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“When we build our landscape around places to go, we lose places to be,” stated Rick Cole, City Manager of Santa Monica, CA.

Reimagine a street… not just for cars and other motorized vehicles, but as a place for people to be — a place where people want to walk, ride, work, socialize AND drive. That’s the goal of two upcoming “Complete Streets” Demonstration Days: to help us reimagine two street segments and temporarily transform them into safe (and fun!) public places for all users.


One event will be on Marlboro Street in Keene on September 19th and the other on Main Street in Swanzey on August 29th. Both events are hosted by the Southwest Region Planning Commission, in partnership with Healthy Monadnock and the Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation.

“So much can be done to make streets places where people feel comfortable spending time,” says Mari Brunner, Planning Technician at the Southwest Region Planning Commission. “The goal of the Complete Streets Demonstration Days is to change how we think about streets; less of a conduit and more of a place.”

Complete Streets are roads designed and maintained for all, while maximizing safety, economic development, quality of life, environment and public health. “If you design communities for automobiles, you get more automobiles. If you design them for people, you get walkable, livable communities,” said Parris Glendening, Founder and President, Smart Growth Leadership Institute.

What will the transformed streets look like? That’s still being decided at planning meetings, but will likely include outdoor seating, bike lanes, more crosswalks, extended sidewalks, food trucks, pop-up retail stores, parklets (seating areas set up in curbside parking spaces) and creative uses of space such as a miniature golf course.

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These Demonstration Days will allow you to test out the transformation of these streets and give your feedback for what you’d like to see incorporated into future projects that permanently transform some of our roads into Complete Streets.

Studies indicate that Complete Streets can boost local economies by increasing residential property values (homeowners are willing to pay more to live in walkable, bikable communities) and retail sales (businesses located along Complete Streets often see an increase in sales).

Complete Streets also strengthen the health of individuals and whole communities by providing pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, such as safe crossings, sidewalks or on-road bicycle lanes that improve safety and reduce crashes. They also promote public health by making it safe and convenient for children and families to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives — contributing to the goal of Healthy Monadnock to make our community the healthiest in the nation by 2020.

In 2011, the City of Keene passed a resolution to adopt a Complete Streets Policy in 2011. An enthusiastic turnout to reimagine parts of Marlboro Street in Keene and Main Street in Swanzey will underscore our community’s strong continued support for this work, boost the implementation of Keene’s policy and, hopefully, inspire Swanzey and other towns in the Monadnock Region to adopt and implement Complete Streets policies.

Organizations, businesses and individuals interested in participating in these events — by offering an activity, lending supplies or volunteering — are encouraged to attend the next Complete Streets Demonstration Days Planning meeting on August 4th at 6 p.m. at the upper level conference room at the Hannah Grimes Center, 25 Roxbury Street in Keene. For more information contact Mari Brunner at 603-357-0557 or visit www.monadnocktma.org/demodays/.

Wyman Tavern Brewfest
Saturday, August 8, 1 – 5 pm
Fundraiser for the Historical Society of Cheshire County

History meets craft brewing on August 8th at the Wyman Tavern Brew Fest. The event will feature fifteen brewers from New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts. It will take place on the grounds of the historic Wyman Tavern Museum on Main Street in Keene.

Brew Fest logo 636 copyThe names of many of the beers bring to mind the region’s cultural heritage. Alsteadder Ale comes from the Belgian Mare Brewery in Alstead, NH. Mountain View Brew comes from Mooselick Brewing Company in Troy, NH. Whipple’s Wheat by Henniker Brewing Company is named after a New Hampshire signer of the Declaration of Independence and Samuel Adams is named after a Founding Father from Massachusetts. 4,000 Footer IPA from Woodstock Inn Brewery, East Intervale IPA from Moat Mountain Brewery, and Waterville Wheat from 603 Brewery all celebrate New Hampshire locales.

Proceeds from the Wyman Tavern Brew Fest will benefit the Historical Society of Cheshire County, an organization which has been collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of the Monadnock region since 1927. The Historical Society puts on about 140 programs per year such as exhibits, living history festivals, summer camps, teacher workshops, school visits, films, lectures, and field trips. The most important artifact of the Historical Society is the Wyman Tavern, built in 1762, which the Society operates as a period house museum.

Alan Rumrill, the director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County, said, “A Brew Fest seems like a good fit for the Historical Society of Cheshire County. Beer and ales surely flowed in the Wyman Tavern’s Tap Room in the 1700’s, and today’s craft brewers are reviving the old ways of brewing.”

Belgian-Mare-BreweryTim Roettiger is one of the brewers who will be sampling his ales at the Wyman Tavern Brew Fest. His brewery is named after the Belgian mare that can be seen outside his home in Alstead, New Hampshire. The basis for the design of Roettiger’s brewery is a gravity-fed process that goes back to Medieval tower breweries. Roettiger said, “Belgian Mare is a very traditional bottle-conditioned beer, which is new to most people. Bottle conditioning involves less control and more art. The last fermentation happens inside the bottle, which provides carbonation and the last bit of flavor.”

