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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/

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Family FunFest scheduled for September!

Low Res Family FunFest Logo WN16 jlsSaturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Whaleback, 160 Whaleback Mountain Road, Enfield, N.H.

(exit 16 off I-89, easily seen from interstate!)

Family FunFest is Kid Stuff magazine’s annual family event. It’s about families and fun, education and entertainment, local businesses and nonprofits, games and goodies — a day of memory making right here in your Upper Valley community.

Although Family FunFest is a kid-centered festival, adults have plenty of reasons to love FunFest, too. Parents will learn about camp opportunities, meet Upper Valley tutors and educators, find deals on clothing, learn about birthday party places, and get information from local nonprofit organizations. Door prizes — appealing to the whole family— will be given away during the event. Planned activities include storytelling, obstacle course, pony rides, face paintings, arts and crafts projects, and more!

If you’d like to sponsor or be a vendor at this fun new event, please call the Kid Stuff magazine home base at (603) 863-7048.

Winners of the First Annual Parents’ Choice Award

stampKid Stuff (www.uppervalleykidstuff.com) asked readers their favorite places for families. The online results have been tallied, and the winners highlight the best family friendly locations in the Upper Valley area of Vermont and New Hampshire.

“The Upper Valley is rich in family friendly professional, educational and retail resources,” says Amy Cranage, associate editor of Kid Stuff. “The results of the survey attest to the breadth of options as well as readers’ passionate opinions about their favorites. It’s no wonder many people choose to raise their children in the Upper Valley.”

Here are the results:

BEST PEDIATRICS PRACTICE

  • Winner: CHaD, Lebanon, N.H.
  • Runner up: New London Pediatric Care Center, New London, N.H.

BEST DENTIST

  • Winner: Concord Pediatric Dentistry, New London, N.H.
  • Runner up: Mascoma Dental Associates, Lebanon, N.H.

BEST ORTHODONTIST

  • Winner: Baker Orthodontics, Hanover, N.H.
  • Runner up: Richard Schlein, Norwich, Vt.

BEST PARTY PLACE

  • Winner: Upper Valley Aquatic Center, White River Junction, Vt.
  • Runner up: Pioneer Gymnastics, Newport, N.H.

BEST PRESCHOOL

  • Winner: Hampshire Cooperative Nursery School, Hanover, N.H.
  • Runner up: Newport Montessori School, Newport, N.H.

BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL

  • Winner: Kimball Union Academy, Plainfield, N.H.
  • Runner up: Newport Montessori School, Newport, N.H.

BEST CAMP

  • Winner: Camp Coniston, Croydon, N.H.
  • Runner up: Montshire Museum, Norwich, Vt.

BEST LIBRARY (TIE)

  • Winner: Dunbar Free Library, Grantham, N.H., and Howe Library, Hanover, N.H.

BEST CLOTHING STORE

  • Winner: Hubert’s, West Lebanon, Claremont and Newport, N.H.
  • Runner up: Country Kids, West Lebanon, N.H.

BEST BOOK STORE

  • Winner: Dartmouth Bookstore, Hanover, N.H.
  • Runner up: Morgan Hill Book Store, New London, N.H.

BEST CONSIGNMENT SHOP

  • Winner: Closet Treasures, Grantham, N.H.
  • Runner up: Kids Exchange, Newport, N.H.

BEST KID FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

  • Winner: Lui Lui, West Lebanon, N.H.
  • Runner up: Salt hill, Newport, N.H.

Congratulations to all!