmental footprint, chances are some of the first to come to mind are of the high-tech variety: solar PV systems, spray-foam insulation, electronic monitoring equipment, and other, costly investments. However, the last two decades have seen a considerable uptick in another eco-conscious application, the rain garden, which demands far less in the way of both maintenance and materials.

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Practical, Prudent, and Posh

Right-sized homes blend sustainability with beauty

GA Exterior GreenAlliancePhotographed by Mike Lockhardt

Deb Regan, a resident of Laurel Court in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, lived two blocks away on Mangrove Street when she first happened upon her future neighborhood. She had become intrigued by the construction of what was described as a “high-performance” subdivision.

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Fighting the Holi-daze

Local experts help find balance in chaos

GA TRUSLOW Gateway 159Photographed by Bill Truslow

You spent weeks planning Thanksgiving dinner—ordered the free-range turkey, stocked up on a bevy of local libations, put your own well-honed spin on all the fixin’s—and now, it’s over. With the faint din of football droning in the distance, you dry the last dish, grab your glass of merlot, and head to a living room filled with laughter and loved ones. Scanning the room to take in the smiling faces, the family, and friends, you forget for a second the untold hours and near disasters that made it all possible.

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Pest Control, Naturally

Local firm offers a low-impact pest control alternative

Chances are you have had this experience: It’s the first truly warm day of the year—late March, let’s say—and you have just gotten back from an unseasonably balmy park walk or seashore picnic. You walk through the front door, take off your shoes, head to the kitchen to start preparing the night’s dinner, and happen upon a trail of slowly moving black specks on the counter.

GA WingedCarpenter JosephCalevPhotograph by shutterstock.com/Joseph Calev

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Painting with a Different Brush

Painting with a Different Brush Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Local Painting Companies Show the Green Way Forward Minute Men Painters used low-VOC Land Ark finishes, made from beeswax and all-natural pine resins, on the interior beams and water-borne polyurethane on the interior doors and trim of this post-and-beam house in Acton, Maine. Painting with a Different Brush Minute Men painted this charming sky-blue bedroom in a house built by Gray Contractors on Rye’s Jenness Beach. Painting with a Different Brush For Sean Sturk, co-owner of Minute Men Painters, the decision to...

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