11017019_1085821491444011_9008220613994159522_nDavid Morse will be representing one of the region’s newest brewing companies — Mooselick Brewing from Troy, New Hampshire. Morse brews traditional styles of beer such as mild ales and hoppy beers as well as beers with local fruit added. The fruit is fermented to dryness with a tart flavor and a little sweetness. Morse recalled how Mooselick got its start, “My wife Donna and I ran into the owners of Monadnock Berries, Anthony and Fenella Levick, at a microbrewery in Naples Florida. The idea of brewing beer using fresh farm fruit was hatched serendipitously 1,600 miles away from New Hampshire.”

The Wyman Tavern Brew Fest will get underway at 1 pm on August 8th and visitors will be able to sample the brews until 5 pm. Tickets are available at BrewTopia on Washington Street in Keene, at the Historical Society of Cheshire County (246 Main Street in Keene, phone 603-352-1895), and online at EventBrite.com. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the festival, and they include a souvenir beer glass. Designated drivers will be admitted at no charge. Free rides will be provided by Ideal Rides and Adventure Transportation.

Wyman Tavern Brew Fest Brewers:

  • 603 Brewery (Londonderry, NH)
  • Angry Orchard Hard Cider (Boston, MA)
  • Belgian Mare Brewery (East Alstead, NH)
  • Champlain Orchards (Shoreham, VT)
  • Great North Aleworks (Manchester, NH)
  • Great Rhythm Brewing Company (Portsmouth, NH)
  • Henniker Brewing Company (Henniker, NH)
  • Moat Mountain Brewing (North Conway, NH)
  • Mooselick Brewing Company (Troy, NH)
  • Samuel Adams (Boston, MA)
  • Shipyard Brewing (Portland, ME)
  • Throwback Brewery (North Hampton, NH)
  • Traveler Beer Company (Burlington, VT)
  • Tuckerman Brewing Company (Conway, NH)
  • Von Trapp Brewing (Stowe, VT)
  • Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery (North Woodstock, NH)

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It’s Farmers’ Market Week! Be sure to visit at least one market this week:

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Harrisville Farmers’ Market:Behind the Harrisville General Store, downtown Harrisville, Fri., June 26– Aug. 28,  5:30-7 p.m. Vegetables, fruits, maple, cut flowers, root beer, honey, plants, eggs, chicken, lamb, pork, beef, sausage, bread, pickles, jams, soaps, lotions, beeswax candles, knit goods, prepared foods. Live music each week. Rain or shine. 827-3245, Facebook Page.

The Farmers’ Market of Keene: Gilbo Ave., downtown, Tues. & Sat., May-Oct., 9 a.m.– 1 p.m. Vegetables, fruits, flowers/plants, dairy, baked goods, meat. Music and children’s activities. SNAP/EBT accepted. Rain or shine. .keenefarmersmarket@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/keenefarmers.

Fresh Chicks Outdoor Marketplace: Monadnock Community Hospital grounds, Peterborough, Mon., May – Oct., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Vegetables, fruits, flowers/plants, dairy, maple, baked goods, meat, lobster, honey, goat cheese, alpine cheese, ice cream, Thai food, crafts. Weekly music. Rain or shine. 924-1913,roseofsharon@localnet.com; Facebook Page.

Peterborough Farmers Market: Depot Square. Wed., May – Oct., 3-6pm. Vegetables…

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Stacy Mitchell from Institute for Local Self-Reliance delivered the presentation above on June 14, 2013, at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies Conference in Buffalo, New York.

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11650721_10206974188337172_671589982_nTEAM Jaffrey‘s Farmer’s Market is BACK for it’s 25th year and happening throughout the month of JULY on Wednesday evenings 6-8:30pm on the town Common! Come for the farmers and STAY for the live concerts at the Gazebo where we’ll feature a different genre of music each week.

Club Soda Band will be performing LIVE from 7-8:30 and the farmers will have their freshest local goods to sell direct from the farm to you!

We are proud to announce that the following farms are participating:

Foggy Hill Farm (of Jaffrey)
Holland Homestead Farm (of Hillsborough)
Tracie’s Community Farm, LLC (of Fitzwilliam)
Monadnock Berries PYO and Garden Center (of Troy)
Old Bridge Farm (of Swanzey)
and Little Brook Farm (of Jaffrey)

Inventory will include:

  • Veggies
  • Herbs
  • Berries
  • Breads
  • Honey
  • Eggs
  • Flower Starts
  • Perennials
  • Alpaca Products
  • Wood Furniture
  • Bird Houses & Bat Houses

Won’t you join us?! RSVP on Facebook and…

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Originally posted in the Monadnock Shopper News

Indie ChallengeAre you ready (insert echo here: ready, ready, ready) for the Indie Challenge (challenge, challenge, challenge)?  Forty-five of your friends, family and neighbors have enthusiastically answered YES!  We invite you to join them.

