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Archive for August, 2016

Sunapee’s Beck Johnson Receives Great Kids Award

Kid Stuff magazine (part of Kearsarge Magazine LLC) is excited to announce its first GreatKids Award recipient: 16-year-old Beck Johnson! Johnson was nominated by several people and for a variety of reasons: personal talent, eco-awareness, family/peer support, mentorship and academic excellence.

Johnson, a Sunapee, N.H., resident, opened Sanctuary Dairy Farm Ice Cream in 2009. His business has grown into a mainstay of the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge area. The ice cream is handmade and the business is solar powered.

“Unlike most generational businesses, it was the youngest of the family, Beck, who had the vision,” says his mother Susan Deane Johnson. “He took the initiative to train the rest of the family, including his siblings, mother and grandmother. Beck’s secret recipes, passed up from mother to grandmother, support local farmers, like blueberries from Bartlett’s Farm and strawberries from Peachblow Farm.”

“I am impressed with his passion for wanting to succeed and the positive impact he is having on the community by creating a good environment for families to go and have a good time all while eating ice cream!” says Mike Nangeroni of New England Solar Concepts. “It’s great that kids have the opportunity to see and feed farm animals, like goats, donkeys and puppies. They can play volleyball, Frisbee, soccer, dig in the sand, and climb in the play house. It’s a place to go and have some good old-fashioned fun!”

“Beck started out with an idea and built a business. In doing so, he has shown leadership, mentorship and what a lot of hard work does. Beck is a manager of his peers, which at a young age is very difficult. He shows by example and is not afraid of hard work,” says his grandmother Edwina Deane.

Johnson will receive the award in person at the Family FunFest at Whaleback Mountain in Enfield, N.H., on Saturday, Sept. 24. (You can also buy some Sanctuary Dairy Farm Ice Cream!) If you know a kid doing great things, nominate them! Winners are profiled in each issue of Kid Stuff magazine; the next Great Kid will be announced November 1, 2016. Applications are available online at www.uppervalleykidstuff.com/win-it/

The little log cabin

IMG_0667    Follow Route 10 out of Newport, past Goshen and into Lempster, and you’ll find The Little Log Cabin – a farm stand, bakery, artisan’s market and antique store all in one building. It’s open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Totally worth the drive – you’ll find a little treasure you didn’t know you needed, and some really good coffee cake!

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A quiet spot in New London

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Did you know that there is a labyrinth in New London, NH? It is behind the New London Inn – check it out!

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Eastman Lake

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My parents moved to Grantham, N.H., in 1986, so, technically, I did, too. I left for college, then grad school, then came back to buy my own home in Grantham in 1997 (and later a different one in 2002). It’s a nice halfway point between the Upper Valley (Lebanon/Hanover) and Concord. There’s a lot to do – you can golf, cross country ski, hike, swim and rent paddle boats, canoes and these new big wheeled things. And when you leave the traffic and steaming asphalt of the larger towns to see the views of the rolling hills and lake, it feels like you’ve escaped, you’ve gone on vacation, but really you’ve just come home.