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Portsmouth Living Magazine is your community publication. Its goal is to showcase the people and places that make Portsmouth such a great city to live in. Each month will feature a local neighbor on the front page along with an article. Other articles include Home and Garden, Fitness, Health, Food, Events and more.

Portsmouth

LIVING

MAY

2018

LORI TIERNAN

& DEAGLAN

MCEACHERN

Committed to Family

and Community

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COVER PHOTO BY LORI TIERNAN


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PUBLISHER | Mark Kasper

CONTENT COORDINATOR | Tamara J. Collins

DESIGNER | Gabrielle Rohmer

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER | Lori Tiernan

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EMAIL | mkasper@bestversionmedia.com

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Emergency.......................................................................................................... 911

Police Department........................................................................(603) 427-1500

Fire Department.............................................................. ..............(603) 427-1515

City Hall........................................................................................(603) 431-2000

Library......................................................................................... (603) 427-1540

Recreation Department......................................................... ......(603) 427-1548

School Department....................................................................(603) 431-5080

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Dear Residents,

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Portsmouth Living, a

magazine geared solely to you and the people around you. This

publication is all about your neighborhood: the folks who live

next to you, a block over from you or across town from you.

Consider us your snapshot into the goings on in your community,

your resource for all things Portsmouth.

We’re your publication team, Mark Kasper, Publisher, and

Tamara Collins, Content Coordinator, for Portsmouth Living.

We’re so excited to bring you great local content every month!

We had such a blast getting to know our featured family for

May, and we’re looking forward to introducing the Marino

family to you in the June edition of the magazine.

As a longtime resident, Tamara is hoping you’ll inundate her

e-mail with suggestions and ideas – tell her about your upcoming

garage sales, your community events, your student-athletes,

your real estate success stories and your Portsmouth insider

tips. We want to know – and feature – it all. Think school and

extracurricular activities, association updates and non-profit

charity listings. If it’s happening in Portsmouth, it’s

news your neighbors need to know.

We will be coming out monthly with features

on residents, as well as expert advice

from area professionals. Our mission?

To help you get to know who’s living

down your block, up the street or

around the corner. Our personal approach

is a bit old-fashioned, but we

believe there’s still a place for featuring

the personalities and goings

on that makeup Portsmouth life.

See you around town,

~ Mark and Tamara

Distinctive Properties. Exceptional Service.

©2018 Bean Group, All Rights Reserved.

MARK KASPER

Publisher

TAMARA J. COLLINS

Content Coordinatorr

APRIL 2018 3

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MAY 2018 3


Resident Feature

LORI TIERNAN

& DEAGL AN

MCEACHERN

Committed to Family

and Community

BY TAMARA J. COLLINS

PHOTOGRAPHY SUBMITTED

Lori and Deaglan live across from

where Deaglan grew up on Dennet

Street. Their home once belonged to

an art teacher who taught Deaglan in

her living room/art studio when he was

growing up; her children, similar to

Deaglan and age, became his friends.

He kept in touch with them over the

years and when their mother died

suddenly, Deaglan and Lori decided to

make the 1890s Dennet Street house

Lori and Deaglan’s

daughter, Tiernan

McEachern, was born in

September, 2016. Lori

says, “Ten couples within

the same vicinity of us,

within 6 months of each

other, all had babies.

Now we have a wonderful

neighborhood support

group.”

BY LORI TIERNAN

The family’s favorite thing this past

winter has been the blizzard parties with

neighbors every time it snows. They also

love their annual neighborhood block

Lori Tiernan and Deaglan

McEachern met through

friends at a bar in New York

City. They were married in

February of 2014 in Lori’s hometown

of Williamsburg, Virginia. Their fiveyear-old

dog, Blue, is a Husky/Lab they

adopted in NYC a week before their

wedding. “He had been rescued from

Florida where he had almost been euthanized!”

Lori says, “He now happily

monitors the neighborhood dogs from

our front windows.”

Lori has a bachelor’s degree from

the University of Richmond and is the

Founder of Tiernan Consulting, a strategic

marketing firm based in Portsmouth,

and the co-founder of Bhive, an

online marketplace for small business

owners to trade and barter their goods

and services with each other.

