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Results of the 10-year Coös Youth Study by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire show that a strong civic culture and deep sense of community act as protective factors for young people in the North Country, even as the region struggles to adapt to a shifting economy and out-migration. Data will be used to inform grantmaking in the region

Tick-borne diseases on the rise

In the latest installment of "The Outside Story," sponsored by the Wellborn Ecology Fund: Ticks are more abundant than ever before in northern New England, and tick-borne diseases are on the rise. Read more about why, and how to stay safe while still enjoying time outside this summer

Mobile STEM Lab delivers ‘awesome’ to North Country students

White Mountain Science, Inc.'s Mobile STEM Lab crisscrosses the North Country to bring STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics — programs to students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to dive into this modern curriculum. The mobile lab was launched with support from the Charitable Foundation's Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund

Coös Youth Grantmaking program awards first grants

Tilly Players, after-school program at Boys & Girls Club of the North Country and After School Kids in Whitefield receive support from youth-led program of the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund

Kristin Lizotte awarded 2019 Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical

Kearsarge Elementary School teacher plans to make the traditional three R’s more meaningful to young students by exposing their teachers to three C’s ­— creating, collaborating and connecting

Building a mountain-biking mecca in Gorham

The Coös Cycling Club is providing outdoor recreation opportunities for local residents, drawing tourists, and contributing to economic revival in the Gorham area. The group has now joined forces with the Borderlands Trail System, which is promoting trail networks and communities across the Northern Forest region. Grants from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation support this work and other efforts to promote sustainable economic development for the North Country

Monadnock region’s largest dairy farm now protected

The 350-acre Chickering Farm, on the Connecticut River in Westmoreland, will remain intact in perpetuity

Why animals’ eyes shine at night (but people’s don’t)

In the latest installment of "The Outside Story," sponsored by the Wellborn Ecology Fund, learn about eyeshine in animals, which is produced by a membrane called the tapetum lucidum (“tapestry of light”), a reflective surface located behind the retina

Adding meaning and purpose in retirement

Elise Salek, an estate planning attorney and member of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Capital Region advisory board, writes about how giving and volunteering are helping people connect with community, embrace new experiences and stay happy and healthy during retirement

A welcoming state for all

Allyson Ryder, Associate Director of Leadership New Hampshire and member of the Governor's Council on Diversity and Inclusion, on the importance of collective and concerted efforts to make the Granite State a welcoming place for all

‘The most profound professional experience of my life’

James Vara of the NH Attorney General's office was awarded the Caroline and Martin Gross Fellowship to attend the “Senior Executives in State and Local Government” seminar at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2018. He reflects on the experience

Christa’s legacy continues: NH kids become confident coders

Heather Drolet, 2017 Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical recipient, developed the NH Kids Code curriculum and Confident Coders after-school program. She reflects on her sabbatical year demonstrating those programs and sharing her curricula in schools all over the state