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The mullein plant - a country maiden's rouge

The mullein wildflower has large soft velvety leaves with stiff hairs. The plant has about 40 different names, one of which is "maiden's rouge." According to country lore, young girls can use the leaves by rubbing them against their cheeks, giving their face a rosy tint.The tall-stalked flower can… 0

August 14, 2012
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Sandra Martin tugs at the strings that tie the world together

For the past few summers, I have volunteered at the Little Nature Museum, where Sandra Martin is the founder and director. The museum had its beginning in Martin's bedroom 50 years ago when Martin was a teenager and has been located in a barn at Gould Hill Farm in Contoocook since 2001. It is open to the public… 0

August 7, 2012
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Ginny Gerseney talks bonsai trees at a recent Osher Lifetime Learning Institute brown-bag luncheon. For more information about OLLI, visit olli.granite.edu. 0

July 31, 2012
Nature 101

Can't have a brown-bag lunch without some trees

Trees were the topic of a recent brown-bag lunch sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The event was held at OLLI's new 25 Hall St. location.Dave Anderson talked about the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, which has been a driving force in protecting over a million acres of… 0

July 31, 2012
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Look who Paul found in the woods! It’s Ed and Barbara Wills with their German wirehaired dachshund, Bernie. 0

July 24, 2012
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Look who Paul found in the woods! It’s Ed and Barbara Wills with their German wirehaired dachshund, Bernie. 0

July 24, 2012
Nature 101

Paul stumbles upon some talented tracking dogs

It's legal in New Hampshire to use dogs in tracking deer - wounded or dead deer, that is. I found this out recently while meandering through the New Hampshire woods. Up ahead off the beaten path I saw a man slowly making his way among the trees in a zig-zag pattern. When he saw me coming, he stopped and waited… 0

July 24, 2012
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The Explorers stand around a fire, which they somehow built out of wet wood! 0

July 17, 2012
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Paul and the Explorers don't let rain get them down

On the morning of June 25, when I was scheduled to take the Explorer Group of the New Hampshire Audubon Society on a nature hike, it was pouring rain. In disappointment, I reckoned there would be no nature hike that day. But to my surprise, a white van drove into my yard at the appointed time and out poured… 0

July 17, 2012
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Jim Swope cuts the ceremonial ribbon. 0

July 10, 2012