Feature: If the Shoe Fits

By Matt Golec Melanie Michel of Norwich, Vt., misses The Shoetorium. The venerable full-service shoe store in Lebanon, N.H., was where Michel used to take her two kids — Winston, 9, and Lily, 4 — to be fitted for shoes. But the Shoetorium closed last November after 45 years in the business, leaving parents like […]

Local: A Newbie’s Guide to the Upper Valley

Summer is the best time for newcomers to explore the Upper Valley By Marcos Stafne, Ph.D. Being new to the Upper Valley last spring, I was pleasantly surprised at the numerous cultural resources that come alive when the weather warms up. Here are a few family friendly picks that I highly recommend. Get Your Feet […]

Feature: I Want a Puppy!

What to consider before adopting a pet Text and Photography By Kim J. Gifford “I want a puppy!” These words are almost inevitable. As a concept these small creatures — kids and dogs — seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. But what is good in theory doesn’t always work in practice, leaving […]

How to: Make Allowances Work

By Barbra Alan At some point, your child may approach you about receiving an allowance. This is something you should be prepared for, because your child will be. She may have all kinds of ideas as to how much she thinks she should get and what kinds of chores she’s willing to do for it. […]

Eat: Mini Caramel Apples

Ingredients Toothpicks Melon baller Granny Smith apples (one apple makes 8 to 10 mini apples) Butterscotch or peanut butter chips Chopped nuts, nonpareils, sprinkles, shredded coconut (optional) Small paper candy cups Preparation With the melon baller, scoop little balls out of the apple. Each ball should have a section of apple peel. Push toothpick into […]