Last year Lori was part of a panel

discussion featuring local women tech

entrepreneurs, speaking alongside

other women founders like Kendall

Tucker (Polis), Amy Cueva (Mad*Pow)

and Stefany Shaheen (Good Measure).

The panel was moderated by Katie

Burke, the vice president of culture

and experience at HubSpot, a software

company, in conjunction with a showing

of “She Started It”, a documentary

about five women who are breaking

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the glass ceiling in tech. “The discussion

was about challenges, breaking in,

sexism in the workplace – a lot of young

women attended,” Lori says.

Lori’s husband, Deaglan, has a bachelor’s

from UC Berkeley and a Masters

from Cambridge University. He works

as a Strategic Account Executive at

Hearsay Systems. He is currently running

for Congress in New Hampshire’s

First District. “Government can have a

positive impact on people’s lives,”

Lori says.

Deaglan is also a former Olympic

athlete; he was a member of the

United States Rowing Team from 2005

through 2012. Here are his quick stats:

• Two Time Bronze Medal Winner

2007 Pan American Games,

Rio de Janeiro

• Qualified Men’s Quadruple Sculls for

2008 Beijing Olympics

• 8th in Men’s Pair 2010 World

Championships - Lake Karapiro, New

Zealand

• Finalist 2012 US Olympic Trials

party... People bring instruments to play

music together, and they even have

their own North End Logo.

their home. The couple also live across

the street from Deaglan’s parents, who

have lived on Dennet since the 1940s.

Tiernan is a member of

the Creek Kid Gang. She enjoys wagon

rides and pushing the limits. “It’s an

awesome neighborhood.” Lori says,

“We have a lot of great friends and

everyone is friendly and welcoming.”

Lori couldn’t imagine a more

encouraging place to raise their

daughter.

The family’s favorite thing this

past winter has been the blizzard

parties with neighbors every time

it snows. They also love their annual

neighborhood block party

which has over 100 attendees.

The party happens every year at

the end of August. People bring

instruments to play music together,

and they even have their

own North End Logo. The

Creek Neighborhood even has

its own Facebook page!

Lori and Deaglan are both

very active in the small business

community and manage

the New Hampshire Business

Owners Facebook group

which has close to 2,000 small businesses

across the state. The goal is to

make it easier to start and run a small

business here in New Hampshire; they

are both involved with initiatives to

bring more tech companies to New

Hampshire.

They are also sports fans:

Deaglan: The Pats and Cal

Lori: Virginia Tech, Hokies

Like many folks in Portsmouth,

Street Brunch is also popular with Lori

and Deaglan, and they usually find

themselves there on both Mother’s Day

and Father’s Day.

“Come say hi!” Lori says, “We love

meeting new folks in the neighborhood.”

When my husband and I relocated

back to the Seacoast we found it difficult

to connect with other owners in

an authentic way,” Lori Tiernan says.

We feel that the best resource for business

owners is each other. We can learn

from each other’s success and failures.”

She and her husband, Deaglan

McEachern co-manage the Seacoast

MAY 2018 5


LOWEST INVENTORY IN THE LAST 6 YEARS

DRIVES TOP DOLLAR FOR SELLERS IN PORTSMOUTH

Real Estate

Business Owners Facebook Group page

which launched in May 2016 and has

since grown to include 1400 local business

owners. “We are in the process of

becoming an official non-profit that will

be state-wide,” Lori says.

A high percentage of businesses fail in

the first year due to lack of information

and resources. They’re often strapped

for cash and don’t have extra money to

spend on things they might really need,

like learning a new skill. They are also

often lacking in

support. A business

owner might

be an amazing

landscaper but

has no marketing

skills to speak

of and needs to

learn marketing

in order to grow his business. This is

where Seacoast Business Owners and

its online forum comes in. The online

community is very engaged with each

other; they are each other’s’ biggest

business advantage.

Seacoast Business Owners hosts free

quarterly events for learning new skills;

for example, they may have an accountant

provide advice pro bono. Things

of this nature are incredibly useful to

community business owners.

Lori is motivated by the drive of each

small business owner she comes across.

