Want to be rid of ticks and mosquitoes? Read on!

Living in the Upper Valley means loving the outdoors, but lately, avoiding ticks and mosquitoes has seemed like a full time job for some of us. Checking each other for ticks after a long hike, re-applying bug spray, permethrin treated clothing, pant legs stuffed into your socks; the list goes on. We're thrilled to share a couple solutions we've found!

For hikes, we recommend a great deterrent  that many people now swear by, permethrin treated gaitors from Redstart Birding which can be purchased here. You can also buy them locally through West Lebanon Feed & Supply. Easy to put on, they can be worn with most anything and they work! 

But even more exciting, we have a fabulous recommendation for those of you who want to eliminate ticks and mosquitoes in your own back yard without exposing yourself or the wildlife to toxic chemicals. The name is 'Pure Solutions'. You may have seen their signs around the Upper Valley.

The locally owned company will send one of their staff to  your property periodically to spray a patented combination of essential oils onto your lawn and around your house. The organic oils cut back these pests to practically zero. They can also make recommendations for steps you can take to further discourage ticks and mosquitoes on your property. We have used them personally on several properties and many, many of our clients now use them too. The professional and friendly staff is always ready to help and listen to any concern or question you might have. They send an email to alert you to a scheduled spray, there's no waiting time before you can walk out on it AND it smells wonderful!

You may be surprised to hear that now is the perfect time to get started.  Even though it seems like the summer is winding down, ticks are still around and will be entering their last phase of life where the female ticks start creating thousands of eggs which they store over winter to lay in the spring.  Spraying now eliminates that cycle.

There is nothing greater than having a 'safe zone' around your home, particularly for pets and children because who can control when they are in and out the door so often? And who wants to have to do that?

Going on a hike? Take the time and extra effort to protect yourself, your kids and your animal companions from the serious diseases carried by ticks and mosquitoes (or just the painful bites!).  

Staying at home in your own backyard? Give Pure Solutions a call, get on a spraying schedule and then relax and enjoy the beautiful outdoors just outside your door.



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    A Favorite Local Tradition

    Norwich Farmer's Market

    Saturdays, May to October, Free to Visit

    Held every Saturday, this is the largest of the many farmer's markets in the Upper Valley. As you would hope, the selection is varied, high quality and delicious! AND, there is almost always live music to enjoy while you browse and sample the local delights.  The selection is truly endless with cooked food, home baked bread, cakes, cookies, maple syrup, pickles, pies, fresh cut flowers, plants for your garden, herbs and beautiful crafts from baskets to bead work to furniture!  You can can fill your whole grocery list there with fresh meat and dairy products also on sale.  On occasion you can even visit a stall to learn about green wood building.

    Visiting the market is also a chance to get to know the local food producers in the area. We recommend taking the time to chat, ask questions and learn more about their stories.  They are fascinating and inspiring.  New England is not the most forgiving of places to grow food and there are hours of educated, experienced hard work behind the bounty of fresh food on display.  This availability of local food is just one of the many reasons people are drawn to living in the beautiful Upper Valley!

    For more information about the Norwich Farmer's Market, visit HERE.  For a schedule of special events associated with the summer market visit HERE.  If you want to become a vendor, this is the link.

    It actually never stops but continues with the 'Winter Market', moving inside to the iconic Tracy Town Hall in the town center from November to April, which is lucky, because you won't want to stop going!  Here's info on the Winter Market.

    Norwich Farmers Market VT


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      Great Deal for Veterans and Vermonters - The Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm

      Have you been looking for a romantic getaway, or maybe just some down time for yourself? Grab your calendar and take this opportunity to enjoy a picture perfect location with extra cash in your pocket. This classic New England Inn is offering discounts off any room type mid-week (Sunday – Thursday). If you've not stayed here yet, now is your chance. If you have stayed at this beautiful place then you'll need no persuading!  Perfect time to take that break you've been thinking about.

      The discounted room rates include full country breakfast and coffee & cookies in the afternoon. Vermont residents get 20% off (search ‘VACA FOR VERMONTERS’ under their rate options if booking online). Veterans get 25% off (search ‘ACTIVE & RETIRED’ under rate options if booking online).  The offer ends May 24th.  Click here to go to their website.

      Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm



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        Going Green in Hanover NH!

        Town of Hanover: Achieving 100% Renewables - The First Steps

        WEDNESDAY March 28th, 6:30-8:30 pm

        RW Black Community Center

        Did you know that in May 2017 Hanover residents voted to transition the town onto renewable energy sources?  This informal gathering is your chance to meet the members of the newly created 'Sustainable Hanover Energy Subcommittee' and get updated on what has been done so far. There will also be information about the Community Solar Zoning Ordinance that will be voted on in the May 2018 Town Meeting. For more information click here.

