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How Do You Keep the Bids Coming? | The Big Question

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“This is work I’ve always known. Where I grew up in Arkansas, my parents had a small auction... Read More »

How New England Are You?

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75 Things Every New Englander Should Do … Here’s a life list for anyone who loves the region,... Read More »

How to Escape a Rip Current — Advice from an Expert

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Each year across the U.S., lifeguards rescue some 50,000 swimmers from rip currents; more than 100 victims don’t... Read More »

How to Make a Gingerbread House | Expert Advice

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If you’ve never attempted to make a gingerbread house before, MaryJane Robbins has some words of advice: It... Read More »

How to Shop for Free

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Every week Kathy Spencer does the impossible: For her family of six, she spends just $4 a week... Read More »

How to Sugar on a Shoestring

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Maple sugaring, as Burr Morse will tell you, doesn’t require fancy stainless-steel boilers and gravity-fed tubing–simple firepits and... Read More »

How Yankee are you?

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That’s the question we posed to readers in our September/October 75th anniversary issue. From eating apple pie with... Read More »

Insider’s Touch

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Syrup reaches the right sugar concentration when it’s boiling at 7° above its initial boiling point, which in... Read More »

Jenna Sammartino, National Park Ranger, Eastham, Massachusetts

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In 1997 Jenna Sammartino, a newly minted Cape Cod resident, first started hearing stories about the Whydah, a... Read More »

Jenny Thompson | The Big Question

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Few Olympic athletes achieve the kind of success that swimmer Jenny Thompson did. Born in Danvers, Massachusetts, and... Read More »

Ken Burns on the Importance of ‘America’s National Parks’

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Producer/Director Ken Burns describes his work as “emotional archaeology.” For nearly 30 years, Burns has unearthed compelling, surprising,... Read More »

Ken Squier, Mr. Thunder Road, Barre, Vermont

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On Thursday nights from May through September, this quarter-mile racetrack features cars that vary from your standard 380-horsepower... Read More »

Knowledge & Wisdom: How to Build a Backyard Pond

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For more than 25 years, Tim Matson of Strafford, Vermont, has designed ponds for clients around northern New... Read More »

Knowledge & Wisdom: How to Build a Sand Castle

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The Right Stuff First you need good sand. (For the Hampton competition, Grady trucks in 300 tons of... Read More »

Knowledge & Wisdom: How to Carve a Better Jack-o’-Lantern

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Professional carver Sean Fitzpatrick, owner of Fitzy Snowman Sculpting (fitzysnowman.com), which also specializes in snow, ice, and sand,... Read More »

Knowledge & Wisdom: How to Drive in Winter

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Tim O’Neil is trying to save the world, one driver at a time. For the past 27 years,... Read More »

Knowledge & Wisdom: How to Eat Beyond the Mac

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Ben Watson’s apple world is bigger than most–and he thinks everyone should have the chance to experience it.... Read More »

Knowledge & Wisdom: How to Heat with Wood

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For more than 30 years, Stephen Philbrick has heated almost exclusively with wood—this despite the fact that for... Read More »

Knowledge & Wisdom: How to Sound Like a New Englander

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Thom Jones likes the sound of other people’s voices. As a dialect coach for the Trinity Repertory Company... Read More »

Knowledge & Wisdom: How to Survive Extreme Winter Weather

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Joe Lentini’s backpack weighs just 25 pounds. But what he keeps inside it lets him survive some of... Read More »

Lobster Trivia | New England by the Numbers

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25 number of times a lobster sheds its shell during the first five years of life 98 estimated... Read More »

Lyndonville, Vermont: Jodi Wheeler

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Jodi Wheeler is a lot of things to a lot of different people. To new mothers struggling to... Read More »

Make Gardening Fit Your Lifestyle

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Patti Moreno discovered her passion for gardening in 1998, when she was looking for a way to lose... Read More »

Mayor of Fitchburg, MA: Lisa Wong

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In November 2007, residents of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, overwhelmingly elected Lisa Wong, a 28-year-old political novice and the daughter... Read More »

Message In a Box

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It’s been said many times that Yankee stories are different than other kinds of magazine stories. We hear... Read More »

Mount Washington Auto Road | Big Question with Snowcat Operator Slim Bryant

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We ask snowcat operator Slim Bryant: “How’s the Mount Washington Auto Road in Winter?” There may be nobody... Read More »

Nantucket Beach Erosion | A Disappearing Island

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On a Friday in mid-October, Eugene Ratner takes stock of the churning sea in front of his home... Read More »



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