On a weekly basis, she works one

on one with business owners on their

marketing plans. “Getting them up

and running is the best reward I could

have,” she says. “Shop locally as much

as possible,” she urges. “The strength of

our small business ecosystem is a direct

reflection of the strength of our

community.”

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YEAR HIGH LOW AVG TOTAL # OF SALES AVG DOM

2012 $1,451,200 $15,000 $344,275 $104,659,843 304 104

2013 $1,986,000 $3,500 $394,103 $132,813,005 337 70

2014 $1,600,000 $32,000 $364,922 $131,007,330 359 59

2015 $6,250,000 $29,000 $419,397 $157,693,296 376 43

2016 $3,000,000 $12,000 $468,713 $168,736,932 360 67

2017 $3,056,000 $62,000 $541,161 $185,077,068 342 57

Average selling price for property in 2017

was up 57% to $541,161.

Total sales increased by 77% during this period.

Best Version Media does not guarantee the accuracy of the statistical data on this page. Any real estate agent’s ad appearing

in this magazine is separate from any statistical data provided which is in no way a part of their advertisement.

We would like to thank our sponsor, Porstmouth Christian Academy for the opportunity to bring you this story.

Selling Season Begins in Spring,

Are You Seeing Shades of Green?

Barbara Dunkle

(603) 498-7927 CELL

(800) 450-7784 ext 7078 OFFICE

barbara.dunkle@beangroup.com

www.barbaradunkle.com

SOLD | 179 Pleasant St. | $2,600,000

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May 2018

NON-PROFIT COMMUNITY CORNER

FRIDAY, MAY 11 TO SUNDAY, JUNE 10

THE PRODUCERS

@Seacoast Repertory Theatre

Two would-be Broadway producers discover

how to strike it rich. All they have to do is

produce a show that flops. When Springtime for

Hitler turns out to be a smashing success, their

lives are turned upside down. Winner of the

Tony for Best Musical.

TIME Varies

COST $20-38

www.seacoastrep.org/2018-season

SATURDAY, MAY 12 & SUNDAY, MAY 13

9TH ANNUAL MOTHERS’ DAY

WEEKEND CRAFT FESTIVAL

@Town Common in Hampton Falls

American Made Arts & Crafts. Specialty Foods.

Live Music.

TIME 10am-4pm

COST FREE

www.castleberryfairs.com/9th-annual-mothers-day-

weekend-craft-festival-201-

SUNDAY, MAY 13

FULLER GARDENS

OPENS MOTHER’S DAY

@Fuller Gardens

Tour the Gardens and the Gift Shop near the

Ocean.

TIME 10-3pm

COST Adults $9.00 / Children $4.00 /

Carried infants no charge

www.fullergardens.org/opening-day-mothers-day

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SUNDAY, MAY 13

26TH ANNUAL KITCHEN TOUR

@Heart of Portsmouth’s Little

Harbor Neighborhood

The Music Hall is proud to present its 26th

Annual Kitchen Tour, this year set in the heart of

Portsmouth’s Little Harbor neighborhood. Take

a stroll and admire the contemporary and vintage

styles created by top designers and builders

in the Seacoast. With coastal influences

and historic flourishes, this year’s Kitchen Tour

features breathtaking kitchens of all shapes and

sizes. This is the tour for people thinking about

a renovation or just curious about dream kitchens.

It’s the perfect get-together for Mother’s

Day weekend!

TIME 10am

COST $30

www.themusichall.org/calendar/event/26th _ annual

_ kitchen _ tour _ 2017

THURSDAY, MAY 17

BEAT NIGHT FEATURING

MATT MILLER AND JEFF STERN

@Portsmouth Book and Bar

Join us for this free evening of music and

poetry.

TIME 7pm

COST FREE

wwwfacebook.com/beatnightpressroom

THURSDAY, MAY 17

PECHAKUCHA NIGHT

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@3s Artspace

JPechaKucha Night is a Portsmouth tradition,

now in its 8th year. It’s also part of an internationally

recognized event based on a unique

presentation style in which artists, designers,

and other creative individuals have six minutes

and 40 seconds to share their presentations

in the traditional PechaKucha format – twenty

images, with twenty seconds to talk about each

image.