        (The RW Black Recreation & Senior Center is located on South Park Street, diagonally across the street from the Hanover Co-op, just next to Ledyard bank.  There is a small parking lot ,accessed from the Hanover High School side,Lebanon St., but this is often filled so we recommend looking for street parking!)

        Going Green


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          Another Weekend of Fun in the Upper Valley!

          Once again we found sooooo many good things to do this weekend!

          Check these out if you don't feel like building an igloo, or if you want more to do....


          • The Vermont Flurry: Snow Sculpture Festival, Woodstock, VT - Saturday 17th 10 am - 10 pm, more info here

          • Oscar Nominated Short Films at Loew Auditorium - Saturday 17th 5 & 8 pm - More info here

          • Seminar 'Wonders of the Upper Valley and Where/How to Find Them' - 10:30-3, Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall, Dartmouth College, Sponsored by the Dartmouth Club of the Upper Valley- More info here

          Know Your Place! Upper Valley


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            Too Many Choices!

            These were our 3 runner-ups for top picks this weekend, all on Saturday!

            If you're feeling sprightly you might have a chance of hitting all of them.........

            7th annual Snowshoe Festival, Enfield Shaker Museum, 10 am to 3 pm

            Upper Valley                 Snowshoeing Upper Valley 

            Enjoy snowshoeing on your own or join an LL Bean Snowshoe Clinic - Dog sled rides, lunch, museum tours, toasting marshmallows and much more will be on during the day. There will also be a chance to tour the Smith Pond Shaker Forest with Alision Marchione of the Upper Valley Land Trust, recently purchased by the event's sponsor, The Brundage Foundation. Click here for more info or visit their Facebook page.

            Cost: Adults: $12, Ages 13 to 17: $8, Ages 5 to 12: $5, Children under 5: Free, Families of three or more (parents or guardians with children under 18): $25. Team Rates: Adults and Teens: 10 or fewer: $50, 11 or more: $100.


            Head across the street to the 'Winter Wing Ding' on the lake!

            Sponsored by Enfeild Village, noon to 4 pm

            Bring your skis, skates or just warm mittens for making snowmen. Mason Racing will give demos on their 'fat bikes' and Kitewing will be on hand to help you experience some windpower on your sliders of choice! There will also be a firepit (compliments of the Mascoma Sailing Club) and, of course, S'mores. More info here.


            For outdoor fun with less wildlife but a bit more 'wild'........

            22nd Annual Occom Pond Party!!

            Saturday Feb 10th 12-3  

            Find out more on their  Facebook page


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              Little Mermaid Mania

              Our Pick of the Week sparked lots of interest and we thought the die hard followers of this Disney Classic would enjoy the story of two young girls who grew up to 'live the dream'. Known as 'The Perth Mermaids', these two girls loved the story so much that  they decided to become mermaids themselves!  They now perform as ethereal mermaids on beaches, in aquariums and even for birthday parties!  If you are feeling a desire to join them you can purchase your own tail HERE


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                Family Halloween Event at Billing's Farm, Woodstock, VT


                       Woodstock VT         


                October 29th 10 am to 5 pm              

                Beautiful Billing's Farm is putting on a fabulous program of fun this year for Halloween. Kids (and adults!) can carve pumpkins, go on wagon rides, and listen to 'not-too-scary' Halloween stories.Other activities will include pumpkin games, animal programs.

                If anyone is feeling hungry there will be doughnuts-on-a-string and the chance to crank some home-made pumpkin ice cream along with the normal fare available at the farm.

                Costume parades will be held around the farm at 12 noon and 2 pm. All children will receive a ribbon of recognition for participating.  

                Children in costume receive free admission when accompanied by an adult (adults pay the regular admission fee)

                Billings Farm & Museum Woodstock Vermont



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                  A Gem Hiding in Hanover

                  Did you know there are 1300 acres of protected land just outside of downtown Hanover?  Known as the 'Trescott lands', this gem was the site of the woodland walk over the weekend (see posting below) through special permission from the Town of Hanover. It was an incredible trek, sponsored by the Hanover Conservancy, with Alcott Smith leading the way.  We saw miles of gorgeous woodlands, spectacular views and learned so many interesting things about the animals and plants. There was even an old road from the 1800's where you could see some of the old cellar holes.  It was a poignant moment to reflect on the tiny blip each of our lives is on the timeline of this beautiful area.

                  This past weekend's hike was just one of many of the activities the Hanover Conservancy hosts.   The tiny membership fee of $35 and individual donations are all that supports the huge amount of work they have done to help preserve the natural beauty we all enjoy. You can read about the many natural areas they have preserved for public use here:


                  Such a huge benefit to all of us living here now and future generations.  Next time you are driving through the Upper Valley and see a significant natural area you may be enjoying that unspoiled view thanks to the hard work of The Hanover Conservancy!





                  Hanover Conservancy NH


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                    Welcome to our new website!

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