What’s the Indie Challenge?  It’s a challenge to fulfill all of your needs at locally owned and independent businesses during Independents Week, July 1–7, 2015.  Sign on to the Indie Challenge today.

“I salute our community members and locally owned independent businesses who are integral to the unique flavor of Keene and honor their efforts to make Keene the place we want to live and work,” stated Keene Mayor Kendall Lane in this year’s Independents Week Proclamation.  “As we celebrate Independents Week 2015, we acknowledge that the ability to choose the direction of Keene lies within each of us.”

While Independence Day is a time to celebrate our freedom, Independents Week is a time to reflect on our interdependence: how locally owned businesses contribute to a healthy community and local economy and how each of us contributes to the success of these businesses.

In addition to taking the Indie Challenge, celebrate Independents Week by participating in a myriad of events offered by locally owned businesses throughout the Monadnock Region:

Start the week out with some homegrown music at Fitzwilliam Inn’s Open Mic on Wednesday, July 1 from 7pm to 9pm.

Celebrate with a laugh or two (or more) at Walpole Valley Farms as they show the movie “The Goonies” in their barn on Thursday, July 2.  The farm’s grassfed burgers and hotdogs will be available for sale, and popcorn too. The movie starts at 7pm and food is available starting at 6pm. Bring your own beach chairs, blankets and beverages.

Go back in time on Thursday, July 2 or Friday, July 3 between the hours of 11am and 4pm.  Take a guided tour of the historic Wyman Tavern Museum and learn what it was like to run a family business in late 18th-early 19th century Keene.  Cost: $3.

There’s a Local Food BBQ at Monadnock Food Co-op on July 3 from 5pm–7pm.   The menu features Italian Sausage (with locally raised pork from John Davis in Surry), house made Beet and Black Bean Burgers, Orchard Hill Breadworks Bread, Salad Greens (from True Nature Garden in Keene), Gluten Free Pasta Salad with Arugula Pesto (from Old Athens Farm in Putney,VT) and Pea Salad (from Generation Farm in Concord).  The cost is $9 per plate and there will be live music too.

Friday, July 3 brings fireworks to Rindge and Keene. The Rindge Chamber of Commerce hosts their annual Family Festival and Fireworks at the common starting at 5pm with fireworks at 9pm.  Enjoy rock and roll, soul, swing and Cajun music with Tattoo.

The Keene Swamp Bats will offer fireworks at their game against the Sanford Mainers at Alumni Field in Keene. The game starts at 6:30pm with fireworks show to follow.

Race to the finish line on Saturday, July 4 at the “4 on the 4th” Road Race in Keene while supporting a great non-profit, Pathways for Keene — promoting the development, maintenance and use of alternative transportation in our city.

After the race, stroll over to the Farmers’ Market of Keene from 9am–1pm on Gilbo Avenue.  Browse the bounty of locally grown produce and locally made products from local farmers and artisans — and cool down with one of my favorites, a Patti Jazzy Popsicle from Cheshire Garden.

From the Farmers’ Market, head over to the 15th Annual Harrisville Old Home Days and Arts and Crafts Fair, 10am–3pm.  The day includes children’s games and crafts, live music, food vendors, Harrisville mill architecture tours and over 30 local artisans offering photography, jewelry, blown glass, wood products, homemade jams, local syrup, knitted items and more.  Call 603-827-3094 for more information.

On Sunday, July 5, enjoy music from the Westmoreland Town Band 6:30pm–8:30pm at the Town Green Gazebo in Walpole, sponsored by the Savings Bank of Walpole. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. For more information, call 603-355-1602.

Mondays mean contra dancing!  On July 6, join the Monadnock Folklore Society for their Monday Night Contra Dance 8pm–10:30pm at Nelson Town Hall.  New to contra dancing?  That’s okay!  Just let the caller know. Cost: $3.

Finish Independents Week at Orchard Hill Breadworks Pizza Night in Alstead on Tuesday July 7 from 5pm–7:30pm.  You bring your own pizza toppings, drinks, picnic blanket, dinnerware and $7 per crust. Orchard Hill Breadworks provides the pizza crusts, cheese, and sauce and will cook your pizza in their new outdoor oven.  All profits for this night’s Pizza Night go to Animaterra Women’s Chorus.

Traveling during Independents Week?  Enjoy what locally owned businesses have to offer wherever you are.  Ask locals who their favorites are and look for networks like Monadnock Buy Local in the areas you’re visiting at amiba.net/about_ibas/find-iba and bealocalist.org/localist-champions.

As you take the Indie Challenge, we’d love to hear how the challenge is going for you. Email us at monadnockbuylocal@gmail.com.  If you get stumped, use our 2,857 Facebook Fans (and your friends and neighbors) to help you brainstorm possibilities.  Another great resource for finding independent businesses is our online directory, listing 310 locally owned businesses in the Monadnock Region.  You can search by business type, town or keywords to find what you’re looking for.

Choose the direction of the Monadnock Region, take the Indie Challenge, celebrate Independents Week and shift your spending to locally owned businesses everyday.


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