TIME 6:30pm

COST FREE

www.3sarts.org

SATURDAY, MAY 19

DROP IN DRAW

@Portsmouth Public Library

The library will offer drawing prompts and

props for inspiration. We will also host an

optional “round robin” figure drawing exercise:

sign up to pose for others for a five-minute

shift! Borrow paper, pencils and colored pencils

from us, or bring your own materials. Light

refreshments will be offered. Open to all ages.

TIME 10am-1pm

COST FREE

www.cityofportsmouth.com

SATURDAY, MAY 19

LEGO BUILDERS

@Portsmouth Public Library

All ages are welcome to create amazing

structures with our *LEGOs and display it

in Youth Services for the month!

TIME 10am-4pm

COST FREE

www.cityofportsmouth.com

SUNDAY, MAY 20

MACBETH

@The Music Hall Loft

Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy,

directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny

Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear as

Macbeth (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie

Duff as Lady Macbeth (Oil, Suffragette) at the

National Theatre.

TIME 1pm

COST $19 nonmembers /$17 members

/ $15 for ages 18 and under 5

www.themusichall.org

SUNDAY, MAY 27

21ST ANNUAL RUNNER’S

ALLEY/REDHOOK MEMORIAL

5K ROAD RACE

@Redhook Brewery

This race boasts a fast, flat course; awesome

prizes, a huge post-race feast, live music,

a kids fun run, VIP Club, and a FREE

Redhook beer with a valid ID.

TIME Adult Run @ 11:00AM.

Kids Fun Run @ 10:15AM

COST $35 from May 1st thru Race

Day. $15 for kids 12 and under. $5 for

the Kids Fun Run!

www.runnersalley.com/redhook5k

SUNDAY, MAY 27 + SUNDAY, JUNE 3

OPEN LIGHTHOUSE

@Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

No reservations are needed; tours are on a first

come, first served basis. Children must be 42

inches tall to climb to the top, and adults are

not permitted to carry children up the stairs.

There are 44 stairs to the watch room and a

7-rung ladder to the lantern room. Flat shoes

(not sandals or flip-flops) are required to climb

the ladder into the lantern room.

TIME 1-5pm

COST The suggested donation to

climb the lighthouse is $4 for adults and

$2 for children 12 and under

www.portsmouthharborlighthouse.org/

open-houses-tours

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SATURDAY, JUNE 2

34TH ANNUAL WOKQ

CHOWDER FESTIVAL

@Prescott Park

On the first Saturday of June every year, the

Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival kicks off our

summer season here at Prescott Park Arts

Festival. A staple of summer in Portsmouth, NH

with dozens of restaurants worth of piping hot

chowder recipes to enjoy, live music

and refreshing drinks.

TIME 11:30am

COST Children $8 / Adults $15

www.prescottpark.org/event/34th-annual-wokq-chowderfestival

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6

HOOT NIGHT FEATURING

CHRISTOPHE CLAUSS

@Cafe Espresso

Join the Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program’s

final hoot of the season! The first hour is

featured readers, the second hour is the open

mic, so bring a poem to share!

TIME 7-9pm

COST FREE, donations appreciated.

www.pplp.org

SATURDAY, MAY 5

TO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3

THE PORTSMOUTH

FARMERS MARKET

@City Hall Portsmouth

Saturdays from May to November come visit

Seacoast Growers Association and show your

support for this amazing collective of independent

farmers, food producers, and artists.

100% locally grown and produced veggies,

fruits, dairy products, meats, cheeses, eggs,

honey, syrup, wine, cider, tea, baked goods,

gourmet foods, and fine crafts ranging from

hand-crafted jewelry to pottery to photography

and more.

TIME 8am -1pm

COST FREE

www.facebook.com/Market03801/

FRIDAY, APRIL 6

TO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

GERTRUDE FISKE:

AMERICAN MASTER

@Discover Portsmouth

Curated by Lainey McCartney, this diverse

collection of 66 works, some

unseen by the public, reveals a

mastery of the Gertrude Fiske’s

craft being fully recognized

again for the first time since

her zenith in the first quarter

of the twentieth century.

