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Brownie Troop’s Fundraising Efforts Benefit Salem Animal Rescue League

submitted by Jill McNamee On Wednesday, December 9, Windham

Brownie Troop 10181 visited the Salem Animal Rescue League (SARL) to deliver goodies for the animals housed there. This was the end result of a yearlong quarter collecting

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campaign within their troop, where the girls earned quarters at home for acting out the Girl Scout Law and then brought them to the troop meetings. At the end of the year the girls voted on where they would like to donate their proceeds and SARL won by a unanimous vote! Additionally, the troop ran the pie table at Windham’s Harvest Festival in October and voted to donate all proceeds from that to the animal shelter as well. The girls were able to purchase over $200 worth of dog and cat food, kitty litter, toys, collars/ leashes, food and water bowls, as well as shelter necessities such as dishwasher detergent, bleach, paper towels, and trash bags!

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inaugural edition of the Craft Brew Chronicles, a review of all things within the craft brewing world. I intend this once a month piece to be equal parts a review of the region’s fine craft beers and the places that sell and brew them, with opinion and hopefully some humor blended in. I write on the topic not as an educated expert nor as a home brewer but rather as someone who occasionally enjoys a finely crafted ale, lager or other type of brew. That’s my diversion. Others golf, others fish, others garden but for me, researching and writing about craft beers is my diversion which, in retrospect, helps explain my numerous failed attempts at a plush lawn as well as my 25-plus handicap on the links. One other thing by way of background. For the past several years I’ve written a similar column for a free local monthly paper available in restaurants, banks and other such places, randomly scattered about Southern New Hampshire and the Merrimack Valley. I enjoyed that experience thoroughly but have to confess that I always wondered how many folks might be out there reading. To be able to now write for the papers of the Area News Group, with delivery to nearly 40,000 homes in Southern New Hampshire, is exciting and humbling all at once. You’ll get my best each and every month. So why the interest in craft beers? Well, like so

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many others who enjoy a well built beer, I suffered through the dark ages of the Budweiser, Miller, Coors, Stroh’s world domination of the brewing industry. All brands of bland, all tasting the same or, at best, within minimal and untraceable differences among each other. I always cracked up at friends who claimed they could taste the difference between the flavorless offerings of these Goliath-like brewers. Sure, just like I can taste the difference between a bottle of Poland Springs and Dasani. Again, back in the days before craft beers were widely available as they are today, much of the buying public made their purchasing decisions based on who had the catchiest ad campaign at the time. Who can forget those classic ad campaigns of the 1980s? Miller’s “Tastes Great, Less Filling” mind numbing media blitz comes to mind along with Bud’s “Spuds McKenzie, the Ultimate Party Animal” campaign that dressed up what appeared to be a sedated pit bull in a Hawaiian shirt surrounded by a jiggle fest of young ladies. Of course. Perfectly rationale reason to decide which beer to buy. As for me, it was simple. My cart was filled depending which of these crummy beers was on sale at the time. In all honesty, if you wanted anything different in terms of taste or quality in your beers you had only the option of imports such as Lowenbrau, St. Pauli Girl, Heineken, Guinness, Molson, etc. Absolutely no

But then in the latter half of the decade of the 1980s the clouds parted, the black-and-white film turned to color and the domestic craft brew industry was born. In a future article I’ll write of how the revolution was started, with much of its roots right here in New England by the way, but for now we’ll leave it with the fact that due to the courage and creativity of craft brew entrepreneurs such as Jim Koch of Sam Adams, Alan Pugsley of Shipyard, Pete Slosberg of the now departed Pete’s Wicked among others, discriminating beer drinkers now had real choices. Courage because they had the guts to take on the heavy handed distribution-blocking tactics of the beer giants and creativity to come up with the high quality and flavorful brews that they have developed. The result? We are now in the fourth decade of a domestic brewing renaissance which has seen the United States take the lead in brewing the finest beers in the world. Period. One other clarification before I move onto a

review. I keep using the phrase “craft brew or craft beer” as opposed to “microbrew.” It’s for a simple reason actually.

I’ve found over the years that those

involved in the craft brew industry generally despise the term “microbrew.” The work that goes into developing the fine brews we’ve come to enjoy from our brewpubs and ale houses really does render the process a craft and for that reason, the phrase craft brewing is the preferred moniker. The best part of bringing this column to you,

however, is to share with you some insights into the craft beers I’ve had the pleasure of sampling. And on a recent trip to one of my favorite spots, the Portsmouth Brewery on Market Street in Portsmouth, I discovered an exceptional craft beer that is worth trying out. First off, Christmastime is always a great time to visit the port city. A trip to the coast isn’t complete without stopping into the Brewery. The Portsmouth Brewery is a brewpub in the literal sense as it brews its own offerings on premises and sells there as well. In addition, you’ll find on tap the craft beers of its sister company, Smuttynose Brewing, both owned by one of New England’s craft beer icons, Peter Egelston. I’ll go into my visit in more detail in a future column but briefly wanted to share with you the pleasure I had of sampling an amazing seasonal brew, Portsmouth’s Winter Weizen. A weizen is a brew which is heavy on wheat and barley in the brewing process, often unfiltered which leaves a cloudy appearance but greatly enhances the flavor. This amber colored 6.00 percent ABV brew was a hands-down winner with a unique flavor, almost hints of banana, running throughout. The Winter Weizen was extremely drinkable, a session beer we’d call it meaning you could actually have more than one without being bowled over by an overbearing taste or alcohol content. Simply put, one of the finest craft beers I’ve sampled in some time. My advice? Get to Portsmouth for a visit during the Holidays, stop into the Portsmouth Brewery, and give this fine brew a try. You’ll be very happy. Thanks for reading and comments and suggestions

are always welcome at Finally, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. Be sure to celebrate the Holidays with a fine domestic craft beer, preferably from one of our local establishments but always do so responsibly.

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19 Cobbetts Pond

19 Cobbetts Pond Road This center chimney Cape Cod style property, built around 1741 by Samuel MacAdam, still has many original interior features. The original features still remaining are the narrow four panel doors with thumb latches, brass turn buttons to open cupboard doors, and clearly visible plan marks on the paneling. Mysterious marks on the woodwork, the little “cubby” in the front hall remains to be explained. This place has been home to farmers, a shoemaker, and a Civil War soldier. It is also known to have a friendly spirit.

87 Lowell Road A Federal style house that was very hard to find, it was probably built by Moses Noyes, a Revolutionary War soldier. Historically it was always known as the Noyes Farm. The exact age of this house is unknown, the date 1775 is written in a foundation stone. The small barn next to the house is built entirely from timbers from the original barn. The first recorded murder in Windham took place in the backyard.

As you can see, looking around where you actually reside, can

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