Honoring 60 years of service Sep 10, 2017 | by Ron Cole | fosters.com BARRINGTON — Hundreds of residents of the region paid tribute Sunday afternoon to a man many call Mr. Barrington. On Sept. 7, 1957, young Joel Sherburne started his first day on the job at Calef’s Country Store. Still on the job 60 years later, it is the only paid position Sherburne has ever held, but not the only job. Well-known throughout the area, Sherburne has served his …

Wine Me Dine Me: Calef’s (other) Big Cheese celebrates 60 years Posted Aug 30, 2017 | by Rachel Forrest The history of a beloved place can always be told through its people, the generations who made it so beloved. One hundred and 48 years ago, Mary Chesley Calef opened a little country store in the front room of her house in Barrington, N.H., and her family, including son Austin who became a state senator, and quite a few more generations ran that …

The Union Leader | BY MELISSA PROULX | May 05. 2017 6:37 BEDFORD – Rebecca Rule grew up in New Hampshire, but still doesn’t call herself a Granite State expert. “Fourth graders give me a run for my money,” joked the Northwood author. For years, Rule has been writing books about the state, like a (kind of) dictionary of New Hampshire terms and phrases, and a children’s book about life in the state. “I’m trying to capture the culture,” she said. …

Romancing the Store By Rebecca Rule, This article appears in the February 2017 issue of New Hampshire Magazine Keeping “ye olde” traditions alive Ye Olde Country Store was a fixture in small towns from the1800s to the mid-1900s, before people started driving to East Chemung and back (on the same day!) and before biggie box stores sprouted and sprawled like fungi. (Fun fact: The world’s largest living organism is a fungus in Oregon.) They weren’t called Ye Olde back then, just …

New York Times | By KATHARINE Q. SEELY FEB. 7, 2016 HANOVER, N.H. — Hillary Clinton’s campaign maintains that Senator Bernie Sanders could win New Hampshire’s primary on Tuesday because he comes from neighboring Vermont. As Bill Clinton told NBC News: “Nobody from a state bordering New Hampshire has ever lost a Democratic primary to a non-incumbent president.” But as natives of New Hampshire and Vermont are quick to note, if Mr. Sanders wins New Hampshire, it may be in spite …

New Hampshire Home Magazine / January-February 2016 BY REBECCA RULE | ILLUSTRATION BY CAROLYN VIBBERT Pawprints in a dusting of snow.  A bowl of tuna on the steps. Gone the next morning. And the next. Until one evening, at dusk, she revealed herself—a tabby we called Shadow. She ate our offerings but kept her distance. My mom had just come home from two months in rehab for a broken pelvis, adjusting to life in a wheelchair. The bone healed, but …

Concord Monitor | Wednesday, July 29, 2015  Last week, the Monitor published an editorial about a fascinating “things to do in New Hampshire” list created by retired state agriculture commissioner Steve Taylor in the mid-1990s. The goal was to let readers know that the list existed, and to update and add to it. As it turns out, Taylor never stopped tinkering with it himself. So, in Taylor’s words: Here are some places, activities, events and diversions that afford insight into the culture …

New Hampshire Magazine / November 2014 BY REBECCA RULE | ILLUSTRATION BY BRAD FITZPATRICK Sleeping with three dogs is no walk in the park. On the best nights, we go to sleep and never stir until morning.OK. That never happens.The bed is king sized, two extra-long twins cobbled together. Guess who sleeps in the crack? Me. Actually, I sleep diagonally across the crack to accommodate the big dog at my feet, the terrier pressed to my back and the …

By Chris Bohjalian, BurlingtonFreePress.com, Feb. 27, 2014 One of my favorite short stories is Rebecca Rule’s “Yankee Curse.” Here is how it begins: “At School District Meeting, Miranda knits. May your neighbors steal from your wood pile, Mort Wallace. The points of her flexi-needle slide in and out of the heavy burgundy wool. May they incinerate their garbage in a barrel at your property line. And may the wind blow in your direction.” As Miranda knits, the vitriol inside …

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