TIME 9:30 - 5pm

daily

COST FREE

www.portsmouthhistory.

org/unprecedented-yearof-womens-art-to-openin-portsmouth

MONDAY, MAY 28

TO MONDAY, OCTOBER 8

OVERLOOKED AND UNDERVALUED:

THREE HUNDRED YEARS

OF WOMEN’S ART

FROM THE SEACOAST

@John Paul Jones House

Part of the “Year of Women Artists” exhibit

featuring artifacts from the Portsmouth Historical

Society and a local private collection.

TIME 11am -5pm daily

COST $6

www.portsmouthhistory.org/category/john-pauljones-events

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Expert Contributor

SHADES OF GREY

IN PORTSMOUTH

YOU GOT THIS!

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Join our No Drop Weekly road group ride.

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ride with us. We’ll work on group riding

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Thursdays & Saturdays

RUNNERS ALLEY

WEEKLY RUNNING GROUP

6PM | MEET AT RUNNERS ALLEY | FREE

Join us at one of our store locations for

a casual group run – we run year-round!

All levels and all speeds welcome!

Runs are 4-6 miles.

www.runnersalley.com/groups/weekly-running-groups

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Portsmouth has a story to tell

about its past through its changing

architecture and designs like

the Greek revival, Victorian, Georgian,

Colonial, Federal and Modern.

Each era and style typically has its

classic color ranging from dark browns

and rustic golds to light greens and

purples. Today, when a home needs a

touch of updating the color that comes

to mind is grey. Grey, you say? Yes!

Grey can be the accent you are looking

for to brighten up your home’s tired

colors. But before you turn your nose up

in boredom, consider the options.

Thoughtful applications of grey tones

in interior and exterior design can make

the home appear fresh and clean. It offers

a nuance of present day style while

highlighting the surrounding brighter

colors. Incorporating grey with other

colors in a traditional New England

home will instantly transform it into a

more elegant or luxurious look.

According

to industrial

psychologists,

grey remarkably

harmonizes and

triggers a positive

cool, calm and

motivating feeling.

Grey backgrounds

enhance creativity

and emotional

stability. Greys

can be incorporated

even into busy

BY ERIC DEJOY, PAINTING CONTRACTOR

Victorian designs. Include balanced

shades of dark gold, green, white, blue,

chocolate brown and warm brown.

Subtle charcoal grey undertones can

dominate the kitchen furniture to offer

a calm and welcoming feeling while

socializing and preparing meals for the

family. Revamping kitchen cabinets and

investing in some new slate appliances

can really make a difference. Worktops

with the traditional lime green colors

found in 1970 kitchen designs give the

busiest room in the house a refreshing

and modern feeling. Blue-based kitchen

walls can be upgraded with shades

of cool grey to give them a timeless

elegance.

According to industrial psychologists,

grey remarkably harmonizes and triggers a

positive cool, calm and motivating feeling.

In a contemporary white bedroom or

living room, a mixture of pale grey with

shots of fuchsia pink gives an energizing

and soft look.

Neutral warm grey backgrounds on

leather seats and furniture are common

in the living room, offering warm tones

to guests. Moreover, mid-tone greys

such as slate tile and a graphite floor for

bedroom and dining areas are wonderful

recommendations. The bedroom

walls can enjoy grey dim colors as well

as the delicate showcase of sublime grey

in the floor to ceiling cabinetry such as

wardrobes and drawers. Incorporating

subtle grey walls with the dark green or

chocolate windows

and doors

gives a gorgeous

modernistic exterior

feeling in the

home. In addition,

one can consider

plain or light

black geometric patterns on upholstery

and curtains.

No matter what your personal style is,

start looking at grey as your backdrop

or canvas to the rest of the home. Ask a

local color consultant, fashion designer

or professional painter to give you some

unique suggestions that will fit your

home.

The added time and planning will

make your home as beautiful as it can

be, and maybe a Portsmouth

masterpiece!

Pearl Street

Painting Company

Artisan Painting

Interior | Exterior

603.380.8627

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MAY 2018 11


EATING LOCAL IN PORTSMOUTH

BY JILLIAN HALL

SPRING CLEANUP

CHECKLIST

BY KENT COLLINS, LANDSCAPER

The first signs of spring may barely

be noticeable around our yards

and neighborhoods, but our local

farmers have been planning for the

upcoming growing season since the

snow was still knee-high around us.

For farmers that employ greenhouse

technologies on their farms, the first

lush crops of spring greens are about

ready for harvest. For others, warming

soil temperatures beg the start of tilling

spring fields.

The Seacoast Region, comprised

of Rockingham, Strafford and York

Counties, is home to nearly 200 operational

farms of all sizes and growing

all manner of product from greens to

field crops and meat animals. Farmer’s

Markets will be here before you know

it with weekly outdoor markets starting

in Exeter and Portsmouth in May and

in most other locations in June. There

are many town markets in our region,

occurring mostly on a weekly basis but

also monthly in some locations. Farmers’

markets are, of course, an important

revenue opportunity for our local family

farms (somewhere around 80% of farm

sales in NH are direct to consumer),

but also an important opportunity

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People who participate in farmers’ markets receive

exercise and time outdoors... experience cultural events

such as connected craft shows or live music;

and also decrease social isolation...

for community building. People who

participate in farmers’ markets receive

exercise and time outdoors; are more

likely to purchase and eat fresh fruits

and vegetables; often have opportunities

to experience cultural events such as

connected craft shows or live music; and

also decrease social isolation not only

for themselves, but for many of our

most vulnerable populations. Contrary

to some stereotypes, farmers’ markets

are more accessible to all than ever,

with most accepting SNAP/EBT funds

and providing additional incentives for

lower-income families to afford access

to fresh, local foods. A complete list of

farmers’ markets can be found at www.

seacoasteatlocal.org.

Farmers’ markets are not the only way

to access fresh, locally grown product in

our region. Many farms have roadside

stands which range from an ‘honor system’

cooler to beautifully crafted farm

buildings with a wide product variety. In

addition to farmers’ markets and farmstands,

there are many pick-your-own

fruit farms and also farms which offer

CSA shares. CSA stands for Community

Supported Agriculture. Also referred to

as a farm share, it refers to the practice

of an individual or family purchasing a

share in the winter or spring when farm

revenue is otherwise low, then collecting

a weekly box of the harvest through the

growing season of anywhere from 16-22

weeks. Arrangements for cost, pick up

and product varies by farm. Purchasing

a CSA share provides farms revenue

when they most need it to purchase seed,

equipment or to invest in infrastructure.

It is one of the single most impactful

actions a consumer can take to support

small farm viability. CSA sign ups typically

occur between February and May.

A listing of CSA share options in our

region can be found at www.seacoastharvest.org.

There are many reasons to eat locally.

Eating locally means more money stays

within our community and supports our

local economy. Farmer’s receive a greater

proportion of the price and reinvest it in

staff and infrastructure. Locally grown

food is also fresher and more nutritious.

Since it doesn’t have to be selected

for long-distance shipping and rough

handling, local produce can fully ripen,

making it much more flavorful. It also

allows farmers to experiment with new

varieties of vegetables that may not be

well adapted to shipping. Eating locally

reduces your second-hand consumption

of fossil fuels from shipping product

cross country. The average American

meal travels an estimated 1500 miles

from farm to plate. Finally, supporting

local agriculture supports responsible

land development. When you buy local,

you give those with open space – farms

and pastures – an economic reason to

stay open and undeveloped and provide

meaningful employment for many Seacoast

residents.

Seacoast Eat Local connects people

with sources of locally grown foods and

advocates eating locally for the health of

our environment, community, culture

and economy. Through advocacy, organizing

and education, we work toward a

sustainable local food system that meets

the needs of both producers and consumers.

Our work includes managing a

SNAP/EBT Farmers’ Market Program;

organizing winter farmers’ markets;

producing a local food guide, Seacoast

Harvest; operating the first mobile

farmers’ market in New Hampshire,

Seacoast Area Mobile Market (SAMM);

sponsoring workshops and events, and

providing information through our

email newsletter, blog and website, www.

seacoasteatlocal.org

Resources for Local Foods

Seacoast Eat Local

www.seacoasteatlocal.org

Seacoast Harvest

www.seacoastharvest.org

Seacoast Growers Association

www.seacoastgrowers.org

REMOVE

fallen leaves limbs and branches from

your lawn.

DETHATCH

Removal of dead grass will allow

living grass to breathe and root. Use

a lawn aerator. Aeration improves

soil drainage and encourages worms,

microfauna and microflora which

require oxygen.

EDGING

Create a clean edge along walkways

and flower beds for a sharp look.

Use curves along flower beds to

create added interest.

WEEDING

Remove weeds by hand from flowerbeds

and in/around hedges and

bushes. Avoid using weed killer

around plantings.

MULCHING

Refresh your mulch bed with a layer

of material added to the surface of

soil to improve moisture, reduce

weed growth and enhance the

visual appeal.

TRIMMING OR PRUNING

Remove dead or overgrown branches,

as needed, to promote new growth.

For hedges, to maintain a solid wall

of green, shear the new growth frequently

during the early part of the

growing season. Keep the top

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IS BREAKING UP WITH

FACEBOOK HARD TO DO?

BY EMMA RIEHL

With all the negative press about Facebook, people are

asking, “What’s the alternative?” While some followers

will never leave Facebook, others are looking for a place

to go. Most ask, “If I leave, where do I go and will my friends

come with me?” We all know the stories of networks such

as Instagram that became overnight sensations. However,

most social networks are built by early adopters who bring

their friends along with them, and then grow slowly over

time. This creates a personalized vibe and makes the space

even more attractive. Take Nextdoor for example, the social

network devoted to neighbor-to-neighbor communication in

a tight-knit geographical area. Nextdoor is not a Facebook

alternative based on its exclusive appeal to neighborhoods, but

it serves as a solid metaphor for growth. Nextdoor launched

in 2010. By social network standards, Nextdoor grew incredibly

slowly. Despite that, Nextdoor became one of the few

tech companies to be valued at $1 billion without earning any

revenue because the number of people networking on the

platform eventually added up, one neighbor at a time.

Great movements develop over time because a social

network’s longevity and profitability depend on worthwhile,

trusting relationships between its users and the network itself.

Recently, Myopolis, a very viable alternative to Facebook,

subtly and quietly opened their doors offering Citizens (like

“friends”) the chance to become pioneers of their community

and build trust amongst one another. Citizens sound off on

topics they care about and are heard by others who care about

the same topics. The Leaderboard is a popular component

because it shows the leader in each category at the Local, State

and National level. Early adopters will be at the forefront of

the latest social movement. The problems Facebook experienced

will likely be void because it is centered on the user’s

ability to filter out what do and do not want to see and

read. A cool bonus is that the original founder of

every town in North America will be noted in

Myopolis records as the Founder. Now is the

time to be a BIG fish in a smaller pond until

Myopolis is an ocean. At that point, we will

see if Myopolis can stay ahead of the problems

Facebook faces today.

One can hope.

Diversions:

IN AND AROUND TOWN

BY TAMARA J. COLLINS

Now that the weather is breaking, check out these scenic spots

to take a well-deserved walk after a long winter.

SAGAMORE CREEK HEADLANDS

Located only 1.5 miles from downtown

Portsmouth, Sagamore Creek Headlands is a scenic

stretch of waterfront land in heavily settled coastal

New Hampshire. The ten-acre peninsula juts into

the biologically diverse Sagamore Creek estuary, a

popular destination for kayakers and birdwatchers.

The property lies near existing city-owned open

space and the state’s Urban Forestry Center and

features a waterfront walking trail through mature

forests, significant tidal marsh, and rock outcroppings

offering outstanding views of the creek

www.tpl.org/our-work/sagamore-creek-headlands

LITTLE HARBOR TRAIL

Be sure to go for a stroll on this 1.5-mile

waterside path that connects the Wentworth-

Coolidge Grounds, Creek Farm, and Portsmouth

Conservation Land. Enjoy views of Portsmouth

and the ocean from the viewpoint. Free parking

& trail access are available at the

Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion.

www.wentworthcoolidge.org/visit/little-harbor-trail

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Picnickers can enjoy sweeping views of the

ocean and rocky shore, and explorers can uncover

evidence of past military occupation. An extensive

network of trails wind through the dense vegetation

and traverse the park. The Seacoast Science

Center, which is located in the park, has exhibits

relating to the natural and human history of

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